This week’s Desk post features that of Cathe Holden, the craft blogger and graphic designer behind the blog Just Something I Made. A while back, Cathe sent us pictures of her office as well as information about her workspace and business. Here’s what Cathe had to say:
The Desk: Something I found on craigslist for $100. It was custom built for the previous owners in the Pottery Barn style. It’s two cabinets on the end with one long 9-foot surface and a pencil drawer in the middle, all in a distressed creamy white paint. I replaced the hardware with bin pulls and matching chrome knobs. It is the perfect fit for my tiny garage studio, spreading out under the window to the back yard lined with Redwood trees. It stores printer papers and transfer sheets, desk accessories (Post-It Notes, rulers, tape, etc.), computer disks, all my glues and boxed vintage ephemera.
Chair: An office chair left over from my design firm days, recently recovered in a fun red and white cotton print.
Paper: Anything I can get to run through my desktop printer, and I’ve tried just about everything, including old brittle book pages.
Calendar: In my head – not the best system.
Clock: On my Mac
Charging:My cell phone, my MacBook, my little Canon digital camera battery.
Inspiration: My large design and vintage image library in our living room, all sorts of magazines, design blogs and Etsy artisans. For logo designs, logolounge.com is unmatched.
Color: Kiwi, poppy orange, Cath Kidston red, turquoise, black & white, and just the right pink.
‘Thank You’: I never write enough
Flat note or folded: Folded as a habit, but I’m thinking flat is a bit classier (since you ask)!
Handwritten or emailed: Handwritten is priceless, but e-mailed is better than nothing and often completely appropriate.
Stationery: Custom is cool.
Organization: Drawers, bins, slots, containers and more drawers. I can never get enough of vintage parts cabinets. Old suitcases for vintage papers.
Book: Mine, once I write it. An inspirational crossover between graphic design and crafting/DIY.
Magazine: I really miss Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion. As a graphic designer, I feed off of Print and HOW Design‘s annuals.
Planning: Daily inspiring blog posts, client projects, finding the perfect wonderful paying projects to put three kids through college.
Business: Logo design by trade, inspirational blogging by passion.
We absolutely love all the bins, big and small, that organize everything, as well as the charming little details and fresh, soothing colors. Thank you, Cathe, for sharing your desk with us!
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