Since working from home, I’ve had the chance to reorganise my office. What started as a quick fix became a long haul – wheeling in shelving from the garage, locating all of the storage boxes and generally single handedly trying out lots of different layouts.
I admit that a lot of my stuff is from Ikea, but their storage and desk systems are just so darn good! I inherited a cool trestle table desk from my friend which has black trestle legs, a white base and glass top, so you can see through to a sort of display area below. I find it useful if I’m reading from a book whilst typing (not plagiarising, I promise) as I can trap the pages under the glass. Also if you did want to use it as a sort of display for books or trinkets, you could, though I’m a little nervous of getting carried away cluttering up my work space.
I’ve have mini sets of drawers for over a decade, I couldn’t live without them. I’ve painted them white and keep all my bits and bobs in there like measuring tapes, pens, clips, mini pegs (essential) pom poms, stamps…you need something? It’s probably in there.
To decorate my office I wanted to be remind of the things that I love. I added in elements such as the gorgeous vase that was bought for my great grand parents, by their parents on their wedding day (you do the math) with some artificial peonies inside. Also my beloved (naturally shed) deer antlers and my screen print that I produced at Print Club London. The Pol Roger champers is a little visual reminder of what I’ll be popping, once I’ve done months of work. I adore working with scented candles lit around me, screw you health and safety! I do what I want.
My succulents line the window sill above my desk, I’ve potted them in some cute white pots, again from Ikea.
Most of the shelving contains the storage boxes with art materials, interior props and techy stuff. But I’ve left a couple of them to display magazines and books for easy reference, which I’ve got near my desk. This means that I have everything to hand without having anything actually on my desk.
I do try to keep most things digitally, everything that I receive on paper I will endeavour to scan. The only things worth keeping a paper copy of are beautiful books and special magazines, I do still love the feel of these in my hands; I feel it provides more of a connection to what you’re viewing, especially as we spend so much time on our phones and computers.
One thing about my studio I adore is being able to light a fire each morning and stoke it/add to it throughout the day. I also have a sofa in there if I need a change of level to read, meditate or take a short break.
So that’s my studio tour, I hope you’ve enjoyed it and hopefully found some inspiration. If you’d like help with your own home office or studio you can buy my office package for just £99 right here.