My husband's work area
View from the living room
(we folded the table, just in case you're wondering where it went)
As you can see, everything is a mess. Oh dear. I have no words, really. So anyway, I was inspired by Elle Uy's work on The Food Stylist's office (hi, Shar and Elle!), as seen on Real Living's Oct 2011 issue. Basically, I wanted a L-shaped desk and hanging shelves in a gray and white palette.
There were also a few existing pieces that just needed a makeover, such as...
...this antique file cabinet
...and a pair of armchairs from the old living room
We also have this really old 4-layer vertical shelf with mirrored doors, but I forgot to take a photo before the carpenters did their thing so I'll leave that to your imagination. So the first step was to move the ref to the kitchen (where else? LOL) and clear the whole space. Then I hit Divisoria to get a few yards of fabric for the chairs, followed by a trip to several department stores for some decor.
Say hello to Mang Ferdie!
Next step: Paint the wall! Gray is so in lately, well, if you base it on the houses featured in the Design Sponge at Home book. Would you believe about 60% of the rooms there have gray walls? Which is why it didn't take me long to decide on what color to go for. And also, I have a color palette to follow, remember?
Tiles for the tabletop
Yes, instead of laminated wood, I went for tiles. Kind of had this OMG-what-was-I-thinking moment as soon as I paid for it, though. It suddenly dawned on me that it might look like a bathroom or kitchen counter or something. Good thing my mom pacified my short-lived paranoia. Haha! So why did I choose tiles, anyway? Well, two reasons: cost is almost the same as plywood and it's easier to clean and maintain.
So are you ready for the big reveal? That's coming up, next!