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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Where THIS Woman Creates...

I'm not overly big on snapping and sharing all sorts of shots inside my home.
We have a very nice, roomy, comfortable dwelling,
but there are  aspects about it I'm dying to change....swap out the carpeted areas for wood floors, finally get moving on some window treatments, etc.
I also cop to feeling a bit intimidated by the absolutely mad decorating skills
of some of you ladies and gents! No need to name names, you know who you are...

There's a really wonderful publication called Where Women Create,
and it's filled with image after image of the workspaces of inspiring, creative ladies.
I'm always fascinated to see where my blog friends whip up their magic,
be it a studio, office, or like me, a desk in the living room
and a workstation in the computer room.

Today I'm going to give you a glimpse of my tiny little creative space
just off the front door in the living room.


Not loving the green carpet, but oh how I love this desk! 
Found at a garage sale about a month and a half ago for....get this...$7.50.  
I recall a tale from  Stan Williams, The Elegant Thrifter himself, 
of a much beloved desk he rescued in the early 80s for $10, which you can read about here
That's exactly how I feel about my utilitarian beauty, 
and I'm not even going to brag that I beat Stan by a whole $2.50! ;-)
This is really an amazing piece of furniture, 
heavy and sturdy and save for some wear on the desktop, in absolutely stellar shape.

The gorgeous chair was purchased from my bestest guy-pal junkin' buddy 
Troy of Junk Exchange, and I can't imagine 
another chair fitting quite so perfectly, can you?

My antique mail sorter, and I know for a fact that it is 
fo shizzle a true antique, this baby is OLD!
I use it to store craft glue, paper clips, stamp pads, glitter, and the odd tchotchke.







That's a bird's eye view of just one of the areas I like to spread my creative wings.
Hope you've enjoyed the tour!


Beth said...

I like your work space, especially that cubby hold piece! I would love to have something like that with all the little spaces. Neato!

stefanie said...

well, I definitly know how you feel, i have the same color of carpet, I want wood floors badly, not even real some of these homes...amazing...makes you have house envy.

Anne Lorys said...

We do have wood floors in the kitchen and bathrooms, but the dreaded green carpet is in all the other main living areas.

Hey, laminate works for me, too! ;-)


red.neck chic said...

I cain't be showin' you my workspace after seein' your creative spot...
OH MY GOSH!!! I love that desk - and the sign above it!!! Oh, and the mail sorter and the chair...AUGH! I think I'm as green as your carpet...

When I get mine cleaned up enough to get two of us in thaaaar will you come help me organize mine? (battin' my baby blues and giving you my best most innocent pleading look...)

;-) Robelyn

Auntie Cake said...

Oh Anne! It's BEAUTIFUL! I love the look of it, and adore all those cubbies. I have been on the lookout for a mail sorter of my very own for years with zero luck. The whole setting is so sweet, just makes me smile at it! And the Scrabble tiles? So precious!

Having just spent the last two weeks laying hardwood, you make me appreciate them. (right now I am in the move the furniture back mode so I am not really feelin' it yet...) A friend and I did it, it's not hard to do if you have the tools!!!

Theresa said...

Love your workspace! Especially the mail sorter:) Great find and you are using it wisely! Have a blessed evening!!!!

V I N T A G E O L O G I E said...

Lovin' your space Anne ... nice and comfy ... my favorite is the mail sorter,perfect!! and look at that purty little card holder ; )

Thanks for a peek inside your space ... I'm such a peeping tom at heart !!


Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Anne:
Had a desk nearly like this; only difference was a rail that ran from half way along each side around to the back (front?). It was meant to keep things from falling off the desktop. There were decorative panels on the outside that made it possible to face into a room or against a wall, at I pleased. The drawer side on mine was exactly like yours. When we moved to Florida, we gave it to one of our kids. They now have that desk, as well as my DH's (HUGE)old oak rolltop desk. Loved - and still love - them both but there's only so much room here and something had to give.
Thanks for sharing!

Michelle Hughes said...

love it! Show more of your house!! I am sure it is fabulous!


