Monday, January 28, 2008

Home Office dreams...

I'd love to use this as an office cabinet (from Tine K)!
In the next few months, I really need to buckle down and get our home office organized.
I painted the walls six months ago, but that's as far as I got! The wall colour is a lovely slate blue from General Paint, called Scribe. It is an intelligent and beautiful colour. I highly recommend General Paint (which is a Canadian company from Vancouver). Their paint covers beautifully (my office, below, took one coat) and as far as I'm concerned, beats Benjamin Moore for coverage by a mile! I know it's blasphemous to say that to a crowd of decorators, but I said it!
Benjamin Moore does have wonderful colours, but it doesn't cover as well as Pratt & Lambert or General Paint. I've bought their top-of-the-line paint for 3 different rooms and had to do several coats to get the colour and coverage I wanted, which still did not match The Chip. In fact I went back to the store and the guy said "well, if you want it to match the chip, I will have to increase the pigment by 50%". Duh. I don't think I should need a custom blend to match The Chip. At General Paint you don't! The colour is bang-on! And the General Paint spreads thick and smooth, like melted chocolate!
But I digress...
We haven't bought any proper "office" furniture yet. I really need a good work surface which can accomodate a keyboard tray. Having the right ergonomic set-up is especially important with my neck pain and headaches.
But instead of worrying about technical details like buying a new iMac, a new printer and a suitable desk, I'm busy day-dreaming about pretty furniture to organize my books and files and things...
I love the kitchen cabinet (above) from Tine K's website. Luckily, Ikea has a very affordable cabinet which is reminiscent of this, except with sliding doors. I like the Ikea cabinet and think it might be a good interim purchase, considering that it could take years before I find a suitable antique cabinet!

Ikea Granemo cabinet, available in Canada for $549

Until then, I dream about what might be...the possibilities for an office are endless.


  1. I'm working on my home office as well at the moment. I finally have it organized after months of chipping away at it. I'll post some pics this week.

    Isn't General Paints great? They also apparantly donate to renovation projects in Cuba.

    Again, congrats on your new life adventures!

  2. That paint color is lovely. I don't know about "intelligent" but very smart. ;>

    You'll enjoy creating a wonderful, working office and you'll share it with us as you progress, I hope.

  3. Yes yes yes! I love that paint color, and white furniture would be lovely with it! I crave white furniture in my office, but sadly, I've got too many inherited/mismatched things to do it.

  4. Gorgeous color...and the cabinet is lovely. I think the IKEA one is a good substitute until you find just the right one. Yes, please do keep us updated as your home office makeover continues!

  5. Hope you are feeling better! Wish they could solve your head problems. (I had a friend that was getting headaches all of the time and they finally realized she was not getting enough fluids--once she started hydrating herself the headaches went away---wish the doctors had a better way of understanding everything!!)

  6. Anonymous10:38 am

    Oh, I wish I had a home office! I have so many dreams and plans about it.

    That IKEA cabinet is something I have had my eye on..really beautiful and simple.

  7. Hej Terri! So nice pics. I sit at work, tomorrow I work too, teh n I have 2 days off that I need. I shall take care of my terrible messy home of mine :-D

    Hope u are ok and feel good, And I hope my postcard soon reach u.

    Many hugs

  8. Lovely cabinet! And of course you dream of pretty furnitures. Will be fun to see how you will mix pretty ones with the ergonomics.

  9. Beautiful color! Your blog is great, lot`s of inspiration to find here :)

  10. Im setting up my office as well so I'd love to see how you progress with the project.

    I haven't had that experience with Benjamin Moore. Flat paint tends to match the chip quite well for me. (But the glossier colors do look different)

  11. goodness, your blog is getting popular terri! i was just going to say that i loooove that color. and if benjamin moore isn't as good as others think it is, i say shout it from the rooftops. i want the truth. :) am in love with that color (i think i mentioned that) and can't wait to see where your office goes from here!

  12. It's nice to stumble upon a fellow Canadain, not to mention another person working on a home office - Well mine is an art room but whatever. Good Luck with your interior design course..if you have questions pass them along.

    Take Care,

  13. Please don't kill me Miss Terri. But I am tagging you. 7 random things, see my blog for details. :-)

  14. I have to completely agree with you on General Paint. I once repainted an existing blue bedroom ivory in GP and didn't even use a primer - 2 coats covered beautifully!

  15. I just found your blog and love your style! I look forward to reading more. I wish we had access to the paint your describing-sounds like some really good paint.

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