Over the past year, my little work room has become rather a disorganised jumble of text books, scribbled notes, wool fibres, buttons, threads...a general muddle of worky and crafty things. It's not been a very inspiring place to spend my time, and both my studies and my hobbies have suffered as a result. So, last week I decided that it was time for a clear out and redecoration: I cleared, sorted and selectively binned my hoard, and emptied the room ready for decorating.
We tried countless shades of blue paint (all of them too cold, too pale, too dark) before deciding on Farrow and Ball's Dix Blue - a colour that we already have in our kitchen. Yesterday, we finished painting the walls, and also decided to paint the ceiling in the same shade. I've never done this before, but it works surprisingly well and doesn't feel at all 'boxy.' I couldn't resist picking this little bunch of flowers from the garden - Mr T can't understand why I feel the need to add flowers to a half-decorated room, but I'm sure some of you will understand this odd domestic urge!
There's still lots to be done, including the laying of a new wooden floor and selection of fabric for the curtains - but I need to get back to work, so we've moved my old desk back into the room for now.
I love this shade of blue plaint - it makes a perfect backdrop for brighter colours, and I'm already planning where to hang this gorgeous fabric from Red House Interiors, a great little treasure trove of vintage and recycled treats in Bedale, North Yorkshire.
I'm also looking forward to hanging this lovely Rob Ryan bunting around the walls - it was a gift from mum and dad when I got my new job last year, but I haven't been able to find a place to hang it until now. I keep removing it from its canvas bag and reading the happy little messages displayed on each flag...'listen to the world,' 'everything is going to be OK', 'you can still do a lot with a small brain'. That last one always makes me smile as I struggle my way through writing up the PhD!
They will inject such a positive mood into my work space, don't you think?
I'm now on the look-out for interesting ideas for storing all the necessary paraphernalia - I hope my room can remain a relatively calm and uncluttered space, despite my hoarding instincts. I'd love to find a mixture of interesting, quirky boxes, but in reality I suspect I'll make do with a trip to Ikea!