Continuing from my dream home office/craft room post, let’s discuss colors.
The color of the room has to be a light hue – very light gray, beige, or very light blue. This goes from the ceiling to the walls to the floor (the floor can be a little darker or maybe a pale-colored woodboard). The trimmings are white, this is non-negotiable. This room receives very little natural light (it’s in the basement) so I need all the light that I can get.
The pop of color will come from the furniture, decors and accessories. Here, I’m choosing the furniture solely based on their colors. And maybe, these are really my furniture picks.
The moods that I’m going for are cool, clean and cozy so I’m leaning towards white (or any light neutral color) as the main color and blue as my accent color, with a dash of pink for some feminine touch. I like the furniture pieces to be a modern and comfortable with lots of soft textures and edges.
1. For the office chair, I’m thinking of throwing a blanket.
This blue color:
On any of these textures:
Like this, but shorter in length and in a thicker, richer texture:
2. For the office desk, I already like what’s on top of the table in the picture. Blue, white and metal and some yellow and green plants. Maybe just add a few pink flowers.
3. For the sofa bed, I will add these throw pillows to highlight the blue color more. I will also use a little pink here and there.
These three throw pillows will go to the right:
While these two will go to the left.
Or maybe not. Probably better to switch the floral pillow with the Chevron to balance the color.
4. For the drawers, shelves and boxes, I already like the colors: white, cream and metal handles. I’ll add some light blue or light gray boxes for variation. Or maybe, all drawers will be white and use more glass mason jars and clear containers on the shelves and let their contents provide the colors.
Here, I created a mood board to see how the colors come together:
Additional items: (1) Modern wall clock because I need to keep track of time. (2) Ceiling lighting – I need something big that will provide plenty of light because I get little from the outside world. It has to be white and bright. Square to lend some edgy feel. (3) Something blue wall decors – to add interest to the empty walls. They don’t have to be all blue, at least one of two will be okay.
I really can the imagine what the room will look like and I’m loving it. How I wish I’m really doing this room makeover for real.
I don’t know when it happened, but I suddenly become interested in shoes. And I wasn’t like this a few years ago.
If there’s an antonym for shoeaholic, that would describe me before. I used to own only a maximum of 2 pairs at a time – one was the main pair: usually neutral-colored leather flats that will go with most of my clothes, which were just t-shirts and jeans predominantly – and the other pair: sneakers, sandals or another flats for when the main pair doesn’t match my outfit.
But as I experimented with clothes, I realized that certain styles of shoes go with certain styles of clothes. Now that I’ve reduced my pants to just 2 pairs, and added some skirts, shorts, leggings (printed ones, too) and dresses, my shoe collection will need to catch up. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Imelda and I don’t think I will even own more than 10 pairs at a time. But at least now, I have options and I feel there’s still some room to wiggle in a few more pairs.
I’m still obviously a flats person. Given my lifestyle, which is stay at home and stroll at the mall most of the time, I don’t think I need those snazzy and sometimes scary heels (but wedges are okay).
Colorful Loafers – I have two white and one brown pairs of loafers/slip-ons. So there’s a need for colors and prints.
Lacy Black Flats – Ironically, I find it hard to pair black flats with anything now (there was a time when black flats were all I had). They look boring, at least my black Ballerina flats do, so I want something in black but with a little oomph! And lace would be perfect, lending a dainty texture to an otherwise drab color. Perforated flats can also have that effect.
Printed Oxfords – I’ve been wanting to buy oxfords for the longest time. Maybe I’m just waiting for the right print.
Nude Flats or Wedges – They say nude shoes can elongate the legs. That, and because I find nude wedges cute, is my reason for wanting to buy one.
Silver or Gray Flats – I can’t explain but I know I need a metal color, though not necessarily metallic. While I feel gold might be too glitzy for me, silver or gray would be just fine. I used to own a pair of metallic gray flats before, in faux snakeskin with a simple bow on top, and they’re the best alternative to neutral-colored shoes.
As I mentioned in my previous post, here are some of my inspirations for my dream home office. By the way, the home office will also function as a craft room because this where I’m currently storing all my craft supplies and materials and where I’ll probably do my craft projects. So it’s dream home office/craft room.
Let’s talk about furniture first.
Chair. They say that one should invest in a really nice and comfortable chair for the home office because that’s where you’ll spend most of your time. And I agree to that. A great chair is necessary especially if you’re going to sit for long hours. My criteria: cushioned for comfort, provides full back support and something that’s not made of hot materials like leather. I want a rolling chair because wheels allow me to move back and forth the room without standing up (sometimes standing up breaks the train of my thoughts, or because I’m just lazy) and with an adjustable height because having the right chair height (relative to the table) is a step closer to having the right sitting posture.
These are the two chairs that I like. Take the color and material of the first one and put them in the shape and design of the second one, that would be a perfect chair for me.
