15 January 2011

AROUND MY HOME: Kelly's Corner (in progress)

Before you take a look around my creative space, let me explain myself a bit. Following your dreams and moving three times in one year is quite expensive so I now live in the Houston burbs and I may or may not live with my mother (yes, I live at Mama G's). It was a huge adjustment and kicked the  pride right out of my body. At this point, I have little to no pride...eh, who needs it? That stuff is toxic anyway. I have redone this room about as much as my roommate (mom), and my pockets will allow. This entire room is pieced together with things that I had previous bought while in college and the things that had been given to me throughout my entire life from Brandi, my friends, Brandi's friends, and the rest of the family...so parts of it feel a bit younger than I would like, but as long as I keep it organized it looks alright and I'm happy.

I know Brandi's space is pretty killer, but she does have a few years on me. She also has a house and I have a room. I'll catch up one day.

This is my view 90% of the day. There is a hug tree outside my window and for 10 months of the year it completely makes this set up work. It looks a little dead right now...

I LOVE my thought rail! My brain is in a constant state of "idea clutter" and I use to carry a notebook around and put them in there, but the problem there is out of sight, out of mind. I have shelves of notebooks filled with ideas, but I always forget I have them when they are tuck away. I went to Home Depot one night and got this rail. I already had magnets, fishing line, hooks, and clips so one Christmas Day, I put this sucka up and it is now my best friend. These cards are on there just for the photo, because it's usually cluttered with design/illustration/photography/lettering/bueno bueno ideas. Anytime I take a break from working, I put on a movie or listen to some records and tackle one or two of these projects.
Please excuse the ancient gum under the desk. that stuff is hard as a rock and doesn't want to part with the desk.
My tiny record collection...slowly growing. I figure i'll be in Houston for at least a year so I feel good about nursing this collection. FINALLY.  Above my records is my Dunny collection. I love Dunnies mucho mucho!

A BIG thank you to my neighbors Martha and Joseph for giving me a big box full of their old records. It was mostly Spanish dancing tunes. How perfect is that?

I love my mailbox to the right. Right now it's filled and I have a lot of people to write back!
Do you like snailmail? If so, lets be friends!

Kelly Amber Garcia
PO BOX 66841
Houston TX, 77266

I'm not sure what is wrong with me, but when I get in serious work mode I go into frumpland. Contacts off, glasses on, hair up in a messy bun (without a stand touching my neck or back), and all the jewelry comes off. Out of all my jewelery, these two items never leave my sight. Brandi bought  me the cute plate. She is very aware of my issues.

and on the left side of my desk are my current jobs. Every open job gets a folder and a clipboard. It just makes it easier to take my work with me wherever I go. Clipboards are definitely on my list of all time favorite items. Don't worry, I have a real filing system for all my jobs, once they are closed.

A Pantone mug filled with coffee/tea permanently lives on the left side of my desk. I figure I should start trying to do something with my left hand other than hitting command this, command that.

Yikes! Quickly glance at the shelves to the right, but don't stare too long. I can organize that area over and over, but it never seems to stick. My collection of feathers, mostly from my friend Pearl, live at the top of that big mess inside some big glass jars.

To the left is a closet that use to be covered by fugly sliding mirror doors that always get caught and knocked off the tracks at the bottom. Those had to go immediately. I want to tear out the current shelving system, repaint, and then re do the shelves. I need them to be geared more towards hosting books and other reference materials (like a mini library). When that happens, the curtain will come down and I'll do another post.

Fun Fact: The desk that is hold my recording player was my Pops when he was growing up. He likes to remind me it's still his. We have two at the house...obviously Brandi gets one and then I get the other! Right Pops? haha, I just see you rolling your eyes as you read this.
( Brandi Speaking really quick) I accidently tricked Dad into agreeing to give me one for my Christmas present. 

By the door, I keep my stress relievers. They aren't being used too much right now because I'm a cold weather weenie, but that won't last too long.

not catholic, I just like the candle
I know it's not much to show you, but it's enough for a solid peek. Like Ruben said in our last Feature Friday, our objects tell a story about us what we enjoy. I hope this has helped you to know a little more about me.

