Q&A: what’s the best spot in your home?

This week’s Q&A Tuesday comes from Emily, a stay-at-home mom to two and living in Florida. When she’s not eating bon-bons, she blogs about simple and frugal living at Remodeling This Life.

Emily asks:

“Where is your favorite spot in your home, and why?”

My thoughts:
Great question, Emily.  Can my answer be between my sheets, fast asleep in bed?

I guess aside from that, my favorite place is out on our balcony.  We’ve got a beautiful view of the bay where the sun sets into a rainbow of color.  On the left, we’ve got a hill of shabby-yet-quaint single-unit homes that have been around forever; on the right, we’ve got our city skyline that hugs the bay and twinkles at night.  I love the cool early morning, cup of coffee in hand, and Moleskine journal on the table.  Bliss.

Alright, your turn – I’d love to hear your answers.

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Hi Emily, I like our living room. That’s where the tv is! 🙂

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  2. The reading chair. Pink recliner that doesn’t fit in with the decor anymore. But both kiddos can cuddle with a parent who’s reading. Happy place. 😉

    Avlor’s last blog post…Iron Man – I think everyone in the world saw it before me…

  3. Well my house is so small that the whole thing almost qualifies as one single spot. But I do love sitting on my couch, watching my kids run around. Not only do I love the color and style, but it’s all the more satisfying considering that I had been lusting after the €700 model at Ikea for ages, before finding it on Ebay for €43. That one spot just seems to sum up my life nicely to me: frugality, chaos and coziness. Great question Emily- thanks for making me think a bit!

    Kelly from Almost Frugal’s last blog post…Carnivals, Festivals and Linklove

  4. @ Mike – You and my daughter would get along really well. I am sure that would be her answer too 🙂

    @Avlor – I think sometimes it’s the out of place, non coordinating furniture that is the best – most loved and comfortable and with sentimental value. Your chair sounds perfect!

    @Kelly – I love that your answer has to do with how your spot makes you feel and what you can do from there. It really is what matters. And what a deal!!

    Emily’s last blog post…Link Love: Pumpkins Galore!

  5. Oh, hands-down the bathtub! Hot-hot-hot water, bubbles, a great book, and life is suddenly complete. (Sigh)

    Emily’s last blog post…I Totally Heart Craigslist!

  6. Anywhere that I can knit a few stitches in solitude, usually in my big comfy chair in the TV room or on the deck overlooking our wooded landscape & small babbling brook.

    Keana’s last blog post…Blog Makeover, part deux!

  7. Our kitchen/family room – we hang out, do homework, watch tv, build forts and have lots of fun conversations. It’s where we spend 90% of our time.

    Jen@OurDailyBigTop’s last blog post…the making of a diorama – phase 1

  8. The best spot in my house is my desk in the study room 🙂

  9. Definitely my reading chair. I am in bliss when I am sitting in it surrounded by good books, my laptop and a hot cup of coffee.

    Betty Beguiles’s last blog post…Infatuation

  10. My craft room, which I selfishly took over last year. I can nurture myself in there, and my son and husband wander in and out to visit with me. Sometimes my son will come in and “be busy” with me from his own project drawer. On a bad day, they know if I’m in a cranky mood and in the craft room, DO NOT DISTURB. I can work myself out of a bad mood by creating something and come out a better mama and wife!

    MelissaS’s last blog post…Happy Bird-Day!!

  11. The kitchen! It’s so sunny and big! And I love cooking and eating so…

    Gracia’s last blog post…Planners and books

  12. Definitely the deck … cup of coffee … and everyone else in bed!

    Naomi in Ohio’s last blog post…My one tiny request

  13. @Dominique – something about a quiet study/office is really very soothing, isn’t it?

    @Betty, that sounds really relaxing! Ahhhh…

    @Melissa, a room to be productive in is next in line from a room to relax in for me. Yours sounds perfect!

