Wednesday, July 22, 2009

My Awesome House: Office

Excuse me, it's actually the office/sewing/art studio. Officially the "second master bedroom" because it has a walk-in closet (storage, laaaaah!) and private bathroom, we opted to NOT put the girls in here because it's directly above our bedroom. And with hardwood floors, you hear every little sound and we knew we'd regret it. So the girls are sharing a smaller bedroom and this corner of the house has become my haven.

First, we had to paint it. It was a light orange that I couldn't live with. Nothing a little Benjamin Moore "Patriotic White" couldn't fix. Now it's a lovely serene light blue.Next, the IKEA unit. I love these pieces from the EXPEDIT line. An afternoon of assembly, and several evenings in front of the TV putting the drawers together has given us this masterpiece:
It's a dream come true; after years of poring and drooling over organization spreads in Real Simple, I finally have all my office, sewing and arts & crafts supplies in ONE place! And sometimes I can even remember where I put everything.

Here is where the kids can play. Drawing, playdoh, and games are kept up here. Notice the area rug separates Mommy's area from the kids'. This is awesome because when I'm on the computer and the girls want to be near me they can do something this table instead of trying to climb on my lap. Not that they don't still, but there are other options to offer them now. And the window nook is the perfect size to stow the easel when it's not being used. Did you see the magnetic paint above the kids' table? It's magnetic primer. It smells foul, splatters like crazy, and it took about 5 coats to get a weak hold. Regular magnets still slid off so I got these mega strong magnets from Amazon to do the trick. It was a fun experiment but I'm not sure I'd do it again.
So now as you read, you can picture me blogging at my desk while the girls roll playdoh or play Memory in our sweet office suite in MY AWESOME HOUSE.

8 comments:

Shanda said...

It looks wonderful! I love it! Especially the table for the girls and I love the IKEA shelf! Great work.

Alex M. said...

Very jealous of your house! It's a townhouse like my house, it has three floors like my house, and it's modern like my house. The only thing that's missing...your house is huge, and really, really beautiful!

Jenifuz said...

awesome! I'm very jealous! ;)

MiaKatia said...

I am loving how all of your paint choices turned out. Can you come help me choose paint. I am feeling inspired to finally get some color on the walls.

Lori said...

Keri-- I am jealous of your organizational abilities...they far exceed mine! We miss seeing your beautiful girls and look forward to seeing them at Carlin Hall in the Fall. I wanted to thank you for the delicious Toasted Coconut Ice Cream recipe on your food blog. I couldn't figure out how to comment there, so I followed the link here. My husband thinks it's the best ice cream ever, and he is a real ice cream aficianado. Thanks again!

kat said...

bummer the magnetic paint didn't work out so hot. i was all set to paint my hallway with that magical stuff - guess i'm back to mounting some steel.

Shells said...

It is quite lovely. My office is now the nursery and full of so much stuff I can hardly move. But this might motivate me to get it back in working order!

The LDSMommy said...

I'm officially jealous! Your entire house is turning out so lovely!

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