Build Me Up, Buttercup
When we bought our home, we did so knowing that it was way more house than we would ever need. Even once we bring home some littles, it’s still a really large house.
Based on the fact that we live in Texas, cost-of-living means that even though our house is large, we didn’t pay a crazy amount of money for it. In fact, having moved here from Maryland, spending this amount of money on a house was completely standard (on the lower end, probably) and yielded WAY more square footage than it would have back there… and that’s putting it mildly.
But I said all of that to say this… buying a big house means that you are signing up for a LOT of work. It takes way longer to clean (which I despise anyway), it took a lot more effort to decorate for Christmas, and when it comes to writing out a list of all of the things we’d like to do to fix the pace up… well that list is loooooooooong, people.
One thing that I’ve decided to add to the list this weekend is the Office/Craft Room. You see – it’s currently packed with stuff. There’s just stuff… everywhere. The mess got much better once I actually starting hanging decor around the house since it had been the dumping grounds for all decor-related items when we were unpacking, but there’s still just a bunch of crud sitting aallll over the place.
Here’s the space we’re working with:
It’s right off the entry and has a large, nicely shaped window to let in massive amounts of natural light.
Unfortunately, the previous owners (or the builders… sometimes we can’t figure out who did what) put these cheapy white plantation-style shutters framed around the window, so you lose the nice shape AND the broken shutters keep all of that gorgeous natural light out. Granted, I could open the shutters, but they are all broken… so it would take manually flipping each piece of wood open by hand and then manually closing each one at night. And I frankly don’t care enough to do that, especially since I have been avoiding that room at all costs due to its current state.
We currently have so much stuff piled into this room that the only way to deal with it was to shut the doors, keep the shutters closed, and pretend it doesn’t exist. Obviously.
But in the real world, it needs some serious attention. It’s even got this massive closet that is just screaming with potential:
It sits in the corner opposite the window wall and is almost impossible to get a decent shot of. But I promise I tried! See?
Between the lighting and the placement of the current furniture pieces, it’s just not happening. But hopefully you can still tell how massive it is. Because once all of that storage stuff is removed, there is going to be “SO much more room for activities!!” (name that movie!)
Now… daydream with me if you will and go with me to a magical place – an imaginary perfect world. Let’s first imagine that the walls are not yellow any longer. This is the same color that 90% of my house is currently painted with, but that’s definitely not going to remain the case. So that’d be the first thing to go in this room, too.
Then, imagine no more clutter. Let’s pretend it’s even possible to do visualize that… this is my imaginary perfect world, after all. And then… picture some built-ins on this window wall.
Shelves on both sides and a window bench below the window itself. Something perhaps similar to this:
Can’t you just see it? And with the curve of the window adding even more visual interest, I think it’d be just gorgeous. And that it would perfectly bring purpose to this Office. And brightening up that space with some real natural light – well that will do a WORLD of good in this space.
And check this one out:
Yeah. If I wasn’t already, I’m sold on it now for sure.
With the built-ins on that wall, I’ll have to get creative with some things on the wall to its left (looking at the window) so that it doesn’t seem so empty. But ideally the desk will be on a nice, large area rug and floating in the middle of the room.
And since it’s an office and not a bedroom, I plan to switch out the fan for a nice statement light of some kind… but I’m not sure if that’s going to happen for sure, considering the fact that not having a fan in a room is practically blasphemous in Texas.
Anywho, that’s one more thing on our large list of dreams that we call our “to do” list. This house may be big, but we really want it to feel cozy and inviting. And little by little, we will get it there someday.
So let’s hear it – what big house projects are you dreaming up these days? It doesn’t matter if you don’t think it’s realistic or if you think you’ll ever get to it, I’d still LOVE to hear about it! 🙂