I wasn’t kidding around about the goals I set for myself for 2020
– I really want to give it my all and push myself to post twice a week. I figure if I don’t really try, I won’t know if it’s possible. Worst case scenario, I figure out what my limits are and I go from there. To start the year off on the right foot, I wanted to give my office/workspace a refresh. It’s been awhile since I shared it with you. These photos are from 2016 and it’s change a bit since then, but not in like a completed sort-of-a-way, but more like a half-assed sort of away.
Last spring I got a desktop computer (I had only had laptops prior to). I’ve really enjoyed that the computer is a desk anchor, I truly like to plant by butt down at my desk, because I do focus way more when I’m in this space. To accommodate the new computron I needed a more stable and permanent desk solution. I DIY’d a desk for less than $50 bucks and I’m going to share it with you real soon. I started the desk last spring but it has been sitting half way done for nearly a year. This week I’m finishing it, I’m organizing my systems, I’m wrangling cords, I’m decluttering and I can’t wait to share more soon. But first, let me share my shopping list with you.
As you may have noticed, I did the very Scandinavian thing that I like to do, and used raw wood for the desk of my workspace (above) and the counter of my cabinets (below). This works for awhile, but if you don’t put a top coat of poly on (which I failed to do) the sun will begin to darken up the wood and it becomes orange-ish, and no longer reads as light, bright, minimal and Scandinavian. I figured it was time to upgrade, and my poor-man’s upgrade includes refinishing
the wood slab with marble contact paper. I just needed to freshen up the space and this marble contact paper
will do the trick. Plus it’s easy to clean up coffee cup rings off of.
I’ve had a LED Happy light on my list for years. As many of us Northerners do, I too suffer from SAD which is type of depression caused by seasonal changes and lack of sunlight. This full spectrum, non-UV lamp
will help help me to beat the winter blues, regulate sleep, fight fatigue, boost mood, and improve focus. Check, check, check, check & check. I like the look of this little lamp too, if you’ve ever searched for these you know that they are very clinical. I can get down with this design. I’m excited to blast myself with happy light while I work.
I’ve always been a big fan of these paintable cord channels
to get your cords from one place to another without drawing a lot of attention to them.
My other favorite tip for cord organization is have your visible cords be pretty. I built this USB charging station myself for a fraction of what these things cost store bought. Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing a tutorial on how you can build your own in the near future!
Last winter my old little space heater died, so it was time for an upgrade. Jeff has had a version of this cute fireplace heater
in his office for the last few years, and I have always been jealous – I needed to get in on the tiny fireplace action!
Let’s move onto the other corner of my office (see below). Many years back in 2014
, I added a row of floating cabinets to this side of the room. These cabinets were added before this space was ever realized as an office, and way before Ikea offered upper kitchen cabinets with drawers! The plan is to replace the existing floating cabinets with two sets of drawers
. This will allow me way more space to hide all of my camera gear, paperwork and design samples.
Lastly, I’d love to start switching out some of the basic roller shades in the office for some new blackout roman shades
. My office/sunroom/workspace (whatever you wanna call it), is located directly off of our “master” bedroom. On Saturday morning’s when we’re lying in bed we get blasted with sunlight through the second-story-east-facing-windows in my office, and we have never resolved this issue. Maybe now would be the time for us to begin the process of upgrading to custom shades, we have 7 windows on 3 walls in that space. I mean, we could even get a remote for these babies, can you image closing the blinds from the comfort of bed?
I’ll be back soon with a progress report on my desk area. Can’t wait to share what I’ve been working on this week.