I started moving things back into the room about 10 days ago, and have been working in the space since then. It took me a while to unpack and organise things, but I am already feeling at home.
It is so wonderful to have my own workspace to retreat to, and it has already made a really big impact on how we live as a family. Working at the kitchen table was really encroaching on our family space, and I never felt like I completely switched off.
Now I have this perfect little room to type away in, and sew when the mood takes me.
Using the Thistle Magnetic plaster by British Gypsum’s Rooms Made For You Range to create a magnetic wall, has really given this room another dimension. It’s been so great to have a bonus surface to think about when planning how I would utilise the space.
I set out to create a workspace that was functional, but I also didn’t want it to look too much like an office. I didn’t want to have my whole schedule up on the magnetic wall or my current to do list – neither of which are that interesting to look at. I wanted to make a really lovely room to just hang out in; somewhere that would inspire me to write great things and take lovely photos.
I have some inspiration just a glance away with these brilliant photo magnets by Cheerz. They have a super-simple app, and these are just printed from my Instagram photos. In a work lull, it’s lovely to be able to lift my head and see a photo of Bailey, or a picture of some of my published work.
Even though I knew I didn’t want my diary on the wall, I also thought it would be really useful to have somewhere to write something down that I needed to remember, or a particular focus for that week. I made my own chalk board from a piece of MDF and chalk board paint, which is perfect to jot a little message on.
Finally, I have this lovely green friend to keep me smiling, which along with my other plants is from Spider Plant Shop. I was so impressed with how this little crate is held up by a self-adhesive magnetic sheet (from First4Magnets) – so much easier than drilling. First4magnets also provided some tape which is holding up the chalk board and these little magnet clips, perfect for keeping all those receipts together to be filed later.
One of the best things about this room makeover is how organised it has made me. I’m not sure I can convey how much lighter that makes me feel. I was drowning under mounds of old paperwork, which has all been sorted, shredded, or stored in the loft for safe keeping. Plus, there was a lifetime of collected fabric. I have kept my favourite bits, but there is another big pile which I will sell (fabric-lovers keep your eyes peeled for an Instagram sale in the next few months).
Helping to keep things in order are these storage drawers (from the wonderful Dirty Pretty Vintage) and box on my desk – they fit all the various things I use on a day-to-day basis in. They’re brilliant because everything is at arms reach, but it’s all tidied away. I have used various baskets to store all my haberdashery and craft bits in. Plus I have these two vintage sewing boxes keeping everything tidy, one of which belonged to my Grandma Grace.
Most of my fabric however is resting on these beautiful shelves, which are made from reclaimed wood (old bits of the Brighton pier to be exact). We had them in the our last house, and I got them re-cut to fit this alcove.
Also from reclaimed wood, (this time scaffold board) is my desktop from The Brighton Wood Store. I am so in love with the pale colour of the boards and it’s a lovely surface to work on. The trestles we already had, but I painted them this off-white as I didn’t like the colour of the wood they were before (which was a little orangey).
The rug from Rocket St George and this beautiful vintage pottery lamp add a homely touch and bring a different texture into the space. I also really love this linen styled vintage lampshade that I found for the base, I think they are a perfect pair.
I am really proud that everything in this room is either second-hand or vintage, and reclaimed or recycled. The only things that are new are the magnets, the rug, and the plants.
I can’t wait to settle into the room even more, and look forward to how this little workspace and magnetic wall will help me become more productive, and establish a better work-life balance. I feel very lucky to have such a wonderful, creative hideaway.
This post is in collaboration with British Gypsum, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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