We moved a few months ago into our new home. Our last home had a spare room that we converted into a home office/studio. For 13 years I had a dedicated space for my creativity and paper work. In our new home there are no spare spaces but I still needed a home office/studio. And the alcove between our living room and kitchen was the only place it could go.
The rules: it had to work with our living room furniture, not distract from the open kitchen, the bullet journal, writing, art and office supplies had to be hidden from view and it had to work for me as a creative space. If I couldn’t get comfortable there it wasn’t going to work. So far I’ve done watercolors and made Christmas cards at this desk as well as bullet journaled and written. It works! And was a lot cheaper than buying a home with a den or fourth bedroom. : )
I introduce to you my home office without walls…
Closed, everything is hidden from view. I love Ikea for coming out with such a perfect solution. The bottom is the Hemnes Secretary Desk and we put the add-on cabinet on top. And the bookcase is part of the same line and maximized the space. (Plus I needed a place for my writing and art books.)
The chair matches our kitchen chairs and is ready for those nights when we need to sit 6. The other one is in our bedroom and serves as the chair for my dressing table.
When it is open it transforms into a good sized desk area and keeps everything in one central location.
It holds all the supplies I need along with a big shot die cutter/embosser and a cricut. The top section is for all my stamps, adhesives, embellishments, etc in labeled boxes. As well as my trimmers, dies and embossing folders. For anyone that does NaNoWriMo you’ll recognized the “helmet” the two Ikea doggy tail hooks turn into. I simply couldn’t resist. They were too perfect! If only they were in blue.
The desk area has my washi tape holder from Michaels. It is full. A fact that tortures me every time I see washi I want to buy. I have my pencil crayons and watercolor pencils in cups for easy access and because they don’t need to be stored on their sides. I have my stickers and watercolors and brushes easily within reach on the narrow desk shelves.
It also holds my Michaels organizer for all of my pens, markers (tombow and crayola) and my frixion pens, markers and highlighters and more. The drawers hold more pens and post-its. It is a well designed piece. : )
It may not be a separate room but it is a solution that has brought me peace. I find myself being more creative in my bullet journal with all my supplies easily within reach. All I need to do is open the doors and the possibilities are endless.
For anyone struggling to find a creative space in their home I hope this helps give you some ideas on how you can make your own room without walls. In this day and age of smaller spaces smarter designs are making the difference. Or maybe we’re just borrowing from the past. Either way I’ve found a comfortable space to be me.
Share pics of your creative space. I’d love to see them. : )