Front Room… Sounds so official, right?
Well, it’s not… sorry for the letdown.
I call it my front room because it’s not a family room where the family hangs out and it’s not a living room that’s a formal space, it’s just simply, the front room. Anyhoo, if you remember back to a month ago, this room was in the midst of some rearranging. I had been wanting and needing a larger desk – three small desks randomly positioned around the house just wasn’t cutting it. Last year I had created a Mom Cave / Craft Area in the basement, but I never used it (I like natural light much better than being cooped up in a basement), so I had this AH-HA, bright idea moment to bring the desk upstairs.
But “where?” was the clever question my husband asked.
My answer? “Well… I’ll put it in front of the window, the tall bookcase can move in front of the other window, the sofa will slightly move down, the chair will go to the other corner, my other desk will move to the family room, and the other bookcase will remain in place” (scary how fast my brain thinks)…
His response… “What the heck did you say?? Did I hear a bookcase was going in front of the window?
“Ya, what’s wrong with a bookcase in front of the window?”… that’s not odd, is it???
And while at work one day (meaning the mister), the rearranging of the front room began…
Who would know there is a bookcase in front of the window?! Sometimes you just have to think outside of the box and trust your instinct that it’ll work. And in this case, it really did!
Thankfully the bookcase is about the same width of the window, so it’s completely covered, along with the moulding. The top of the window can be seen slightly on top, but I’ve added some accessories above, so you really can’t tell. And don’t worry, our neighbors can’t see the back of a bookcase. There was a blind on the window, which is now permanently pulled down.
“The Window” was always a pain and I don’t have $$$ to board it up, so this was my resolution. Now the bookcases flank my large desk, while the sitting area (sofa, chair, and coffee table) is more intimate and flows so much better.
Many of you have commented on the rug in previous posts. It’s very pur-tay and I purchased it at Target. The desk I created using (2) 30″ wide x 30″ high x 12″ deep white shelves purchased from Walmart. Then for the desk top, I purchased a piece of MDF board and had it cut to 60″ long x 30″ wide. I covered the board with linen-like fabric and had a piece of glass cut to size to lay on top. The sofa is from Crate and Barrel, which was purchased about 8 years ago (it’s the Cameron style and I think they still sell it today). The coffee table is also from Crate and Barrel and was purchased at the same time as the sofa.
The white shelves are turned, so the storage / shelves can be accessed underneath the desk. The shelves allow for so much storage and they are slightly hidden, so I don’t have to worry about the mess.
Let me show you more of the space…
Remember the spoon rack that I just revamped and showcased earlier in the week? There it is and it fits great within the space! See that lamp over there? …I’ve got a story behind that, but before I share it, it needs a makeover (desperately).
I really enjoy this space because of the pops of color and pattern. With a few interesting pillows (which I made) and accessories like books and pictures, this room has so much depth and intrigue. It truly is an enjoyable and inspirational space to work (and I love looking outside versus being in the basement). I finally have a space (my own space) that I call home (in my home, lol).
It’s amazing how one element in a space, can completely throw off the perfect arrangement. Since having this furniture when we moved into our home, arranging it in a way that works best, was quite challenging. “The window” was always an issue and a pain to design around. By working around it and in my case, ignoring it, I was able to create a solution that really works to make the room function properly. Sometimes you simply have to be daring or think outside the box!
Have you ever made a daring design decision? If so, did it work?