Saturday, 5 April 2014

A Box Room



So called because it's big enough to hold a box or two, and a bed at a push. Some people might call it a walk in wardrobe or suggest it would make a good size en-suite, but it was our third bedroom. When we first moved into this house, it was the room where the still-to-be-unpacked boxes were stored. When they were unpacked it held clothes airers and drying washing. Then it was a nursery for Bella, then for Angus, then Angus's bedroom. Now it's an office, of sorts. 

It's also very small, bright and incredibly difficult to photograph, as wherever you stand you are confronted by a window. We've painted it white, for now, which seemed easier than making any kind of decision about colour, and furnished it with a mismatch of items from all over the house. The desk we bought years ago and has been stored in the garage until now, but we did buy a new desk chair. John chose it. I wanted to find and paint an old wooden chair and put a cushion on it but John wouldn't let me. It won't be comfortable to sit at for hours, he said. His choice of chair is comfortable, I'll give him that.


There is a also small bookcase and our Poang chair for lounging. That's really nice spot to linger, I have to admit. 



After not having any kind of office space for so long, I am positively giddy at the thought of having the laptop, filing cabinet, printer and shredder in the same room rather than scattered all over the house. I'm a whizz at admin and paperwork right now, let me tell you. MOT? Booked. Tax disc? Renewed. Bills? Paid. Paid AND FILED!!

It's actually a lovely room in which to sit. Cosy, quiet and warmed by the sun, various members of the household escape up here to read, work, colour and play. When it's too bright, the pink curtains are drawn and give the room a rosy glow. I've been surprised by how much the children enjoy using it, particularly the desk. Since they share a bedroom, it's nice for them to have some space to spill over into. I thought I'd move my sewing machine and fabric up here, but I haven't yet. The thing is, it's a shared family space not my office and so, for now, I find it easier to have my things downstairs where I spend most of my time, where I can get on with being creative amongst and around the hustle and bustle of family life.

But, if I'm honest, you know what the best thing about this room is? That white desk and the good light make it an excellent spot for photographing things. I didn't plan it that way, honest! Remember my leaf skeletons? Photographed here, along with a lot of other things lately.



And speaking of photography, I am still working on a post all about photography tips. It's taking a while to put together (it's long!) but I hope to publish it next week sometime. 

48 comments:

Kate Eastwood said...

A perfect little place to escape to !
Looking forward to the photo tip post,
Kate x

Mereknits said...

What a lovely space, so bright and wonderful.
Hugs,
Meredith

Jo Shedden said...

Looks fab and you tell John I LOVE the chair- where is it from? Jo xxxx

SaraJ said...

I tried to convince Mark and Matt to let me convert one of the spare bedrooms to a craft room. I've failed so far! Your room looks a lovely space. x

Gillian said...

IKEA - as usual! X

Lisa said...

It's lovely that you all like using the space. You sound very organised. Bills paid and filed!!
Lisa x

Jennifer said...

It looks really nice. I like having a white desk too, and use it a lot for photography. I love seeing the crocheted cushion in there too. :)

my little red suitcase said...

it's so nice to have a clear room, however small! it's good for the soul I think. I see the Poang chair is hiding in the corner! maybe someone will use it now. I just bit the bullet and gave mine to one of my hardy cabin folks! it can sit in their corner now.....looking forward to the photography post Gillian :-)

RedSetter said...

I love your posts about the rooms in your house and the treasures contained within. I feel as though if I visited you it would be like deja vu as I'd feel instantly at home and even know which cupboard had the tea bags....lol! I that you also love your IKEA as well as it just seems to fit into everyday life so well.

Ali said...

Very nice, would you like to come to my house and sort it out :-) please lol xx

CJ said...

A lovely room and you do sound very organised. I have shoehorned my littlest into our boxroom. Fine right now while he's just a little chap, but one day he will reset it I suspect. I'm so looking forward to your photography post Gillian.

Katie said...

That looks lovely, and good choice on the chair! We have got our study done, but haven't moved our files or paperwork in yet - I will only consider it finished when post arrives, gets dealt with and filed all in one efficient process, all in the same room.

Susan Smith said...

A lovely space to blog too, I expect. It's very tidy, but oh so cheery and hope you "all" enjoy it. Looking forward to your "photography" tips, as I really need some. Take care.

Clare said...

That's just a gorgeous space, fab for you and the kids to enjoy. Love the chair too, John's got good taste! Great that you're all enjoying the room. x

Amy at love made my home said...

Your box room now study/office is lovely and I hope that you all enjoy spending time there making the most of the space! xx

Kate-Em said...

A lovely looking space. I could just put the radio on, curl up in that chair and do my knitting!

Julia said...

Such a bright and happy space... I love it! I really love small rooms, they are just so cozy. I also love your white desk and crocheted cushion.

Tammy Chrzan said...

It's a lovely room! I'd love to have a little office like that, you're so lucky!! Love it!
I hope you're having a great weekend!
Tammy x

Jacqui Galloway said...

Our third bedroom is exactly the same and we use it as an office too! Love what you've done with yours.
Jacqui x

Claire/Just a little less said...

