I've noticed that many people have a tendency to save up 95% of their money and effort to spend on 5% of their lives—festive occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and holidays, and the special, more public places in the home, such as the living or dining room. Instead the way to live a beautiful life is to make the daily 95% of your life wonderful. (Quote from Alexandra Stoddard in Living Beautifully.) I agree wholeheartedly and absolutely do NOT decorate just the public places of this little home. I do it in every single room. Where you create can be magical or special to you! For me it's all about having the things I love staring me in the face every single second, minute and hour of the day. I HAVE to and LIKE to be visually stimulated.
If you have read my blog for any amount of time, you know I pretty much redo something a couple of times a year since we moved into this house 5 years ago. Don't ask why; I don't know. In the beginning I just couldn't seem to get some of the rooms the way I wanted them. I think this is a trend among all creative people. But as the famous architect said, "Form follows function" and that is certainly my motto and creed also.
My office is where I spend most of my time. I do my blogs from here, take care of our household business, skype with my kids and shop from the internet. For me it has to be feminine and lovely with pink and roses and a scattering of beautiful things. That is essential to me.
This is what you see when you enter the room—my window seat that is on the front of our home. It is filled with pillows I've made and a seat cushion I have actually just pinned on with straight pins in case I decide to change it at some future date. I've been known to change my mind a few times. ;-) Pretty boxes on the floor hold family photos and various other things for which I have no other place to store.
I hung that glittery garland with push pins and then hung some little painted teapots a friend gave me one year for a present. I cherish them! I love her roses.
The hanging paper lanterns covered with delicate roses were something my daughter had laying around and I snagged them really quickly. I love them and haven't ever seen any like it anywhere else. My radio sits on a chair most of the time. I don't usually listen to it while I'm in here but I like it in case I want to catch some news.
That fern is strategically placed to hide all my wires. There is nothing I can do with them; they must be there and I work around them in the decorating of this office.
The wall behind me holds many things. I have a bulletin board I tack messages on. It holds my microphone for the telephone because I generally like to talk hands-free. The tape measure is there for when I have to measure something quickly before I list it on for sale, although, I don't do much of that.
I don't care that I'm an old lady; I love froufrou and have put a pom-pom behind me and wrapped ribbon around it. Another brighter pink is on the opposite wall. It's all about eye candy for me! The little shutters I bought a few years ago and they have been in 3 rooms now, but I have a feeling they'll stay in this room. I put decals on them and added some paper roses. I have several yards of this vintage bedspread fringe and thought I'd put it here and hang things that have been given to me or that I've made.
My phone has to be on my filing cabinet along with a darling little faux fern and tissues. All the essentials for women in the office. :-)
This area is where I do a lot of photoshoots for the blog or selling.
This is a corner of the room where I moved this etagère a couple of months ago into here from the living room. I was just tired of seeing it in there and put another one of the 4 bookcases I have in there with a lot less books. I gave dozens away to a thrift store. My boxes of tapes, ephemera, stationery, letters and CDs are stored on this.
This is the chair I use most of the day. I love the little chair cover I found on the web for a song, let me tell you—a fraction, and I mean fraction, of the cost of most other office chair covers you find on ebay or websites. This woman is absolutely fantastic in her combination of fabrics. I bought 3 of them, gave one to my daughter and sent one to a blogger who is a stay-at-home mom and having a difficult time. She was shocked when it arrived in the mail and I think it perked her right up!
This is sooooo true, chicks! Oooh, and you can see I attached the fringe with little rose pins I made. Darling!
Just a sweet lolli I made. It's for sale on my etsy but not sold so I stuck it in here. It really is precious.
My iMac. I did not clean my desk for this photoshoot because, quite simply, this is the way it always looks. Sometimes worse, but rarely better. This is a working office. The space ship looking thing on the left is my JBL Creature speakers. They can blast you out of the house when listening to my iTunes on the computer! They're fantastic. All my essentials are on this desk or behind me on our filing cabinet. The little metal box just to the left of my iMac is my external hard drive. I'm never going to lose anything if I can help it at all.
Love Bunny and I set up this little television with a webcam on the front porch so I can see whoever walks up to the front door. If I don't know them, I don't answer the door. I have no time for solicitors. This protects me from unwanted persons. And as you can see I still have a couple of shelves to hang somewhere in this house.
My view from my desk. Hand cream, cup for pens and a list of Apple commands when I need them, which is rare since I have them memorized by now. Extra pair of computer glasses, notes and my camera cord is always attached waiting for the next photos to be downloaded. My camera would normally be sitting on the left of my iMac but I was using it here!
I've found that this room needs greenery near the top especially, so I've just stuck some faux greenery—since we all know I have NO green thumb—into pots and baskets. I've also placed things that have been given to me by my eBay group, friends and fellow bloggers. I am very appreciative of whatever is given me!