    @Gracia, ah yes, a sunny kitchen is perfect!

    @Naomi, You are my kind of girl 🙂 If you see my post on my blog today, you’ll see my patio is my favorite place. Nothing like a quiet morning with a cup of coffee outside.

    Emily’s last blog post…Link Love: Pumpkins Galore!

  14. hi emily!
    i think my favorite spot is my bedroom. i try hard to keep all the kids’ stuff out of it. i love my comfortable bed, i love reading time with the girls at night. i love the colors.

    make art every day’s last blog post…The urban shoot.

  15. My favorite place would have to be in the hammock on the porch, on a nice sunny day, resting with my DF (Darling Fiance). When we went on our first vacation this past July, we fell asleep in a hammock on the beach off the Bahamaian Islands…laying on the hammock outside always takes me back.

    Jeni from Kansas’s last blog post…One Struggle

  16. Hi Emily, my favorite spot is this giant chair in a room that no one goes into. It’s not that quiet (my neighborhood rarely is), but it’s quiet enough and I get my best work done in that chair. This site is really pretty. Thanks for bringing me along.

    Writer Dad’s last blog post…Forty Days and Forty Nights

  17. I love our three-season porch where I can knit, read, pray and think before anyone else wakes up. I will miss it this winter!

    Amy’s last blog post…7 years, 10 things

  18. Wingback chair … spent four plus long, hard years breastfeeding in that chair … so many memories … wrapped up in the warmth of that chair at three am in the morning, during winter, watching for other lights to come on in homes on the hill, knowing other mums were up doing the very same ..

    Each birthday I take a pic of my sons in that chair – watching them grow now.

    cheers le

    le @ third on the right’s last blog post…Pinball Wizzard

  19. Can I say right here at my desk where my lovely computer is? I’m not terribly happy with any location in our home although the new bed helps a lot, but… I really don’t know. I’m sticking with my computer. I think that’s a sign our home could use some work… or we need to move.

    Jen E @ mommablogsalot’s last blog post…Right Now…

  20. We have a nice great room/living room where our computer hutch is. I’d qualify this as a favorite since I spend so much time here. 🙂 But what I love about it is that I right near my husband if he’s watching a ball game or playing with our daughter in her play area behind the couch. Toblerone, your balcony with a view sounds divine! Thanks for the Q, Emily! 🙂

    Gidget’s last blog post…Reuben’s Art-On-The-Go Bag!

  21. My favorite spot in the house isn’t in the house. It’s my front porch. I love lazy mornings reading the paper on the front porch.

    Momma’s last blog post…One Hour With Teri Gault – Part Ten

  22. I love our sunroom! It overlooks the garden, and is so nice to sit with my husband on Sat. mornings and enjoy breakfast out there!

    Stacey @ The Blessed Nest’s last blog post…Dining Room Pics

  23. My favorite spot is actually in the garage! I have a small area set up as my paint studio. I love that I can leave projects in process to complete at my leisure – with 2 young kids it’s a blessing to not have to pull all the supplies out and clean the area up each and every time I want to create.

    Inside, I would have to say my kids bedrooms where we read our bed stories each night.

    Kristen’s last blog post …. why i love to paint

  24. My bed. Big and cozy, and all five of us can fit on at once. I take naps with my 10 month old here, work on papers, snuggle with my honey, and send emails. I love my bed.

    Lucie @ Unconventional Origins’s last blog post…Death in the Family

  25. My first thought was under the covers; I love my bed! Though the surroundings need a lot of work.

    Next place is our front patio. My husband built the fence and laid the stones; it’s very green and private, yet feels open and so relaxing. We have two adirondack chairs painted deep red and I bought a sturdy plastic table and chairs for summer dining. Summer mornings with coffee and breakfast in the sun are divine.
    I only wish we could be out there all year long!

