August 20, 2010

Five for Friday: Office space

I'm finally ready to reveal the office-slash-guest bedroom makeover, which is still so much a work in progress. I'm happy with how the room has evolved, considering it has been a major source of frustration for me.

It is by no means finished, and I figured this would be the perfect way to express the goals, looks, problems that need solving, etc. for the room.

The not-so-inspiring before:


The room was depressing and lacked everything I was trying to accomplish with the design, so I decided to start over. I cleared everything off the shelves, which really helped, and went from there.




The fiance hung the curtains ...


And I took care of the rest.



But as I said before, much more has and can be done to the room, which is where the Five for Friday comes in. Any and all thoughts/suggestions/ideas are welcomed!

1. Floored: The space is desperately lacking a rug. I wanted this one, but the last time I went to IKEA, the saleslady said they were sold out and discontinued. So why does the Web site taunt me and say there are three left?

2. Style and comfort: The amazing window seat, one of the features that sold us on the townhouse, needs a cushion. Not only would it dress up the space, but it would make the seat way more comfortable.

3. Space constraint: The area where the filing cabinet, floor lamp and Lack table are still doesn't look right. I'm thinking of adding a five-shelf bookcase from downstairs to that space. A bigger piece of furniture may do the trick. Plus, you can never have enough storage. I'm open to any ideas, too.

4. I don't love lamp: The current floor lamp is old, cheap-looking and boring. I'm thinking this would literally brighten the space and add some style via the pretty drum shade and modern tripod frame.

5. Trash collector: The room needs a real garbage can. In the meantime, an old plastic bucket will do the trick.

5 comments:

MariS said...

Great transformation! One of my girlfriends just re-did her home office in a modern/glam sort of a way, and she had one of those corners with not much in it. We transformed it to a Zen like spot with a small table and a large squishy cushion for sitting. Added candles, a plant and some fave photos. Looks great and now she has a space to "get away! O, and that rug would be perfect!! BooWaa...

Audra said...

Ooh! I love your space. I am a sucker for a well appointed Expedit!

Rene said...

You have such great shelves and I agree, that rug from Ikea would be a nice addition. Would love to have that one myself.

-Rene

Centsational Girl said...

That organized cube bookcase just makes my day, I soooooo wish I was that organized ! Thanks for linking up to the party, it was so much fun getting to peek into everyone's life!
xo
Kate

jonalynn said...

Thank you all for the lovely comments. I'm still in search of the perfect rug. I definitely think a pretty chair would add a little something, something to the sad corner.

I'm stuck on how to dress up the window seat, though. I don't know if I should do a big cushion or bunches of throw pillows? Any suggestions?

A huge thanks to Kate for hosting the link party!

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