Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Room of My Own - New Studio Office

Remember the THIS post from Saturday: "A Someday Home Studio"?  Well, it turns out that "someday" wasn't that far away.  My amazing husband read the post and gave me the green light to move my home office from the tiny cramped room off our kitchen to the guest room.  Our agreement was that I would ONLY use things I already had on hand in the house and that I would not spend a dime.

So, I spent all day Sunday hauling books, moving furniture, choking on dust bunnies and basically rearranging the entire house. The guest bed went into my son's room (he scored on the upgrade). I took the bookcases from the nursery and replaced them with the homeless twin bed from my son's room.  I worked from 9:30am-1pm on breaking down and reassembling furniture and then spent a few hours in the evening pulling it all together.  Here are the results!





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The desk lamp is a thrift store score from the summer. I found this lattice-work Blanc de Chine lamp base for five dollars! The print on the easel ("Nude with Coral Necklace" by August Macke) was a gift from iCanvas Art. I'll be hosting a giveaway for them in the coming weeks so be sure to check back. You too could snag yourself a piece of awesome art!

 


The table next to the bathroom door is actually two file cabinets butt to butt.  I don't particularly like the look of it, but it will serve for the time being. I covered it in a piano shawl and propped a one-dollar yard sale painting on top. This part of the room will have to evolve a bit before I'm satisfied.



I had this green velvet slipper chair (Crate and Barrel) in another room. The gray chevron pouf on the floor is by Aletafae. I won it during a blog giveaway last year. The two Picasso prints are among my favorite pieces of art EVER. The top one is "Margo", a portrait of a prostitute at a bar Picasso frequented. The other is from his blue period called "La Vida" - a couple standing face to face, the woman with their baby and the man with his lover.



The desk is an antique breakfast table that my husband purchased before he and I were even dating. Its a creaky, wonderful piece with two leaves and lots of character. Oh and remember that thing about not spending a dime?  Well, I broke my promise and bought the potted pink orchid at Ikea for 4.99 - it was half price because one of the stems had broken off. But the room needed something alive and surely my sweet man can forgive five dollars, right?



So that's the whole shebang!  I am so excited to have such a beautiful room for writing, reading, painting and puttering.  And I'm so grateful that I have the kind of husband who says "yes" to my cooky whims.



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17 comments:

elyse@thegreenpiano said...

I love that the pictures hanging from the book shelves. Everything looks beautiful!

Leah said...

looks fantastic! love it.

Connie said...

Yay for you! I'm sure your creative juices will be overflowing in your new space.

Megan said...

That looks fantastic, you did a great job! You're making me want to go rearrange my apartment! :)

Megan

Andrea said...

I really love this! Especially the quite substantial furniture pieces, they give the room less of an office feel. I'm very inspired by these furnishings for my studio!

Blake Mitchell said...

Good thing your husband is so sweet to let you convert the guest room into your own office room. Now you have an office, which actually look great! The big book shelves really do the work, as they help organize all the books and files you own. And good thing you did not repaint the wall, the greenish color made the room calmer.

Betsy said...

Oh I hoped you'd do it! When I read your post I kept thinking - guest room, guest room!!! Yaaaay!

Katherine Wolak said...

I am in love with your new room! You really created a fantastic and beautiful space!!!

Hugs,

Jules said...

This looks so beautiful! I am very jealous of all that space for books!

Keates Nelson said...

Congrats to you!

T'es fantastique! said...

WOW great job! Love the new room.

T'es fantastique! said...

Wow, great job! Love the new room.

Monika Berry said...

Love it! What a great job. Such a lovely space to work from.

Emily said...

L.O.V.E!!!!!!!

Mary said...

I love it! Everything looks fantastic (and I LOVE that you didn't spend any $$!)

Anonymous said...

Looks great, Sarah!

Deanna said...

I am so very pleased for you! It's beautiful, and I love you!