My Office is My Guest Room is My Closet is My Office.

August 28, 2013

Since it’s back to school week, I thought I’d show you where I am going back to school.

In my guest bedroom. Which is also my office.

Here is my desk. Although any flat surface can and will be my desk at any given moment. I have boxes of magazines next to my desk that I’m going to organize with a purpose. I’m sure I will get around to this one day.

But not today. Today I am taking photos of my office which is also a bedroom.

I like to have a cup full of pencils at the ready. I’m pretty weird about this. There are a cup full of pencils in almost every room of the house except for two. The bathroom is one of the two.

I also like Sharpies. Brené has always had jars of Sharpies in her office. I stole this practice from her. It was a good steal.

Ok, as I mentioned, this office slash bedroom is also my closet. We live in an old house…and as my neighbor said once, “small closets are the blessing of an old house.”

I thought he was crazy when he said it, but he’s right. Small closets force you to keep only what you have space for, and in theory, only what you need.

I think this is a noble thing. Something to live by. And, also, I still needed some more room.

So a while ago, I converted these bookshelves into a closet with a dowel rod and some curtains. This is now my chest of drawers and what would be the bottom of my closet, if my closet wasn’t anything more than a small rod on which to hang clothes. So basically, shoes and underwear, right here.

Also a bed.

That is the kitchen in the next room across the hall there on the left through the door. You can sort of see a chair pulled up to the counter in there.

That chair is pulled up there because I use this kitchen counter regularly to work also. I mainly do this when my computer or phone is out of power and needs recharging…which is basically all the time. I work right here more than even makes sense.

But back to the officeguestroomcloset.

What I love about it most (other than its windows) is its ceiling. See, this room used to be the back porch, and then the screened-in back porch, and then the added room. And the ceiling was added in bits and parts as well. When it’s raining really hard outside, this roof leaks a bit in three places. We have tried numerous times to get this fixed. In fact, we have hired three different people to fix this roof, but this roof does not want to be fixed. I love this roof.

But here’s what’s new about this room. This dog is a permanent fixture in this room now, because this dog follows me around everywhere.

She also jumps when you point a camera at her. This dog is cute.

And speaking of this dog, this dog has introduced me to my latest favorite place to work. Outside. Because that’s where she likes to go … a lot. Outside with the pumpkins (they’re growing, see?) and lizards and sticks and etc. Outside is her favorite. Also, it’s currently 99 degrees outside.

Here’s hoping I get to use that new officeguestroomcloset again soon.

PS. Oh look Jenny just posted where she works. 

PPS. Oh and look again. Karen just made a whole tumblr about Where Bloggers Blog.


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  • Reply The Hook August 28, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Your lair – and four-legged sidekick – rule!

  • Reply Judy Woods August 28, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Everyone needs a officeguestroomcloset with a Gibby. I, too, love the leaky ceiling.

  • Reply Allison August 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Love it all. Hope the kitchen reveal is next.

  • Reply Barchbo August 29, 2013 at 8:02 am

    If you are going to get a dog, I totally agree that you should purchase the cutest dog on the planet.

    PS: Like Allison, I am hopeful for an upcoming kitchen reveal.

  • Laura Harrison Mayes
    Reply Laura August 29, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Allison and Barcbo, the kitchen reveal is next, I promise, I swear. We just need one more major thing done. And like 4 minor things. I’m dying to do the kitchen reveal. Believe me!

  • Reply Stacey August 29, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Soooo adorable!!! (the room too ;))
    Where did you find those awesome curtains??? I WANT!
    I just found your blog yesterday and really like it! I am an Austinite also… born and raised. And there’s little else I love more that a huge bowl of QUESO!
    I am so jealous that you get to live in your great grandmother’s house. I miss my grandparent’s home so much. I would give anything to live in it…. but I’d have to move it to Austin because I really don’t want to move to Abilene… and that’s where it is.

  • Reply Love Links | in backyards August 30, 2013 at 6:57 pm

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  • Reply Emily August 30, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Is your puppy part border terrier? She is beyond adorable.

  • Reply CraftyHope September 1, 2013 at 10:07 am

    GAH! Everything is so neat and tidy and blog-worthy, I wish my life looked like that. Instead, my house is more. . .lived-in with its bits of mail and random tubs of crap and a stray tissue or bag of chips. I’d love to have the organized, clean surface house but I just don’t have the patience for it I think. Sigh, I’ll just covet yours! 😉

    • Laura Harrison Mayes
      Reply Laura September 1, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      CrafyHope, Oh believe me, the whole house isn’t like this all the time. For sure. But I do like to keep one room (the room where I work) as clutter free as possible. Which, let’s be real, is not always possible. But that’s the goal!

  • Laura Harrison Mayes
    Reply Laura September 4, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Stacey, the curtains are from Target…in the teen aisle. They were long curtains but I cut off two of the bottom ruffle segments and done.

    Emily, Gibby is miniature schnauzer + dachshund = love.

  • Reply Stacey September 4, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you!

  • Reply April Heather Davulcu October 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I’m so glad I found you! I feel right at home on your blog. I’ll just put my feet up and stay awhile….Its so nice here! I must ask you….where can I get a Prada Marfa sign?? LOVE that–and love your little office. xoxo big hugs from this misplaced Texan livin’ in cold PA

    • Laura Harrison Mayes
      Reply Laura October 7, 2013 at 9:06 am

      April, welcome! And thanks for saying so! I got my Prada Marfa print at a few years ago.

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