1. All three of mine have been out of their rooms for over three years now, and I’m still working on what the rooms will become. I have usurped the area under my son’s double loft bed to create what I call my craft cave. But the furniture, socks, pajamas bottoms, old shoes, even old toys, still linger.

    • Laurie Stone

      Pennie, A craft cave sounds cool. There’s a lot of mixed feelings in this time. Its both empowering and poignant. Thank you for reading.

    • Laurie Stone

      Carol, Its an interesting stew of poignancy, excitement and awe that time goes so fast. Thank you for reading.

  2. I’m going through very similar emotions. My daughter is a Jr. in college, so rarely here and my youngest (my son) is about to go to college in August. The empty nest thing is kicking in fiercely for me right about now. I love your idea of the Diva den!

    • Laurie Stone

      Claudia, We’re late coming to the empty nest thing, since Patrick commuted to college. I bet its even harder when they’re younger and go off to school. That must be very emotional. Thank you for reading.

  3. Okay, this is pathetic. My daughter is 34, married, pregnant and living in Boston (I”m in Atlanta) and I don’t even live in the same house that we did when she was growing up. But, her bedroom furniture is now our guest room furniture and I go in that room to smell the wood because it reminds me of her and the “old days.”

    But I do love having control over all the space now. Diva-denners, unite!

    • Laurie Stone

      Lee, Completely understandable. I’d probably do the same. Congratulations on becoming a Grandma! How exciting. A new stage of life.

  4. When my older son took off for college, we did a little room shifting. My youngest moved into his brother’s room, and I took over his room for my writing space. The color of the walls is called “Cherry Malt,” which, let’s face it, is really pink, but like the pink of an older brick wall. I have a big green chair-and-a-half for reading and reading to the littles when they visit–but also the usual desk/chair/computer stuff. I have not had a “room of my own” since before I was married over 40 years ago and I highly recommend it! Have fun planning your Diva Den!

  5. Diva den? OH.EM.GEE. I cannot wait to design one! It will have toile wallpaper, lots of shelves for all of my books and magazines, a cozy upholstered window seat with lots of throw pillows, and a gorgeous midcentury modern table desk. Thank you for the inspiration!!

    • Laurie Stone

      Mithra, Toile wallpaper? Never thought about that. How cool. I love your ideas. Now you’re giving me ideas. Thanks for reading.

  6. All 3 of mine are in their 40’s but keep moving in and out for one reason or another, so don’t get to comfortable in your “Diva Den”..

    • Laurie Stone

      Renee, Believe me, I’ve thought of that, especially in this economy. I’ll keep beds in there just in case! Thanks for reading.

    • Laurie Stone

      Michele, We turned my son’s room into a much-needed guest room and never looked back. Funny thing is, when my son comes to visit these days, he still takes a nap in his old room. Some things never change!

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