Friday Fun: Prepare Your Workspace

Two months of throat clearing and finger flexing. It’s now time to write! Oh, but first let me find or create the perfect workspace…

Everything in its perfect whimsical place, from anvilthemovie.com
A more comfortable chair might be called for, but this white calming space could bring forth wonders. From beachcomber.blogspot.com
More for crafts and artistic endeavours, but I could live with this tidiness. From Charity Hofert on Flickr.
There is a bit of a nostalgic flavour to my post today, isn’t there? More old-fashioned office from Elizabeth Broderick on Instagram.
Another Instagram beauty, complete with cat.
Finally one that acknowledges our computers, although not necessarily our sensitive backsides, from veropalazzo.com.ar

Friday Fun: Writerly Places of Interest

Even if some of the people below are not writers, their studies give us an insight into their lives, and above all into the places where creation takes place.

Beryl Bainbridge’s wonderfully eclectic study, from angels to Titanic to stuffed dogs and guns, from AmandaOnWriting.tumblr.com

As you’d expect, Donna Leon is serene in an office reeking of Italian elegance. From El Pais.

Pretty much dream conditions here in Elizabeth Jane Howard’s lived-in study, from The Guardian.

W.S. Maugham also had near-perfect conditions – maybe at his house in France? From BreathingBooks on Tumblr.

A tour of Gabrielle Coco Chanel’s Apartment at 31 Rue Cambone Paris. from Lily Adore Paris.

Peter York, more of a broadcaster and commentator rather than a pure writer, which perhaps explains the up-to-date decor. From The Guardian

This didn’t belong to an actual writer, but is from a marketing brochure for an interior design company. Still, I wouldn’t mind, would you?From Indulgy.com

Friday Fun: Artists’ Studios Can Inspire Writers Too

Artists may require more space and light than writers, but there’s nothing wrong with craving one of their studios for our writerly craft, is there? Although there might be a few too many distractions around to touch, seize, examine…

Masako Miki’s studio, from thestudiowork.blogspot.com

Lotta Ieminen’s studio, from designsponge.com

The atelier of Caroline and Michael Ventura, from freundevonfreunden.com

Casey Neistat’s colourful mix of a studio, from Wired.com

A tidier, sleeker (more corporate?) version, from Pinterest.

It’s the landscape for Carouschka Kastreijifert, picture credit Martin Lot.

This does look like an office, but I love that window! From eastatestudio.tumblr

Friday Fun: Amazing Writing Spaces

For those of you attempting NaNoWriMo, or even for those who aren’t but just feel the need for a quiet space to hear one’s self think, here are some of my favourite writing nooks. Hope a few of them will become your favourites too…

The garden shed revamped, from Flavorwire.com
The garden shed revamped, from Flavorwire.com

Rooftop study, from BWA Architects.
Rooftop study, from BWA Architects.

The effortlessly moneyed look, from Coastal Living.
The effortlessly moneyed look, from Coastal Living.

Simple and uncluttered - the achievable? From Cozyhomeoffice.com
Simple and uncluttered – the achievable? From Cozyhomeoffice.com

The escapist lodge for nature lovers in Hawaii, from Architectural Digest.
The escapist lodge for nature lovers in Hawaii, from Architectural Digest.

The one with the amazing views, from Decoist.
The one with the amazing views, from Decoist.

Rural simplicity with sheep, from paulsmith.co.uk
Rural simplicity with sheep, from paulsmith.co.uk

Incidentally, this is my 700th blog post. When I started back in February (really, in March) 2012, I was planning to post frequently merely to keep myself in a writing disposition, to feel that I had written something every day, even if only a blog post.  I wasn’t expecting anyone to read me – and to this day, the people who know me in real life seldom do. But thank you to all you wonderful online readers and friends that I’ve made over the course of 700 posts! Some were silly, some were funny, others were overly long, a few were quite OK and some took far too much effort… The posts I mean, what did you think?

Friday Fun: Writing Desks and Cabins, Of Course

It’s been such a busy week! What better way to end it (and look forward to the half-term holidays) then with a few pictures of the places where we have been so good and hard-working…

Copyright: JAM Design.
Copyright: JAM Design.

No, I’m not sure what that over-sized gemstone is doing under the desk, either…

Domainehome.com, apartment in the Dakota Building, NYC.
Domainehome.com, apartment in the Dakota Building, NYC.

Blue, blue, electric blue … is the colour of my room… Yes, it might give you migraine after a while, but what a joy to come home to! (And did you notice the bottles?)

www.decoist.com
http://www.decoist.com

Ah, that’s much calmer, monochrome, almost Zen…

www.decoist.com
http://www.decoist.com

A great combination of feminine charm and masculine practicality. But can I exchange the dog for a cat?

Writing Shed, from Flavorwire.com
Writing Shed, from Flavorwire.com

Preferably in a forest, far, far away from here, with no Internet connection…

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday Fun: Writers’ Studies

I’ve been struggling with a poetry assignment all this week, so no time to be clever, or poetical  or witty today. Instead, I wish you a happy weekend and leave you with this pictures of the studies/workrooms of famous authors. Today I opt for the glitzy, glamorous and rather tidy…

Michael Pollan, American journalist and foodwriter. From tobeshelved.com
Michael Pollan, American journalist and food writer. His writing hut from tobeshelved.com

Hilary Kerr, fashion writer and stylist. From domainehome.com.
Hilary Kerr, fashion writer and stylist. From domainehome.com.

Colson Whitehead, American novelist. From Tmagazine, New York Times.
Colson Whitehead, American novelist. From Tmagazine, New York Times.

Roddy Doyle, Irish novelist and dramatist.  From Tmagazine, New York Times.
Roddy Doyle, Irish novelist and dramatist. From Tmagazine, New York Times.

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950), American poet. From Writershouses.com
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 – 1950), American poet. From Writershouses.com