Home Office Design Tips for Writers: Crafting a Creation Station
March madness has struck! My writerly pals and I are updating our work space and sharing the results of our labors this week in our Creation Station blog hop. Hopefully, you can find some ideas and inspiration, then visit the awesome bloggers listed at the end of this post, who also invite you into their work space.
Before we get started, the photo below shows my office space:
Readers of my blog know that my husband and I recently built and moved into our new home. After a tumultuous year, I was striving for serenity in my new digs. The colors are reminiscent of the beach which I find tremendously soothing.
My former house had an extra room dedicated to my office. It was Old World style with an over-sized dark wood desk, rustic colored paint on the walls, and built-in bookshelves. However, my life has changed drastically and we went from being empty nesters to a multi-generational home. (Which is working well – but that is a subject for another blog.)
As a result, now my office consists of a corner in my master bedroom which is also decorated in light, breezy, beachy colors. As you can see from the photo, while my old office had shelves and file cabinets, and a large printer stand, my current office is much simpler.
In today’s world of technology who needs bulky file cabinets and a chunky computer? I now use a lap top, and must confess, on a normal workday as a freelance writer, start writing in my bed, move to my desk, and end up in a cushy chair. Nonetheless, during the hours I’m sitting at my desk, I actually like this office better than my previous one.
As a full-time freelance writer, I wanted my office to not only be functional, but inspirational. I wanted a place that invites me to come in and enjoy the simple satisfaction and joy of writing. My home office is still a work in progress, but I wanted to give you a peek and share a few tips you can use to set up your own creation station:
It’s All About Location
Whether you write or blog full-time, run a business from your home, or write after-hours as a hobby, designate a special space where you feel inspired and creative. If necessary, it can be a small corner in a bedroom. Just make sure it is tucked away in a quiet area where you can think and won’t be distracted.
Surround Yourself with Inspiration
When I first started writing and was just starting to get published, I had a board above my desk with clippings, acceptance letters and even encouraging rejection letters to help me remember early accomplishments and not lose my passion. It worked.
So hang a few inspirational sayings, a beautiful painting, or surround yourself with photos that make you smile above your desk for extra motivation. I’m SO not crafty, but I wrapped an inexpensive bulletin board in gorgeous fabric and ribbon for this purpose. It was really easy!
Choose Pretty Accessories
Bring in furniture and accessories that demonstrate your style and personality. Start with a pretty chair and then add a pretty lamp for extra light, trendy notepads, a vase with flowers, or a decorative waste basket.
Add cherished knick-knacks like my Mom’s silk flowers and old pencil holder. Think about colors, textures, and items that will help your productivity and provide a sense of well-being.
This is especially important when you have minimal space. Use floating shelves on the walls for reference books, vertical file folders to keep important papers within arm’s reach, and a pretty basket to tame your mail, notes, and papers.
My organizer I use for this purpose was inexpensive and purchased from Target. As you can see, it not only holds papers and files but also my printer.
So there you go. Hopefully, I’ve shared some tips you can use to craft your own personal creation station.
For more ideas and inspiration about writerly work spaces, please visit these #Gr8blogs today:
Take a tour of this author’s muse station – which happens to be in her living room like many a writer – and her wonderful world building wall. Auden even includes a photo of her adorable dog, Oreo, who either serves as company or an obstruction.
Be Inspired with a Visit to my Creation Station
Cat invites you to come and get comfy as you take a look at her creative space. A lovely vintage maple hutch from the 1960s serves as display and storage unit for photos, office supplies and school visit material. Love her eclectic mix of old, new, and tech. Cat even includes a video tour for your viewing pleasure.
Station Creation Blog Hop – Our Creative Spaces
After years of working out of her kitchen/dining area filled with an endless supplies of art materials, Corrina moved and was able to carve out her own little haven with a lovely calming vibe as she lives out her dream as an author and illustrator.
This author shares her magical place in a comfy, leather chair that instantly transports her into a world of make believe where anything can happen. Her tips include surrounding yourself with a bit of whimsy, a time-out corner, a jar of jelly beans, and a fort.