Things left to do: (i'll keep you updated)
-closet shelving situation
-get rid of OLD blinds and get something I love.
-toss out the carpet
-move bed (not shown, but it's along the opposite wall) into other room that we are setting up for my nephew- Ryder when he spends the night
-build a standing work station along wall where bed is now

Then, there's the rest of the house to work on...oh lord, give me strength ;)

AND then, I make lots of money (save!) and get my own place!


Cassie said...

I love the simplicity of your "mailbox". I need something like that so the pile that sits on my desk now will have a home.

Also love the ottoman for a desk chair. I should do that. I'm too antsy to stay seated in one spot for to long. ;)

Thanks for sharing. These are by far my favorite type of blog posts.

Batzy Shop said...

I love this post, and I know that feeling...but I bet you will get tons of designing to do and lots of money to get your own place when your ready for it.
...love what you did with the space, I want to star a record collection this year, so I love that section of your room :3

You rock!


Miki's scrapbook said...

This is a very nice room! I've never quite understood this aspect of American culture; why is it such a big deal to live with your parents when you're an adult? Here in Argentina, it's very common to find single people living in their paresnts' home. I don't think that's something shameful at all. Sure, if you want more independece, you should get out of there; but if you don't and love their company and the benefits of being there, embrace the fact that you can do so!

I lost my mom two years ago and live with my dad because he has cerebral palsy. I'm moving to the States in two weeks (to marry an American guy) so I'm leaving my parents' home. If I weren't moving, I'd totally stay here, even if my mom were alive to take care of my dad. Well, actually, if she were alive, I'd even want to stay here more, haha. I know it's a cultural thing, but I hope that viewpoint changes eventually. It's not a bad thing to go back to your parents' house; embrace it and enojy it! ;)

Maddy said...

I think this is a great space to work... it's very organized but also a little decorated and fun! There are lots of upsides to living with the 'rents, too.. (many of them involved food and fiddling with the ac)

Gale said...


awesome space. i love the simplicity of it, yet detailed and sentimental, if that doesn't contradict too much. also, i'm very much a dunny fan..so i'd love to see a post on that hehe;) and i'm the same way when i'm in work mode, contacts out glasses on, hair away. it can be a very funny sight sometimes. (sometimes scary as well haha)

i'm glad to be following your blog! will be back very soon!

Janna Lynn said...

Omgosh...you couldn't be any more awesome! Your style is amazing...record collection superb...and plans...wicked sweet! No shame in living in Casa Del Mom's. I moved in my parents for a year when I was transitioning from Air Force life to being a civilian again...(I served honorably..just wanted to be a civi again) :). It was just what I needed to do it right...so your making an awesome choice...and your living/work enviroment is a dream...because your an awesome stylist. I live in frump mode. :) I find glasses tooo comfy to not wear. :) Hearts, Janna Lynn

Dani said...

KELLY! I love your space! Our stories post-graduation are much too similar, I too am sticking it out in my parent's house & free-lancing. I love it more than I thought I would. I also live in frump mode when I'm working on design stuff. I think we have to keep reminding ourselves that the industry we're in isn't easy & we're still young with lots ahead of us. I wish you all the best & I know you'll do great things b/c you're an amazing person & designer!!

Oh and be expecting something snail mail from me...I'm a letter junkie!!!

kinsey french said...

i love your space!! it's so awesome... and simple. i love it. good luck with the whole saving money for your own place. it'll happen, sooner than you think. ♥

Little Tree Vintage said...

I love it, cute and simple yet unique!

Rachel said...

love the mailbox - i need something like that. and i love your whole space; so lovely and eye-catching! the thought rail is awesome!

ohsonoko said...

thank you for the peek into your world of thought & idea process. LOVE the idea bar.....i'm so with you on the outta sight outta mind deal. YOu & Brandi are so organized & such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

Sarah said...

I think this is a great work space! I like your little filing system. I think something like that could work well for me. I always have so much on the go and it's just in a big stack by my desk. Thanks for the tour!

