why you should create a “me” space

Isn’t one of the hardest things about being a mom of multiples that you are never — and I mean, never — alone?  I relish good “alone time” … which doesn’t quite jive with the fact that even my showers get interrupted.  My “alone time” is when I do my best thinking, creating, daydreaming, brainstorming, relaxing … you name it.  I know I’m a better mom, too, when I have at least a little time to myself.

That’s why I think it’s so important to have a space in your home that you can call all “your own.”  Of course, it’s not that your children can’t come there … but more that it is a place designed to make you happy.  It’s a place for respite!

But hey, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right?  Dads of twins are busy and tired, too!   And maybe it’s the same space … because gracious knows it is hard for parents to have time together without the kiddos.  Did you know parents of twins are slightly more likely to divorce?  And mothers of multiples are more likely to suffer from post-partum depression

Creating a “me” or “us” space is just one way that good design can nurture happy families!  Is there a spot in your home that is under-used — either an entire room (perhaps a formal living room or dining room) or simply a cozy nook (in a master or guest bedroom or tucked at the end of a hallway)?  Perhaps that can be your “me” space!

In my home, after our twin boys were born, we rarely used the bonus room over the garage.   That is, until we converted it into a wine room … designed to store my husband’s wine collection and create the feeling of a chic restaurant or wine bar — a little getaway — in our own home.

Today, Curbed.com is featuring our wine room as part of their fantastic “Why This Works” series.  I couldn’t be more delighted and honored to be included in a series that features designers like Phillip Gorrivan, Brian del Toro, Angie Hranowsky, and Tilton Fenwick.  Really, you should read all of the articles.  It’s so interesting to read the “whys” behind a designer’s choices.  Thank you to Alexa Stevenson and Curbed.com for the great feature!

Have you created a “me” space in your home?

Cartoon via the Shoebox Blog.  Screenshot from Curbed.com.  All other images by Dustin Peck Photography for Traci Zeller Designs

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Comments

  1. Congratulations on a beautiful space and a great article!

  2. Katharine says:

    Can’t believe I haven’t seen the wine room! How awesome!!! Now I want to make you a funky playlist for your cocktail hours in there! Its like going to a wine bar and not having to hire a sitter!

  3. Lisa Mende says:

    I love your wine room!!!! Beautiful!!

  4. Congrats on the article! Your wine room is fabulous and I’m dying to come for a visit!

  5. Liz Carroll says:

    LOVE this wine room! Will you come help me convert my sports closet into a wine tasting room? You have given me total inspiration to create a “Me” space!! :) Beautiful photos and great article! Congrats!

  6. Annie says:

    Congrats on a beautiful room! I am not a wine drinker but you make me want to be!! Congrats again on this honor!

  7. Maria Killam says:

    Stunning Traci! You are a mover and shaker these days!! xo Maria

  8. Kim Hoegger says:

    Traci, this is so beautiful! I love it! Loved the article too! Congrats. My hubby would love this too :) Have a great weekend!

  9. Tawna Allred says:

    Congratulations on the article! My hubby and I don’t drink, but the room is so much fun. What a great way to steal a moment for yourself. I can FEEL it’s warmth and comfort. I would add one thing: an easel and some canvas…….

  10. Hannah says:

    Congrats on your awesome feature! I remember you working on this, and it came out beautifully! Although, there was no doubt it would :)

  11. Great post, Traci, and yes everyone needs “a room of her own,” if only in concept. Yours is beautiful. Congratulations.

  12. Love it Traci- especially the art and the way you have it displayed! Great feature- congrats!

  13. Holly says:

    This wine room looks like the perfect spot to get away from it all. It’s beautiful Traci and congrats on the article.

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