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Look at that glorious site: a young professional, hard at work and looking oh so dashing in his new office chair. My husband may or may not have deleted this photo so I wouldn’t post it, but that’s beside the point. We finally purchased a new chair for our home office and I think this picture speaks volumes for how much this chair was needed. Just look at that comfort and pleasant working environment!

As you all are well aware, our previous office chair was a piece o’ crap – to put it mildly. Since my husband is now a full-time work-from-home type, we took the plunge and purchased a much nicer chair to support his back and derriere for the long work week. After much consideration, we decided that this office chair was the perfect mix of classic design and affordability. We decided to put a bit more money into this purchase since it is something that will hopefully last a very long time, due to its quality and design.

Just look at those sweet chrome details! We opted not to add the sleek chrome arms on at this point since Scott is a “lounge worker” – meaning, he likes to prop his legs up and sit in all sorts of awkward positions all day. The beauty of this chair is that it looks just dandy with or without the arms – bonus!

My favorite detail of this chair is the horizontal bar along the back, that closely mimics the classic Eames design. Plus its easy to move the chair around without getting greasy fingers on the snazzy leatha.

So our winter project is still going well into Spring and we’re not quite to the finish line yet. But this chair puts us just a few yards out of the finish line and we’re super excited with the end result. Scott said “it’s so comfortable” after his first day, so I consider that a win win. Thoughts on the new chair?

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You wouldn’t think it would be so difficult to pick out an office chair, would you? Well, turns out it is. Incredibly difficult. I’m so indecisive I could just bite my tongue off (why those two things correlate, I do not know). Turns out my indecisive dilemma is now kicked into high gear, because it’s time to actually hunker down and purchase an office chair. I’ve been contemplating this purchase for some time now, but there was never a huge rush. Sure, our current office chair is an Office Depot $5.99 special, but it still works. And up until recently, the hubs only worked from home on occasion, so his bum was fine for the few hours he endured at home each week.

Fast forward to today, and we have urgent reasons to purchase a new office chair. Like, NOW. My husband (because he’s such a model employee) was recently bequeathed a mini bonus and he decided that he would like to use that money towards a new office chair – a man after my own heart. Plus, he’s applying for a work-from-home program, which means that our home office will actually become a real, work office for him most days of the week. So, his bum needs a nicer chair. Like, NOW.

We’ve come to a (pretty confident) consensus that we’d like a white, leather, knock-off style office chair. Don’t judge – if I could buy the real Eames and Saarinen products, I tooootally would. We shopped around town today, but couldn’t find anything that quite fit our budget. There are lots options online, but it’s tough to purchase something you’ll be sitting on all day if you can’t take it for a test drive. Oh, and there’s the matter of looks. What exactly do we want?

There is this Eames style chair (that OhBrooke also posted about recently) and many others like it that are my obvious first choice. It’s classic, simple and timeless – plus the upholstery won’t sag like other chairs with a more padded seat. But that’s Scott’s concern – will this be comfortable enough?

This one is another classic knockoff, but with a bit more cushy for the tushy. I like the looks of this one as well (albeit a bit more bulky looking) but I am concerned with how the padding will wear overtime – since it is a knock off, after all. I have to get on my designer soap box real quick and say don’t underestimate the insanely overpriced classic pieces that you’ll find at places like DWR. They may be more costly than pieces from big box doors, but they’re classics for a reason. They’re unlike any other piece of furniture you’ll find (because they’re simply the first of their kind) and their design and construction is seriously impeccable. Now, if only we all had a million dollars lying around to buy these sorts of things… off soap box, moving on.

I also spotted this little gem over at CB2. It’s much less than the other options out there, but it might just be a bit too modern looking for my home. Plus, Scott is ultimately looking for an armless chair, so I’m hoping some of the other options have arms that we can remove.

Any thoughts? Opinions? A big “I don’t care just pick a darn chair” remarks? All comments are welcome, seriously. I need some help… for the sake of my tongue.

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You thought that I gave up on my winter project, didn’t you? Well, the reality is that projects in the real world take time and money, so you betcha we’re taking our sweet time with this one. We’re slowly piecing the office together, which gives me time to over think things and work my little brain through an abundance of ideas – which is both good and bad. One of the items that we knew had to be remedied in this home office, though, was storage. With my husband working from a home a good bit of the time, this office had to not only cater to his everyday needs, but also needed to store a plethora of crafting items, cameras, guitars and our over abundance of wires. We stuck with our initial idea of buying an Expedit storage unit from Ikea because of the slammin’ price and oodles of storage space.

