As you know, Inès, our first-born daughter, left for college a couple of weeks ago; boy, was I not prepared for this one. I had told myself that I was ready, that she was ready, that it was a natural process, and the fruit of a long labor. Easy peasy.
It was terrifying, the feeling of loss was unmeasurable, and the pain was just as big as the joy of bringing your newborn home; except this time, you drop your ‘baby’ somewhere… for like, forever!
Anyway, after 3 days of crying – as if I was mourning the loss of a loved one – my brain took over; I heard her joyful voice when she calls me to tell me the name of new friends she’s made in her dorm or at the pool; we giggled last week trying to make the dorm’s laundry machine work on FaceTime.
She was ready after all. And so, I am ready as well.
This month of September therefore marks a huge transition in our family dynamics, with one child gone and one of her way out at the end of this very school year, and we’re already planning lots of get-togethers with our globe trotting girls. It’s all very exciting, once the scary part is over. Really.
So today, I want to share with you my process for updating one of our San Francisco apartment’s room into a home office. Maya took her sister’s room, which is adjacent to the living room. Eventually, we’ll move the home office into this massive room, and use Maya’s old room as a guest room for friends and family – which is gold, in SF standards.
We were on the hunt for a desk this summer; the challenge was to find something that would fit the current small room (future guest room), but also be proportionate enough in the future office space…. I scouted Etsy and local consignment stores, and even created a favorite list of items on Etsy, from rustic french farm tables to Scandinavian pieces, from pendant lights to accessories. If you are interested, you can consult my selection here.
We were lucky to score an amazing Danish teak desk in mint condition at the Alameda County Fair, and I already have a few accessories in storage from our previous moves, like my beloved Bukhara rug, or my Uten-silo, the clever wall desk storage I got a few years ago as a birthday gift.
The desk we thrifted is great in the sense that it features a sliding extension, bringing the desk top from 47 to 66 inches in total. Perfect! The drawers are also very clever, as they slide left and right under the desk. It’s super practical as we have 2 lefties in the family. Everyone can position the drawers according to their natural morphology.
In terms of colors, saying that I am attracted to terra-cotta and washed out fig and “vieux rose’ tones would be an understatement. From soft caramel tones to washed out fig hues, my eyes are constantly attracted to this palette. I printed a few of my Pinterest pics to create a moodboard, and I’m looking at these gorgeous hues, wondering which one would be perfect for a soothing home office space.
What do you think? Any favorites?
I will keep you updated on the color picking process. I now plan on trying a few samples of color on the walls to get a better idea of how the light naturally progresses throughout the day in that room before committing to any gallon of paint, so stay tuned for more home office updates coming on this space. Cheers friends and a happy month of September! Xo, Si-
Photography Siham Mazouz for French By Design