At the start of this year, I talked about how nice it would be to finally have a year of no change. I'd flicked through the 2015 calendar and saw no major milestones or moves and anticipated twelve months of happy humdrum. Three months in, and while nothing can compare to the country and house moves of 2013/2014, there are a couple of changes looming on the horizon and my need to be ever prepared means that my brain is already in planning mode even though I could probably hold fire until the summer.
Firstly, come September, my eldest little dude will start full-time school and my littlest will be heading off to nursery for one day a week. To spell out what this means ... for the first time in nearly five years, I will have roughly seven hours a week to myself. To many, this may not seem like a big deal but to me, this is huge. It's a massive change. Seven whole hours of relative peace and quiet to be able to think my own thoughts without interruption or rush to get something done before having to race back to the living room to referee a wrestling match that's taken a turn for the dangerous.
Behind the scenes of this relatively calm looking blog, every post you read or every photo you see has been typed with sleepy eyes or taken in a snatched moment in between juggling twenty other things. So is the life of a stay at home parent trying to maintain a little creative project of their own. And while I may not spend those seven hours working entirely on this space of mine on the internet, it will be nice to be able to put a bit more thought and care in to it and also take up some of the exciting opportunities that I'm often offered but unfortunately, on the most part, have to turn down because I simply can't fit them in.
And of course, with more time on my hands, and time that I'm likely to spend sitting at my computer, my thoughts have turned to our home office. My husband and I share a desk in the second biggest bedroom of our house. However, my little dudes want to start sharing a room so it only seems fair that they have the bigger room and we move the office to what is currently the nursery. And then my eldest dude's room can become a play room/spare bedroom. All change!
At the moment, we keep the desk area and walls surrounding it relatively clear. We're both quite conscious of not cluttering up the space so that we can quickly gather all of our things and move out of the way when needed. This is what it looks like on my shift (it's actually featured on the Wayfair website along with other inspiring office spaces if you fancy taking a look) ...
When it comes to home decor, I seem to have a split personality. On the one hand, I love light, bright and pops of colour but on the other, I'm seduced my calming neutrals. Thinking about what will be our new home office, I'm completely torn between the two looks.
I've fallen head over heels for Geraldine's home office (Little Big Bell). The colour, the prints, the accessories, they all had me swooning. She has the most amazing sense of style and I don't think you could fail to be motivated if sat at this desk.
But on the flip side, I stumbled across this image (in the Carpetright lookbook of all places) and a sense of relaxed contentment washed over me and I thought how lovely would it be to work in such calm surroundings.
It'll come as no surprise to you that I've started a new Pinterest board dedicated to desk tops. My budget for the makeover is approximately zero so I have quite the task ahead. Another reason to start planning in advance ... it gives me the opportunity to sneak in the odd purchase or two without Paul noticing.
So what do you think? Neutrals or brights? And how many of those seven hours do you anticipate that I'm more likely spend catching up on Hollyoaks with a slice of chocolate cake in one hand and a cup of tea in the other?