As a follow-up to Laura’s Pretty in the City post yesterday, today I bring to you a visual tour of “My Design Space” in my country cottage. Nestled in a spare bedroom on the second floor, my studio is light and airy, with windows on three walls, and several angles to keep things interesting. I spend plenty of time here on a daily basis… designing, photographing, writing, corresponding, and creating. It is in this room that I sit now, typing up this very post.
(1) Pictured here is my main work area. My little white desk is tucked into a corner, and all of the items I use on a daily basis (rulers, pencils, adhesives, etc) are housed in its drawers. Just above the desk hangs my DIY chalkboard (click here for instructions on making your own). Currently it features this lovely quote by Neltje Blanchan, “Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?”.
(2) I keep my rubber bands, paper clips, and binder clips in old canning jars…a method that has both form and function!
(3) & (4) Just to the right of my desk is a shelf that is home to my printer, and a large collection of boxes. These boxes assure that I never have a shortage of storage! I keep everything from note cards, to CDs, to camera cords hidden away in these labeled containers (which hail from IKEA, if you were wondering).
(5) Admittedly, I have a love affair with books. Thus, I am ever grateful to have these built-in bookshelves to supplement to an already-full bookcase in our den. All of my design reference guides, paper swatchbooks, and inspiration resources are within easy reach. Also, the third shelf down holds several books that I designed while working for a company that specialized in book design.
(6) On the far end of my studio, I have dedicated the unused dormer to holding a table and several lights, set up for taking photos. On numerous occasions, I need to take pictures of items for the blog (or for a design client) on a white background. This area gives me great lighting, and a perfect white backdrop for photographing.
(7) I have two addictions when it come to office supplies. #1 is Post-It notes, and #2 is Sharpie markers. The top drawer in my desk is dedicated to all my Post-Its, Sharpies, pens, pencils, and highlighters. One drawer down, you’ll find everything that has to do with “sticking” and “cutting” (all glues, tapes, scissors and x-acto knives).
(8) On either side of my bookshelves, I have one linen pinboard, where I tack up everything from inspiring magazing clippings, to to-do lists. The pinboards were an easy afternoon project a couple months back, and I use them daily to keep order to a host of paper scraps. (Click here for instructions on making for own pinboard).
(9) One of the most recent additions to my studio is this set of drawers (which I purchased at IKEA). All of my various papers are separated according to type, and stored within this little unit. Atop the drawers, I keep a catch-up basket to hold mail, magazines and paperwork.
I hope you have enjoyed the tour of My Design Space. I would love to hear more about the space in your home that you use for creating!