I have 2 of these trellises behind 2 doors in this house just waiting for me to decide what next to do with them. Ooops, forgot to take the ladder and extra chair out before I took the photos. Sorry!
This little shelf hold things give to me, things I've made and in general eye candy to make me happy.
This shelf holds some books and just a jar I made over and stuck in a couple more lollis that I made.
This bottom shelf holds a few pillows I made that I can give as gifts or switch out with other pillows in the house.
The fern helps disguise and hide the cables needed for the computer and speakers. The little boxes hold family photos and various other things that I don't have any place else to put them. The chair, when not holding the radio, is a place for any visitor to sit, like Love Bunny. ;-) The little Old Country Roses teacup is one of about 10 my daughter gave me as she doesn't use them anymore. I made it froufrou-y with some beautiful roses and let it sit there for more eye candy. I also made the folding chair cover to disguise ugly old folding chairs.
Another view of the front of the desk.
Top of the etagère where stuff is stored and a few of the coffee filter roses I've made. And yes, that box does indeed contain my coloring crayons. I color the books I buy that are in black and white.
Second shelf on the etagère with a box painted by a friend on my group and some roses with curling ribbon wrapped around the posts.
An up close photo of the curtains and the middle shelf where I have a cake carrier with a cake gifted to me during a swap and one I made several years ago and my baby book, and a jar with pink shells in it. Oooops, I forgot to take that tulle that I laid on top of the cake off for the photoshoot.
Okay, here's a better look at that shelf.
And here is where I put some little wooden letters for a while until I can decide where in this house I want them to gol
The wall facing me with plates I just couldn't resist, a little ceramic with a chip in it that I got for a great price and a hand painted sign by a friend in my group.
A close up of the very real looking and feeling rose that I placed here.
And these little sachets I've made over the years adorn a special door pull I found 5 years ago.
I bought this dress from a friend, but the hanger she made as a gift for me and have displayed it in my office as another piece of eye candy for which I can enjoy.
I found this little paper lace hanging lamp after I did some these photos so here it is now.
Then I put up a smaller one over my closet.
My paper hanging lanterns over the window seat.
Now, for the "other half" of my office. The place where I actually create things for my home. It's at the other end of the hall and the 4th bedroom in this house. This is the entry into it.
This is the vintage school desk I found on craigslist and grabbed up quickly. I painted it white, added some roses fabric but kept the original formica top as is. It was in great shape and I just couldn't think of destroying it. It now houses my sewing machines on top and where I sew.
This window faces south or the backyard of our home. The lace provides me more privacy as I am in here late at night. I have a "thing" about privacy! ;-)
Pompoms hang above it and over my closet to the left here.
This is my work table. Just so you know, I did NOT clean this room prior to photographing everything. This is a working room. It is rare that it doesn't have something in progress on top of it as you can see here. It is also rare that this table top is clear. I found this darling oilcloth on etsy and quickly bought 3 yards of it. It is true oilcloth and not the flannel back stuff they call oilcloth now. I love it! I'm allowing you the privilege of seeing everything just as it usually is. Trash can sitting there. Glue gun either unplugged or plugged in but always sitting there. Storage underneath. My tool box sitting under there and is always handy for me to tote around the house or use in this room.
The wall above it is crammed with shelves and all the things I need to work at this table.
I have things in labeled containers that my hubby put up for me. I've redone this several times but this way seems to work best for me at the moment. Things are ever changing in this house, trust me!
I also added froufrou to it. I love sparkly garland and roses and they are present on the shelves along with curling ribbon. I just love seeing this as I work in here.
Another close view. Just about everything is thumb tacked on here.
Since I don't have a huge space I need every little bit of storage I can find to put things in here. The closet in this room holds mostly part of our food storage but a few things needed for crafting. My daughter made this little mosaic table and I
snagged...uhhhh, I mean borrowed it from her. After all, she will inherit everything! But it does hold some things I just couldn't find room for and use all the time.
I also found this little chair in an antique shop downtown and grabbed it quickly. It was already white, but I added decals and a rose fabric for the seat. Hubs had to fix the leg as it was loose but it was still a steal.
These are 2 suitcases waiting to be covered or to be finished with covering them. I use them for storage or simply on my plant shelves to add to the living room. More storage on the shelves to the left for things to be made.
More things on my table. Carousel for crafting scissors and paint brushes. Lace adorns many shelves in this room, actually, in this whole house. The Cricut in the background was purchased in November 2009 and I still have not found the time to learn how to use it. I'll be doing that this summer though.
This is my stash of fabric. Yep, I love fabric, but I've needed to get rid of a lot of it and boxes and boxes up in the garage attic. More of this will have to go also. I'm just running out of room. And since I've not made a smash in the world of eBay I only sew for family, me and giveaways now.
And that is pretty much my "creative and working world." It has to function for me. No one else. It isn't a fabulous space but then I'm not published in anything either. I don't have to impress anyone but me.