I love old houses! Our 1916 Mediterranean style stucco home is full of period details such as the front loggia, green tiled roof, and gracious French windows and doors.
There are also drawbacks to life in “this old house.” One disadvantage is the lack of closet space. It never bothered me that a guest bedroom did not even have a closet. Pack light, I advised guests.
Recently, I converted that guest room into my home office, and knew it was time to install a closet system---something that could store my design boards, floorplans, samples, loose fabric memos, and files. So, I designed a built-in wall unit consisting of bookshelves, desk, drawers, and a wardrobe (for clothing should it be converted back to a bedroom).
My office is still a work in progress, but I want to share what I’ve done.
My new home office with lots of storage. The upper wardrobe on the left is actually one unit (not divided) that can accomodate a large TV.
The guest bedroom before the changes.
This is my sketch. I made one change: a shelf, over the windows, for my collection of vintage garden items.
Two 56" wide drawers hold loose fabric memos. Since the drawers are so big, I went with oversized bin pulls from Restoration Hardware.
I found the perfect metal bins, in two sizes, at Container Store.
I decided to continue our 9" baseboards around the front of the cabinetry, and had base drawers installed for more storage---great for floorplans.
I am using these white magazine holders from Container Store for files.
Looking down to the garden. Maybe I'll get a Mac for Christmas :)
The green tiled roof over the front loggia.
We made this custom 80" high bulletin board: stapled old linen curtain panel onto homasote board, and framed with stock molding from Home Depot. So pleased with how this DIY project turned out. Thank you to Nancy at Powell Brower for telling me about the homasote!
The sitting area with a Swedish chest, terra-cotta finial converted to lamp, club chairs, antique French floral painting, and contemporary abstract painting. Eventually, I would like to cover the entire wall with artwork.
A Swedish folksy demi-lune with 2 unusual variegated myrtle topiaries. The mirror is quite beat up, but I love it.
I would like an ottoman with wooden legs on castors....probably in blue and white ticking fabric.
My latest plant obsession: fancy leaf geraniums. I am growing these for the foliage, and will pinch off the flowers unless they are white :-)