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May 10, 2011

One of the rooms that I’ve been scrambling to finish up recently is our home office.  When my sewing goods got kicked out of the second bedroom to make room for Rico, I decided that a great place for my frequently-used supplies would be the office.  I do most of my sewing in the adjoining living room anyways, so it’s much more convenient to store supplies there than upstairs.  (Here’s where I note that my husband is great for putting up with the large table, sewing machine, & ironing board that have been sitting in the living room for the past 4 months… and he’s even better for not getting annoyed that he has to watch TV over the noise of the sewing machine).

The last pictures of the office that I shared were almost two years ago (whoa), and since then I’ve slowly changed up some things – adding a bigger desk that I found FREE! and refinished, finally finishing up an old desk chair to go with it, recovering Jason’s grandma’s chair & adding a lamp near it to create a reading nook.  More recently, we’ve rearranged furniture, hung some new pictures, and replaced the giant dog kennel with a smaller one (because the big dog preferred the small kennel anyways).

Here’s the before-we-touched-it:

And the two-years-ago-just-moved-in-and-trying-to-figure-out-where-everything-fits:

And today (or actually, yesterday afternoon):

(yes, that’s still a quote from Christmas on the chalkboard… suppose I could change that soon… and the basket under the card catalog holds fabric for my latest sewing projects – notice the abundance of green & yellow fabrics for the nursery…)

Positioning the desk in front of the window makes me really happy because I can stare at Jezzie catching critters and sunbathing outside while I’m working, blogging, or paying bills.  I think some curtains are in order, though, and I’ve already purchased cheap white sheers from Ikea.  I’d like to make & hang cornices over them, probably in navy to tie in some of the navy on the chair (my current debate: plain or patterned fabric on the cornices? any thoughts?).

I’d also love a desk lamp or other source of light in this room since the overhead fan does absolutely nothing to illuminate this space at night.  In fact, it was nearly impossible to do any work in here at night before we added the little lamp on the bookshelves.

I’m trying to come up with an estimated cost of what we’ve paid for things in this room (not counting things we bought when we lived elsewhere), mostly because I’m curious about where our money goes.  Here’s what I’ve got:

  • Paint (for walls): $75
  • Bookshelves: $100
  • Desk: $30
  • Desk chair: $19
  • Reading chair: $20
  • Lamp: $30
  • Smaller dog kennel: $30
  • Card catalog: $22
  • White sheers (yet to be hung using hardware from the previous owners): $30
  • Total: $356… not bad for a 2-year project that has resulted in a much more functional (and pretty!) home office…

(FYI: I cleaned this room big time, wiping down every surface, neatly organizing all of the paperwork that runs our lives, throwing away crap that we didn’t need… I think this officially counts as nesting, right?  My mom was concerned that sewing didn’t count as nesting, and she’s been waiting for me to get the urge to wipe down every surface in the house… the urge is there, it’s just that sewing is much more fun!)

18 Comments leave one →
  1. Lisa permalink
    May 10, 2011 11:45 am

    Wow, this is AMAZING! You guys are so talented! I wonder if you could go into business rehabbing homes and then selling them. This is fantastic, especially for the price.

  2. May 10, 2011 1:42 pm

    I have to say, I love how you painted the walls to compliment the carpet! They do work well together and this looks so much more updated than paneling. It looks so cozy.

  3. May 10, 2011 2:08 pm

    Loving the card catalog!

  4. May 10, 2011 2:30 pm

    Looks great! I really love the fabric on the side chair. Wow I can’t believe you guys have been there for two years! I remember when you first bought the place. Kind of crazy how you feel like you know someone you’ve never met before. Are you excited getting excited to meet Rico soon? Or is it just a crazy stressful time right now?

    • May 11, 2011 3:37 pm

      I can’t believe we’ve been here almost 2 years, either!

      We are getting really excited to meet Rico… but I’m content to wait a few more weeks so that I can cross lots of stuff off of my to-do list first!

  5. Jan permalink
    May 10, 2011 10:55 pm

    Love the wall colour and the fabric you used to recover the chair.

  6. Debbie permalink
    May 11, 2011 8:00 am

    Looks great! When are we going to see pictures of Rico’s room?

    • May 11, 2011 3:38 pm

      Thanks! Maybe soon? We should probably clean it first… 🙂

  7. May 11, 2011 9:56 am

    That looks great, I love all of it! And that’s a great total for such a nice room!

  8. May 11, 2011 11:09 am

    You are definitely nesting! 🙂

  9. May 11, 2011 3:38 pm

    Thanks for the sweet comments, everyone! I really appreciate them!

  10. May 12, 2011 12:40 pm

    WHERE IS THAT CARD CATALOG FROM? How have I never noticed it before. I’m seriously thinking of coming to your house and swiping it. Is that wierd?

    The room is awesome. I love the color-coordinated books on the shelves. Gen-i-us. And I really want that card catalog. Did I mention that?

    We only have 2 bedrooms in the new house, so I’m thinking of setting up the landing as the home office (it’s large). I think I’ll like the desk facing out the window, too.

    • May 16, 2011 8:14 am

      I found it on craigslist! Not weird that you want to swipe it (i also adore it – it’s perfect for stashing office supplies & sewing notions) – but you might want to bring some help. It’s ridiculously heavy.

      Also, I wish I had an entire wall of card catalog. I could totally find things to store in all those little drawers.

  11. GGG permalink
    May 12, 2011 4:40 pm

    I believe it’s time you go on the Nate Burkus Show!!!! You have more great ideas than he does!

    • May 16, 2011 8:12 am

      Thanks, GGG, but I doubt it – Nate is pretty much a design genius. And I just copy what I see elsewhere on the internet! 🙂

      You do know how to make a girl feel good, though!! 🙂

  12. May 14, 2011 5:32 am

    Love, love, love this room! I love the card catalog, and I love how you organized books by color! You are so clever.

  13. June 13, 2011 1:55 am

    The room looks beautiful! You’ve definitely done a great job of making it look like a real room that is used by the people that live there, while balancing a very cool vibe.


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