A study in inspiration

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Permalink

After my house move in September my first priority was to get my living space sorted. And, on the whole, I’m pretty happy with it now. (Especially since the arrival of my Christmas / Birthday rug!)

I decided my next step was to focus on my home study. And I’ve hit a wall. Though not literally, cos… well… I can actually see ‘n’ stuff.

I want my study to be an inspiring and creative space. I initially thought I’d make some sort of wanky dream board / vision board, but decided there was no way I could make something useful that would look vaguely pretty, so decided instead to get some interesting and inspirational art for my walls.

 

Except… the room still feels empty and sterile. Not welcoming or inviting. And certainly not inspirational.

home study

I know this is the epitome of a first world problem. Indeed I’ve had houses without a dedicated study space. Yes, EGAD!

And, I do realise significant proportions of people around the world don’t have access to food, shelter and water. Let alone free speech. And then there’s the whole issue of the seriously unpredictable and petulant US President-elect! So I really should apologise about the very existence of this post.

However – back to me!!! – I just can’t work out how to improve this bloody study. I’ve got a rug to put under my desk. And a tidy-up wouldn’t go astray. Perhaps a more comfortable / pretty desk chair would help?

Of course what really scares me is that it’s not the room at all. That it’s me. That I’m creatively stifled. Apathetic. Lazy. Or talentless. Or is it just that I’m not committed enough to do…. whatever it is I’m wanting to do.

Any suggestions? Do you have a home study or nook you find inspirational? Do you think perhaps it’s ME and not the study?

21 Comments
  • Vanessa
    January 18, 2017

    How about some decorative curtains?

    • Debbish
      January 19, 2017

      The funny thing is Vanessa, the plain (heavy) curtains in the study are the only ones I actually like in the whole house.

  • Jo
    January 18, 2017

    Your pics are fabulous. I think the rug will add colour & maybe some cushions on the lounge. I think it needs a tad more softness, so maybe a tall plant?

    • Debbish
      January 19, 2017

      I do like the idea of a plant. I follow some Instagram pages that have that real bohemian look and there are always lots of plants. (And so far my track record with my indoor plants is okay!)

  • Jan Wild
    January 18, 2017

    Love your art works but I don’t think it helps that you are looking at a ‘largely’ blank space. I like to have a corkboard (cheapie from Officeworks) in my line of sight, with goals, achievement and fun bits and pieces to inspire. Mine isn’t particularly creative although I did also buy some fun pins, but it does work for me.

    • Debbish
      January 19, 2017

      I actually found some pics I thought I could use on a dreamboard but wasn’t sure how I could put them on there to look decorative. I did think about making the board (I made it up on Pinterest) as a screensaver.

      One of the reason I want to turn my desk around is – not just so I’m not looking into the glare – but also so I can see my lovely Merci Perci print all of the time!

  • Lyle la Ruche
    January 18, 2017

    Well, you could move your desk close to the long windows, as the view is pretty inspirational. Unfortunately that could be a bad move, because if you’re anything like me, you’d spend more time dreamily appreciating the view rather than using it as a goad.

    • Debbish
      January 19, 2017

      Yes Lyle I already glance outside a little too much… though I think that’s okay. Because the mirrored doors of the cupboards are behind me though I get a lot of glare on my screen. I’m planning to turn the desk around but need to sort out all of the power cords first!

  • Emma
    January 18, 2017

    I always like a bit of colour myself but it does depend on you and also how much time you spend in your office and if you use it for anything else (mine is also a guest room and a place I can go to watch TV no one else in my family wants to watch). When I’m struggling I hate to say it but Pinterest is always the place to go. Steal someone else’s creativity when you are at a loss for your own I say!

    • Debbish
      January 19, 2017

      True Emma and I just mentioned to someone else I follow some accounts on Instagram I really like in terms of inspiration. Perhaps I just need to get stuck into turning the room around and then put the rug in place, get a plant and see how I go!

  • Maureen Beatrice
    January 19, 2017

    I think a nice rug would definitely cheer the room up a little! And an comfy chair is another great idea! I think maybe all the white makes it look a little ‘cold’. A little more color would change the room I think!
    Sometimes a post about the ‘normal’ things in life I very necessary. The world is way too serious already. 😉

    • Debbish
      January 19, 2017

      True Maureen… it’s easy to focus on the negative stuff out there and – bizarrely – I’m getting a lot of satisfaction from my house at the moment. It feels weird to admit that, but that’s true. I’d be happy if I could just change bits and pieces so it becomes a true haven!

  • charliegirl
    January 19, 2017

    I think it is “too sterile” because it is all white. Either change the color of the curtains or paint the room a nice shade that you will enjoy.

    • Debbish
      January 19, 2017

      Eek! Another vote to get rid of my curtains… perhaps I need to look around at some alternatives!

  • Jess
    January 20, 2017

    I love your rug and your two prints! I want them! My house is so cluttered with excessive toys that I am always trying to get rid of. So I am a bit jealous of the barren look! I think A rug will soften it up, I like the idea of plant too!

    • Debbish
      January 20, 2017

      I did put the rug back in there. It was one a cat vomited on so I took it out while I tried to work out how to wash it etc… And yes, loving the idea of a plant. That gives me a little project to look forward to!

  • Kate W
    January 21, 2017

    I have a fabulous chair (bought at Freedom, aqua with white spots – this is the closest I could find https://www.freedom.com.au/storage/home-office/office-chairs/336/23760158/bardot-office-chair?reflist=furniture/home-office/office-chairs ) and it makes me happy everytime I look a it, simply because it’s not what you expect in a study.

    Also, although art work is nice, photos of holidays/ family and friends are great.

    • Debbish
      January 22, 2017

      One of the pictures I would have had on my dreamboard thingy would have been of Tuscany which is a dream destination for me.

      I actually do have some pics from my old life that are sitting on top of the printer in the study that I could / should put on my wall.

    • Debbish
      January 22, 2017

      Oh and I can’t see the white spots, but the office chair does look lovely. Maybe a new chair would be good!!! I saw one at a second hand store in Brisbane (I shared on my Debbish FB page) the other day, but it wasn’t very practical… #alas

  • Laurel-Rain Snow
    January 22, 2017

    Great windows! I would probably go for adding more color to the room…and some rugs. The art work is a good idea, too. But, of course, your taste and what you like in a space is the most important thing. I always love finding items around the house that I can bring into a room and use them for different purposes (barbecue cart as a table, etc.).

    Love your description of the “unpredictable and petulant” president…yeah, no longer president-elect after yesterday. I cringe when I listen to him or look at his face…and let’s not even mention his obsessive tweeting. LOL.

    I am a little worried and frightened about the future of our country, and after his inaugural speech (yeah, I recorded it and had to listen, to see what red flags might be flying). As the talking heads pointed out, it was definitely not a unifying speech. He spoke only to the less than half the country that voted for him, and he was definitely appealing to their needs.

    I kept hoping something would happen before the inauguration to stop the madness…I guess we’ll just have to wait for him to do something really stupid (how hard could that be?), like Nixon. And that whatever it is doesn’t endanger the world.

    My rant is over…LOL.

    Enjoy creating your study.

    • Debbish
      January 22, 2017

      Thanks for the suggestions re the study Laurel and I have to say I’ve been heartened by everyone who’s been out marching over the last day or so. A wonderful side-effect of the unfortunate election result!

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