31 March 2011

The Art Of Living - My Creative Space

Hello dear friend, it's been a long time since I've published an 'Art of Living' segment.
In an attempt to help you to get to know me a little better, I thought that it might be nice for you to have a peek at the place where I spend my time working and blogging. Welcome to my office.


When I first moved into Captain V's home, this room was his gym, filled with exercise equipment and blokey stuff. Once I came onto the scene he generously moved his gear to a corner of the garage and voila! I had a space to call my own. Believe me, I do know how very lucky I am and treasure it like gold.


There are lots of sections of this room that I love, but today I think we might just focus on my desk area.
So what can we see? 
Well of course there's the desk itself which I love for both its design and the three deep drawers which hold my regular 'go to' resources.
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My new replica Eames rocker with sheepskin rug which my darling brother and SIL gave to me for my birthday! It's really comfy and although not a traditional desk chair, it makes me smile every time I sit in it.
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The pinboard filled with my favourite things, lots of inspirational 'bits' and even some of my artwork.
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Storage in the form of an old meatsafe which has two shelves inside to keep my 'top shelf' books and some inspiration cards. Asian steamers - the top one holds techy things like USB sticks, cords etc. The middle one - small stationery supplies and the bottom one, lots and lots of mini sticky notes.  I'm not a fan of writing in books but like to make lots of notes, plus I use them a lot in workshop presentations. A woven filing cabinet on the floor and a great big box for all of my 'odds & sods' on top of it.
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Flowers - there's always a flower from the garden or even just some succulents or leaves on my desk.
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Water glass - I'm aiming to drink 2.5-3 litres of water a day at the moment so this is being filled regularly.
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My laptop. An oldy but a goody - she has a name, Sophie and is the ultimate PA.
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My treasured water colour pencils which I use regularly.
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A gorgeous framed print titled 'Tree of Life' by Catherine Nolin not only inspires me but offers a reflection of the trees and busy wildlife through the glass door behind me.

Hiding behind the laptop you will find. A cluster of my favourite journals, workbooks and other supplies.  
The Matryoshka dolls are filled with paper clips and the art behind them is a little example of my pastel play. Being a procrastinating perfectionist, I need to read the quote on the poster a couple of times a day!
If you've been following me for a while, you would know that I have a deep love of nature and delight in collecting feathers on my daily walks. Here are a few that I've found sitting in their glass nest and the big quills poking out of the string are from my Grandfather. 
Do you like my little globe?  It was the inspiration for our 'Six Senses' tours. I'm still debating about whether I'll put little markers on for the places we've visited.  
The quote below it is "Home...is where your story begins".
To maximise the ways in which I can display my treasures and to protect my desk from paint and glue I have a large plastic mat sitting over some of my favourite pictures, treausures & quotes. 
The scene in the top left is a needlepoint that my Mother did when she was a little girl and was going to throw out - I quickly grabbed it and it's a source of daily delight.  The gap toothed girl is little me and serves as a reminder of a truly wonderful and happy time in my life.  Appropriately the photo of Capt V & I sits beside it.
The house at the top is my dream cottage.  Are you getting a feel for what I treasure?

If we cast our eyes back up to my pinboard you will see something very special that I've wanted to tell you about for the longest time.
In January (or was it December?) Kellie from the amazing project '1000 Homes of Happiness' sent me a tiny parcel filled with paper homes.  Kellie and her girls are making 1000 origami houses and popping them around the country to bring happiness and delight to complete strangers.  She has a blog where lucky recipients can write in to let her know that they've found one of her treasures and you can even request a home to 'drop'.  
It is such a fun project and I love the words that Kellie has chosen so far - lots of happiness indeed.

We have a couple more to deposit around Noosa, but Kellie kindly let me keep this one on my inspiration board. So in the spirit of Kellie's 'game' it would make me really happy if you contacted her to let her know that you found some 'serendipity' in my office today!
Well there it is my friend, the space that surrounds me as I'm writing this for you right now.  
I hope you've enjoyed visiting my creative zone, and feel inspired to share your own. 
Pop on over to Kirsty's place where all sorts of amazing & creative people are sharing their spaces today.

Ooh I almost forgot.  Our 'Six Senses' tour tomorrow is exploring one of my favourite parts of Australia, be sure to jump on board early.

And for more fun, jump on over here...

