Inside the Ramblerose Workspace
So here I am, all settled down in NYC! I'm loving my apartment more each day, and it's really starting to feel like home. I know a lot of people wonder HOW I run my business from home- especially now, in a city that's notorious for it's teeny apartments. The first important thing to note is that I ended up with an amazing place (and roommate! <3 ) in Astoria, Queens. The neighborhood is amazing, and the apartments are more spacious than most in Manhattan. We wanted a better bang for our buck, and we sure got it.
It was really important for me to have space to store all my Ramblerose supplies. We were very lucky to find a place with a large living room. I took over the space along the back side of the wall behind the love seat for all my business operations. My supply cabinet, my desk, shelving units and printer all have a space in the back of the room. I have driftwood hangers (easy, cheap, DIY!) on the wall for my inventory and plants surrounding my workspace. I especially love my terrarium, gifted to me by one of my best friends.
And you know those great wooden crates I use for my show displays? I've hidden them ALL on top of my cabinet! One of the joys of living in an apartment with limited storage is getting creative with where and how to store all your extra stuff- I carefully stacked them all inside one another, put them right on top of the cabinet, and covered the front with my Ramblerose chalkboard. I have two Ramblerose signs, both made on the cheap- I purchased a clearance chalkboard from TJ Maxx for $12.99 and a single black wall shelf from Target for $9.99 and applied laser cut stickers of the Ramblerose logo. A perfect branded touch for my workspace.
I've started to hang my new earrings on this awesome jewelry holder, gifted to me by my boss (thanks Seri!) I store my bracelets in a small white washed wooden box. I decorate the extra spaces with gemstones and Ramblerose-stamped wood.
I keep plenty of Moo business cards on my desk and all my favorite books lined up right next to me. I also snagged this amazing marble-base desk lamp from Target! I'm slowly adding all the different things that help fuel my productivity at home.
The last favorite piece of my workshop is this awesome Boston map poster from Modern Map Art. Boston will always have a really special place in my heart, especially because that is the place where I started and grew Ramblerose. I love that this poster make a big statement and is the first thing I see before I go into my room.
from left to right:
- dreamcatcher from Argentina gifted to me by my soul sister, Louise
- amazing watercolor by Cameron Conlon
- wall weave from Utah, gifted to me by my best friend, Kelly
- Massachusetts print purchased at SoWa, made by Linden Leaf Designs
As an artist myself, I've decorated my room so that it's not only a place I can relax and be alone, but also a place that helps me draw inspiration and remember all the other amazing artists out there kicking butt. The These little things are all reminders of the people and places that have come in and out of my life, and are special for so many reasons.
I've printed some of my favorite photos of the people and places I love and arranged them in mismatched frames from Tj Maxx and Homegoods, ranging in price from $4.99 to $9.99- Never spend a fortune on frames, there is always a way to make your photos and artwork look amazing without spending an arm and a leg.
from left to right:
- favorite book, Big Magic, $11 on Amazon
- custom wall weave by my fellow Northeastern Design Alum, Jillian Bass
- little mug by friend Sharrel of Mud and Yarn
- gray rug from TJ Maxx at $14.99, similar version from Ikea
- photo box shelf from TJ Maxx for $9.99
Next to my bed, I always keep a stack of my favorite books, a great plant for enhanced air quality, and the best little mug. I also took a this clearance TJ Maxx shelf and filled the spaces with some favorite photos.
from left to right:
- coat rack from Target for $22.49
- shadow box from Homegoods, similar version here for under $10
- "Where We've Been" Map from This Paper Ship for $30
- Large Mirror from TJ Maxx for $30
- Gray Jewlery Boxfrom TJ Maxx, similar version here for $44
- Lamp from Target for $15
- Old Fashioned Radio, garage sale find for $3
- Laser Cut Lamp from TJ Maxx for $15
On the other side of the bedroom, across from the windows, I have my large dresser and everything surrounding it. I've hung up some of my favorite Instax photos and postcards. I also added hooks above my mirror for all my hats as an added design element.
And finally, the bed! I created the entire look with pieces from TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Homegoods.
- soft gray fleece blanket, $19.99
- orange plaid throw, $19.99
- furry cream accent pillows, $19.99 each
- accent aztec pattern pillow, $14.99
- accent orange pattern run, $14.99
Instead of spending a lot of money on a matching comforter and sham set, I kept an old quilt as an inner layer for warmth and topped it with this neutral gray blanket. Around that, I got a cheap set of cream shams, cream furry accent pillows, and an accent pattern pillow for a stunning center. After I found that awesome pillow, I added the other orange elements to the room to tie it all together.
I hope you've enjoyed my room and workshop tour! If you have any questions about the best way to bargain hunt for your home decor, please feel free to reach out.