A few months ago I made the jump from having full time employment in the outside world to freelancing from my home. As soon as I knew it would be happening, I gave some thought to where I would situate my office in our house, and how I would want to outfit it.
Fairly quickly, I knew that I would repurpose what had been my craft room (and general holdall) to an office/craftroom. I had a fairly long, narrow bedroom to work with so I want to build in a comfortable workspace, as well as lots of storage.
The room has a north-facing window, which lets lots of natural light in, so putting my desk near the window was a must. I decided that I needed some drawer space to hold all the bits and bobs so my work space wouldn’t be cluttered. On the other hand, while I LOVE minimalist workspaces, I knew I wanted mine to have all my tools close at hand, as well as some homey crafty touches.
I settled on building my own desk out elements from Ikea. I selected the Glasholm Tabletop which has a nice honeycomb texture and comes across as a pale green. Underneath, I selected two black Alex Drawer units. I ended up stealing a desk chair from my husband that he has had for years, so unfortunately I don’t have details there!
Other desk accessories that I find a must: a mug full of Marvy Le Pens, Ink Joy Gel pens, Bic Mechanical Pencils #2 (0.7mm lead), plus bonus knitting needles, a Black Metal Task Lamp from Target, a Baron Fig mousepad (reviewed here) and various plants, mugs, teas, and scales (for weighing yarn of course)! As I adjust to my working schedule and daily tasks, I have found the Weekly Planner from Ruff House Art (review here) an invaluable tool and my current favorite. I also keep a handful of fountain pens that are easy on paper at my desk: my Lamy Logo, TWSBI Eco and Retro 51 Fahrney’s 2018 Cherry Blossom.
As for decorations around the room I’m still working. As you can see on the bulletin board above my desk, I repurposed knitted swatches I’ve made over the years into wall art. I’m already out of room though!
As part of making the room do double duty, I needed to reconfigure the space and make it more efficient. I added a photo studio right next to my desk, for ease of photographing throughout the day. I picked up an Alex Drawer Unit on Casters from Ikea to serve as a mobile photo studio. Inside the drawers I have all my photo props stored, as well as notebooks, ink bottles and empty pen boxes. Since it is on casters, I can easily move it over to the window to shoot photos in natural light. For those times I can’t shoot in natural light, I’ve been using the Foldio 3 which I purchased back when it was a Kickstarter project. I also have a set of lights that I purchased on Amazon (not pictured) that do a reasonably good job of helping light the space.
Beyond the photo studio, I purchased a Kallax shelving unit at Ikea, and repurposed some collapsible fabric cubes that I had bought at Home Depot a while back.
The other side of the room remained mostly the same, but I’ll share a few details with you now. The main focus of the opposite wall is the futon, which we purchased a few years ago from Nebraska Furniture Mart. I don’t find the exact model now, but it is one of their Klik Klak series. I am a consummate blanket knitter, so there are always cozy blankets there. I also use the spot to sit in for my weekly podcast.
The mother of all disorganization is the baker’s rack I purchased several years ago from Home Depot which holds my yarn and fiber stash, as well as a variety of shipping materials, product for my Etsy shop, and anything the closet won’t hold (closet not pictured for your sanity and mine). I find that even though the baker’s rack is cluttered, it is behind me while I work so there is inspiration there if I choose, but not if I don’t.
Finally, in the far corner, nearer the closet is a bookcase that holds all my craft books, favorite paper and hardbacks, scrapbooks and a little bit of everything else too. It’s a work in progress!
I hope you enjoyed this little tour of my new space!