I've been looking forward to this post, because this fourth project is all about creating a workspace that inspires you. I have held a fascination with work spaces since I first told my dad that I needed an office at age 6, much to his amusement. Although I was not granted an office, of course, I was gifted with my first tiger maple bonnet top Secretary desk from his company, Eldred Wheeler. It's beautifully made and I love all of the different drawers and compartments. The best thing about this secretary, however, is that there are five "secret drawers" built in the desk. They are hidden behind visible drawers and underneath. I won't reveal the specifics of their locations, though, they're secret!
SOURCE: Eldred Wheeler
Now that I rent, my ability to customize my apartment and more specifically, my workspace, is very limited. In my current flat, my workspace doubles as my dining room table. Since I eat my meals at my desk, and often entertain others for dinner as well, I am pretty much forced to keep the space tidy. All of my pens, pencils, and other supplies are carefully organized in recycled jam jars. I have a recycled folder for some of the newer magazine issues, besides my filing cabinet.
The filing cabinet is, by far, my favorite thing about my work area. I bought it at Rummage, which is an antique store that just opened in St. Andrews. They have some treasures among the rubbish (I'd like to think that I inherited my Dad's eye for antiques), although the objects that I do like are usually a bit overpriced, which is my only complaint.
I am really looking forward to my move in two months, since my new apartment has a dining room and a separate office for me. It can be frustrating to work in such a conflicted space. I am looking forward to having more space to sprawl out my things, although hopefully my end result won't resemble Sophia Coppola's workspace (see below.) I'll revist this project again then.
I'll leave you with some images that I've collected of workspaces that I envy, admire, or just generally find interesting for some reason or another. If you have anything that you'd like to share, email me. I'd love to see them.