47 comments:

  1. Felicity I loved seeing your space. I'm a great fan of surrounding yourself with meaningful treasures and delights on a daily basis. I could never be a minimalist! Lovely things indeed. And that chair rocks :))

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  2. You have inspired me to go home and make my space special to me!! I have a print on the wall with our family names and their history but I think it will have to go to make way for 'me' stuff!! That silver object iin my photo is a Salt and Pepper oil burner I got for Christmas one year. Bit 'Aladdin Lamp-ish' I think... Have a fab day...

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  3. Oh - i love it all, from the rocker with the sheapskin throw (awesome idea) to being surround by prints, ideas and inspiration both infront and below your working space.
    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. i feel inspired just looking at your work space Felicity!:)

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  5. OMG is is so beautiful and your blog represents this.

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  6. Dreamy sigh! I loved it all and found it really inspiring. I seriously can't wait for our renovation to be over so that I can create my own little nook somewhere in the house!

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  7. Such attention to detail! I love the wooden elephant and the inspiring quote. I have a sheepskin rug (or two) on my wishlist. One for my chair and the other underfoot! It all looks beautiful!

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  8. thanks for the tip on glasses I will keep them in mind.
    Your desk area is great,very inspirational. Looking forward to putting together my creative space when we move into the new house
    Mekaela

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  9. Oh your office is just lovely! I absolutely love your replica Eames rocker with sheepskin rug. It's fabulous! :)

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  10. Your office is so organized and lovely. I particularly love your world globe and feathers and string ( some of my favourite things). Thanks for sharing!! Leahxx

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  11. Goodness! What a great space! I use the kitchen table (when I can find it!!). Would be bliss to have such a tranquil place so full of inspiration. Now I can see why your posts are so full of deep meaning and imagery :-)
    xxxCate

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  12. I love everything about your space...especially your inspiration board!!
    xo
    Ashlyn

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  13. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful space. I love the details and pretty feathers, I also love your inspiration boards. Very inspiring indeed!
    Sophie x

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  14. That is such a gorgeous work space, Felicity ... perfect for ongoing inspiration!

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  15. Well..if a works space is meant to reflect a persons personality ..YOU my dear are just a beautiful soul..and I feel very fortunate to be in such great company ...Such a beautiful workspace ...Love the feathers : ) x

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  16. Thanks for such kind words Felicity. Your blog is wonderful and your desk is a great work of inspiration. I just may play along with your word of the week. I too have a good and bad word list. I would probably suggest the word 'raconteur' for you. I'm loving that word at the moment. Cheers.

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  17. Thank you for dropping by my site Felicity - I love the beautiful elephant on your work space - very unique and special.

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  18. Hey, I like, It is a little like the snoop my stuff that Koo' did a while back. I'm a sticky beak, and love what peoples spaces say about them...so always interested to see!!

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  19. What a truly beautiful office and working space you have there. So many treasures all around you. What a wonderful idea. If all those things don't give you inspiration, nothing will. Too many things for me to mention individually, but I loved them all, and isn't that sheepskin chair cute?!

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  20. oh my, I heart this adorable little space. This really captures so much of your personality...and also supports all of the beauty on your blog. How wonderful to see our little serendipity home there amongst all of the pretty. Thankyou for joining in Felicity xoxoxo

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  21. oh, p.s - we will link up tomorrow hopefully and add this little home to our tally.....x

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  22. stunning ... just gorgeous Felicity! Also wanted to say thank you - I think it was you that recommended The Book Thief and I have just started reading it and I love it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  23. felicity, you are an absolute inspiration!

    i love your space, thank you for sharing it, my little boy collects feathers too, i think it is a wonderful thing to collect

    have you seen this site: http://amoment.com.au/about/

    it is all about encouraging people to stop and take a moment

    I love it and I think you would too?

    Gill xo

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  24. oh and your little elephant? i collect elephants and I especially love the ones with their trunks up....apparently this means good luck, you know?!

    Gill xo

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  25. What a wonderful, inspirational space. Lucky you :) XOL

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  26. Felicity, THANK YOU for sending me a note while I'm on my "blogcation" because I'm thrilled to have seen your space. I expected it to be lovely, feminine and sentimental but I couldn't know how truly lovely and well appointed it is. I'm tickled as heck to see my little stamp holding an honorable spot there and you've inspired me to save my feather discoveries and keep them close by.
    I'm certain this will come as no surprise but my new studio, as it is shaping up, has quite a similar feel :)

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  27. Found you while out surfing today....your desk space is really quite fabulous...especially the feather jar....I have one as well.....great blog...following now...k

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  28. that's a fabulous work space. very romantic ;)

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  29. Oh Felicity that was so much fun! I love getting to know people via their nests:) I love your desk space. What inspiration! And my, oh my that gorgeous drawing of the blue door. Did you do that? So, so lovely. I'd love a purple nest drawing like that - wish i could draw a little better but might get Lewi onto it today.

