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It is Better to Light One Candle…

by Barb, typing away…

Wickeds, it’s the time of year when we all work into the dark hours. How do you light your workspace? Describe and show us a photo, if you dare…

Julie: I’ve escaped to my family’s summer house for a bit of a change. I brought the cats, and we’re settling in for a long as we can take it. I use the dining room table for work calls, but I’ve been sitting on my father’s (ugly) brown microfiber recliner, feet up, computer on my lap. I’ve got to admit, I love it. The chair rocks and swivels when not reclining, so there are several different views–tv, window (with water in the distance), fireplace. Here’s the light–a Christmas Tree Shop special from several years ago.

Jessie: I love this question, Barb! What fun! I have to admit to being a bit of a crow. I love sparkle in all its forms but am especially enamored of crystal. In October my husband and I redecorated my office and high on the list of to do items was to swap out the overhead light fixture. I chose a glittering chandelier and I couldn’t be happier with the way it fills the room with light and rainbows! I couldn’t help myself from going just a little over the top and so I added 11 crystal prisms to the windows too; one for each book I have published and one extra for the books yet to come! Sometimes when the sunlight streams through the windows I set the crystals to spinning and watch the rainbows dance about the room. If you were peeking in the window you might just see me joining them!

Sherry: I’m having light fixture envy seeing Jessie’s sparkly chandelier! I usually write during the day and have lovely light coming in two windows — one which overlooks a patch of woods. The light in my office is leftover from the people who rented our house while we lived in Massachusetts. And yes, we’ve been back here for ten years and I’m just now calling our electrician to put in can lights.

Edith/Maddie: I’ve had the same desk lamp for many years, a castoff from a friend I worked with at my antepenultimate day job. The lamp, which turns on and off by touching it, is perfect next to my laptop. I dislike overhead lights and don’t have any in the house except in the kitchen (although Jessie’s chandelier is lovely).

For zoom calls and when it’s really dark as I start work in the mornings (yes, I do start that early), on the other side of my desk I have a second brighter floor lamp with a gooseneck so I can aim it wherever I need it.

Barb: When we moved to this house three years ago I spent a lot of time thinking about my study. There are two walls of windows and one wall taken up by the staircase and an elevator, so effectively only one wall to use. I came up with the brilliant solution to use my parents’ old glass dining table as a desk and to float it in the center of the room. Then I looked at dozens of glossy photos of rooms with floating glass desks, trying to figure out what to do about cords for lamp, laptop, phone, etc. Guess what? Since 100% of the photos are staged, none of them have any cords in them whatsoever. I wish I had come up with Jessie’s chandelier idea, but that would have involved electricians since there’s no lighting in the ceiling and I wasn’t in that place at the time. So I have this lamp that curves over from a spot on the window wall. It’s meant to provide ambient light not task light, so not the perfect solution, but it will do for now.

Liz:  I write in a bunch of different places, depending on my mood and where I’m spending that particular day. My apartment gets a lot of natural light, and I do like dim lights if I’m lighting up. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of writing in my alternate space, and as always I like to have my essential oil diffuser lighting the way.

Readers: What about you? How do you light your workspace whatever you do there?

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