Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Toward a More Inspiring Work Space

My desk is a dresser/vanity that came with the house.  I didn't really enjoy looking at myself as I typed, so I set out to see what I could do about that!  This project did not cost me one cent because I challenged myself to use only items that I already had.

First I covered the mirror with some burlap.  Then I put out my birthday lamps from last year and some other odds and ends I had made.  And this is how it stayed for about a week. 



Then today, I finally got around to putting up some pictures and momentos.  Every single thing has a memory tied to it!  If you didn't already know that I'm sentimental...you're about to find out!  A plaque with my favorite verse was a recent gift from a friend, birthday card from my parents, watercolor of a store we visited on our honeymoon...everything has a story.  When something catches my eye while I am working, it brings a smile to my face!  One feature you can't see well in this photo is that I hung clothes pins and the put stacks of my favorite photos in them so I can change them regularly.   



This mirror was a steal from my birthday last year...Honey took me to Farm Chicks!  It was wonderful! 



The center of this flower is a token from the El train in Philadelphia, PA which Honey and I rode on one of our first dates.  



This thread is the most worthless stuff I have ever encountered in my life for sewing, so I figured it might as well be put to use somewhere else!  :) 



This baby necklace has a tiny mustard seed in it and was given to my grandmother, by my great great grandmother, when she was pregnant with my dad.  My great great grandmother was just sure my dad was going to be a girl!  :)  It also has this verse inscribed on it. 



I definitely enjoy sitting down to work a lot more now!  :)  Does your work space make you smile?  What could you do to make it more inspiring? 

10 comments:

Brenda said...

You have such wonderful ideas, you should submit them to Women of the Harvest. I am sure there are women all over the world who would love to copy some of you decorating tips.

Brenda said...

You have such wonderful ideas, you should submit them to Women of the Harvest. I am sure there are women all over the world who would love to copy some of you decorating tips.

Ashley L said...

Ooooo! I love it! I don't have a workspace really, but I consider my kitchen a major work place since that is where we do meals, a lot of our play time, and where I prepare food and also where I use my computer. My favorite semi-new decor is a bunch of cool looking boxes that used to contain coffee. They were essentially trash, but I used them in this row of tiny little cubby shelves that are too small for anything, and the square little boxes fill them perfectly. That plus some decorative mugs from around the world and my kitchen has sort of a coffee-shop theme. Fun!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

What a great little space you have made for yourself! I love that you put some of your favorite things to inspire you during your day...enjoy!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Ohhhh. I think the green paint would be cool too. Hope you blog about it when you finish~ Have fun

Julie said...

I love what you did to your work space. Admittedly, I don't have a pretty work space. I actually can plop my computer down and work anywhere, regardless of my surroundings. I'm just kind of wired that way. But, you continue to inspire me to do more with what I have!

Belinda Chaplin said...

lovely - and an inspiration! my workplace needs a workover...

jennykate77 said...

I love your work space!! It really does make a huge difference when you love the space you're in.

New Every Morning said...

What a GREAT idea!
I love it!!!

Tim and Susan said...

What a pretty desk.

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