I love having my office just off the foyer and the kitchen. I've always liked writing in the hub of things where I can watch for the mail and UPS deliveries, and where I can fix a quick snack to eat while I work. And of course, the coffee bar in my office is always just a few steps away.
My little Keurig coffee corner is still one of my favorite things about my office, and I found a new use for the mailbox cubbies (originally used in a small-town bank) that I discovered in an antique store years ago. It held office supplies in our last house, but now it is home to more than seventy mugs. Most of my mugs were gifts from friends or publishers, or they are souvenirs of favorite places, so I'm delighted to have a place I can display and enjoy them all.
I'm prone to rearranging often, so if you look carefully, you'll see that things don't always stay in the same place for long.
So many of my favorite things in my office were created by talented friends and family. I love being surrounded by reminders of all the people I love.
My dad welded this "menu wheel" to create a place where I can display all those papers and cards that are too pretty to relegate to the trash can. He built my reference bookcase too.
We live just a few minutes from several great coffee shops now, and less than a mile from libraries and bookstores and art galleries and shops of every sort. We're really enjoying this next chapter in our lives, but you know, I'll always be a small-town girl – a farmer's daughter – at heart. And even in the city, I still like to write in the great outdoors whenever Kansas weather allows.
[Click here, if you'd like to see how my office was set up in our small-town house.]
I think my office is about as cool as they come, but you should see my husband's office space in the view-out basement of our new place. Take a look...