I have this weird history with my home office: no matter where I’ve lived, I’ve never been completely satisfied with the decor. The townhouse office had a lot of black and dark brown and was never lively enough, even after I added more colourful artwork above Hubby’s DIY desk. My office in our apartment before that had moss green curtains and a hodge-podge of bland furniture. In the lakehouse I am determined to create a bright and chipper office space that keeps up with the rest of the decor. Painting the office closet a sentimental shade of turquoise was definitely a step in the right (bright?) direction. It made me crave more colour. After painting the new nook, Hubs and I added a white shelf but it looked so out of place, so it got a coat of turquoise paint too. Much better!
Everything is better turquoise.
Given space constraints, I had to choose between keeping the bi-fold
closet doors and opting for a four-by-four Ikea Exedit, or ditching the
bi-fold doors and getting a larger five-by-five Expedit. Because we
collapsed two Expedits worth of books into one, I knew a five-by-five
was a must. Plus I knew that I had options: I could try a sliding barn
door, a chic curtain, or remove the doors entirely and create a little
nook. I chose nook. I loved the office nook in the
townhouse because it made the small room feel more spacious.
|Townhouse office closet turned nook|
The lakehouse office is even smaller, so this extra bit of space for an
easily accessible filing cabinet, some artwork and a cute little
makeshift bench is excellent. The trunk is home to greeting
cards, stamps, printer paper, extra file folders, spare notebooks and a
whole host of other office supplies.
I was looking all over town for some cute storage bins for the shelf, but then I
remembered my raspberry pink, super cheap Ikea boxes from our basement Expedit in the
townhouse. I’m not sure how long they will last with more frequent use, but they are a great way to keep things organized – and out of sight – for now.
|One of two Expedit bookcases in the townhouse|
I added the pale pink pillows from the basement, as well as my embroidered pillow. Some art makes the nook even more colourful, and a turquoise
bulletin board will soon be added for more function. I toss paper clips
and odds and sods into my pink McCoy planter collection.
It’s not done yet: I also have plans to paint the filing cabinet. I’m torn between the same colour as the nook so it blends in, or a super pale blush pink Annie Sloan chalk paint. I’d love to hold off until warmer weather so I can use the paint sprayer, but I’m itching to give it a facelift.
Now you’ve had a look at my little office nook! More photos of the office are headed your way. You already spotted that I swapped my dark Expedit(s) for a white one, and it’s starting to look goooood . . . .