An Unfinished Room

An Unfinished Room

Our Chicago bungalow has a bit of a bonus room. An added-on room beyond our dining room, we typically just call it “the back room” because it doesn’t have a sole purpose. It’s some hybrid of an office and a mudroom, or maybe also a catchall/hoarding room. An easy place to pile junk so that you can’t see it from the main living space. We have beautiful vintage chairs by the back door to make boot removing easy but they generally serve as an impromptu coat rack.

The back room when we moved in

The back room when we moved in

The built-in desk and shelves of our back room office

The built-in desk and shelves of our back room office

There are a few things that held me back with this room initially. There are built-in shelves and a desk, which aren’t in a position I would have chosen myself. I really do not work well with my back toward all the doors and windows. It’s not good feng shui and I feel really closed off that way. Like I’m in time out working. I would never have chosen to position a desk this way, but we didn’t want to prioritize removing the built-ins given the other projects we wanted to focus on. We left everything as is, until around a year ago we brought up a desk from the basement and placed it in front of the beautiful greenhouse window. It is SO MUCH better this way. So we have an unused built-in desk space. So what?

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The room was beige for awhile when we moved in, and I intended to paint it grey. Then, after seeing this bedroom on Cup of Jo, I immediately wanted to paint it pink. My favorite memory about this painting project: I was about 7 months pregnant and brought the Benjamin Moore Love and Happiness swatch up to the paint guy at the hardware store. He replied, “Guess it’s a girl?” And I said, “No…it’s a boy, just painting a different room in my house pink.”

So we painted it pink which made the room so warm. We intended to paint the built-ins and area around them white, but never got around to it. It’s been two and a half years now, and I still contemplate whether we should go classic white, or if we could have fun and go black or something totally out of the blue… but what color would that be? What color should these shelves be?

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The other part of this room we aren’t crazy about is the marbled tile floor. We’ve got a couple rugs down now, but I’d love to get a bigger, more interesting vintage-inspired rug to replace this inexpensive blue Ikea rug. Maybe soon!

And the greenhouse window: is it a shame it has like, two plants in it? This house was made to be filled with plants, and I intend to make that happen in 2019.

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Like the title says, this room remains a bit unfinished. I’d love to make it a more official office space that is beautiful, clean, and inspiring.

Theo on a wintery photo shoot day with our cat, Mona Lisa.

Theo on a wintery photo shoot day with our cat, Mona Lisa.

Photos of our home currently are by Rachel Loewen. Before photos are by me.

Sources:

Green dresser: Megmade
Desk: SlatePro on Kickstarter
Desk chair: West Elm
Wooden arm chairs: Vintage
White lamp: Ikea
Floral wall art above dresser: Juniper Print Shop
Floral wall art by desk: Yao Cheng

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