My New Office

Hello!  Recently I moved into an office space from my home office.  I am thoroughly enjoying having a much larger space, lots of window light, and a wonderful, rustic brick wall!  I also love the arty area and the building which is full of public service advocates and artists.  Some of my neighbors are children’s book illustrators, sign designers, yoga and massage studios, a gallery, rock band promoters, nonprofits, just to mention a few.  There are also wonderful small restaurants and a coffeehouse.  Most everyone is small, and/or independent, just like me!  There’s only a few spaces left–so hurry!

I think the best environments, whether work or living, are a combination of new, antique, and personal objects–items that truly speak to you.  You may not know why, but visually, they are fun to witness every day.  I thought I would share a little of my space and how I am trying to bring together different elements that create a space for me.  Remember–I’ve only been there a few months, so its still very much a work in progress…

My sitting area–don’t you just love that big mirror.  It is huge, and was such a find!
Fabulous antique Asian carved screen I got from Claire Steyaert.  The interior is a burlap covering over wood, so I’ve used it somewhat as a display space for project photos.  If you haven’t checked out Claire’s shop, it would be sooo worth your while.  Claire is a wonderfully interesting woman from France, and has a fabulous eye for the unique!  Lucky for me her shop is located just a few blocks from my office!
Looking towards the sitting area/entrance.  My father in law’s (Joseph G. Brown) artwork is on the wall. I like the idea of walking into a cozy area working towards a larger, brighter area.  Frank Lloyd Wright was big in designing his entrances like this, only his were incredibly extreme.  Some of his foyers, such as Taliesin West which I’ve written about, are like walking into a small box with a very small doorway (almost duck worthy) opening up into a much larger room.
Looking from my entrance towards the work space.  Don’t you just love those 4 large windows!!
I was thrilled when I found this!  I wanted a cubby unit for baskets and samples, and yes, I know Ikea has them, but again, did not want to resort to that.  Our desks and a couple of other cubbies are from there, and that is enough!  This piece I obtained at Art and Architecture, just below Claire’s spot, and then got the baskets at Ikea.  Its wonderful for fabric, tile, etc.
A unique little trinket I found.  I just love the look of it!  It works great to top off a stack of books.
 Small plates, about the size for teacups.  Another “out of the blue” find.  I thought the design was very intriguing, and they work well as coasters.
Antique silver candle holder from India purchased at Art and Architecture.  Isn’t this guy just a hoot?!  Couldn’t pass this one up.  He is one heavy dude too!
Well, now you’ve seen a little of the space where I create, think, ponder, draw, etc.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour!  Hurry, the bus is leaving…


  • Blake Mitchell

    June 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Wow! You're new office is beautiful! The receiving area seems very relaxing; it sure is a very inspiring place to work in. Some people do neglect the importance of having a well-designed working area. But having a conducive work area does increase the work production, as people tend to be more inspired by the things they see.

  • Thanks Blake! Super appreciate the comments AND compliments!

  • Karen Carr

    July 11, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Susan – great work! And work space. I especially like the cubby with baskets. And the beautiful windows, and the huge mirror. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Susan E. Brown

    July 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks for the feedback Karen! The cubby furniture I found at Art and Architecture on University–super fun place chocked full of fun items. Truly all kinds of stuff!

  • Tanisha Sanson

    August 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I'm deeply impressed in your new office. It looks very artistic. Considering the decorations and the way it is organized, working here is probably fun.

  • Susan E. Brown

    August 2, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Thanks Tanisha! So appreciate the compliments and feedback! I do love my office– it has such great windows, fun texture, and lots of inspirational finds.

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