You may or may not know that recently Paul started a new job. He has been commuting to work every day and is traveling only rarely now. It’s not bee as big an adjustment for us as I was originally worried it would be, and the kids are certainly benefiting from more papa time during the week.
The other side benefit? Since he is working every day out of a regular office at a regular 9 – 5 (ish) job, he no longer had any use for the home office. Since we bought this house the room that had been designated by the builder as “Living Room” has been Paul’s office. It’s far too small to be a living room, and since the room with the fireplace next to both the dining room and kitchen (labeled “family room”) was much bigger, we had a living room already.
But this smaller room is in a primo spot: in front of the house with floor to ceiling windows and nice french doors. In other words, I’d been eying it for years.
Well, I no longer have to wish. Paul gave it up for me now that his office is at work. I spent the last week cleaning it out, painting it, and moving all of my stuff (Including a massive desk that should never be moved by anyone).
It took two tries to get the color just right, but now I am glad I went back. I love this colonial blue.
I painted around and behind Paul’s post – surgery chair and the server rack. It took FOREVER to get all of that stuff organized and moved out.
Before Paul could get all of his stuff out I began moving mine in. I couldn’t wait!
Everyone got excited when we moved the big comfy chair from the bedroom in. It’s a favorite spot to nap and read. I spent the first two months of Oona’s life sleeping in this chair. Very comfortable.
Now that the room is complete you can see a good reason for the comfy chair in here – the flat screen tv Paul mounted to the wall above my desk (the monitor on top of my desk are the cameras outside – these will be important once the animals come home).
Everything fits quite nicely. I kind of want to spend all my time in here.
I have a room surrounded by things I love, that is all me. It has already become the center of family activity – Paul likes to sit in the big chair and relax while I work on creative things, and the kids like to watch me and the tv. Even the dogs are in on the action.
I may have to make use of those french doors before too long.