tomorrow i'm moving back to middlesbrough for my final year at university, so over the summer i've been making every effort to turn my room into a space that will feel comfortable for me to both live and work in, because, let's face it, next summer i'm more than likely going to be moving back home, whether it's for a couple of months or a couple of years, so i thought i'd share with you some snippets of my room to show what i've been doing in preparation for me graduating.
i've pretty much split my room into two parts, 'living' and 'working' space, and above is my living space. this summer i've put up a few of these 'z' shelves in my room, and they've proved to be extremely helpful for giving things a place to live, but also for somewhat prettying up the place; because everything looks better on a floating shelf than stuffed in a corner! they're practical for keeping all my books together and out of the way, but also for using some otherwise useless items as a bit of decoration; my marc jacobs perfumes for example. i was bought them last christmas as a gift, but after having recently gone cruelty free i just couldn't bring myself to use them, but for now they at least help to pretty my room up a little.
to further decorate my room, i decided to adorn the walls with some prints and some snaps of me and my friends during our time at university. i love having prints dotted around my room because they help to bring a bit of character and personality to my room that's well suited to me, but also because a couple of them have either been very kindly gifted to me or won in competitions, so i thought they deserved a special place in my room to celebrate those facts, and hung them above my bed in some pretty ornate frames that i picked up for £1 each (!!!) in poundland, would you believe it! i also thought it'd be a nice to touch to hang up some of my favourite people and memories from my time at university, so that when i leave i can look at them fondly and remember that, hey, university was fantastic.
so, onto my working area next. we dragged this old computer desk out of our garage last easter and it's been a life (and money!) saver ever since, giving me somewhere to keep all my arty bits and bobs and a place to work in solitude if i so need to. all around my desk is decorated with various prints and cards with work on them from some of my favourite illustrators, providing me with my own little inspirational nook to work from to help and keep my mind focussed and in the game – these are the people who work within the industry that i aspire to work within, so to try and make sure my work is of a quality that their's is is extremely important! as well as my working area, it doubles up as a makeup desk (kind of) so i keep various makeup bits and bobs dotted around, too.
and i suppose that's everything covered, really! my room was redecorated this easter, swapping brown walls and a floral wallpaper feature wall for simple, white walls, and it was quite possibly the best decision i've made in terms of decoration because it's opened my room up so much and made it much lighter and pleasant to be within; it also means i can now go crazy with wooden furniture and all the patterned goods i could ever dream of!
it's not very big, flash or beautiful, but i've managed to create a cosy space for myself that i know i'll be happy to live and work within when the time comes. as we all know, your workspace can often affect your mental state more than it probably should, so a fuss free, tidy room is essential if i'm to be as happy and productive as possible within it.