Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Our Closet-Turned-Desk-Nook

Many of you have asked to see more of our revolutionary, cutting-edge, closet-turned-desk-nook. I've been meaning to do this for, oh? two years. (I really like to build suspense between Part I and Part II...)

In my defense, this area can be difficult to photograph.

Also, it's often a complete disaster area.

Back story: We had very little involvement in the house plans for our home. Because we bought our home as part of a neighborhood revitalization project, most of the details were pre-determined.

This was supposed to be an ordinary storage closet.

Being a person who is almost entirely incapable of "envisioning" something that isn't actually in front of me (come on, can people actually do that??) I never gave this theoretical "closet" a second thought. Closets are good. And necessary. The end.

But one afternoon during the framing stage, we drove over for another of our obsessive check-ins and as I stood on the footprint of our home - the one that seemed impossibly small, I noticed the perfect little nook-sized area, right smack-dab in the main living space (which is essentially all one room.)

"Could we put a desk here?" the wise wife asked.

Yada yada, the builders were happy (if a bit skeptical) to bypass details such as shelves and a door.

Our desk nook was born.

When I found the wallpaper, it seemed like a kiss from the angels. The world needed this desk nook. It was pre-destined. From the foundations of the earth.

It's the best decision we made about our house.

Our farm house had 1300 more square feet than this house, and I remember wondering where on earth we would keep the computer and, you know, work.

This is definitely one of the most used spaces in here. It's a great reminder to me that we don't always need new or more or bigger. Sometimes we just need to rethink what we already have. BOOM.

Voila. It's perfect.

Our old, beat-up desk slid right in.
 (Now can you hear the angels???)

 {Hey - this is one of my  favorite new blog finds.}

Sidenote: Calvin made me an "actual" writing quill.

Many of the details have trudged with us from home to home...because although we've unloaded countless tens of twenties of boxes of things we no longer needed, I apparently couldn't envision a life without the red, defunct, entirely impractical stamper.

I won this ah-mazing Hellen Keller quote print a few years ago in a blog giveaway.You can get yours right here.

I plopped it in a thrifted frame. Gah. I love it so much.

The light came from Lowes.

Here's where things get weird.
Because I realized I wanted you to see the "nook" being an actual I pulled out the ol' point-and-shoot and took some sloppy, wider shots. So you can see it all in context.

We like context, right? It's good? Context??

You'll see the green entry table to the left, basement stairs to the right.

So wonky and so wrong.


See that odd corner of brown? That's our dining room table. I'm telling you, the quarters are close. But they work! They really work!

We have some weird support posts that interfere with lots of things like photography.
And walking.

One more, because why stop at 3 contextual poses?

I'm here to say, if you're short on living space, re-think one of your closets. It turns out, doors were made to be removed from their hinges.

Happy nooking!



  1. You get that posts like this are the reason so many of us love you, right? Go crazy, wonky, little nook, we love you!

  2. Won't you be my neighbor??? (borrowed that line from, none other than Mr. Rogers) Love the you and yours

  3. Inspired. I have the perfect useless pantry, and even the walking-impeding post to go with it. Thanks!!!

  4. Oh my....RED! I don't use much either, but it's the perfect splash for the space. Loving the office nook!

  5. GORGEOUS! I love this little nook.

  6. I love your nook, ADORE your desk, and is that a chippy church pew I spy???

  7. I've been waiting for this! :)
    Well done. Such a happy little nook.
    Appreciate the wide shots...and the context. :) The wall paper is perfect! Your desk fitting like it was made for that spot = such a God thing! I'm thinking I spy the church pew under cow next to the rolling school door. Goose bumps!!! (But what do I know, I've been wrong before.) Hope you are having a blast at the house of happy colors this week.

  8. Love it. And love the context. I always want that when I see cool spaces in magazines. I don't just want the little corner, I want the entire room. And all the before pictures please. I'm glad I'm not the only one.

  9. Love the pen, wallpaper & Shutterbean.

  10. It all looks so cool, and the picture is SO true!

  11. I agree. Context is everything! Appreciate those photos just as much as the close-up perfection shots. Love the little nook and it's sent from heaven wall paper, too!

  12. I love it! I so wanted to do this with our useless coat closet until hubby opened the door and pointed out that a third of the space is taken up with the air return, which is why it is useless as a coat closet. It is just useless for anything at this point. I wanted my own little nooky. :(

    1. Boohoo--the comment field split my sad face!

  13. I love it so much! Also, my heart melted at the sight of the quill pin. Priceless!

  14. I loved seeing all this. I missed the early posts when it was being re-purposed (can you re-purpose something that has not been made yet?), but I LOVE this. You inspire me! No wait, too tired to repaint. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your life.

  15. I love the look of your nook! (I'm a poet!)
    So fun to see my website on your computer too! xoxoxoxo

  16. UTTERLY AMAZING! I want a NOOK!!! ;-)

  17. I love it so much! That wallpaper is the best!

  18. Love the nook! And love the Droste cocoa tin I see holding pens. My mom always had that tin, and so do I. It hearkens back to my dutch heritage.

  19. So many people complain about not having space for an office at home. You've proven that ANY space can be turned into your own private little corner! Thanks for sharing - I'm sharing your post on my FB page!