Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Office Inspiration

Like Reed mentioned last week, we are really excited to have our office makeover in full swing! This is the first official room where we've sat down and really put some thought into the design and decorating plans.  And since we're in a sharing mood, we figured we would show you what we've dreamed up.

  1. Striped Curtains
  2. Paint
  3. Light Fixture
  4. Map
  5. Desk
  6. Industrial Shelves
  7. Chair
  8. Rug
  9. Lamp
  10. Green Pillow

Disclaimer: Everything in our "mood board" is subject to change. We threw this together to start feeling inspired, so the chances of our room looking exactly like this picture are slim to none.  In fact, a few things have changed already. :)

We envision the office having a more masculine vibe than the other rooms in our house. 
  • We are looking forward to some smokey bluish grey walls and crisp white woodwork, mixed with richly stained wood on the desk and bookshelf.
  • Our most exciting office project (in my opinion) includes building an industrial bookshelf made out of reclaimed wood (from Reed's grandpa) and galvanized pipes.  This inspiration pic shows black pipes, but we are actually leaning towards silver pipes which would coordinate well with the grey in the room.
  • The cream couch will hopefully be replaced by a distressed brown leather chair.  We are still on the hunt for one that's not ridiculously expensive, so the couch might be staying temporarily (which is okay by us, since it literally took the two of us hours to figure out how to get the couch to fit through the doorway initially). 
  • We are thrilled to say that we will finally put together the desk pieces that Reed built, complete with our old wood door we found at an antique store in Galesburg. I'm even thinking about trying my hand at Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to paint the door a new color (any readers out there have any tips/tricks/opinions on it?).
  • I'm imagining some long grey and white curtains on both windows made by "Curtains by Carol" (she's my mom, and also the fabulous creator of all of the curtains in our house)! (Funny story, I placed the order for fabric a few days ago and completely forgot there were two windows in the room. duh.  Thankfully, has great customer service and fixed it for me before the fabric shipped.)
  • Maps, globes, and other manly office decorations will find their place around the new room.  We are also looking for an old surveyors tripod floor lamp for a little extra lighting.
  • Reed's guitars are finally going to be hung on the wall to give us more floor space.
  • Not to mention new trim, a new light fixture, and eventually an organized craft closet!  And, if Reed gets his wish, possibly a TV...  It's still up for debate.
So, are you as excited as we are!? Okay good, who wants to come over and help?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

the Office

Well, after several months of talking about it, we finally started working on the office.  Since we moved into the house, this room has for-the-most-part been neglected.  When we first moved in, this room was the perfect spot to store tools while working on other parts of the house.  If we didn't want to look at the mess, we would simply shut the door.  Out of sight, out of mind right?

Our planning for this room started last winter when I began working on the new desk.  After a broken wrist, some warm weather, and a whole lot of landscaping, we aren't quite as far along with this room as we had planned; but we are finally making some headway.

Before Pics

Last week, we started by moving everything out of the office and into the guest room.  Next we removed all of the baseboards and the trim from around the windows and doors.  Like all of the other rooms in our house, all of the trim was coated with multiple layers of paint (possibly lead paint) and was painted the same color as the walls.

With the room cleared and the trim gone, we began to assess the walls and ceiling.  Let's just say we are very happy that the rest of the walls and ceiling in our house weren't in this kind of condition when we moved in.  Whoever lived in this room before us must have had an affinity for hanging crap on the walls because we found more nail holes in this room than we did in the rest of our rooms combined.


The room was a pinkish-beige but due to the shoddy paint job it is very apparent that the previous color was a bright teal straight from the early 90's.  We're not entirely sure how it happened but all the way around the entire room there were chips of ceiling paint missing along the wall.  Our guess is that they taped around the ceiling when they painted the walls and that when they removed the tape, a few layers of paint came with it.  The joys of owning an older home.

So after a night of patching the ceiling and filling the nail holes (and another night of sanding everything), we finally got the walls painted.  As usual, I did the edging and Deanne did the rolling.  We've tried switching roles in the past, but that just resulted in a broken roller and paint all over the ceiling.  We still have a lot of work to do but it feels great to finally be making some progress.

Yes, we are using the old owners curtains as drop cloths.  Is that bad?

I believe she's trying to figure out what part of the ceiling she already painted.

I took over rolling responsibilities to give the short one a break.

So here's our checklist of what's done / what's left to do:

  • Clear out room
  • Remove baseboards, window trim, and door trim,
  • Replace power outlets
  • Fill nail holes
  • Patch ceiling
  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint walls (Deanne says you have to wait to see the new wall color until she shares more details on the design.  I know, the suspense must be killing you.)
  • Hang new Baseboards
  • Hang new window / door trim
  • Fill nail holes (in the trim)
  • Paint trim
  • Caulk trim
  • Replace light fixture
  • Finish Desk (finally!)
  • Re-finish new (to us) desk chair
  • Build shelving unit (more on that later)
  • Convince Deanne to let me put a TV in this room
Note: Sorry our progress pictures are lacking in quality.  We have been temporarily sans-camera so we've just been using our iphones for pictures.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Green Thumbs & Dirt Under Our Nails

Guessssssss What!?!  OUR LANDSCAPING [project for the summer] is DONE! Done, done, done, done, done! And we couldn't be happier.  And by "we", I really mean, "I", Deanne, am THRILLED to have our landscaping-the-front-of-the-house project over.

Reed, on the other hand, claims to have discovered a new found love for outdoor work.  While he is relishing in his accomplishments and feeling success as he sees new things grow, I am hating on the entire project. Haters gotta hate. Landscaping/outside work is just not my cup of tea.  It didn't help that we decided to tackle this project during the hottest and driest summer to hit the Midwest since we were born.  

Which brings me to my next point.  Apologies.  We have been terrible at posting this summer.  Since we made it our ultimate goal to finish the front landscaping by the end of Spring 2012 Summer 2012, we have had zero time for the fun remodeling, decorating, aka enjoyable activities at the Panther house since April. No one likes to read (or write for that matter) depressing posts about how this project felt uninspiring and never-ending, so we just stopped.  But its over, and our blog posts are about to get more frequent and more fun (hopefully); and involve less dirt, plants and living things.

But before we move on to the above mentioned "fun-filled" posts, we feel that it is our obligation to show you what we ended up with (besides feelings of hate towards outside work).  It is only fair that we finish what we started here and here.  And hey, despite the overall dislike of outside work, we are pretty darn proud of our new landscaping.  

So without further ado, allow me to do show you a little recap of the "Summer 2012 at the Panther House."

Don't mind the little flags in the photo below- we are debating adding a few more plants to that section (next year, of course).