A big part of the reason we bought the house we did was because it had everything on our wish list, including office spaces for both Adam and me. Because I work from home, this was non-negotiable and while I could've turned the upstairs dining room into an office like I did the last time we lived in Illinois, the truth is, I didn't want all the clutter in that front room.
Let's face it, some of us don't put everything away when we're done with it.
My lower level office is perfect for me...or at least, it would be...eventually. The previous owners LOVE earth tones, which I happen to really hate dislike, so you can imagine there wasn't a lot of creative juice flowing when I worked in this space:
I've already recounted my previous office spaces, so I had a really good idea of what I wanted (and didn't want) moving forward with this room redo.
I knew what color I wanted. I knew how to do it without spending hardly any money. I knew what to fill it with to make me feel inspired. And I do believe an inspiring space is a beautiful thing... especially when you spend the bulk of your day there.
I put on my hot paint clothes and got to work.
It took the whole family and a few weekends, but I'm mostly finished now...mostly. I still have some artwork to hang, along with a repainted memo board and a few other details...so these are my in process photos.
The other thing I had to keep in mind is that I not only need scrapbooking space, I need writing space... it's tricky to combine this much "stuff/clutter" with the clean slate look I need when I write...
Anyway. This is may main work space:
Those cubbies are meant to sit on the floor, but Adam used L-brackets and affixed them to the wall. Works like a charm. My only gripe is they aren't 12 inches wide or deep, so they don't work well for some scrapbooking product.
Still, each drawer houses a product that needs to be hidden away. One has paint supplies, one has extra adhesives, one has stamps and ink, one has mailing supplies for my books etc. They are great for catching the little miscellaneous things.
I have two different sizes:
That little decorative chair is from Pier One. I love it, but I feel like it's a little small. I've got a few boxes of mailing stuff that still needs to be put away there, and I'm currently working on a large canvas to go right above that chair.
If it turns out, I'll show you some day.
If it doesn't, we'll never speak of it again.
This is one of my favorite things...
Because I'm in the basement, I didn't want a heavy curtain. I made this ribbon valance as a project for a book I was working on, and rather than stash it away somewhere, Adam hung it here. I LOVE it! It's fun and colorful and light can still come through.
On the other side of the room, I have the beginning of a "message center". The big white board is perfect for keeping me on task, and when I'm plotting a book, I'll use it to help me visualize a story's arc.
I've been wanting one of these forever.
You can see I still have artwork and stuff to find homes for...it's on the list!
Then right as you walk into the room, I've got my stand-up art table. Looking at this photo, I think I'm going to hang some fun art all around the shelves and just make an eclectic gallery wall of color...
Underneath you can see my baskets. One is full of letter stickers (I'm addicted) and the other is full of chipboard (equally as addicted.)
To the left of this table there's a closet with some great shelves, the breaker box and a big pipe right in the center. My plan is to find some really bright, fun curtains and hang those here rather than re-installing the boring old doors.
We've since moved on to Adam's studio...which I can't WAIT to finish and show you...but I'm still plugging away on my space and will until it's completely finished...
What about you, where do you work?