If you follow me on Tumblr or Pinterest, then you probably know that I’ve been dreaming of a work space for my apartment. I’ve never been the kind of girl who could work at a desk; I’ve always written in bed or, since living on my own, on the couch. Unfortunately, when a bed is so often used as a work space, it stops being a sleep space and my beauty sleep schedule suffers.
Since I’m about to graduate from college and will likely be doing a bit of freelance writing or other work-from-home jobs, I realized how desperately I need a place to work. However, upon finding out that I can’t realistically afford to move into a one bedroom, I decided I needed to fall in love with my studio apartment all over again. Queue furniture rearranging and a trip to Ikea. $101 and several hours of
screwing drilling later, and I have my dream work space. Here’s the finished product! Doesn’t this look comfy? Part of what has always kept me from working at a desk is the upright angle of a desk chair. As soon as I realized I could use my fluffy living room chair as a desk chair, I gave up my qualms about having a real work space. To complement the “furriness” of my chair, I got this ridiculously soft sheepskin rug from Ikea to seduce me from the warmth of my bed.
I honestly thought I would spend a lot longer putting together an inspiration board above my desk, but I’m really glad to have chosen a few special pieces to display instead. The bulletin board has a couple of hand-drawn designs from my high school days of an aspiring fashion designer, a photo from a really neat art exhibit I saw with my old internship, a playing card from a vintage game of Candyland, and a bold reminder from Glamour that everything is going to be okay. In the photo above, you can sort of see an old note from my good friend Matt (who probably doesn’t read this blog, but should!). It reads “For always listening and in hopes that you’ll continue to do so….No matter how def you end up.“
And yes, in case you were wondering, that is a Spice Girls poster. I’ve saved it from my childhood and now proudly display it in my apartment.
PS. A HUGE, special thank you to my wonderful boyfriend Dago for adventuring through Ikea with me and then surprising me by coming over while I was at work to build my desk and rearrange my apartment for me. You’re positively the sweetest and I probably couldn’t have done this without you.