Category Archives: Writing Spaces

Writing Spaces: English Cottage Style

English Cottage Style

A writer of steampunk novels, I am naturally drawn to writing spaces that evoke the feeling of the 19th century. Here, this English cottage styled office picks up that century’s stamp with the nature-inspired wallpaper, the antique clock, spindle-back chair, and distressed pine chest are juxtaposed with a mid-century brushed-steel desk. The greys, ecru and red highlights make the room shine and the weathered finishes pull the look together and are what makes this writing space work.

Writing Spaces: Kitchen Home Office

Kitchen Home Office

This writing space is from “Desk Set” of This Old House Magazine, issue April 2006

When you are tending to children, there is nothing like a writing space off the kitchen. It is at the center of the house where everything is happening. That makes the kitchen a great place to center your small TV, the laptop and having a handy charging station for your cel phone. It is a place where you can monitor your children’s homework while you make sure the recipes are getting done. Once the kids are tucked into bed, it is also a nice place to find some quiet time to work on your latest novel.

I love the built-in nature of this desk and cabinet system. Everything is in one place where you need it. About the only thing that I don’t like is the tall chair. It doesn’t look comfortable and is the wrong height for writing. Otherwise, I feel that there is much to inspire us when creating our own writing spaces.

Writing Spaces: Art Deco Style Home Office

Art Deco Style Home Office

The writing space was taken from This Old House Magazine, the Desk Set, April 2006

There is much to love about this open and cheerful writing space. The golden walls contrast the white built-in shelving and desk to create a cozy, yet open feel. There is plenty of room for your books, art and a couple of friends. The art deco style windows bring in lots of light in a stylish manner that sets the mood for the room. The old-fashioned Persian rug softens the hardwood flooring. About the only thing that I don’t like about the room are the chairs. I’d prefer a comfortable leather roller chair to work in. All in all, there is plenty of inspiration to this home office.

Writing Spaces: Mountain Cabin Home Office

Mountain Cabin Home Office

Image is from This Old House Magazine, Desk Set, April 2006.

Having a view to inspire you as a writer is one of the more sought after aspects of a home office. This cozy writing space is in the middle of a Portland forest. The office is sparse with a pine desk and alder floors just waiting to hold your laptop or tablet as you create your masterpiece. The large casement window draws you to the forest outside while the rich red walls and wooden built-in shelves surround you like a warm blanket. It is the perfect place to relax and let your words flow.

Writing Spaces: Hallway Secretary Home Office

Hallway Secretary Home Office

This home office inspirational image is from “Better Than Ever”, This Old House magazine, April 2003.

This lovely tiger maple secretary with the glazed windows and old-fashioned cubbies caught my eye. The writing space is small, it is one that you would need to do your writing either in a paper notebook or via a laptop or tablet, but the cabinet has deep storage drawers for hanging files on the bottom and display cabinets on the top that make it quite functional. It rests in a room, off of a hallway adding value to a small space. The clean lines of the space are very appealing and when not in use, you could close the secretary to hide whatever clutter develops there.

Would you be comfortable writing in this space? Let me know in the comments.