Tucked behind the couch in a corner of our lounge room, is my little office nook. In various houses we’ve had various set-ups for where the computer lives – just off the kitchen, in an altogether separate study-dedicated room, in my bedroom as a uni student, on my lap as a homeless nomad bumping along dusty outback tracks. Here at the farmhouse our lounge room is big enough to incorporate our two couches plus a desk. I like having the computer in the main living space – I look up recipes, blog, run my photography business, edit photos, study, talk to people on Facebook, Matt checks his emails and researches things for work of an evening, all without having to be squirreled away in another room (and still be warm in front of the fire).
But… the ‘nook’ area is tricky. It’s squished in between a window and a wall, the space is just a tad too narrow for a standard desk width of 120cm. So I’ve been on the hunt for a smaller desk, nothing fancy, something simple, something to blend in to our lounge room rather than stand out, something pretty but industrial, practical too. So here’s what is churning around in my head at the moment, just in case you wanted a peek inside. On the left is pretty Martha Stewart-esque, on the right is roughed up industrial, I’d like to be somewhere in between. I’m thinking simple white, touches of soft blue and kraft clipboards, recovering my desk chair in a textured linen, a lamp perhaps.
Do you have a desk and computer in a main living area?
Got a weird nook that won’t fit standard furniture?
What are your thoughts on in-tray vs. magazine files?