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среда, 8 июня 2011 г.

Decor 101: Creating an office space in a small apartment

Moving apartments or houses has never inspired me much. However, there are times when you have to do that, and there's no way around it. In exactly five weeks my husband and I will be moving into a new apartment complex, and even though the reality hasn't quite sunk in yet I'm already feeling its inevitable approach. Yet, this doesn't seem to scare me a bit. In fact, I have been rather enthused about the possibility of decorating our apartment, as it will be completely unfurnished.

One of the challenges I have always experienced when decorating is that I am not in any way an interior designer. A simple question like, "What is your favorite color?" puzzles me because I don't think I will ever be able to decide what color exactly I would want and why. Reading through a number of articles I have noticed one theme that is essential in decorating and then I realized why I do not yet possess it (as with any skill, I believe, this, too, can be developed to some extent). The overarching theme I'm talking about is attention to details.

Have you ever heard anybody speaking of themselves as a "visionary?" Or a person of the "big picture?" I've always prided myself in the fact that this is in fact me: I can dream things ahead and can cast vision and develop a strategy to achieve this vision (none of the Manilov's sweet dreaming). Yet whenever I am faced with the daunting task of being careful to details I usually mess up and feel like my patience has run its course...

Going back to our future apartment: it's a one-bedroom apartment (one living room and one bedroom, so two-room apartment in Ukrainian terminology) with absolutely no furniture except the kitchen. Moving from a three-bedroom house where we used our space frivolously into a one-bedroom where we will have to fit an office, a dining room, a living room, and a bedroom, make it look open and get rid of the clutter definitely poses a challenge.

In the course of the next months I will be posting some entries about my meager attempts at making a home out of a "white box."(all of the entries will be coded as "Decor 101," so take heed). I will also attach my picture to these posts so you know that I'm writing about my own decorating experience.

Any advice on this matter is welcome and greatly treasured, trust me :) In the meantime, if you, like me, have tried to rummage your apartment in search for a quiet nook to make room for some office space, I trust you will find the following article helpful in a many ways. Feel free to look through the ideas and then get back and share what you liked best.

Small-Space Home Offices