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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

a little space to work


I am trying to come up with a plan to turn a small corner into an office space. As you know, I am currently with my 87 year old mother and trying to make do with living and running my business in a small area. That means I sit with my laptop wherever is convenient, my copier and scale etc. are on top of a dresser, and my files are on shelves in another area. 






So, I am looking for ideas to turn a small area into a comfortable working space for myself. 


I do have an extra closet in my room. Maybe I could do something like this?


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Then again, it is a pretty small closet so I guess it would have to be something more like this and since there are no plugs or a light in there I would have to figure that out.


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I like the idea of a rustic vintage table, but if I am going to have to get rid of the big shelf unit that is there now, I think I need a better storage option.


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There are a lot of great ready made office armoires, but since I have taken the simple living pledge and really like and want to use a vintage piece, this may not be the right way for me to go.


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Maybe I could move my reading corner 




from in front of the window and put a desk there. I sure do like my little reading nest, though, but I do have a chest of drawers on the other side of the window that I could possibly move and put a desk there.


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The only problem with that, is I take the photos for my shop there and I would have to be able to utilize it for both purposes. Since I use a laptop, that might not be too much of a problem and I could gaze longingly out the window while I work.


Maybe a drop leaf desk like this would work. I could close it up and still use the top for photos.


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I can tell that this is going to take a lot more thought and probably there will be an aha moment when I am out at a thrift store or sitting at an auction and the perfect piece pops up. In the meantime, I would love to hear your suggestions. I'm sure you all have some great ideas and may have made your own small work space. I could really use the input.




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9 comments:

  1. Gosh, you found so many great photos of work spaces. The right thing will pop up just like you way and you know it will be perfect! Good luck. I know I just have to have light!

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  2. I love the last idea you posted--a drop-front desk or something. I'm sure it would be lovely to work in front of that beautiful window! I never could wrap my mind around a desk in a closet--I think it would make me feel claustrophobic!

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  3. I like the closet options for usable space, but I'd have to vote for options near a window--the natural light would be a plus.

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  4. I love, love, LOVE your ideas. So gorgeous!! I can't wait to see what you do!!

    Those open shelves look heavenly, don't they!?

    Happy New Year, lovely!

    Sarahx

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  5. I vote for the closet!!! I bet you could find an electrician to help you out with the electrical part!

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  6. I like the closet too- but I couldnt work without some breathing room, lol. And LIGHT.
    But you showed some very cute pics? Which works better for you, Laura...
    Cant wait to see what you choose, I'm thinking of some new space for myself as well. Probably be a couple months before I get around to it.
    FYI- I use a 100 year old maple drop leaf table for my computer desk:)

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  7. I think I like the window area with the drop-leaf desk! How pretty and inspirational to work there!

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  8. I'm in the middle of trying to figure out a better space.

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  9. I'm sure you are loving tossing all your ideas around. As you say you'll spot something on your travels and say 'That's it.' Good luck.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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