by Kaitlyn Wylde
Having access to a functional and inspiring space is of utmost importance for young professional creatives, but not all artists can afford studios and offices. Many creatives choose to do their creating in their own homes which certainly has its perks and struggles. Leah Pipes Trauth- actress
On the street I live there are no driveways. The neighborhood is one of the oldest in Los Angeles, built in the early 1900s when there were still no cars on the road. The result is almost no traffic on our quiet, sleepy street.The oak trees are older then the neighborhood itself All the past stories that played out in this neighborhood still hum in the air. It is rich with memory. My porch is small, but serene. Set up with two wicker rocking chairs (wayfair.com
) , a dark green garden stool (onekingslane.com
) , two large ferns in blue and white antique planters (onekingslane.com
), and a nature fiber woven rug (Pottery barn). I wanted the space to feel classic, warm, and welcoming like my old craftsman home.
My home faces west so as the sun sets its golden light is filtered through the huge dense trees that line my street. When I’m home, you will almost always find me on my porch at 5 o' clock. And when I’m on my porch my mind goes completely quiet. I effortlessly am able to let go the stresses of the day, the turmoil of my thoughts. And as my mind goes blank and my body relaxes I’m reminded of the space that can only be entered with out fear or tension. The present. The more time I spend in the present the easier I’m able to find it again. And as an actor navigating that space is essential.
I believe my porch makes me a better artist. As well as a better person. Finding a quiet outdoor space in your home connects you with something deeper in nature, and within yourself. It taps you into a space that is only truth. And what else is our art if not our truth?