I'm so excited to share a favorite designer and photographer today as the latest installment in the Work/Spaces Project. Fellow Seattleite Carina Skrobecki's work spans from gorgeous design and branding work, to evocative photography that always manages to perfectly capture the spirit of her subjects. She's a designer I turn to for inspiration because her work is always fresh and seemingly effortless. Today, she takes us on a tour of her darling light-filled home studio (and I especially love what she says about finding inspiration in our little town!)...
"My work space has been somewhat of a ever-changing creature over the last 9 months, thus has always been a source of inspiration as it takes on new shapes. I only recently started working from home, as I left my full-time design job just this last July, so as I spend more and more time here, I'm constantly creating/collecting/admiring/searching for new additions.
When I moved into this apartment last winter, I was skeptical about being situated on a busy street, but as I work from home, I've realized it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. This really makes a huge difference when needing to feel inspired, and keeps me feeling energized and not "locked in" because of it's walkability. The apartment also isn't huge, but it boasts a lot of windows and natural light, and I truly wouldn't trade that for anything. Especially on days I need to be in front of my computer for 8, 10, sometimes 12+ hours.
The space itself was a labor of love. The desk was built by my boyfriend and I, the chair was lovingly donated by my old job, the file cabinet was a thrift-store find, the small ebony elephant was my grandmother's, and all the photos that surround me are reminders of the people and places in this city that keep me on my feet. There have definitely been times of frustration and exhaustion, but also of overwhelming joy and excitement in this space. This little desk has seen a lot in the last couple of months, including tears, as I began my own business, but it's also a gentle reminder of how lucky I am to be able to do this.
On the flip side, also being a photographer has expanded my work space quite a bit. Every time I'm out shooting, whether it be a couple, a wedding, or for personal work, I'm constantly in awe of how awesome the city of Seattle is. That the park, the lake, the rooftop of that parking garage is my "office". And not only the physical structure, but the people that reside here. We are an incredibly gifted city, with more and more people following their dreams to pursue something creative, and it's truly inspiring to be surrounded by that on a daily basis." – Carina