It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Greg’s office. Since our time has been consumed with other parts of the house, not too much has changed. To refresh your memory, here’s the mood board we put together to capture a little of what we’re going for. We like to call it “modern geek chic”:
1. Kivik Chair 2. Circuit Office Accessories 3. Fado Pendant 4. Giant Wipe-Off Board 5. Crane Grellow Desk Lamp (Which isn’t available anymore, but Greg wasn’t a fan anyway. We might be going for something like this instead.) 6. Abacus Wall Art 7. Galant Desk 8. Knitted Pouf 9. Array Bookcase in Blood Orange
Unfortunately, the desk lamp and blood orange version of the Array Bookcase are no longer available. As I mentioned before, Greg’s not too upset about the lamp; but we were both really excited about the pop of blood orange. It would have tied in nicely with the colors from the abacus wall art. In light of the situation, we decided to go with the same bookcase in silver. Our minds were made up… until we saw Ikea’s Lack shelf unit. There were three reasons this made us think twice: 1) We liked how the individual shelves had more surface space to hold things other than books. 2) It was taller is would add some needed height to the room. 3) Weighing in at only $49.99, it cost almost a third of the other option (which was $189). Pretty good price, right? Reason number 347 we love Ikea!
No surprise, we ultimately decided on Ikea’s Lack shelf unit. After about twenty minutes of super easy assembly (in fact, so easy we didn’t even take a picture of it!), it was ready for hanging…
In order to hang the shelf (which weighs a little under 40 lbs), we used drywall anchors for extra support. We mounted the bracket that came with the shelf to the top. At that point, Greg lifted the shelf into place while I stood back and told him where to make the mark on the wall. Everything was super easy at that point – a few screws, a level to make everything was even, and it was ready to be put to good use…
For now we are working with what we have around the office but we’re looking forward to being able to change it up from time to time. To Greg’s delight, he now has a place for his prized Potato Heads, the books he uses the most, and yes… the red stapler. I told you he was a geek.
These aren’t just for looks – from time to time, I pull up a chair to Greg’s desk and we play dominos and card games. Come to think of it, I’m not really sure why we do that since we have a pretty large dining room table. Nevertheless, this glass vase serves as the perfect holding place for the dominos and even has a few of the colors from the abacus wall art mixed in. Convenient on both accounts!
Doesn’t this little guy resemble a husband-blogger we all know and love? Minus the green hair of course! When Greg and I first started dating, my family and I were on vacation at Disney World and I made this Mr. Potato Head for him at the toy store (Once Upon A Toy) in Downtown Disney. We’ve dubbed him the office mascot.
Another mini nod to Disney… When Greg and I got engaged, my brother gave this little bank to Greg and said, “You’ll need this. She’s expensive.”… little brothers. Ironically, filling this up a few times paid for all of our gas to and from Disney World for our Honeymoon. So it’s only natural that Greg’s little modern Mickey go beside it.
‘Tis the rundown of our office storage adventure. The next step will be hanging more shelving above his desk and maybe even a few guitars. By the way, did you guys watch Design Star last night? Do you have a favorite already?