Monday, 16 April 2012
First thing you'll notice is that it appears untidy. Maybe it's very untidy to some of you and really neat and tidy to others! For me, I'm happy that I know where everything is and it's a lovely space to work in. The room is actually quite big for a "spare bedroom". I share the space with my hubby who's also my business partner. Yes, we work and live together 24/7!
I definitely take up more space!! I do a lot of crafting and painting, so the table is my space. His work is almost exclusively done on his computers. We do have a serious lack of storage space. For now though, the space works.
I've never really put a huge amount of thought or design into how I wanted the space to work or what is in the space. When we moved into this house, we knew that the spare bedroom would be our office/studio. We knew we needed two desks and lots of storage for our books, art and craft supplies. We bought all the furniture from Ikea apart from the book/filing case (photo below).
This lovely piece of furniture belonged to my Dad and was in his office. After he died and we were sorting out his belongings, I knew I had to have that unit in my office. My brother and sister were happy for me to take it. Apart from sentimental reasons for wanting it, it actually seemed to be a perfect fit in my office. I love it and I know Dad would've been thrilled to know it's being used by me.
I love my photos of my family. I have a little photo heart tree thingy on my desk that has photos of all of them. It's just there and I love that I can just glance up and be reminded how blessed I am to be part of such a great family.
The print on my top shelf (see below) is of a painting by Kelly Rae Roberts. I bought it for it's inspirational words such as "embrace vulnerability", "own your talent", "ask for what you need", "speak of your gratitude" etc.. I think you get the picture. Just so inspiring. It's the same with the green tin and storage box (photo with Yankee Candle), a present from my daughter. She knows me so well. I love all the inspirational words and quotes.
Basically, I have what I need on a daily basis to hand. I think that's why it gets untidy. There are certain books and supplies that I use every day and so they never get put away. It just works for me. My workspace is definitely me and definitely a refleciton of my great loves and passions. It's practical as well as inspirational. Yes, I'd love a great big studio one day. I'd love a nice sofa or reading nook. I'd love very specific storage solutions and our paintings on the walls. For now though, this is where I work and create and I love it!