Writing new music looks A LOT different than it used to. I remember sitting in my bikini on the beach in Hawaii, with the wind in my hair as inspiration just crashed upon me like the waves in the ocean. There are no waves or sand now. These days I’m lucky if I get through an entire day without finding food in my hair. Having a child will do that to you. It will also change you for the better in ways you couldn’t even imagine… One of the biggest blessings of my life! The hardest part about writing for me now is the urgency of it.
“Selah is asleep, get creative. Right now. Write NOW!”
I find it difficult to rush inspiration. What I’ve found that helps me is the aesthetic of the space I’m in. Being surrounded by things I find beautiful helps me to create (prayerfully) beautiful things. So this is what I had in mind when began to design our home office.
I LOVE black and white. I love the contrast, contradiction, and courage they display together. Just looking at the combination of the two often inspires me, so I like to incorporate the black and white duo as often as I can.
Here’s a look into the new rachaelmessini.com HQ:
I’m not big on new year’s resolutions, but this year I decided that in 2014 (and beyond) I am going to live more in the “now.” I often struggle with trying to balance it all, being present, and not always looking to what’s coming next. Whether I’m hanging with my husband and daughter, writing music, or designing a new space, I want to be right there and be intentional about it. So I decided to write it on my heart and (literally) write it on the wall in hope that my “now” clock will serve as a daily reminder to enjoy what’s happening in every moment and in every season.
My daughter outgrew her beautiful crib at about 18 months… and by outgrew I mean ‘wouldn’t stop climbing out of it.’ Out-climbed? Yea, that’s better. It was too pretty to just get rid of, and soon after we transitioned her to a toddler bed the crib was recalled anyway. So I didn’t know what to do with it! I basically had a pile of beautiful pieces in our garage that needed a home, but didn’t fit in with the aesthetics of the rest of the rooms in our house. I decided to make them all work together for the office!
We gave the crib new life by redesigning it into a small love seat where Selah can play or I can cuddle up with a good book; it’s actually quite cozy!
My new ‘desk’ is actually a sofa table that I’d previously painted a minty color but never assigned a home. I gave it a new purpose by painting it black and pulling up a chair. Turns out it is just the right height for a very comfortable desk.
I thought the closet doors could use a little love too, so I painted the middle and top panels a glossy black. I love how much drama black paint can add to a room!
My absolute favorite part of this space is the view. It has a magnificent patio* that overlooks our backyard! The doors let in so much natural light and there is almost always a wonderful breeze blowing in. It’s hard not to be inspired when I sit down at this desk and look out at God’s beautiful creation!
*Stay tuned for a post on my patio makeover coming soon!