Thursday, February 21, 2013
My Home Office / Guest Bedroom Plans
I like beginning the year with a good tidy and cull, starting things fresh with a relatively organised space and good habits that keep our home life running that little bit smoother as the weeks progress.
About a month ago, I decided I could not put things off any longer in our study. It had become so much of a dumping ground that the floor was barely visible and I'd taken to keeping its door shut most of the time to hide the mess. It was an embarrassment, but something I nevertheless kept pushing aside to the bottom of my endless ‘to-dos’… a project hanging over my head, causing ‘metaphorical clutter’ as Gretchin Rubin describes in her book ‘The Happiness Project’. And so, fed up with being unable to locate anything, something inside me snapped and one Sunday afternoon back in January, I stopped procrastinating and began to tackle my mammoth task.
Since then, HUGE progress has been made. Not only can I see our carpet once more, but furniture has been shifted around, heaps of no longer needed items have been tossed and our existing pieces are all set to be listed on Gumtree so that our combined home office and guest room transformation can shortly (fingers crossed) begin. Over the past weekend, my focus was on the built in wardrobe in our study. I emptied it out completely, found new homes for things such as winter jackets, Paul’s old motorsport suits, a picnic hamper, boxes of keepsakes and our Christmas tree and managed to pretty much halve the contents of what we had.
At the same time, nights have been spent pouring over interiors magazines for inspiration and browsing on Pinterest for ideas. It's been a long process but finally, I have a vision for what is set to become our combined home office and guest room.
I'm picturing a light and bright room with a combination of white and natural timber furniture, bed linen in a myriad of blue and white prints, shelving for child friendly access to craft supplies, baskets for textural interest, a pin board to display all things inspirational and a low maintenance indoor plant to add a splash of greenery. A filing cabinet will double as a bedside table for guests and artwork will be simple but thoughtfully chosen.
Progress is slow in our home, but it is finally happening…
Image #2 (clockwise from top-left)
The Cane Factory & Upholstery Shop / Ikea Gregor Swivel Chair / Ikea Liatorp Desk / Bedding from abc Carpet & Home Paisley Collection
Image #3 Tinkerlab