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Name: Patty Breen

City: Farmington, Michigan

Tell us about your favorite spot in your home.

My favorite spot in my home is what I lovingly call “my cozy corner.” It is where I begin my day early in the morning with a cup of coffee while I read and write in my journal. It is also where I love to work on different writing or creative projects.

I have had this chair and ottoman set for almost ten years. It has been with me through a lot of transitions, some easy and others more difficult. It has a cozy, safe, familiar feel to it. It is a safe place for me to relax, unwind, and just be me.

Sometimes in the winter months, I read or pray in this cozy spot by the light of candles in my apartment. Other times, I come to this chair and am still and silent, in my attempt to stop “fixing” my life and instead accept it for what and where it is right now.

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Tell us how this spot came to be decorated the way it is.

When I moved into my apartment, I knew I wanted to make a peaceful little corner where I could reflect and read. It has taken a long time to give it the right feel. I searched for the right frames, pictures, and prints to make a little gallery wall. I wanted to find a new lamp that warmed up the space. I wanted to find a frame or clipboard to hang up my words for the year or different quotes I find comfort in.

Every little part of this corner represents a piece of me and reminds me that I am present and alive. Every little creative touch has personal meaning and there is a reason I have it here. The yellow painted sign was a gift from my sister when I was her maid of honor. The gold and white striped frame is a picture of a group of women who have become like the older sisters I never had but always wanted in my life.

Have there been particularly inspiring or moving moments in this corner of your home? Or, is there a particular feeling you get when you are in this space in your house?

When I am in this space in my home I feel relaxed and at peace. It is my little safe haven.

This is a place where I challenge myself to listen, to keep showing up, and to hear what I’m being asked to give in life. Having a sacred space in my home where I can just come and be still is life giving and restorative to my soul.

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