Thursday, October 13, 2011

I WANT THIS OFFICE ...BUT MINE SAYS 'ME'.....

In my dreams I have an office like this....


I designed this imaginary corner of MY perfect office in my perspective drawing class a couple of years ago. I was a little anal with the colouring I admit, but I never got this look out of my head.
Alas, my office looks nothing this glamorous, let alone this spacious or tidy.
I own none of the gorgeous hand crafted, solid hardwood furniture the zebra print hide rug, the button tufted, velvet desk chair, the horizontal striped window treatments...none of it. I made it up.

I can't...ok...I shan't show you a picture of my puny 10X10' home office/sewing room space...it would be a monstrous letdown. You might all query..."how on earth can an interior decorator have such an undecorated office space".

...or is it undecorated?

To appease you, I will instead show you some vignettes of what I have put in my space to make it my own...it speaks ME for sure....not the me of my dreams, but the me IRL.


My 'antique' red suitcases. I got the white handled one on my 4th birthday (I think I just dated myself) and found the other four antiquing several years ago...I just love them...



Anyone who knows me well will not be surprised to see these album covers on the wall in my office....these are so ME...I just never know when I might want to belt out ..."♫  the hills are alive ♪"....



I WILL get to this pile of fabric shortly... I promise



Freaky....I see the number "11" EVERY SINGLE DAY...on digital clocks, in the car, on addresses....and even in stores...I just look up...and there it is "11".  In fact my BD this year is 11*11*11
(not sure what it means, but if anyone out there does, let me know, but only if it's positive)



I love this sunny corner of my itsy witsy office. Serger thread, cutters, pens, pencils, buttons, fabric swatches, bulletin board all at my finger tips and topped off with a display of antique bobbins. 



I really enjoy the view from my window, but above my window...come on...not everyone has an antique 'singer sewing machine' sign. My friend spotted this on one of our antiquing trips and pretty much insisted that I should spring the big bucks for it. So glad I listened.



...and finally...I have been very fortunate as a small home based interior decorator to be published twice within the last year.  My family had my first published feature (top) framed as a Christmas present last year....I was beyond touched by this gift. I'm hoping they take the hint and get the bottom article framed for me this year for Christmas.

Although I don't have the gorgeous home office of my dreams, as a decorator, I want to impart to you that surrounding yourself with the items you love, the mementos, books, drawings....whatever speaks to you... can be meaningful and inspiring in your workspace when curated and displayed with thoughtfulness.

6 Comments:

At October 13, 2011 at 3:46 PM , Blogger Solace Interiors said...

I love your little space Maureen! It's not the size that counts, it's what you can do with it!!! And awesome drawing by the way. I have such talented friends, I tell you.

 
At October 14, 2011 at 12:00 AM , Blogger Vanessa@decor happy said...

I laughed all the way through this post! And can I tell you that you could be my twin - I had the same, little red suitcase when I was a kid in England (but it was tossed out long ago during one of my 20+ moves!)- so cool that you still have yours; it's a family joke when we are hiking that I'll burst out into "the hills are alive"; and I have a ton of unfinished projects as well!
Anyway, your perspective is amazing (know those aren't easy) and your office is adorable - love your vintage finds. (sorry for the long comment!)

 
At October 14, 2011 at 10:24 AM , Blogger Maureen @ Modecor said...

Comment NOT too long at all Vanessa. I enjoyed hearing about our similarities. ...isn't that what a blog should do...interaction....fact finding. I will tell though, that I edited my H&H mags last night.

 
At October 14, 2011 at 12:45 PM , Blogger SZInteriors said...

I LOVE this post Maureen! And I can so relate to it. In my life before decorating I was an administrative assistant thus my working style in the office has never left me - function & ergonomics; function & filing; function & at my fingertips! And every day that I'm working at my desk I dream of my 'dream' office space. Slowly, one piece at a time, I am surrounding myself by the things that I love, and it makes all the difference.

Thank you for sharing!
Sheila

 
At October 15, 2011 at 2:38 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

I remember and love your dream office drawing from Perspectives class. As beautiful as it is, I think yours has more personality and is definitely more "you" which is as it should be! Love all the vintage finds and those suitcases are adorable.

 
At October 20, 2011 at 11:13 PM , Blogger Kelly @ JAX does design said...

Thanks for sharing your offices with us, both virtual and real :-) As much as I love your dream office, your IRL office is so much more you :-) The suitcases & Singer sign are great, and love the framed magazine article and the album covers. I remember a certain someone running up and down stairs and singing Sound Of Music songs in TO last January... :-)

 

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I WANT THIS OFFICE ...BUT MINE SAYS 'ME'.....

In my dreams I have an office like this....


I designed this imaginary corner of MY perfect office in my perspective drawing class a couple of years ago. I was a little anal with the colouring I admit, but I never got this look out of my head.
Alas, my office looks nothing this glamorous, let alone this spacious or tidy.
I own none of the gorgeous hand crafted, solid hardwood furniture the zebra print hide rug, the button tufted, velvet desk chair, the horizontal striped window treatments...none of it. I made it up.

I can't...ok...I shan't show you a picture of my puny 10X10' home office/sewing room space...it would be a monstrous letdown. You might all query..."how on earth can an interior decorator have such an undecorated office space".

...or is it undecorated?

To appease you, I will instead show you some vignettes of what I have put in my space to make it my own...it speaks ME for sure....not the me of my dreams, but the me IRL.


My 'antique' red suitcases. I got the white handled one on my 4th birthday (I think I just dated myself) and found the other four antiquing several years ago...I just love them...



Anyone who knows me well will not be surprised to see these album covers on the wall in my office....these are so ME...I just never know when I might want to belt out ..."♫  the hills are alive ♪"....



I WILL get to this pile of fabric shortly... I promise



Freaky....I see the number "11" EVERY SINGLE DAY...on digital clocks, in the car, on addresses....and even in stores...I just look up...and there it is "11".  In fact my BD this year is 11*11*11
(not sure what it means, but if anyone out there does, let me know, but only if it's positive)



I love this sunny corner of my itsy witsy office. Serger thread, cutters, pens, pencils, buttons, fabric swatches, bulletin board all at my finger tips and topped off with a display of antique bobbins. 



I really enjoy the view from my window, but above my window...come on...not everyone has an antique 'singer sewing machine' sign. My friend spotted this on one of our antiquing trips and pretty much insisted that I should spring the big bucks for it. So glad I listened.



...and finally...I have been very fortunate as a small home based interior decorator to be published twice within the last year.  My family had my first published feature (top) framed as a Christmas present last year....I was beyond touched by this gift. I'm hoping they take the hint and get the bottom article framed for me this year for Christmas.

Although I don't have the gorgeous home office of my dreams, as a decorator, I want to impart to you that surrounding yourself with the items you love, the mementos, books, drawings....whatever speaks to you... can be meaningful and inspiring in your workspace when curated and displayed with thoughtfulness.