Style over Comfort?
Posted by Christina Brooke May 11 2012, 12:03 am
As you may have heard by now, my house has been undergoing an extensive renovation over the past year. One of the most exciting things about this renovation is that for the first time, I get my own dedicated office. Yay!
Admittedly, it’s approximately the size of a shoebox, but it’s MINE, ALL MINE!! And I’m trying to decide how to furnish and decorate it.
It’s important to me that my office be a welcoming, attractive space as well as a comfortable place to work.
Unfortunately, just as the most truly beautiful shoes seem expressly designed to torture one’s feet, practicality and style do not seem to go hand in hand when it comes to the office.
Ergonomically designed office furniture is exceedingly ugly–at least, the furniture I’ve been able to find is. Why that should be, I don’t know! But given the hours I spend at my computer at a time, particularly when I’m on deadline, I do need to think seriously about correct positioning of equipment so I don’t end up with serious RSI.
I am not the tallest person on the planet so most desks are too high for me. There are very few desks on the market with adjustable height so I’m thinking of a vintage kitchen table, which tend to be lower than desks and maybe a separate keyboard tray that I can screw in underneath. I’d like space on the desk to work on hard copy manuscripts and take notes etc, so I’d like a clear space or return that’s away from the computer.
I need a bookcase for research books, dictionaries, etc, storage for manuscripts and promotional materials, stationery and so forth. A filing cabinet for contracts and tax records. I’d love a whiteboard for plotting, too. Preferably wall-mounted so it doesn’t take up much space.
Our Jeanne is a whiz with interior design and she diagnosed me as an auditory learner, which means I don’t like clutter. She was definitely on the mark there so I have to have cupboards as opposed to open shelves. I want pretty colour because I live with men and this is my room, where I get to be as girly as I like. Not frou-frou, but a bit of pink or cranberry red here and there would not go astray.
The end result will probably be a compromise between style and comfort (as most of my shoes are these days). I can’t wait to show you all some ‘after’ pictures when it’s all done!
What about you? Do you choose style over comfort? What’s the worst mistake you’ve made for the sake of fashion? Is there something you own that is so beautiful, it makes you happy just to look at it? Is beauty ever worth the pain?
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