Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday's Musings - Office Tour

Happy Monday Morning!  I’m trying a new take on the start of the week this time…something a little more chipper.  I’m not really much of a morning person but we’ll see if faking it puts me in the right mood for the week.  J

This week, the Monday’s Musings gang is taking you on a tour of our offices/writing spaces/corners of the dungeons where we work. 

Please make sure to check out the links to my fellow bloggers below:

Finally, after months of adjusting and organizing, my office is just about the way I want it.  I’ve gone through two desks, three layouts, a paint job and a really bad stenciling job that I still need to paint over, but my space is cozy and comforting.  It’s not a very big space, but below are a few pictures to give you an idea of where I spend a fair amount of time.

Above is a picture of my desk (the second one I tried) with the green lamp I picked up on a whim.  It doesn’t really match, but I don’t care, I like the color.  I love the sloping ceiling above the desk; it makes me feel like I’m writing in an out of the way attic room in an old house.

My bookcase.  I keep only certain categories of books in my office, the rest are on bigger bookcases in the dining room.  This holds my writing and researching books, my physical ‘to be read’ pile (the rest are on my Kindle) and my more inspirational books I guess you could say.  My Alcott, Austen, Shakespeare, Whitman, Dickinson, etc. 

This is my board where I try to keep some sort of inspirational quote.  This one has been up for a while, but I feel like it’s really appropriate for me lately.  It’s from the movie Inception and is spoken by Eames (also known as the fantastic Tom Hardy).  In case it's a little hard to read it says, "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling."

A picture of Louisa May Alcott’s home, Orchard House, that I purchased a few years ago when I visited Concord, MA.  Getting to tour Orchard House was a total pilgrimage for me.  Little Women has been one of my all time favorite books since the first time I read it in fourth grade.

Just a couple more pictures.  

This is my squishy, book-reading chair.  Although lately it’s been my squishy, Doctor Who watching chair.  Not that I’m addicted or anything. 

Ok, yeah, totally addicted.  David Tennant has absolutely nothing to do with my office, but a random picture of the Doctor never hurt anyone.  J

My little electric fireplace that keeps my room cozy warm in the winter.

Finally, a picture of purple lilacs (my favorite flower) that my mom painted for me.  Can you tell purple is my favorite color?  The color in this picture is a little off, the frame is actually silver, but you get the idea.

So, that was probably more than you wanted to know about my office and more pictures than you needed, but I’m quite proud of it.  (Except for that terrible stenciling above the bookcase.)  It’s comfortable and cozy and I love spending time here. 

Where do you write?  Do you have a dedicated spot or do you like to move around and change it up?


  1. Your office is so cute! And clean! And uncluttered! (I'm jealous)

    That's a gorgeous painting - purple lilacs are my favorite flower, too. :)

    And also, thank you for the picture of the Doctor. I needed that this morning. ;)

  2. Very nice. And I agree with Chris, it looks so clean and organized. I'm sure you'll get a lot done there. Thanks for the tour!

  3. I'm also a big fan of slanted ceilings.

    And guess what! I toured that same house in MA (during a high school English trip of New England authors).

    Your office might have to be my visual inspiration as I work on organizing mine! :)

  4. It's lovely! I would love a space like that to write in. I especially like the little fireplace and the slanting roof--definitely adds to the ambiance!