With a new little one coming soon one of the big things that needed to happen around here was to move my office (you can see photos from that space here and a blog post here) from our spare bedroom into our additional room (basically a den or potentially second family room). This room is down the hall from the main living area and next to our bedroom (right across from the laundry room which is very convenient).
Chris had been inhabiting this space and using it as his office and picked the mustard color for
the walls. Where is Chris' stuff now you may be wondering? In a corner
off the main living room. We moved a small desk, a printer, and his
computer out there so at least he has a bit of room (but not enough). He was very
generous to give up his nicely painted office.
I feel really good in this space. I love sitting next to the window and I love having all my printers within arms reach and nothing is under my desk (my hard drive and my laser printer used to be under my blue table). My Mom helped me get my desk area together and it is definitely working out really well. The small wire shelves are all from Target. The red drawer unit and chair are from Ikea.
I love that the sewing machine has it's own prominent location in this space. It was ok in the shelf unit in the old room, but this is quite a bit better. The framed type above the sewing machine is a limited edition print by Susanne Cerha called Parts of a Character. The poster is the inspiration for a collaborative project called Type is Art. Red chair was found at an antique store. The cloth bulletin board is from shim and sons.
You may be wondering where all the stuff I was storing in the past
has gone? I have spent a lot of time over the past few months going
through all the things I had collected and picking out the things I
really cared about the most and generally paring back to the basics
(obviously I still have way more than the basics).
Many of the things that were stored out in the open in my last space
are now stored inside the lockers. I may still paint the lockers
someday in the future but for now that good old grey is working just
My workhorse table made the move down the hall. I originally purchased this kitchen island as a changing table before Simon was born – it is just the right height for someone like me who stands up to do most of my creative projects.
I also love this table because it has a couple drawers (adhesives and tools are stored inside) and two shelves below. Baskets and other random containers are used to corral letter stickers, stamping supplies, punches, etc. I try to keep this area to the things I use most often. The two baskets on the floor below the table are for garbage and recycling.
Because there is a lot of wall space in this room (much higher ceilings) I decided to hang my wood mounted stamps in two different wood units. The bucket style ones were picked up at a local antique store and the other is an old type drawer from another antique store (here's another idea of what you can do with these old type drawers using photos). I also decided to hang my paper trimmers and rulers (the trimmers are the desktop and portable rotary trimmers from Fiskars – love them).
Behind me as I sit at my desk is a chalkboard for to-do's/idea generation (goodwill again) and four small clip boards for projects. The paper wreath is from etsy seller Haru.
This blue table was picked up from Goodwill a few years back and has been a great desk. And I LOVE my wireless keyboard and mouse.
Across from my desk (in the corner near the backdoor) is a large bulletin board for ideas and inspiration. There's not a lot on there right now…adding bits of this and that as I go. The large chipboard heart pieces are coming soon from Technique Tuesday.
One of the questions I am often emailed is about where I find all the A's I have around the office (and around our house). Many of them have been giving to me as gifts over the last few years of teaching + traveling for events and most of the others have been found on ebay or in antique/junk stores.
Under the bulletin board is a wood storage piece I also found at Goodwill. I store larger products in here along with kits and some in-progress projects. Yellow chair and working typewriter are from garage sales.
I found these lockers last summer at the Coburg Antique Fair. Next to the lockers are two sets of paper trays from Display Dynamics that hold my cardstock, patterned papers, page protectors, etc. The far tower is actually in a wood case from Display Dynamics and the near tower are just a bunch of the stackable paper trays all stacked on top of one another. I have had these for quite awhile now and definitely recommend them.
I am working on keeping it pretty simple all around. It is definitely not this clean on an everyday basis as I move from one project to the next, but so far this set-up is working just fine. I am enjoying the more open feel and the higher ceilings.
And where are all the albums? I decided to keep the metal shelf unit (from Costco) in the baby's room and purchased a canvas cover and clear shelf liners for each shelf (that allow the albums to stand up) from The Container Store. It's a good use of the space we have available here and the canvas blends well into her room.
Um yea, planning to iron this soon.
And here's a peek at the inside. Along the top are some of my parents photo albums with the rest of those currently stored in a closet. The albums I use are all 12×12 cloth covered from American Crafts (color is Chestnut). You can read more about my albums (including how I went about organizing them all and a look inside one of them) here.
Another thing that is nice about this space is that there is a bit more room for all of us to be in here together. I can work in that little space on the other side of Simon while he watches something on the laptop and Chris does something on my desktop. Usually I end up cleaning up during these times but sometimes I make stuff.
Now it's back to working on the baby room. I am waiting on an order of photos from scrapbookpictures.com and hope to have a room tour for you soon.
I am happy to answer questions about this space if you have them in the comments section today. EDITED: I am going to compile the questions + answers into a post for tomorrow rather than answering in the comments today.
Winners of the yesterday's giveaways were posted last night and can be found here.