inspirational work space in the making

inspirational work space in the making on Geoffrey & Grace
The Brooklyn studio of woodworker Ariele Alasko’s. Photo – Max Tielman for Design sponge

It’s been over a month since I wrote about my plans for an Inspirational and functional work space (If you missed the first post, you can catch up here). A lot has been happening ‘behind the scenes’, and I am so pleased to say that the end is now in sight.

The plasterer has been, and the Thistle Magnetic plaster by British Gypsum’s Rooms Made For You Range is on the wall. It was so exciting to watch it go on. It is applied just like normal plaster but goes on slightly thicker and is black in colour. I have tested it out (just with some fridge magnets) and it is indeed magnetic! I can’t wait to have a play with the magnetic wall properly. To me the creative possibilities that come from having an extra surface to utilise, is really exciting. I have some ideas in place about how I want to use the wall, but am also still thinking about how it can really help me feel inspired and be organised.

inspirational work space in the making on Geoffrey & Grace
Studio of Artist Joëlle Workman. Photo from Moon to Moon.

Thankfully, after my post Less is more – how to begin to live simply, I have finished all the not so fun jobs, like clearing the room, and sorting and organising over 10 years worth of paper work.

The two-to-three days that it took to empty and sort the room, I found really tiring. I wonder if anyone else finds sorting through their belongings so exhausting? The thing that I found hardest about this room particularly, was that it contained sewing boxes, and sewing things from both my Grandmas; Grace and Peggy. It was easy for me to feel sentimental about all the things I was sifting through. My Grandmas were from the ‘make do and mend’ generation where they kept everything. I kept finding bits of bra elastic, used hooks and eyes, and suspender clips – realistically things I am never going to use – but they were things that my Grandmas thought important to keep, and for that alone I found it difficult to just discard them and throw them in the bin.

The room had to get emptied though, so in the end my approach was to gather all the different types of sewing things together in one place. All the buttons, pieces of elastic, threads, pins etc are now at least grouped, but I still need to sort through these items and decide what I can let go of – a job for another time.

inspirational and functional work space in the making on Geoffrey & Grace

Vintage clipboards for sale on Etsy – shop littlebyrdvintage

inspirational and functional work space in the making on Geoffrey & Grace
Vintage Industrial Metal Stand Memo Board Upcycled Display for sale on Etsy – shop BirdinHandVTG

inspirational and functional work space in the making on Geoffrey & Grace

The Brunswick studio of ceramicist Lucile Sciallano. Photo – Annette O’Brien for The Design Files.

There are a few parts of the room design that are firmly fixed in my mind; I want to put reclaimed wooden shelves in the alcove to house some of my vintage fabrics. We own a really good pair of trestle legs (which I will use for my work desk), which I am going to paint. I also know that I want some reclaimed scaffold boards for the top of my work table. I have spent quite a few evenings on Etsy and eBay searching for some storage for the top of my desk… I know what I am after, but they are not so easy to come by. I have decided this is the perfect thing though, so will search and search until I find something  – wish me luck.

inspirational and functional work space in the making on Geoffrey & Grace

I love the colour of the stain on the wooden floor, but it is patchy in places. I’m really hoping I can make it work, it would be such a shame to have to paint over it.

inspirational and functional work space in the making on Geoffrey & Grace

I am currently picking which colours to paint the walls, and have found this a lot harder than I thought. In our last home, right from the beginning, I knew I wanted to paint everything white (walls and woodwork). In this house I am looking forward to experimenting with colours more, but I am also finding it a little daunting.

inspirational and functional work space in the making on Geoffrey & Grace

We’re getting to the really good bit now, and I can’t wait to finish my inspirational work space.

I am really looking forward to putting some paint on the walls, (once I have finally decided on a colour), and it will be the first bit of painting we will have done in this house. There are a few things we need to complete the room, but mostly I am using bits and pieces we have, or reclaimed, and vintage things I have found.

As well as feeling excited, does anyone else get apprehensive about this last bit? I always feel a bit nervous about whether it will all come together like I have imagined. After hours on Pinterest, will it look like the visual pin in my head… only time will tell.

 

This post is in collaboration with British Gypsum but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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  • Can’t wait to see the finished space! The magnetic wall is such a great idea x

  • Thanks Sarah-Lou. Also can’t wait for it to be finished now x