For the past four months, I’ve been operating Hippie Speedball out of my kitchen, and it’s starting to get a little out of hand. So I’m really excited to be moving into a studio space with my friend Jennie this weekend — it’s small, but having a place to spread out my work and get everything feeling a little more professional is going to be hugely motivating.
In reality, I know the space will be pretty bare bones for awhile, nothing glamorous (I’m broke, after all). But here are a few things I wish I could have right away — some more attainable than others:
1.) Half my work is printed out on millions of pieces of paper that are currently stacked in random piles on the kitchen table, so a standing file with some drawers like this one from CB2 is going to be a must when I move.
2.) I’ve always had this fantasy of owning a Louis ghost chair, and Lexington Modern has a cute knockoff for under $100. I don’t know how comfortable this would actually be, but it is adorable.
3.) I talk on the phone while I’m working on the computer a lot, and trying to cradle my smartphone between my cheek and shoulder while I type is unreliable and leaves blush smudges all over my touchscreen. I really want one of these old-school handsets that connects to your cell phone via USB — I would have receptionist flashbacks in a good way.
4.) I spend a ton of time emailing files to myself right now so I can print them on separate computers because can you believe I don’t own a flash drive? I want this one because it’s Hello Kitty and it can hang on my keyring where I know I won’t lose it.
5.) I’m obsessed with fonts and hand-drawn lettering. I would love to have Hand Job: A Catalog of Type on my desk for reference and inspiration.
6.) I just really like this fist pencil cup from Urban Outfitters. All my black Pilot Varsity pens (obsessed) would look great in there.
7.) In my new space I’m going to have easier access to my apparel in the screening stages and I’d like to have an instant camera so I can photograph and share what I’m working on with people without having to use the computer. The Fujifilm Instax is exactly what I want.
8.) This is an oversized eraser that looks like a balloon poodle. Sort of Jeff Koons-y, no?
9.) I’d like to be able to do my invoices and things on an old typewriter — maybe that’s a little precious, but I’ve always loved them and it would be nice to have a reprieve from the computer screen for a while every day. Etsy is crowded with them; I like this simple midcentury Sears model.
10.) I’m selling this drawing of mine as a super cheap print and I want to frame and hang one over my desk so when I’m feeling like I can’t do anything I can look at it and remember at least I can draw naked ladies and little cat faces.
11.) This Ikea desk with built-in shelves is perfect. I need it!