A Room Of One’s Own

My ‘Room Of One’s Own’, to reference Virginia Woolf, is finally ready. After seven years of gradual, almost entirely DIY home renovations – painting, fixing the roof, eaves, rotted cladding, setting up solar panels, rain water, fire protection, insulation, a new bathroom and more – spaced out according to time and budget constraints, I have a combined writing/work/craft/sewing room. It’s here where I will start penning my 12th book later this year.

“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

It has been some time since I’ve had a room of one’s own – a decade, in fact – and in that time I’ve become the mother to a beautiful, bright daughter who also loves to read and create. At home there is a small shared office with my husband Berndt Sellheim – also a writer, as well as a poet, academic and photographer. There is a corner of the large front room with a little sloping Victorian desk (my laptop liked to slide off that, actually). There is the bed, when my back is out. In the late nineties I wrote my first novel on a wooden chair at a kitchen table in a little rented flat. A writer can work anywhere and everywhere, but everywhere isn’t necessarily ideal.

Now there will be a dedicated room of my own to work in. It’s the dream of every writer.

I am, to put it mildly, ridiculously excited.

This room was a rusted out industrial kitchen when we purchased our home, a couple of hours out of Sydney, and for the first several years it was a storage space for moving boxes. Now, with everything gradually cleared, patched up, painted and DIY tiled (Thank you, Berndt!), I have a space to write my blogs and my books, to study for my PhD, to sew, mend, create and run the workings of my humble little Etsy shop, Tara’s Vintage Closet, all in an airy environment of largely salvaged, up-cycled, antique and vintage things (including a turn of the century Selecta machine, 1920s school teacher’s desk, salvaged chandelier and mid century sewing box) and my books, laptop and trusty Bernina.

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I’m still working on my storage areas and book shelves, but she is already feeling like home to my future projects. I look forward to writing my next novel here, working on my PhD and bringing future cosplay and sewing projects to life.

Do you write, blog or sew? What is your work area like?

PS Yes, my rescue pup Beauvoir has really grown. She’s winking at you in the photo at the top of this blog, because of course she is.

 

2 Comments

  1. Abrinth

    Those tiles are gorgeous!

    I’d love to see more posts showcasing your interior decorating. I’ve seen some footage I think is shot in the large room you mention, and it looks so eclectic and intriguing.

    My husband’s writing room gradually transitions into mine by way of our library. My books are mostly at my end of the library, and his are down his end – with a nice amalgamation in the middle. With us each having private rooms at either end of the larger, open plan library, I feel we have the best of both worlds of working privately yet together. Questions like “What does the Oxford Style manual say about capitalising professor?” often get called out while we’re both immersed in our own work. I’m pretty territorial, but I really love working like this.

  2. Victory

    Dear Abrinth,
    I’ll post more in that case. Thank you. Your way of working privately and yet together sounds divine.
    Best wishes,
    Tara AKA Victory

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