Hola! Here are a couple photos taken yesterday of my working area in the family room. I have another one in the living room. I alternate between both spaces depending upon how warm or cold it is and the time of day. The living room faces east and has gorgeous sun in the early morning; it is cool in all seasons. In the winter I often have a fire going.
The family room faces west and my work table is set up facing a large window overlooking my backyard. It's this room that I want to paint this year (it's been the same since 1996 or 1997 and I'm tired of it!).
Yesterday was a beautiful day for this time of year in SE Wisconsin and I worked in this room all day and night.
The carpeting was replaced the same year I "redid" this room -- 1996 or 1997. There used to be jewel-toned (dark) wallpaper and border on the bottom portion of the walls. In the "redo" I swapped out the paper for a much lighter tone, the carpeting went from light grey (still in the rest of the house and it's 21 years old) to a medium taupe tone that has held up well. I stenciled a border around the top of the walls that you can't see in these photographs.
The sofa table on which I have one of my laptops and the printer is tucked behind a queen-size sleeper sofa. The recliner on the left, above photo, was purchased in 2002 and I use it a lot! Never thought I'd be a recliner chick but I love it! The wing chair on the right was purchased in 1996 or 1997 from Sears Home Life, now defunct. I loved the chair and ottoman when I saw them, it's big and comfy and I happened to come across a fabric that exactly matched what is on the sleeper sofa (1993 purchase from Marshall Fields clearance furniture) so I had it upholstered to match. Yeah, it's matchy matchy.
I wish the room was larger, but it's not. My workspace is literally in a "sliver" of the room. I would like to add another foot to it, but that would entail getting rid of the sleeper sofa. Wish I could afford to do that -- but new furniture is not on the horizon. Ideally I would add a small sectional sofa where the two chairs are now and blop a smaller footprint chair where the sofa is now. I would get a wider "desk" to hold my stuff and move it out a foot or so from the wall. Ideally I would get rid of the ancient entertainment center and the 27" dinosaur television set that is only used now to watch videos and DVDs, LOL! Ideally the entire back wall would be built-in bookshelves, not any deeper than 11 inches but would stretch all the way to the ceiling and have infinitely adjustable shelves!
Well, I'll settle for a new paint job and new wall paper with - I hope - a real chair rail added around the room. Dreading it - all the damn work! Yech!
July 16, 2017:
Hola! Where does the time go, Geez Louise! Half summer is already gone, and I am first now updating this from last December, tsk tsk. Bad Jan! So, been busy puttering around the yard, as always, and paying more attention than I probably should be to politics. The kitchen "remodel" is on hold due to budgetary constraints, but I hope to have that remedied before the end of the year. And I have yet to paint the guest room - it's only been 3 years now since I moved in to this version of Maison Newton, I'm not lazy or anything, nope... LOL! Take care and have a great rest of the summer. Jan