Monday, March 28, 2011

C-C-Changes In The Office

For the past few years I have run Marianne Strong Interiors out of our house. It has been a love/hate relationship. In some ways it is great to work from home. I know Harry (dog) approves. In other ways it is really hard- loss of a room in the house and never escaping work completely. As business grew I definitely outgrew the space, the temporary fix has been my "second office" also known as storage unit for samples, furniture, etc. Until now. I have been looking for space on and off for a while now but when you are busy the task easily moves to the back burner. However, the arrival of new family member on the horizon means it is time to step up the search. I will keep you in the loop, I have not found space yet, but when I do here are some images serving as inspiration...Of course I will need a big inspiration board. By no means a new or novel idea but I use mine all the time.
Maybe a whole wall? More is more right? I told Harry if I moved out his mug would be prominent above my desk, he doesn't seem to think that is a good deal in the least.
I put this picture in because I like it visually. I can tell you honestly that my office has never looked this organized a day in its life.
The decorator who I started with always had white offices, I really do think this is the way to go for a work office in this field. I need some color though so that is why this picture is here, to show that a little can go a long way...
How to organize the fabric swatches...that is the question isn't it? I find when I meet other decorators/designers this topic always comes up and no one has found a perfect way yet...
Yes, yes, yes....
Natural light is a must (and apparently hard to find in my budget range). Something like this what I am talking about; I will bet you a million dollars though this in not what I will find. Any takers? Anyone? I could use some extra moolah these days!
One of the best examples of what I have in mind is Suzanne Kasler's Atlanta offices. I am dying for a tour...
More to come as the search continues...

Images 1-5 Elle Decor, 6 & 7 House Beautiful, 8 Metropolitan Home, 9 & 10 Altanta Homes & Lifestyles

19 comments:

Tiffany @ Savor Home said...

New office and new baby... Great things are happening for you! I am sure your office will look divine. I like white spaces, too. They are just happy. Congrats on your accomplishments.

Chic Coles said...

We are for the first office with the full wall of cork board!!!!Of course Suzanne Kasler offices are amazing.

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss said...

Good luck with your search! Love all of these images. So inspiring!

paula said...

I hope you find the perfect space soon! love the images.

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

Hello Maryanne,

How are you feeling today? Guess what? I just found out I'm also pregnant! This is baby # 3 for me! Wow! I'm so happy and I actually thought of you. We can share some experiences.. lol... I can't believe it. I felt so happy for you when I read you're pregnant and I didn't even dreamed I was already pregnant also. Isn't crazy? :-) All I can say is that I'm really happy and grateful for this Gift form God.

Btw, I'm pretty sure your office will be great. Have faith that the best place for you will come soon.

Have a wonderful week!

xo

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Ashley said...

Hope there's a great office space just waiting to be discovered! These images are SO gorgeous!

laxsupermom said...

Moving into a new space is so exciting. Can't wait to see both the new nursery, and the new office space as they develop. With any luck someone out here in blogland will know of the perfect space for you.

Love your inspiration pics. Thanks for sharing, and good luck with the search.

Naomi @ Design Manifest said...

good luck with the search! Won't it be fun to have a new space to decorate? :)

17 Perth said...

Yay! So excited---new office and new baby. Lots of fun changes coming. Good luck with the search. Love these inspirational pics.

JMW said...

Best of luck in your office search - all of the images you feature are fabulous. Love the chairs in the first one!

lizziefitz said...

Best of luck with the search. Erika over at Urban Grace interiors has a great fabric sample Tag board:)

Stephanie Sabbe said...

fun! Can't wait to see where you end up!

Danielle said...

will harry get to go to the new space?? cant wait to see waht you find!

charm home said...

We just bought a house and I can't wait to move out of our tiny condo. I will actually have a room in my new unfinished basement to call my office. It will be a work in progress just as the whole house will be but it's still exciting to think that I'll finally have a room that's all my own. Good luck with your search!!! I'm sure you'll find a perfect place soon.

Tenn Hens said...

I feel your pain. Working at home can be so nice, but also super hard. Lots of distractions and they only grow when you have a bambino! Can't wait to see what ya find.

Amber Interiors said...

I made a pretty inspiration / cork board....come check it out!!!!!


http://amberinteriordesign.blogspot.com/2011/03/diy-huge-cork-wall.html

Kathysue said...

How exciting!!! You will love having your own space to organize and decorate, good for YOU!!! The perfect space is out there just waiting for you. Kathysue

Katie @ Noodle and Boof said...

LOVE that first photo!

megan @ a life's design said...

Change can be good! I hope the perfect place is found.