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Writer, book blogger, tea drinker, late night snacker.
Professional cryer who spends way too much time online, eating books for breakfast.

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A Tour Inside my Home Office

 


When we first entered lockdown, I didn't really understand the depth of what was going on. A month working from home in the comfort of my pyjamas? Sign me in! But one month soon became two and after that, the realisation that things weren't going to change any time soon caught up with me and hit me hard.

As a writer - and a professional procrastinator - sitting at the same desk every single day with nothing but a blank wall in front of me was a nightmare my creativity couldn't afford. This is why I made sure my working space was something I could be excited to see every day and never get bored of.

Now, I'm not a fan of white walls. They always remind me of my dentist's office and you know, a whole pandemic is enough to give me constant anxiety, I really don't need another excuse for heart palpitations. But this workspace is also set in my bedroom which already has a feature wall, I didn't want to add more to the mix - although, now that I think about it, I'm picturing a dark wall behind wooden shelves. I seriously need to stop watching Architectural Design all day.

The plan was to cover as much white as possible, with prints, posters, random memorabilia and of course, books. I'm a huge fan of old maps so when I found this Lord of the Rings one - followed my a Murderous Map from Harry Potter - I had to have it and although is quite small, it fits the space between the first two shelves perfectly.
I then added a few postcards here and there and a Palmistry print I'm obsessed with. As a writer, I constantly need to be surrounded by inspiring people and who better than other writers? 

My desk - like all the furniture in my bedroom - is probably 20 years old and I'm still in love with it. It does need a bit of TLC here and there but it has that vintage feel I really like and plenty of space inside and on top. I like to be surrounded by things that inspire me, whether it's a print, a candle I light every time I write, a journal, the books I'm reading, some dried mint leaves, everything is put together nicely and in a tidy mess.

And then the bookshelves. I don't know how many times I've changed their layouts these past few years and still, I'm not completely happy with them. Probably because I'm running out of space for my books and honestly, even for my shelves on the wall. 
I usually like to go a little cray cray and have them all colour-coordinated but I'm past that phase now - I know, wild! - and switched it up for a more cohesive look that sees all series together. The first shelf is for my TBR: all the books that I get sent and that I wan to read in the immediate future are all in front of me as a reminder to stop buying books since I have so bloody many to go through. Does it work? That's for another day. 
On the other side, I have my absolute favourite books. We're talking The Secret History, most of my magical realism books and, of course, my Stiefvater and Cassandra Clare bibles, I mean, series. And then at the very top, everything else that doesn't fit those categories. 

I also have more bookshelves at the side of my desk, which are for books I don't particularly care about, my poetry collections and the books that I have yet to read but couldn't bother to.

Will this space stay the same for the near future? I make no promises. I'm still thinking about painting the walls dark, adding more shelves, plants and postcards as well as different fairy lights once Christmas mode in on. But overall, I'm quite happy with how it turned out, I have creative mornings here, with a cup of tea and some good music so I can't really complain, can I?

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