I don't know why it has been so scary for me to post pictures of my own home. After all, that was the whole premise for starting this blog. After finishing recovering my desk chairs, I got my butt in gear and gave our desk area a little sprucing. I also thought I'd share some of the nitty gritty design details that went into building out this area.
First, let's start with the pretty pictures.....
Our desk area sits right off of our kitchen area. Our entire downstairs is pretty open and besides our bathroom, there isn't a single room that is completely sectioned off. For a reference, if you turned directly around from facing our desk area, you would see this.) Therefore, everything has to have a place and look nice. In other words - no messy desks for us. Yes, of course it happens, but the design had to be made so that it would be as easy as possible to keep it tidy.
Open shelves kept the area open and airy, which has been a theme around our house. The silver vase was a flea market find and it is patiently waiting for an orchid. The brown, craft magazine files are from Border's when they closed down there location here. They hold all of my design concept photos.
My grandmother has been doing a little bit of cleaning out, and asked me if I would ever want this little gold Tiffany's clock - of course my reaction was "YES YES YES!!"
Now on to the nitty-gritty details....
The shelf brackets are from Ikea. We painted them white and had two shelves made. It's a simple, clean, open look.
When designing this space we had to get creative with all of the small details (chords, printers, external hard drives, etc.) Because we went with a built-in top, there was no space left for chords to fish down the back of the wall. We had our installer cut a 3" hole and placed a plastic, chord fitting inside.
This keeps our chords bundled together and out of site. Moving on to the lower chords (underneath the desktop) - those are out of site as well. At first glance, you wouldn't know they're there.
From a standing position you can see one outlet with a single chord. We built a track system that sits right below the desk top. It's almost like a trough that cradles all of our chords. There is a small hole that runs between both sides our desk to run chords.
That whole mess - out of sight!
For all of the computer "extras" (remember - I'm married to computer nerd...who I love dearly!) we found a ledge that mounts on the back of the computer and offers a space for those extras to perch.
Again - out of sight!
There you have it - all of our desk area details! One of these days, I might be brave enough to share David's side. : )