HI friends! I'm back to share more before photos and decorating ideas for our studio house. If you haven't been following along, so far I've shared the entryway, kitchen and living room. The office is a very important space, because it's where all the computer work and internal meetings will take place. In our current space (my home) the dining room has doubled as our office by day. I'm glad we had that transitional phase, because I feel like I had time to really figure out what we need and what from an office.
The image above is via Lonny. I love the general look and feel of it. It's busy, but still relaxed and filled with inspiration!
A big table is key. When we first moved into my house we created a desk for Trey in a spare bedroom. He used that desk for about six months, and then realized that he felt isolated in that room and has been working with us in the dining room ever since. Since writing blog content is so hands on we are constantly coming and going all day, but the big table has become the center of our working environment. We love a shared computer space. If someone needs to concentrate they might leave the room for an hour or two, but our shared table has been a great way to stay in synch with each other. Since we had such a positive experience building my dining room table we're planning to create a DIY table in the new office. I would love to find chairs that are both comfortable and beautiful!
When we started shopping for a home to move our business into, we liked the idea of having an office with one big table that was centrally located on the main floor of the house.This room is located just behind the living room (here's the view into the living room) and beside the dining room. You can see here there is a door in the corner that opens out to the wrap around front porch.The bay windows in this room are my favorite feature. I think they will look so pretty and fresh filled with plants!The first order of business in this room is paint! You can see here there is a shadow of a once-upon-a-time border that was removed. The beige walls are also damaged in many places.This room has another metal cord cover going from the light switch to the light fixture (which is presently missing). Luckily our contractor is an excellent electrician soon that will be INSIDE of the wall where it belongs. :)
Speaking of light fixtures… what do you think about this?(via a pair & a spare) I love it. I want something casual, but that actually is a good light source since it's a workspace. First and foremost, it needs to be functional. We're very open to suggestions!(via Imports From Marrakesh) An inspiration wall is another huge priority. I want something changeable and simple since we work on so many different projects throughout the year.(via The Design Files)You know how you get something stuck in your head? Well, since before we even started shopping I've always envisioned a wood wall in the office. I don't know why, but it's stuck in my head. And so I'm considering making it happen in this room. I think it adds so much!First of all, you're probably wondering where that door came from. So are we. It's just, kind of, there. It doesn't fit in this room. We can't figure it out. We're considering using it for some sort of DIY project though. What would you do with a lonely spare door?
This wall came with built in bookcases. I'm thinking it would be cool to expand this to the other side of the doorway, so it's one giant wall of books that wraps around the doorway. Right now it feels a little unbalanced to me. Plus, you already know we're obsessed with giant bookcases!(both images via The Design Files) Bookshelves are my favorite. Have any of you designed an office space before? I'd love to hear your tips. This is a first for us! xo. Elsie
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Credits // Author and Photography: Elsie Larson, Inspiration images are linked throughout.