Last month I mentioned that I bought myself a purrrty new desk chair and I promised a peek into my home office mini-makeover.
What I haven’t mentioned is that I was intent on creating a cozy home workspace because starting February 1, I became self-employed! Those of you who follow me on Twitter may have caught wind of this, and I haven’t made a big announcement yet here on Claremont Road because I’m still sort of getting settled into my new role. I have some cool projects up my sleeve that I’ll be sure to fill you in on in due time, but for now, I thought I’d let you in on the office mini-makeover.
Our apartment is set up with this weird little half-room in between our living room and kitchen. It houses our washer-dryer unit (which I have hidden behind a curtain), and it could serve as a small dining room if we wanted, but that idea never really appealed to us. We have a bistro table in a corner of our living room where we eat dinner together, and that’s plenty for us. At one point, I had a small sofa in the half-room, making it a little reading nook, but I think I sat there maybe once. For the last several years the half-room has housed this great desk that my sister-in-law gave me when she no longer needed it, but it has always turned into the place where we piled all of the junk that had no home. I never sat down at the desk to work on my laptop — I always ended up working on the couch, and the desk remained the catchall for crap.
Obligatory before shots:
With my new role as self-employed designer extraordinaire, I knew that I needed a cozy workspace that was just mine — something that would help me to stay organized and productive. Part one of this was removing the so-not-my-taste-anymore (and not wide enough) curtains that my mom quickly fashioned for me out of cheapo clearance fabric when I first moved in here 5.5 years ago. I was 24 and cheap, and thought it would do the trick. The sagging curtain rod was so pathetic, but I just never wanted to put money into changing it.
I finally had enough last month and Nick and I headed to Ikea, where we purchased the following:
three packs of Dignitet curtain rings with clips – $4.99 per pack
a box of Fixa screws/plugs – $3.99
Grand total: $63.93
Nick got to work as soon as we got home (he’s a saint) so I could breathe a little easier. The final result with the new curtain:
Stay tuned for part two to see the full makeover, complete with my new chair and an organized workspace!