I’ve been reviewing what my next step is, in terms of this thing we call “a career”. It’s both exciting and terrifying to know that I have full freedom to CHOOSE something- anything I’d like to try. I’m blessed to be in a position to do that, and lucky that I have a filing cabinet full of ideas.
My first step though, since I’m 98% sure my next business venture will be design and service based, is to plan out a work area at home where I feel like I can hunker down and get stuff done.
As I tell my students in my Intro to Interior Decoration Class, before haggling out lamp and color choices, start with defining an intent for the space.
Create a stylish and compact workspace that I can insert into my living room without it being an eyesore.
Next step is to analyze the current function of the space (i.e: what’s our current situation and why doesn’t it work). Right now, I work on my kitchen table, and while that’s great, I hate having to clean up when it’s time to make snacks or set up an art activity for the kids. I also don’t love keeping the laptop in the kitchen. We also store our bills and current mail on top of the fridge- which is handy is you’re 6′ plus, but we’re both under 5′-8″ so we need something a bit more functional. All my class and work stuff gets shifted from one space to another, so in order for me to feel like this is going to be a big part of my life, I need all my stuff organized in one space.
Now comes the fun part! Let’s list out the functions that I think the space should have:
Computer/printer workstation capacity + seating 1 person
Laptop storage (drawer preferably)
Current Classes and Project files (hanging system)
Bills and Communication
Corkboard for homework and school papers that need immediate attention
Once we enumerate the tasks that need to be accomplished, we’re in a better spot and can now look at more design related questions.
DESIGN = CREATIVE SOLUTION TO A SPATIAL PROBLEM
Only by addressing what doesn’t work in your current situation can you create a functional design solution
I’m hoping there can be a good follow up to this post, one where I can show you progress and wheels in motion. Right now, I’m in “I need to convince the client that THIS is the best solution”. And I have a very tough client. And he happens to be my husband and the contractor that will build it.