home decor – current office space

27 Aug

One of my goals this year is to finish decorating our loft. We bought and moved into our place shortly after getting engaged, which was the start to a truly crazy year. Planning our wedding definitely took center stage as well as got first dibs on any extra funds. Weddings have a way sucking all the energy out of other parts of your life. We have done a few things since moving in…we bought a new sectional couch for the living room, a new bookcase for the office, Brian bought three pieces of vintage furniture while I was away on my bachelorette (thankfully, I liked them. Well, the vintage theatre chairs are still growing on me) & we replaced the small marble slab on the kitchen island with a custom-built much larger wood top to accommodate more people.

Other than that we’ve done very little- we haven’t even painted the walls or hung all our art yet! It’s time to give our home a little love. Each week I will show you the current state of each room in our house, as well as inspiration photos for what I want for the space. Our home is not terribly large so the “unveiling” will move rather quick. I thought I’d start with our office space because it makes me the most crazy. It has become the room where all the crap we don’t know what to do with ends up. Doesn’t everybody have one of these rooms? In preparation for taking photos of the office for this post I was about to clean & organize (kinda like everyone does before their housekeeper comes to clean) in fear of judgement. But then I realized I would be giving a very inaccurate view of our office space. So I decided to shoot it (Brian obviously shot these photos:) just the way it is.

my current work space…

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Brian (and Franks- HA!) current work space…

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bookshelf wall…

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overview…

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Things we want to do…

  •  Get rid of the couch…although I really do love certain things about it…especially the color! It has also become Franks daybed (you can pretty much guarantee you will find him cuddled up there when you get home) I’m not sure who’s going to miss it more when it goes. But we need to say goodbye to it to create more space for the desk we plan to build.
  •  Speaking of the desk we want to build…we want one long industrial looking wood/iron desk that takes up the whole wall and will serve as both of our desks. We go back on forth about what we want to have above the desk…a huge corkboard wall (could be fun, right?) Art? Shelving for storage? Any other ideas?
  •  Once my work space is moved to the large wall we will have a built-in cabinet left and half a blank wall. We go back and forth about what to do with this space. One day we hope it houses a crib (yes our future 1st child will have to share a room with an office. Problems with loft living! Luckily, not forever!) but until then what? Maybe move the bookshelf there? Maybe a fun colored reading chair?
  •  Regarding the bookshelf wall I think the bookshelf just needs to be organized better. I am convinced that we could probably donate half the books and still live a fulfilled existence. I think I might organize the remaining books by color. I always thought that that method made the shelf look like a piece of art.
  •  I’m not quite sure what to say about the wall under the large window. It’s rather offensive to the eyes, eh? Clearly, needs to be streamlined. But where will I put the vision boards!! HA.
  •  I also think the room needs a fabulous ethnic bright-colored rug. I’m pretty obsessed with ethnic rugs and think every room needs one.
  •  Lastly, I want to paint the room Boulder Grey by Ralph Lauren, a color which I’ve used before and simply love. It’s the perfect grey.

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6 Responses to “home decor – current office space”

  1. erin haslag (@erinhaslag) August 27, 2014 at 8:08 am #

    I was looking at the pics thinking “if she gets rid of the couch she can get a cool bright colored rug to bring the “pop” to the room” – great minds?! Ha! For books I tend to go in favor of floating shelves and organizing by color and adding little stacks of books around the house / office (like you have on your desk). Love the idea of having one long, shared desk to free up room for future baby! And you guys have such beautiful high ceilings – I’d go crazy putting pictures up on the wall floor-to-ceiling on one side!

    Can’t wait to see the “after” … even though it’s more like “an always in progress” when it’s your home! xx!

  2. Maria August 27, 2014 at 8:16 am #

    My office space is shared by my daughter and I in her bedroom, not ideal at all so I feel your pain. I love the ideas you mentioned, especially the cool chair in that space where your desk is now. Having a place to sit and read without distraction and lots of natural light is a must in my book. And if you are really getting rid of the sofa you will need a comfy place for Frank, right?
    The wooden figures you have on the shelf, the smaller ones kissing-I have that too! My husband and I bought it on our first anniversary at a store in a place called Mannyunk in Philadelphia. It moved from Philly to Florida and I keep it on top of my “plate shelf” next to a picture of my husband and I on our first day in San Fran 2 days before we were married 🙂 Great minds think alike! 🙂

  3. Janice August 27, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    Looking forward to seeing this develop! One positive is how much light you have in the room. If baby will eventually sleep in there, you might want to include a room-darkening blind (or shutters!) in your budget. They be expensive but so worth it.

  4. di @ life of di. August 27, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    Love your space. Look forward to seeing your vision come to life 🙂 I definitely think your bookshelf would look great color coordinated! Try it out for sure!

  5. the usual bliss August 27, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    You could paint the wall behind your workspace the color of the couch. I was also thinking that your workspace needs a colorful, comfy chair! Maybe a cascading plant coming down from the half-wall above your computer? I adore the cork board/inspiration mash-up over your desk! I also adore Frank.

  6. cravesadventure August 28, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    What a Great Creative Space!

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