The Office / Craft / Study Situation

Craft Inspiration Shelves via Cottage Magpie

Salvage Wood Wall via Cottage Magpie

In addition to the green cabinets, the other thing I’ve been waiting for after the holidays to update you on is the whole office / study / craft room situation.

You may remember that back in September I had this great experience where we voted on Facebook for me to update the pantry, which lead to me creating the mudroom (which is still just a sheet nailed the ceiling, in case you were wondering). That then lead to us deciding to convert the living room into a study for Mr. Magpie (who also works from home).

You may also remember that about this time last year, I became convinced that the real issue with my office / craft room was that it needed to be clean, organized and inspiring, and I was going to work on that over the year. Of course, I didn’t. So it sat, looking more or less like it did when I last showed it to you.

So, to recap, my office / craft room looked like this:

Messy Craft Room via Cottage Magpie

The living room looked like this:

Living Room via Cottage Magpie

Then we did a whole lot of this:

Carpentry in the Office via Cottage Magpie

Carpentry in the Office via Cottage Magpie

Carpentry in the Office via Cottage Magpie

Um, clearly by “we” I mean Mr. Magpie!

So, then what happened is…

…wait for it…

…we totally changed our minds.

Don’t worry, it’s not that bad.

Basically I was priming all that pretty woodwork and thinking to myself, “Boy, I sure wish I had a bunch of pretty woodwork in my office.” Just then, Mr. Magpie walked in, took a look at the room and said, “Gee, Angela, this room is so pretty, you should move in here. I should take the bonus room instead.”

Isn’t that sweet? I really should be nicer to that man.

So that’s what we did.

Except then the holidays happened. Which I really love, but it meant we couldn’t finish — we had to just move in and move on. Which is fine, we’ll get back to it *cough*cough* eventually *cough*cough*.

In the meantime, this is what things look like right now. What used to be my office/craft room and is now Mr. Magpie’s office looks like this:

The Study in Progress via Cottage Magpie

And what used to be the living room and is now my office / craft room looks like this:

Office Craft Room in Progress via Cottage Magpie

With me so far?

I’m really glad we made the switch even though it kind of derailed our project. It works so much better not only for both of our work styles but also for our homeschooling group and sewing dates and so on. So it’s working out perfectly.

Now that the holidays are over, we’ll get back to working on these rooms, so you’ll be seeing more. I’ll also be posting some of the things that got skipped over last fall, like I was talking about the other day. Meanwhile, this is where we’re at at the moment, so I thought you’d like to see.

What about you? Any projects you put on hold over the holidays??

~Angela :-)

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  1. Looks great! And looks like you made the right choice for your family.

    No big projects here, unless you count cleaning all the things…

    • Thanks, Nicole! I’m pretty excited about it. I hear you about cleaning, too. Boy do I have a lot of that to do! ~Angela~

  2. Barbara H. says:

    I know you feel like you are crawling along at a snail’s pace, but I think this swap was a great idea. Your new craft room looks pretty good as it is. Though the office is pretty spare right now, it looks like a serious, get down to work room. Congratulations on being flexible! Sometimes those things that get in our way are gifts, giving our minds time to process and re-assess the true solution. That’s what you guys are doing.

    • Thank you so much, Barbara! I really do think so. I *do* feel like it’s a snail’s pace, I admit — it’s nice to be reminded that it’s an evolutionary process. It seems like the longer we work on this house, the more we start to figure out what’s really going to work for us and what isn’t. The moves get less and less as we get it sorted. I have to keep reminded myself of that. I’m looking forward to tricking out both rooms going forward — a little bit at a time, of course! 🙂 ~Angela~

  3. I love it! Life is all about change, and you are sure doing your share!! I love the idea of being able to use different rooms for different things! OK. But….I have to ask…..where’s all your ‘stuff’? In your original craft room, it looks like you had a lot more stuff than you do now. ‘Sup with that? And that gorgeous, to die for round table??

    • Hahaha! Dona, you caught me! I should have mentioned it. Most of the “stuff” is temporarily in the space that will be a mudroom somday but right now is mostly storage for all my stuff. Also the hall closet is crammed full, too. I’m determined not to overwhelm my new space with junk because it’s so uninspiring!! I need to go through it all and decide what’s really going to stay and what’s going to go. The round table is great — I don’t have a spot for it but I don’t want to let it go, so I actually think I’m going to use it on the back porch! (Collective gasp, I know.) I think it’ll be great out there, though, and cozier and cuter than a big table. I’ll work on that space when the weather gets warmer! Right now — brrrrrrrr…. 🙂 ~Angela~

  4. I love the change. Your “sewing” room has a lot of natural light now and I really think you will take advantage of it. You and Mr. Magpie are very flexible as far as changing ideas. I bet you bounce ideas off each other all the time. I am anxious to see how the rest of the changes and additions will effect the rooms. Thanks so much for sharing. I really enjoy seeing all the changes.

    • Thank you! I’m really loving all the light. Yes, we do bounce ideas of each other all the time. Since we both work from home, we (and the kids) talk all day long!! It’s a great thing, although sometimes we should talk less and work more, I think. 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement. I’m looking forward to seeing how things progress, too! 🙂 ~Angela~

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