Tuesday, March 1, 2011

{inspiration for my home office}

Two pretty new lovelies have come to live with me at my home:


It's the replica Eames management chair I have long been conveting and blogged about here {$269 each from Costo.ca}! I ordered 2 so that hubby and I would have matching chairs in our home office. Here's a little sneak peek of where I paint/work/blog, my side of the office:


There is sooo much to do in this office, the space is large but the current layout is terrible!


It really doesn't use the space's full potential, and now that we have these gorgeous chairs I want to bring the rest of the room up to par. Here is what I am envisioning; a long built in desk that could take both chairs on one end of the room. On the opposite side I dream of putting the two bookshelves which currently flank our large windows together in the corner and have a lovely settee and table to create a relaxing spot for reading:

And I think that we could build this desk inexpensively ourselves {hubby, are you reading this? I am thinking summer project!?!}...

Here are some photos I have been saving for inspiration when we tackle the 'built-in' desk look, I am thinking white with the white chairs and then bring in color with drapery, a rug, a gallery wall above the desk, and accessories.






So what do you think? Any thoughts or advice for this space?

29 comments:

theLENNOXX said...

Congratulations, your new chairs are amazing! I'm so jealous! And yay for handy husbands!! I love the new layout of your space, so much more cohesive and it's much nicer to sit next to each other =) BTW did you do that painting? It's so gorgeous!

xo Linda

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Oh those chairs are so so good! I'm jealous that you have an office- would love to put one together. I think your idea of a one long built in desk is a great one and adore the idea of a settee in the space. And ps, when are your paintings going to be for sale? GORGEOUS!!!!! I think I need to do a feature! xo

Melissa Hare said...

I love your new arrangement! Which system do you use to create your floorplans? I also love the trellis fabric in your inspiration photos.

I also want to blog about your paintings :)

Melissa

Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

oooO I love the chairs, and the new arrangement. Plus, you have great inspiration pics

Brandi said...

You could totally build that desk! I love the look of one long desk. The reading nook sounds so lovely too!

Danielle Oakey Interiors said...

Love your chair, can't wait to see it complete!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Building a desk is not hard, check out Little House blog, they made one with gorgeous planks and Ikea cabinets! We made one once using a long piece of MDF trimmed with beautiful trim and resting on drawer units. Easy {easy for me, I just supervised!} Love the chairs and the painting - Nancy, it looks amazing. I just bought some canvasses as Opus {can't resist} but haven't whipped out the paints!

Nicole - Daydream Delivery said...

I think your idea of the long desk is great. Paint your book shelves white and trim them up and add some under cabinet lighting or goosenecks over the tops of your bookshelves. I love your inspiration pics, adding some of those awesome fabrics as window treatments or pillows in your new reading area will look amazing. Lucky!!! I dont know about everyone else, but I'm going to Costco!

Vintage Home said...

Ah I agree with Barbara & Nicole...Great inspiration photos too!

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

I love the idea of one long desk for both of you. Although depending on the view, I'd put it along the wall with the windows, with each of your work stations in between the corner and the window on each side. You could put the bookcases/shelves on the opposite wall, and create a seating area in the middle of the room so if one of you is working and the other is just hanging out, you'll be closer to each other if you want to talk.

Can't wait to see how you decorate your office! the chairs are a great start :-)

{Thanks for voting for me in the HomeSense contest!}

DIRECTIONS NOT INCLUDED said...

I just bought the same chair and posted about it today! Aren't they great? I bought them in the states via Overstock because Costco US doesn't carry them.

I think the new arrangement will work nicely in that space. The inspiration photos are great.

Kae said...

me and the husby are beginning to tackle the double office space as well. It's been tricky but I love all the spaces you posted. They're exactly what I've been looking for. I can't wait to see your office space come together.

Sara Mueller said...

I have been wanting that chair! Love your inspiration photos.

Donna said...

