Friday, September 24, 2010

Kathryn Bechen Ink New World Headquarters & Home Office

I knew I should never have watched that movie where the heroine is a neurotic-and-uptight-writer-sort (albeit beautiful and charming!) who meets said annoying-but-oh-so-lovable male hero (emphasis on annoying!) and their over-the-top-chemistry forces her muse into overdrive to the point she writes a blockbuster bestselling book, enabling her to buy a beach-front mansion!   :)  
As I mused about the movie, Something's Gotta Give, my own muse kicked in, (the decorating one), and I walked down the hall past my wall of "writing paraphernalia" to my little home office corner in our San Diego highrise apartment which overlooks a pretty pocket park. (It's not a beach front mansion of course, but I do love my digs!)

And I became determined to take my home office corner as paperless as possible and also create a simpler and more neutral and serene color palette to go with our all-white master bedroom I just re-decorated. (Some people climb mountains for a thrill; I decorate and organize!)

Most writers can't go completely paperless as we have a tendency to collect info that supports our writing and constant learning, but I did manage to downsize my files into plastic bins sitting in wicker file baskets which I can easily move back and forth to my bedroom when I write from bed. Love that portability! I also stored my office supplies in white paper photo boxes on my bookshelves. I love having just a tiny office corner area without too much "stuff" so my mind stays clear enough to write. (My husband Steve shares the other side of the office with me.)

I found an elegant "Old World" style table for a desk at one of my favorite secondhand design stores, and I adore her gracious demeanor! I also found a pretty rose picture at Pier One and I repainted the "Bloom" and "Inspire" signs I had with blue paint. Easy-breezy project!

I LOVE the new office chair slipcover that the talented Teresa of Cozy Cottage Slipcovers made for me. Can you believe she did that virtually with me mailing her the fabric and my chair measurements, and it fits perfectly! Her customer service was awesome, too. Thanks, Theresa! :) The fabric is a painting drop cloth I bought at Home Depot and washed about ten times so it was really soft. Frugal, fun, durable, washable = YES!!

I especially like the gold detailing on my new desk, and when I'm tired of it as a desk, I can always use it as a foyer or sofa table, of course!

I also like the shabby "Old World" finish because if I scratch the top...well, um, who will ever know?! Old looking things give me comfort because they have....patina. (And since I just turned 52, I suppose that means I now have patina too, huh?!) :) Well, as the old saying goes, it's all in the attitude.   :)

This ol' gal has quite the pretty ladylike legs, don't you agree?!

Just perfect for a night on the town of dancing....or shall I say...a night of writing at home with her very own author owner curled up in a soft cozy robe...

holding a steaming cup of hot chocolate and using all her fun favorite "writerly" tools...

so she can encourage others through her writing to do the things in life that make them happy and help them  bloom!

Need help organizing your home office?  Here are my favorite supplies and tools. 

'Til Next Time!

Kathryn :)


A Romantic Porch said...

Yes you do inspire me through your writing. Thank you so much. I enjoyed this "very organized posting". Your office is quite lovely. xo rachel

Kathryn Bechen said...

Thanks sweet Rachel for your kind comment and wishing you the best always. Your prom dresses are beautiful! :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I am coming to you by way of my new friend Kathleen Ellis.
I can tell that you and I must be kindred spirits... I LOVE "Somethings Gotta Give"! I laughed so hard through those crying scenes I was crying tears too!

Your lovely study has a calm upscale style. I love your desk, and you are right... great legs! We should all be so lucky!

Thanks for putting me on your blog roll. I will certainly return the kindness.
Blessings for a joyful day!
So nice to meet you.

Kathryn Bechen said...

Welcome to my blog Yvonne and thank you for your kind comment and reciprocal blog link. Your blog is lovely too; thank you for sharing it with all of us. Blessings! Kathryn :)

Fabulous Finds Studio/Boutique said...

I adore your workspace, the desk is really fabulous!

Somerset Wedding Girl said...

Your workspace is absolutely marvellous, I'm so jealous of the desk!