    Vintage Mommy’s last blog post…Another Lap, Another Milestone

  26. You all have some really lovely sounding spots and I love that so much of where our favorite place is seems to be wherever we feel the most love and happiness with family. Thanks so much for the sharing, everyone!

    Emily’s last blog post…Fall Front Porch Inspiration

  27. Hi Emily! I love your favorite spot! My favorite place is my bed. I’m with Simplemom on that one. Although I love my kitchen too. Visually I love my kitchen, cozy-wise, love my bed. 🙂

    melissa @ the inspired room’s last blog post…Front Porches: A Fall Drive By

  28. V. Higgins says:

    Oh goodness… great question btw, it really makes one think (and be thankful).
    We have a small-ish apartment that we just moved into (finish unpacking this weekend) and we’re still settling in and filling things out so I haven’t picked a ‘favorite spot’ yet. But now that the den isn’t full of boxes I think I just need a comfy chair at my desk for it to be my favorite. My desk is right next to a big arcadia door so I can watch the wind blow through the sycamore trees and my DH’s desk is katty-corner from mine so we can be doing different things but still be together. I love that.

  29. I agree. . . great question! My favorite spot is our dining room table. We’ve got comfy chairs, lovely bookcases and built-ins, and a nice view of our neighborhood. I love all the meals at the table: candle-lit nights with my husband, fun meals with the kids, and big holiday celebrations. I could ask for a happier spot.

    Amy @ My Daily Dollars’s last blog post…Target Temptation

  30. Definitely in the living room, on the sofa with my boyfriend and our sons. We all four squeeze onto the sofa and cuddle together, watching movies or talking. Even when the boys are sitting on the floor playing together and the boyfriend and I are the only ones cuddling, it’s my favorite; any time the four of us are together as a family.

    Niki’s last blog post…Beer Bread and Homemade Butter

  31. My favorite spot is the couch in the living room. I can sit and enjoy my coffee and quiet time in the morning, cuddle with my husband while we watch a movie and take a nap on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

    Andrea’s last blog post…Bag O’ Textures

  32. y’all are making me want to sink into my couch now! Thanks everyone for sharing, this is so fun!

  33. Kyndale Pease says:

    It all depends on the time of year. In the summer, I love sitting on my front lawn watching all the kids ride bikes and play. In the winter. I love to sit in front of the fire when we are getting ready for the day. In between, I spend a lot of time on the floor, playing with toys and of course the kitchen. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

  34. I’ve been visiting your blog now and then for quite a while now, but have never commented. Your posts have been quite inspirational. I have started a Christmas time meme at my blog called A Homemade Christmas. Since you are crafty, I thought you might be interested. I hope you can join me! To read more about it you can click here: http://www.simplyvintagegirl.com/blog/index.php/2008/10/21/a-homemade-christmas/

    Hope you’re having a lovely day!
    God Bless,
    Emily Rose

  35. My favorite spot is probably out in my garden…does that count?! 🙂 In the house, I would choose the sofa downstairs in the living room. That’s where my husband and I can relax, where I can sit with our cat and read, or where it’s great to take a nap. Great question!

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  36. My bed! I have the TV going, the laptop on, my IPOD jamming & either the land line or the cell ringing! The world is at my finger tips!! LOL…nah, I love my bed as I have a DVR in my room & I can watch all my recorded shows while my DH is watching sports, etc!

  37. my kitchen. it’s tiny and cramped but its my outlet. I have fallen in love with cooking so anytime i’m in there, I know a good creation is coming.

    Amiyrah’s last blog post…Meal Plan Monday!

  38. My favorite spot in our home is my bed. We have one of those special memory foam beds. On our first day of mattress shopping, my husband sprawled out on this foam mattress and pronounced that our search was over. It was like a bride looking for the just the right wedding dress. He loved it right away an was unconvinced to try anything else. And boy am I glad! Every night I lay my body down in that bed and I say to my husband: “Guess what?” And he says, “I know. This is the best bed in the world.” And it is. Truly. Dreamy.

