Steampunked that is. My husband and I spent months working on designing my new office. It’s a room that has been a garage, a child care room, my son’s bedroom — now it will be a private writing space for me. I’m convinced if I have my own room, I’ll be more productive. At least that’s my hope.
We started with a pretty blank canvas. We left the pocket doors that divided the room, and kept the pine wall. We added a pine wood floor, and then began to search for the perfect furniture. I wanted a Victorian style library, with book shelves and a desk for my computer. I kept the antique typewriter, but only for looks, I prefer writing on the new-fangled computer. I needed a file cabinet and hoped there’d be room for a comfortable reading chair.
On a trip to Portland for an antique show I found an oak desk, a gorgeous lamp from 1910 and the much desired antique oak file cabinet. A book case, sized perfectly for the small room has cupboards that will only open with skeleton keys, which delights me and fits with the steampunk theme.
A chair upholstered in a paisley print, a Persian carpet, curtains and rods with finials that are glass balls finished off the room. I had an antique clock my Mom gave me years ago, and now I finally had the perfect place to display it.
But — I had one expanse of blank wall that really needed some art. Not just any art though, it had to be the perfect thing to fit my theme. Fortunately, at Steamcon III in October, I discovered the perfect pieces in Artist’s Alley. Aimee Stewart is an artist I’ve admired for several years, and she had prints for sale and one exquisite print in the silent auction.
Waiting for the silent auction to end was excruciating. I hovered over the artwork, ready to beat off any other bidders. Then the auction finally ended, and “Captain Persephone” was all mine. I asked for framing as my Christmas present, and now I have the perfect place to inspire me.
I’m so happy to have a room of my own!