03 October 2012

There's an Elephant in My Room

pink elephants

I remember when I was little and living with my parents, my room was my world. Especially during those angsty teeny bop years, time spent at home meant being with myself doing my own thing in my room. I had awful blue-green shag carpet and mis-matched furniture, but it was a place where only I knew exactly what was in it and where I could do (and for the most part, act) how I wanted. Loads of diary writing, YA reading, emo sketching and later year-NKOTB worship happened in that room.

College meant roommates and shared spaces, and granted everyone seemed very open with their stuff and areas, but it was almost mandatory to make yourself known in your space. I hung up painting and sketches from my art classes, invested in loads of cheap Target and Delia's tchotchkes, and streamed the obligatory twinkle lights and paper garlands lest my roommate ever forgot which desk or single bed was hers from mine.

pink elephants  pink elephants

Out of school, I spent short periods living completely on my own. It was freeing/scary/confusing to have all of it for myself. Did you know that furniture costs money? That towels and bath mats aren't just there and floors don't clean themselves? In my first apartment, I did discover that I lacked the decorating gene and thereafter just kept things very spare, very neutral - lots of beige, white and black. I splurged on these ridiculous Marimekko floor pillows but had no dining table. When I suddenly had the power to do exactly what I wanted all over, I didn't quite know what to do with myself. But it was mine, all mine ...

Now? I live in a big enough place where we can openly have our shared spaces (living room, kitchen, bedroom) for when we want to be sociable and about - though I still can't decorate worth anything - but I also have a spare bedroom which has become my home office/overflow closet/room of general Lisa randomness. And where the general living spaces are results of ocooperation and compromise, that room is all my own. Jewelry becomes decor, big red Target baskets hide paperwork, novels mix it up on shelves with ceramic elephants and family pictures.

In your home, what are completely your own space(s)? What do you dedicate your space to and how much time do you spend there?

pink elephants
 
pink elephants

Top: Gap boyfriend popover (worn here - sim, sim)
Skirt: J.Crew pleated crepe (worn here - sim, pricey)
Necklace: The Circle is Cast via Etsy (worn here - sim, pricey)
Bracelets: J.Crew wildflower & Asos (sim)
Shoes: Michael Kors hamilton (worn here - sim, pricey, luxe)
Clutch: Kate Spade (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Outfit inspired by M

54 comments:

  1. That top could not be more adorable! I can't tell - are the elephants a metallic gold, or cream color? And yes - like you I still need my own room - we have a spare bedroom that is my closet, lounging space, etc. My SO just steers clear. ;)

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    1. The elephants are kind of peachy-pink and they are outlined in a bright orange color.

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  2. Love the outfit! I tried on that skirt but couldn't manage to make it look not-little-girly. You've made it look really chic and made good use of the color. I like the matching jewelry and wallet.

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  3. YAY! i have that top! twinsies!!! i also have my "own" room in our house. it is a wardrobe room/office/jewelry box/closet MESS. but it is all mine and no one else is allowed in...ha ha!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

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    1. Oh yeah, my half of the closet is like a blackhole for clothes sometimes, but it's mine!

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  4. I love that you paired this top with a pink skirt. I haven't ventured beyond jeans and maybe a pair of gray pants when wearing mine.

    Sadly, I don't have a space to truly call my own because there is just not enough room for anything, but in my new place I hope to claim the balcony as my space to just listen to the quiet sounds of nature, read or drink in piece. I can't wait!!

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    1. Men and balconies just mean a place for a huge grill and folding chairs - claim it and make it a pretty retreat!

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  5. The top is totally adorable paired with the pink skirt. Love it! I don't have my own room but I like to claim the lazyboy chair. I spend an awfully long extended time on my laptop daily and I like to think of the chair as my comfort/escape zone.

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    1. I totally have my spot on the couch in the living room - I'm kind of lost if someone else sits there before I do!

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  6. Ahh your elephant print top is too cute! I don't really have my own "room" since I live in a 1 bedroom apartment with my hubby and two dogs, ha. I think the dogs have more of their own space than I do :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    Chicnova Giveaway!

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  7. OMG I really really REALLY love your blouse Lisa!!!!

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  8. that's why i love pinterest! i was not given the gift of putting designs together, so it gives me wonderful inspiration. pictures DO help a lot! hahaha i also subscribe to some blogs, in which they love to talk about interior design. i believe in a great bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. those are my 3 ME areas! LOVE your top Lisa! It's so cute! I love the pockets on it. :)
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  9. Love the elephant top! If I were insanely rich and could hire a genetic biologist I think it would be great if they could create a miniature elephant. Then you could have an 18 inch tall adorable elephant walking around your living room. That's pretty much my biggest dream in life. :) But an elephant top would make me happy too. lol.

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    1. Hehe, I adore miniature things too! I love those miniature ponies and donkeys!

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  10. Oh my word, I adore that bright skirt and those heels! You look gorgeous.

    Well, right now my daughter and I are living with my parents, and I'm technically in the living room, so I kind of don't have my own space. I'll be living completely on my own for the first time EVER once we find our own place (I went from my parents' house to living with my husband right away, never lived on my own before) so that'll be a new, scary experience. I'll have to kill my own roaches. Ugh.

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    1. I've taped bugs to the wall before - mostly because I am too much of a chicken to squish bugs but still don't want them to scurry off, and partly because I want them up there as a warning to other bugs, haha!

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  11. I absolutely LOVE this outfit! The pink and blue combination is one of my favorites!

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  12. You look uber-chic, and the print on that blouse is absolutely stunning.

