Oh ye olde office. The room we have arranged, rearranged, and cursed more than any other room in our house. We’ve tried (and failed) for about 3 years to somehow make it a functional but still pretty space.
Usually, Evan and I are pretty good about coming to that form and function balance. But when it comes to the office, we’ve struggled. If it was up to me we’d have upholstered West Elm chairs with fuzzy throws, desks adorned with faux succulents and copper pencil holders, and magically none of our technology would need wires. If it was up to Evan, our office would be a maker workshop complete with a 3D printer, enough tools to qualify as a second garage, and a growing collection of way more computers than two people should own.
We also had the problem of not wanting to invest in nicer office furniture pieces, so we have held onto our old Ikea desks and Besta units. Mainly because we never knew if we’d be keeping the office out in the open like this or one day moving it to a bedroom.
So after 3 years of half-assery in the office department, we bought a 3D printer. And thus the office-battle paradigm was shifted. There was no room for it in the already furniture-packed little space, and even if there had been it’s not something we wanted out in the open area of our home. So we turned our junk room-turned-wedding-room-turned-workout-room into Evan’s office/workshop. We actually got rid of a LOT of stuff before moving it in here… but it’s still a lot of stuff to wrangle, and it’s looking a little crazy right now.
Here’s a look at the other side of the room. Nerf guns are VERY important in an office :P
Now instead of one office that wasn’t quite pretty enough for me and wasn’t quite functional enough for Evan, we have a very functional but good-thing-we-can-close-the-door messy office in the extra bedroom, and one prettier but seldom used office still in our main living area. Here’s how our old office area is looking these days.
You might recognize the large scale art from our post a while back about painting over big, cheap Ikea prints here.
So… win? Lose? We both got what we wanted in a way, but now I’m realizing two things: a) I don’t actually need an office since I’m not a full-time freelancer anymore, and b) if left to his own devices my husband would turn our house into a Mythbusters-level workshop/maker space.
I guess for now we will consider it good progress because at least we are moving forward and trying things out! Next steps include improving storage in Evan’s office, considering alternate uses for the space that is now my office, and potentially working toward making our guest room a multifunctional space by moving the office into there (and turning that closet into a mini 3D printer workspace!)