Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I has a writing desk!

I has a writing desk!

We letter-writers often ask, talk, and blog about our letter-writing spaces. I love seeing posts on others' blogs about their writing desks, or where they typically write (check out this awesome post about writers' rooms from The Guardian - thanks for the tip, Queenie!) and in my prior apartment, I pretty much wrote at the dining room table. It was sunny and big, and a very cheery space, but of course I had to clear off for meals and games and such, and remove all my piles altogether when guests came. So I didn't feature it on blog posts, and was envious of other folks who had their own spaces just for letter-writing.

But in our new house, I have my own dedicated writing desk! I am so excited. Of course it is just for letters, but my cutting mat and pens can stay there, though I am pretty dedicated to keeping it as uncluttered as possible. (We'll see how that goes.)

New writing desk, with requisite glass of cabernet

The random white lattice is part of the room, and we can't move or remove it. I can't decide whether I'll stick things in the lattice, or not... right now, I'm leaning towards not, because I can see through it to the set of half-stairs behind it, and occasionally a cat will come and meow at me through there, which I find utterly charming.

Sunroom & writing desk

And here's the context, to show my little writing nook in our larger sunroom. The on the far right are sliding-glass doors that look out to the back yard, and they face west, so it does get quite sunny in the afternoons.

It is a new space that inspires me to write letters, and I have all the tools at hand to do so (drawers undereath! I have drawers! I've just begun organizing stamps in there...) close at hand.

I think it's time to go write a letter...

21 comments:

  1. What a wonderful space! I agree that your surroundings are incredibly important in order to get those creative juices flowing. Have you seen this project about writer's rooms? The Guardian (a British newspaper) does regular features on famous authors' writing spaces, and I think it gives a fascinating insight into their respective writing styles. Enjoy! http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/series/writersrooms

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  2. Hey Queenie - I HAD seen that link in the past, but I couldn't find it again... thanks for the tip, I just added it into the body of the blog post. Cool stuff!

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  3. What a beautiful little desk - and such a comfortable-looking sunroom! I'm coming over to hang out ;) Where did you find the writing desk? It looks like the kind of thing I'd find at an estate sale.

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  4. I especially like that it comes with a glass of wine!

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  5. Stephanie, the desk used to be my husband's, and he got it at a furniture store years ago. It was unused in another room in our old apartment, with piles of stuff all over it...

    Christine, mais oui! Evening letters usually come with a glass of wine. :-)

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  6. That is sooo enviable! Congratulations on your new space. Happy writing!

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  7. That is definitely a gorgeous room. It is very nice to have a space dedicated to writing/mail. When I constantly have to move everything back and forth, I get very discouraged and lazy. Haha :)

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  8. When we used the white trellis lattice in our Maker Faire Garbage Art booth, we hung the artwork from the lattice on big "S" hooks. Maybe just a small cork board to pin up the special stuff?

    Carroll

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  9. What a wonderful space! The lattice can definitely work as a display surface or just a place for the cats to peer through. Lovely lovely I can picture you writing in that spot.

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  10. What a sweet little luxury to have your own writing nook, thanks for sharing your space with us. ; )

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  11. Very nice! Gorgeous room, too! Is the black thing on your desk the portfolio in which you store your fountain pens?

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  12. Thanks for the nice comments, everyone!

    Carroll, a corkboard may be in my future, but I already think how confounded I may be in deciding what is "special" enough to merit placement on it...

    O'Neal, thanks - we are so in love with the new black-and-white rugs we have in this space, and I was wondering if anyone would comment on them. ;-) They are hardly subdued, but we adore them for it. I am dreading the inevitable occasion of spilling something on it, like the red wine that I have spilled all over our (conveniently) red couch...

    Eliza, the black case is indeed for my fountain pens.

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  13. seriously, LOVE this ilona, so so great! it's nice to have that specific place to just write and not worry about clutter or having to CLEAR the clutter away, haha. yay for your new writing area! and yay for it being so darling and simple! <3 <3
    - L

    PS: there's a little note headed your way!

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  14. Oh great. My cat saw the picture of your cat furniture and now she wants yet another piece. Yours is much taller than any of hers.

    And I want a writing nook. At the moment I write sitting in our very cozy two person love seat, which is really nice because Greg reads me stories from the news and the best Twitter posts. And if I had a writing nook, we would be too far apart for that. But ... it would probably improve my handwriting dramatically. And I could have my cool letter sorter on my desk instead of tucked away in a corner.

    But all that sun is my favorite part of the whole set up. And that black and white rug is gorgeous!

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  15. Beautiful writing area. Again I am utterly envious, if only because after 14 hours of driving I am on a pullout couch at my Mom in laws and at a full loss as to where I will do my letter writing...but it is only temporary. I did get your lovely letter btw..just was in move process :)

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  16. Wow...your writing place is so inviting I don't think I would ever want to move from the spot! :):):)

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  17. maybe that smaller section of Lattice could somehow be used for the "outgoing" mail? Clips to hold them, or a basket attached somehow?

    Still and awesome little nook!


    Liz from ontario canada

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  18. It looks like a lovely space for writing letters! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I love the lighting and the collection of pens off to the side.

    Jackie
    www.letterandjournals.com

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  19. Thanks for sharing the photos - you have a lovely desk and room for writing in. I like that you have such a nice view of outdoors while writing. I think that I will have to feature my own writing desk on my blog.

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  20. Love your new place. It looks so inviting!

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