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Time For a Change?

Have you ever looked at a space, perhaps even a space you once really loved, and said,

“Eh.  I need a change.”?

Well, last night – while sitting on a long distance phone call, staring at my office “area”, I did just that.  

I can’t really explain why, but all of a sudden I’m feeling the urge to update and refine.  Way back when, I had tossed around the idea of updating the lamp – an idea that I’ve never gotten around to (sigh.).

Now, I’m thinking more along the lines of a major overhaul – or at least a new desk and a rearranging of artwork.  And, of course, a new lamp.

Our “office” currently sits in a small niche between the kitchen and the TV room (actually, it’s really part of the TV room), so having a neat an organized space is a must.  Our desk is an old wooden drafting table, that’s actually worked out pretty nicely (it has a small shelf for our printer).

The problem is: it looks sloppy.

At least to me.

Here’s our “office” right now:


I accept the fact that my personal design style hovers somewhere in the mix of modern / contemporary and 1970’s vintage (not necessarily represented in the office space).  That being the case, I think that I need to streamline some of the artwork and modernize the desk.

Then I can have my swanky vintage lamp.

I’m leaning toward the West Elm Parson’s desk (the only problem is what to do with our pesky printer!)


…and som inspiration for the new design.

via Houzz

via Houzz

I know that for MY space, this isn’t really practical, but I love the eclectic and sophisticated feel.  I’m digging the gold and teal accents contrasted against the dark wood.  Also loving the mix of antiques (desk, chairs) with the modern bookshelves.  And really, I want that desk lamp.

Tucker & Marks

Tucker & Marks

Okay, I know.  This is, like, ridiculously traditional.  Yes.  But what I’m loving is the vignette that they created here.  I’m actually digging the idea of sconces flanking the art work.  Hmmm.  That could be an interesting direction…

The Every Girl

The Every Girl

I love the clean and simple feel here.  Plus, it gives a great visual of the Parsons.  The artwork is what really drew me in – with simple frames and a lot of negative space around the prints.  Maybe one or two centered between some sconces…

Atmosphere Interior Design

Atmosphere Interior Design

Loving the drama here.  Although I know I’m not going to wallpaper (wishing I could, though…) I really like the impact of the glossy surfaces against the darker background.

Peep My Style

Peep My Style

It was my initial idea to simplify and have one large piece of artwork to hang over the desk – most likely larger than this one.  I mean REALLY big.

via Design Sponge

via Design Sponge

…or I could opt for a giant mirror over the desk.  I’m kind of in love with this one…

What do you think?

Do you have a favorite?

I’ll keep you posted as it all progresses…


4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Two words….wireless printer!

    Printer problem solved, bring on the Parsons!

    March 5, 2013
    • Haha! You’re the second person who’s told me about that. I must be behind the times! I think it’s about time to jump on the wireless bandwagon. And yes, bring on the Parsons!

      March 5, 2013
  2. cuckoo4design #

    I still love your desk area but I know exactly what you mean. The “Eh, I need change” happens to me all the time. All your inspirations are beautiful. I think my favorites are the two last ones.

    March 5, 2013
    • I’m just happy to know I’m not the only one!


      March 5, 2013

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