In the Studio | Mini Tour

studio setup

I realized that several months ago I promised to share a look inside my studio space, and I’ve finally gotten around to taking some photos. It’s probably always going to be a work in progress, but I thought it would be fun to have a record of the current setup. Maybe the next time I have an update, I’ll also have better photography skills. 🙂

The desk (similar) and chair are from IKEA. I stained the desk’s legs and love how the little shelves give me easy access to my most-used reference books. To the right of the desk I’ve tucked away a photography lightbox Nathan built for me, as well as a beautiful, vintage Replogle black ocean globe (I’ve always wanted one of these!).

black ocean globe & stand

This was a Christmas gift from my parents. Nathan and I recently refinished the stand (really pretty walnut), and I love how it turned out.


Here are a few of the things on my desktop, including the best candle ever—oatmeal cookie (similar)! I’m trying to keep the desk mostly clear except for the things I use every day. I’m glad Nathan talked me into upsizing to the mid-sized desktop— it’s nice to have the space to spread out.

mini gallery

On the main wall I have a mini gallery wall started, including prints of Marc Chagall paintings that we displayed at our wedding, the poster for the 2011 film version of Jane Eyre (Nathan and I saw this at the Chicago premiere), a You Make Everything Beautiful print from Rifle Paper Co., and Starry Night Deconstructed. I plan to add to this as soon as some lovely picture frames I’ve been watching finally go on sale.

Behind my desk I have two ceiling-height bookshelves, and a few weeks ago I played around with roughly organizing the books by color. I’m a little late in hopping on this bandwagon, but it’s fun for a change and makes me look at my library in a new way.

bookshelves by color

Finally, to the left of my desk I have my work calendar and another print from Rifle Paper Co. The garland is from Oh Joy for Target and is a good reminder to enjoy every day. Happy April!

Happy April

Thanks for letting me share! What does your home workspace look like?

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7 thoughts on “In the Studio | Mini Tour

  1. Thanks, I’m hoping it will be enjoyable for me as well. And thank you for visiting my blog! I’ll definitely put up a review on The Catcher in the Rye whenever I get a chance to read it (my To Be Read pile is ridiculously long at the moment though)! And one more thing, you seem to enjoy the classics and nonfiction quite a bit (I made this assumption from your shelf), make sure to check out The Glass Castle if you haven’t already. That’s my favorite nonfiction read of the year! 🙂

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  2. Oh yeah, it’s really good. I definitely relate to Holden–and I especially did when I first read it in college. The writing style is really interesting and it’s a great book to re-read from time to time. I hope you enjoy it! Maybe you can post a review on your site when you’ve finished it. I love that your blog is devoted to books!

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  3. You’re welcome! 🙂 And I saw The Catcher in the Rye on your shelf. Did you like it? I just bought a copy of it today on sale at my local bookstore. I’ve heard that it’s usually a book one either relates to the protagonist or doesn’t and hates it.


  4. Beautifully organized and neat, just as you are! I’m stunned at how much improvement is in the globe–you guys did a fantastic job at re-finishing it! I organize my books chronologically and by country, but yours is a prettier arrangement 🙂


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