Post by Jeran of Oleander and Palm
Hi there, it’s Jeran from Oleander + Palm. I’m excited to share with you my new studio space. I recently moved from working on my dining room table to a small office space downtown. The space is small, but the rent is cheap and it’s a perfect space for my needs.
The space is actually two small rooms. When you walk in the door, I’ve set up the first space as my office and storage space. And then it opens into a larger space with a wall of windows (you can see more of that room here and here). I keep this second space almost empty so that I can have space for photographing, making and hosting craft events.
I measured and planned every last inch of this office space, so that I could get the most out of it. I wanted to keep it organized and neat, but also allow it to be a place for my creativity to be sparked. I found the perfect desk at The Land of Nod, and so I built the room design around it. I’m a huge fan of Nod products for grown ups as well.
On the wall I hung some of my favorite things. I really don’t know how to define my style, but I do know that I like clean modern lines and shapes mixed with thrifted vintage pieces and some of my global treasures. The large tribal piece is a Tapa Cloth from Papua New Guinea, where I grew up. It’s a handmade cloth made from the bark of a specific tree. Traditionally this cloth is used for clothing. The bubble clock, not only keeps me on schedule, but it adds a fun throw-back and industrial touch. The sea oil painting, I found at a thrift store for $2. Green is my go-to color, so this painting was a no brainer for my wall. And the little wall shelf gave me a spot to add a plant and a spot to drop my phone and keys as I came in the studio door.
The white leather chair is not only clean and modern, but it’s very comfortable. I love it’s minimal lines, it’s perfect for my small space that I didn’t want to feel cluttered. On the desk, I keep tools and office supplies in the very stylish little metal drawers. And to protect my pretty desk from scratches and crafty messes, this clear mat is a must have.
On the wall opposite the desk and added as much open shelving as possible. It’s a little messy, but it’s so nice to have all my supplies all in one spot. I keep all the nick nacks I use to style my pics and all my craft crap here.
Behind the door I hung a peg board that I bought for 50 cents at a thrift store and gave a quick coat of grey spray paint. I keep my broom, dust pan and an extra chair for guests hanging here. The more I can get up off the floor, the bigger the space feels.
Thanks for visiting Oleander + Palm’s Studio! I know you are going to want a Land of Nod desk for your work space now too. Whether it’s a space for grown up making or a spot for your kiddos to do homework, The Land of Nod’s furniture and accessories can help you create a organized and stylish spot for all ages.
A former elementary school teacher, Jeran has added her unique voice to the modern maker culture through her blog Oleander and Palm. She loves helping people find attainable beauty in the lives they live. Her creativity and industriousness were honed through years of living in third world countries, that challenged her to find novel solutions for creating livable spaces. Now a mother of three, settled in sunny California, her skills and styles are evolving in exciting new ways. Her focus is Simple California Living, designing and making livable spaces that incorporate vintage finds, handmade/DIY pieces and global inspiration.