Queenie's Vintage Finds said...

Wonderful place to spread your creative wings! I love that desk and chair and what a deal...congrats on that!
I wish I had a place to create that was all my own...a place that I could leave the mess, and not have to clean it up to cook supper... but I'm sad to say, I have no room for a studio, at this time (so I can only dream!). I do my creating and crafting at the counter or at the kitchen table, just in case you were wondering. I'll ever be dreaming of a studio though! Boy will I ever go to town crafting then! Your posts are always so fun...thanks for sharing!
Big Hugs,

LuLu said...

I have that book on my Chirstmas list {where women create} Your spot is just perfection!
I'm so glad you shared your spot,

bj said...

O, girl...I do love your precious work space...just LOVE it !!
Don't be afraid to jump in with photos of your cottage...I have the most HUMBLE abode and compared to so many, I SHOULD be afraid to post it...but, hey...we all love ea other here..I never ever judge...i just love seeing where my friends live..I love seeing your style..Oh, some of the things I have posted should have been deleted but.....Oh,'s such fun.
How's your new business coming along?? Good, I pray..
xo bj

Unknown said...

Anne your desk is killer!!! I love your creative space with all of it's vintage flair!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!

And, we all have areas of our house that we'd like to change...just don't photograph those rooms :)


Unknown said...

Hi Anne,
It's a sweet little place to create. I like the desk and chair; plus the pieces you have displayed on the desk. Very nice!


Debra@CommonGround said...

So we finally get to see inside, I love it Anne, it looks like you, you're kind of space. Does that make sense? Organized, functional, fun, vintage with some fun thrown in. Love the Tiny Dancer!
big hugs,

Anne Marie said...

sooo nice! if only!!

The Flying Bee said...

Well, first let me just say THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! So sweet of you! It totally made my day! Now, about your creative great! I can't believe you only paid $7.50 for it! Lucky girl! :)


Anonymous said...

Wow, what a buy there sweet pea! And love the new blog 'look' too. So do tell as to whats a 'odd tchotchke'

kisses from the marshmallow queen here.

trash talk said...

Wow, if you break that down by the pound...what a steal! (I know way too much about heavy stuff!)
Have you seen the book? It is beautiful as well.

Six divided by two..... said...

I love your work space!!! For shizzel?? How awesome is that!!! $7.50 ??? Really??? I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo jealous right now!! Anne that is like the best find in the WORLD!!!! Truly AWESOMNESS AT IT"S BEST!!!

Amy Johnston said...

Great space and great desk! Does it always look that neat?! I really enjoy your blog and featured it in my post this week and in my blog roll. Can't wait to see more!


Kim said...

Anne that's too weird! I was JUST at A.C. Moore like two minutes ago and was browsing through the best magazine - Where Women Create! I came home and was like, Crap! I shoulda bought that!!!!
Then I came home and saw this - waaaaa!

Sarah said...

Wow, what a deal on that desk! I like the cubby holes of the antique mail sorta. Your desk space is a lot neater than mine. I try to keep it neat, but then scraps of paper, pens, etc. seem to drift back to either side of my computer. ~ Sarah

Polly said...

Love the cubby! Love the chair! Love the scrabble letters! Love the sign! Love the desk! Great space with great stuff!

xoxo -


June said...

Anne, you got that desk for a steal! I'm really am lovin' that mail sorter. I have tried to find one for years now. You'd think Idaho still had the pony express, cause you just don't see many of them here. Probably because they are still being used today!lol

My Grama's Soul said...

Great finds to furnish your creative space. It was a joy to tour.



The Feathered Nest said...

Yumm-o Anne!!! I just love everything about your creative space! The mail sorter? My very fav ~ it's so amazing....and don't you worry girl, I don't show each and every room of my home, I'd hate to scare everyone! :) xxoo, Dawn

Karen said...

