Saturday, January 5, 2008

Louie's Newly Organized Office

This shows the doorway into Louie's office from inside Louie's office. This room is in our basement. It used to be a crappy old furnace and water heater room, and a place to store junk. In one day, several years ago, we bought the desk, the paint, the trim, and the floor tiles and before we went to bed, Louie had an office. The doors are bifold, and can be closed to hide the view from the living room, or for privacy in Louie's office. Once inside the door, if you look sharp left, this is what you see....We added this wall after we moved in, and I had Louie make little shelves on the backside, using the exposed 2 x 4's to store all of our movies. It worked out really nice. The valances hide some wiring and rough edges.Straight across from the movies, is this curtain, which hides the furnace. We used to have portable stand up office/cubicle divider walls to hide the furnace, with these same valances, but it was such a pain each time we needed to clean a filter, or have the furnace man work on the furnace. He will be so thrilled to know he doesn't have to deal with THAT anymore! We replaced the walls with valances and shower curtains. I sewed the flag to the second shower curtain. It had been pinned to the portable wall, and Louie enjoyed having it in his office.Around the corner on the back side of the furnace, this curtain hides the water heater. The garbage can is for packing peanuts for our ebay packing. The black curtain above the metal cabinets hide all the stuff on top of the cabinets, and believe me, there is lots of 'stuff' on top.
This picture shows most of the two portable office wall/dividers used for office cubicles. I decided to use them here, to hide all the clutter. They are standing up against stacks of totes full of stuff to sell on ebay. (You can see one of the totes, as the wall only goes over as far as to hit the edge of the shelf.) The 'Tumbling Blocks' quilt is Louie's favorite, and NOT my favorite, so I put it over the wall in his office for him to enjoy. I did this quilt before I got my quilter, so there is no fancy stitching, just in 'the ditch', and I used that 'aweful' fusible batting, but at the time, it was the easiest way for me to keep it all straight, flat and smooth so I could quilt it without a puckered mess. At the time, it seemed like the only way to go, but once you get a quilter, things change. The chairs are some we use on quilting day, and having them in Louie's office serves as a place to store them when the quilting girls have gone home, and to also make the space look homey and inviting.This concludes our tour around the room and back at Louie's desk. I am pleased at how it looks now, as it doesn't look like a cluttered storage area. Doing this project gave me such a feeling of accomplishment and great joy at how it turned out....and to think I almost had Louie haul those walls away. (Just an interesting fact....Louie and I bought those office walls at the Salvation Army 'As Is' store probably 11 years ago or more for $1, just for hiding the furnace. It served it's purpose very well. It was a bargain then, and bargain now.....Fun facts from the 'Thrift Store Junkie!' And here is Louie's desk with all of his diecast cars lined up and covered with dust (it must have been a dust storm, that's all I can think of!) He spends a great deal of time down here, playing games, surfing the net, and this is where all the ebay ads get written.
Thank you for taking the tour with me. I enjoyed your company! Come back again!

6 comments:

Carla said...

Wow! You guys have done a great job designing Louie's office. I know what you mean about feeling good accomplishing the job. I moved into a new sewing room a couple of months ago and although I'm not completely finished fixing it up, I feel so good about it. Thanks for sharing your home.

Kristie said...

It looks great!!! I think you need to come down to my house and redecorate it!
Kristie

Cindy (aka Peony the House Elf) said...

That was a great tour, thanks for sharing it with all of us.

Jen said...

I've been in the office and it's a loverly place. The best thing is, he's only a few feet away from the sewing area so they're withing talking distance of each other and still each doing what they love to do.

Jen said...

Tag, You're it!!

http://cre8tivequilter.blogspot.com/2008/01/7-random-and-wacky-things-about-me.html

Maureen said...

I love Louie's office! Great job!

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