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My Desks 2003-2021

This post was originally shared on Patreon but now I’m making it public. I was sorting through some photos and thought it would be fun to show you all my desks. I didn’t get a digital camera until 2003 though so it’s just the most recent 4. Please also enjoy this proof that you can change from a messy person to a tidy one!

2003-2005 – City Centre, Glasgow

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This was my favourite flatshare – there were 4 of us in a top floor tenement flat right next to the Glasgow School of Art. The landlord didn’t care what we did so we had a great time. I was temp staff at the Royal Mail sorting office to begin with and then got my job at Terrible Internet Company where I started out having to design 3 websites A DAY. Mostly I worked on my own stuff here – this was the height of my music/pop culture website diskant and Asking For Trouble the record label. Keep an eye out for that red chair as we continue.

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This was my second room after one of my flatmates moved out. It was up in the attic with sloped ceilings and there was a seagull that would tap on the window and then stare at me. I loved that reading corner! The little TV was for playing the original Animal Crossing game.

2005-2006 – West End, Glasgow

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I got a bit tired of all the constant happenings of a 4 person flat once I had a full time job and moved into a tiny little converted garage in someone’s garden. This was my first time living alone and I really loved it – I had my own entrance through a little alley and it was right next to the Botanic Gardens and River Kelvin so I went for walks every day. My bandmates lived around the corner too so it was great for band practice and I started the beginnings of Asking For Trouble here.

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I didn’t enjoy having to convert my sofa into a bed and back every day but it made me realise I am quite happy in a small place and will never need a huge house.

2006-2014 – Bridgeton, Glasgow

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I made a lot of close friends at my terrible internet job and bought a flat with one of them as a way to save on rent. The flat was super cheap but in a pretty dodgy area – people were always getting stabbed nearby. I was on tour when we got the keys and then I moved in and immediately went to Japan for the first time – I don’t recommend doing that!

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I only really used the desk at the top for my sewing machine. I quit my job in 2008 because my RSI was so bad and mostly worked on my bed. I started Asking For Trouble properly here and it really took over my bedroom until I could barely move around. 

2014-present – Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute

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And then I moved to the seaside! Despite all that about living in a tiny home, I couldn’t resist my current huge flat and I do love all the light and space, especially having a separate studio room. I really am as tidy as this photo now, though I open all my mail here so there is almost always a load of boxes and packaging stuff on every surface between shipping days. And yes, I still have the same chair.

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My studio is only where I ship orders and do messy tasks like gluing and stamping. I do most of my computer work sitting on my bed as that works best for my RSI. For iPad drawing and things like sorting stock and packaging pins, I head to the sofa where I can watch some TV. I’ve blogged a few times about my current flat if you want to see more.


Hello! I’m Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I create illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii. This is my business and personal blog where I write about my creative doings, inspirations, travels, Japan trips and daily life. Read more »

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