Creative Office Spaces: I am Moving Up!


I am on the move! I am moving my office to the upstairs attic bowling alley stretch space of our house. Tom is taking the pink room (needs to be repainted) Luke is moving down to the bottom nearer his bathroom and I get a new glorious space!! Over 500 square feet to house my plans to take over the universe one creative stroke at a time. Doesn’t that sound divine?!! So I hopped on Pinterest (follow me, I have been going nuts) and created a board titled Where She Works. It is all so lovely…..


Except that….I have really really low pitched ceilings and virtually no budget to decorate. New flooring, new paint and skylights cost quite a bit. I would show you the before pics but you might call child services aghast at how I let my child inhabit such a forgotten and forlorn space. For the record, I wanted to fix it up for him several times over the years and he refused.  Great. Fine. Be a teenage boy.


My dear friend Vana Chupp from Le Papier kindly (really kindly) took a look at the measurements to help me plan the space.

The phone rings. Vana with her cute Greek accent, “What is the wall height again?” As in, are you sure you measured that right? Me, “43 inches before the roof starts to pitch.” Long pause. Cute accent comes back on the line, “You really don’t have as much space as you think to move around.”

Yes. I know and I will probably whack my head several times (you should have heard the contractor do it!) before I get used to the slanted ceiling. Nevertheless, I am thrilled!! I need to be really thoughtful on how I furnish it.

Truthfully, I am feeling a tight squeeze in  my chest telling me I have WAY TO MUCH STUFF and it is painful to realize. As much as I want to shed things, it is a difficult thing for me to do. I am blaming my gypsy style childhood and my divorce. If I had time I would sit down and find some self-help person to help me figure out why. But I don’t have time and I already terribly regret getting rid of Luke’s mahogany bedroom set that won’t fit downstairs. I should have refinished it and used it myself. LET GO,  MONICA.

So I am taking a bit of a break this week to rearrange, paint, try not to melt down. I have big plans, no budget and trying to talk myself into waiting and getting what I really want to furnish the space.  Although, I have never been known for my patience in that area.

So I will be disappearing this week. You can follow my progress on FB or Instagram. Better yet catch up on interviews! You also have until this Wednesday to enter the giveaway! While you are at it, could you fill out my survey?


I am not sure my space is going to be quite as darling as these rooms that I found on Pinterest. I am not sure if Pinterest is as healthy as it should be….would I go crazy with polka dot walls? See you back here soon!



  • Linda Tieu says:

    good luck, Monica! It will be fun, I’m sure… and I know about the height issues (I’m on the top attic-ish floor too) You will soon realize that there is little furniture for ceiling places, might want to check out the kids department! Haha! But I think you are right to say that perhaps we have too much stuff and shedding won’t be so bad. Spring cleaning, eh?

  • Vana Chupp says:

    I can't wait to see it all revealed!

  • Michelle Schneider says:

    So exciting to have a new space Monica! I would DEFINITELY hit my head all day every day…being 6 foot. I’d have to wear a helmet. 😉

  • Toni Jewell says:

    Very excited to see your new work space Monica! I can't wait to do the same to my space one day. XO!

  • Clare Jordan says:

    Monica, how wonderful! I've just had a tidy up of my office and I don't know myself! best of luck…super exciting! Here's mine (kinda tidied…well not really!)

  • iscribbler says:

    I, too, thought I didn’t have time to talk to a therapist, but then I realized after a long, stressful year that I really did have more time than I thought. I was just scared of committing myself to it and talking to someone about what was bothering me. Now, I’m glad I go. 🙂
    When it comes to throwing things away, I take pictures of it so that I can remember it in detail and see it again if I miss it. At the time it feels like I’ll miss it all of the time, but when months go by without looking at the pics, I realize I made the right decision.
    BTW, I LOVE that pink room pic. So soft, light and pretty. I’m not sure I could do work since I’d be staring at the lovely decor the entire time! lol Good luck on the “move”!!

  • Have fun Monica! It's great to start fresh! And yes, I think you might go nuts w/ the polka dots! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

  • Melissa AuClair says:

    Monica, it is going to be great because you are creative and you will make it work out to match your style 🙂 I can’t wait to see it. And it’s so neat you have other smart creative women friends to collaborate with – so fun!

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