Monday, October 6, 2008

Blue Monday


Oh My... Where does time go??
It's hard to believe that the weekend is over and that it's Monday once again. If only the weekends could be longer. On the bright side, it's time once again for Sally's Blue Monday. Head on over to Sally's blog at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/ for a list of other Blue Monday bloggers to see what they have in store for you today. It's so fun to see all the different Blue things that everyone is posting about.

As for myself, I wasn't quite sure what to post about today, but then I remembered the comment Sally had left me last week telling me she was anxious to see what the rest of my blue home office looked liked after I showed a darling little blue lady figurine that I keep on a shelf in there, so I thought it would be a great idea to share some photos of my blue office with you today.

To explain a little bit, my home office is not that large. In the lower level of my townhouse, I have a combination laundry/utility room and the room that I use for my office. It is actually one long room, but is divided somewhat by the placement of the washer and dryer, water heater and furnace on one side and an open room on the other side.

This before shot of my office shows how drab and ugly the room was when I first moved into my house over six years ago. It was painted in a drab peachy beige color, the window was covered in some very ugly brown curtains (left by the previous homeowner) and the cement floor was bare. If anyone is curious, the barrel shaped item in the lower right hand corner of the picture is my water softner!!
With a little pale blue paint, an extra carpet remnant to cover the cold cement floor and some pretty white curtains on the windows, this room now makes the perfect spot for a home office. I spend a lot of time in this room on my computer and when working from home which I usually do two days a week.

It also has two large storage closet where I store my office and craft supplies and a southern exposure window that allows a great amount of sunlight into the room.

My desk looks a little cluttered, but I love it just the way it is. I love being surounded by all of my pretty things. The desk is nothing fancy. It is just a folding utility table covered with a white linen tablecloth. It is the perfect size for the space in my office.

Under the window, I placed a small shelf unit which I found at Target (it is from the Rachel Ashwell Simply Shabby Chic collection). It was the perfect size to fit under my window and it does not block my closet doors. This is the shelf unit that my lovely lady blue figure that I featured in last weeks post sits on. It also holds some other pretty items and some storage boxes and a basket that I can hide some of my paperwork and office supplies in.

The only ugly spot in the room is my black office chair. When I started working from home, I knew that I would need a really comfortable office chair, but I could not find one in white which is what I would love to have. The only color choices they had were black, gray or maroon. Maybe someday I will find my white dream chair, but for now, I must live with the black one.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my blue home office today. Thanks for coming to visit today. Please come back again soon :)

Have a great week !!

27 comments:

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Kim....

I love what you've done with your office. It's gorgeous!!

~Blessings,
Jan

Elizabeth said...

Great office! It's important to have this space be pretty and very "you"!
Don't forget to stop by my blog and enter the drawings this week!

Smilingsal said...

Thanks for the tour. You are creative--even covering the water softener and turning it into a table! I can see how you've cozied up the place. Now, as for the chair, comfort comes first; my chair looks similar to yours. However, they do sell blue chairs! Happy Blue Monday!

bj said...

You've done a great job on this little nook which is now your office. I love it !!
love, bj

Neabear said...

What a transformation!! Your have turned your space into a lovely place to be that makes you smile. I love how you did that. So...the chair...perhaps you can cover it somehow with a fabric you like. Not sure how you would do that with an office chair. But maybe that is a possiblity. Happy Blue Monday!

Mojo said...

Hmm... maybe you could come and do an extreme makeover on my cube at work. Love what you did with the place...

Sweetie said...

Your home office is wonderful. Your ideas are great. I'm glad that you showed the "before" photos. You used a lot of ingenuity in your makeover.
Sweetie

ellen b said...

What a great transformation. It must have been fun to add all the small details! Enjoy your office :0)

cc said...

What a beautiful office..I wish mine was so lovely..come visit when you can..

Coloradolady said...

Oh, can you believe the dfference? That is wonderful. I love how it looks now. Very charming. We took a old office chair to an upholster in our area, and he recovered it in a really nice fabric. It really broke up the black. Have a great week.

Grandma Faith said...

What a great transformation you pulled off in your office! It looks so pretty. I hope you find your white chair, but when it comes down to style or comfort, I'd go with comfort, too.

Pink Slippers said...

Your office looks like there are a lot of pretty things in there. AND I must tell you I LOVE your PINK pyrex. If I could only find those bowls in a thrift store here. Wendy

Ed said...

Love your office space and I love your pink photos posted for Pink Saturday, Happy Pink Saturday xx

kbbryant said...

Wow you made a major change in that room. It is so inviting now. Great job.

Kathy b

GABRIELA DELWORTH said...

Hello,

I think you little space is so cozy!

~ Gabriela ~

Bridget said...

Hello, What a lovely job you've done on your office!
It's nice to meet you. I'm in CA but I've been to Coon Rapids a few times.

jeanne said...

Kim, Your blue office is wonderful. I wish I could find a space like that. I love the blue with white curtains and the tablecloth. Very Sweet Kim.

Hugs...Jeanne

bowerbirdz said...

Hi Kim,.
Wow you've transformed that ugly room into something so beautiful. I bet it's a really inviting place to work,
cheers
Liz

judicreations said...

I can't even believe that is the same room! It looks so pretty and you must have a lot of fun working in there now. Its full of creativity! Just lovely!
Thank you for sharing.
Judi

Kim's Cottage said...

What a peaceful place to toil. Love how you incorporated the water softener. Very clever!


K-

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Hi Kim,
What a fabulous job you did with your office! It's so pretty!!
I mentioned you and your blog in my post today; please stop by when you get a chance!
:)
~Becca~

Knitty said...

I love before and after photos and stories to go with them. You did a great job and have a lovely room.

Charmingdesigns said...

Your office is just charming! Laurie

Lee Laurie said...

I love your new office. It's very pretty and peaceful. Nice to meet you! I like your site.

PAINT MINE PINK said...

Hiya Miss Kim,
Your office looks so sweet and cosy now! Hmm the brown curtains were certainly uh 'special' werent they....LOL
I love how you have it all set up now. Oh and if your desk is cluttered, then mine is...well...a disaster ! Im a messy worker (organised chaos i call it).

Hugs sweetie
Shann xo

Sweetie said...

Please stop over for a visit and pick up your award.
Sweetie

pink wishes and shabby dreams said...

Kim your office is gorgeous, what a lovely little area to be creative in, I love to see what ppl do with their homes, and the changes they make to turn it into the way they want it. We all seem to inherit something from previous owners dont we, and it makes us think "What were they thinking" lol.
Cheers Debra.