Now, I know what you’re thinking: Whoa, did I miss the before photos of Anna’s office? Or maybe you’re not thinking that. Either way, I’ve decided to just go ahead and put the before and after photos together in one post, because it’s hard for me to fake it and pretend like I haven’t already finished making my office look pretty damn decent.
It does look pretty damn decent, right? I think so.
This is my office as it looked for the first seven months I lived in this house. Gross. I didn’t even bother cleaning up before I took the photos, because why bother? It looked gross either way.
I love being in here. I’m thoroughly excited to get up every morning and go to work in my office, and that is a great feeling. I’m much tidier when I’m in a space that looks nice, too. I’m not a naturally organized person when I’m working, so I have to really make an effort to put stuff away when I’m done with it. The less clutter on my desk, the more productive I am.
How about some more before and after shots?
It would be great to eventually get a gigantic rug and cover up most of the carpet, but for now, this is what I’ve got—and it’s fine. Ditching those gross, dirty plastic mini blinds (which were too wide for the windows and were teetering on top of nails instead of being properly bracketed in place) made such a huge improvement. Plastic mini blinds have a way of bathing everything in this sad, grayish-yellow light. Blech.
How shameful is it that my Stendig calendar sat rolled in its tube for more than six months? Pathetic! Now I can stop putting post-its all over my desk to remind me of dates and deadlines and put them in a place where I’ll actually look at them. (No, I don’t use a digital calendar. For whatever reason, I can’t remember to do anything unless I write it on a piece of paper and put it in my daily line of sight.)
This side of the room is still looking a little unfinished, but it’s soooooooo much better. I’ve been meaning to get around to making proper doors for the Umanoff bar cart since…oh man…since October 2007 (gulp), but until that happens (and I swear it’ll happen), a tea towel covering the crap inside is better than nothing. I guess? At least it’s less visual distraction.
Boy, what a find that was for 30 clams, right? I miss Stan’z Used Items. If you’re in Kingston, make a trip to Stan’z. I’ve been going to that place since I was a kid, and it never disappoints.
While this post was not sponsored by IKEA as part of my Ambassadör-ship, they were kind enough to include this ALEX drawer unit when they shipped the stuff for my bedroom. I’m so glad they agreed to do that, because there really is nothing else on the market that fills the need that ALEX does. I do so much hand-lettering and brush illustration for book covers these days, and the amount of paper that accumulates as a result is kind of mind-boggling. I also need a place to stash all of my supplies so they’re not cluttering up my desk, and I can fit a crazy amount of stuff in those drawers. I love how shallow they are—nothing gets buried.
(And no love has been lost for Bernie, by the way. I’m still feeling the Bern. I just moved the sticker to a safe place so years from now I can take it out and remember the time when a real American Socialist almost got the Democratic nomination for President. Those were the days!)
My dad’s desk is still the best thing I own. Every time I sit at it, he’s with me. I love my dad. I love this desk. I’m so glad I have it with me here. What a journey it’s been on!
There’s not much point in putting together a source list for my office since much of what’s in there is vintage stuff I’ve had for years, but if you’re curious about where something came from, feel free to ask!