Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday Wish List

Sticking with the office theme, this week's Wish List consists of things I could really use in the office space upstairs.  Prior to moving in with J, I had a beautiful (and very heavy) 6 foot long espresso/dark cherry wood desk.  It completely fit my style and sat perfectly in the box window space of my apartment.  Unfortunately when it came time to move, the desk wasn't going to fit in the house so off to storage it went.  But not without collecting a few desktop accessories from the Container Store:

I introduce to you the Brocade series and I've got it all except the magnetic board.  Sadly, it doesn't match the pre-existing desk in the office space, but I'm coping and will be using it nonetheless until my desk and I can be reunited.  And the magnetic board is the first thing on this week's list.  I would love to have a bulletin board of sorts to hang on the wall upstairs for important papers, cute pictures, and any random ol' thing I fee l like sticking to it and this pattern makes me feel happy inside.

The second item I'm wanting is a cube organizer.  I've seen floating shelves, love, and I would kill to have my book case back (also in storage), but we are looking for something that fits the space because the walls are so angled and so, SO, short.  All of the wood accent pieces in the house are an espresso color so I'd like to stick in that theme so it matches and then add a brightly colored vase or some wall art to make it come together.  I don't branch out much, I know, but I've got my eye on this piece from Target:
I'm jonesin' to get my stuff unpacked but also organized.  Right now I've only got the desk and one side table with which to do that so it looks like the boxes might be staying for a little bit.

And finally, an item that's more of an accessory than something functional for the office.  But if it's for the computer I think it's automatically for the office:

The MacBook Pro and I have been together for nearly a year and I think she needs a little outfit.  I'm torn between this case in "Raspberry" or other options that include a pretty grayish purple or a green.

And on that note, I better get back to planning my Christmas gifts for others, where I'm less inclined to go purchase things for myself.  Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The office...or closet...or baby's room?

At the end of last week's post about the master bedroom I showed you the spot that led to a stairway to the third floor loft area above the bedroom:

When J first gave me a tour of the house he said this space could be used as a closet or as an office.  The former was how the previous owners had it set up; the latter is what it kind of is now since it has a desk and all of my boxes marked "office."  But, tricky guy markets it as a potential nursery when we're showing friends who are soon to be engaged/engaged/married.  So this is going to be the first of two, maybe three, posts of how we transform this space into something functional.

As with the rest of the upstairs, J had to tear out all of the carpet and prime the floors and walls.  The folks before us had railings hanging from the ceiling where they hung their clothes.  Which I suppose could explain why they had nothing but drawers in their master bedroom closet.
 Facing the front of the house...
And facing the back of the house...
Once the carpet, padding, and old blinds were torn down.

This space was relatively headache free aside from a couple week stint last year where we deduced water was leaking from the roof all the way down to the living room ceiling.  So J had to tear off those drawers you see on the left of the above picture and get in there to seal things up.  So a little sealing and a little drywall replacement, which ended up being not so little, and we have a leak free house.

If you can picture it, this room runs the length of the house down the middle so there is a fair amount of space to be utilized.  From the outside, it's the very top window.  

And J's going to kill me for the pictures I'm about to post, but I'm all about honesty.  And while the rest of the house is 99% clutter free, a girl who likes to stack shit needs a place to stack it.  

So the world wide web is about to see a part of the house that no one sees unless it's organized.  Or rather, unless the boxes are stacked nicely and the stacks of papers are hidden away with the desk cleared.  And the way I figure, this will give me some motivation to finally unpack this room and sass it up a bit.  It's been a month and a half since I moved in and there's no excuse for this.  Not even the 18 loads of laundry that manage to appear every weekend.  Well maybe not 18, but definitely more than my staunch single girl rule of  3 loads/week rule: whites, colors, and sheets.  And the occasional fourth load of blankets or shower curtain and rug.  Again, I digress.

We'll start with a better shot of the stairs coming off of the master bedroom, going up.

  Now a shot facing the front of the house:
And a shot facing the back of the house:

But my favorite part of this room is the view:

Put your face real close to the screen and, through the severe cloud cover, you can see the city skyline.  From the vantage point of the desk, you can look straight out the window and see it.  It's even better at night when it's lit up or when it's sunny out and you can make out the buildings clearly.

It's been raining for the last two days and I hear we're supposed to have rain for nearly the remainder of the week.  With a chance of snow but I'm not holding my breath.  

So that is the office as it currently exists.  Yes, I intentionally kept the pictures smaller-ish so it wouldn't highlight the mess, which is worse when you see it on camera.  Eeeeek.  Don't worry, I'll post real big ones when I get it all organized.  And I'm thinking I'll need a good reading chair from which I blog.  The wheels are turning.

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