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Where We Make: Jordan Rosenfeld

[Funny how, in the writing and arts online community, we can have such warm feelings towards people we’ve never met in person! Jordan Rosenfeld wrote the loveliest piece about Mary Modern for Writer’s Digest back in the summer of 2007, and I have considered her a friend ever since. Here’s a peek inside her awesomely colorful workspace.]

Office pic. J.Rosenfeld


“Wow, it’s bright!”

This is the most common opening gambit of the people that step foot into my office. And it is bright: upon renovation, my intent was to take it out of its masculine dark “Mad Men study” feel and shift it into a feminine, creative pale turquoise (my favorite color)—something that conjured the underwater realm of mermaids of my childhood fantasies. As paint colors go, it’s really more aquamarine—a color that bounds up and licks you in the face like an overeager puppy. Compared to the sedate rest of my house in understated beige, crimson and ochre, it’s a room of one’s own for damn sure. Mine.

I am drawn to bright colors like bees to the bright flowers in my garden. Somewhere I read that blues inspire creativity more than any color, and all it takes is a few minutes sitting in its cheery marine tones and I feel ready to produce. Once the second layer of paint had dried, however, I will admit to a slight pang of regret. What had I done? It was almost childishly bright—a room fit for a child, not a functional adult. But once I added colored panels to the built in doors, it changed from “Wow, bright” to cheerful—a room I can’t ever have a bad mood in. Sleek white shelves and floral carpet that felt almost divinely conjured to match my color scheme have since brought together a room that is now my favorite place to be in the house (convenient that it’s my workplace). More so, there was something about taking the step to let my external world match the wild, messy creativity that takes up so much of my internal landscape. My six year old thinks it’s cool, too.

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Jordan Rosenfeld is the author of Forged in Grace, Make a Scene, and Write Free, and she is the Managing Editor of Sweatpants & Coffee. Connect with her on Facebook and on Twitter at @jordanrosenfeld.

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[Where We Make origin story and submission guidelines; all entries here.]


6 Comments to Where We Make: Jordan Rosenfeld

  1. July 11, 2014 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    What a fantastic space! I love that it is uniquely yours. The flower rug really nails it for me.

  2. July 11, 2014 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Claire, thank you! It’s actually in the process of changing a little–not the colors. Downsizing that desk, and my husband spray painted a reclaimed filing cabinet RED for me 😉

  3. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    July 12, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Paint is so hard to get just right. It never looks the same as the sample patch. I think it looks great but I’m biased towards blues!

  4. Karen's Gravatar Karen
    July 12, 2014 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    I have been lucky enough to be invited into this space. It embraces you with energy. I remember when Jordan was creating it and people had lots to say about the color. I think I encouraged her (and reminded her that it’s just paint…it can be covered if need be) Jordan has imbued this space with her creative energy and you feel it when you enter, it’s palpable. She’s always tweaking it and that is apropos for its function as we know, when creating art and writing, we must add and delete, edit and revise. I hope others are inspired by your zone Jordan.

  5. Susan's Gravatar Susan
    July 12, 2014 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    These colors definitely work to make a space that no one could possibly feel sad in!!

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