french ~~ boudoir nesting

In almost any book I have read about French living, the importance of a woman having her space, a room of her own, is always emphasized.  I completely agree.  While I don’t have my “own” room, I do carve out areas through out my home where I can work/rest/read/revel.  One of my favorite spaces is my boudoir.  Here is how I command this space:

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Pillows, blankets, handbag, phone, Nook, computer, books, usually a beverage (wine is preferred after 7:00 PM)…nothing beats these accoutrements when I have finally just had it and need my space.  However, I must be honest and admit it is never just “my space” anymore.  I have a squatter:

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Bed, toy, treat, baby, heat register…all the accoutrements needed when my little Rockefeller just needs his down time.  For the record, I don’t bring these things into “my” room for him…he does it all on his own, piece by piece.  A slow and insidious move-in.   I have tried to explain to him that he has his “own” kennel where he can hole up with all his worldly goods but the words fall on deaf, floppy ears.  Since he is usually pretty quiet during these boudoir sessions, I let him stay.

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Not to mention that the above scenario works much better than this one if I wish to accomplish anything:

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Enjoy some smiles and laughs today.  Hug your pet! (too bad if you only have fish)

~~Heather~~

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38 thoughts on “french ~~ boudoir nesting

  1. When we first got Rockefeller, it was hard getting used to having a shadow. Now I am so used to him being there that when he’s not, I panic. Well, not really panic, but I do check to see where he has gone. Rockefeller isn’t allowed in our bed either. Especially after blowing out his cruciate the one time I did have him on it and he jumped off. Lesson learned!

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  2. What a fun post! The French understand that a woman has to have a space to “recharge her batteries”. Who better to help that process than an loving and loyal friend? (And one who provides his own nest?) At certain times of the day, Riley and Jacob, my Chihuahuas, expect to be held and cuddled. There is a leather recliner in the living room that is no longer compatible with my husband’s back issues but it serves very well as a nesting place for the boys and me. BTW, Barkefellers is not open yet but I intend to check it out when they do open.

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    • I can see you in your comfy nesting place with your little guys. Very nice! Hey, if Barkefellars is looking for a “face” for their business, have their people call my people. ; )

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  3. Too right, Heather – we all need a little place we can go to unwind or sulk in comfort. Rockefeller looks so cute with all his little necessities in tow. And even cuter snuggled up to you. My little rascal does sleep on the bed. However I think mine is much lower than yours. I suppose we’d have to buy him those doggy stairs if he couldn’t manage to jump up. Your bedroom looks lovely and peaceful.

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    • Master Brett established the “no bed” rule from the get go. I do bring him up once in a while “to hang” but I put a pillow fence all around him so he can’t jump off. He’s never under the covers so Brett doesn’t take this joy away…see? I am respectful!

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  4. If I could I would post a pic of Pixie who has moved herself in right beside my bed…. They are just too funny aren’t they! Good for little Rockefeller, he knows what he wants and he goes after it!

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    • Awwww…Rockefeller will stay in our room as long as possible. He really likes it in there which helps me appreciate more so how dogs are pack animals. They love being where their people are.

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  5. That is so important to have a place all your own. I love that idea. I need to do that. I can’t believe Rocky takes all his things in their by you. How precious. He’s too sweet.

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    • His bed has always been his favorite “toy”. Drags it all over the place. Do you have a room of your own now too?

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  6. Heather, a lovely post … that last photo is so touching – he can´t come close enough. I´m lucky too because the bedroom is all mine. Sitting with my netbook now … just like you on the photo. I love my bedroom … and I rare watch TV in the lounge anymore.

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  7. Your room is lovely. I have a few places in my house where I retreat. Last night the power went out for a few hours – but it was still light outside, so I lit some candles and read my book by the window in our guest room (we have a comfy chair in there) – it was quite nice!

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  8. I was just ‘saying’ on another blog that it upsets Bill if I close the door on my ‘office’. So I sometimes take a notebook and pen to a cafe in the village where it is quiet and I have no need to converse. Need a new battery for this old laptop for it to be of any use. It’s good to do things the old fashioned way sometimes!

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    • Why does it upset Bill? I just tell Brett I love him but I can’t talk to him for a little bit. He just goes into his man cave to work on something or play guitar. He understands I need to do this to “recharge” my batteries. Sadly my burn out rather quickly.

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    • I have always loved little nooks. I have a great window seat in the family room that I have thought about converting into a reading nook. But the windows are facing the next door neighbor’s house…only a few feet away. I think I would feel more like a fish in an aquarium.

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  9. I was getting ready to ask how you get “the Rock” to stay on his little rug but then I saw the last picture. We tried a doggie bed for Augie and he would only stay in it if I could fit – that wasn’t a possibility.

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    • Actually he will stay on the floor as long as he is near me. As I type this he is “choosing” to be on the floor rather than on the family room sofa…which he has permission to be on. I think he likes his space sometimes.

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  10. I love your writing and your sense of humor … and also that toile bedspread (surprise, I have one too!). Is that a tapestry over the bed? My “squatters” are cats but the end result is the same. Great post – Happy Easter!

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    • I always feel so relieved when someone says she “gets” me. I’m kind of “out there” sometimes with my thinking…and many times I am the only one that finds me funny. That “toile” bedspread ensemble was a garage sale find last summer. My neighbor bought it for her bed but the hubby didn’t like it. She sold it for $40 (shams, bedskirt too). I looked up the brand online. I figure I saved roughly $300. Merci!!

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  11. What a sweet post, Heather.
    Your boudoir is very pretty.
    Rockefeller is so cute….love the way he sneaks his way to the comfiest spot in the house. My Lucas does the same thing.

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  12. I remember when you bought you lovely bed linens…they were really a find. The boudoir is the best nesting and relaxing spot for me. I start my day off with two cups of tea there each morning as I slowly start my day.

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