So today Andrew and I signed our paperwork for the townhouse we’ll be moving into in May! We’re really excited because we’ll have a garage, a washer and dryer in unit, and two separate offices (three bedrooms total). For two years we’ve been living in a super cute loft, which means that we have a lot of open space, but no individual areas for us to make into our own man and (wo)man caves.
For the most part, Andrew and I have very similar taste in interior design, so I’ve never felt that I couldn’t add or change things in my home if I wanted to. But there are sometimes things I want that he just won’t go for–and vice versa. So, needless to say, I’m very excited to have some space to myself that I can customize.
My office–which I’ve dubbed my battleroom to make it sound more badass–will be functioning as several spaces. First, it will need to be a good, productive environment for me to focus on my academic work. As of now I have a year left of grad school which will most likely turn into four more years if I choose to enter the PhD program. So I need the office to have a good set up for spreading out a lot of textbooks, research materials, etc.
It will also be where I work on my magazine, Wildflower. Because Wildflower is my business, I thought it was time for me to get an office, but I didn’t want to pay rent at another place–plus I work full time at my day job so I usually work on Wildflower in the evenings or on the weekends. Since we release an issue every few months, plus additional projects throughout the year, I want to have some open areas where I can post pages and layout ideas. I’d like to have a few chalkboard, white board and corkboard displays. And I’ll need to have plenty of shelving and storage for books.
Lastly–and for me, most importantly–it will be a space where I can relax, play video games, listen to music, read, write, browse the web all night long, sip on tea, be creative, etc. Andrew and I have a great relationship, and I believe that couples function best together when they have time apart. And I’m definitely a person who likes to be alone a lot.
But, being me, which means being incredibly indecisive, I’m having a very hard time planning out the layout and decor for my office. The keywords I want my office to evoke are:
- Portal and Portal 2
- Mirror’s Edge
- Half-Life 2
- The Fifth Element
- Sucker Punch
- Lights (electronica, pop, clean, modern)
- Eisley (whimsical with a splash of grunge)
- Emancipator (electronica, atmospheric, soothing, dreamlike but also energetic)
- Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis
- Ecstasia/Primavera by Francesca Lia Block
- The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
And as part of my New Year’s resolution, I plan to make quite a few things myself, and I want very simple and minimal furniture.
Here are some rooms I’ve found inspirational while I’ll been scouring the web.
What does your home office look like? Where do you find inspiration for your workspace?
This will be an ongoing series so check back soon to find out how my planning progresses!
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