Where I write and work

My dear blogger-friend Celi at The Kitchens Garden has asked her fellowship to share the place where the write. Here’s my little hole. And there on my screen, is her website. My desk is in an old room, partly underground, with curved vaulted ceilings. Perhaps once upon a time it was a storage space or a wine cellar. The house was built in the 1600s, so who knows. My light, when it comes, comes through a deep welled window that looks up and out onto a courtyard made of round pebbles. The wisteria is in bloom. The vines are creeping and flowering.


It is fine for me to be in a darkish place. I am often working on that big monitor you see, doing design or art direction work. Today, for example, I’m working on a lovely project, which must for the moment remain secret, for an agency in Minneapolis. When I get tired of thinking and writing and design, I go out for a walk or to grab a coffee. There are bars and cafés everywhere.


Today is the beginning of Milan’s Salone del Mobile, the annual design fair. The whole city is in on it, beauty abounds. If Italians want to outdo each other at anything, it’s beauty. So, for the moment, we are surrounded. Whether you look right, left, down or, yes, up. Acts of creativity large and small, everywhere. Every. Where. They make me smile.

Have a lovely day.

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21 Responses to Where I write and work

  1. How lovely to be surrounded by so many books and I love the mystery history of your home.
    Have a wonderful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  2. mame19 says:

    So neat and tidy! And very sophisticated looking as well.
    Milan — I always think of it as the centre of the world for fashion, is that still so? What an exciting place to live.
    Thanks for sharing ~ Mame 🙂

    • Hi Mame! What a great name!!! (I remember the movie.) Thanks for visiting, and yes, Milan still is a fashion centre. It is fun. Never a dull moment if you’re into that kind of thing. I’m not involved in fashion, but I like to watch it spin by.

  3. dayphoto says:

    I loved this tiny peak into your life. Thank you, Charlotte! Beauty does abound there!


  4. Gerlinde says:

    Your place looks just right . It has few distractions so that you can concentrate on your work and if you need a break you have Milan, perfect! Thank you for sharing Charlotte.

  5. meadowmice says:

    Hi! I’ve come over from Celi’s blog. Love your underground working burrow! Thanks for sharing your space with us all!

  6. katechiconi says:

    When I first started to read your description of the room, I thought “Must be France or Italy”, and so it was. You have a lovely, peaceful-looking and orderly space, and your outside distractions are fabulous!

    • It was so interesting looking at everyone’s spaces. Some small, some large. Some with views, some with none at all. And yet, they all made sense. I was touched, most of all, by what personal spaces they were. Virginia Woolf knew that we each need one. Just a wee space of our own…that’s enough sometimes. Thanks for coming!

  7. EllaDee says:

    I love how the uses for your space has evolved… over centuries… to your modern day inhabitance of it. And to who knows in another century…

    • That’s an acute observation of life here in general. I’ve always loved that about Italy…how people re-inhabit and bring new life to ancient spaces over and over again. Makes things feel like they will last a long, long time… Have a great day.

  8. YES! At last i see where you bring my animals into animated life! c

    • Yep, this is where they spring to life! Well, actually, they spring to life over there…but they get sketched out on that screen, over here. Speaking of which, as soon as I get this freelance off my lap, I’m gonna amuse myself with those piggies you mentioned.

  9. Eha says:

    Practical, quiet, comfortable and with history to cradle you: lovely! But looking at sunshine thru’ the branches of an old tree almost touching my window isn’t too shabby either . . . lucky if we can bask in such embracing surrounds . . .

  10. anne54 says:

    A lovely post. Thank you for letting me peek into your work space.

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