The Re-Arranger Part 2

If anyone remembers, a year or so back I woke up one morning and had an epiphany about rearranging our living room furniture. That same thing happened again, but this time with the office formerly known as “office.” That’s right, the office is no longer an office! It is on it’s way to becoming a guest room (in addition to be Andrew’s wardrobe/dressing closet/storage unit). šŸ™‚

It’s been bugging me for awhile now that we can’t comfortably accommodate guests. With only one spare bedroom that we had been using as a home office, there was obviously no room for any type of bed situation. I work from home once in a blue moon and Andrew’s job requires him to be at the office so why on earth were we so set on having a home office? Our needs a few years ago were clearly way different than our needs today; Enter epiphany #2.

Let’s face it, the love seat in the living room get’s no action. Aside from being a place for people to crash after one of our world-famous “McBaker” parties (which only happen about twice a year) and a spot for the occasional let-me-toss-my-crap-here, the love seat gets no love.

Love Seat in Living Room

Thus, it’s time to say goodbye. This is step one of the transition. In order to move the desk setup out of the office formerly known as “office”, we made the love seat and the desk switch places. Brilliant, right? but wait, there’s more!

Couch in Spare Room Desk in Living Room

Now that the love seat has relocated, step two is to list it on Craigslist…which we did…right here. The idea is to temporarily keep the love seat in the office formerly known as “office” so that the desk can get situated in it’s new space in the living room. Once we get rid of the love seat, we plan on adding a futon. My hope is that the futon will be a lot more compact than this bulky love seat with it’s bulky arms and huge body. I think a futon will have slimmer, cleaner lines and fit much better in the room. AND it will create that guest space we really want. Win, win.

In short, the office is now on its way to becoming a guest room and the desk is living in the living room. I think this works…how about you?

Actin’ Kinda Shady

You better believe that’s a Destiny’s Child reference, yes sir. We’ve been totally shady lately, but not the mysterious kind (although maybe we are a bit mysterious?). More like we don’t know what to do with shades in our office. I have this vision that we will have roman shades, bamboo, with some sheer curtains to soften things up a bit. So far, all we’ve got are the bamboo roman shades, but I must say; this is a big improvement:

Roman shades before and after

As you can see, before we had the cheap-o, white vinyl blinds. They got dirty, they look tacky and they just fell flat next to all the lovely white trim we recently painted. So we were on the hunt for some inexpensive bamboo shades and our search finally ended at our trusty old home improvement store, Lowes. These allen + roth faux bamboo shades have the natural look we were seeking. According to Lowes online they are made of paper, but it looks like bamboo so that’s all that matters. These were pretty cheap at $20 per shade and we only needed two so it worked out pretty well.

At the same time, we were hunting for some inexpensive sheers and they finally turned up at Big Lots. However, once we got down to hanging them, we realized how small our window space was. Basically, the window on the right is so close to the wall, it makes no sense to have curtains.

Home office window treatments

Thus, we go back to the drawing board. I definitely love the shades – I think they go really well with the soft blue/almost white paint (Valspar “Wave’s Crest”) and the almost navy/floral rug we have under the desk, in the center of the room. I think the space is really coming together, but I do think we need something else for the windows. We have one curtain rod hung, so we might as well see this through! Perhaps just a valence or swag curtains?? Or Andrew?

Andrew goofing off

 

Huh? What would you choose??

Stay with us to see what happens with this office decor project! Keep following us on Facebook and Pinterest as well to see what we’re up/what inspires us!


Paintaholics

It’s no mystery that changing to a new color of paint is one of the easiest ways to change up the vibe of a room. It’s also is a great way to bring something cohesive to your entire home’s color palette.

When we started painting after we moved in we made some pretty bold decisions, and learned some pretty serious lessons about color choices. We chose two bold colors for the living room and office. We’ve kept Behr’s Minted Lemon in the living room, but our choice of Olympic One’s “Sunbeam” has always worried us. Here’s the office as it appeared a few weeks ago.

Yellow Office Sunbeam

In the photo it doesn’t look that bad I suppose, but walking into that room everyday was a bit of a jarring experience. I’m not one to be afraid of color or bold decisions, but I just don’t think we have that kind of house. Maybe with a little more natural light it could have worked.

Wave's Crest versus Sunbeam

The new color we chose was “Wave’s Crest” by Valspar. As soon as we started painting we were worried we’d gone too light or too white. Once we had finished the room, let it dry and looked at it the next morning I think we realized we’d made the right decision. Then we cleaned up the trim with a new coat of white paint and we were done.

Office Painted with Wave's Crest

Overall I think it really brightens up the room and if nothing else it looks a lot better with the finish on our floors. The yellow may have been moreĀ tolerableĀ when we had carpet, but with the refinished hardwood it really clashed.

Let us know if you think we’ve made the right color decision. Stay tuned to find out what we paint next, the kitchen? the basement? or a repaint of the living room?