Okay, admittedly this office update isn’t huge or spectacular, but sometimes it’s the small things that reap big rewards – and for very little effort – so you know I had to share about it! I mentioned in last week’s post on my thrifted Tiered Pie-Tin Stand that I moved around some things in my office-workroom, but what I didn’t mention was that I also brought some new furniture into the room. Of course, ‘new’ is in the loosest sense of the word – which I’m sure comes as no surprise.
I’m kinda enjoying how the new desk and chair are all curvy and feminine – quite the change from my hearty craftsman table and 50’s office chair I had been using before, isn’t it? Of course the desk and chair have a story (as do most of the items in our house…). It’s a very rare item that makes it into our house through the typical go-to-a-store-and-purchase-it route.
We bought the desk from a friend for $5 ten or so years ago (I know, can you believe it?) at which time I painted it beige-y-white. It was our family computer desk, then a living room table, and somehow it ended up in Brian’s office when we moved to our current house. I think it was because of it’s size. However it ended up there, it was always a bit incongruous – all leggy and sweet in an otherwise masculine space. I like it much better here – and I’ll like it even more with a refreshed, lighter paint job.
The chair was a rare Craigslist find for $25 I picked up a couple months ago. Rare, because as I think I’ve mentioned, French-style chairs seem scarcer in my neck of the woods – I wonder if it’s an East coast vs. West coast kinda thing? So if I do see them on CL, they are either already gone or ridiculously priced. I haven’t done a thing to the chair, though, and have big plans (yeah, sorta like the other French chairs I managed to find – cough, cough), so look for that in a future post.
Just to change up the room a bit, I also decided to try the desk in the middle of the room facing towards the windows. This is also a sewing area, too, and I wasn’t sure if it would work with the other small tables I use or even how I would like it, but guess what? I LOVE it! And the gate-leg table behind the desk actually functions a lot better than having all the files and things right on the desk.
But mainly what I am enjoying is this:
Sitting at my computer, writing to all of you and looking out our windows and doors to fields, neighbors walking by, horses, and the hills in the distance. Oh, and seeing the progress of the house being built across the street – evidenced by all the piles of dirt you can see (while I’m sad to lose our pasture view, I’ve met the new neighbors and they’re really sweet and I look forward to getting to know them better).
All-in-all, much nicer than looking at a wall all the time (if you have an option) – even if that wall was filled with a cool diy inspiration bulletin board – don’t you think?
Have you made any small effort changes that made big differences, too?