Leigh Sherin, Writer
Starlight & Alchemy; The Anatomy of a Workspace
Leigh poetically describes her typical day bustling between family and farm life and squeezing in those creative moments that we all crave. “My little workspace is what I have,” she writes. “It cradles my visionary spirit, laying down a buffer to the reckless and breakneck outside world.”
If you have a blog about designing a work space, we’d love to have you post your blog link in the comments section below, and we’ll give you some blog loving!
Julie, your office is beautiful and your advice is spot on! I would not normally ever put a link in a comment, but thought you might like to check out my Orange Office! http://ow.ly/ZCL3V . It is my cozy, warm peaceful spot for writing, reading, contemplating, working, and sometimes for a little quilting! I had so many inspirational saying that I wanted to have up, so I got an electronic picture frame. I save my quotes on edited photos, save them on the SD card, and now they scroll through on my desk, one every 5 minutes or so. And while the shade is drawn for the photo lighting, right now my view is my forsythia in full bloom and my star magnolia looking like a popcorn tree!
Thanks for sharing Lynn. If you’d like, I’d love to include your blog on our blog hop. Just let me know and I’ll add it to my list.
Wow, Julie! What a lovely work space you created. Very Zen-like and peaceful. Especially liked the photo display that surrounds you with inspiration. Thanks for sharing a peek inside your creation station -:D
Thanks Cat! Looking forward to reading your blog with photos of your creation station as well!
Oh, how I wish my work space looked as beautiful as yours! I’m definitely going to have to work on that. Thank you for the tips. I’m going to have to start with organizing and inspiration I think. Thanks for sharing.
Aaaw, thanks Summer. Glad you found the tips useful!
Wonderful suggestions Julie and your colors are beautiful. I’m also a full-time writer and so I take my office space very seriously. My desk is facing a lush garden area – used to face the West Maui mountains and ocean but I found that too distracting – and I have plenty of plants around. Especially important is no clutter – clutter makes me itch! Thanks for the suggestions and congratulations on your new home.
Okay, as usual, I’m jealous of the whole Hawaii thing, Marquita! Lol. And I can see how the mountain and ocean view would be way too distracting. Wise choice to face a soothing garden, I think. The older I get the more clutter drives me crazy too. I think we have a natural tendency to simplify as we age. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!
Love the office, makes me want to move, new home and my own new purpose designed space, Love the printer idea thanks
Thanks, Suzie! Glad you liked my corner creation station – it works well for me. Appreciate you stopping by!
What a wonderful workspace!! Delightfully bright and clean- I LOVE that ribbon board full of inspiration! Wonderful bits of advice! For me, the “get organized” part is the most important- I agree wholeheartedly! Thanks for sharing your lovely corner of the writing world!!
Thanks Leigh! Hopping over to read your article next. Can’t wait!
What a wonderful opportunity to redesign your office in a fresh new style from what you were accustomed to. Change is good and you’ve inspired me to spruce up my own space.
I agree with you, Joyce. Change is constant and a good thing if you embrace it. So happy I could provide a bit of inspiration and best of luck with sprucing up your own office space!
I love how peaceful and serene your office is, Julie. It is a place I can easily envision myself writing. We seem to have very similar ideas on our creative writing spaces. Thanks for sharing!
I read your blog this morning and had the same thought! Seems we have similar tastes and ideas. Loved your article as well.
Thanks for sharing your lovely work space. I love the colors. Your tips are spot on, especially surrounding yourself with inspiration. I like to hang quotes on my walls.
Enjoyed reading your blog today as well. Loved your “world building wall” that included quotes. We writers need all the inspiration we can get!
I loved reading this Julie and I adore your work space! It looks so peaceful and I can see how you would be very inspired to write here. Love all the little added extras too that puts your stamp onto it, it is so important to surround yourself with things that keep the passion alive. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Thanks, Corrina! That was the goal – create a tranquil, inspirational space to create. Glad you enjoyed!