Tuesday, 21 January 2014

TFA Office - Before

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The title of this post gives it all away... I'm finally giving my office the revamp that I've wanted to for the past *almost* 4 years! I can't believe that we've lived in this house that long, wow. This space is one of the main reasons we bought this house. It's a large room off the garage with direct access to the backyard (and studio) and is completely separate from the rest of the house. Even the ventilation is not connected, which is a big plus when you're dealing with such a fiber-filled space. 

This room has so much potential and I've always felt like it's current set up feels and looks very temporary. It's time to remedy that. Here is a list of things that I hope to address over the next couple of weeks:

  • lighting - the lighting is so bad that it makes it very difficult to work in here at night, which is a big problem since I often need to sneak in a few more hours of work after Rowan goes to bed.
  • paint - the walls are a light grey, I need them to be a bright white! Plus there are a few other details that I'd like to touch up, like painting the dingy doors that lead to the backyard and garage a fresh pop of colour.
  • shelving - all of my shelving for yarn storage was just thrown together with stuff that we had when we moved (and then there are those glamorous cardboard boxes stacked in the corner... oy!) Other than the desk, we haven't purchased a single thing for this room in 4 years. I'd like to get shelving that works and makes sense for once.
  • flooring - the sage green carpeting was stained when we moved in and has developed lots more mysterious stains since we've taken over. We trek indoors and out through this space all day, carpet is definitely not the right material for how we use this space. Not to mention the fact that no amount of vacuuming in the world would get the carpet clean enough to make me feel comfortable putting Rowan down on it. 
  • Inspiration - this room is totally lacking artsy character. I'm envisioning a proper inspiration board, more beautiful display, better organization... a space that makes id

12 comments:

  1. The ikea cube shelving (like you have) works great. I use the same system but I also organize my yarn by color. Perhaps for you, you could do one unit by weight of yarn and then color up the cubes. I like the bright white idea but I would think about one wall of color, like one of your signatures blues. Can't wait to see how it all turns out.

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  2. Love seeing where people work! Look forward to seeing what you get up to!

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  3. Really excited to see how it turns out!!

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  4. Can't wait to see the after shots!! :-)

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  5. definitely a bright white will be great! Although I like Michelle's comment about a blue accent wall, that could be fun, but if you do a lot of photos in that room, it might distort the colour a little. I always love the idea of a really organized office space, where all the papers are easy to find at a moment's notice. and I love the little play area for Rowan in front of the desk!

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  6. Even "as is," This space looks pretty heavenly. Love all the COLOR and the yarn drying on racks. Industrial strength carpet with a foot friendly under-pad will make all the difference!

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  7. It looks amazing with all those luscious colours. I love the addition of Rowan's little play centre! I imagine he enjoys being there with you while you are working!

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  8. Have you thought of cork as a flooring option? It's nice on the feet, waterproof, and It may be resistant to the dyes you use (You would have to test this theory). The tiles are inexpensive and usually have sticky backs, so you just have to peel and stick!

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  9. What a nice space. Ahem... I can hook you up with a great lighting guy! (my husband!)

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  10. As a designer and a person who has lived through building a house, two things - funding and lots of input! Once you've got a basic plan, start passing it around to friends, other textile people and artists. Listen to their suggestions! I guarantee there are going to be some really good ideas you hadn't thought of! Good luck. I look forward to seeing the final results.

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  11. Some terracotta tiles and a fresh coat of paint would be great! I love the windows. I would go with LED lighting over CFL or incandescent.

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  12. Wow this is a dreamy space to begin with and the transformation is going to make it a haven you won't want to leave!

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