Monday, November 12, 2018

Home Office Makeover


Home Office Makeover with the Kallax Desk from IKEA // ww.pugsandpearls.com

I thought I had completed our home tour for a little while, but I should know myself better than that. It's so fun for me to refresh a space and make it new again! As I've mentioned a few times, I'm working from home 50% of the time right now and we've been doing some volunteer construction work that requires quite a bit of paperwork and office coordination. Our office went from a seldomly used space to a room we are in every day for a few (or more) hours! 

The Issues
Make sure you stop by our original office post for some before shots. The office looked great, but there just wasn't enough work space. Sharing a desk was starting to complicate things, so we decided to add another one to the space. It took some thought! I always thought this room was very small, but once we started clearing it out I was amazed! We had to rehome one of our leather arm chairs, and the golf clubs got retired to our storage shed. (Blake almost suggested we get rid of them, but I am determined to start playing golf regularly again!) 

I also have to mention Blake's Star Wars collection! There was a lot of it. I love Star Wars as much as the next girl, but it was taking up lots of room and hard to dust. Plus, it polarized the space. He loving decided to take his Star Wars stuff to work, so that our office felt more like a collaborative space. In the near future he is supposed to be moving to a new office at his job and that room has the perfect shelf for his Star Wars museum. (The guy has an actual life-size lightsaber.) We've replaced the Star Wars wall with our Disney print gallery. Funnily enough when we bought those prints this was where I envisioned them going anyway. The Disney prints were in our dining room, so stay tuned to see what we put up instead!

The Solutions
I saw the Kallax desk (desk I bought) system on Ikea's website and I thought it would work really well for me! I have a lot of craft supplies and I have really been hoping to get a Cricut machine, so I thought the shelf system would be great to organize it all. 

We intended to attach the desk and shelf as it is online, but once we got it put together and in the room-something felt off. I played around with it for a few minutes and decided this layout would work much better. This layout allowed for a much better location for our printer and made the room feel huge! 

One of the armchairs was placed in the opposite corner, and it's the perfect place to read or work from my laptop. Mainly though, Bailey has claimed it as her throne to watch me work. The other two pugs love the giant dog bed we plopped down. Pugs have to be near you at all times, so it's nice to have a little spot for them in the office.

Blake's desk has been great, and it's also from Ikea. I can't recommend it enough! I still use our desktop computer, but it's really nice to have been able to clear off that desk and tuck away all the odds and ends that we used to keep on it. 

Home Office Makeover with the Kallax Desk from IKEA // ww.pugsandpearls.com

Home Office Makeover with the Kallax Desk from IKEA // ww.pugsandpearls.com

Home Office Makeover with the Kallax Desk from IKEA // ww.pugsandpearls.com

Home Office Makeover with the Kallax Desk from IKEA // ww.pugsandpearls.com

Home Office Makeover with the Kallax Desk from IKEA // ww.pugsandpearls.com

Home Office Makeover with the Kallax Desk from IKEA // ww.pugsandpearls.com

Home Office Makeover with the Kallax Desk from IKEA // ww.pugsandpearls.com

Home Office Makeover with the Kallax Desk from IKEA // ww.pugsandpearls.com

Home Office Makeover with the Kallax Desk from IKEA // ww.pugsandpearls.com

Home Office Makeover with the Kallax Desk from IKEA // ww.pugsandpearls.com

Sources:
My Desk, Shelf, Drawer, and Chair
Blake's Desk and Chair
Planner and Notebooks & Washi Tape

We have really been enjoying this new layout! It's always so fun to change up a room in your house. I'm especially happy that we did this on a limited budget. Buying furniture is never cheap, but Ikea is such a nice option for nice looking things that don't cost that much. Plus, we had fun exploring the new Ikea in Jacksonville! We've always gone to the one in Orlando before. Jacksonville is only one story, and it's still sparkling clean! Other than purchasing my desk, shelf, chair and the glass whiteboard-we were able to shop our house for the other little touches. 

Most of all this space is functional! We are ready to get some work done! Leave a comment below and tell me if you have a home office! Is it functional for you? Do you share a workspace with your spouse? Does that work well in your family? Do you work from home?! I need all the tips I can get! Also, tell me what you think of my new Disqus commenting service! Is Disqus something you enjoy using?

Make sure you check out the home tour page, so you can see a layout of our house and see how our office fits in!
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