“Go to the desk. Stay at the desk. Thrive at the desk.” -William Matthews

Everyone has a place—their place—where heart and breath slow, and stillness and contentment reign. Maybe it’s the inside of a train, the white sand of a beach, or a treasured bookstore. Maybe it’s a cushy chair at a local beanery, the zoo, or a bench at MoMa. Or maybe, if you’re truly lucky, it’s a space within your own home.
Since my mother-in-law’s arrival we’ve been working on my nook. Truthfully, I’ve been adding to my stash since last year, but I needed her expertise to bring the space to life. To make singular items create a mood and tell a story—my story.

And that’s just what she did.

nook_right wall_close
My nook is my sacred place.

It asks nothing and gives everything. It smells of sage blossoms and vanilla and is guarded by cheery owls and pink hippos. It highlights my love of polka dots and dresses, quotes and candles. And it houses a tribute to our three little angels, who watch over me from the halls of Heaven.

Generally, I go there to write, but it’s also great for naps, tears and counting to 10 (not necessarily in that order).
Everything there is a reflection of my heart and a representation of my spirit, from the decorative boxes holding pictures of loved ones to the small collection of books by my favorite novelist, Elizabeth Berg.

Elizabeth Berg
This place oozes me.

It honors my past and cherishes the possibilities of my future.
It brings the kiss of life to my craft and heart.
Four simple walls and a collection of stuff do all that.

nook_desk view

What a wonderful and blessed thing!


  One thought on “My sacred place

  1. April 21, 2014 at 1:20 am

    I love it . . . what a blessing, and an inspiration to turn my piles into a sacred place for me. Thank you!

    • April 23, 2014 at 12:58 am

      Wonderful, Jane! I think you should. Everyone needs a sacred place.

  2. April 21, 2014 at 1:32 am

    My house will soon be expanding and I’ll be moving into a bigger bedroom. I’m hoping to make some kind of writing nook. 🙂 Excited. Your post is inspiring me.

    • April 23, 2014 at 1:00 am

      I loved reading that! Send me a picture once you do…

  3. StephanieJane
    April 21, 2014 at 1:58 am

    I think I need a nook. 🙂 There doesn’t seem to be a convenient space in our house but I bet I could carve something out SOMEWHERE if I tried hard enough. Because looking at all the inspiration in your nook made my heart long for a nook of my own. ❤

    • April 23, 2014 at 1:02 am

      I’m sure you could find some space, Stephanie Jane. A sacred place makes all the difference. It really does.

  4. April 21, 2014 at 2:55 am

    Beautiful…the heart, the reasons, the room…

    • April 23, 2014 at 1:03 am

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  5. April 21, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    So beautiful – love all the details too!

    • April 23, 2014 at 1:04 am

      The details are my favorite, Caroline! Thanks for stopping by, sweetie.

  6. Bob Kolb
    April 21, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    It looks like a wonderful, relaxing and contemplative place for you but it is a little too feminine for my taste.
    Pastor Bob

    • April 23, 2014 at 1:05 am

      Well, I guess that’s why you’re XY and I’m XX 🙂

  7. Bruna
    April 21, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Adorei Dani!! Ficou encantador.
    Saudades de vcs.
    Beijo grande

    • April 23, 2014 at 1:06 am

      Ficou mesmo. Adorei, minha linda. A-D-O-R-E-I!!

      Que saudade de ti, amiga ❤

  8. James g paul
    April 22, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Oozes , does not belong, I was really rolling with this and then I read the word….. oozes.

    When I hear ooze, I think toxic waste or a dirty diaper.. Stifle the urge to use ooze in yor writing. I liked it though.


    • April 23, 2014 at 1:10 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Uncle Jim. I didn’t know you were keeping up with my posts.


      as far as oozes goes…

      Oozes got you to comment.

      I like oozes.

      Oozes. Stays.

  9. ShethP
    April 24, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I love this! I wish I had a kind of nook of my own as well. Yours looks so comfy! 🙂

    • April 25, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      It really is and I’m quite possessive of it…to my husband’s chagrin.

      I hope you make a space for yourself. Once you do, send me a picture. I’d love to see it!!


  10. April 25, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    What beautiful decorations! I absolutely adore it. So nice to have a lil’ piece of your own space.

    • April 26, 2014 at 3:53 am

      It truly is, Shelby.

      Thanks for dropping by, sweetie.

  11. April 27, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Your writing space is lovely. Even in photos, it gives a sense of peace and genuine sweetness. Thanks for sharing the pictures, and for stopping by my blog earlier today – I’m happy to meet you!


    • April 30, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      I am, as well, Aniko. Here’s hoping you have a space of your own.


      • May 1, 2014 at 10:48 am

        Thank you, Dani, I do. My desk is in the sun room, surrounded by windows. 🙂

  12. April 27, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    What a wonderful space you have here Dani. I’m so glad you have it to nurture your soul and heart. It’s lovely… 🙂

    • April 30, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks, Steve. It really is special.


  13. April 28, 2014 at 4:28 am

    I love this Dani. For so many reasons – I’m so glad you have a safe haven. It does look very cozy and charming!

    • April 30, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you, Alexis. I’m glad you stopped by.

      I’ve thought of you often.

      • May 5, 2014 at 10:51 pm

        Thank you always Dani. Hope you are well 🙂

  14. April 30, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Dani, your space is as exquisite as you are! And I like “oozes” too – it does ooze you! 🙂 My “writing room” is still a work in progress, as it has never been so organized and seems to be a catch all for clutter from the rest of the house so guests won’t see it downstairs! Your beautiful space is inspiring. Don’t hold your breath, but I’ll send photos one day! Love you!

    • April 30, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you, Ginny girl.

      It’s been a process, but I’m so happy it’s nearly done.

      I love it…

      And you.

      P.S. I’m waiting on pictures.

  15. May 5, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Thank you for visiting my blog! I a happy to have found yours. I love your style of writing. Just beautiful!

    • May 8, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Thank you so much, Lynda.

      What a sweet comment!

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