Ever wonder where the magic happens?
That’s my office at the new house, so far.
When we moved in, for the first two month or so, my office was a dumping ground for anything office related. We literally unpacked boxed and the contents were spread out on the floor. I’d say that barely counts for unpacking. lol. So I was having to work in the breakfast room or family room a lot, since my office was not a great work environment.
I’m one of those people who can’t quite think straight with clutter all over. In my own home, that is. Other people can have crazy houses and it doesn’t bother me as much. In my own home, though, it represents stuff that I need to do and I can’t do new stuff until the old stuff is done. So it bugs me!
But we had no furniture so there was no place to put all of the “stuff.” Finally I had enough and we headed to IKEA where we bought three MALM dressers for $79 each, along with the glass tops that you can also buy.
The plan was to line them up to create a long credenza effect.
I figured they would be great storage and the wall could handle them.
I spent a full day putting them together. Whew.
And, then we bought these pulls and added them to each drawer.
We made a template from wood that we used to get the holes all placed exactly the same.
I love the three dressers – that makes 9 large drawers which is wonderful storage. Plus my closet, which we added shelves to, so that should work for a while. Especially considering I didn’t bring much with me when we relocated from Austin to Phoenix.
Notice that I jumped straight to storage. I love organizing and always feel better when things are organized.
But let me now talk about the other pieces in the space.
The table is from our last few homes. We bought it off of Craigslist and it’s so sturdy and solid and has two leafs which is great. But alas, I do plan to replace it with a table more like this in time.
The first piece I bought for the room was the mirror. It was not cheap but I thought it sort of embodied the overall direction that I wanted my office to take – simple elegance with a hint of glam.
The next purchase was the chair. I liked it because of the nail head and because my butt was super sore and tired of sitting on the floor! So anything cushioned sounded really good at the time! The color (dark blue) is also a color that is threaded throughout our house. So it was a great accent color for my office.
The glass desk that I eventually hope to get will showcase this chair much better since you will be able to see much more of it.
I picked up the curtains at HomeGoods, along with the art and flowers. I needed to use the flowers and gold accents in the art to help add some more feminine elements and other colors.
I hope to eventually add a rug. I just haven’t had a chance to really give it thought. Maybe something like this.
I needed some storage for a few books that I kept after the move, so I added shelves on the other side of the room. Right now, I have our sunburst from our guest bedroom in Texas, resting on the top, along with some art. Eventually I will dress it all up more. I’d also like to add something in the corner. So this is a work in progress that I hesitate to show. But I’m like that – I tend to show things that aren’t quite done. That way you can see where I am going and get a sense of the whole space.
Some people just zoom in on the pretty corners of the room. I think it makes for great pictures, but I like to see it all.
So here is where we are for now! I have a light and bright, and most importantly, organized office to work in! As time goes on, I will slowly perfect it with that perfect desk, rug and accessories. But I do want to keep it simple overall.
In the future, I do hope to add:
– A rug.
– More accessories.
– A glass topped desk.
Do you have a dedicated work room in your home?