Project Remnant Redo’s Muse

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office, oasis, studio, space, with cat

This week’s WordPress photo challenge is “Muse.” My muse is most often Grayzie the cat, sleeping there in the chair. I take more pictures of him than anything else, mostly because he’s so darn a-muse-ing. But hey, as far as muses go, this recent redo to my sewing room/home office has provided lots of creative inspiration.

I don’t have a “before” pic to show you, and if I did I might not post it because I don’t want to see it later as a Hoarder’s Worst Nightmare …

But it is a remnant redo project, too. My old desk, which was attached to the armoire there on the right, stretched to the corner then right-angled in an L shape along the back wall. That window on the right wall was almost completely blocked by the back of the desk, which had a shelf unit for CD’s, storage of all sorts. On top of the desk shelf were stacks of books, and baskets on top, which went almost all the way to the top of the window.

Proponents of feng shui might say that you should never have your desk facing the back of the room, you should have it situated so that when you are seated at your desk, you can see the door when someone comes in. But notice, there is a sunburst mirror on the wall, so that when I’m seated at the desk I can check the mirror and see if someone is sneaking up on me through the doorway. Plus, I can open the blinds and see the beautiful neighborhood while I’m working, which gives me a new sense of expansion, as if I’m part of the outside world as well as operating inside my cave of creativity. The best of both worlds…

The desk had a nice faux-granite top that was hard and sturdy. But the rest of it was particle-board with a paper-thin veneer on top, and when I moved it here, it didn’t survive the trip very well. Many of the bolts that held it together got jostled and ripped out chunks of particle board, so DH had to rig it with many shims and clamps and such. I actually worked at the desk for over a year, with a big pipe-clamp stretched across my keyboard from the window to the end of the armoire. If I ever had to open the armoire to retrieve something, my keyboard tray would fall to the floor with a loud, agonizing crash.

What I added:

3 filing cabinets

shelf even with top of armoire, moved plastic file boxes to this shelf

a new store-bought keyboard tray (hasn’t been installed yet)

new plastic chair mat

new ink for printer that has been spewing out documents in shades of pink lately

3 shelves and brackets on back wall (some of the brackets we already had)

white spray-painted cans on lower back shelf (cans were former Christmas gifts of popcorn or cookies or butter-rum life-savers)

corner shelf DH put together from desk remnants and spray-painted white

a new Clear Sounds phone DH got me from FTRI

 

In some ways it’s like a kindergarten classroom*, with “stations” for each activity: sewing, cutting, serging, embroidery, quilting, drawing, painting, photography, jewelry-making, knitting, other crafts, writing, the volunteer work that I do, genealogy, processing mail.

*This thought is distilled from my memories of a couple of organizational books by Julie Morganstern.

There’s a bookcase over to the right of the armoire, now filled about half and half with fabric and books. Why have books stacked up all over when they could be in the bookcase where they belong?

Grayzie loves the new redo. He has plenty of serene new surfaces to lie down on, and when he gets bored he can jump up to the serger table and mangle all the thread paths for a fun activity. And how quick can my hand travel across the room to his furry neck? J/K, he’s my muse.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ethgran
    Jun 27, 2015 @ 17:32:15

    Goodness, Hon. The room looks huge – but that must be a trick of the camera in taking the picture. I Know that it is such a small room that one can barely turn around it – right? I’m so jealous I can’t see straight! I spent all week working on cleaning out my multipurpose room and it looks no better than when I started. The big difference is that I now know where stuff is and that stuff is accessible plus most of my dark hidden places are cleared out and no longer so ‘dark’. I still have the sewing corner to deal with and maybe under the bed – still very dark and mysterious. Enough is done to get some of that sense of uforia one gets when all is right with the world – then I turned on the TV. grrrrrr Now if I could just install my WIFI – life might become more pleasant as I choose what I want to see on that TV. sigh

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    • jenyjenny
      Jun 27, 2015 @ 18:01:52

      Ha, ha, yeah, you couldn’t turn around in the room before because all those long plastic boxes on the shelves used to be in the middle of the floor–now, the trick is not to fill up every available space with junk again. Woman, you need to get that Wi-fi going…

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  3. paisleypedlar
    Jun 30, 2015 @ 03:19:39

    What a fabulous space!

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  5. Dancing Echoes
    Jul 11, 2015 @ 08:12:59

    What a nice re-do. I like your writing style too. You are funny. I look forward to reading more of your work.

    Reply

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