What’s Elfa? You might ask and, why, I’d be here to tell you. I have just purchased some spiffy new shelving/desk setup for my home studio. It’s from the Container Store (God, I *love* that place) and it’s called “Elfa.” Elfa is configurable. It’s shelving. It’s a desk. It’s a desk with a hutch. It’s all of that and more. It’s the bee’s knees and everything good under the sun.
Actually, it’s this kind of convertible system that allows you to install wire frames which can then hold shelves, racks, hampers, baskets, all kinds of wonderful things Elfa. (And, believe me, Elfa is really quite wonderful.) I have purchased something called “Elfa freestanding” which is a freestanding system (as the name implies) that does not require you to drill into the wall to install it. My system will be six feet wide (it’s a double-wide! With two desks, side by side) and about seven feet tall. I’m going to have lots and lots of shelving to store photo books, magazines I collect, and all kinds of photo related props.
If that were not bad enough (or good enough really) this wonderful Elfa unit (God, I hate that word!) has no sides to speak of (think “floating shelves” and you are, pretty much, there) so I am going to get some lighting, like maybe a small soft box and light this from the side. I’m going to actually use the desk top surface (well, one of them, since I am getting two side-by-side and all) as a table top mini studio of sorts. I plan to setup a soft box and do some small studio setups and still life type shots on my new Elfa system (in addition to it housing my print storage archive, my Lenswork and Aperture magazine collections, and bunches more.)
In case you could not tell, I’m over the moon excited about my new Elfa system. For me, it’s the best in studio furniture and I feel like it will not only provide tons of storage but will provide me with a nice (and much needed!) working surface. I’ve been trying to get organized for a while now and just can’t seem to fit everything I have into every space I need. This new Elfa system will allow me to go vertical a bit and actually make the most of some (now) little used floor space. It’s going to get installed into one of my spare bedrooms on October 28th.
Sure, this sounds all well and good but now this puts me in a panic, since I have to clean things out, move things around and get myself all tidy and ready for the new Elfa installation. To put it bluntly, I have a lot to do between now and the 28th. Oh, wish me luck for I am going to need it. (Oh! The boxes I have to clear. The dust bunnies I have to round up. The thing in the ‘fridge. Heavens to Betsy, I don’t even want to know what things are in the ‘fridge these days. Oh joy!)
So, now you know what I’m up to in case, you know, in case you were wondering and all (not like you’d do that but, just in case….just in case.)
Peace, love, and Elfa for all!
Until next time…