This storage cabinet gave us the flexibility in storage that this home office needed. We bought two cabinet doors to house miscellaneous craft and photography gear, and also snagged some baskets from Target to house our printer paper, blank CDs and other office accoutrements. The cabinet also allows us to have simple book-case style storage and even space to display picture frames/art and have a long counter for layout space. Really, it’s downright perfect for the office.

The Expedit cabinet doors come with this simple silver hardware. It’s all fine and dandy, but I wanted to jazz things up a bit and use this opportunity to bring in some more color/texture with our cabinet knobs. We picked up these funky knobs from Anthropologie a while back, and they make all the difference in turning a standard Ikea cabinet into something more custom to our home.

I’m still debating on putting legs on this cabinet to make it feel like a more substantial furniture piece, but for now this cabinet is suiting us just fine. We’re still working on finishing touches in the office (artwork, draperies, etc.) and the perfect desk chair, but our storage needs have dramatically changed since the Expedit cabinet joined our family. Now the massive amount of wires and piles of paper have a place to stay out of view – which makes Audrey a very happy lady. Stay tuned for more office details in the (hopefully near) future!

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Ok, ok…. so I barely manage to blog once a week and then how do I repay you? I hit you up for votes so I can win something totally awesome. Yeah, that’s how I roll. I’m a terrible person and I love you all for humoring me on a regular basis.

So here’s the deal. A furniture supplier that I work with on a regular basis (whom also awarded me my womb chair) is having a contest to win the new Generation chair by Knoll. This chair may look like a regular office chair, but really, it’s a slice of pure ergonomic heaven. Honestly. I’ve never been more excited about a chair in my life, and that’s really saying something. They challenged designers in Charlotte to take a creative picture incorporating the chair – so what did I do? Exploited my pup, of course! Don’t judge me for my lack of creativity – I’m hoping that cuteness bodes well with designers in the area. :)

I’m dying to win this chair for our home office since my lovely husband has to sit in a very unfortunate chair every other day at present time. If you take the time to vote for me, I promise I’ll repay you in cookies and sunshine… and possibly more frequent blog posts.

Please send an email to vote059@cbi-nc.com or simply visit http://cbigenerationcontest.com/, go to Review Pictures and vote for Charlie, photo number 59. I’ve heard a rumor that you can only vote 5 times from each computer, but come on people, let’s beat the system! Thank you thank you and here’s to hopes of an un-sore back and happy behind for my husband in the near future!

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Yesterday morning I sprung up out of bed way before my alarm with tons of ideas brewing in my head. Does this ever happen to you? My best creative thoughts come when I’d least like them to (i.e. when I’m asleep). One was for an idea I’m brewing up for a christmas gift (which will be revealed at a later date, if all goes well) and the other was for curtains for our home office. Now, why 5:00 am and striped curtains seem to be a winning combo, I’ll never know. But I’ve been saving some images of striped curtains recently and think these just might be the ticket for our office curtain dilemma.

These striped curtains from Little Green Notebook started my striped obsession, and the search for further curtains of the same.

It wasn’t until I found these curtains and a super helpful tutorial that I really started to ponder the idea of stripes in our office. I love a good, graphic print and what’s better than a bold stripe? Oh, and horizontal and thick stripes for this girl – I’d like to avoid any traditional vertical stripes in this office because, frankly, it’s just not my style. I have a hard time finding the right fabric most of the time, so I’m seriously considering a DIY approach for these puppies. Now’s where my lovely readers come in to play.

Here is a very rough sketch of some ideas I’m considering for the office window treatments. I’d love to bring in the mustardy yellow that’s in the lamp shade and reupholstered chair, but I’m not sure if that would be too drastic on two windows (4 panels). I love the tone on tone of a light gray and a white, but maybe I need Option 3 to bring a little bit of both colors into the room. Option 3 may be a bit more traditional, so I’m a bit hesitant about that one. Just to refresh your memory, the curtains would be going in this lovely hole that we call the office:

Care to share your thoughts on the curtain options? I’m not 100% on the striped look (when am I ever 100% on anything house related?) but I’d love to hear what the blog world thinks and hopefully help in my decision-making. Poll time – go!

Un-tagged images yoinked from Apartment Therapy and Smitten Design.

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Winter Project

This past weekend, while driving around town running some errands, my husband said something to me that almost made me look forward to the dreaded winter season. “Let’s do a winter project”. I paused, smiled, and thought my husband must really get me. I’m a self-proclaimed winter hater, so this little idea thrown up by my one and only was music to my ears. It didn’t take much discussing for us to decide that our home office needed a bit of a pick me up. I admit, the office hasn’t been featured very often on this blog because, well, it’s heinous. It’s basically a mishmash of random furniture pieces that had to go somewhere, so they ended up in the office. Take a look at our disaster that is in desperate need of a winter makeover.

