Monday, February 27, 2012

office commitment

Work has really picked up quite a bit and I'm now completely committed to getting my office put together. I need my workspace to be as functional (and pretty) as possible, and stat!

If you remember, this is what it currently looks like:

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When we originally painted the office, we ran out of paint and it's in desperate need of a second coat. Since I've been using this office for about a year, I decided I need to go lighter on the walls. As you can see, it gets very little light and even the pink feels a bit too dark.

I'm going to stick with pink (because it makes me happy), but go with something lighter and more subtle.

Maybe Benjamin Moore's Opal...

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As much as I love my vintage green desk, the opening for the chair is too small and it's pretty frustrating. I end up constantly hitting my chair up against it... this is the result:

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It would work great with a regular chair - if anyone local to Charlotte is interested I'll sell it to you for CHEAP! All it needs is a new paint job, it has a really great shape.

I am going to get this IKEA dining table to use as a desk (ahh, lots of open space underneath and lots of desk space).

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Examples:

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One thing I've really needed is organized and easily accessible storage. I worked on that this weekend.

The SKUBB closet organizers from IKEA are really great for memo storage:

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I need to get one more small one and a couple larger ones to hold fabric I have laying around. This will free up storage in my campaign dresser.

The Container Store is currently having a sale on office supplies, so I picked up a few things I've been wanting for a while.

Acrylic hanging file holder with white hanging files and black file folders.

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Acrylic sorter with zippered job jackets (I've found this works the best for me for organizing client stuff). As you can see I've only moved over one client to the new jackets so far...
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Making progress, hopefully I can get this done soon!!

29 comments:

  1. Love the Opal color and the clean lines of the desk.  Before you know it will be done! Check my blog - I tagged you in a game of 11 questions.  Enjoy your week.

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  2. love the color and the idea of using a dining table as a desk.  Can't wait to see how you put everything together.

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  3. You'll love the size of the IKEA table. It's way too small to be a dining table (I've used it as one for the last 2 years, let's not talk about it), but it's the perfect size for a desk. That zippered pouch idea is genius!

    Marissa
    www.roost-home.blogspot.com

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  4. That desk is going to look great!  Love it!

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  5. I have been obsessed with my office lately too. I actually posted about the same table for my desk today on my blog too. I'm going to have to put my extra closet organizers in my office closet for sure. Great idea for paperwork and fabric. I cannot wait to see yours completed.

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  6. I store my fabric the same way! Works great for sheets and towels, too. (We have a large coat closet, but no linen closet). I bet if you bought the same paint color but had it mixed at 50% it would be lighter and you'd only need one coat ...

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  7. I need to get my work space in order too...I was thinking of painting the walls white since it's in the basement, but now I'm going to consider a pale pink! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. I used the same inspiration picture and the IKEA Melltorp table for my home office! 

    http://mylife-bydesign.blogspot.com/2012/01/first-project-is-underway.html

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  9. I can't wait to see the finished room! I recently made my first trip to Ikea (the one in Charlotte) and I could have spent all day in there! 

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  10. I used the Ikea Melltorp table for our home office, its fabulous and you can't beat the price.  

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  11. I definitely need to organize my office as well. I have a hard time keeping my fabric samples organized because I am constantly using them. I might try your solution with the Ikea closet organizers. 

    www.idesignlove.com 

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  12. wow, filing away this table/desk for future projects - what a great bargain! i think it's going to look great in your office - what a fun project!

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  13. Really like the opal.  Looks very similar to the color in my guestroom (BM pink damask) I bet that new desk will make the room feel more open since it is so light.  

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  14. Love it all! Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  15. The supplies that you use seem to work great and keep everything so organized. I've gotta get my files organized and get a system down for filing too. We have an IKEA right down the street from us which is so great for quick trips.

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  16. Hi Bryn! I was wondering which size Table you were going to get from IKEA. I've seen other examples of this dining table used and I can't decide which size is best! Thanks for your help!!

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  17. I love the look of a nice clean parson's desk! Keep us posted on how it turns out!

    xx
    Carissa
    www.mean-maharani.com

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  18. So, this might sounds silly, but I love the idea of tables as desks, but in execution I feel like I'm so vulnerable when people/clients walk in... they can see everything! haha.  On another note, I would love to do this, I just have to come up with interesting file storage for legal files.  Any thoughts?

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  19. I adore your blog!  I just stumbled across it and am excited to be your newest follower.  I love all the office inspiration you feature here. :)

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  20. I have that ikea dining table and the clear acrylic file holder too! I use the table as a pillow making / package shipping workspace, and as for the clear acrylic file holder I have one with turquoise files, one with black and one with cream colored files. They're great aren't they? Love your idea of using the SKUBB closet organizers for fabric samples.  I might have to try that! 

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  21. Annie @ house on reneFebruary 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Aww I am bummed the original desk isn't working out but I love the ideas you have planned. Great organizing tips too!

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  22. You're going to love this desk! Everyone in our office has it and there hasn't been one complaint, plenty of space for everything!

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  23. First of all, I wish I did not have to share my office with the laundry room. Looking at the washer and dryer make me feel guilty:)
    Second....I use those same zippered thingys for my clients. They are great!

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  24. You just saved me about $300. I was planning on buying a big bulky desk when this is exactly what I want. Thanks!

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  25. Sharon @MsmagpiedesignsFebruary 29, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    I love how your office is coming together!  I think that dining tables work great as desks...especially when you are constantly laying fabric samples, paint chips and pillows out to look at!  Correct me if I'm wrong but is that a cute little dog booty peeking out from behind your desk in the shot from your door....love it!  ;)

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  26. liking the acrylic storage and the white hanging folders. i'm really a fan of white!

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  27. This all different type of storage devices are look so beautiful.We can easily put all thing comfortable in the cupboards.

    Promosyon

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  28. Liz Hernandez NunezMarch 5, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Hi Bryn, I love your blog:) I wanted to know where you got your office lamp.  The tall silver one with brown lampshade.  Thanks..

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  29. Hey nice post and it is also helpful for me but i also want some better post related to dining Tables(Matbord),please share if u have.

    Thanks



     

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