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The Dutch have a special word to describe “cosiness”, “comfort”, but it’s also something that goes a little beyond that. “Gezellig”. Pronounced correctly, it kinda sounds like you’re clearing your throat, but this blog explores its meaning by documenting experiences that make life richer and deeper; through food, family, and the making of a home.

Office Space

by amanda on December 14, 2013

A bit of a segue from real life: yes, it’s Christmas and there’s all the insanity that goes with it; yes, we’re in the midst of planning an awesome vacation; yes, we’re finally building that garage that has been just a concrete pad for the past three years. But sitting here, working away at my dismal little room that’s supposed to function as an office and guest bedroom, I can’t help but try to imagine what this room could look like. So what if it’s not on the books for likely another year or more; a gal can dream, right?

Part of the reason we built the addition to the farmhouse was that, even though it had four bedrooms, these rooms are small. Painfully small. So small, the biggest room couldn’t even fit our queen size bed and two night tables along any one wall! So the addition at least gave us one master bedroom with some space to breathe.

The rest of the rooms, of course, sadly stayed the same size! So this pathetic double-duty room is a mere 8×11. And currently houses a double futon, a massive old desk (I think we paid $25 for it eons ago), a filing cabinet, and a pretty ugly bookshelf. Ridiculous. I think the pictures say it all.


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Eek, okay so now I’ve just shown you the most embarassing room in my house (after the basement, which is an entirely different beast).

So: in a room this size the only way to make it work is to go custom. Hah! Who’s going to pay for that?! But again, we’re just dreaming here, so bear with me. I’m picturing a twin daybed (since the double futon hasn’t been used by two people ever since it got that adorable dip in the middle), a much longer but narrower desk, and plenty of shelving above the desk to house the things that currently take up too much real estate: the printer, phone, etc…Heck, just painting this room would lift my spirits considerably!

The cozy closet could be doing a lot more than it currently is, which is essentially being just a hole in the wall (with a chimney shaft right in the middle). Any amount of shelving in here and I’d be laughing!

Anyway, this is what I’m thinking in terms of a revamp:


And this Pinterest board has some ideas which would be great to incorporate. The very most fun will be choosing a colour palette: right now I’m favouring a sea-green/red combo  or a mustard yellow/coral/brown but am up for anyone’s suggestions!





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