Going from a flat to a three bedroom house was the most amazing feeling although at times we felt a little lost. Spending hours surfing around for inspiration from staircase ideas to kitchen storage solutions, suddenly having so much more room was a bit overwhelming.
We knew that we wanted to turn the smallest of the three bedrooms into a space that we could both enjoy together and in the end decided to use the space as a "his n hers office", somewhere we could relax in the evenings together but still enjoy our individual hobbies. Although our spare room is pretty small we've managed to fit a desk on either side of the room meaning we each have our own space to make our own.
For my side of the room I decided to create myself a comfortable little hideaway for blogging. I spent many hours looking at Pinterest for office ideas and found so much inspiration and furniture hacks to utilise my space. In our rented flat I used to have blog with my laptop balanced on my knees which really wasn't ideal so I loved finally being able to have a desk of my own.
Simon wanted his space as somewhere he could study as well as a relaxing room for gaming. Simon loves his tech so was very happy to have the extra desk space to fit two monitors.
Simon's side of the room is dedicated to his love of all things geeky so he has a collection of figures from games, TV and movies decorating his shelves.
Simon and I spent ages in the home office department of Ikea where there was a huge range of desks and furniture to choose from. We wanted to make sure that the room didn't cost too much to furnish and had a pretty strict budget to stick to.
I went for the Hemnes desk which has plenty of room for my Mac and screen as well as having drawers and a cupboard for additional storage space. We also fitted a shelf to run above the desk which I have decorated in prints from My Little Box, fairy lights from Primark and hanging instant photos. Simon struggled to find a desk that he loved so took advantage of the mix and match table tops and legs to create his own.
Even though we wanted to both put our own stamp on our side of the room I was keen to make sure that furniture matched so we each have a Kallax shelving unit which we've customised using the wide range of coloured box inserts (perfect for storage and hiding large amounts of junk!). I've gone for pretty pinks and whites and Simon has used grey with the top of his shelf being dedicated to his love for Pop figures and models.
To help keep my area organised I've invested in a white board for my "to do list", a couple of magazine racks and a desk organiser.
We love our new space and it's become our favourite house in the room. We love that we have somewhere to relax together in the evenings despite our different hobbies.
With only one room in the house left to decorate I'm taking a break and going back to obsessively looking at www.uk.fontanotshop.com for staircase ideas (I really love the idea of fitting a spiral staircase one day!)
Let me know if you have your own home office and how you've decorated it.