I’ve been wanting to introduce a regular feature on the blog for a while now, and after toying with the idea of The Desk Tour Diaries, I’ve got the first edition today!
I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I find people’s workspaces super inspiring. I’m forever changing my working space, and I love seeing the sort of area people work in; what their desk is like, the art on the walls.. I’m just nosy, I guess! I also know that I follow a lot of incredible female business owners and bloggers, so I wanted to share some of their stories too. And show that whether you’re lucky enough to have your own office, or whether thanks to a small house or kiddos taking over, you can make the most of any space, and set up camp working for yourself.
Today I’m sharing the desk tour of Susan Earlam. Susan is actually one of the few ladies I speak to online that I’ve actually met; back in the day she was “Old Fashioned Susie”, and we’d bump into each other occasionally when we were both more active on the “vintage scene” in Manchester. As you might be able to tell, she works from her dining space, and I am just in love with the vibe she’s created in this room.
Hi Susan! Let us know a little about you..
I’m a writer, blogger and a WAHM. Over the last 18 months I’ve written my first novel. I’m currently in the midst of editing it.
Where in your home is your office? What do you do from there?
I work in the dining room, commandeering the dining table as my desk. It allows me to spread out and I can leave my stuff out too as we tend to eat in the kitchen. I will create blog posts here, compose my newsletter and edit/rewrite my book.
What sort of look or feeling were you trying to achieve when designing your workspace?
To be honest I never designed it with this use in mind. I just wanted to create a calm, quiet space. We have most of our books in here too, so it’s a little like a library.
What is your favourite piece from the room?
Ah, I do love this room; I love the elements of it altogether. I enjoy sitting in my usual spot, with the cat nearby in his basket or sometimes on the windowsill and just getting immersed in my work.
Describe your average working day..
Term time, I drop the girls off at school, then if I’m home all day I start work as soon as I get back from the school run. So about 9:10, always with a cuppa of something. I tend to have an early lunch, sometimes 11:30, then will do another couple of hours before the afternoon school run. This looks very different if the kids are off school. Sometimes I’ll get up before they do in the school holidays, or sometimes work after they’ve gone to bed in the evening. I do tend to put an out of office autoresponder on at these times too. I generally will do less, because I’d rather be spending time with them while I can.
Where can we find you online?!
I honestly can’t decide which bit I love more; the art, the candles, or the cat?! Susan definitely shares my love of vintage homewares, her home is bursting with character. Thank you so much for sharing!