    We live in a small home that seemed huge when it was just my oldest child and me. I reveled in my giant bedroom and spare office. Now that there are more of us, post blended family, I think I just have the little corner where my computer desk sits. And all my virtual friends live...lol.

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  13. I think the pink of your skirt is my new favorite color this fall. Everything I want seems to be that color!

    The master bedroom is really MY space. My husband has his own room because when we were first married, he worked a different shift and that way we didn't disturb each other. But even though he's back on my schedule, he still keeps all his clothes, books, computer, etc. in "his" room. Which is FANTASTIC, because he is super messy and leaves his crap everywhere. MY master bedroom is neat, clean and serene...AND I get both the master closets :)

    Taylor

    ohwelltatslife.blogspot.com

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  14. I too have a spare bedroom in the house that I use as my office and editing space for photos. It's where my TV and entertainment stand from my old apartment are, along with my collection of SATC dvds. There's a daybed that houses a huge throw pillow collection (I'm a bit obsessed) and some overflow off season clothing is in the closet. When I just need some me time, I can unwind in that room :) I love your outfit!

    Stephanie

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  15. Aw, I love your elephant print...and even better paired with that gorgeous skirt!

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  16. Adore this outfit, especially the skirt!

    The hubs and I live in a pretty small space so all areas are shared...I too lack the decorating gene, so lots of photos around our place :)

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  17. I love that top! My store sold out :-( After I bought the owl version, I've been obsessing over this one! Love this with the skirt!

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  18. Navy and pink is one of my favorite color combinations!

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  19. I really love the color of your skirt and that top is so cute <3

    Smile On:)...Classy Pam

    http://classypam.blogspot.com

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  20. I love your outfit Lisa. I love that you paired the top with this skirt - the colors really work well together. I'm really bummed that I missed out on this top. My store is completely sold out and it's sold out online too :(

    Moody Girl In Style

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  21. All of my spaces are one thing and one thing only - stuffed. I might be a hoarder. or just a person who can't respect the one in one out rule, for my closet, or for anywhere.

    Love your top, what is it about cute animal prints that I adore so?

    Chic on the Cheap

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  22. Hmm - my own little space would probably be my, er, our closet. Mine but ours. ;) And don't even get me started on NKOTB worshiping... Jonathan Knight and I were going to get married... someday!

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  23. Aw, thanks for linking to me! The color of this skirt is beautiful, and I'm drooling over that J. Crew bracelet. My own space right now is my classroom since it's my home away from home, and I wish I would stop being so lazy and just redecorate the walls. I haven't really changed the decor in 7 years!

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  24. Lisa, I love this outfit. You look so great. There aren't any real spaces that are totally mine in my house, except maybe for my desk. That's mine and only mine.

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  25. I love the title! Very witty!

    It's rare to find blouses with elephants... and rarer to pair them with hot pink skirts! But this outfit looks awesome.

    I live alone so everywhere is my own space but I think I care the most about the kitchen... haha. My cooking utensils are green & pink! It makes cooking so much more fun!

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  26. First of all, I love your pleated skirt, it's so cute! Secondly, the post is so timely for me because I'm moving very soon and I've been thinking a lot about what I want my new place to look like. I currently live with a roommate so they of course have some say about the shared spaces but I can't wait to make my room all my own. I spend a lot of time in my reading/blogging/knitting so it's really important to me that it feels like home.

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  27. I really like your skirt and that bracelet! They go perfectly together! You really do look so pretty here!

    oliviamoone.blogspot.com

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  28. you look AMAZING!! and girl - i feel you... living by myself for the first few years out of college was the best decision i ever made. it was my time to be ME on my own!!

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  29. One of my favorite looks from you! Loving the bright pink and the playful blouse, so cute! Nice jewels too:) xo

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  31. With 3 kids & the Mr., I don't have my own anything. I'd like to say my closet is just mine, but from time to time it's filled with Star Wars guys or My Little Pony items. ha! I love that skirt on you, makes me sad I didn't get it during the sale.
    xo, amy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  32. Such a cute top and I love that skirt!
    ~jessica
    http://jeansandateacup.blogspot.com/

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  33. I've been in my first apartment for a while now. It is still very barren. Really love the print of your top!

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  34. We have a 3-bedroom house, and no children (well, except the dog). So each of us has a room of our own. His is filled with all his music gear, and a few mementoes of childhood. Mine doubles as a guest room and has my out-of-season clothing plus a comfy futon as an escape.

    I was lucky to have a room of my own as a child too, even though I have sisters. I am pretty certain it was because I snored and my sisters found this quite annoying. I still snore, and occasionally I feel a bit badly for my husband who is (usually) very tolerant. Like you, my room was my castle, and my escape. Lots of journaling, lots of music, and many books.

    I have a vision for decor, but little ability to ground that vision into the tangible so I find decorating a lengthy and often arduous process.

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  35. This is a darling outfit and the elephant print shirt is really cute. I never thought much about elephants until I watched a documentary about them, they are wonderful, fascinating animals.

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  36. This outfit is sooo gorgeous!! I am in love with your pink skirt, and the elephant print top is too cute!!
    Meredith
    www.createthatoutfit.com

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  37. I just got this skirt myself- when it was on sale! I'm obsessed. Now I just need a place to wear it...

    ~L

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  38. i love love love your bracelets! and the color of your skirt is pretty! :D

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/
    LensVillage Giveaway

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  39. I love your elephant print shirt... and how you dressed it up with a classic a-line skirt.

    Hudson East
    HudsonEast.blogspot.com

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  40. Ooh, I just need your skirt in my life. I love this outfit and would totally wear it. :)

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  41. LOVE this outfit. one of my fave color combinations.
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