Friday, July 27, 2012

Double workspace office re-do…

Would you believe that we haven’t even left for vacation yet? So, obviously, I can’t use that as an excuse for what has been keeping me away this week.  In reality my lack of posting has been due to the busyness of life.  Packing, preparing, working, birthday party planning, swimming, playing, and office re-doing have been taking up nearly all of my time.  Not blogging. 

But.  That’s about to change.  After a full 4 days off, I am about to unload an insane amount of redundant pictures on you.  3:45 on a Friday afternoon seems like as good of time as any to show off our office re-do, right?  First, though, let’s start with some facts and a few “before photo.”

  • This “office” is actually our formal dining room.  But since there is nothing formal about our family we’ve always made functional use out of this space as an office.
  • As important as it is to us to have this “office” be just that – a place for us to work – it also needs to serve as a playroom/kid space of sorts. 
  • When J accepted his new job and enrolled in graduate courses, we decided that he needed a work space, too, and our desire for a 2-person desk was born.  Basically?  I got tired of having him invade my work space all.the.stinking.time.
  • We did a LOT of planning/researching ideas for desks, etc. before deciding upon this arrangement. 
  • As with most things in our home/lives, we had big plans, but a very small budget.
Um.  I guess that’s all.

Want to see some horrible before photos?  Since I’m a bad/impatient blogger, I, of course, forgot to snap some “official” pre-make over shots, so these will have to do.

This first pic is from when we first moved in – hence the boxes and lack of window coverings.

Here’s one from a couple Halloween’s ago.October2010 217
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This is from the kitchen looking into the office, right after my dad built us some shelves/cubbies:
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And here’s the after!

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View from “my corner”…
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My workspace…
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The “peninsula” and J’s workspace…
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View from the kitchen…
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View from the stairs…
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There are still several finishing touches that we’ll get to someday – including trimming the base; buying baskets for the shelves, desk lamps for both sides, and “real” matching desk chairs; organizing; and updating photos. But for now?  We're done.  Over it.  Finished. Dun-zo.

I’ll be back soon with details – paint colors, desk building plans, accessories, and a list of where we purchased everything.  For now, here’s the short version: J built the desk (God, I love that man!), the book case was a freebie, the shelves, chair, and ottoman are from Ikea, the black wire 3-tier basket is from TJ Maxx, and the kids table and chairs were a Craigslist purchase from when we first moved in to this house 3+ years ago.

And there you have ‘er! Thanks for sticking with me and being patient!

Happy Weekend, friends!

Linking up at: House of Hepworths, Funky Junk Interiors, Tatertots and Jello, Be Different Act Normal, Serenity Now, iheart naptime,


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love it all, but my favorite part is the chalkboard staircase wall. So many great elements. Well done.

Molly said...

Love this space! Great work you two!!!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Wonderfully done! So many details. I could spend an hour just snooping around. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Funky Junk. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which goes live on Monday at 8am CST. Hope to see you at the bash. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Your office looks great! I'd love to turn our unused dining room into our office, but I'm afraid it would never look this nice. And neat.

Fancy said...

This is great! I love the shelving and the displays <3

Lish said...

Adorable!!! I love how cozy it feels, but yet totally could get some work done in there. Love the chalkboard paint on the stair wall too :)
Lish @ Imprintalish

JOY @ said...

This is SO inspiring. I've been needing to reorganize a work room and I see some ideas here I can steal. Really like the window blackboard. Perfect for a weekly calendar. enJOYed

KCoake said...

Looks amazing! I love the desk and how you have everything laid out.

Missi at said...

It really looks great! I love the chair with that INCREDIBLE ottoman! Such great texture! You did a wonderful job!

Britni said...

This is amazing! I love the little pops of red. And the chalkboard paint on the staircase is too cute. It looks like a lot of work that really paid off! I would be thrilled if you shared this at my Throwback Thursday link party! I hope to see you there :)

Malory {Snips & Spice} said...

That looks gorgeous and really functional!

Amy said...

Love that you and your family are actually using the space. We have a formal living room that never gets used and I would love to make it into a more family friendly space. Thanks for the inspiration! I would love for you to come check out my blog if you have time.

Nancy said...

That is a very creative way to utilize the space. Many people don't need their dining area for dining but they need a dedicated workspace. I love it! I like that hanging wire organizer you have on the side of the shelf unit. Where did you get that?

Excellent job!!!


twelve-O-eight said...

Thank you for the warning at the beginning of your blog, it helped me know I was among good company :) I love this space, your blog is fantastic!

Hugs, Tanya

Art and Sand said...

So cute and practical. Love the checkered chair and the wicker footstool.

nest of posies said...

this space is awesome! love all the organizing containers in here! perfect.

it was so awesome to meet you last week!!! take care!!!


Kimberly @ A Night Owl said...

this. is. gorgeous! you have great style...of course that comes across in your instagrams, which is how i found ya! gonna go follow you officially! ;)



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