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Books and pictures of the new "lounge"

First, a head's up to those who care about such things. Today is a double post, because I need topics to make sense in order to be together in a post. So. Two posts. (The later is the DVD commentary on that story I wrote about the gay LDS missionaries. *g*)

Now that it's colder and I'm less likely to be outside doing things, it's time to dive into this huge stacks of books waiting for me. Which means, of course, that I'm going to get a few new books to add to the pile, because I'm crazy like that. Chuck over at Terribleminds mentioned a series that I'm not familiar with, because I've been hanging in the world of non-fiction for a while, Speaks the Nightbird, Queen of Bedlam, and Mister Slaughter by Robert McCammon? Anyone else reading/read that series? Looks great to me.

This weekend was the christening of the opening of the Birth of Cool Lounge, aka, my former office. (I call it that because I'm going for a 60s vibe. And because who doesn't want to have a room based on the mood of a Miles Davis song? Losers, that's who.

All that's in here is the furniture and supplies: writing, computer, etc., all neatly tucked away in the furniture I built. Oh, Ikea, I love your organizational products. I still need to add an additional shelf for more books (possibly - over the aforementioned Ikea Basta set up), art work, a few tall plants, and two more occasional tables. Every chair requires a place for the sitter to place their cup, imo. Potential art work for the walls is between This Awesome Series of Prints or I might bite the bullet and buy the Snow Queen and Summer Queen prints that Michael Whelan painted eons ago that I've loved ever since.) My guess is the apocalyptic horrorshow that is Zdislaw Beksinski's work won't fly with anyone else, even though I love each piece to pieces. (And that website is the most awesome artist's website you'll ever see. I can practically guarantee that.

Inside and to the left is a wonky wall that houses the outlet for the modem. I'm trying to go as wireless as possible, so I wanted no visible cables, etc. I also wanted all of my peripherals, manuals, spare cables, random crap put AWAY so it doesn't pile up, etc. But. This wall is 26" and wraps back to the window at 18". Finding something that you can put there that will close up is nigh on impossible. EXCEPT FOR IKEA. They see that wall and say PFFT, woman, you call yourself creative? Check our things!

And I did. And I made this. And it was good. It fits PERFECTLY. And I put it on casters so I can wheel things out of the way should I change the wall color, need access, etc. SMART. (And the cabinet on the right houses all of my files. Nice and orderly. I cannot function in messy chaos. Not even orderly chaos, should it exist.

The wrap around portion. I originally wanted the printer inside the cabinet, but that would get obnoxious once you need the scanner. Eh, it doesn't take up much visual space. (And that's my white board, unhung, because I frequently walk around with it, staring at it, making notes, staring at it some more. It haunts me, that white board.)

The view from the opposite end of the storage furniture. That corner needs a little occasional table or something funky. It's just a matter of time. Only the latest book reads and reference materials are in here, now. Otherwise, I'll be tempted to grab something off the shelf and read instead of focusing on rewrites, etc. Yes, that's a real pheasant. It doth cease to be, however.

Words cannot express how much I love those orange chairs. Got them half-off because they were a display. Not a scratch on them. What do I care if someone had sat in them for a few months? I plan on sitting on them, too. :) A little leather cleaner, and my needs are stated.

A closer shot of the funky coffee table we found. It's shaped like a paisley. <3 One: I like that it's glass because it keeps that small room looking open. Two, I like that it's curved so all four chairs can access it. You can't see the detail on the brown leather chairs, but they're small, but just the right size. I have plenty of space to wriggle, tuck a leg, etc. They're almost like old school movie theater chairs, but padded and leather all over. The pillow doesn't work, I know. But it's staying for a bit because it's down-filled and the kitnits like to nap on it, which pleases me.

It's amazing how much work I've gotten done in there. Plus, the Mister can hang out in there and work, too. And the kids can sit in the chairs and read while I'm working, which is nice. I like having a space that is dedicated to working/reading where we all can fit. I just need to get an iPhone docking station so I can play some Thelonius Monk or some Brubeck and type like the wind. If the wind had fingers and a keyboard.

It has Hope's seal of approval. She's been living in here ever since. Laps, tables, chairs, it doesn't matter, she just likes to hang. Heh. Right now she's a little bread loaf rising on one of the orange chairs. <3

[ETA] Side shots of the orange chairs - there are some cool details that you don't quite see from the other shots.

