Office or lounge?
Our current messy situation was submitted by Jodi, who’s tired of looking at an unused office space in her bedroom!
“We need help with a corner in our master bedroom. After our forth child came along, we obviously turned our last spare bedroom over that had been our office into her room. We sold our beautiful desks and ended up purchasing an inexpensive corner desk to fit in our master bedroom. It’s been 5 years now and we are sick of looking at the cluttered mess in our bedroom. We’re even questioning the need to have that space as an “office” since we don’t use the desktop computer any more. It just sits there as a spare in case our laptop breaks.
What we’re envisioning is a space for a chair and ottoman or chaise lounge with some kind of shelving and or storage to hide away photo albums and misc. items that you currently see on the desk (spare batteries, tape, office supplies). We are seeking helpful organizing and design ideas to change this corner of our room into a more sophisticated area worthy of a master bedroom.” – Jodi
Yes, yes, yes, get rid of the desktop! How old is it, anyways? My husband runs a computer company and he said that desktops really need replaced after five years. Plus, if your laptop breaks, are you really going to use your desktop? Or are you going to get a new laptop? If your desktop isn’t very old, you may still be able to get some cash for it to put towards your nicer furniture.
It sounds like you have some really amazing ideas – I say go for it! Turn that corner into a great nook for your family! As far as design ideas, I’m going to recommend Myquillyn Smith’s book, The Nesting Place. I don’t usually read decorating books, but I was intrigued by this one and gave it a shot. It is absolutely incredible, and it gave me the courage and inspiration I needed to repaint my kitchen (best decision ever!) as well as do a few other decorating things in my house that I wouldn’t have otherwise tried.
I love Myquillyn’s motto, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” If you can’t afford her book, then at least read a few of her blog articles. You’ll walk away very inspired! Not sure where to start? Check out her home tour. You may also enjoy Myquillyn’s article about her bedroom being her sanctuary – pay close attention to the storage solutions and seating arrangements pictured in this article!
When you fix up your room, I recommend shopping your house first. You may already have a chair or a shelving unit elsewhere that could be better suited in your bedroom. Try it out! If you don’t like it, you can move it back and nobody else even has to know. (That’s all advice I learned from Myquillyn.)
I hope this helps you, Jodi! Please let me know if you have any more questions about your corner office, and please share photos when you’re finished!
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