May 25, 2015

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Since about two and a half months ago, I’ve been working on Project life and other creative projects in the tiniest of spaces. Before the upstairs renovation began, each day was a challenge in finding a space for furniture and stuff that I would need to use throughout the renovation time. Scrapbooking and card making requires a lot of tools and product, not to mention surface space for cutting  paper and for laying out parts of a project and for choosing and coordinating all the elements required to complete a page, a card or such. There were few choices and none were particularly suitable. As half the house was to be de commissioned and the other half  expected to look like a short term warehouse, the most likely nook looked like my writing room. Already a tiny space and intended to be a quiet retreat for serious writing marathons and studying, this sweet space, overlooking the ocean has morphed into the place I go to to write, pay bills, plan and after I relinquished my space in the downstairs office so that Philip could have the entire room for himself, my desktop computer found a home on my writing desk.

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I’m not sure if the room is even 100 square feet in size but it is filled with treasures, personal mementos, books, mid century bookshelves and of course the modern workspace, comprising of a long ikea desk unit and locally made wall hung unit which discreetly holds all manner of files and other not so attractive essentials. One of the special features of the space is a deep, low window ledge and outside, a pretty iron railing designed by Philip, sits, as a reminder of our trip to Paris. I’d always meant for the window to be clear and unobstructed until the scrapbooking space moved in.

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The absolute barebones, scrapbooking/creative space included and old teak desk, a trolley to hold supplies, a modular shelving unit and various plastic drawer units from Muji (white) and Kokuyo (Black with acrylic drawers.) If you’re looking for practical storage solutions to fit into shelves and cabinets, look to Japanese products which are practical, streamlined and look decent enough to even sit atop a desk or table. I couldn’t fit in another chair so the existing chair had to multitask.

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The room took on a semi functional, semi chaotic feel.

But funnily, I have spent so much time in there, creating. Which got me to thinking about space and needs. Could it be that this tiny and inadequate space turned out to be more than enough because of it’s accessibility? And because I had to pick only the items I would absolutely need, working on projects was easier and more efficient . Less really proved to be more. Ha!

I wonder if this idea can be applied to the kitchen? And as the upstairs renovation comes close to the end, I wonder if I will use the new crafting space more than I have these past two months in here, in this tiny nook.

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