As most of you know, this year my office got a fairly substantial overhaul as I cleared out the previous particle board desk and shelves, put down a wood floor, and had new custom cabinetry installed. I’ve displayed the occasional bit or piece of the reconstruction, but now all the work and most of the decorating is done, so I can finally reveal the whole thing. For those of you interested, come take the office tour after the jump (if you’re seeing this on the RSS feed, you won’t have a choice. Sorry about that).
First, here, have a video tour. This will take up two minutes twenty six seconds of your life, but does feature Ghlaghghee:
For those of you who prefer not to deal with herky-jerky phonecam video with extra added inane narration, here are the still shots, going clockwise around the room.
First, here’s Krissy’s chair, for when she wants to hang out in the office, and the accompanying table and lamp. The chair I’ve discussed before. The table we got on clearance at a local furniture store, and the lamp, admired by many, was gotten at the local Lowe’s. The glared out picture on the right is the cover of the first edition of my astronomy book, while the mounted San Francisco poster was actually trash picked for me years ago by someone who knew I would appreciate the piece.
Here we are facing the west wall of the office. The rug, of which I quite like the design, I found at Wal-Mart of all places. I went to all sorts of other places and most of the designs I found were either fussy or garish. This design isn’t exactly subtle, but it has a nice 60s feel to it I like. It really ties the room together, and yes, I just wrote that so the rest of you wouldn’t get there first.
To the left you’ll see the bookcase I commissioned from a local cabinet maker. It’s L-shaped and very nicely put together and made out of cherry, to go with the floors, which are not hardwood but wood composite, on account that we have a dog, and dog nails scratch up hardwood floors quite nicely. Here’s that bookcase from a slightly different angle:
Next to the bookcase is low table which (again) we bought on clearance; it has a small flaw on a corner that absolutely no one notices. The blinds were the last thing to go in the room; they just arrived a couple of weeks ago, replacing generic white aluminum blinds. The blinds really do shut out an amazing amount of light, and if I ever need to take a nap during the day, I’ll be taking it in here because it’ll be dark enough.
Here’s my work desk, which I had built. As noted before, the desk is substantially smaller than my former desk, with the idea that being smaller, it would be easier to keep clean and free of distracting toys and pets. This has been mostly but not always true, especially regarding the pets. To the right of the desk is a file cabinet, also commissioned, which serves as secondary surface for things like my DSL modem, router, file server and printer, the last of which I reluctantly bought when I became President of SFWA (I hadn’t owned one for years).
Regarding the objects on the wall, on the left wall are pictures of family, while on the right wall there’s a painting my daughter did when she was five, my Campbell award, and the original cover art for Old Man’s War, by Donato Giancola.
Finally, here we have the chaise, which actually sees its most use from Athena, who likes to lay about on it, and also from the cats (which is why we have the blanket there, to avoid clumps of fur). The dog (pictured, blurry) also attempted to appropriate it, but that was an animal too far. We put a dog bed into the room for her, however (you can see it there by the shelves), so don’t feel too bad for her.
The shelves you see were installed in what was formerly a closet; I needed shelves in this room rather more than I needed a closet, so in went the shelves. I’m quite pleased with the shelves although I should note that even with these and the new bookcase, I have more books than shelves for them in the room. The majority of the books in the house are in the basement, where for one of the next home improvement projects I will probably have a long run of shelves installed and proclaim myself the northern branch of the Bradford Public Library.
However, I have enough space to temporarily keep handy new books that come in, and also books that are gifts from friends and/or have sentimental value for me. I’m still in the process of moving those back into the room from the basement.
Now, for those of you who don’t remember or weren’t around for it, here’s what the office looked like before:
I think we can all agree that the current state of the office is a much better state. At the very least, I like it a lot better.