No before and after; I didn’t do anything to the office. And by office I mean lil’ nook behind my living room.
And that door in the back? It leads to the guest room. Yes, it’s a strange little nook and working from home, I liked when I had a whole room for an office…a room with a window…but this little cutie pie space does the trick.
Before I show you this little nook, wanna take a peek at that old, whole room with windows and lots of storage office? Oh man, I loved it. But my bank account likes a smaller condo more than a bigger one, and the bank account always wins.
There was also an IKEA Kallax shelving unit on the wall to the left of the desk. But look at that light. Pro: light and bright. Con: the other side of the window was the parking lot, so if the curtains were open, I’d be working with everyone strolling by.
I think I’ve expressed my love for being able to stretch my legs out under my desk while working. I’m sure you’re thinking “you’re hardly 5’2″, is that ever a problem?” And yes, yes it is. My desk (same one) is only 19.5″ deep and when I have it right up against the wall, I can’t stretch all the way out. SO! To solve both the lack of storage and lack of stretching issue, I did a little DIY on the Kallax unit, taking out the middle shelves so there is just cubbies on the ends and a big open space in the middle…like this: This sits against the back wall (it’s the higher thing you can see in the new office photos), and my desk sits right in front. The height difference isn’t enough to bother me and I love the extra counter top space it offers for my printer, files, and ginormo vase of washi tape (semi hidden by those lovely roses) while there are still the 4 cubbies that are great storage for things I don’t need every day. My pouf sits in the middle of the Kallax space and my feet on top of that, happily never butting against the wall.
I like that it’s open to the living room for all the light coming in through the patio doors and ease of watching afternoon baseball or made-for-tv movies.