Monday, October 11, 2010

Guest Designer: Lisa Dickinson, part deux

Hello there! Hope you had a good weekend. Have you visited our DT gallery? It's up and filled with lots of inspiration.

Last Friday, I promised a peek into Lisa's workspace, and here it is. It's pretty awesome.

Since I work from home and occasionally have to meet with graphic design clients here, I have commandeered the office space in our house. It's about a 12' x 12' room in which I have a big wooden desk, a glass-doored bookcase, a red leather chair, an antique filing cabinet and several smaller storage cabinets and bins to hold all my stuff.  Almost all of the pieces are hand-me-downs or were found at antique stores, flea markets & garage sales.  I have a thing for furniture with a history.  And if it has peeling paint, even better.

My desk was an anniversary gift from my husband and found at an antique mall in Jenks, Oklahoma. We refinished it and added new handles to the drawers. I love that it provides an expansive workspace and most days, it is usually covered in various scrap projects. On the left side of the desk there are faux drawers, which are actually a door that houses a typewriter lift. I love this feature because it lets me hide the more modern technology my job requires -  it's where I've stashed my photo printer and Silhouette.

I keep the supplies I use regularly (adhesives, pens, scissors, punches) in a painted wood cubby on my desk - a flea market find.

Directly behind my desk is a glass-doored bookshelf, which holds the bulk of my scrapping supplies. I have them sorted into a variety of bins, buckets and baskets and I'm always on the lookout at flea markets for vintage-y type storage. Currently this space is packed full, which means a cleaning purge is imminent. :)

To the left of my desk, I have an old cabinet found at a flea market. To lift it off the floor, my husband added turned legs to the bottom I distressed the whole thing with cream and sage-colored paint.

I searched forever for a safe, sturdy storage option for my beloved cardstock and I was never able to find anything that was just right. So my handy husband made me two wooden bins that fit my specifications perfectly.

 My patterned paper doesn't get such pretty storage - it's stacked in paper racks and housed in the coat closet adjacent to my office.   This is another area in desperate need of a purging. Luckily, it's also behind closed doors so it makes it easy to ignore. ;) We also put shelves in this closet to house all my albums (and getting all my layouts into these albums is currently a work in progress!)

And that's where I create! I should add a disclaimer that I did clean up before snapping these photos. Most days, there are scrap supplies covering the desk (and sometimes the floor too!) Also usually present is a large dog on the floor behind the desk (carefully napping amongst the scrap disaster!) If you were to stop by my house unannounced, this is likely the scene you'd see:

Thanks Lisa!


Michelle October 11, 2010 at 12:29 PM  

Ok...I don't feel so bad now!! LOL The last photo looks like my scraproom!! Your room is gorgeous!!

happydays525 October 11, 2010 at 1:38 PM  

Love the photos, especially that last one! Thanks for sharing Lisa!

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