Workspace plans

This is my current workspace. My kitchen table. And I hardly recognize it like this, because it's always covered with paper piles, brush pens, notebooks, coffee mugs, sunglasses, books and what have you. People who have worked with me will testify: my desk is never the tidiest (it's probably the messiest of all the desks in the office, actually).

We built the kitchen table ourselves (well, I designed it and Rasmus did the actual building). Chairs are Eames DSR, big poster from danish art museum Louisiana, square forest poster: Thordis Kayma on Society6, Wes Anderson posters (the Life Aquatic and the Grand Budapest Hotel) by Concepcionstudios on Etsy

We built the kitchen table ourselves (well, I designed it and Rasmus did the actual building). Chairs are Eames DSR, big poster from danish art museum Louisiana, square forest poster: Thordis Kayma on Society6, Wes Anderson posters (the Life Aquatic and the Grand Budapest Hotel) by Concepcionstudios on Etsy

Anyways, there are two reasons that I sit here and work. I actually invested in a desk, a huge screen and a Wacom board when I started freelancing, but just two weeks in I got a shoulder inflammation (due to sitting in an awkward position while working on my Wacom board at a client's office) and since then I've found that it's easier on the shoulder to work on the laptop with my elbow close to my body. The other reason is that I bought a desk that was way too small. It is a perfect fit for the small hallway which I had originally planned to use as an office space, but it can barely fit the screen and Wacom board, leaving almost no room for the keyboard or the laptop – not to mention all the papers, notebooks, coffe cups etc. My mistake...

Lisabo desk from IKEA (which actually looks awesome and I love it, apart from the size issue), Snille office chair from IKEA (the cheapest adjustable office chair I could find, as an intermediate solution while saving up for one of them fancy kick ass chairs), utterly awesome Cross Blanket from Pia Wallén (that I allowed myself to splurge on when staging our city apartment for sale, and I'm so happy that I did!)

Lisabo desk from IKEA (which actually looks awesome and I love it, apart from the size issue), Snille office chair from IKEA (the cheapest adjustable office chair I could find, as an intermediate solution while saving up for one of them fancy kick ass chairs), utterly awesome Cross Blanket from Pia Wallén (that I allowed myself to splurge on when staging our city apartment for sale, and I'm so happy that I did!)

So I stationed myself at the kitchen table. 

But this temporary solution has got to stop. I really need to find a way to work on the Wacom board without straining my shoulder, and I need a bigger office space with actual shelves, drawers and desk space enough to be able to work comfortably (and I also need to stop being the super annoying wife who keeps leaving half her office on the kitchen table). So I've decided to make our (pretty tiny) storage room slash dressing room into an office! 

Now, this would be a total dream project, if I actually had some money put aside for things like this. But since this is my first year freelancing and I just took two months off for summer holidays, I don't have the luxury of decorating it just the way I want to (and I know EXACTLY what I would do to get a totally dreamy office space! Just check out my Pinterest account). But if I want to be positive I can tell myself that it will be a "fun" challange to decorate an office space with as little money as possible... 

Here's the tiny space, that we've been using as a storage room. It's really small, but at least it's got a window!

Here's the tiny space, that we've been using as a storage room. It's really small, but at least it's got a window!

Before I realised exactly how little money I could put aside for this project I bought one roll of Emma von Brömssen's beautiful dancing cranes wallpaper. Hopefully that will be enough for the wall opposite the door, so that it will be the first thing I see when I enter the office every morning!

Beautiful blue handpainted dancing cranes!

Beautiful blue handpainted dancing cranes!