How I Built a Creative Sanctuary in One Weekend

CC image "Create" courtesy of Jacob White on Flickr.

CC image "Create" courtesy of Jacob White on Flickr.

When Jackson moved in with me in December he brought his bed with him, and it sat unused in our second bedroom from the day he moved in until this past weekend. The wasted space was really starting to bum me out, so we arranged to have the bed picked up this week and I set about transforming the room from dumping ground to proper home office/creative sanctuary. I justified my small shopping spree by calling it an early birthday present to myself, and that was enough to assuage my spending-related guilt. 

First up was a trip to Memory Express in St. James for a keyboard/mouse and laptop riser. My brother picked me up in his big, blue pick-up truck, and away we went! Dan (my brother) is a bit of a geek when it comes to building computers and he swears by this store. I am nowhere near as knowledgeable as he is (Does the computer turn on? If yes, proceed to internet), but even I can tell that the staff there knows their stuff, and everything seems to be reasonably priced. I picked up a simple Logitech keyboard and mouse and a $15 Cooler Master laptop riser with a fan built into it. Dan gave me a monitor he no longer has need of to use as a second screen, which I have grown used to (and been spoiled by) at work.  

Our next stop was Ikea, where I bought a few decorative items for my wall and desk surface. I know a lot of people detest Ikea, but I love shopping for small items there. Everything is so colourful and cheap! I chose a few adorable animal prints, some red frames to put them in, a vase and decorative stones, and a new pencil cup. 

After I purchased my little pile of items and Dan loaded up on lighting for his new apartment we checked out and continued on to Canadian Tire, where I picked up the most important piece of the day - my “desk”. Rather than dropping money on a traditional desk, I chose a folding card table that cost a fraction of what I would have paid otherwise ($55 vs. hundreds). The table is exactly what I was looking for in a work surface, and a simple dollar store tablecloth thrown over top transforms it from an eyesore into a warm, welcoming space:


All in all I’m happy with my little birthday present to myself. I look forward to tapping out blog posts and assignments somewhere other than my couch from now on!

Do you have a creative sanctuary?