My mom and sister live together in a four-bedroom home in San Diego. My sister, Teresa is a great entertainer and has lots of guests (including me and my family) ALL the time. She and her partners run a successful, national marketing business from their home offices.
Teresa would frequently move out of her downstairs office, with a separate entrance, to make room for our brother and other guests.
She set up a sad little, makeshift office on tv trays in a corner of her bedroom. But as her big sister (and decorator) I was NOT going for it! I mean, I was one of the interlopers responsible for this situation…
BEFOREThere was a light airy loft space (meant to be a second family room) that only I used to work in while visiting. I knew it would be a great permanent office. It meant moving a lot of furniture out, like a heavy armoire that housed a television and a crummy IKEA sofa/bed (that I bought…a mistake, not comfortable at all with the pull-out bed in it).
I had an idea that we could get our antique French farm table out of storage and give it to Teresa for a desk. So, Howard and I rented a U-haul and brought it down. We set up her office (while staying with her once again) over Christmas.
The rest of the furniture she already owned but we reworked it as office furniture with IKEA baskets.How about that elbow room?The cool calendar was a gift from my daughter. We placed pages on larger clipboards for three months at a glance. A mid-back desk modern chair was a bargain. So much so at around $80, I asked Teresa for a review….
“Definitely a great value as office chairs can get very expensive. It looks good and it is pretty comfortable. It does not have any sort of lumbar support, so I am using the gray pillow for that. But it was much easier than I expected to assemble!! All things considered, I would absolutely recommend it to a friend.”
We also bought a floor chair mat to protect the seagrass.On the other side, we created a seating area. I bought those club chairs twenty years ago and slipcovered them in white cotton about ten years ago. The slipcovers were trashed but what was underneath was not…and plaid is back in style!!! Hey, is that a pillow on the right chair, too?No…he is Teresa’s intern (and Chief’s more serious brother), Judge! The wall color is Benjamin Moore White Dove. The banister and railing used to be “builder maple” which we painted. Please consider that if you have it. The wall to wall seagrass carpeting is great. It’s about five years old and stays so much cleaner than the white carpeting that used to be up here. Words of advice that I gave her a few years ago…and we are using it as a coaster in here.I also sent Teresa these Farm Girl Flowers (with a note thanking her for taking care of our little Mamacita). They are at the SF Flower Mart but send Fedex nation-wide.
The lovely loose arrangement reminds me of the one that our daughter, Alie, carried in a wedding as a bridesmaid last year…Source: Style Me Pretty
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