A home office ready to work!
Productivity and creativity happen in inspiring spaces.
As artists, we can manage to create in whatever space we can find. We make it work somehow. But when a few gallons of paint and some sweat can make a difference, we’ll dive right in to make the aesthetic changes.
That was the case in my home office. When we moved to the Kansas City area a few years ago to be nearer to family, we purchased a few items to make the home office funtional. Our previous home had a lot of built-ins, so it felt like I was starting over.
First came the floor plan to ensure that my rug and furniture choices would fit the space. Then I chose a design theme. The one piece of furniture we brought with us was my Hamilton drafting table we bought used in the ‘80s. since it was metal and wood, I decided to continue with that style for the rest of the furniture. So the furniture was a combination of wood and metal. I heard a term on a design show called “industrail craftsman” so I decided to adopt that term for this room since it has some classic trimwork.
The furniture chosen was also functional. The desk has a keyboard drawer but is open-legged to let as much light into the room as possible. I had picked up a skinny stack of drawers and love it for organization of current projects, so that became the printer stand. The last piece needed some height for a little variety, so found a piece with a fold-down storage and a needed file drawer.
The last piece of the design process was paint—every surface but the floor! The entire house was various shades of tan, so a change was in order. The rug was the inspiration and this past summer during the pandemic of 2020, we finally filled our rollers and brushes with paint. Teal for the ceiling. White for the trim. Gray for the walls. It was a long process but so worth it!
Refilling the room with furniture and wall decor felt like a breath of fresh air! Now I’m ready to work again...