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I’ve honestly been in a bit of a creative slump this week. I’ve tried starting a few different projects, including another no-sew rug and some more DIY pumpkins, but…I don’t know. I have all of these ideas running around in my head, but the moment I start on something my brain is like “Nah, this is boring” and suddenly my motivation is gone and trying to push through is like nails on a chalkboard.
Depression is pretty rad like that.
Anyway, even though things are a bit “meh”, I hate not getting anything done in a week. So I decided to put the DIY projects aside for a little bit and instead focus on making some more design plans for our future house.
Recently I’ve been using design boards to help me figure out what I want to do with each of the rooms in our future place. They’re only really rough guides as I’ll be buying most of our furniture second-hand and giving it a little makeover, but they help me see if certain colours and styles go together or if they just look like a trainwreck.
As I’ve been looking forward to having a proper home office/craft space since forever, I thought I’d make a little farmhouse-inspired home office/craft room design board.
I’ve included my current ~vision~ (that makes it sound way fancier than it is) below, along with sources for each of the items + my usual random ramblings.
Farmhouse-inspired home office design board
As most of you are in the US, I’ve included both US and Australian sources. If I cannot find the exact product, I’ve linked to a similar item. Links to similar items are marked with an asterisk (*).
Desk (US / AU Will try to find at outlet store/second hand, links to kind of similar cheaper desks below) | Bookcase (Will buy second-hand bookcase & paint, but source for one pictured: US* / AU) | Desk chair (US) | Desk lamp (US / AU) | Throw pillows (US) | Wicker storage box (US / AU) | Glass storage jars (US / AU) | Rug (US / AU) | White storage box (US) | Greenery (US) | Lace curtains (US / AU)
Desk & storage
I’m a chronic craft supplies hoarder (hey, you never know when you might need that random fabric scrap), so I’d love to have a home office/craft room with lots of storage.
I’d love to get a decently sized desk with lots of drawers. My favourite desk I’ve seen so far is this desk (US link / AU link) from Pottery Barn, but it’s pretty expensive. I’ve seen it pop up at the local Pottery Barn outlet store before, so I’m going to try to find it either there or second hand.
In case I can’t find it on sale/second hand, I’ve been looking around for cheaper alternatives. I haven’t found much so far (if you know of any similar desks, please let me know, I’ll love you forever), but if you’re in the US, Amazon have this desk and this desk, which are sort of similar (but much cheaper). If you’re in Australia, this desk is kind of similar but a lighter wood tone. Koala Living also have this desk. When it’s not on sale it’s more expensive, but I’ve seen it for 50% off several times over the last few months.
Outside of the desk, I’m planning on keeping an eye out for a cheap, giant bookcase on Facebook Marketplace, then painting it with white chalk paint to make it look like the one pictured.
I’d like to fill the bookcase with apothecary jars (you can see the ones I have in this post), wicker storage baskets from IKEA (US link / AU link), and cheap white boxes to keep all of my craft supplies neat and organised.
I find it really hard to work without good light so I’d love to get a good desk lamp for my home office/craft space. IKEA in the US sell a lovely nickel lamp, but the Australian IKEA only sells it in gold (for some…reason?) So what I’m going to do is buy the gold lamp then give it a quick spray paint with this nickel spray paint, as I already have some in the shed from other DIY adventures.
Let’s be real here: I’m a messy af crafter. If I haven’t thrown paint on something or dropped hot glue on the table by the end of a project, it’s an absolute miracle.
With this in mind, I’d like to protect the floor with a hardy rug, such as a jute rug (US link / AU link). I have a rug like this in my living room and it hides all the stains I make on it really well (whoops). What a champ.
I’m not sure about the proper curtains yet, but I do know that I’d like to add some lace curtains for privacy. I personally love these lace curtains from IKEA (US link / AU link). I have a pair of these in my bedroom and they’re really good at blocking people from seeing in. They’re only $15, so I’ll probably get another pair for the craft room.