In this case an office makeover…and a union jack rug…
Union Jack Rug! Arriving soon at my house
I really, really need to go through about 9 months of paperwork, get my receipts in order and do my tax. But up until now, I have been stymied because my office was a temporary store for furniture displaced so that The Coffee Fairy could store her bed in my studio, I have had too many other professional commitments throughout the year to make headway and, even without the temporarily displaced furniture, my desk was too small to have space to layout paperwork plus study notes and other deitrius associated with someone who likes piling rather than filing.
The Coffee Fairy took back her bed late November, which meant a quick redistribution of furniture so I could start work on the office revamp while on hols. And then, when there’s a super hot day during my hols, I will crank up the aircon, play some choons and file like I have not been filing for the last 9 months…promise!
I don’t seem to have taken any pics of the office since the G-Plan landed (it left the office to take up residence in the lounge about a year ago) and that first moment when I finally unpacked all the boxes and put an Expedit in there. Oops.
Let me paint you a verbal picture: Since the G-Plan flew the coop, the day bed emigrated into the office from the studio (to allow temporary homing of the Fairy bed in the studio), the wounded Falcon chair was placed on top of the day bed and a little pile of luggage, cushions, small furniture and other things that don’t quite have homes grew up around this structure. Grew up to the point I started feeling like I had to hunch over the desk to type.
Meanwhile, the desk and the floor immediately surrounding it became covered with piles of paperwork to sort through and file as I never quite found the time to spare to do this.
The midway point, the new desk is in, the room rejigged and work beginning on the transfer of paperwork from one desk to another
The original desk I purchased and layout, shown in The G-Plan landed was always temporary. Mainly a result of limited storage in the house and garage and some key items (like the G-Plan and the daybed) needing temporary homes.
My eventual idea, the one I am spending part of my holidays to realise, was to have a super long desk (basically a two person desk) on the wall opposite to where the original desk was. Get some more expedit storage and put one of my arm chairs (or the daybed) opposite the new super long desk. Or even put the wounded Falcon chair opposite, while I accept that I either need to break it apart and sell the pieces as parts or dedicate a signficant amount of time and money to source a replacement leg (preferred, but more expensive option).
Superlong desk is going to be important: apart from my propensity for piling not filing, I am studying for the next 5 months and I need room to spread out books et al without compromising my keyboard/computer real-estate. Plus I eventually plan to buy a sewing machine (will need it to finish a couple of projects), so I need space to set that up (again without compromising my keyboard/computer real-estate).
I chose the Linnmon Table top from Ikea in black-brown for the desk plus 5 Adils legs in black, 2m, worth of black-brown table (matches the expedits) for me to spread out on.
I also bought a Union Jack rug via eBay, which I am (eagerly) waiting to arrive so I can pop it on the floor. It’s not the Vivienne Westwood Union Jack rug for the rug company (which you can now get in a smaller size and as a cushion), but given the Westwood one is $4400AUD (and the cushions are $687 AUD) while this one was $89.95…it’s more in my current budget
Waiting for the rug
- Sort out paperwork!
- Sell the original desk on gumtree!
- Buy a sewing machine (projects on the go, needing it to progress)
- Get the gallery wall hanging system for above the desk
- Buy a 2 x 4 expedit and put it above the 4 x 4 one to enlarge storage capabilities
I will have to eventually either strip everything out of the room and refinish the floor (see the patch where the varnish is coming up) or, pending a test and confirmation of the type of varnish, I will sand the area surrounding the patch and varnish the patch in the interim.
I do want to sand and varnish the floors of the whole house (I think the varnish used is getting towards the end of its life), but thats a 2-5 year out job at the moment. It’s not urgent, it presents no danger and can be tolerated in the interim provided it doesn’t degrade rapidly anytime soon (unlikely).
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