Inspired by SlowWood’s MUN 15 desk with its cool sides & shelf, I started seeing stuff around my place in a different way:
Of course, it hit me, I could turn this upside down & create a mini-shelf for my desk — no building required.
I didn’t let a light rain stop me from spray painting it in the porch on newspaper.
I love how the shelf looks different in all kinds of light — there’s a sheen from the metallic silver.
It goes great with the wall colour & sets off decorative items. The silver colour blends & uplifts whereas the original dark brown darkened & depressed.
Hmmm, it’s just too . . . busy. I tried thinking of design tips [man, where’s a list when I need one?]:
— layer different heights
— group like items together
— shelf books according to spine colour
— highlight art objects by texture & colour
— edit, edit, EDIT.
After a bit of rearranging on the desk & on the shelves of the perpendicular project table, I ended up with this:
The greatest thing about photographing a scene like this is the different view the camera shows. The tower is still a little busy, the layers are lop-sided, & I’m not happy with the green tray hanging on the edge.
I moved my ‘Mom’ pencil holder [made by my youngest son, way back when] to a longer shelf on the bookcase & made a few changes with the butterfly boxes.
You know how when you’re in the mood to organize, you hit all parts of the house?
I moved in the little units from my closet [because it has fancy $5 panels on it now], then
I decided to bring the wicker bookcase closer & use it as a bit of a room divider:
The small one holds business cards & scraps of paper with phone numbers on them. The large one holds larger scraps of paper on which I’ve drawn or notated a project idea.
I found the little, blue penny banks at Value Village for $2 each — one’s for a sunny day & the other for a rainy one.
No problem losing the little hanging white bag — I really love the glittery blue butterfly leftover from Christmas decorations [50% at Michaels].
It’s also my totem — Vanessa means butterfly in Greek — so it provides inspiration.
I’m quite happy with my little admin corner now. 😎
😉 Well, I still have more books than bookshelves, with decorative items galore jammed in there — but I haven’t sorted through piles of papers, & there’s still the double glass cupboard & a couple of fabric cubes empty, . . .
. . . there are a few more changes brewing, . . .
of course. 😆
Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle