It is amazing to me how much of my mood is affected by the state of my home. Like it or not the clutter, organization, color choices, and design of a room can have big impacts on my energy level and attitude. Knowing this I set up specific goals for our home in 2018. I am working to reduce a lot of the excess, streamline and make our home run smoothly. Changes to meal planning, evening routines, and working on purging closets have been taking place in January. I have also started working on making changes to my home office.
The office has a large harvest table as the desk, and I love the space to spread out and work. However, it has a tendency to turn into a dumping ground 80% of the time. The lack of storage that comes from having no drawers is a problem! I’ve had a cart next to my table but it is simply too small to hold everything and too far away from where I sit to be functional. So with the help of my friends at Wayfair, I set out to make some changes to the space that would make it more functional and also more visually appealing!
First up was a few changes to the table itself. It was in need of some TLC, so I flipped over the table and removed the leg extensions which were half off at this point. A piece of 4×4 was added to the end of each table, and extra large metal casters were attached. Two coats of paint, a white for the top and greige for the bottom, finished off the table. The table is beautiful and really shows off in the center of the room.
Next problem to tackle was the storage. I knew I needed to ditch the cart, and also find something that would fit under the table. This mobile cabinet from Wayfair was perfect for the job! It gives me more storage than the cart, and the enclosed drawers mean I won’t have to see any paper clutter. The cabinet fits under the table and can be right next to where I would normally sit at the table. It meets both of my design requirements: functional and helps make the space more beautiful!
Up next were some changes to the efficiency to the table top. The desk light for the table was not helpful in the evening hours (which is when I get lots of work done!) because it shines directly down. I needed to replace the lamp with something that would allow me to angle the light and shine it on my work. I ended up picking this antique brass lamp that brings a touch of vintage to the tabletop, and also gets the job done! A power outlet cube for the table brings the outlets to my electronics and saves me from running extension cords and power strips to the table, a tripping hazard and an eyesore.
I’m excited to work in a space that functions better, and also looks beautiful! There may be a couple more changes coming to the office to finish out the update – so I’ll have to keep you posted. In the meantime, I would love to hear what you think of these updates to make my office table more functional.
Always wishing you the best, xo