Inspired by Elaine Griffin
October 19, 2010
My friends, I’m inspired this week. Inspired to make changes, inspired to inject color, inspired to make my home serve our needs better. Why? Why the lovely Elaine Griffin, that’s why! You may recall I reviewed her book last year, and was delighted to find so much practical advice from one of the Top 100 Designers named by House Beautiful.
I had the opportunity to talk to Elaine last week, and it was like we were long time BFFs. She has the most valuable advice to give, and quite frankly, one of the kindest voices in the biz. It goes without saying I am a fan forever. In anticipation of the big Mom Cave Link Party coming up next week (ladies, mark your calendars!), here’s a few Q & A’s exchanged between the incredible Ms. Elaine and little ol’ me.
Q: How did the idea of the ‘Mom Cave’ originate?
HomeGoods conducted a national poll of 1000 people and it revealed that 56% of moms don’t have a space to call their own! Of those moms, 7 out of 10 said they would "love a space all for me"! They asked me (Elaine) to come in and help visualize what a Mom Cave would look like so that any woman (moms or not) could have one, no matter what size space they had or budget. So I designed three spaces as examples to kick off this new concept and inspire ladies to create a space that belonged just to them.
CG Note: Having a hard time focusing when gazing on these incredible saturated teal paneled blue walls with white, green, and gold accessories. Swoon.
Q: Where did you find all of the gorgeous furniture and accessories for these Mom Caves you designed?
All of it came from HomeGoods! What’s so fun about shopping at HomeGoods is the element of undiscovered treasures AND the incredible array of styles — there’s something for every room in every house in every style! To die for! It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing head-to-toe Chanel with a driver waiting out front, HomeGoods offers any shopper the thrill of the hunt AND designer goods at 60% off what you’d pay in the fancy stores.
Q: What are your strategies to creating the ideal ‘Mom Cave’?
Whether you’re or mom or not, it’s important to exhale for a moment and to take "me" time. The first thing to do is give yourself permission to have space of your own.
Moms are so busy nurturing, we really need to find a place to stake out for just us whether it’s three feet or three hundred square feet. It can be a space at the top of landing, one half of your dining room, a long expanse of empty wall, or even a closet — somewhere where you can declare, "This is my six feet!"
And a Mom Cave should have color! Pick ones that delight you and speak to you, even the outrageous ones, like our Ralph Lauren ‘Racer Pink’ on your painted walls. You don’t need your husband’s approval for anything that goes in your Mom Cave, so ENJOY what pleases just you!!!
CG Note: Love love loving the intense RL Racer Pink in this room. To me, it’s like the perfect shade of lipstick.
Q: What’s your favorite aspect of shopping HomeGoods furniture and accessories?
HomeGoods has unique finds from all over the world, the type of things that add those important finishing touches in a room, beyond your personal objects. The best way to shop HomeGoods is look closely to see what you can find. There’s a ton of designer loot and some stunning brand names, too. Check the price label first, and then look closely at the back of a piece to see what sort of other labels you can find . . . like big-ticket name brands that unaffordable elsewhere. They’re all over the store.
Always look deep into shelves — there’re great things in the back, like trays, for example. Really take your time going through everything (ladies, this is not a moment to RUSH!!), because you don’t always see the best finds on the first look!
Q: Remind us what the ‘Mom Cave’ is all about.
A ‘Mom Cave’ is where the woman who nurtures everyone goes to nurture herself. (Which is why I always say, "Make your ‘Mom Cave’ pretty and keep it neat!!!") It’s also an ideal space to visit with girlfriends, so allow pull-up seating for that, too. Make it super-personalized and surround yourself with beautiful things to look at while you recharge with a cup of tea. A ‘Mom Cave’ is a very relaxing "ultimate fantasy" space, but it’s also a functional space too, where you can work and produce. Most of all, a ‘Mom Cave’ is the space that nurtures your spirit.
Yes, yes, thank you Elaine! Don’t forget the Mom Cave Contest is next Monday, and there’s a lot of cash goodies up for grabs, with $250 as the top prize, and four $50 dollar runner up prizes. And guess who will also be my Guest Judges for the ‘Mom Cave’ contest?
The extremely talented Layla from The Lettered Cottage.
And the delightful and talented Rhoda from Southern Hospitality.
Two superstar bloggers and designers I am proud to call my friends.
Mark your calendars for next Monday October 25th!
You can enter in one of two ways:
Write up a post* in one of the two categories below in 100 words or less with images of your space and then link up to the party on October 25th.
A) Describe your ‘Mom Cave’ and get creative! It can be your home office, your craft corner or closet, your reading nook, your vanity, or your favorite getaway spot. Wherever it is that YOU take time to recharge, create, get organized, or just relax. Why is it special to you? How does your existing ‘Mom Cave’ help you stay organized, unwind, or simply be a better Mom?
B) OR, answer this question in your post: How would a $250 gift card help you create your own ‘Mom Cave’? Don’t forget a picture!
*If you do not have a blog, please submit your written entry (with at least 1 picture) to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before October 25th by 8 p.m PST.
Elaine Griffin has inspired me so much that there are some changes going on around these parts too! I happen to be a habitual mover of furniture, so the sofa that was in my home office was moved into the living room over the weekend. I like it here! It makes for a pleasant seating area for the holiday party, but not sure it will stay here forever. The grand piano was moved to the other side of the room, but I’m planning to move it back next year.
This room is screaming for an area rug, but I’m still waiting on this lattice rug in ivory on backorder until next month. I’m on the hunt for a better coffee table too.
This two tone credenza is scuffed up, so I’m thinking I’ll paint this time. How about a chic glossy medium tone gray with sleek nickel pulls? Above, a huge inspiration board, and perhaps some art. Add a few accessories in an intense raspberry color and some metallics too ~ it will be both pretty and practical!
Be sure to participate in the ‘Mom Cave’ Link Party on Monday October 25th!