Like the kitnit loaf. :) (Note: I realize that's misspelled. That's how my daughter pronounced "kitten" for years. It stuck.)

And the dergie loaf with lasers charged to 23%. Aww, Sally Derg. She keeps alternating between sniffing the window and napping. Animals nearby are required for productivity, I believe.

A better shot of my brown chairs. I <3 them.

Okay. Round two is about to be tackled. It's cold, I have some white ginger tea with honey, and a purring cat. Perfect writing environment. :)


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Nov. 16th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
Nov. 16th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! The Plantation chair with the sheepskin wasn't originally a part of the vision, but it's there for now. :)
Nov. 16th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
The orange chairs are awesome, and they'd go great with that Mars travel poster. I love the coffee table. I have big love for all things 60's and boomerang-y!

I can't believe how nippy it is today. I stupidly need to fire up the smoker because chicken was on sale, and now I'm dreading the constant in and out of keeping it up in the Ideal range while it's blowing and about 55 degrees outside.
Nov. 16th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
Man, those chairs were such a find. There was this FANTASTIC modern/mid-century modern shop I found where I could have bought everything I saw. Well, if I had several thousand dollars burning a hole in my pocket. :)

It's SO cold here! It's in the 40s, which is great. Oooh, why not roast it up in your oven with some fresh rosemary sprigs, some garlic bulbs, a little orange peel and some olive oil? Then you won't have to go outside. And then you can tell me when supper's on and I'll bring the bread.
Nov. 16th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
I love the smoke-y flavor and bought enough chicken and tomatoes to freeze for using all winter. The chickens are already brined and ready to go. I just have to set up the smoker. Any minute now...
Nov. 16th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Do you use pecan wood or something flavor-specific for your chicken?

I'm thinking that I'm going to free up my oven this Thanksgiving (god, one day I will have DOUBLE OVENS again. Pah.) and have the Mister smoke our turkey. But I don't want hickory or mesquite flavor, I think pecan would be the better choice. Any input from you would be loved by me, you have a similar food palate to me, I think.
Nov. 16th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
I'm using pecan this time around. It's sweet and not too pungent. I like mesquite, too, though it's easy to overdo the smoke flavor. I've only smoked a turkey breast one time and used apple wood. It was delicious.
Nov. 16th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I forgot about applewood! I may have to go that route, thanks! (Yeah to mesquite. i love it, but I don't want it to come off like a BBQ.)
Nov. 16th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
That is truly an awesome room. ::has office envy::
Nov. 16th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Why 10Q, BB!
Nov. 16th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
You have some sexy furniture. :3

And adorable animals. :333
Nov. 16th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Shanksh, sho much.

I <3 my critters.
Nov. 16th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
That's a fantastic layout. Love those brown chairs. Unfortunately my creative space could never look that neat. Too many wood panels and paint lying about to ever look organized. ;_;

FFFFF that last art link rocks so hard. Mmmmm, delicious nightmare-fuel. :D
Nov. 16th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

And oh my god, isn't his stuff WONDERFUL?! It makes me happy because it makes me sad. :D
Nov. 16th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
It totally is. I've bookmarked it for later full exploration. The music fits the style SO well. :O
Nov. 16th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhh...yeah. I think my office is getting a second round of decorating. That's a fantastic looking space!
Nov. 16th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! And everyone looked at me crazy. "How can you write without a desk?" Easy - I'm on a laptop, so why be chained to a desk?

Massively freeing, it's been. The little glass table to the left of my dog fits perfectly over the arm of the chairs, too. Frees up my lap, should I want things higher up. <3
Nov. 16th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
I almost never write at a desk - I write in bed, on the couch, sitting outside. I'm thinking a couch and chair to replace the desk might be the perfect solution...
Nov. 16th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
I second that solution! A chaise never goes amiss, either.
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Nov. 16th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
I love that you commented on my laptop. I had no problem shelling out a few extra sheckles to get a one of a kind cover. (Well, one of 50 kind. Lol.)

Thank you, Anne!

And isn't the artwork of Beksinski just astounding? I can look at it all day and get a million new ideas. Love it. So dreary and wonderful.
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Nov. 16th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Why are you so cool yet so far away?

