This week kicked off my first official week of life as a freelancer. My two week stay-cation is done, and I dove in Monday with a freshly made work schedule to try out (loving it so far!) and got down to business! Today I wanted to share my thoughts on making a creative space. I think having a designated work area when you work from home is extremely important. Being able to have a spot where you can sit down and go into work mode is essential for productivity. But it also has to be a place where you feel comfortable. Ideally, someday, I’ll have my own studio area. Since that currently isn’t an option, making a creative space where I am comfortable was essential for this freelance adventure.
I’ve had an ‘art desk’ in our bedroom for over a year now and it has sat largely untouched that whole time, other than as a place to pile crap on. Any time I wanted to do art, I hauled everything to the living room and sat at the coffee table. Why? Because the area wasn’t comfortable for me. It was in a weird spot in the room and facing away from the door, which I hate. It had horrible lighting, where I was sitting in my own shadow to work. Also, the desk was huge. I didn’t need that much space. Therefore, I filled it up with stuff. Overall, it was just a mess (both literally and figuratively.)
As I mentioned in my post awhile back about our trip to Boston, we stopped at IKEA while down there. About 60% of the reason was to furnish my new art area. I measured out a spot where I wanted it, and hunted down some things that fit. Here’s what I snagged. This post is so not at all sponsored by IKEA in any way; I just like sharing things.
For my desk I snagged a LINNMON Table Top for $8.99 + four ADILS legs at $4 each.
My desk chair is the SNILLE swivel chair which was $19.99.
And I grabbed some storage in the form of a SUNNERSTA set. The rail was $1.99 and the cups that attach were $0.79 each.
So for about $50, I had all the furniture I needed for my new area. And here it is!
Yes, it’s quite small. This little niche in the wall is tucked right next to our closet, and if fits the desk perfectly. It’s tucked away in my own little corner and I absolutely love it because it’s perfect for me. I love the small cozy area. I love that is has a window with plenty of daylight pouring in. I love that I can glance to my right and see our whole room (you know, in case a burglar tries to walk in and take a nap in our bed. IT COULD HAPPEN.)
But the point is, I’m happy I finally put effort into making a creative space that is right for me. I absolutely love going to sit down at my desk each day and make art. It feels right.
Like any space, I wanted to make sure my new art office had some great decor. The wall right in front my desk is my own little gallery. It features work from Michael C. Hayes, Victoria Gedvillas, Sylwia Telari, Megan Lara, Kirstin Winklbauer, Arnel Baluyot, Liana Kangas, and Dan Luvisi. It’s amazing to be able to glance upward and be filled with inspiration. And, this wall has so much more room to add more prints!
My desktop features a smattering of things that make me happy. Mainly, candle. I adore candles. Especially the candles that drip and ooze everywhere. They make my heart happy. Also in the category of things that make me happy: nostalgia. Those little anime figurines are from the show Tenchi Muyo – they’ve been in storage for ages and my mum just found them while cleaning out her basement. I’m so happy to have them on display again! I also recently acquired a mini Bulbasaur planter that I can’t WAIT to get a succulent or cactus for and then it too will adorn the desk.
As for practicalities, the rail cups are filled with tools I use the most and like easy access to. In that wooden case are my custom pen and mechanical pencil from Mystic Eye Creations. And of course, my lamp. My lamp is the one thing I’m not happy with. I need one that has a taller reach and moves a bit more. However, I did discover something totally life changing in terms of making art in crappily lit areas – daylight bulbs. BUY SOME! (#protip?) Seriously, they make a world of difference not only for working, but also photographing my art.
I’m so, so glad I took the time to put effort into making a creative space that is perfect for me. I feel like I used to think along the lines of ‘I’ll do more art when I have a studio to do it in.’ and I allowed the lack of a space to limit me. And I realized how counterproductive that it. Would I love my dream studio? Of course! But since that isn’t an option, I decided to focus my efforts on making a creative space I can utilize and enjoy now, instead of ‘someday’. I’m sure I’ll be adding more to this little space and updating it along the way, which I’ll be sure to share on my art Instagram.
What does your creative space look like?