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Workspace Wednesday

I think this post was long overdue. One year exactly. Hah! I’ve been wanting to share my scrap space for the longest time but when I look at the length of the post that I have been planning to write, I just couldn’t find the ‘mojo’ to do it.

Right now as I’m writing this, I’m in my hotel room in Kuala Lumpur on a business trip. I have time on hand this evening so I might just get it started. I owe you this much. 🙂

My sharing of my workspace will take up a whole long page so I’m breaking it into few parts over the next few Wednesdays. So, today will be the first post that I’m sharing an insight of my most humbled workspace at home.

This is the space where I draw inspiration, the place where I sit back and clear away all my worries and work-related stress. This is the place I keep calm and create. And this is the place I stay sane. *laugh*

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My family and I live in an apartment and we have 3 bedrooms. One master room for the hub and me and the other is Ethan’s room. This is the 3rd room which was previously used as our study and we have one side of the wall built with shelves and where we store hundreds and hundreds of books. Well, I should say the hub and I love to read and we’ve amassed a whole lot of books prior to us meeting and during our 18 years together.

This room was made redundant and was only used if we have guests putting up at our place. Therefore, right after I discovered scrapbooking and as months progressed, I officially took over this room and converted part of this room as my scrap space.

What I love about this room is that it is the only room out of the 3 bedrooms in my apartment that has full length windows from floor to ceiling. Imagine the amount of natural light flows generously and brightens up this room. We’re located in a tropical country, so we only have either the sun or rain, mostly the former, throughout the whole year. I’ve been so blessed with these natural light streaming into my workspace and that was how my table came about sitting nicely just by the window.

_MG_4013aIf you’ve been following me on Instagram, I’ve shared this view of my workspace every now and then. This is where I spend my ‘me’ time on my off days, mostly during the weekend, creating and getting inspired. I truly cherish those hours when I’m in this room. It gives me the peace I needed. I feel happy just to be here. Sometimes not doing anything but just sit and gaze at everything on this very table.

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This washi tape holder that many of you have asked where I got it from, it was made by me with the hubby’s help. I’m a big fan of washi tapes, when I say big, it means really BIG. I have hundreds of them (I used to sell them in my shop). They were stored in a few wired baskets and over time, I did not use them as often as I wanted because there were too many of them, I can’t spend all the time digging through my stash.

So, I set about searching for a storage solution and when I came across a similar holder like this online (I can’t remember where), I was determined to build one myself because I know I can’t buy this anywhere in Singapore. And here it is. At least I’ve got part of my collection up on the holder in clear view. I have no excuse not to use them now.  It was hard work because I’ve not done any carpentry work before and this is as good as it gets. If you look closer in person, the workmanship is not so great but it serves the purpose. It’s also a little shaky because I didn’t build a wider and stronger base but it’s still usable. I lean it against the wall and it’s stable.

Some of you did ask me if I could do a tutorial on how to build this, I would have to say no. It took me hours to build this and if I have to do it again, I’d die. *laugh* I get splinters on my hands when I built this and I’m really not keen on making one again. Moreover, I don’t have space for another one. That’s besides the point.

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A few years ago when I was holidaying in Hong Kong with my boys, I found this wooden library card shelve and lugged it home with me. It was worth it despite the weight.

This drawer now sits nicely on my work desk and it stores some of my bits and pieces of my embellishments perfectly. I have since been searching around for drawers similar to this and found a local store called Cat Socrates that carries a nice collection of wooden storage. They sell really cool stuff but I found their prices to be a little more expensive to my liking even though I’ve bought quite a number wall pieces from them before.

So, I got a friend of mine who travels to China regularly to get his supplies for his online business, to search for one and he brought home another set of drawers for me (the numbered pieces) on the left. Really cool stuff.

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When I’m working on my Project Life, I could easily reach out for my embellishments within an arm’s length from the drawers.

The owl pen holder is from Typo. I bought this multi-colored piece more than a year ago and it’s no longer available. But you can find a similar piece in pink here.

The vintage green desktop clock was from Typo too but unfortunately it’s no longer available too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first installment of my workspace. I’ll be back again next week for my next Workspace Wednesday post.

  • Amante del PapelMarch 19, 2015 - 2:08 am

    one day I want to have a space like yours!!!

  • Jackie O.March 20, 2015 - 1:32 pm

    You have a really nice and practical workspace Leena. I am sure that you have a nice view too from your full length window!

  • HazukashiinekoMarch 21, 2015 - 5:50 pm

    Haha…yup. been waiting for a long time for this post. Thanks for sharing. Understand it’s hard to make another washi tape holder. Would you be able to share the measurements or steps on how to do it? Writing it down while we try to figure it out. 😛 Hope it’s not too much a trouble. Hehe. Thanks Ms Leena! 🙂

  • Ann06March 22, 2015 - 3:25 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this, it is inspiring you always been.. Thanks, Ann

  • ColetaMarch 28, 2015 - 9:58 am

    I love your workspace. I would be there all day if I had it for myself!

  • Julie {CalleLillyCafe}April 8, 2015 - 9:18 am

    I need to show my hubby your washi tape holder. I seriously need help with all of mine! Mason jars & big Ikea bowl and I still have to search through! Still have window envy! lol

  • Lynn DirkApril 10, 2015 - 7:14 pm

    Just beautiful! I follow you on IG and adore your style. Now I love your decor style too. Very nice.

  • MetteApril 19, 2015 - 11:38 pm

    I love your workspace! Your selection of washi tape is amazing. I’m so happy, that I found your blog – and shop!

  • Lucinde | LucilightMay 14, 2015 - 11:22 pm

    Looks lovely!

  • EsmaAugust 14, 2017 - 6:17 am

    Nice workspace you got there :3

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