My house has three bedrooms. I turned one of them into a ridonkulous dressing room. I was planning on using the extra one for a guest room, but who am I kidding? No one wants to stay overnight at my crappy house. It’s just as well, because what I really need is an office.
Exactly one year and two weeks after I closed on my crappy house, something big happened. I lost my job. (Wait, did I say big? I meant awful.) The company where I worked (for 7 years!) went out of business. And there I was. Unemployed. With a mortgage. Ruh roh.
Skip to now. My new job is great. The commute is short (about 4 seconds), the dress code is causal (pajamas), and my boss is really cool (me!). I am Founder, President, CEO, CFO, COO, CTO, CIO and Senior Designer at 3-D Cat, my very own company! While it’s been terrifying at times, it’s also been awesome. I work how I want, where I want, and when I want. 9 to 5 can suck it.
Since my job requires that I be creative on demand, I decided that a neutral work space would be best. A space that doesn’t hijack my brain. A Zen space. When I’m staring at a blank screen and can’t think of a single idea and panic starts to set in and I think maybe every idea I’ve ever had in the past has been accidental and I really have no business being a designer and what was I thinking starting my own company?!, Zen is good.
I painted the walls Dior Gray, by Ben Moore. It’s a semi-dark gray with slight violet undertones. It’s a bit moody. Like me. (Just ask my mother.)
Remember when this room was gutted? When we were putting it all back together, we put an extra wire in the wall so I could have a ceiling fixture. Good thing, too. No one should have to work in an office without a chandelier. There are labor laws for that sort of thing…
Installing a light fixture is super easy, in case you were wondering. I put this one in myself. (You knew that.) You might not think of chandeliers when you think of Zen, but you totally should. And sparkly curtains too.
Who says Zen can’t be glamorous? Nobody says that.
I think my office is looking pretty great so far, but this is just the beginning. You are really going to want to see my desk makeover. I got it for free from Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore and made it into something amazing. I’ve also got plans for some built-in bookshelves and crown molding. I’m going to reupholster a desk chair too. Trust me. You don’t want to miss any of it. You definitely want to subscribe!