I have found myself not motivated creatively lately. The new year gave me a little surge, but overall just not feelin’ it. That must mean it’s time to change things up, and what better place to start than my office. Ideally, this is the room that I would work on my blog, study design and work on sketching in layouts for the rest of our renovation plans. My thought was, if I rearrange the furniture, the room can take on a new vibe and perhaps that will get the juices flowing. Do you ever feel like a space is just ‘ugg’ ? You’re not comfortable there, you can’t think creatively, or it just isn’t working for you? Then play the rearrange game! I was one of ‘those kids’ who would shut my bedroom door and move my furniture around, every couple of months or so…just because I needed a change.
If you have quite a bit of furniture, I would suggest sketching out your idea first. Maybe even go so far as to take measurements, and map out your layout to ensure everything will fit where you want it to.
And if you REALLY want to dedicate yourself, you will create a scale drawing of the room and furniture and cut the pieces out so you can move them around without really moving furniture. I only had 3 pieces of furniture, but I’m a bit detail oriented and felt compelled to spend a lot of time on this project. I won’t mention that I already knew where I was moving everything, but felt the need to exercise my layout skills. So I scaled my room using graph paper (2 squares = 1 ft) and cut out my figures.
Now I made a much cleaner version using MS Word, and got some before and after comparisons for you. Who doesn’t love a good B&A!
Office Layout - Buffet
Office Layout - Desk
Still learning my settings on the ‘point-and-shoot’ camera…how hard could it be to focus, right?
There is one poster missing from my collection of vintage maps, and it will be matter vertically, to hang in the empty space on the right. I also want to get a floor lamp and ottoman to complete my casual seating area. For the floor lamp I want to match the finish on the other table lamps to create unity, since the shades will be different. Something like this floor lamp from Pottery Barn:
Adair Floor Lamp, Bronze finish
I like the details at the base and the small details of the arm, and at the connection. However at $179.00 this will simply be a source of inspiration. To complete the seating area I want to find a round, tufted ottoman, but the type of fabric is still up in the air. I want a piece of round furniture to balance the boxy desk and hutch. The tufted element will unify the ottoman and chair, if that is not done in the fabric. My dilemma in deciding between fabric and leather is based on texture and availability of a match in the leather. I want fabric to bring in another textural element, and perhaps pattern, and it will be difficult to find an exact match on the leather. I want leather to create a more simple palate, not introduce any other patterns, and create a ‘set’ of furniture. Which would you choose? Ignore the prices if you want, knowing I won’t pay that much.
I do feel slightly more energized to finish my work space and it was really refreshing to clear everything out and get back to the basics. But then…it is just me, or does anyone else feel you HAVE to make a mess to get something clean? Case in point:
Once the office was clean, I need to turn my attention to the closet…which meant I had to clean out the boxes…which meant I needed to empty the boxes…and my clean office was no longer so. Back to work!