Life is hard.
Nov. 16th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Say the word and I will kick my oldest daughter rout of her room to live in bunk beds with the youngest and her room is yours.

SAY THE WORD. And we will cook and laugh and LIVE.
Nov. 16th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
To be slaughtered in our sleep by your vengeful offspring. Lo, I see a slasher movie plot in the this plan!
Nov. 16th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Eh, they're only aware of the safety scissors, the most we'll get is a deep bruising.

And hahaha. I owe you an email about yesterday, btw. It should get you laughing. But first, I need to find some salsa before I start to cry.
Nov. 16th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
All offices should be accessorized with pets.

Very nice. I love the planter's chair and the coffee table especially.
Nov. 16th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
I need a good three, four more cats in there on their own suspended walkway, I think. :D

And thank you!
Nov. 16th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
Oooh, spiffy! I love the chairs in the last picture, so neat!
Very nice space all 'round. :)
Nov. 16th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Why, fank you!
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Nov. 16th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Why, thank you! Please to be telling my husband that so he'll quit questioning me. :D
Nov. 16th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
I love those chairs! Especially the orange ones.
Nov. 16th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Me, too!! <3 <3 <3.

I need a certain Siamese to get out of the closest chair to me so I can have it...
Nov. 16th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
It's great to see Beksiński appreciated abroad, especially after the tragedies he and his family faced in his lifetime.

What? You don't know? His son, Tomasz (brilliant radio host and the man who managed to translate Monty Python and not lose an ounce of the funny) commited suicide on Christmas Eve in 1999 and Zdzislaw himself was stabbed in his own apartment in 2005.
Nov. 16th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, I had thought that Zdzislaw committed suicide as well. Not that him being murdered it better, I just thought that everything that had happened to him and his family had taken its toll.

He is truly one of my all-time favorite artists, hands down.
Nov. 16th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
AAAAAAAAAAAAGHHH!!!!! I just finished Speaks the Nightbird and Queen of Bedlam and I really enjoyed them A LOT!!! But - please bear in mind they are long slow mysteries set in the years around 1699 or so. It's mostly all about very detailed character development and a not very fast moving story. But well written and thoroughly enjoyable. I missed maybe three events one weekend just to stay home and read. I didn't realize the third book was coming out. Mccammon is SO good - I might even read some of his horror stuff. I read A Boy's Life twenty years ago and loved loved loved it.
And nice furniture too........and even nicer pets.
*pats the pets*
Nov. 16th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
I'm a sucker for a well crafted story, I don't need whizz-bang speedy action. *jabs things with my cane*

I'll have to add A Boy's Life to my list, then!

And thank you!
Nov. 16th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
That corner needs a floor lamp like the one my parents had in the late '60s. It had a walnut pole and either two or three cylindrical shades covered in beige burlap and adorned with blocks of walnut. If I had a picture I'd scan it and send it. It'd look as perfect with your orange chairs as it did with their enormous, orange, molded plastic, fabric-covered bucket chair.
Nov. 16th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
I can imagine just what you're talking about! Sounds awesome, minus the burlap - not a huge burlap fan. :) I kinda want a lamp that has an arching pole and a round fabric drum shade to hang near the coffee table. I'm a big fan of modernized mid-century furnishings.
Nov. 16th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
It was a fairly fine-grained burlap, and a fairly light cream color -- it was just textured enough that I wasn't sure what else to call it. It was not unlike the coarse-weave linen fabric that my mother had for curtains in the 1970s that, when she redecorated, I seized for sewing stash and turned into RevWar breeches.

Can you see it now?
Nov. 17th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
Oh, such a lovely space. Makes me want to start typing something important.
Nov. 17th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
Thanks, R! Um... does crackfic count as something important? Hee.
Nov. 17th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
L, without crackfic, life wouldn't be worth living.
Nov. 17th, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
That is one awesome working room / office. :-D
Nov. 17th, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I spent the whole day in there working, so it's doing something right! :D
Nov. 17th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Love the workspace and since it appears you can actually do work in it, you've obviously done it just right!
Nov. 19th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
Ooh I love this! The Sixties vibe is perfect. I would put a lamp in that corner between the brown and orange chairs, although maybe a smallish lamp on a small table because the shelves preclude a standard lamp.

You with the taste! Stupenda!
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