Progress Report: My Office

It’s been a while since I’ve had anything to show you from our house! In fact, it’s been since we lived in the old one. But I’m happy to report that my office has taken a definite turn for the better:

As you can see from the title of this post, the room isn’t completely done. The paint needs to be touched up in a couple of spots, we need to install the new baseboards and window trim, and we’re debating what to do for additional lighting. Oh! And the closet doors won’t close, so they’ll have to be replaced, too.

Despite the finishing touches still to come, it’s WAY better than it was before:

This decorating method is what I call “Moving Into a New House and Throwing Things Willy-Nilly Into a Room.” Obviously I knew MEGA DESK would go in my office, but the daybed ended up in here because we weren’t sure what to do with it. On the other wall, next to the closet, was an Expedit (sorry, Kallax) from IKEA. When we moved in, I was mostly paperless and required very little storage for the business, but that has also changed recently.

Here’s a wider shot of the room today:

Holy fabric books, Batman! What’s up with that?

I’ve started a part-time design position with a custom window treatment and upholstery company! They were looking for someone to take over their shop-at-home appointments and help them grow the business. It’s been a lot to learn–design school doesn’t get in-depth about window treatments because every product is different–but I’m really enjoying it. And as you can see from my new fabric hoard, they set me up with a ton of options.

What does this mean for The Room Kit? Nothing! It’s still business as usual over here, except now I have access to more products at a discount. It’s a win-win-win.

More storage was the main thing I needed in here. As wonderful as MEGA DESK was to me, he literally had zero places to keep anything. So I took his legs off and shoved him into the closet, making room for this beauty from Wayfair.

The navy bookcases are the Billy from my favorite place in the world. I bought two of them and it still wasn’t enough for all of my sample books, so one of these is on the other side of the room, too. I’ll show you that area after we fix the closet doors. It’s still pretty ug-o.

More details: The paint is Newburyport Blue from BM, the chair was in our old kitchen, the picture ledge and lamp are IKEA, and all of the artwork/accessories we already owned.

You might be wondering why I went with such a dark color when I am the queen of pale walls. It’s because this room gets TERRIBLE light 90% of the time. The window faces mostly north, and only gets a bit of watery sunlight between 7:30 and 8:30 in the morning. Not great, Bob. So I decided to lean into the shadowy nature of the space and make it seem intentional by using navy blue. It’s much more pleasant to be in here now.

So that’s my life update! Personal projects are slower because I’m not home as much–even though this very room is my headquarters for both businesses. Up next: getting an estimate from my contractor for some big stuff we don’t want to do ourselves. (Part of it is in the KITCHEN!!)

What have you been working on lately? Anybody else revamp their workspace?

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