Oh, the horror. Yes internet, you have now gotten a glimpse into our sad little office that we close the door to when guests come over. The old school table I refinished (ie tried to salvage) sadly sits in the corner, but doesn’t provide any efficient storage. And the wires. Oh goodness gracious, the wires. They are the bane of my existence.

The other side of the office is even more sad, if you can believe it. We have some wall space that isn’t being utilized to its full potential, and some hand-me-down storage that just isn’t making the cut. So what to do? Enter, our winter project idea collage.

Scott and I love the rich browns we have rocking in this space, but this room needs some colors to brighten things up a bit. Also, Scott works from home about 3 days a week and spends all day in this room, so the organization needs to be pumped up. I’m not completely sold on this collage, but it’s at least a good starting point while we work our way to a more functional and pleasing home office.

The desk, rug and side chair are existing, as well as our lovely Crate and Barrel ladder bookshelf. We’re planning to toss the old green table, as well as the cheapo college bookshelf to free up the room for some more useful storage solutions. We’ll reposition some items in the room to make the space work better, as well as add an Expedit storage unit from Ikea to form a credenza of sorts, with tons of useful storage within. We’ll even customize it with some door inserts, metal legs and some colorful knobs to take it from building standard to super snazzy.

Scott is in desperate need of an office chair that can house his tushy for an 8 hour day. I’ve been eyeing this one from CB2 for quite some time, so I think we may need to make it a member of our household. We’ll also bring in some color/pattern through window treatments – I’m not 100% sold on these particular ones, but I want something that will coordinate, as well as play off of, our newly redone side chair.

Thoughts? Comments? Any other items that we desperately need to make this office an organizational haven? Share the goods, people!

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Meet my sad little chair. Old girl has been with me since college, when I found her at a flea market and slapped some royal blue paint and cheap-o yellow fabric on her seat. Since neither of these colors plays a big part in my current abode, I felt the need to give her some new clothes and dress her up a bit so she didn’t feel out of place next to our new bed or the womb chair. Her current state was pretty embarrassing, right? So I took a screw driver and some pliers and went to work.

The demolition of the chair fabric was probably the hardest part, but once I got started it went along pretty quickly. I made sure to keep the fabric in one piece so I could use it as a template for the new seat fabric, once I gave this girl a fresh coat of white paint.

For this paint job, I decided to forgo my paintbrush, and pick up some semi-gloss white spray paint from my local hardware store. With the little details on the legs and the canning on the barrel back, spray paint was the way to go. Just be sure to do this outdoors in a well ventilated area and away from anything that you might not want bits of white paint to get on (including yourself, or your dog).

After my paint dried, I laid out my new fabric (I decided to go with a different pattern than I originally thought, still from Calico Corners – this one was much more “me” in hindsight) and placed my old seat fabric down as a template. I bought a whole yard of this new fabric so I could be sure I got the right gray-to-chartreuse ratio to my liking. Once I cut all the way around my old seat fabric, I made little slits in the fabric where the chair legs would go. This way, I could lay the fabric on the chair and cut my way around the leg holes as I went. I felt that if I cut the pattern exactly how the old seat fabric was, it wouldn’t fit exactly the same and I would be short on fabric. That’s just my luck.

Once I finagled the fabric around the legs and shape of the seat, I started nailing it into place, starting at the parts that were the loosest and hardest to get taught. Believe it or not, I got this tip from my husband, who helped a friend upholster a seat cushion on this boat – who knew? I pulled the fabric down pretty tight at each nail spot, and worked my way around the chair – a few nails at each chair leg, and then at the leg diagonal to that, and so forth. I learned it was best to not start nailing at one space and work your way all around clockwise, since you’re constantly pulling and tweaking to make sure the seat is tight. After my nailing was completed and I had used a screw driver to help me really jam those suckers in there, I cut off the excess fabric and hot glued my trim piece over the nail heads.

And voila! After a couple of afternoons worth of work, my sad chair had its much needed facelift. I love how the new fabric is basically different shades of neutral gray, but with a few great pops of yellowy greens. Along with the white paint, it was the fresh start that my old chair certainly needed.

Plus, with one yard of fabric only putting me back $17.00 (on sale!), a trim piece for $3.00 and $3.00 for spray paint, this project was not even 25 buckaroos. A new chair would have put me back at least $100, so I’m pretty happy with my little weekend makeover. What do you think?

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