I'm not sure just when it became fashionable to bash men; I just know that I've never cared for the practice. Then again, I don't care for bashing of any sort. (I have my mother and my own life's experiences to thank for that.)
It's good to see that there are blogs like Book Dads and bloggers like Steven in upstate New York that promote books with positive views of fathers and fatherhood. Haven't heard of Book Dads? That's very easy to remedy, you know. Stop by and say hello. There is lots of good information on that site!
As far as creative spaces go, there can be such a thing as too many white walls. I've eradicated all the white walls inside this house, and it seems that Steven is another person who's not afraid of a little color.
Well, truth be told, he's even braver than I am. Let me show you what I'm talking about. (Don't forget that you can click on the photos to view them full size.)
This room is still a work in progress. When we purchased this house over three years ago, we struggled with the use of the third and smallest bedroom and wanted to have it serve as both an office and a guest room. Unfortunately it is just too small to accommodate all those functions and the need for work/computer space won out. A pull-out sofa in the living room becomes our guest space.
There is a matching desk on the wall opposite my desk for Brian and also a solid wall of new floor to ceiling bookcases. The bookcases were empty for awhile as we unpacked some books and unfortunately have become a catch all place for other stuff too. I put a bulletin board on the wall over my desk, where I still have a wonderful Valentine drawing made by my son last February.
Not everyone seems to appreciate the bright lime green color we painted the room, but we love it and we are so tired of the plain white walls in every room of the house. We just had to have some color. The afternoon sun fills this room with warmth and light, but I do have to close the blinds to see my computer screen!
Steven and Brian have a very similar office set-up to Denis and me: desks on opposite walls and bookcases. Speaking of bookcases, I love these! Don't you? I will have to admit that, although lime green is not a color that you'll ever see on the walls of my house, it does work in Steven and Brian's room, especially with the black desk, chair and file cabinets and the dark bookcases to ground it.
The rug on the floor is very interesting, too. At first I thought it was just underneath Steven's desk, but now that I look at it again, it may cover the entire floor. I'm also wondering if it's carpet tiles? (Hmmm... maybe I watch too much HGTV!) I'm sure that Steven will enlighten us soon.
Thank you so much for the tour of your creative space, Steven. It makes a bold and pleasing statement!
Who will be featured next Wednesday on Scene of the Blog? You'll just have to stop by and find out for yourself. See you then!