I’m Michele LaFollette, a 57-year-old wife and mom with a pink shed and some free time. Two years ago my husband retired, my only child left for college, we sold our home and bought one less than half the size. Armed with Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and the will to live what William Morris advised “Have nothing that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful,” I set about to conquer the mountain the movers left stacked in our large two car garage. As I came amazingly close to the end, I realized I needed a room of my own. I’d tried to make do with hallway space and shared bookcases and cabinets. My husband took one of the three rooms as his study and implored me to make use of my daughter’s small room. But, she too needed her space even if home is no longer her primary residence. And, so it dawned on me as my husband shopped for a tool shed that I could create my own space. It was like Christmas morning the day the workers unloaded the pieces of my structure from their truck. It was erected by day’s end. Plywood floors and open framed walls… a 15×8 canvas!
My daughter grew up in light pink colored rooms until at the age of 12 she asserted her own aesthetic… blue and beachy. I loved her choices, but missed the pink. And, so today, with my primary work of mothering completed, I have created my own pink space to begin another chapter of my life. It seems incomprehensible to me that my life is more than half lived. Although, I feel perfectly content with my past, I also feel an almost youthful exuberance about what my “mature” years will bring.
The act of condensing my life down to the “beautiful” and “useful” has given me the impetus to start writing again. And, it has also provided me with the guiding principle for my blog… only the beautiful and/or useful for you, my reader! If you appreciate books, food, design, style, and the company of other women, you will enjoy my world. As Audrey Hepburn said:
“I believe in pink!” I invite you to join me in my pink shed.