Love the simplicity of this room and all the little touches. Having a office space does make you feel more grown-up and organised, I think. Must go and tidy my desk now after seeing yours!

amanda peters said...

Nice space, we have a box room too, but my six foot 16yr old son has it as his bed room, if he carry's on growing we might have to take his bed out just to fit him in.....!!!

A little happy place said...

Great space and I spy that gorgeous crochet cushion again! xo

Caroline said...

Lovely bright and cosy room Gillian.....Gorgeous Roberts radio :)
Caroline xx

Lulu walkingonsunshine said...

You are luck girl having that space ,with that light .
Taking photos whit that white desk is a areally good tip .
I will be waiting for your next post teaching us about photography :)
I love your pics
Have a great Sunday
xoxo
Lulu

sustainablemum said...

We have one of those rooms too, ours has done the reverse transition first an office now a bedroom for my youngest. He loves his little space. We had to build a bed into ours cos we couldn't fit a bed in on the floor! As if the room wasn't small enough the stair riser takes up a quarter of the floor!

Julie said...

Aah, I wondered what the white surface was that you'd been using for photos.I keep thinking I'll buy a board or something to use as a set as I have to use my kitchen worktop at the moment. I'm also really impressed at how tidy your box room is - I'd be too embarrassed to share mine! x

Emma Pearce said...

Box rooms make great little office spaces and you have done a great job of transforming yours. I think it is gorgeous and love the white. Definitely a bonus having the white desk x

Sandra (Cherry Heart) said...

Looks like a beautiful little room and I can see that nice and cozy glow too. The photo benefits are definitely a plus too and I'm look forward to your post on that too :)

S x

love those cupcakes said...

You've created a lovely office there. Light, uncluttered, inviting, everything I'm trying to achieve here!

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

I love what you've done here Gillian, little Bea has our box room. When she was little she asked me why she had to sleep in the cupboard! She's asked me to decorate it, she wants vintage sheets, and wallpaper. I'm thinking its going to be a challenge! :) x

Col | Hello Olive said...

It's lovely! I usually 'work' in the living room or our bedroom so I would love an office. x

Jo said...

Nice! We can imagine you sitting in there now when you are blogging to us all. Jo x

gillyflower said...

It looks such a lovely uncluttered space to spend time in and get things done with a clear mind. Enjoy!
Gill xx

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to your photography tip post Gillian. I could use it! Our house is surrounded by trees and I am always at a loss for natural sunlight.

The Creative Academic said...

Our box room is currently (still) BigRs bedroom. Before she was born it was an office then we used it as the nursery as it was right next to our room and then BigR didn't want to move into the bigger room when LittleR was born. She really needs a bigger bed (she's tall and is in a toddler bed...still) but we're unsure of how to manage a bigger bed and a wardrobe/drawers/toys in a small space. At the moment moving the two girls in together isn't an option but maybe we can in the future. I love what you've done with the room. It looks really cosy yet very bright and spacious :)

Wainwright and Wright.Co said...

Oo, that looks such a lovely place to spend some time - I love the desk, very clean lines! I do have a bit of thing for desks and bureaus, little places to sit and write and think....
Your photos have inspired me to tidy my desk!

Jacqueline said...

You have a lovely little room there, enjoy it!

sweetpea family said...

What a lovely space and a room that inspires you to keep up with admin must be good x

Attic24 said...

Please can you tell me about the beautiful framed still life print on your picture shelf? I love it. We had similar plans for our small box room, but then Little B happened ;)

Jane said...

It's a lovely little space. I have a very cluttered box room but you've inspired me to de-clutter and make good use of it. Looking forward to photos post. Have a lovely week.
Jane x

Gillian said...

Hello! It's a screen print by Jeremy Speck, called Four Mugs. It was a present from a friend, and i just popped it in an Ikea frame. The link is here:

http://speckprints.com/artwork/3090392_Four_Mugs_landscape.html

Lyn said...

It is a lovely little room and great that the whole family use it...although not all together!
Do you fancy coming over and sorting out all my paperwork?
X

Emily said...

I love this little space...such a cozy retreat! The crochet pillow is such a lovely accent.

FunkySteph said...

It looks like a lovely room. Very cosy and warm.

Penny said...

You have made this a special space Gillian and I have box room envy ;o) a perfectly homely and inviting space for creative ideas to flow and one that everyone in the family is welcome in x we seem to be quite organised now with having to visit the bank re mortgages and all the paper work for putting our house on the market which is rather nice, when I am in the mood for admin, I become an admin demon, otherwise I am rather lazy about not filing away and keeping order! xox

Coal Valley View said...

Looks gorgeous. You've done a beautiful job! I SO wish I had a room of my own but until one of the Kids leaves (in a hundred years!) I just use a space in our bedroom as a study nook with desk, laptop etc...x

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

I have the exact same problem with the window, and the exact same bonus of the white table in my studio, which was our 'box room', quite literally as we used it for storage. Isn't it lovely to have a space to escape to, and what a beautiful space you've made :)

Laura Lou said...

Box rooms are always the hardest to decorate - ours is currently an office/laundry room/gym/dog pen...not so easy to decorate that compromises all four! I love what you've done though - your space looks so much more than a box room. Laura @ Zurleys