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My workspace/bedroom. You know you wanna see it. 
28th-May-2008 03:05 am
Cissy Green
Life as an impoverished full-time graduate student/part-time freelance writer isn't the most enviable of existences, but that doesn't mean that it has to be one that is devoid of beauty. I invested a good chuck of time and money back in 2007 to make my modest 12x14 room, which functions both as a bedroom and an office, into a harmonious space. And while it's still very much a work in progress, I don't think it was too bad an effort:

The view from the doorway. Note how the rug and the magazine tower function as a sort of structural division between workspace and sleepspace. Yes, all of the magazines are otaku rags--because that's the sort of freelancing I do.

The view from my bed. The door from which my mirror is hanging leads to a coffin-sized closet. The door with the hooks leads to another bedroom. I believe that the adjoining rooms were originally intended to be separate bedrooms for husband and wife. In case you couldn't tell, I'm living in a Victorian house.

Going counterclockwise from the last photo. Wall art and my desk. Note the vintage Victorian register. The amethyst geode on the floor is a feng shui joke.

Another view of my desk. You can't see it in the photo, but I have a 3-in-1 hp printer on an end table caddy-cornered against my desk.

My beloved Hale barrister bookcases (and some much-needed storage boxes). All of the furniture in the room is cheap except for those bookcases. By the way, it's amazing what solid wood doors and box-lids can do to contain clutter...

My twin bed in the Victorian bay window. Note how I have my desk oriented at a ninety-degree angle from the window. This is intentional; it means I can work non-stop throughout the day at my laptop without having to worry about glare on my screen.

Another view of my bed. All of the furniture in this photo I assembled and painted myself.

The corner at the head of my bed still needs work. The wall lamp was already there when I moved in, though I picked the beaded shades. The resin Dark Phoenix is another feng shui joke, by the way.

Anyway, as you can see, my room features a mixture of traditional and contemporary styles...plus a few real antiques here and there. I tried really hard to honor the house's late-Victorian past without looking too stuffy. (Also, stuff with simple lines tends to be cheaper... ^^; ) Did I succeed?
28th-May-2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
You did a great job! A wonderful blend of class and sophistication!
28th-May-2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^__^
29th-May-2008 02:14 am (UTC)
It is much, MUCH nicer than my place... very inspirational. Someday......
29th-May-2008 02:39 am (UTC)
I'm delighted you like it! XD
29th-May-2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
I really like your sense of colour and matching the interior to the time of the house. I do not like the lamp on your desk or on your beside table. I desperately love the arrangements in frames on your wall.

Wow. I wish I had had that sense of style at your age. I'm slowly working my way to some sort of personal style in my finally-bought flat here, but I'm finding that what I imagined IS my style, and what I a) can actually live with for a long time and b) afford are very different things. Heh.
29th-May-2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
I do not like the lamp on your desk or on your beside table.

*grins* I don't think many other people liked it either! The manufacturer's entire inventory of the style was on firesale clearance prices. The total weirdness of it appealed to me, and besides, it was originally a really expensive, high-quality lamp. Heh.
30th-May-2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
As long as you're happy ^^. And it sort of fits the rest of the design anyway.
The custom-made library I keep hankering after is unlikely to ever materialize on my end, considering the priorities I'm setting myself. So I'm simply ordering additional Ikea shelves when space gets scarce.
31st-May-2008 03:18 am (UTC)

I just go to Target or Wal-Mart for the cheap and ugly bookcases. =(

... I want to touch your bookcases... Fondle almost! Heh.

Desks aren't cheap. How much was that?! Are there big drawers? I want to see! ^o^
31st-May-2008 03:54 am (UTC)
The desk is from Staples. I have a keyboard tray and a "mobile file" underneath. You can see it online here.
5th-Jun-2008 09:18 am (UTC)
Very nice^_^ especially since I remember what it originally looked liked. I like the lamps; they add that antique touch/feel to the room.
5th-Jun-2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
So I guess you're back home, huh? How was the trip?
6th-Jun-2008 04:15 am (UTC)
Got back yesterday. It was a good trip with its ups and downs. I'll post about it later.
6th-Jun-2008 04:19 am (UTC)
You around? I'm still up. ^^;;
6th-Jun-2008 04:20 am (UTC)
Not sleeping again?^^ I'll log into gmial?
6th-Jun-2008 04:21 am (UTC)
I'm already logged on. ^_^
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