Sunday, July 22, 2012

laying out our office plans

We're currently in the process of cleaning out our office. I would share a picture, but it is beyond embarrassing. If you currently live in, or ever have lived in an apartment, you know all too well that space is limited. Our office is currently divided into two large sections: giveaway/trash and to the storage unit. (There is one tiny pile of items to stay put.)

We had so many ideas for the office when we moved in, but it quickly became the "Oh, we don't have anywhere to put (insert object) it can go in the office for now" space, and also Norah's safe haven after surgery last year. While we never achieved any kind of hoarder status, we also never had a functional office space. The lovely, perfect, organized offices I've seen on Pinterest have made me more and more anxious to clear the room out and start over from scratch.

My number one must have? A shelving unit.

This image is from Ikea Hackers, but the seeing the shelving unit with objects and books on the shelves solidified that it was something I wanted in our home. (We will not add the doors as they did however.) We have tons of books, records, and decorative accents that will fit perfectly. Now, to trek the three hours to Ikea!

Next on the list, a table-esque desk and two parsons chairs. Why two chairs? Well, we both have laptops and since neither takes up too much space we're planning to position the desk in a way that could sit on opposite sides and work, kind of like this. We have no need for desk drawers, storage, or a keyboard tray, so we're thinking this is a great way to keep the room within the minimalist theme we're shooting for. We found a great glass top desk, but the chairs are proving harder to come by. We're thinking neutral colors, like these:

Once we have those necessary items we're planning to each acquire our own individual arm chairs, like in Up. Since we're going with neutral colors for the desk chairs we want solid colors or patterns.

Last, but certainly not least, decorative accents! I have owls all throughout the house already, but today I found this little guy and he's definitely getting a cubby on the shelf:

I have to admit, it feels pretty good just to put all of our plans down somewhere and I cannot wait to have everything in place! There will definitely be pictures to come, and I'm sure more plans added to our list, especially since I find so many great ideas and resources online.

I've found that Pinterest is a great tool for home inspiration, what about you? Have you been inspired by things you've found online, even crafted DIY projects for your own home? (I made several holiday decorations last year, so much more unique and cheaper than buying the gaudy things available in stores.)

Happy Sunday!


  1. pinterest is a great source for inspiration. I love those little owls- they're a hoot! (sorry for the bad pun) and the cubby is a great space saver! Have a great Sunday! I am your newest follower! I cannot wait to read more of your posts and hope that maybe you can return the favor and follow The Preppy Student. I always comment for every comment left on my page and hope to start a friendly relationship with your wonderful blog!

    1. Hello! No apologies necessary for your pun :) I checked out your blog and followed back! I'm a Lilly fan myself! Are you a member of Rue La La? I work there and we run Lilly Pulitzer boutiques fairly often at discounted prices. (If you're not, here's my invite code to get you into the site: forward to more of your posts as well!


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