After clearing out some furniture via Craigslist, Eureka, inspiration struck! I stopped everything to re-arrange and ended up with my favorite workspace to date. I work from home for hours at a time but ridiculously enough, never thought to expand myself beyond one corner until recently! Now I feel fresh and inspired, full of ideas! Best part, I didn't spend a cent. I used only the flea market finds, art from my personal collection, thrifted things, and stuff I've made to add function and character. Let me show you around my new headquarters:
On the far-right corner art-wise we have my often-coveted dinosaur art print from the flea market, two Junko Mizuno art prints from a magazine ("DIY" post on that here); the colors really match the dinosaur print's, and my beautiful framed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animation cell. The magazine racks are from IKEA. They're holding my Whole Living/Vegan, Art/Design, Travel Magazines and some favorite comics books. (Transformers of course.) The framed Transformers "art" and matching push-pins I made from it are in this DIY post.
Cube Unit: Gift, Cork Board: DIY here Typewriter: Family Heirloom. Lamp: Second-hand find
There are two prints by Robert Land in that corner, the Loss Zaat is an exclusive numbered print from my favorite local theater, Sunray Cinema. The gorgeous robot is from an art jam session. (Game board shelf DIY here.)
Typewriter Table: $3, Flea Market Mod Side Table: Free, Curbside IKEA Magazine Racks: Gifted
I have my record collection in the little mid century modern side table, it was a lucky curbside find that needs some TLC. I hope to host a record player on the table top in the future so I can listen to my favorite records (Stevie Wonder, Prince, Michael Jackson, Jackson 5, and assorted Disco and Soul classics of course) while I work. Any recommendations for good, small record players? It's a happy coincidence that the silver on my industrial typewriter table matches the gifted IKEA magazine holders.
My large expedit unit mirrors the cube unit in the left corner. The boxes host mugs and such that haven't made it into my Southern Crossing Antique Mall booth. Some of these books are for sale in my Etsy shop, but most will be scanned and sold as part a vintage ephemera line I'm working on.
Rope Jar DIY here. Tanuki from a 100-Yen Store in Japan (see my 100-yen store haul). I won the Mid Century Modern Kokeshi in a TasteMakers giveaway and the little Soundwave Transformer is a rare unused eraser from my favorite pop culture flea market vendor. The Tanuki hosts thumbtacks and nails because I'm forever re-arranging things!
I love that it only took some creative re-arranging to land at a happy new work space. I didn't end up having to spend massive bank on wood for custom shelves like I'd originally planned. It's not perfect. I could use an attractive packing station; boxes for and merchandise are living in my bedroom closet to minimize visual clutter, but overall it's been lovely working in a well balanced space surrounded by my favorite things. It's inspiring.
And of course there's always a beautiful Yuko cat burning a hole into you with her olive eyes, begging for her feed.
(Check out my DIY game board push pin tutorial up today as well. )
What do you need for a functional workspace? No matter where I've worked I've got to have lots of stimulating art and color.