My working life isn’t straightforward. I’m categorised as a ‘travelling employee’, which means I have more than one place at work. It also means I don’t have one place, I don’t have an office.
As a result when we moved to South Wales we intentionally bought a home with office space. And it is this space which has been so difficult to find a balance.
On the one hand it’s where I work when I’m home. But it feels wrong, in a family of five, to have a room just for my work. As a result it’s become our ‘everything’ room – also known as a dumping ground. The room nearest to the front door, anything delivered or dropped off just gets thrown in.
Going back to university, the children now using their bedrooms more than the rest of the home, and a wonderful opportunity from Inspired Wallpaper meant we finally got the chance to make the room into more than a dumping ground.
I had painted the room a year or so ago but still hadn’t got it to where I wanted it to be. A make-do desk was fit for purpose. Although I had aspirations for a kitchen worktop covering the width of the room.
As we came to clear the room, it became evident how many toys I had accrued. Everything in the room was ok, but nothing gave it a fit.I spent far too much time trying to decide on a wallpaper. Eventually I decided to stick with the colour scheme I had originally wanted, but poorly executed. I fell for a grey damask pattern, the wallpaper by Crown also has glitter so it really brings an added boost to a room which has the benefit of good light.
After seeing the paper take form, we decided to stop with the two main walls. The office isn’t that big and I didn’t want the room to feel overbearing. So Mr J got to work with a tin of paint on the other walls, to allow even more light to bounce off the wallpaper.
I decided to keep the original colour scheme by going for dusky pink accessories as much as possible. Having not been able to decide on a new chair (I love my chair so much but the cats have destroyed it), I searched for a dusky pink throw to cover the damage. The search was successful and I found one from Wayfair which is so soft and does the job perfectly.I began searching for a kitchen worktop, and after deciding I wanted to go with a white gloss.
I stumbled across the perfect desk from Ikea. Oddly I can’t find it on the website easily, it’s the Alex/ Linnmon combination which only seems to come up in Black/ Grey, but there is a white version.
I was so scared of putting my belongings back- that technology would overwhelm the fantastic wallpaper, but it’s a corner of my room, and whilst it’s not perfect, it’s essential. And I’m enjoying working in the space.
Whilst I wanted to leave the other side of the desk clear, for the children to read and do their homework, I knew it would become a dumping ground. So, for now, it’s my study area, all ready for me to get round to completing a couple of assignments. And again, the mood now is one so far from a university environment, I don’t mind sitting and reading, or trying to get my thoughts in order.
Tidied into a pile, it still offers the space to the children for their school work and own learning.
It has brought home that I probably need to give up my comfy chair, in favour of two chairs so we can learn alongside each other.
There’s three other sides to the space, which I’d rather not show you yet. Sorting out the dumping ground is a work in progress. I have some more accessories on order, and aspirations of a reading nook with the comfiest armchair.
It’s five months to my birthday, hints have been dropped.
It seems my side of this bargain is completing the overhaul, and creating the space.
Disclosure: I received wallpaper from Inspired Wallpaper for the purpose of this post. All views and words contained are my own.