So excited to share my new office with you all today! I kept waiting to take pictures of this space thinking I’d share it when the room was actually decorated and the cupboards were more organized, but neither has happened yet and I got tired of waiting for myself to finish everything. :) Plus I’m planning to take you all along as I decorate and organize this room so I might as well show you what the space looks like in it’s current condition! Quick warning: this post is a LONG one. So like I always say before overloading you with pictures – this might be a good time to grab a snack. Pretzels and cheese anyone? :)
A beautiful dutch door that lived in my dreams for many years. You can see in this picture where my office is located. Close to the stairway and most importantly, right off of the main living areas – family room and kitchen. After years of having all of our projects and the kids’ homework spread out on our small kitchen table (and my scrapbook supplies stored in the nursery!), it feels like a dream to finally have a separate office space. I wanted my office close to the kitchen so that I could be fixing meals/snacks/cleaning and still keep an eye on my kids and help them with homework.
I kept the desk legs simple like the rest of the molding in the house – and then used a slab of quartz for the top of it. All of the counters in the room and the island top is the same quartz I used on my kitchen islands – “Organic White” by Caeserstone. Clearly I’m a fan. :) The desk legs are painted the same grey in our main rooms – “Seattle” by Frazee.
The dark grey barstools were originally for my kitchen, but they ended up looking much better in this room (they were a TJ Maxx steal!). The chair in front of my computer is borrowed from our dining nook. We are just using it until I can find two fun chairs for this room. I still need a rug under the table too and just haven’t had time to look for one.
I have to say that I smile every day when I walk in this room and the kids are drawing/painting/making something. I’ve found if the supplies are out and easily accessible the creativity just flows. Lots of sharp pencils will do that. :)
On the far left of this room I decided to add some open shelves with planks behind them. This is what you see through the glass when the dutch door is closed so I thought it would be a nice place to decorate and display a few things. Excited to bring some personality into this room!
Here is a close up of the second built-in desk area. I used multiple types of hardware in this room because the drawers and cupboards were all different sizes and pulled open different ways. Plus there were some drawers I wanted labeled.
We put plantation shutters on the windows just like most of the rest of the house. This room gets a lot of natural light and that combined with the paint color makes it a happy spot to hang.
I haven’t decided if I love these baskets in this room? They were all I could find that would fit the basket openings, but there are a few other places I could use them so they may or may not be home.
The file organizer on the wall was overflowing with papers so I pulled everything out for this picture. Good excuse to sort through it all!
On the left side of the room there is a big, blank wall. I originally had a huge pin board planned that was going to be inset into the wall with pegs on the sides for organizing supplies, but I ditched that idea during framing. I knew I had plenty of drawer/cupboard space for all of our supplies and I didn’t want something so permanent. I have a few ideas for that wall but I’m taking my time because I want to live in the space a while and see what would be the most functional for us. A place to display the kids’ work? A family command station? A gallery wall of some sort? Lots of possibilities.
In the spirit of keeping things real I want to assure you that this room is hardly ever as clean as it is in these pictures. In fact I cleaned up all of our projects and papers one afternoon last week to take these pictures and just two hours later I was laughing that it was such a mess again! Here are a few pics I took about a year ago while we were still getting moved in…
And this is nothing compared to what the inside of most of the cupboards look like. Let’s just say they’ll make great “before” pics. :) I’m tackling this space one drawer and cupboard at a time. I have to remind myself of that or I get overwhelmed.
It has been so fun sharing our building journey with all of you.