Monday, September 8, 2014

welcome to my office ~ little changes

After several years of just having blinds in my office, we finally got some curtains
hung! And by "we", I mean the husband. He's such a good guy. I would have no idea
how to do something like this. I never did claim to be the DIY type.  


 Granted, the curtains are nothing fancy. Just simple sheer panels from IKEA. I 
wanted this room to stay light, so I just chose to use one panel per window and pull
it to the side. It's far from perfect and they puddle on the floor, but I like the softness
they add to the room. And, obviously I don't stage photos, otherwise that lovely fan
would not be in the photo.
 

In this view, you can see both windows.


The red chair is a great napping spot for Zippo. Our family photo (last one taken
of the four of us in July 2009 before Phil {green striped shirt} passed away just two
months later) hangs in this room, which is the perfect spot ~ as this used to be Phil's
room. In fact, in person I don't actually call this room my office. We still call it 
"Phil's room".  The beautiful quilt belonged to an elderly friend of ours. He used
to sleep under it as a child at his aunt's house.
 

Another small change...  I moved a small drop leaf table beside the red chair to hold
 my laptop and a lamp.


The other side of the room has Phil's memory shelf, a bookcase, a bulletin
board, a basket of cookbooks, and my exercise stuff. It looks too busy and
cluttered like this, so I'm working on decluttering this area.
 

 Happy Monday ~ and thanks for visiting. 




30 comments:

  1. Looks great. I agree, the curtains add a softness and coziness to the room. Cute rug too!

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    1. Thank you! The rug is from Overstock.

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  2. Looks really pretty with those soft curtains. A cozy place to sit in the coming months.

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    1. It's a cozy place to sit year-round! The sun always comes in so beautifully through the back window.

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  3. Phil's room is lovely. I love that the curtains puddle! Happy fall! Leann

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    1. Yeah, at first it bothered me, now I like it. It doesn't look so tailored. I like the more casual look.

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  4. I really don't like curtains. I do like sheers, enough to block out people looking in but still let the sunlight through.
    So sweet you have that picture and your memory shelf. So hard for him not to be here but god that you can see his face everyday. HUGS

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    1. I like a lot of light too, so these sheers were perfect for the room. Thanks for your sweet comments.

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  5. What a lovely room . . . I love creamy yellow walls, they are so bright and cheerful without being brassy.
    Your curtains are a charming change and that chair . . . oh my goodness . . . that beautiful red chair.
    I would pick that spot of my afternoon nap, too :)

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    1. I love the red chair too, though I'm afraid it really isn't that comfortable. At least not for me. It's TOO soft and it hurts my back. I always have to put extra cushions behind my back if I sit there.

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  6. Your sheers add a nice softness to the room, Melanie. Kudos to your hubby for hanging the rods for you!! It's not an easy job!

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    1. No, it's not! I am so thankful he did that job. I helped by handing him things as needed, lol.

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  7. I think adding curtains, even sheers, changes the atmosphere of a room. It makes it look more comfortable and finished. I love all the memories you keep of your son in this room, while making it your own as well. Very touching.

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    1. Thank you, Magali. I agree about adding curtains to a room. I'm still looking for "just the right ones" for Tim's room now.

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  8. I LOVE the fan on your desk, in front of the new, lacy sheers; very charming, but that's me. Melanie, you know that this is my favourite room in your home, and I would sit here all day, in the sunshine, reading, blogging, crafting, napping, chatting to friends on the phone, etc., but also because you are surrounded by family photos, and memories of Phil. I would need an ottoman at the armchair, if I'm blogging, as my back dictates that my feet need to be resting horizontally on something. Enjoy the changes; they're lovely!

    Poppy

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    1. You're so sweet, Poppy. I have a white wicker ottoman that's outside on the patio right now. I move it indoors in the colder weather and use it in this room. Which reminds me - it needs a coat of white spray paint before I move it back inside! I try not to sit too much in that red chair though, as it's too soft and hurts my back. I need a much sturdier chair.

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  9. I love the curtains, the chair and quilt. They make the room. This is my favorite room too. When I walk in there, I feel peaceful and I feel Philip's presence. Keep doing what you enjoy.

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  10. Your room is lovely, Melanie. Yellow is such a cheerful color and the splashes of it around the room are perfect. Your curtains are very pretty and soft looking and it is very nice the way the sun shines into the room through them. That chevron rug anchors everything and pulls it all together beautifully. How wonderful that you have the family portrait near you to remind you of happy times with your precious son!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lynn. I really appreciate your lovely comments.

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  11. This is such a great room Mel! I would be so cozy in here and in the summer, you have all that light and a breeze blowing in! I love the quilt and the rug, too. The memory shelf for Phil is a beautiful idea.

    You still have mosquitoes? That's a shame. I sit out at night here all the time. And this has been one year at the lake they we've had surprisingly few mosquito's, flies or bees. I am SO not ready for fall but my mantel was blatantly summer! I just added some deep warm colors and the leaves. Emily put mums out already! I told her she is going to be so tired of them in a month! lol!

    Went to the doc today...yep, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Having a test next week and then getting the options. I'll keep you posted.

    Jane xx

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    1. This is the most light-filled room in the house. I'd like to think part of that is because is filled with Phil's loving and gentle spirit. Oh yes, the mosquitoes are still crazy here. It IS a shame because we can't enjoy sitting outdoors. I'm not surprised to hear you have Carpal Tunnel. I hope that you won't have to have surgery.

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  12. It looks really nice and you have such good light in this room. I love lots of shelves and baskets for books. And it's special with the memories of your son. I saw his photo in your sidebar. Sending you a hug...I'm so very sorry. Sweet hugs, Diane

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  13. I like the curtains...they bring a nice softness to a room that is already comfy and cozy. Such great lighting in here !

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    1. Glad you like the curtains, Deb! I love the lighting in this room, too.

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  14. Wow! Your office looks so cozy. The curtains look great and look perfect for controlling the nice amount of sunlight coming in. I love the look of the desk and the comfy lounging chair. I wish all offices had chairs like that. Hahaha! Thank you for sharing the pictures! Wishing everyone the best of health!

    Hubert Cole @ PearCom

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    1. Thank you for all the lovely compliments, Hubert. I really appreciate it.

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  15. Your curtains look so pretty and I love your idea of using one panel per window. That keeps a nice light airy feel to the room. You office looks like such a cozy refuge, and of course, it will always be Phil's room!
    Glad you're back, Melanie...had to get caught up on your other posts.
    Mary Alice

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    1. Thank you, Mary Alice - I was actually thinking of you while trying to decide what to do with these curtains. I was wishing you were here in person to help me since you're so good at this type of thing, lol! I'm glad I'm back, too.

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