This is my workspace at home, where I quietly start my mornings, coffee in hand. By day, natural light streams in. At night, that little old lamp provides a nice glow. When I'm not sitting there working, this room is where I get dressed and put on makeup, so the computer becomes my music source and clock while I get ready. (Download this Old-Style Clock Screensaver for Mac here.) This is easily my favorite space in our house, but it wasn't always so.
When I moved in with Matt in January 2009, he had most of the home pretty much how he wanted it. Since the extra bedroom was the one room he hadn't given lot of thought to, it became a place where we smooshed everything 'extra' in. And which I avoided as much as possible. But, a growing obsession with workspaces had me eyeing it as a legit home office. Job after job I was either denied my own space altogether (one boss accused me of 'just wanting a place to put cat photos'), or had one of those terrible drop ceiling, fluorescent light, paper-and-wires-everywhere offices. I was so horrified by these that I would take pictures and send them to friends. I was getting pretty tired of trying to do great work without having a great environment.
So, without telling Matt, I moved everything out of the extra bedroom and bought navy blue paint. Having never really seen my style in action, he was sufficiently terrified. Fortunately, he was not able to convince me to stop, and we now have an awesome home office!
Of course, there were LOTS of trips to the store in there as well. The whole renovation only cost somewhere between $500-$750! It's been almost 2 years and the excitement still hasn't worn off.
When I started, I didn't have anyone to reassure me that I was making the right choices. Not to mention our 1939 home is full of quirks (like concrete walls throughout and metal floor trim). I had to follow my instincts and be flexible. Have you ever re-styled a room in your home? What were your challenges?
Hello, there! My name is Nikki Jones and this is a place for me to write about my travels, my urban homesteading adventures, and whatever else my little heart desires at a given moment. Like many personal-blog bloggers, there are times I write daily and long streteches I'm not inspired to write at all. And that's ok! At any rate, I'm glad you're here.