In progress: the office


Even though everyone assumes our new house is smaller than our old house (because it looks tiny from the street) it actually has more useable space overall, especially on the first floor. Instead of having one small room for the playroom and computers combined and the TV in the living room, we have a separate family room/playroom, living room & office.  Since we now have lots of computer based homework for the 3 boys every day, the need for a separate study space became clear very quickly. So, television and toys in one room with our huge new sofa, the sunroom became the office, all without sacrificing the living room or dining room, which is something we could not have managed in the old house. 

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The every room in the house is still in progress, but we are about half way there with the office. The room was built as a screened porch and finished a few years before we bought the house, but was left unheated and retains its stone floor. It has really lovely views of both the backyard and the golf course across the street, but is painted a rather vomitous pinky-peach. So far we have added a small ceramic wall heater that supplements the heat that comes from the huge radiator just outside the door making it very comfortable even on the many below-freezing days we've had lately and have worked out most of the furniture. Next will be art and paint (not in that order). I'm still working out what the final desk chairs will be, mostly because it's hard to find something that works well for everyone. 

We have used the 2 rugs from our old playroom to warm up the stone floor and to help protect little heads if anyone trips or, more likely, falls off a chair (happens way more often than it should). We started with a "console cabinet" which was created from our former massive media cabinet by adding feet to it's top half (an IKEA BESTA cabinet) and topping it off with our vintage (found) globe and our little fiddle leaf fig. At one end of the room, we trimmed our 7 foot long computer desk to span from one wall to the other to allow for one computer and a good sized study space. The plan is to paint the desk top at some point, but for now it's raw butcherblock. The stainless legs are from IKEA. (Really, most of the room is from IKEA, what can I say, it's convenient). At the other end we added bookshelves and a nice big desk for the other computer. The "desk" is an IKEA Melltorp table with a HELMER draw unit below for all if their supplies. The built-in bookshelf is an IKEA ALGOT wall shelf unit topped with a row of LACK shelves. In the corner we have the chair (from Urban Outfitters I think) that used to sit in our old entryway. The faux- sheepskin & pillow are also from IKEA.

The plan is to paint the room (as soon as possible) either Soar, Frost Wind or Monet Moonlight from Behr and obliterate the peach (sadly also in the playroom). We are also considering a nice dark blue, something like Benjamin Moore Blue Danube or Washington Blue. We usually stick to Benjamin Moore, but the peach is pale yet tough to cover, so we're trying the Behr zero VOC paint & primer,  Behr Premium Plus. After paint, we will finalize the art. We have boxes of things to hang, but I have a few ideas for some pieces I want to make for above the desk.  Right now the few things are hanging in the room are just strategically placed to cover screws left in the back of the fireplace & prevent head injuries by over zealous mini computer-users who like to jump on chairs (even though it is strongly discouraged). Overall, there's still quite a bit of mess that needs to be sorted out, like the piles of wires and a box full of hard drives etc, but we are getting there.

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