Monday, January 26, 2015

Study Space Make Over

I have been concentrating on all things high school over the last two weeks, so Desire Empire has taken a back seat.

One part of getting ready, was spending more on my son's school uniform, than I would ever dare to spend on a wardrobe for myself.  Accordingly, there was not much left to create a workable study space in the Beach House Brat's bedroom.

On this occasion and just this once, I am glad my mother never throws anything out.  I think that has something to do with being a child of the Great Depression and having precious little of anything as a kid. Anyway, it has come in handy this week, being that the cupboard is bare, financially speaking, after setting my son up for the best education money can buy. 

That's my old university desk, including the hutch.  The chair was one that sat under my desk, when I was a school kid and the desk light is at least 35 years old and from my dad's study. I do love a bit of an upcycle.

The Beach House Brat was most unmoved by my efforts and kind of grunted something in the positive, when I called him in to have a look.  I am sure he will thank me when he is 65 and able to look back on his life with the benefit of hindsight.  Sadly, I won't be here to see it.

But in the present, he will have no excuses now for not trying his best.

I actually never meant to blog this make over, so I failed to take any before shots.  I like the way it turned out though, so thought I'd share it.  As one of my mates said on Facebook.  "It wont stay this tidy for long."  That's absolutely true, but I am beginning as I intend to finish.

And just to prove I spend very little on clothes.  I just realised when I was looking at this shot from Christmas, that the top I am wearing, was also worn by me, in my now high schooler son's shot with Santa, when he was two.  No wonder I can never find anything to wear, I have a wardrobe full of perfectly intact really old clothes, which I cannot bring myself to throw out.  Maybe I am just like my mum after all. 

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  1. That's a good lesson for your son, maybe a better one than many he might get in a very expensive school! But I think at some point you will have to invest on a better chair if he spends a lot of time on homework. As for your own clothes, I too have clothes for years because my body has not changed and I don't want to throw them away so I am wearing the same all the time till they are unwearable!AriadnefromGreece!

  2. I like the chair for its vintage feel. It's more comfy than it looks, but it probably needs a cushion to add some comfort. Good luck with the new President of Greece.

  3. it looks great and I love the chair. What I like though is it was yours so as he grows or when he is a young man he will love the fact that these were his mothers-love dee x

  4. You did a great job of creating him a perfectly workable space in which to do his homework. I do hope he's not too shocked by the transition of a primary school in Avalon to the seriousness of high school on the North Shore. It is a very difficult transition done at a very tricky age and having been through it a few times now, I know it comes with lots of heartache. I do hope you are all weathering the storms and I do hope and trust he settles into the routine quickly xx

    1. Thanks Charlie
      Too right. We are experiencing some of that heart ache right now.


  5. It looks fabulous. I've recently set up my own study space in our master bedroom. I still need a desk lamp though - I love that one! I got a red chair to add a splash of colour. Now I'm thinking I might get a red lamp to match.

  6. Your desk set up looks great. I am sure he appreciates it deep down and is quite excited to have his own space. But it would be very uncool to say that out loud.

  7. It looks fabulous Carolyn and I love that you can still wear your old clothes. Go you xx

  8. Love the makeover and love that you've reused so many special treasures. It's funny how sometimes we realise how like our mothers we are. I heard a tip for wardrobes the other day, if you don't love it don't keep it!
    Have a great weekend.


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