The old office space that is now the living room
My sister is a children's book illustrator and she works from home. Years ago we made a studio for her where her current living room is now (I wrote about it here) but now she works mostly in her upstairs office. She has a small desk in her kitchen where she can sketch as well. The space where she has her desk used to be the dining room ... which has been relocated to the previous living room (are you following this?!).
The new desk area in the kitchen
The first thing we did was go to Ikea to order some closets to line her garage. We used bedroom closets that slide with shelves and pull out drawers inside (another post / another day!). We also came home with a dresser to keep her tools and dog leashes, etc. in. Here is an "in-progress" shot showing the new Ikea cabinets and the almost finished dresser (sans drawers):
The tall glass cabinet (it is actually three pieces sitting on top of each other) was purchased years ago from Crate and Barrel and had been in her upstairs office. I like that it is in this space now - it adds necessary storage but even more shows my sister's personality. Some of the items were gifts, some from travels and, do you see the stuffed lion? That was from her childhood.
I love all the whimsical tchotchkes (ˈchäch-kə: knickknack, trinket) she has ... so much inspiration for her books!
Our first accessory purchase was this lamp from West Elm. My sister found it and it was on clearance:
I used it on the built-in desk area that is really just a place to drop keys and glasses...
The cabinets did not have any hardware and we purchased some pulls and knobs from Ikea and Deb installed them herself!
My sister is an avid golfer and the photo is of our father when he was a young man.
The lamp set the direction for the rest of the accessories ... green! We went back later and picked up this one too:
green glass jug lamp | West Elm
The new faucet works well with its clean lines and it ties in with the new cabinet hardware. The green bottles help bring the outdoors in.
The baking soda in the Ikea bottle is something I have in my kitchen too... add a little dishwashing soap and it makes the best (and natural) cleaner. Just so you can really appreciate the new look, here is what we started with:
The new counter depth French door refrigerator is a much better fit than the previous one that stuck out too far beyond the cabinets (and door) ...
And we added a Dash and Albert Diamond Black & Ivory indoor/outdoor runner to finish it off the kitchen and keep the water from Mack's dog dish from dripping all over the floor.