My husband built a 16' long desk for my sewing room with 2 chair openings. We used 2 "Oxford" 2-drawer file cabinets (one at each end) and a narrower 4 drawer cabinet in the middle. These came from the Home Decorators catalog. We bought a 4x8 sheet of white melamine at Lowes and had it cut in half lenghtwise for the top. I ironed on the edge tape and it looks pretty good. I'd be happy to email you a picture.

Mo @ mofunkdesignsblog said...

I've been wanting this chair for a long time and recently splurged on it. I just love looking at it. Is that weird? :-)

Kathysue said...

Nancy, Love love these chairs and that one picture with the green grid roman shade is wonderful. I think you are going in the right direction and the floor plan looks great. It will be fun to see how it all turns out!!! KS

Diane said...

beautiful new chairs. Love your inspiration photos too - some great ideas. One idea I saw on one of the design shows recently for a home office shared by two people:
They used a large desk pretty much in the middle of the room with each person facing the other on opposite sides of the table (as opposed to each on an end). One wall was ceiling to floor shelves and drawers using Ikea wall solutions then all painted the same colour. A sitting area in one corner near the window with a sectional, multipurpose table, area carpet, floor lamp, etc. And the available walls had oodles of framed photos of their completed projects. It looked so good and had a great flow with the large desk in the center.

Edin's House said...

I got a chuckle over your inspiration photos Nancy - I started scrolling down, looking at the desks and thinking "ya - they could do that easily" - and then I realized that all but ONE of your inspiration pics has your new Eames management chairs front and centre! HaHaHa!! Well... proof positive that you're on the right office-design track, hey? ;-)
Victoria

Fiona @ Jackadaw said...

Wonderful inspiration photos. When we moved into our house two and a half years ago, the first thing we did was build a desk in the office which my husband and I share. It's a U shape that takes up three walls. We used cheap bookcases from a discount store to support the two short ends, framed it out and used door panels from the local hardware store as the desk tops. Painted in a semi-gloss white they look fantastic and have stood up to daily use. All up, about $250 for about 10 feet of built in desk space.

The Zhush said...

We have the same chair in my husband's home office in dark brown...love it to pieces! Not to mention your amazing inspiration...what ever you decide I know it will be fabulous!

Splendid Willow said...

Nancy, I am thinking a Spring project!! I want to see it soon! Yes, with a long (self made) desk and your new fabulous chairs!

You are so talented my friend!

Mon

amy said...

Those chairs are dreamy! Love everything and anything Eames. Nice find!

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amy said...

Also just saw your DIY Ikea dresser on apartmenttherapy.com! How cool! Congrats.

christine, just bella said...

I love the idea of having the little sitting area in your office. And again, amazing find on those chairs at Costco!

Tracey @ My House of Giggles said...

I love those chairs! I just did a design job on my brother's real estate office, and used these chairs :) Except I got them at source.ca and they were even a *little* bit cheaper :) Check it out.....they have the taller back version as well.

I love every single one of those office pictures......great inspiration!!

Laura said...

Nancy, thank you for sourcing these chairs! my bro just set mine up today (yay for handy and helpful family!) and I am loving it!!!!!

not sure if i can focus on work now, i just want to sit and look at it....

keep up the great work with your blog!
Laura xoxo

home office furniture said...

To save on shopping for furniture, look around the house first to see if there's anything you can use in your corner. An old oak chair in your room can be perfect paired with a new wooden desk for your office.

Blake Mitchell said...

The long table that can accommodate two chairs really works well for your layout, Nancy! That way, the other side of the room can be used for other functions (in your case, a cute library). I must say that I could use your thoughts as my inspiration for my small office space in DC.

Now, I'm quite curious how you've chosen your chair. I currently have the usual leather "managerial" chair and.... a big stress ball!

Gerry Bossier said...

Blake is right, the long table suits your layout great. The white chair also matches your office's design. It's really nice that you have a handy husband that will build you anything you want for your office. In all honesty, I was running out of design ideas for my home office, thanks to this blog, I now have an idea for it.

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