    Deidra’s last blog post…Cute Mug!

  39. My favorite place right now is the back porch. It is covered and I can sit and watch my kiddos play in the huge yard or sit and enjoy a peaceful moment in the morning watching the birds scurry from tree to tree. During the Christmas holiday it is the living room reading books, sitting by the fire and admiring our tree.

  40. My favorite place is at the desk at the computer. It’s the place where I get the most work done and can connect with friends and family through email. So many good things have happened on my computer at that desk that I have fond feelings for it. Otherwise, I love my kitchen. We live in a small apartment building on a college campus and our apartment is on the third floor so we can see over the back wall into the farmer’s field next door. When spring comes, I open the window and the breeze blows in and I can smell the things growing.

    V. Higgins, where do you live? I’m so jealous. It sounds so idyllic!

  41. V. Higgins says:

    Hehe, it’s a pretty nice apartment complex in Northern California. Our building is actually kind of tucked away which I really enjoy, it’s a very windy area for most of the year and it’s really nice to hear the wind blow through the leaves. I’m constantly opening the windows when we’re home. 😛

  42. @ Sarah – my garden is right up there on the list too!

    @Sherry – a place to have time to just be you sounds perfect!

    @Amiyrah – a place to create is truly beautiful. I love your simple answer!

    @Diedra – I do believe I am jealous of your super cozy bed!

    @Melissa – I could’ve written your response!

    @Dena – I totally understanding loving that place where you can connect! And your view sounds awesome!

    @V. – Sounds perfect! I love this time of year when I can open my windows to catch a gorgeous breeze.

    Emily’s last blog post…Q&A Tuesday at Simple Mom

  43. My favorite spot is any of my kids’ beds. I love being able to cuddle with them and read to them. They feel so safe and secure in their beds which helps me learn more about how they spent their day.

    Alana @ Gray Matters’s last blog post…Just Another Decoupage Project

  44. I would say the dining room where I like to work on my laptop. It’s full of light with the sliding glass doors and a row of windows on one wall. In the warmer months, I like to open the door and listen to the creek outside. It’s lovely. 🙂

    Karen’s last blog post…Goats and more goats…

  45. I’d say my favorite place is the family room couch, but only while napping. Something about lying down for a nap in the middle of the day in the most used room of the house is so liberating!

    Mandie’s last blog post…Saving for Weddings

  46. My favorite room in my home is the kitchen. I do like to cook, but we do a lot of hanging out in there too:-) Lots of great conversations and warm cups of coffee, tea, and or/cocoa.

    Nikki’s last blog post…Avocado Wrap

  47. Thank you everyone so much for chiming in and sharing your special spots at home!

    @Alana, that is so sweet. I, too, adore snuggling and the end of day visiting we do before bed.

    @Karen, your spot sounds beautiful, soothing and productive. Great combination!

    @Mandie, that sounds heavenly! Can’t say I do that very often but not because I wouldn’t want to!

    @Nikki, isn’t it awesome how this time of year brings out that desire to sip something warm while spending time with family? Your kitchen sounds like a wonderful place!

    Emily’s last blog post…Q&A Tuesday at Simple Mom

  48. My favorite spot is definitely my bed, a close second is my dining room where I look out into the yard.

    Thanks for asking!


  49. My favorite spot is our big old dining room table, that my husband and I bought at a junk shop and I refinished, after we first got married. It’s where we come together as a family, to eat our meals and chat about this and that. Sunday brunch, is my favorite meal at the table. We even gave it a name.

    I agree…good question. Thanks for asking! 🙂

    Suzy’s last blog post… Leaf Peeping in Africa

  50. For me it would either be a toss-up between my sewing/crafting room and my kitchen area – our kitchen is open with our eating area and a larger somewhat undefined space. Plenty of room for W to spread out and play and the entire family to enjoy time together.

    jodi @ bpr’s last blog post…CLR Tackle

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