Alas, I enrolled in a graduate program and felt the need to have a home office. My own niche in the house where I could hide and work (or hide and surf the 'net while taking a break from the work -- ha!). Enter the junk, er, bonus room.
|From stash . . .|
There was an alcove just beside the stairs leading up to the bonus room that was literally begging "save me" when I went up there one evening to rummage through my stashed stuff for an empty binder for my first grad class, and I decided to claim that small space for my own. After a full day of moving all the junk from that space (as well as that entire side of the room) to the other side of the room, I was able to create my study.
|. . . to study!|
Being on a bit of a budget, I didn't buy a thing for this space. EVERYthing you see in this picture (well, except for my MacBook Pro) was already in that bonus room hiding away -- even the shawl on the back of the office chair. LOL
While it's not perfect or totally decorated, it is a terrific space for getting work done quietly. I used a corner desk that my daughter didn't need anymore and backed a bookcase up to it (it's hard to see in the picture but it's right in the front) as well as some knick knacks and pictures. I didn't hang the pictures as I felt this space was temporary -- my goal is to totally purge the junk and make a cool family hang out now that my kids are getting older.