For Christmas, my husband has been working on a couple of home projects. One was to set up an office for me upstairs. We first used this small room as James' bedroom, but then eventually he and Willy joined forces and set up camp in the former guestroom. We realized that if you only have guests once or twice a year, it doesn't make sense to have a guest bedroom.
So, first he painted it this beautiful golden yellow. I feel like I'm in the center of a honeycomb, which, for me, is a good thing! It is hard to capture the warmth of the color, it's a much deeper and more golden than these photos show.
Then my friend Izzi gave me these great butterfly appliques for Christmas, which the boys and I placed around the room.
Dorthe (pronounced Dor-ta, please don't say dorthee, she hates that)*, one of my beetle woodcuts, a photo of my grandad, and a framed lantern fly. That's about as much inspiration as I can pack into one small wall.
Naturally, James was very excited with the idea of "an office". For those of you who don't know him, my oldest son is a connoisseur of the stationary arts. He literally got tape for Christmas. From several different people. If you really want to blow his mind, you don't go to the toy store, you take him to Staples. He loves nothing more than to draw, staple, tape, and cut things out.
He immediately begged us to make a desk for him, too. (At first we set up an area in my office, but his access meant the cat had access, which was not good). Instead we set up a section of his room for him to work on whatever it is he does.
Over the weekend he'd stop playing downstairs and say "I'm going to my office for a while." Then head up and work on a project.
*Dorthe makes incredible images. Check out the suspended balloons and swamp images here.