Thank you so much for the hugely supportive comments earlier this week - my paper was well received! So many of you have emailed or left comments asking about my research, hoping I'll share a bit more about what I do when I'm not blogging. I'm completely surprised at the interest, but I promise to share some details next week.
On the topic of work I thought maybe you might like to see where the magic happens. Of course, you've seen my artful Expedit hack, Hubby's DIY welded desk, my DIY treadle desk, my DIY magnetic board, and the silhouette wall, but not the whole office together.
Because I work from home almost 100% of the time, it's a bit of a struggle to get functionality, style and affordability to blend together. With an unlimited budget, there's lots of things I would do, but at the end of the day I have to work with hand-me-downs, cheap big box furniture and homemade desks. I have big plans for our next house: I want to build two new, matching desks that hide the cords and have little stations for hiding the printer, etc.
But for now, I love my treadle desk (I treadle when I'm thinking - I wish I could power my laptop this way). Plus, I still enjoy the eclecticism of the space, the handmade touches and the fact that it looks less office-y than other offices.
Here's what you see when you first walk in: my DIY treadle sewing machine base desk and Hubby's DIY welded desk.
From the other side of the office (with the window to your back), you can see the silhouette wall. I have a new one, plus another being framed, and I promise some details on both - soon.
We haven't finished converting the closet into a nook (it still needs trim to hide the track), but I love the extra space we gained. The antique chest under the silhouettes is a family heirloom from Hubby's side, and it is crammed full of books and office supplies.
I still love my DIY magnetic board, I just need to use extra strong magnets.
The sculpture on top of the filing cabinet (as well as the bird sculpture on the wall beside my desk) was made by my Papa, the same talented man who welded our headboard.
You remember Hubby's desk. He plonks his laptop there but, because he also takes it to work, sometimes the desk is bare. And then sometimes I pile my stacks of reading onto it and use both desks.
I still love the design of his desk. It doesn't "go" with my desk but we've punched his desk up with a black painting, chair and vintage dish to tie in the black. And the Expedit and silhouette wall repeat the black, cream and white theme. When you see the whole room, in that elusive third dimension, it works. Someday, when we build two matching desks, his desk will be come a console table somewhere and his chair will live in a bedroom. I specifically picked this design because of its versatility.
P.S. Today is your last chance to enter to win some customized art.