    That origami home is delightful! So I'm off to check out Kellie's blog an join in the fun. I'll be sure to mention I saw her treasure at your lovely place:)

    Love being here, Felicity. What a lovely way to start my morning. Thank you so much xx

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  30. Beautiful Felicity.
    As I look at my desk, laptop in middle, with camera, calculator, glue stick, piles of show schedules, the Qld Country Life, my sunglasses, camera manual, kids drawings, post it notes, calving records, cattle notebooks, assorted Paid, Entered & Faxed stamps, I'm very much in awe of the peace, tranquility and beauty of your space.
    Thankyou for sharing.

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  31. How utterly sublime, Lovely. I'm enchanted. What an inspirational spot. No wonder your blog is such a pretty haven if that's where you create it. Oh, and I'm pleased to see a few familiar things there, too! J x

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  32. Love this! Just beautiful. I do have an unnatural obsession with other people's desks too and this is really scratching that itch! ;)

    PS. you can buy beautiful crochet rugs over at Lark, they probably cost the same as buying all the wool yourself! ;) http://www.larkmade.com.au/granny-squares-crochet-blanket.html

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  33. Oh, Felicity - this is the kind of gorgeous space I hope to own one day (instead of using the dining room table). Yes, I love your globe, the carved elephant, styling of your lovely board...the list goes on. Really beautiful creative space :)

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  34. Oh Felicity, there is nothing more special and wonderful than having a meander around another person's space... and this space is inspiring. Where to start? That beautiful glob, your homes of happiness or the Matryoshka dolls (I didn't think to use them for storage - mine are in my kitchen - how original!) Next time I read a comment or post from you, I will be thinking of you sitting in your sheepskin chair on your big widescreen mac. I think I would love this space too. xx

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  35. I'm back :) Thank you for linking this lovely post to Post Of The Month Club - I hope you'll be a part of it again in April! XOL

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  36. Miss Felicity, your creative space is just divine! Serene, calm and filled with so many beautiful things that have such special meaning to you! Of course I love your bowl of feathers!!!!.... but everything is just beautiful! I love your photos under your mat and Kellie's houses are gorgeous (I do love your photo of the incredible inspirational Mr. Nelson Mandela. Your desk is just how I pictured your special space to be, full of beauty, style and incredible class...just like the beautiful lady that owns it! Thank you for sharing your office with us all, sweet F. Hugs to you for a wonderful weekend ~ Txx

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  37. I do not know how I missed this post but I am so glad that I have found it now! what a gorgeous creative space Felicity. I love all of it and it is indeed a feast for all of the senses as your write and work. Thank you for sharing this with us all. I love it! N x

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  38. What a great little spot! Filled with such pretty goodies - it's definitely a very inspirational space. I could spend a lot of time there. Love the chair! I just popped over from Laura's link party and I'm glad I did! :)

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  39. What an inspirational and beautiful space. I would love to have something like that when we finally settle into one place :) Stopped over from the Post of the Month blog hop. Hope you are having a great weekend so far!
    http://texagermanadian.blogspot.com/

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  40. The blue of your little house is just perfect for your board. Kellie must have ESP. Looking forward to another six sense post they are very inspiring!

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  41. Calling by from Happy Homemaker UK as participating in Post of the Month and really enjoying meeting everyone else and reading their favourite posts. Thanks for sharing your space, very different to its previous incarnation.

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  42. oh Felicity what a gorgeous work place full of gorgeous things thank you for sharing, I can now visualise you typing away all your lovley post, I hope I can create a gorgeous space like that for me in my new home!! x

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  43. Yes it is a gorgeous space! Thanks for visiting my blog, Ames :)

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  44. I'm inspired! I am just about to get my own work space (when we move into our new house) and my aim is for it to look as tranquil, uplifting and wonderful as yours. xx

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  45. Oh wow ive only just discovered this post. Thank you so much for sharing, it's a truly inspirational space. I'm very envious as I've just moved into a small rental so I've lots my 'space'

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  46. This space really does reflect your personality and it is lovely to get to know you a little better through these pictures.

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  47. Your creative space is so you! I specially love that ball of twine you used as decor and feather/pen holder. I work at a virtual office, but if I did have an office space I would be inspired by yours.

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Felicity x