Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Place To Call Her Own

Nel has always wanted her own study.  As an English major, it has been her dream to have a room filled with wall to wall books.  She went through her Bachelor's and Master's program finding any space she could to fit her desk in the cramped apartments that she had throughout college.  Now, she finally has a place to call her own.  Her study is her workspace, but it is also her sanctuary.  It is where she goes to grade papers, work on articles that she has to write, and curl up with a good book at the end of the day.

This is her favorite desk lamp.  It lights her desk while she studies late into the night.



This is her travel shelf.  Her travel journals are stacked on top of each other.  The framed picture is of her Grandma in Egypt.  It reminds her that traveling can be a life-long passion.



This is her cozy reading chair.  The black throw keeps her warm in the winter time.  There is a little table next to the chair that is the perfect place to set a nice hot cup of coffee.





Her American Literature book shelf, which is her major field of study for her Ph.D.



She keeps a few eclectic decorative items on her shelves.  These remind her of New Orleans.



She really likes this tall vase because the detail looks Indian to her.



She loves her genie lamp!  It sits next to her favorite potted plant, which she's had for six years! 



This painting is of the Venetian canals.  She's looking forward to visiting Italy one day.



Nel's always been interested in languages.  These are some of the ones she's studied.



These wall candle holders have a cool design.



This is her most prized book in the library:  The Applause First Folio of William Shakespeare.




(Same book from the front)  All of Shakespeare's plays are collected in this volume.



Thanks for visiting Nel's space.










17 comments:

Mary said...

She has a wonderful place of her own! I love all of her books!

schererart said...

Nice place. I too love books! I'll have to remember some of the names here. I especially like the boat picture, or gondola, if that's the right name. :)

stephanie said...

Sheri...Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Always great to see what you have been up to.

Your photos are amazing...just a gift you have.

And, I always enjoy seeing other people's special spaces, and as an avid reader this is one that I REALLY love!

Red Rose Alley said...

Thank you, Stephanie, for saying Hello. Nel actually took those pictures in her study, so I can't take credit for them. Me and Jess have always been into photography and have even taken classes in it, but Nel bought a camera recently and she has been taking some great pictures with it. I really like you blog, and I think it's so charming.
~Sheri

Bluebirds and Butterflies said...

Hi Sheri,
What a great posting today! We learned so much about Nel from this one posting. I love her comfy chair and can picture her there reading her favorite book with a soothing cup of tea nearby. Love the genie lamp/lamp of learning. I love the fact that she mixes things she loves along with her books on her shelves. I do that, too. I have a black bookcase as well. I'll have to do a post on it someday, too. Love the print of Italy....a place I hope to visit also one day. It is on my list! :) I have actually posted some photos of Italy on my blog today. I shared some photos my son and his fiance took on a recent trip to Venice. I hope to see Venice someday, but also want to visit Tuscany. So many beautiful places in the world to see. I can see that Nel's study is her haven and can see why....it is really a lovely place to relax and read. Have a beautiful day! xoxo Kim

Cheryl De Beer said...

Hi Sheri, thank you for inviting me to visit your blog. I love your header. Nel's space is stunning and even tho it looks quiet an intellectual space, it is warm and inviting too. The vase, mask and genie lamp are my favourite things.

I am now a follower of your blog, I love it and I am so happy to have met you. You have no idea what blogging has brought to my life, meeting like minded people and visiting blogs that are so inspiring.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: What a wonderful space. I am so glad she finally found a place that is all hers. Thank you for visiting my blog. I look forward to getting to know you. Blessings, Martha

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Sheri,
Oh I love Nel's cozy place to study and display her treasures. I LOVE books and seeing her shelves all full just sings to my heart!!
It all looks so comfy. Thank you for sharing. Best wishes to Nel always.
Thank you for stopping by tea today and your sweet comment.
Have a great evening.
XO Celestina Marie

Concetta said...

Dear Sheri,
What a wonderful way to start my day - opening up my blog and seeing your kind comments - thank you!! I am so glad you stopped by for a visit - it is always so much fun to find new friends with things in common.
I love your blog - all the photos are just beautiful and there is something so special about mother-daughter relationships. I am looking forward to more visits with your family!
I am now following you - please stop back by and follow me too!
Have a blessed day!
Concetta

Shelia said...

Hi Sheri! How nice to meet you and glad you popped in to see me.
Your daughter's space looks wonderful and congratulations to her for getting her degree. I know you're very proud of her.
Hope you'll come back for a visit.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Your daughter;s office looks great. I love all the personal and meaningful items that you two have used to decorate it.
I am so glad I found you and your pretty red rose blog.
Your newest follower,
Alison

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I just love personal spaces like this. I also love American literature! Thanks so much for sharing!

I am getting caught-up on reading your blog today!

~RJ

Jen said...

Oh man, I need a place like this! If only my toddlers didn't pull down every book on the shelf, it could happen. Maybe when they grow up a little :)

Sue said...

Hi Sheri- Having a private place is so important to one's state of mind! I'm sure your daughter is getting a lot of work done here, as well as having a place to relax. :-) Love,love her little genie lamp! Happy to have you over for a visit this week.
~ Sue

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

What a wonderful room. We love books in our family. We converted our tiny dining room into what we fancifully call "The Library." Books are definitely our friends. Well, we do have real friends too. LOL

Just stumbled upon you blog and It is a treat to meet you all.

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

It looks like the perfect place to call her own for sure! Love all the special mementos and details! Thanks for stopping by Truly Lovely today! I'm following back now! :)

Tanya Bermudez said...

I LOVE THIS! I'm so glad you three put together this blog, what a fun way to show off your beautiful lives and inspire others :)