This is the entrance to my room. We have a large center hallway on our first floor, and my office is just off of it. It's perfectly located in my house - just across the hall from the kitchen and within hearing range of the family room. It's also nearly directly under my laundry room, so I can usually hear when the laundry ends. See? Perfect location! When we chose this house, my husband's only request for me having this room was keeping it relatively neat, so I initially thought I would put up sheers on the french doors, but I'm finding it keeps me honest to have them open! ;)
Entering the room, you can see that I've left it off-white. I am kind of picky about color in here because I see colors a bit funky if the walls are too full of color. I get a lot of different light in here (my windows face west, so I get afternoon sunlight, but I also get morning light reflected off of my neighbors' house.). The wall colors help me see color a bit more true, I find. I'm really happy to have hard wood floors in here - it makes clean up a lot easier for me! (Plus, as my mom figured out the first time she came here, I can scoot around in my chair at hilarious speeds. What can I say? The woman knows me...)
That's the left side of the room. It has a closet on the left that is small and disasterous, so I will leave it at that. I love the little alcove there - some day I hope to have a beautiful white day bed or floral love seat there, but for now the old wicker sofa adds a touch of charm. I've recovered the cushion since I took this picture, but let's face it, I'm just way too lazy to change out the pic at this point! ;)
This is the left corner of my room. I'm not entirely happy with it, but it works for the time being. I keep most of my paper here, various cardstocks and almost all of my patterned paper (in that large bin in the corner). The smaller bin is full of wonderful matboard scraps that my friend Eileen Hull gave me. (Thanks, Eileen! I LOVE them - such cool material!) The drawers hold various things, loose ribbon, chipboard, envelopes, etc. The big machine on top is my Accucut machine. I love it but I don't use it as much as I should.
Hmm, what can I say about the right side of my room? I have a little tv/dvd player there for when I need a little feminine respite (Pride & Prejudice pretty much resides permanently in there; the Colin Firth/BBC version, just for the record. Don't know who the guy is who plays Mr. Darcy in the Keira Knightly version - don't care to - he's not Colin Firth. There. It's on the record.)
Here's my main desk area. (That's where I am right now.) As you can see, I like having things within reach, so there are lots of neat little storage options. It all appears to go together, but in reality, it doesn't! ;) I just keep my eyes peeled for good storage pieces, preferably those that go vertical with a small footprint so as not to take up too much space on the surface. If it isn't the right color, I usually just paint it!
Here's my second work surface. As you can see, I keep my sewing machine out to use (I found early on that I don't use it if I have to lug it out). Also here, I keep my Copics, my die cuts - basically anything that takes a little extra room but that I use on a regular basis.
In the right-corner shot above, in the corner itself is a set of drawers that I adore. It's from IKEA, and my parents got it for me years ago. It was actually discontinued shortly thereafter (which I know because I had grand visions of a wall of these, only to go and not be able to get them). I use it for wood-mount stamps and it is just perfect. I keep checking IKEA to see if they have decided to come to their senses and put this perfect storage piece back into rotation, but so far, no luck.
Since I color so much, I thought I would show you my Copics and pencils solutions. I've since added another one of these caddies for my Copics, but it gives you an indication of how I use them. I store them ROYGBIV and I keep my color swatch chart right there (under a desk protector) so that I can find the right color a bit faster. As for the caddies, I wish I could give you a source for them. That was one of my SCORE! moments in life; when Ward worked at a retail clothing HQ, they would have these fabulous warehouse sales of fixtures that they no longer used. These caddies were a lot of 10 or 12 that I got for $10. Ward thought I was certifiable at the time, but I've had two published (that I altered with patterned paper, etc.), I've given a few a gifts and I've sent a couple off to people who inquired about them at the magazines. Sadly, I'm at the end of my supply...
This was another SCORE moment - this is a pen display that I now use for my pencils (again, stored in ROYGBIV for ease of use). Our local Aaron Bros. went out of business last year, and they were selling their fixtures and displays. When I asked about the pen display, they asked if I would be willing to pay $1 for it. Hmmm, let me think...how do I contain myself?! While I'm usually not crazy about plastic storage, this cleaned up pretty well once I covered it with some pretty paper!
And a look into my room would not be complete without a look at Bedo. Bedo is my Cardigan Welsh Corgi (who, if you're talking to me on the phone, you will undoubtedly hear at some point). He's my loyal companion, especially when the boys are in school. We hang out together in my room (notice his super cute bed placed under the windows). If you're a fan of Alicia Paulson's , you'll recognize the breed; her sweet corgi hangs out with her a lot, too. Bedo barks, he sheds, but somehow he still manages to be just the sweetest dog ever. When he isn't hanging out on his bed, he's guarding my doorway, never far from the hugs or food:
Thanks for taking the tour with me today - I hope you enjoy the little peek! I'll be back tomorrow with more cards. Be well!