Wow. I have been so busy with our new house that I haven’t had much time to share the latest details! Our plans are still in the city but we are very close to getting everything approved. Such a crazy process in California! Fingers are crossed we will break ground sometime in July. I’m so excited I can’t even stand it! I just got off the phone with my designer discussing the layout for my scrapbook room/office which is why I am currently grinning ear to ear! :) When we were looking at existing homes I was really trying to find a house with two offices (or two spaces I could turn into two offices!).
And Kenny? Well when he needs to take a conference call or talk to a client from home (which happens daily) he heads to the garage and gets in the car! It’s the only quiet place in our house! :) We have made it work, but we are both SO excited about having our own office space in our next house. Here are a couple of things I discussed with my architect when we were designing my office:
Function: I keep calling this space the project room because I want it to be a place not only for me to scrapbook and blog, but also for the kids when they are working on a project for school, or when they are just in the mood to craft and be creative. A room where we can spread out our projects and get messy! It’s also where I want the family computer to be located. No computers will be allowed upstairs where I can’t keep an eye on everything!
Location: I wanted my project room right next to the kitchen (as a mom I am in the kitchen more than anywhere else!). Not visible (I plan on it always being a mess) but very close to the main living/kitchen/dining area so that I can easily sneak in to get some work done when the kids are occupied. Also so that it will be an easy place for the kids to do their homework or craft with me close by.
Organization: Of course I want this space to run like a well oiled machine! I have so many ideas swimming around in my head about how I want to store all of my supplies! This will not be one of those craft rooms with TONS of scrapbook supplies from the floor to the ceiling. I’m a bit of a minimalist and I’ve found that I do better with less “stuff” – especially when I’m scrapbooking. I like to keep things simple and I hope this space reflects that. Simple and organized. :)
Wish List: I would LOVE a built-in wrap around desk in this space with cabinets above and a mix of cabinets and drawers below for storage. I’m currently debating an island. I’d love the extra work/storage space, but I don’t want the room to feel too crowded.
Here are a few of the pictures I’ve saved for inspiration for this beloved room that I am SO excited about (along with what I love about the picture and the source):
I love this wrap around desk. I also like the look of the open shelves above, but that forces you to be really tidy with your storage! Still debating if I want open or closed cabinetry in my office. Maybe a mix?
Another great wrap around desk from Pottery Barn. Cute shelf above too!
Love the colors in this room. Wonder if I’ll be sick of aqua by the time we move in a year.
Probably not. :)
Another wrap around desk.
I want some pull out drawers similar to these for wrapping paper/supplies.
A couple of options for paper storage.
A functional island that doesn’t take up too much room.
At one point I debated a separate desk/homework area for the kids – something similar to the pictures above, but if I do an island I think that will function well for a kids’ space.
I want to leave room on one wall for some sort of inspiration board and a place to display current layouts I’ve done or art work from the kids. Love the yellow striped ceiling in this picture!
The green and white craft room above is so fun! Amazing storage!
The cabinets in this office space are so pretty. Looks like a kitchen!
This is a cool desk that wraps around in the middle of the room. Interesting idea…
And after seeing this picture above I’m debating painting the cabinets in my scrapbook room a fun color. Or maybe painting half of them white and the other half a color?
Add that to the thousands of decisions I have to make for this house during the next year!
Good thing these are such fun decisions to make. :)
p.s. You can see more of my inspiration pics for my office on two of my favorite Pinterest boards: