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). 🙂

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!


Dressed to Kill…or to Be Really Organized

We have officially stepped up our organizational/storage game. Last weekend, we were traveling to Jersey City for a friend’s birthday and we couldn’t resist a “quick” pit stop at good old IKEA in Elizabeth, NJ (the closest IKEA to us). As I mentioned in my last post, (which you can read here), we devised a plan for moving our dressers around + purchasing a new one to create more storage space. Here’s a quick re-cap:

We had 1 dresser in our office dedicated to a lot of Andrew’s clothes.
Office IKEA Malm Dresser

We had another dresser in our bedroom, which was for my clothes:
Bedroom IKEA Malm Dresser

The idea was to move the dresser in the bedroom, into the office, and place the 2 IKEA Malm dressers on one of the larger walls in our office, pictured here with the keyboard, pre-move:
Office wall

We purchased 1 new, 4-drawer IKEA Malm dresser for the bedroom. So I have gained 1 drawer and Andrew has technically gained 3! Wall space in our bedroom is limited, so we figured if we can’t go out, go up! The 4-drawer IKEA Malm dresser was just the right height to fit right under our wall-mounted TV, so we didn’t have to move that at all (whew)! Here’s what the bedroom dresser setup looks like now:

IKEA Malm 4-Drawer Dresser

Is it me, or does the room somehow look bigger?? You probably can’t really tell from this picture, but for some reason, this dresser makes things feel a bit roomier. Maybe because it’s taller than the previous it’s drawing my eyes up, creating the illusion of more space? Or maybe I’m just lost in space, who knows…either way, I love it! My things are at a better level and, of course, I gained an extra drawer. Now I can stop over-stuffing drawers and lay my clothes neatly…at least until I go on another shopping spree.

As for the office, the new setup looks like this, ‘music nook’ and dressers on the inside wall, respectively:

Office music nook Office with IKEA Malm dressers

This I really love! We have definitely lost some floor space in this scenario, but this just makes more sense to me. I think this wall was meant to have these dressers spanning the greater part of it. In addition to gaining 3 more drawers in this room, we have also gained some more surfaces. I can’t wait to spice this space up with a little more decor. We’ve got some great plans for the surface of the dressers, as well as the wall space above them. As of right now, we’re thinking of definitely adding a table runner across the width of the dressers. Then maybe some new framed artwork and some other decorative finds. For the wall, we’re definitely thinking of finding a cheap/old mirror to gussy up and eventually hang above, maybe with some other accents around?? We’re not quite sure yet, but we’re pretty excited about this new take on the office.

Stick with us as we make more DIY and design decisions in our Fresh Nest! Andrew’s got a great post coming up about a project he tackled recently. In the meantime, follow me on Pinterest to see what’s inspiring me lately AND ‘Like’ us on Facebook to see some “behind the scenes” photos from our life.