For a few years, now, I have been obsessing over gorgeous in-home offices. When you work from home 90% of the time, it is nice to have pleasant surroundings. I shared some of those great finds with you in 20 Stunning Home Office Ideas and Blogging Moms – This Is The Perfect Time To Give Your Office A New Look.
You may remember that several years ago we did a big re-do in our home. The most monumental improvement was that we took down the wall between the dining room and kitchen and put in a peninsula counter. On either side of the counter, the windows were replaced with French doors leading out to a new deck. The change was huge, welcome and labor-intensive.
I measured for it. I imagined it. I spoke to the corners of my kitchen everyday, pointed and said “Desk ↔ Cabinet.” Somday it would be a reality.
Here is what the kitchen office area used to look like:
Another different look at “before” [below] so you really get the picture:
The view of the kitchen from the table is pretty nice. Gives me incentive to keep things neat and clean since I had to look at it a lot. The laptop is on the counter in this image because I was getting ready to serve dinner and did not have a DESK to put it on. (Too much stuff on that counter there!)
Though the price on the Sauder desk and cabinet combo was very, very reasonable, I had no way to buy them at the time. I prayed that they’d still be there when the finances came in.
One Christmas went by. No desk. No cabinet. No way to get it. Next Christmas came. We spent our gift money on our family and skipped buying for each other. I asked my hubby “When a wave of moolah comes in, can I buy myself a belated Christmas gift with it?” and he very happily said “of course!” The wave came and I went right to my computer to see if Amazon still had them. They DID! I ordered the desk and the corner cabinet – which really is a printer cabinet but perfect for my needs – immediately.
Why is my office in the kitchen? Well, our yellow lab “Sadie” had been injured in a snow storm one year. She had to bound in and out of the high snow drifts to go potty. I did not realize until too late that she had torn a ligament. She sleeps upstairs at night but I did not want to be working in a location in the daytime that forced her to go up and down stairs a lot.
By working in the kitchen she can snooze on the floor next to me and is close to the door to go outside. Sadie is feeling a lot better but we have just added a new puppy “Bailey” to the mix so being near the door is still the best scenerio.
So there you have it. It was well worth waiting for. So, what is your dream office like?
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