As promised, here is our office/spare bedroom. It is our most-changed room. When we first moved in, this room was completely covered in wood paneling, including an entire wall dedicated to an atrocious wood-paneled built-in closet and shelving area. This space was so outdated that we were embarrassed to show it to anyone. It was difficult to know what to do with the space. But one thing we did know was that the wood paneling had to go.
And so, imagine my surprise when one sunny weekend day, as I played with the boys in the back yard, large chunks of wood-paneled wall came flying out the window of the second floor and crashed into a heap in our side yard. Apparently, Andrew couldn’t take it anymore and was in the mood for some destruction.
And I know I speak for both of us when I say it is quite therapeutic to destroy stuff. As the wood paneling was ripped off the walls, Andrew found this wall paper underneath. This tiny room must have been the perfect nursery way back when…
I know a certain little boy who quite resembles “Wednesday’s Child” these days… you know, with the crying and spilling of juice and such. Oh, woe is Oliver.
A few more sunny days plus a crow bar and a pair of work gloves, and the room was stripped bare. We paid a random guy to drywall it, but still haven’t finished the trim on the windows and around the door because eventually, we want that to match the woodwork in the rest of the house and frankly, it would be way out of our budget to do that anytime soon.
After a little discussion about what this room could and could not be (now it had no closet, but was big enough for a single bed and a dresser if we wanted it to be a boy’s room) we ultimately decided that for now, it would be nice to have a space where Andrew could work/read/research from home.
There is no desk, as it would rarely get use. We wanted more of a sitting area, so that is what we created.
An old crate is home to my parent’s old record collection, which we listen to often- though the record player is in the playroom across the hall.
A tree stump table softens the dramatic look of the black walls. And that amazing baby blanket draped over the back of the chair was a handmade gift from a super talented friend who is starting her own Etsy shop soon… I will link you to her when she opens!
A picture my mom took when my brother and I were wee ones playing in the shadows- it is one of my favorites.
Breakfast- though we rarely actually eat in this room, I do love how the morning sunshine illuminates the space.
Usually there is more light in the morning, but it is still winter!
My favorite rug in the WHOLE house! (and Proudie’s)
We have a pull-out couch in this room as well, which comes in handy when we have visitors has often as we do. Eventually, I see this space being converted into a boy’s room, but for now, it is working well as is.
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