21 Oct 2013

A SPACE TO WORK

We live in a small home and with our basement in reno mode we are really tight on space.  The space that we do have has to be multi-functional.  You already know that I sew from my living room on my mid century sewing table, but I have also recently decided to add a bit of a workspace to this room.  I've been spending a lot more time on the computer over the past few months editing photos, blogging, Pinteresting (that's a word, no?), etc. and trying to do this from the dining room table or kitchen island was starting to get tough.  I decided to turn a corner of our living room into a workspace for myself and today I'm showing you the bones of what I have so far.  I haven't decorated/styled this space yet, but I did find a desk and am using a chair I have had for awhile.

The desk is from Ikea and the chair is a yard sale find from several years ago.  It is a Stokke Variable Balans and it is a little weird looking, but necessary for my bad back.  Little Pilot likes to rock on it.  The desk and chair is all that I have done so far.  The pictures were already there and will likely be changed up or at least updated!  I'm thinking of adding some kind of shelves, art and a light of some sort.

The desk itself was a very minor DIY to get it to look like it was made for this spot.  The Ikea desk is actually their worktop with two different "leg" options.  We bought the longest worktop they had and cut it to size.

To cut the laminate top, we placed masking tape on the laminate side at the point where we wanted to make the cut and then used the straight edge on the wrong side to draw the line where we would actually cut the top.  The excess length was cut off using a circular saw.  The masking tape helped to keep the laminate from splintering.

Here are some random things I had/threw onto the desk.  Definitely not styled, but I do like the brightness of the desk with some black accents.

Another look at my chair.  I'm thinking that once I get to decorating this new space, I may change up the upholstery.

Lastly, in case you were wondering where exactly this new space is and where my boys were hiding. :)    {P.S. Can you spot, the now walking, Co-pilot?}  The desk is actually in a pretty tucked away spot and not really visible from the front entry when you first walk in.  The door(s) next to the entry lead to Tech Guy's den/office.  I'm excited to finally have a space to put my computer and a few drawers to stash my stuff. Stay tuned for some workspace inspiration and updates in the next little while.

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    1. Thanks! I really like that we were able to customize the length of the desk.

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  2. That chair looks so comfy actually. I used to have one at my old work. Love the desk too and have that Ikea drawer unit in tall. It's awesome!

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    1. The chair really works well for my bad back and I find it pretty comfortable too.

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  3. Love it! That little bit of red in the chair is so great (and Stokke....they are the best company with some awesome products!). I like how it's just tucked away in the living room too...your little area but still part of the action.

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    1. I love Stokke products too. I use their high chairs at work with the little ones and they're fabulous.

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  4. Love your photos today. What a great addition to your living room. Love the white desk and the chair also. I even like the Scandinavian orange upholstery.

    Love your wide shot with your two cute boys. You house is so beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Katja. It was a pretty sunny day which helped me get better light for the photos.

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  5. I love the new desk! It's blends so nicely in that space!

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    1. I'm happy with how it's working in the space too. I think the white helps it recede a bit which is good in a living room.

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  6. You really made that desk work so nicely with your living room. The entire space is such so beautiful. I love those leather and chrome chairs! Gorgeous!

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    1. I'm really liking the desk too and am excited to decorate my new space some more. We've had the chrome chairs for awhile and I just recently moved them to the living room. I like that they're not too heavy in the space.

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  7. Love your new desk! I really like how you mixed the leg styles together. Looks much more custom that way!

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    1. Thanks Caitlin! I had originally thought to go with two trestle legs, but liked the functionality and look of the drawers better.

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  8. love the white workspace in your room....such a calm place to gather your thoughts!

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    1. Thanks Emily. I love the white as well. :)

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  9. I love this desk! I consider it the trial of my life that I don't have and Ikea nearby...maybe it's a blessing. I'm sure I would be a frequent shopper!

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  10. Found you through a link party. Nice placement of the desk, love how it's out of sight when you first walk in and that it's white to blend in with the walls. I like that chair too. Looks comfy. My son is in need of a desk and chair, I'll have to keep this option in mind. Thanks for sharing.

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