Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Embarrassment & the Inspiration

We have been lucky in that we haven’t had to move much in our married life.  Before December, our last move was 9 years and 3 children ago!  And although the house we moved from and the house we moved to are of similar sizes, nothing ever fits in just right.  You know what I’m talking about, right??
So there is one room (OK, maybe there are two…) that became the “catch-all” room…you know, the one where you put everything that doesn’t have a home yet. 
For us, it’s the “formal living” room, which is just to the left of the front door as you come in the house.
office 004
We do have a plan for the room…it’s to become our NEW “front-room-turned-home-office.”
The last one ended up like this:
Red Hen Home Office

You can see my other office projects here:

**  Wooden Folding Chairs **  Plank Wall ** Map Wall ** The Desk


What happened to my beautiful desk, you ask?  Well, the buyers of our Utah home wanted it—who can blame them?  And we let them.  I regret that now sometimes!
Because…if you need a reminder…this is what the room looks like now…
office 003
Snow White loves the camera!
office 002
So I’m sure you can see why fixing up the office space is our highest priority in our new home.  My husband is not enjoying on a card table!
He would have been happy with IKEA furniture, and we even looked at some a couple of weeks ago.  But I’m not “eclectic” enough to match this:
Red Hen Home card catalog 1
with this:
GALANT corner desk-left, silver color, birch veneer Length: 63 " Width: 47 1/4 " Min. height: 23 5/8 " Length: 160 cm Width: 120 cm Min. height: 60 cm
…which is what my husband wanted.  A big empty table to spread out on, and room for more than one computer.  But I told him that the thought of all those exposed CORDS and WIRES gave me HIVES!  Really.
So in case by now you’re wondering what the point is to all this, I’m going to tell you.  We’re compromising.  I’m getting built-ins, and he’s getting a big desk space.
This is my inspiration photo this time around:

The biggest difference will be that our desk space will be 6 feet wide and have a wood surface (not painted).

I’m super excited to have found a local carpenter to build this for me, and it should be done in two to three weeks!  Because until now, I have spent FAR too much time drooling over office spaces on Houzz and Pinterest, and laying awake fretting over it all.

Although there are still LOTS of decision to make in putting the room together! 

Hope you’re up for the journey with me!


Shawna said...

Korrie, the new inspiration is gorgeous.... how nice that you can have someone create this for you! I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Linda Welcome said...

This is going to be a gorgeous, even a bit more sophisticated frontroom/office than the last. I walked each step with you through the last and loved it but I'm ready for this new, more You-er one. I love your work. Mostly I love your thought process. I am though still recovering from leaving that outdoor freestanding work space you left behind in Utah. I would have had to be put on a respirator to leave that!!! You are SUCH a talent and you bring such delight to my life. Just wanted to let you know that.

Rachel said...

That is going to be beautiful! Too bad Ian can't build it for you. There are so few builders/craftsmen around like Ian.

I look forward to the photos that I know you'll take to keep us updated. ;) wink wink. :D

Full Circle Creations said...

I can't wait for this journey! It's going to be lovely!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Well, I say 'drooling' over inspiration photos is a necessary means to an end....laying awake and fretting over it...pointless.
(but it happens)
Can't wait to see your finished room.
I have a question about your previous office space, if they wanted the desk, did they keep the MAP WALL TOO? or did you have to re-do and paint?
(you may have already written about this...but please humor me with the answer; so I don't have to lose sleep over it, because now I MUST KNOW!)
...pointlessly fretting, Pat

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Your inspiration photo is gorgeous! I know you'll pull it all together and your room will be even more amazing! Take your time and enjoy the process!

Unknown said...

It's perfect...good luck, can't wait to see it.

Unknown said...

It is going to look great! I love the storage that this will have.

SImple and Serene Living said...

I know it will be beautiful, Korrie and I can't wait to see it :)

Unknown said...

That's going to look nice!! Can't wait to watch the progress. Snow White sure is cute ;)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Korrie, I love the inspiration photo. I know yours will be beautiful. xx, Sherry

My Repurposed Life said...

Korrie--I am so up for this journey! :) loving your inspiration photo!
not so keen on that ikea piece. happy you won out on that one. :)

reFresh reStyle said...

I love your inspiration! I loved your old office, can't wait to see the new one!
Have a great weekend,

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

it will look fabulous! I'm a little jealous that you have a whole new house to decorate. Have fun!

Finding Home said...

I am quite sure that with what you are starting with, you will have a great office / study! Take care, Laura

mapleandmagnolia said...

Korrie, I can't wait to see it! Glad you are getting settled! How do you like Seattle?

Unknown said...

Very nice decoration ideas !! pool tables