6.3.12

Home Tour // My Workspace


Welcome to my little workspace!  I'm on a pretty tight budget so instead of renting a studio space, I just work from home.  My roommate is kind enough to let me take up a wall's worth of space in our dining room to use as my work space.  But lets be real here, I can't even tell you how many hours a day I dream of having a nice big studio space devoted just to my work.  If you are new to the blog, hello, I'm Moorea!  I'm a jewelry designer, small business owner, freelance illustrator and graphic designer and I am a blog designer for Freckled Nest Design.  I do all of my work and store all of my supplies all in this tiny little space.  It's pretty messy most of the time, but I do try to organize it and clear the space every morning before I get to work again.  It helps me feel more refreshed and ready to start the work for the day ahead. :)  Click the links below to explore some of the work I do in my workspace!



I usually work for about 10 hours a day, breaking up time between all of my jobs throughout the day.  But it is sometimes longer when I am juggling bigger things like filling a wholesale order, planning and prepping for a craft fair, on top of designing blogs, working on freelance work...and so on and so on.  I have a really hard time taking a day off.  Usually I'll just take an afternoon off once, maybe twice a week.  Needless to say, it's not easy folks, being your own boss!  But I am extremely fulfilled with my work.  And the nice thing is that I can travel easily when I need to because I can usually bring my work with me and I don't have a boss dictating my schedule.  I love that element of freedom with my work.  But then again, I'm super jealous when other people get to take a day off when it snows and I have to keep working, haha.

There are times of course where there are lulls and I am not getting as much work as I need or and not selling as much jewelry as I would hope to in a month.  And at those times, I do have moments when I ask myself, "Is this worth it for the stress that I have weighing on my shoulders?  Can I really do this?  Is this sustainable?"  I think it is important to always have these questions running through your head as a freelancer/small biz owner because you have to have the strong will to answer yourself back with, "Yes, it is worth it, I can do it, and I am proud of myself and happy with my career choices," to make it as a one man business.

There are some wonderful benefits to being your own boss and working from home but it is a huge challenge everyday to stay motivated, inspired, and energized.  Thankfully, my brief moments of doubt don't last for long.  I know myself well, and my whole life I have known that I want to be my own boss.  Maybe it's a bossy eldest child thing ;)  The only thing that is truly a challenge for me sometimes is that when you juggle jobs like mine, you don't have a consistent income each month so sometimes my job feels like a gamble.  But because I have to make a serious effort in all that I do to turn a profit and to live off of my work, I am deeply fulfilled in my work because I know it is entirely up to me to succeed.  I only have myself to rely on and it brings me immense joy recognizing when my efforts have been worthwhile and fruitful.  I believe in myself and I can make things work in whatever sized space I'm working in.  :)  But for reals, I hope I can expand, have a larger work space and maybe have an assistant or an employee in the near future too. 


I got my desk and drawers/cabinet from Ikea.  I prefer my workspace to be white and clean so that the clutter of jewelry supplies doesn't feel totally overwhelming as I work, and so that I am not distracted by one color palette while I'm designing.  I usually have a bunch of images that I am inspired by up on my bulletin board and I try to rotate it out each season.  It's time to put up some inspiring images for Spring!  I keep my current blog design client forms on clipboards hanging below the bulletin board so that I have a visual and tactile reminder of where I am progress-wise on their designs.  I keep some finished jewelry pieces and jewelry supplies out and displayed on and around my desk, but for the most part, everything is super duper organized inside my millions of drawers.  Everything has a place.  I use a Macbook pro (laptop) and I have a nice big 27" monitor to plug into my laptop so I can super zoom in on my design projects.  After a years worth of payments on my laptop and monitor, they are finally paid off!  Oh man, what a relief. 

Thanks for taking a little tour of my work space!  I hope you enjoyed it!  I am so honored when I have blog/etsy/twitter followers who tell me they admire me and my work.  And I hope that by seeing how small and basic my workspace is, that you can believe you can start your own dreams, maybe start your own business with very little to work with.  All you need is motivation and belief in yourself, whether you have just a desk or just a computer or nothing at all.  I started my business with maybe $7 investment, I'm not kidding.  But I just slowly built up my jewelry business over time and now I am able to frugally live off of my work.  Hopefully it is only up and up from here!

39 comments:

Lost Cabin Vintage said...

Moorea, thank you for sharing your space. I love seeing how other creatives work and set up their spaces. It inspires me more than anything else. I only hope to be as organised as you one day.
Toni. Xo

Katherine said...

It may not be a big studio, but you do pretty well with what you've got! And just keep dreaming, girl, it will happen if you keep doing what you're doing!

Je suis une monstre said...

Thanks for sharing your workspace and process with us, and for all your inspiring words about running your own creative business. I hope one day I will be able to design and make things full time, and I hope that one day soon you'll get the studio space you dream about! xxx

Liz said...

Hi Moorea! Thank you so much for sharing this. I honestly dream about having a space like you have! Right now I don't even have a whole desk to work on! I think I would prefer to have an in-home studio but that's also because I have a young daughter. That's awesome that your roommate is cool with the set-up, I'm sure they understand since it is your way of making a living!
I just love everything about this post! Thanks again!