CaL said...

I sort of love your space. The desk is so simple & pretty! At work I always keep open jobs on my desk in folders like that but MAN...clip boards are a GREAT idea! Duh, me. Haha! Oh & don't worry girl, not only am I 25 & living w/ the parents, I'm also NOT done with school & finally figuring out what the heck I'm doing with myself. Sigh. Anywho! Your space is perty! I love how much peoples spaces reflect them. =)

lydia. said...

kelly! i am in absolute love with your space.
it's so great! i think you're really making it something.
and i love that you've completely turned it into your own!
also, i'm totally sending you some mail sometime! : )


strataflora.com said...

Kelly, I looove your workspace! The thought rail is super cool! I have a boring corkboard & I like your rail much better. Don't feel bad about living with the rents...enjoy it while you can! I'm 24 and still in school...I wish I was smart and had stayed at home til I was done. Oh well, you live and learn, huh? Anyway, thanks for sharing the peek at your space...it's awesome! I'm jotting down your address btw...I've wanted a pen pal for a while!!! :) Hope you and Brandi are having a good weekend!

Erin Em. said...

I just had a conversation with my girlfriends tonight how I moved into my parents place last March and was supposed to stay until May and I am still here...things happen. With this economy i feel as if it is more and more common. Ive been in denial (or maybe it's pure laziness)and have only made minor adjustments to my room. This has inspired me to make it mine! I can't lie, my parents are rad so living at home isn't so bad, plus momma left me a $20 bill on my door when I got home...just because. No other roommates would do that :) I'm new to the blog and I absolutely love it! It is in my "check daily" list. You girls keep doing what you do!


my name is lauren. said...

i love your space kelly! makes me wanna cozy up and get creative :).


Carla said...

Kelly, your corner is WAYYY cooler than my whole house right now.
You've inspired me to do a few things differently today.
Thank you:)

Rachel @ RooPaprika said...

This is a really inspiring post and shows that you can make any space 'yours'. I love the use of a pretty plate for jewelery and knick-knacks and I know you don't like what's behind it but that curtain material is beautiful

danielle and dinosaur toes said...

you may only have a room, but it still looks awesome! and you've inspired me to clean off my desk (which i can't even see right now for all the chains and leather scraps).

i stared at your shelves for too long, sorry. one question, what's in the lightbulbs at the top?

once again you've totally inspired me!


Karra said...

There's no shame in moving back in with your parents. Sometimes things just have to be done especially in this economy. I actually graduated college and moved back in with my family last year and while it can be challenging, it's also a lot of fun being home with my little sisters again. It doesn't hurt that we have an awesome pool either!

And I think your space is sweet and I'm totally inspired to clean my desk now and wrangle all of my clutter.

kendra said...

its so happy!

have you tried discogs.com?
it is an awesome site where you can buy used or new records. I have gotten some insane deals. with it's help, my collection went from 4 records to 53 in 6 months. and i didn't spend much at all

Molly said...

OH my goodness Kelly. As I'm reading this, my glasses are on and my hair is up and messy, putting me in frumpland too. What is that about designing? But I've seen you look super cute for class at Tech :) I love your space! You have definitely made it your own!


Rachel said...

I love your workspace! It feels fresh and inspiring. I wish I had the skills to make a space more breezy and less "blah" ~ I need to work on that.

Love the curtain! Never dug sliding mirror doors, lol.

Layla said...

I love the idea rail...such a great idea. I also have files and notebooks with ideas in them, but like you, if it's out of sight it's out of mind.

I actually think the ancient gum on the bottom of the desk makes it even more legit. :)

rachelinaustin said...

Love it! This inspires me to get organized in my own office/studio. Thanks for showing us a peek into your world! <3

Becca said...

This reminded me of your coffee cup. Also it looks like a fun project to do with friends!


Joanna Johnson said...

Now this is a place to work and stay inspired! Looks great, I like the big tree in front of your window and as a Graphics Designer, I am just in love with your Pantone Coffee mug! :)