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Spring Desk Refresh

by - Monday, February 03, 2014

Hooray, its February! I always view January as the worst of winter so I'm glad when the month is finally over. February means spring is just around the corner, right?

A new month means a new theme and this month is Basement Month at Rambling Renovators. I'll be focusing on the office area, craft zone, and main entertaining area in the basement. I'll be sharing lots of crafts this month (hint: Valentine's Day tea party headed your way), plus a long-delayed video tour of the full basement. It's been a year and a half since my last video so time for me to walk you through the finished space. Photos are good but I think videos are great for giving you the sense of scale of a space.

But for today, let's talk spring. I can't wait to shed the heaviness and cozy textures of winter to bring in lightness and fresh colours into my home. I spend hours sitting in my home office area so its one place I want to feel welcoming and happy.

I started with new art. The parrots are from a wallpaper sample that was too lovely to hide away (Perroquet by Nina Campbell) that I put in Ikea frame. Then I pulled out all the pretty and feminine accessories I had... pastel and golden hued notebooks, pencils, and a small plant. I bought the glass boxes at HomeSense and they are a fun way to hold my washi tape and business cards.

The fabric covered bulletin board features a rotating gallery of Chloe's art, photos, paint chips, and favourite fabrics. This area of wall has a really awkward layout with the window, electrical panel hidden behind the peg board, and the different counter heights. I'm not sure I want to keep the bulletin board permanently here so it sits on the desk for now.

I like to keep the desk surface clean and organized. One thing that helps with that is the hidden shelf beneath the desk that holds the modem, wires, and power bar. When we planned the cabinetry layout, we knew that we wanted to have an outlet and hide our technology components under the desk. HandyMan mounted a simple wireshelf and brackets into the cabinets on either side of the desk space. The shelf is only about 12" deep so it doesn't get in the way when I'm sitting at the desk.

The components can be easily slipped in an out of the shelf. When the desk was installed, we had the countertop installers drill a hole for a grommet so we could feed the wires through to the top.

The desk is looking fresh and clutter free. I am so much more productive and focused when my desk isn't a mess! How about you? Do you keep your desk clean or piled with papers?

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