Barnicles said...

thank you for the tour, this looks awesome. also your roomy seems great :) i think great roomys are hard to find but i stay with just 1 flatmate too and it makes great dynamics if it works = no arguments!

Barnicles

Erin said...

I LOVE your workspace! So pretty and neat :)

mygirldaphne said...

this is lovely inspiration, too start my own business.

Lolo said...

Amazing! I've really been enjoying these little tours around your house. I always find it interesting to see where other people work - be it a proper studio space or in their own house. I always find it inspirational!

Olive Green Anna said...

This space really suits you! I find that your aesthetic is natural but clean.

I appreciate you sharing the little glimpse into where you spend your long work days!

You work a lot lady!

Anna

Catherine Denton said...

This is greatly inspiring. Your work space seems spacious because it's so neat and pretty. Thanks for sharing!
Catherine Denton

sweet harvest moon said...

Beautiful space you have there!

Nancy Pryoor said...

really sweet space you have there to create truly inspired designs. You have many talents and I am so proud of you for having the courage and energy to pursue them. Keep up the great work and I'll pray for an assistant soon so you can take some moments off!

The Braided Bandit said...

I am absolutely LOVING your home tour. I love seeing your studio space, and completely agree with working on a white space. I used to make jewelry, and I would lay white paper over my desktop just to give it a blank slate. My favorite was your living room greenery (the white and green bright window- space is amazing) and your Norwegian mug collection in the kitchen!

Now I am on to check out your jewelry!
Hope you are having a great day!
xo Hannah

We Three Zweigs said...

Oh, how lovely.

sara kristen said...

Moorea, this is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing! I also work at home, but I am currently in transition between two homes and the space at the one I am moving to is incredibly limited, so I have been strategizing on how to use the small space creatively. The biggest challenge I will be met with is storage, and I too use one workspace for multiple kinds of work and projects (I am a PhD student in Art History, so primarily for research and writing, but also for designing jewellery, making art, and blogging, and whatever other project I find myself working on!). So this little glimpse into how you manage your small space is definitely inspiring! I wish I could peek inside all those drawers... I'm sure they're filled with all kinds of magic.

xo, Sara

Lily Darger said...

I think you are onto something -being your own boss in a number of income sources and just building from the ground up. This post is really inspiring to me!

Shannon said...

What a lovely space you have. You are such an inspiration in so many ways.

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Kate said...

That hanging mirror piece is SO beautiful. I wish my workspace was more white and clean as you're right, the jewelry clutter is enough already, ha.

Moorea Seal said...

I totally recommend this drawer unit from ikea: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50192822/ It manages to hide all of my millions of little things away and helps keep my space organized!

Moorea Seal said...

thanks so much Katherine :)
xo Moorea

Moorea Seal said...

Thanks! I hope you can go full time too!

Moorea Seal said...

One of the reasons why I always wanted to be my own boss and work from home was so that when I have kids someday, I can still be home with them while I work. THough, I'm sure it will be a crazy juggle once I reach that point! :)

Moorea Seal said...

totally. i don't really like living with girls all that much because I can't stand when girls aren't straight forward. thankfully my roommate is super straight forward :)

Moorea Seal said...

Thanks! It's only neat in the mornings ;)

Moorea Seal said...

It's an epic adventure!

Moorea Seal said...

Glad I could send some inspiration your way :)

Moorea Seal said...

I do work a lot! haha. But at least I love what I do :)
Ps, I love your space too!

Moorea Seal said...

Thanks Catherine!

Moorea Seal said...

thanks! Its only super clean on good days ;)

Moorea Seal said...

Thank you Aunt Nancy, that means a lot!

Moorea Seal said...

Thanks so much for your sweet words Hannah :)

Moorea Seal said...

I tooootally recommend getting one or two of these draw units from ikea: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50192822/ It keeps everything organized and hides away a LOT of stuff! :)

Moorea Seal said...

well thanks! hopefully sometime in the next year I can start to focus in on just 1 or 2 careers rather than juggling all of this forever! :)

Moorea Seal said...

thanks so much Shannon :)

Moorea Seal said...

totally! I'm kind of dreading when I have to move next... in 6 months because I just hope I can create as clean of a space as I have now! Seeing all your jewelry strewn across the room as you work starts to drive a girl mad! :)

Moorea Seal said...

thanks!

Carli said...

I love that you have created a business out of your creative passions. It's so inspiring! I am currently woking towards that. As far as being your own boss. How do you motivate yourself get up in the morning and get to work? I have such a hard time being motivated to work on my projects.

sara kristen said...

thanks for the recommendation! i will definitely keep that in mind when i am shopping for furniture solutions. those drawers are kind of dreamy...

Erika said...

It might be small, but it is a wonderful world right there in your living space! I love how it is decorated and how you keep it simple to let your work shine through...
Congratulations on your wonderful art and I hope you will be able to achieve your dreams by moving into a studio with your business...We are in the same shoes with that desire :)

Love,
Erika

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