Having a space of my own became an urgent priority a few years ago. As the only female in my household for the past 20 years, I’ve desperately yearned for a place to call my own. Our sweet little, old farmhouse only has one bathroom upstairs that we ALL share (go ahead, ladies, gasp!). So while I’ve semi-patiently tolerated all sorts of bathroom issues that come with five males peeing all over the one toilet that I, too, have to use, I hit a breaking point when I was trying to work/write from home. Having a home-based business has many upsides, but too many distractions for this lady to function well.
Much too long after man-caves became a “thing,” women have now been allowed the same accommodation… a little escape from the shared household spaces. It never did seem fair that the fun, casual drinking spaces were reserved for the guys–a space that didn’t need to be cleaned very well or used to entertain guests other than more guys who also sought refuge from those damned feminized rooms within the home. I like drinking and relaxing as much as the next guy (or gal) but I needed a space that didn’t require me to look around and think, “Oh, so-and-so didn’t put his laundry away. I’ll just do that before I get to this article.” Or, “Gosh, those dirty dishes in the sink are going to stink if I don’t load the dishwasher before I work on this floor plan. Better take care of that.”
Obviously, if we’re only working with one upstairs bath we also don’t have a spare room to use as an office. Eventually, I was able to wrestle this space above my garage into my own private fort. Or, as one of the boys calls it, my tree house. We painted the whole thing glossy white to maximize the light that comes through the fabulous round window that a client couldn’t use. Then, I found these great light fixtures from Cedar and Moss, a lighting company in Oregon. They’re way cool and great quality!
Even though the furniture is all upcycled, repurposed, and second-hand, it came together nicely to provide a very comfy mom-cave work space that I absolutely love. And it has a bathroom!