TheOfficeStylist: Describe your office to us:
Beyond the need for a place to organize personal files, books and magazines, I wanted a space I’d actually want to spend time in. I kept the walls light tan and went with white furniture for a clean, cottage-inspired look then added colorful curtains and a lot of beachy accessories. I tried to keep it fairly gender neutral at first but then I fell in love with the “girly chair” as my husband calls it and now, although he’s welcome in the office anytime, it’s definitely become more of a Robin room.
TOS: What is your favorite part of your office and why?
I adore the desk because it’s truly one of a kind and it was free! My company gutted and remodeled a historic building last year and I rescued an old abandoned solid wood work table just before demo began. A little patchwork, a couple coats of primer and paint then some distressing and it was done! I love the classic trestle design and the long work surface with plenty of room for a computer, desktop organization and some pretty little extras.
TOS: What was your inspiration for your office makeover?
The desk was a great start and dictated the furniture layout because it’s so long, but the design really started to come together when I found the fabric for the curtains on uber clearance. I used the color palette and relaxed patchwork feel to create a clean and organized, but unstuffy office with plenty of decorative touches. The only new purchases were the IKEA Expedit bookshelf and the “girly chair” plus some cheap accessories.
TOS: How did you feel working in your office before your makeover?
The office was an empty bedroom before and I’d just shoved boxes of files, books and supplies into the corners. For months I had to dig through boxes to get to anything and I did any work from home with my laptop on the couch. It was so disorganized!
TOS: How did you feel working in your office AFTER your makeover?
Although my job is based in an office downtown, I often take work home and having a proper office makes that much easier and more bearable. Plus it’s a great place to write my blog posts, surf the web or kick back with a book or magazine because it’s such a calming place.
TOS: Do you feel it’s important to have an office/workspace you love in order to be happy at work/while working?
Definitely! The more control you have over your work environment, the more content you feel and the more productive you can be. This is especially true with a desk job where the work itself isn’t always too thrilling. We each have colors and things we love so whether you work in a corporate cubicle or from home, it’s important to surround yourself with those things to keep you inspired.
I’m a marketing/advertising type and my career involves a lot of strategic and analytical thinking, so I balance that with plenty of creative and DIY projects in my off time. My husband and I moved into our first house in March, which has helped me discover a passion for decorating and let me explore and define a true style. My husband does a good job of humoring me and helping out and we’re working from room to room making the house our own, which is the focus of my blog Chris and Robin’s Nest.