My “office” is inside the children’s room. I found this to be the best arrangement as it allows me to be near the kids while I work. My husband works from home every now and then, so he also has an identical desk beside mine. Except that my stuff are mostly white or colorful, and his are all black and serious. We found these teak desks when ScanTeak had a sale last December. They were at 50% off! Such a good deal for solid wood furniture.
I would have loved a white desk, and that’s actually what I bought at first. But the white Ikea Micke desk bent in the middle after just a couple of months of use — it was so sad! Serves me right for not getting good solid furniture in the first place. I learned my lesson there – it’s wiser to invest in pieces that will last you a long time, even if they cost a bit more.
The boxes in the shelves above the desk contain my art materials. One of them contains my paint brushes, another one holds all the tubes of acrylic paint, and another holds paper and stationery. Markers and crayons are also up there – so that the little one can’t get his hands on them without my permission and supervision. On the left side is my collection of pretty journals, and above that, all our important files sorted into clearbook binders – one for each member of the family, one for common files like property and insurance, and one for health files.
Of course, my desk wouldn’t be my desk if I didn’t add some pretty stuff around it:
Remember the movie “You’ve Got Mail”? One of my favorite lines from that movie was “I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address”. And that’s what I always keep beside me – a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils. =) My husband doesn’t understand why I keep buying them. But you do, right? =)
That pink clock was a plain Ikea wooden clock in a past life. I painted it pink and hand-painted flowers on it. The watercolor of a flower is the one that I did for daintymom.com, I love it, so I framed it. Beside that frame are 4 tiny canvasses that say dream, believe, pray, and work. My mantra every day. =)