Loving the desk. What a terrific buy!! Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

Hey girl....the space is wonderful, so don't go tellin' me that you don't "create".....hmmmm, sounds like a cop out to my challenge??? Tried to comment on your earlier post about the space not working out and was having computer problems....wrote a whole wonderful meaningful disertation of how things work out for the best and all, but will simply tell you the best philosophy is.....go in the direction you are led...if it is difficult it isn't meant to happen yet, and when it meant to will be easy and successful....something better will come along that be better, and if you had moved to the first floor right now, it would have prevented you from doing the better thing....make sense????? You are where you are supposed to be....just keep workin' it the way you are, girl, and it will all be yours! xojana

Six in One Hand said...

Fo Shizzle My Nizzle!!!!
Your space is DA BOMB!!!!

vintagesue said...

it's all so very ladies.... I SWEAR...have all the fun and all the good stuff.
your space looks amazing. i work on a spare bed in my 'guest' room. it is always messy and unorganized. i'm a spaz. nothing fancy in it. nothing really to look at but CLUTTER, CLUTTER, CLUTTER. now i see how real spaces are supposed to look. i want one of those mail sorters!!!!! it is all so functional but still very vintage. thanks so much for the inspiration. your site looks great too by the way!!!
take care

Brenda said...

It looks like a very inviting space. I also like the cubby to store all your favs in. Great space. I think I have a couple old suitcases just like one setting alongside. I use to store crafting things in. Now they are in storage waiting to be repurposed again. I have something in mind just have to get around to it.

Unknown said...

I love this space! It's simple but so beautiful. Thanks for my congrats on my big win. I think you might have started something. You might be seeing more work spaces.

The Elegant Thrifter said...

You certainly did! And that was back in 1985 when I found my desk, so you probably beat me by about $6 when you take inflation into account!


Cathy said...

Anne, What an awesome desk. It is absolutely beautiful. I love the cubby holes. And quite a bargain too.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and taking a peak.


Mindy said...

What a wonderful space! That sorter, as you know, rocks.

Thank you for your sweet words. I miss keeping up with y'all. But, I am so far behind on personal business that I just can't justify sitting at the computer in the midst of chaos.

Much Poetry Love! ~Mindy

littlebyrd said...

Wow! It is so great!! I love the little cubbies.

Coco said...

Love that space. Just perfect. When the kiddos get a bit older, I want to turn the playroom into a "study" room. Your space is exactly what I have invisioned for the room.

I also think the need to change things up never ends. Our house is 4 years old and I designed EVERY aspect. I already have several things that I want to change. Too bad our money tree died. Boo-hoo.

Tanza said...

Hi there ..
I soo LoVe your wonderful work space .. Everything at your fingertips !! Your shoppe name is adoreable .. I'm soo glad you stopped in to say hello .. LoVe meeting new bloggy friends .. Happy holidays to you and your family ~
hugs ~tea~ xo

Rebecca Nelson said...

Dear Anne...I wish you could just SEE all the places I've worked over the years. A cubby, a closet, a tiny card table...

I think your space is lovely and the desk was a fabulous find. I especially love the cubby on the top. What I wouldn't give for that.

Thank you for visiting. It's always a treat to read your comments. They warm my spirit and bless.

Love, Rebecca

Diann said...

Your space is great! That desk is a real beauty. Kept beautiful with an appropriate chair. And who wouldn't love the cubby?!?!?

Laura said...

Miss Anne- Your creating space is awesome.

It is so nice to visit with another Texas blogger.

I enjoyed visiting,


Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

That's a wonderful work space! I just love that mail sorter and your suitcases!

Hootin Anni said...

FANtastic!!! I have a feeling of being in a "The Christmas Carol"...and scrooge and bob crachitt. Love this whole make over.

My Show n Tell, HERE, ---it's 32 degrees out, and I have one lone iris blooming!!! Come see the rich beautiful purple!! the dead of winter.

Happy Friday!

Charlene said...

Anne, Thanks for the tour! I love your mail sorter. It sure does help sort things & a great display to boot! Sorry I am late for Show & Tell Friday. For some reason I could not get Cindy's Blog to load without "freezing" mine. ??? Computers!!!! You GOTTA LOVE THEM! Thanks for sharing! Charlene

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