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?