While the focus of our renovations has been on new/renovated rooms for the kids, a space for me to work has kind of taken a back seat. While we turn our house into the home we hope it will be one day, we have been living out of a small number of rooms and therefore having a space for me really wasn't a priority and I was totally OK with that.
Just over 4 months ago we moved Emily into her brand new room and the little enclosed verandah that had been her temporary bedroom in the house became vacant. Now this room is destined to be returned to verandahs when we do a larger renovation on the outside of our home, so no real renovation was planned for this room right away. I was pretty excited though to possibly take this space and make it my own. I even posted a photo on Instagram when we moved my favourite table into the space. I was excited and planned to use this space and become super creative.
Well that excitement lasted about a week or so, and then the room became a storage (dumping ground) for all sorts of things that didn't have a home in our house. We are lacking in storage in a MAJOR way (I won't show you the stacked up boxes in the hallway), so it kind of made sense to have somewhere to put things and hide them away. While this did make sense, a part of me really needed to have a place to work. With a need to step up the pattern side of my work over the coming weeks, the need arose again for me to find a place just for me. Here is a peek into the room this morning, in an effort to 'keep it real' around here. Notice the unfinished wall on the left, that will eventually be clad in external cladding when we do more of the major renovations, so for now, it will stay 'rustic'.
It was while I was looking at my friend Sheree Forcier's blog while writing my Blythefest post that I had an ah ha moment. One of the little round photos in her blog banner inspired me and reminded me of a book case that was for sale at Kmart. I knew that was exactly what I needed to pop onto my table (which was my parents first dining table when they were married in the 1950's) and help me make this space my own.
After a quick trip to Kmart to grab said book case, it was flat pack time once again. Now, I must confess that I am getting quite confident in giving flat packs a go, so took the time to look through the instructions (diagrams) and lay out all of the screws etc. I was going along really well, but one thing I didn't do correctly was use a rubber mallet to bang the pieces together. After a few bangs with my hand I quickly realised that I had hurt my hand as it started to swell instantly and not was not really usable. So my plans to be the 'flat pack queen' (said very much tongue in cheek) were quickly shelved as I waited with a bag of frozen peas on my hand for hubby to arrive home and yield the screwdriver for me.
After a little more flat pack construction my new bookcase was complete. I cleared off the desk some then hubby lifted it into place for me. It was the PERFECT size (and I hadn't measured before, what a relief). I couldn't wait to start filling my new bookcase with my favourite, many useful and lots of necessary things.
Now, my room is far from being finished and there is still the other side of the room to organise (tidy) and there is lots on the floor that will need to be sorted and re homed as well, but I couldn't wait to share a progress shot with you. So, here is what my little space is looking like so far. I absolutely LOVE it and can't wait to get back in there tomorrow and do some more sorting. I truly believe that if I can have a designated space to work (rather than on the coffee table, or my lap), that I will be more productive when working at home. That's my hope anyway.
I love that I have been able to put together a space that I love with very minimal financial outlay too. I thought I might list where a few of the pieces I've used are from as some of you may be curious. If you have any questions, please ask them below and I will do my best to point you in the right direction.
Stag clock ($15), Bookcase ($39), Do what you love everyday print - Small Typography Print ($5) - all from Kmart, wood grain storage boxes and desk accessories (they were on a mega sale a few months ago) - Target, lamp - from a local chemist, clipboards - from a local Newsagency a few years ago, jars with chalkboard labels (Mother's Day gift from my girl) - Target.
Now that I've shown you this much of my space, I will make sure to continue sorting, organising and decorating so that I can show you the rest of the room soon. Once that's all done, I hope to have a few new patterns to show you as well - that's the plan anyway...