Well, it’s been six months since I re-located to Memphis and, I gotta say, my family has been very accommodating. But, the time is drawing near (or perhaps has long since passed) for me to seek my own dwelling place once again. The best part is that since I donated all but my bedroom suite before I moved, I get to pick out all new furniture! One of the spaces I’m looking forward to decorating is my office. After all, it’s the place where the magic happens. At least as far as I’m concerned.
For many years, I’ve written wherever and whenever I could. I’ll admit that I didn’t start taking myself seriously as a writer until the last year and a half. I’ve camped out to write at my dining room table, on my couch, and here lately, snuggled down in my bed. But your girl isn’t getting any younger and writing in less than ergonomically correct spaces is taking its toll. So, when I finally move into my new place, a designated office space is a must. Also, taking time to create a space specifically for writing sends you (and everyone else that enters your home) the message that your writing is important.
I’m still shopping around, but I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces with you. I hope they inspire you to think of ways to make your own writing space unique and comfortable.
My style is contemporary shabby chic and I think this desk totally exemplifies that. It has a solid industrial design in a rustic gray stained wood. Whenever I shop for furniture, I not only think of aesthetics, but functionality. This desk has a large surface for working. I can have my lap top, plenty of books, and other knickknacks spread out on it, without feeling crowded. Also, the open shelves beneath it provide plenty of space for decorations and supplies. I have a rep of being a bit of a pack rat, so having open storage spaces will keep me from accumulating a bunch of junk. I won’t have anywhere to hide it!
The next big-ticket item is a good desk chair. I sit pretty much all day at work. All. Freakin’. Day. So, it’s important that when I spend my evenings and part of my weekends writing, I’m comfortable. A vision of a comfy overstuffed arm-chair danced in my head for about a minute, then I came to my senses. I need a proper desk chair that promotes good body alignment. I also found one that happens to be kind of cute.
Open shelves give me life. Right now, I have a bookshelf to the right of my bed filled with some of my favorite books, vases, family photos and keepsakes. Whenever I take a break from writing and glance at them, they bring me a sense of peace. I plan to fill these contemporary display shelves with similar pieces that speak to me and bring a smile to my face.
Gingham window treatments and a shabby decorative rug help to tie everything together. My choice is the rug with blue accents.
This painting is absolutely gorgeous! For me the perfect example of a successful retirement is sitting on the dock of a bay, watching the tide roll away. Just sitting there whistling, lol. This picture reminds me that I don’t want to wait until retirement to do what I love. I can do it now.
The final touches are accessories that caught my eye and made me smile or gave me a sense of calm. Writing is therapeutic to me (an old cliche that’s true for so many). I like to surround myself with cool tones. They relax and inspire me.
I did all of my window shopping at Overstock.com. One of my aunts orders furniture from them quite frequently and she’s never had a complaint. They also have standard shipping for about a dollar. That’s almost unheard of, especially for furniture. I enjoyed creating my dream writing space, and I hope it inspires you to create one of your own!
My motto is, “If I don’t love it, I won’t buy it!” Do you have a piece of furniture, a favorite picture or a knickknack that you would never part with? Tell me about it below!