When we first looked at this house I had a lot of vision for this old fixer upper. Some of that vision has remained and some fluctuates back and forth the longer we live here. Before moving in I knew I wanted this odd little space to work as the office area. It sits between the dining room and den/kitchen area. You can see a bit of the layout here. Then when we actually moved into the house this was the only spot in the house where our favorite and first piece of real furniture we bought would fit. We then decided to put the "office" in the spare bedroom. Since then my sister has moved in with us for a bit and as the kiddos get older we have decided we would not want to move it into a space where we can't have eyes on them at all times. We then considered moving it into our kitchen nook, but the more I ponder the more I want a walk-in pantry. So after much thought and discussion with the Mr we have decided exploring my original idea of making this odd space into the office area once again. Currently our computer sits on our kitchen dining table and although I like the outside views I can't stand it taking up this space. Also I believe in every area of our home to have a purpose and currently this odd little space only serves as a pass thorough. That's a whole lot of space not being used to its full potential.
Before moving in I knew I wanted a waterfall shaped desk in this space after falling in love with this home office. I found one that I love, but it's on the pricey side, plus I am not sure with the drawers if the Mr's 6'6" frame would fit under it nicely. This particular desk is 72" of pure loveliness. The current buffet is 77" for size reference. It's wide enough where it could have a computer station and a spot for the kiddos to do hand written work. I also like the fact that I could put a basket underneath and the mess would be somewhat hidden. In the end though I think we would need to go with a custom desk so it would fit the Mr better. I would add a pretty desk lamp and a pair of dreamy chairs.
I then came across this narrow dining table and fell head over heels for it. I love the mix of metal and wood. At 94.5" it would almost fill up the whole wall. It's still on the pricey side, but this table could serve double duty as a dining table durning holidays or large gatherings as our current dining table can't fit near as many. We could use our current spare pair of dining chairs to add some warmth. With the extra wall space on either side of the chalkboard I could add some of my favorite pieces that have yet to be hung. Of course a fun lamp would need to be added.
The more I look at my two inspiration boards I am leaning towards option two. It feels a little less serious which I like since it will be a shared office space. I am also fond of the idea that I can use pieces that I love that I don't currently have a home for. Plus having the option to actually seat my whole family around one table for Christmas gets me pretty excited. The only con is that with the open legs there is no hiding mess underneath, but with the extra length I could possibly fit our current filing cabinet underneath plus still have room for two chairs. Which option do you all lean towards? Again you can see the layout better here.
*YOU CAN SEE WHERE THIS SPACE STARTED HERE