A Blank Slate

I’m going through a phase right now where I want to get rid of everything I own. I feel a constant need to purge things out of my life. The office was the most recent room in the house to feel the effect of my new found minimalist aesthetic.

For the last year the office has been home to two different desks. One was a cheapo Ikea model, that did the job, sure, but not with any style. The other desk was an antique wooden number that was actually built by my great-grandfather’s company. It has sentimental value as well as that classic look that I love. And yet it never sees any action. So, yesterday I decided it was time to do something about the office. I dismantled the Ikea desk, got rid of all those papers and pens and newspaper clippings that accumulated over time, and moved the big desk front and center.

It’s still not perfect. I think my next project will be making a wire photo wall to replace the shoddy frames that currently house the Ork posters on the far wall – see here. I also want to figure out what to do about that giant mosaic frame that is currently empty. I am on the fence about whether I like it, and want it in the room, or if I want to move it somewhere else, scrap it all together…ah, decisions. Don’t even get me started on that monstrous chair. Sure, it’s comfy, but it pretty much takes over the whole space.

But I think right now the office is a bit of a blank slate and I am a million times happier that I can be blogging from this lovely antique desk, looking out the window at another beautiful day in Montreal.

The Office

Today I did a lot of blog reading, and I am feeling might inadequate with my writing skills right now. I went through the archives of a couple of amazing blogs that actually made me experience strong emotions – I had to hold back from laughing out loud in my office, and I teared up more than once and did the wide-eyed no-blink look-at-the-ceiling thing for a while.

First, thanks to a recommendation from Google reader (who apparently knows me very well), I ended up at …and hijinx ensued. The blog is written by Princess Pointful, and I may be the last one to realize this, but she is amazing. Seriously, such a talented and expressive writer. It was very intimidating, but in a good way. I also enjoyed the Canadiana references (wooooot Neo Citron!!) and the grad school rants, I can relate to that. And I am only doing my master’s – PHD is a far way off for this girl.

Second, I started reading Mindy Kaling’s blog things I bought that I loved. She is better known in our house as Kelly Kapoor, from The Office. I didn’t know she was also¬† a writer and producer, but it just makes me love her even more. AND she is HILARIOUS. Like, really really hilarious.¬† Although she is understandably busy and doesn’t update a whole lot, the archives were well worth a look.

So that had me thinking about MY office (sorry for the bad segue- please don’t compare me to these ladies) and what the heck I am going to do with it once we move in. I am drawing a complete blank here. Seriously, it will probably end up being white. Not that that isn’t totally cool when it is well executed, but I don’t know if I have the talent to pull it off.

Here is a crappy picture of the current space

second-bedroom

The current owner is using it as an office also, minus the clothes strewn everywhere in this picture. The closet in the office is the access to the attic, so our building inspector had pulled all the clothes out so he could go up (only to discover potentially asbestos-filled insulation). I was too busy having a panic attack about the insulation that I didn’t put a lot of thought into taking good pictures of the space. I know the yellow has to go. The shades are staying, the are nice Ikea Isdans in pretty good shape, and neutral enough to work with whatever we want to do. Also, they are free, so score!!

I like the idea of all white, but I am worried that it might be too much because of the shape of the room. Would we lose the architectural lines? It was one of the first things I loved about this house. I was thinking maybe Kelly Green also, or carrying the grey in here from the master bedroom across the hall. I am in need of some inspiration. Nothing is jumping out at me! I guess I will just go back to reading blogs and feeling bad about lack of hyperbole.

-C