This weekend was so nice to have time to sit around and do nothing, but I need more of it. I finally put in time off for the end of August, but SO.FAR.AWAY!
I am clearly not one to focus on getting one room complete in my house at once, I have to roam from room to room. That might annoy some of the residents, but it gives my brain a break from one particular space and wait for inspiration to hit me. I am pretty far along with every room in the house, so its not like I have a wall painted and the other three are just hanging out.
This summer we decided we HAVE to work on the office. Have to have to! We have no organization anywhere and frankly I am quite tired of it. Plus, Matt is going back to school so he needs a place to work that is organized.
I shared with you last week the raw space we are working with here. There is a lot but not a lot to get this room where I want it to be. Makes sense?
This room has been tough (haven’t they all???) because we both will spend a lot of time in here and it needs to be totally functional and a little more masculine (since I have light blues and light grays around the rest of the house). My mind went from here to there on the inspiration of this room but I think I have found exactly what I was looking for! I was glancing through H&M’s website for pillow cases and stumbled onto this one:What I loved most is it says Barley (my cat’s name) but mainly the colors. I love the mustard yellow! I know, I know I am trying to get rid of the yellow in the room, but this is a small accent. I haven’t bought the pillowcase yet, but the wheels in my head started turning.
I started thinking rich, deep, but not too deep, colors. Reds, golds, greens, dark browns. It sounds like Christmas may throw up in my office, but I think I could do those colors tastefully.
So over the weekend I did three things. First, I restained that desk.
Second, we finally installed a ceiling fan in this room. For some reason the front two bedrooms get really stuffy, so we bought the last two fans we need for the house. (If I can offer any advice, get a house with ceiling fans already installed. Your marriage will thank you!)
Third, we planned our space out. This space is big and for what we need to do in there, awkward somewhat. It is hard to see where things will fit, so I measured EVERYTHING out and drew out a floor plan on Floorplanner.com. I had a great, magnificent plan on how I wanted our room to look. It was comfy, it was cozy, it met all the requirements that were requested by Matt (the tv had to be on a specific wall). I showed him said plan and he did not like it because of the location of the computer. I originally had the desk facing the room with your back to the front window. He was worried someone would look in the window and see what we have….in a room where I leave the blinds closed…..but ok. I pouted and we replanned.
Here is what we came up with:
I will admit, I actually like this space. The only thing I am still trying to decide is if I like the storage idea/location next to the window. There are always solutions, so I am not going to worry until the time comes to actually build. I may just buy base cabinets for the bottoms and do a floating shelf up top. This will give the tv more breathing room and less blockage of the window.
If that is not an option, I may have to venture to IKEA and see what we can work with. It is probably the only place I can afford shelving at!
Personally, I am thinking the base of the storage unit has to be a solid cabinet. We have a closet full of tools that need to be organized and hidden! I think glass would show too many secrets!
I am also scouring Craigslist for a small table I can use as a craft/sewing table. My ideal table would be 40″ tall and on wheels (which I could install) so I could roll it around and stand up while crafting. I’m not sure a table exists, but if you know of something.
The pull out loveseat is something Matt also requested in the room. Yes, we have a guest room, but there might be a time when we have two people sleep over at the same time. Or maybe our guests want sleeping options.
So that is where we are. I haven’t pinned much since making my profound decision to go this direction and I may not. I may fly by the seat of my pants on this one.
What do you think?