Table/Desk. I don’t fancy fancy desk. I want something that’s simple with clean lines. I don’t want the desk to stand out (I want the chair to stand out more) as I will most likely put it against a wall. But it has to has drawers. I am drawer-type of person. I feel it’s a lot easier to dig into vertically than horizontally. It can be wood or metal and the color must be in contrast with the chair. Since I’m eyeing a gray-colored chair, it’s better if it’s in a dark hue or stain.
Here are my picks. The first one is already perfect, but maybe we can add two more drawers at the bottom. Second one is good too, I’m just not crazy about the color.
Storage. A combination of drawers and shelves will be ideal. But I’m short and I prefer that almost everything is within my reach so no to too high shelves, unless it can’t be avoided. Colors and shapes must be cohesive so they won’t look too busy. Part of me wants transparent drawers and boxes because it will be easier to see what’s inside them. But that can be remedied by putting labels.
Here are the looks that match what I have in mind. First room, I love everything except for the top shelf. Otherwise, it is perfect. Second room, remove the table at the center, keep everything on one side and it’s looking good.
Sofa Bed/Sleeper Sofa. Currently, the room has a bed (because it used to be a bedroom) and I’d like to keep it that way. Having a bed in your home office is a perk that a corporate office can’t beat. That wonderful feeling of being able to take a nap when you need it and when you want it. So the idea of having something to sleep on stays, but maybe not the bed. It occupies a third of the room and I want to free up some space.
The solution is a sofa bed – an ingeniously designed seater that converts into a bed with a flick of your finger. Well, may be not that fast, but I want the transformation process to be no more than 2 steps. It has to go from sofa to bed and vice versa in 1 or 2 easy steps or I’m not interested. A two-seater couch can work for me, but I have cats that need petting and demand space, and a husband who sometimes take a nap with me. That’s why I need a sofa bed.
I’m flexible with colors, especially if slip covers are available. My main concern, aside from the 2-step conversion, is that it’s comfortable both as a sofa and as a bed. And no leathers please. Here are some of my choices:
That’s it for now. Let’s continue the discussion on color palette, decors and other room design elements in my next post.
I am trying my hand at cooking again. And not just cooking, but cooking something healthy. Some weeks ago, we bought organic pasta and I’ve been thinking how to cook them best. I tackled the fusilli first and made a spicy sun-dried tomato pesto pasta, because we have a jar of sun-dried tomatoes in oil and jalapeno peppers sitting on the cupboard and a supply of fresh basil leaves from the garden. It didn’t turn out quite nicely but it has potential so I will have to adjust the recipe. Good thing I only cooked half of the fusilli.
I decided to whip up a recipe again and cook the remaining pasta. I wanted something spicy and savory, and saw the can of hot and spicy tuna on the shelf. I still have some sun-dried tomatoes left and we just bought a bunch of asparagus. With those ingredients at hand, here’s what I came up with:
Spicy Tuna Pasta with Asparagus
This one is much better and I like the nutty taste of fried asparagus with the tangy savory sun-dried tomato sauce. I got my spicy kick from the tuna, but if you don’t have that, anything chilli – chilli flakes, chilli powder, real chilli or jalapeno pepper – will do.
So, I have a new office space. Before, I was sharing my old, as in “single days” old, room with my husband and we converted that into our home office. The room was all of 6 square meters big. A smaller 4 square-meter adjacent room became our new bedroom. It was so small it can only fit our double-sized bed and a small closet.
But D started acquiring computer things for his work, and our home office slowly became too cramped for the two of us and too hot because of all the heat generated by his computer things. I was starting to suffocate and my brain was already gasping for air.
Also D’s allergies was worsening because one of our cats, Coco refuses to leave my side. Whenever we’re working, Coco was there too shedding cat hairs all over our tiny office and making D’s nose redder than Rudolph’s.
So the move is beneficial for both of us. I kind of miss working beside him and I think he does, too because he frequently checks up on me here.
My new work space is located in the basement of my parents’ house. It’s a lot quieter, cooler and bigger. The more I stay here, the more I feel the difference a breathing space can make. Here, I can think better and clearer. And here, the cat and I can do our regular petting without anyone suffering. I also have enough space to bring all my craft supplies and tools and books. I just haven’t organized them yet. And there’s even a space for a bed, for those moments when I need to take power naps.
But because this is a basement, the room needs to be improved. The walls are the dirty, the lighting is poor, there’s too much stuff (some were already put away in boxes, but others are still in plain sight). I am comfortable in this space, although it’s not exactly pretty sight.
For now, the room will stay the way it is. But that won’t stop a girl from dreaming, right? In the next post, I’ll share some of things that I want to have and room designs that I want to happen in my home office. Hopefully, I can do something about them someday.