Ruby's desk. Photo Per Kristiansen.
Ruby's desk. Photo Per Kristiansen.

Are five desks too many?

Now that I've added blogger to my list of experiences, I realize I’ll be spending a fair amount of time at my desk hanging out with my virtual decorating friends. So the first order of business this morning was to fluff my office. My desk is located in what was originally a small garage attached to our house which we transformed into a mudroom/family room/office.

Now that I’ve added blogger to my list of experiences with my first post under my belt (yeah!), I realize I’ll be spending a fair amount of time at my desk hanging out with my virtual decorating friends.  Some people do brilliantly surrounded by piles of stuff – not me.  If there’s environmental noise around me, I get distracted.

So the first order of business this morning was to fluff my office.  My desk is located in what was originally a small garage attached to our house which we transformed into a mudroom/family room/office.

Google Dog, George.
Google Dog, George.

I share the space with George, our office dog (we sometimes refer to him as the Google Dog in honour of the dogs-welcome philosophy of the company). Graham will drop by to comment on the latest in world affairs (because there’s a TV in here), and when back from school, the kids pile on the couch when they don’t want to go into their basement lair, but mostly during the day, I’m here alone with George – and it’s so peaceful.

I believe that a great workspace enables you to think freely, fuels creativity and if nothing else, helps you feel fabulous.  I mean, really, look at this drop-dead gorgeous office that designer Mary Macdonald rustled up.  Wouldn’t you just want to show up in pumps and pearls and have your coffee there (in a cup and saucer, of course)?

Mary Macdonald Office
This is one of my favourite Mary Macdonald images –  I found the link to it on the beautiful site Carolina George.

As I continued to think about desks, I began to wonder if we were oversubscribed.  In our average-sized house, we have five official work surfaces (and that doesn’t include the kitchen counter and dining room table).  Graham works from home so he has an office area, I have my desk in George’s Room, and we’ve always thought it important for Ben, Ruby and Theo to each have some kind of bureau of their own, no matter how petite their bedrooms.

We’ve been creative and gone beyond satisfying the base utilitarian need.  So you’ll see that our five-desk home shows that lots of things can be transformed into a beauty spot to write your memoirs.

Desk: 1.  An old farmer's table makes a great desk.  Photo Credit:  Per K for HGTV.ca.
Desk: 1. An old farmer’s table makes a great desk for me. Photo: Per Kristiansen via  HGTV.ca

 

Desk 1:  Graham's lower level office.  The l-shaped work surface is made of two IKEA countertops we pieced together.  I think the total cost was $40, including the legs.
Desk 2: Graham’s lower level office. The l-shaped work surface is made of two clearance IKEA countertops we pieced together. I think the total cost was $40, including the legs.

 

Desk 3:  Ruby's desk is an antique baker's bin so it has a lot of storage compartments to hide things from her brothers.  Photo Credit:  Per Kristiansen for HGTV.ca
Desk 3: Ruby’s desk is an antique baker’s bin so it has a lot of storage compartments to hide things from her brothers. Photo: Per Kristiansen via HGTV.ca

 

Desk 4:  Ben's white wooden desk was a Pottery Barn Kids purchase.  It's tricked out with all the necessities for a 13-year old (I hid the Axe cologne for the photo).
Desk 4: Ben’s white writing desk is a Pottery Barn Kids purchase. It’s tricked out with all the necessities for a 13-year old.  (I hid the Axe body spray for the photo.)

 

Desk 5:  We found Theo's desk at a salvage shop.  It's an old kitchen table we spray-painted glossy white.
Desk 5: We found Theo’s desk at a salvage shop. It’s an old kitchen table we spray-painted glossy white.  Photo: Per Kristiansen via HGTV.ca

 

Even if the children don’t use their desks for as much homework as we’d like, we hope one day, these personal vignettes made up of their treasures will get the workout they deserve.

Live beautifully,

Cynthia

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