Now that I’ve added blogger to my list of experiences with my first post under my belt (yeah!), I realize I’ll be spending a fair amount of time at my desk hanging out with my virtual decorating friends. Some people do brilliantly surrounded by piles of stuff – not me. If there’s environmental noise around me, I get distracted.
So the first order of business this morning was to fluff my office. My desk is located in what was originally a small garage attached to our house which we transformed into a mudroom/family room/office.
I share the space with George, our office dog (we sometimes refer to him as the Google Dog in honour of the dogs-welcome philosophy of the company). Graham will drop by to comment on the latest in world affairs (because there’s a TV in here), and when back from school, the kids pile on the couch when they don’t want to go into their basement lair, but mostly during the day, I’m here alone with George – and it’s so peaceful.
I believe that a great workspace enables you to think freely, fuels creativity and if nothing else, helps you feel fabulous. I mean, really, look at this drop-dead gorgeous office that designer Mary Macdonald rustled up. Wouldn’t you just want to show up in pumps and pearls and have your coffee there (in a cup and saucer, of course)?
As I continued to think about desks, I began to wonder if we were oversubscribed. In our average-sized house, we have five official work surfaces (and that doesn’t include the kitchen counter and dining room table). Graham works from home so he has an office area, I have my desk in George’s Room, and we’ve always thought it important for Ben, Ruby and Theo to each have some kind of bureau of their own, no matter how petite their bedrooms.
We’ve been creative and gone beyond satisfying the base utilitarian need. So you’ll see that our five-desk home shows that lots of things can be transformed into a beauty spot to write your memoirs.
Even if the children don’t use their desks for as much homework as we’d like, we hope one day, these personal vignettes made up of their treasures will get the workout they deserve.