You’ve barely heard a peep from me about our home office in the last year and a half. So far, you’ve seen the Expedit – twice (after the Expedit hack, round two and when we made the plywood magazine files) – and the closet-turned-nook. But that’s all I’ve shown you – for good reason. The office was our dumping ground when we first moved in. When it was cold outside and we were working on the kitchen makeover, the office became tool storage (the garage seems so much farther away when it’s 35 below out). When the kitchen was done and order in the house was once again restored, the office took on a new role: acting as guestroom for a visiting friend. (I drove to my parents’ house with my truck and literally stole a bed from their guest bedroom). You might recall that last year I wanted to use the guesthouse for our Etsy shop, but it became too expensive to heat, so the guest bed was sheepishly returned and all of the Etsy merchandise moved into my office. Eventually I set up shelves in the basement, and now the Etsy goodies are organized and orderly, but before I could finally see our actual plans for the office come to fruition, it started housing the displaced dresser and chair from our bedroom.
We really have big plans for the space – I swear! It won’t remain a forgotten room forever. I’ll detail our plans, including the crazy thing we intend to do with the nook, soon (I want to get your feedback on some DIY desk designs too). Today, though, I wanted to capitalize on the cleanliness and give you a tour, so you can see the space. I recently dealt with the paperwork crowding my desk, washed the floors, and even hung the drapes from the bedroom – just until my Mom and I sew the new aqua tweed ones. One day this room will be more than simply where furniture and accessories come to languish. But today it’s clean, so take a peek!
This is one of my favorite paintings by Hubby’s Grandpa. Hubs had this already when we met – reason enough to marry the guy 😉
Even if they are temporary, I’m loving curtains in here. I’m embarrassed to tell you how long I’ve been staring at an empty curtain rod…
You have no idea how tempting it is to pack those dresser drawers full of stuff! The dresser is going back to my Mom’s, as soon as she makes room for it. After I stole it (having a truck makes me such a furniture thief), she rearranged all of her bedrooms and no longer has a spot for it. She’s getting the last laugh.
A softer pair of Bert’s paintings hang above the dresser, where they will stay when we build new desks. It’s hard to tell in photos, but there is a lot of soft aqua and pink layered in. The paintings are more colourful than they always look in photos.
The Expedit looks largely the same, except the top shelves are getting a bit crowded with framed prints I can’t seem to find a home for; I just stood them up behind my pottery to keep them safe. I stashed my sewing machine up there one day, also hoping to keep it safe, and there it has stayed.
The nook needs some work – melamine shelves are awfully weak. Sometimes in photos it looks like shelves are sagging because of lens distortion, but these shelves are actually sagging. We are actually thinking of using this space in an entirely different way…
There you have it, a look at the mysterious second bedroom! On the horizon: DIY desks, luxurious office chairs, a more practical nook, fabulous tweed curtains, a decluttered Expedit, plus clever ways to hide unsightly tech stuff (looking at you, hulking printer). For a little walk down memory lane, here’s what the room looked like when the former owners were using it as a bedroom, and then when it was empty: