Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Home Tour Tuesday---Home Office

Howdy, y'all! Here it is, another week and one more installment of Home Tour Tuesday with Miss Daphne and yours truly.

This week's theme: Working hard, or hardly working---Show us your home office, has me drawing a big fat blank! I got nothing!

And as much as I'd love a home office or space to call my own, I'm going to have to sit this one out, with no pictures of my own to share. But just because I don't have an office of my own, definitely doesn't mean that I'd miss an opportunity to share a few of my favorite working spaces.

Speaking of working spaces and craft niches, have you seen or heard about this trend in modern design---the mom cave?

Now the man cave has been around for years, but apparently women across the country are jumping on the bandwagon, claiming a space of their own.

A mom cave functions under a few basic principles:
{courtesy of Lian Dolan}

You dream of a place with no toys on the floor. The rest of the house belongs to them, the other people in your family who toss their backpacks in the middle of the living room. Your concept of home decorating doesn't include posters of the Green Bay Packers or Hello Kitty. Honor your style. 

A recharged mom is a happy mom.  Our cell phones need recharging. Our laptops need recharging. So do Moms.  In our non-stop world, we all run out of energy.  Power-up with a half-hour of "me time" in your own personal space. 

Silence makes the heart grow fonder. From morning to night, you are there, Mom, listening to your children, from the cute stories to the not-cute whining. Think of your Mom Cave as a place to enjoy an intermission from all the drama—you're not leaving so much as just taking a break, just like at the opera.

Your minivan or SUV is not a Mom Cave.  Moms relish alone time in the car, music blaring and the seat heater turned on.  Some days, ten minutes of wait time in a carpool lane is tantamount to a spa visit. But, the car fills up with kids and has no facilities. You deserve a special spot with access to running water. 

You are not just a mom. You're also a writer, a blogger, a crafter, or a voracious reader. How about your dreams to organize your grandmother's recipes or research the family tree? Every mom is multi-faceted. Create a place for those other facets.

Sounds great, right? I don't know about you, but unlike jelly sandals, hammer pants, and swatch watches, this is one trend I don't intend to let pass me by!

And in this family, we all live by the motto: Work hard, play harder! Sweet Bean even likes to pretend to work hard, putting on her lensless spectacles to better study her blocks. Wonder if we have a future engineer in our midst? Gosh, wouldn't that just make her Daddy's day---following in his footsteps one equation at a time!

Now don't forget to grab our badge and link up! But most importantly, don't forget to let us know whether you're working hard, or hardly working?

{Don't you just love this sign? With literally hundreds to choose from, find one that suits your lifestyle at the Keep Calm Shop on Etsy!}

Happy Tuesday, friends!

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High Heeled Life said...

The photos of Sweet Bean priceless!!!! Thanks for the office inspiration photos..xo HHL

Jennifer said...

Wow...I am just in awe of the whole 'mom cave' idea!! I really need one of those...I think we all do. Finding a place to put it is the key. And love what it stands for :) Great inpiration photos as well. And GG is too cute in her glasses, can looks like my boys in their Harry Potter glasses...LOL! Sorry I didn't participate this week....I will be back for next weeks installment :)

Beth McC. said...

Love all the pictures and I love that yellow Keep Calm sign I think I might need that in my new office!

Andie Zimmerman said...

I'm really digging that second to last photo of the 'favorite space' section! Wow, could you imagine? I would never leave my 'mom cave'. Beautiful!

P.S. Sweet Bean is absolutely adorable. Love the glasses!

Jessica said...

I am SO down for a Mom Cave! I often run and hide in my closet so I can escape the "hey mom, i need this, this, and this." Have a good Tuesday!!

Jumping Jack said...

I LOVE the picture on the Mom Cave sign! That's what I dream of my sewing room to look like one day! Bright walls, lots of shelving, pictures - oh I can't wait! At least I am getting walls and French doors put up the summer, so that puts me one step closer to it being a "mom cave" - NO BABIES ALLOWED! HA!

GG is precious in those glasses! She looks so studious!

Kristy said...

Wow, I'm totally in love with the little room beside the staircase!! I haven't heard of the Mom Cave. I'm definitely all for it ;)

Mrs. Southern said...

I'm right there with ya and wish I had an office but my little nook in the bonus room will have to do with all of my crafts and sewing machine as my work space. I love that etsy sign, thanks for sharing that site!

Jen said...

I love the second pic...Now I could do some work in there!
And you are right...an SUV is not a Mom cave. Whew!

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

i want to be your daughter. you always dress her so cute and think of fun things for her to play with...

as for the office spaces..mine suck...as always. i liked the picture of the cute niche w/hardwoods and the white skirted chair...that would be my spot! (to hide)

i always would love a space for the kids to have to do computer work. we don't have a niche...just rooms and well rooms...no extra spot for kids

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

I am drooling over the first photo you posted! Love it, thanks for hosting.

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Well, these are gorgeous offices for sure, but certainly do not look very used. :o)

I love the specs, just so adorable!

Thanks for stopping by and I'm about to go over and check out the Keep Calm Shop. Blessings!

Annie said...

GG looks so smart!!! Love it.

I dont have a home office....but sure wish that I did :(

Daphne (Flip Flops and Pearls) said...

GG is killing me! Bwahahahaha

Ok I'm tardy to the party! With good reason:)
I'm coming to via the pedicure hair, wish you were here!!!

Great rooms of inspiration S. Funny we were on same page! I could live in pottery barn and Ballard. LIVE.

Well I'm trying to understand Chinese....


Daphne (Flip Flops and Pearls) said...

Oh I meant to say. That 2nd to last image is nothing but awesOme!!

Karen At Home said...

Beautiful spaces Shannon!!! The pictures of GG are killing me, that is precious!!

I have no den to share either, I think people would be very uninspired by my space. It's very much a work in progress, I hope to have a Mom cave and a little bloggy office one day, but for now, Jillian's little Tikes House is taking it over until we build a deck!!! :)

Talk to you soon!


Joni said...

haha GG is super cute in her glasses. and that whole mom cave idea is awesome!

Stephanie M. Page said...

I love the idea of a mom cave! and I love all those pictures-- oh a girl can dream!

Traci said...

The pictures of Gillian with those glasses on are HILARIOUS!!! Too cute!