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I once read a profound quote: “Disorganization breeds creativity.” With that one sentence I realized why, for all of these years, my office was a wreck—stacks of papers, files and interesting objects, all in complete disarray. The mess comforted me. It was a form of therapy. And as you can see from these old photos of my office, I was wallowing in comfort.

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While I like plastic bins as much as anyone, they are a poor substitute for hanging files.

This looks a page from I Spy, where you find the missing objects. Let's see, there is a spool of thread, an old Rolodex, looks like some hairspray ...

This looks like a page from I Spy, where you find the missing objects. Let’s see, there is a spool of thread, an old Rolodex, looks like some hairspray …

on't make the mistake of throwing in a piece of furniture just because it has sentimental value. Clearly, this buffet is useless when it comes to my office needs. The only redeeming thing in the entire office was the William Morris wallpaper.

Don’t make the mistake of throwing in a piece of furniture just because it has sentimental value. Clearly, this buffet is useless when it comes to my office needs. The only redeeming thing in the entire office was the William Morris wallpaper.

In order to install the new, it was necessary to move out the clutter.

In order to install the new, it was necessary to move out the clutter.

Comfort and creativity aside, there was only one problem with my office the way it was: I never could find anything. And to complicate matters further, it is located right off my living room. Unlike so many home offices that are tucked away or adjacent to the laundry room, at my house visitors get a full view the minute they walk in the front door. The owners of the home during the Great Depression bricked in the wrap-around porch for their college-age son who decided to move back home. Their creative problem solving gave him a teeny tiny bedroom and full bath, which was great then, but is quite challenging in terms of setting up a working office.

As a New Year’s resolution of sorts, I employed the capable services of Ann Shipp of R. Higgins Interiors to redo the space. I had some stipulations: It needed to be comfortable, affordable and efficient. She had her work cut out for her for sure. Not only is the room tiny, it’s filled with odd angles, a large window and French doors. I found it nearly impossible to find a desk to fit the space, but as you’ll see in the following “after” photos, the redesigned space works beautifully:

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Now, my desk faces out towards the porch creating a great sense of feng shui in the room. In addition to opening up the room, the new configuration uses every inch of space.

Baskets purchased from Target house printer paper, school directories and miscellaneous office supplies.

Baskets purchased from Target house printer paper, school directories and miscellaneous office supplies.

I'm not sure why I love this blast from the past--a collection of # 2 lead pencils. The succulent as an accent adds great color and contrast.

I’m not sure why I love this blast from the past–a collection of #2 lead pencils. The succulent as an accent adds great color and contrast.

The back wall gives a great view of some of my favorite art--by stacking the artwork, it shows off the 9 ft ceilings.

The back wall gives a great view of some of my favorite art–by stacking the artwork, it shows off the 9 ft ceilings.

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This is one of my favorite flea market purchases. Someone painted it black, but it is completely made of terra cotta. A steal at $25!

It's an interesting effect to showcase your books with the binding facing inward.

It’s an interesting effect to showcase your books with the binding facing inward.

Busy as a bee with no clutter, no stacks of papers and no mess. Wonder how long this will last?

Busy as a bee with no clutter, no stacks of papers and no mess. Wonder how long this will last?

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If you are interested in seeing more of R. Higgins Interiors’ work, visit the website: rhigginsinteriors.com.

Thank you Ashley Hylbert for the beautiful photography! www.ashleyhylbert.com.

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