Thursday, October 5, 2017

An Office Update

THE OFFICE! Have I mentioned that I work from home? I DO! This little nook was a HUGE selling point for us. Most of the other houses we looked at didn't have a den/office, so we would have had to transfer a bedroom into an office. This is MUCH better. Also, the windows! It's right off the front door too so I can creep on passer-bys - BONUS!.

Here is what the room looked like immediately after we signed the papers, and before Dan ripped the blinds off (not much time in between mind you.). 



Since then, we (my mom!) painted the walls, and we refinished the floors. THEN, we loaded it up with the nearest furniture in site so I could have a functioning office ASAP and VOILA: 


So pretty right?! Go ahead, pin it, i'll wait. The table was from the previous owners, it has since found it's way up to the cabin (we were going to use it in the dining room, but found a different option and IT'S ON IT'S WAY!). We were noodling over a desk for foreverrrr (stand up, sit down, 2 desks?, vintage, white, ikea, omg the choices), and finally when we found this one from Crate and Barrel it was ALL the heart eyes. It has THREE little drawers too which was an added bonus.


Cable management needs to be a college course...HOW IS IT DONE. I am destined to find a way to huge the quadrillion cords it takes to set up an office. So far my ideas involve twist ties and command strips...so we will see how far that takes me. 

I picked up a little storage unit from IKEA for the corner. This holds all those 'officy' things that you rarely need but then do one day and OMG WHERE IS IT. Between that and the desk drawers, that's the only storage in this area. 



We got some planters for the corner of the room, I put 2 cute little plants in there that i'm bound to kill in a few weeks, please send your thoughts and prayers to them that they make it longer. #nogreenthumbhere



We are still on a mission to find the BEST paint for our little radiators (we have 8 to paint!). They all got serviced this week and are (finally!) full of water once again and ready to take on the winter. We are leaning towards a metal paint so we can color match them to the walls. 


I also need to hang some art still, isn't that the hardest thing to do when you move into a new place? Stick a nail in a wall. Yes we will tear down two entire walls and rip up flooring but NO NOT A SINGLE NAIL! We also need blinds BAD, there is about 2 hours in the morning when the sun pierces my eyes at my desk. Thankfully there is a strategically placed oak tree out front that I can dodge the sun with. But I feel like blinds would be a better long-term solution?!


So, what's left for this room? We are noodling a new rug and light fixture. I like the navy rug we have, we just want something a little bigger (maybe 5x7), and perhaps a little lighter to tie into the couch and walls. For the light fixture, since this room is across from the dining, we will likely find something complementary for the two spaces. OH, ALSO.

The opening to the office has little hinges on it AND THE FRENCH DOORS WERE IN THE BASEMENT. They are in....ROUGH shape, but I am destined to at least TRY and revive them. We are thinking a nice color pop (I am just assuming I can't salvage the original wood, but here's hoping!). TBD if we will actually want doors here, but it might be in the cards...

WOo! Finger snaps for functioning rooms!


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