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where I work...

Wednesday, June 03, 2015


I've been living in my "new" apartment for around four months now. It took a while but I'm finally at a point with my office where I'm super happy with how it's shaping up. My apartment has two bedrooms. I took the larger of the two for my office. Partly because why would I need to sleep in such a large room? But mostly because the evening light is perfect in here. I'm definitely most productive in the morning but the lighting in here as the sun starts to go down is so relaxing and a boost to my energy level.  Bonus points for the fact that my plants are absolutely thriving in this room.

The newest addition to this room, and what finally made it feel finished to me was adding a second desk. After I started sewing again I realized having a second desk was a necessity. I didn't feel comfortable sewing on the glass top of my computer desk and it was annoying to have to always be scooting my computer and papers out of the way. The right side of the room was a bit heavy anyway so adding the second desk to sew at not only gave me more room to work but balanced out the room.

Just like every other room in my apartment, other than my living room, I still wouldn't consider it 100% finished. I'm sure there will be lots of little changes here and there for as long as I live here but for right now, I love it! It's fun to have so much space dedicated to work. As much as I loved the office in my last apartment, working in a corner of the living room wasn't exactly ideal. This is my favorite office space to date!
xoxo

Sources : 
sewing desk + computer desk
paranoid pennant
jackalope jewelry holder
tooth pencil holder
ice cream cone lamp
Lockers were the best craigslist score ever, and nearly everything else was picked up second hand.

A few related posts : 
My collection of curiosities
The story of my lockers
Vanity Tour
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31 thoughts

  1. I love it *-* The light is so beautiful, I would totally take a nap right there in the floor, the whole room feels so relaxing and cozy!!! >.<

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    1. Thank you!!

      Haha, you'd soon be joined by all my animals. They LOVE laying in the sun in the middle of the room. (They just leave when I get out the tripod hence their absence in these photos.)

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  2. I am so jealous that you can afford a 2 bedroom apartment and work from home! In San Francisco a 2 bedroom apartment would probably be $5000 per month!!!! As usual your aesthetic reminds me of mine, especially the maps <33333333

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    1. That's craaaazy. Cleveland is super affordable!

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    2. Tempted to move, believe me :P

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  3. It must be wonderful to have a room for desks! Trying to be a writer and finish sewing projects is astoundingly difficult when you only have a teensy little table shoved towards the foot of the bed. Hah!

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    1. Yikes! Yeah, having lots of space was definitely a priority when apartment hunting!

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  4. Love it! That room is so big, it's amazing! Gorgeous!

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  5. The light in this room is so great. I love those pennants!

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  6. It looks absolutely perfect!! I love how you have so many cool trinkets and they are organized so neatly. My fave is the skeleton guy checking out those fresh wildflowers.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I didn't notice it before but it totally does look like he's checking out the flowers! :D

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  7. Such a great room! Those lockers are too rad, what an amazing find. :)

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I don't think I'm ever going to get over how much I love the lockers!

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  8. Still loving that U.S. map of yours! Such a great find! And this is an amazing space, well done!
    Jordyn
    Pretty Lovely

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  9. I love your decorating style, Kaylah!

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  10. I love your decorating style so much!!! Also, I love that you keep a photo of Jim Carrey on your bulletin board :)

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    1. Thank you, Mindi! Haha, what can I say? I love that man!

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  11. This is perfect! Love those lockers especially - what a cool addition to the room. :)
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  12. I miss the super large office I had in our last home. The one I am currently in does have a large bedroom in the basement that I could use as my office, but I enjoy the view of the front yard out the window in this smaller room. *sigh* AND, this room is far away from my husband's home office which is a good thing... Hey, we all need our space.

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    1. Haha!

      A good view definitely makes or breaks a room for me! In the home I lived in before Cleveland I had the whole, massive, basement to work in but I hated it down there. I moved my office upstairs into a MUCH MUCH MUCH smaller room and was so much more productive because of it.

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  13. Thank you for sharing! My office furniture always gets thrown against the wall and seeing your layout inspires me to shake things up a bit. I made the mistake of buying a huge sewing table years ago and it always dominates the room. The plus side is it has adjustable legs which I raised to standing level recently. Oof, time to make a huge mess to get someplace different. Do you rearrange your furniture regularly or do you stick with what works?

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    1. I usually stick with what works. I mean maybe someday down the road I'll move the desks around but those lockers certainly aren't moving! Hah!

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  14. wow, you have a really amazing big space :O wish to live in a big apartment jejeje
    looks very nice, your style is quirky and cool

    xo

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  15. on the 3rd photo up from the bottom, what are the lined note cards with the rounded corners? ps…love your space and how organized and clean you are!!!! pas….i'm a tooth person, too :)

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