From Empty Living Room to a Romantic Writer’s Retreat

Candice Olson creates a masterpiece design for a writer needing refuge.

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writers-retreat-before Before: A lone desk in an empty room isn’t much of an inspiration for the writer who calls this space home. She asked Candice Olson for decorating help. See the after picture.

Teresa is a busy wife and mother, but, at every available opportunity, she escapes into a fantasy world. You see, Teresa is a romance writer, and her active imagination is helping her write her third novel.

But Teresa had a real-life problem. She lacked an inspiring place in which she could compose her novels. She spent most of her free time writing in a local coffee shop, but she really wanted a space at home in which she could write, and gather with fellow romance writers to work out ideas, celebrate victories and commiserate over rejection letters.

She had an empty living/dining room in her large, suburban home that suited the purpose perfectly, but the cold, blank slate of a room lacked passion – and furniture. I decided to bring in my team and transform the space into a sophisticated and romantic writing retreat for Teresa.

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