Workspace Reveal

Happy Monday! (Said no one, ever.) I'm so excited to share my workspace with you today…it's been a long time in the making, but it's finally done and I am loving it. And loving having a dedicated work zone all to myself. Except when we have guests, of course, then it converts back to a guest room.

Welcome to my workspace.  
I've taken quite a few pics, so get ready for a picture-palooza. 

Maximizing storage in this small corner was my first priority - I managed to sneak it in just about everywhere: mini file cabinet for paperwork, decorative boxes for post-its, pushpins, etc, and rolling storage for larger, bulkier items.

Quick note about the white ceramic pineapple - it's actually a lamp, not that you'd know it at first glance. The price was right, so I removed the clip in light/socket/cord from the base and am using it solely for it's good looks. Sneaky.

The desk isn't huge, but I made room for a file stand, tabletop file tray, scratch paper, coaster, decorative bowl for paperclips, and pen cup. Just the essentials, obviously.

The results have far exceeded my expectations, both aesthetically and functionally. 
The rest of the room is coming along, as well. I hope to share it with you soon. In the meantime, below is a list of the what and wheres. 

desk top/legs/etagere - Ikea, previous post
chair - World Market, previous post
pineapple lamp, gold storage basket, decorative boxes, glass knot, mini file cabinet, brass pharmacy lamp, cork board, flower framed art, file tray, file stand, coaster, scratch paper, pen cup, turkish towel - HomeGoods
marbleized files, navy bowl, scissors, standing urchin - Target
turquoise and orange picture frame - Scout and Molly's (local)
striped notebook cover - Mark and Graham
beach painting - vintage family heirloom
pillow - existing

Until next time, 

Hello Old Friend

We were without internet for most of the day today. It's happened before, of course, but this time the timing was indefinite. As in we might not get it back for the rest of the week. I was panicked. I mean, really panicked.  It's hard to remember what the world was like without it, how we survived. I certainly wouldn't be doing what I'm doing now without it. Anyway, always nice to reflect a little and giggle at said panic especially after we're reconnect and all is right with the world again. 

One of the good things about being disconnected is that I was able to get so much more done. No more hours spent Facebook stalking or drooling over Pinterest. Instead I was organizing the most perfect filing cabinet ever and customizing it to fit my space by adding a touch of Antique Gold Rub n' Buff to the pulls. 

Once I got my mitts on the Rub n' Buff (why is it so hard to find now?), I couldn't just stop with the file cabinet pulls - I had to add an extra layer of depth to the desk legs. Can you see the difference? The front of the leg is covered with Rub n' Buff while the side is only half covered. So much more luminous. 
Hello old friend. I've missed you.

Enjoy a sneak peek of my new workspace, while it's still a work in progress, know the full reveal is coming soon.

until next time,

Workspace Progress

Right off the bat I'm going to tell you that this will not be the most aesthetically pleasing post I've ever put together, but progress isn't always pretty, people. That being said, progress is almost always good and I like good. 

So … check out the progress we've made thus far in our new workspace. Things you'll notice straight away - we picked the curved leg desk from Ikea and added a white metal etagere for storage. This desk is super budget friendly (I'll include a round up of items used at the bottom of this post) and looks pretty darn good, too. Especially after I sprayed the legs with a couple of coats of gold spray paint to achieve that metallic accent I was looking for.

As promised, we also swapped out the french doors for more small space friendly, bi-fold doors. An absolute necessity to fit the dresser in this corner. It's a tight fit, but it works. You may also have noticed that I got a little spray paint happy and transformed our mirror as well. The new high gloss finish on the mirror helps to tie the two spaces together. 

Less you think we stopped there, we did not. There's more progress. In the form of this new chair. 
Obviously, I settled on a non-rolling chair. It seemed like the smart choice based off of everyone's input on the matter - thanks to all that commented, by the way. Plus, the chair was on deep discount and I just couldn't turn away a comfortable, navy upholstered chair for $99. 

If ever I was concerned about paring navy with our blue grey walls, that moment has passed. The chair and I are committed, 100%. The guest room/workspace is such a bright and light filled space that it handles the dark navy perfectly. That's a good thing because I am in the middle of a serious blue moment. 

until next time, 

To Roll or Not to Roll

One of the most important decisions to make about the new workspace, other than the desk of course, is what type of chair do we need/want. Breaking it down to the simplest terms, there are two options: a rolling chair or a non-rolling chair. 

How can a decision be this hard? Especially when it seems so simple. 

Domaine ℅ Emily Henderson

As per usual, Emily Henderson did a rolling chair perfectly. It's cute, sculptural and modern all by itself. Then she went and had it reupholstered and now it looks even better. So smart. So simple.

My thoughts on a rolling chair in our workspace:
  • We have wall to wall carpeted floors, will the wheels destroy the carpet?
  • Rolling chairs can be found at all price points, but I would want to customize mine. Cost of chair + fabric + labor = expensive?
  • Our workspace doubles as a guest room, a rolling chair doesn't really scream "peaceful nights rest".

So it turns out Emily Henderson can also do a non-rolling chair in an office, too. I love, love, love this blue velvet tufted wing back, paired with the natural wood, it's just yummy. 

But, will a non-rolling chair work in our space:
  • Will the immobility of the chair drive me crazy? Getting stuck on the carpet, etc.
  • Will an upholstered chair take up too much visual space in an already over stuffed cramped room? 
Help a girl out, won't you? Let me know if you have a rolling chair in a carpeted space and if it works for you. Or let me know how much you love or hate your non-rolling desk chair. All opinions welcome. I did find a deal and a half on an upholstered chair that could work…

until next time, 

Home Workspace Moodboard

I promised a moodboard for my new home workspace and here it is. I have my work cut out for me. 

Let's break it down shall we? 

1. A simple white desk with metallic accents - no surprises there. I've been talking about that for weeks now. 

2. Additional storage in the form of free standing shelving and baskets. Lots of room for interpretation here, and accessorizing. 

3. Now, let's talk about that chair. It's amazing. I wish I could afford it and I know that every. single. chair. I look at from here on out will pale in comparison. I'm ok with that because it will push me to think outside of the box and not settle on a boring, basic desk chair. 

4. Blue, Coral, White and Gold - a classic and timeless color scheme that I'll also be incorporating into the rest of the guest room. 

Time to start hunting. 

until next time,