Where Women Create

A while ago a friend (and Mom’s maid at my wedding!) tuned me in to Where Women Create.

Where Woman Create is a magazine and online database for creative woman. The magazine highlights the inspirational workspaces of women.

My workspace has been a work-in-progress. We haven’t done any major changes in here besides painting and the new windows – but it makes a world of difference! Behold the power of paint!

When we moved into the house we temporarily used this room as our bedroom. But this ceiling was a no-go for my tall hubby. It’s kind of an awkward space with the peaked ceilings and half carpeted space, so we decided to turn it into a dual-workspace.

This is what the room looked like the day we first saw the house:

The peaked half of the room was refinished at a later point – thus the carpet.

After going through the room with some spackle and ceiling paint, we freshened up the trim and painted the walls Behr’s Frozen Pond (a nice gender-neutral moody-green).

Then I went through our unpacking pile and filled the rooms with items we already had.

(forgive my cords. how do people hide these realistically?)

Finished? No. A big improvement? YES!

I work out of my house so this is a very important room for me to constantly feel fresh and organized in. The bookshelf and chairs were curbside rehabs and the desk we bought from a mill store and I stained myself. The little basket is where I’m allowed to keep “stuff”. The green bins hold pens, scissors, electronics, etc.

Projects on Deck:

– New, colorful window treatments. These we just had on hand.

– Get rid of the carpet and replace the floor to match existing hardwood

– Add shelving cubbies to side of walls to make use of the short space where the ceiling ends

– Add a reading nook

The peaked ceiling makes this room feel deceptively large. While it’s airy, the usable space was hard to put furniture in since the ceiling comes down at such a steep angle.

To the right of my work desk is the DIY area:

This desk is actually about 2 feet away from the wall. See how the ceiling is touching the lampshade?\
That’s what I mean about awkward spacial issues.

And this is my FUN desk, not to be confused with my WORK desk. Adjacent to my work area, it holds my sewing machine and all my craft materials. And behind that striped curtain (held up with painter’s tape) is a plethora of craft pandemonium that is nicely hidden and out of view. The desk is from Ikea.

This is my craft supplies bookshelf. Although most of my supplies are either hidden behind “the curtain” (*dum dum dum*) I keep the highly used supplies here for easy accessibility.

Fun fact: This bookshelf is made of orange crates from the supermarket. My Granddad brought them home one day and my Mom painted them white. And you wonder where I get my resourcefulness from. I’ve had them in my room ever since I was a little girl and I can’t bear to part with them. I also strategically put them in this corner so my husband would stop trying to make me get rid of them. Out of sight, out of mind. Right?

And, finally, here is my bookshelf and inspiration board from my first pinterest challenge. I keep all my reading books that didn’t make the cut for the living room shelves (here’s lookin’ at you Twilight and Confessions of a Shopoholic.) The rifle box holds wrapping paper and greeting cards and the orange boxes hold photo storage supplies.

And then we come to the invisible line diving my office from Moose’s. (His is slightly less organized, so we’re going to let him off the hook.)

So there you have it! This is where THIS woman creates. Hopefully one day I’ll get rid of that pesky carpet – but it’s the only place they put carpet in the house, so I can’t complain!

Now, to the left of my work desk is a reading corner. Well, it’s going to be. Right now it’s an ugly chair covered with a blanket until I find the right fabric to recover it with.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. I have a feel as the season gets chillier that I will be looking to nest into this reading nook fairly soon.

Where do you work?

8 thoughts on “Where Women Create

  1. Cindi

    Awesome! So glad you’ve got your creative space underway! It is really looking good and promising. Very wise to have a creative desk and a work desk. I work at home, too. My work and creative desks are the same, but I make it work. The key for me is making time to be creative. This post inspired me to keep all that alive. I had fun reading this.

    1. Withywindle Post author

      My secret is baskets! I throw things in the basket instead of a pile so it looks deceivingly clean. Then when the basket gets full I force myself to deal with at least half of the items. That seems to work pretty well for me.

  2. Paige Hill

    Hi! Thank you so much for your lovely post … We are so grateful for our creative friends ! Your space is wonderful! Make sure you post when you recover your chair. We’d love to see it! Our website is incorrect in your link: it’s just http://www.wherewomencreate.com. For some reason our old site keeps coming up on the web. Sorry about that! Have a great night~Paige

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