Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The great study project, part 2

I wrote last month about our house project, to change two rooms. making what was my study into a spare room, and the spare room into a new study for me. This project is a definite labour of love, and getting it done around everything else is a challenge! However, progress is being made and I'd say we are well over 50% of the way. Of course, this now means that we are in the 'eek!' phase, where it looks worse before it gets better!


This is the former study, with the piles of stuff ready to be stored away, thrown away or recycled/donated. It's times like this I really wish we had a car!


Probably the most together of my spaces - love this long desk (actually two Ikea dining tables) with plenty of roomfor writing, taking notes, and creating. The skylight is wonderful - loads of light spilling in!


The pile is receding a little more every day, but when you're a stationery fiend like me there's always a lot of sorting through to do.


So. Much. Stuff. I may have to get Kondo on it!


Please excuse my slightly-burned ironing board - the high heat needed for cotton shirts is a little punishing!


Now there's a little shelf space created, there's more room for things, so I can definitely peek at the light at the end of the tunnel. I better get back to it now - looking forward to cracking and a getting it donw, and showing the finished rooms here before too long. Wish me luck, please!

Linking up with the Home Etc. team - such a great linky for tips, tricks, and swoonworthy rooms. And then  posts like mine, haha!

Home Etc

42 comments:

  1. Lol,great post Claire. Looks like there is still lots to do, have fun x

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    1. Haha, thank you! I'm excited to crack on!

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  2. Wow! This looks like a big project, but I'm sure it will be worth it in the end, looking forward to seeing the finished product.

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    1. Me too, Emma! I'm excited to see the two spaces finished!

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  3. I watched Life Stripped Bare last night, it was quite inspiring. I have a lot of stuff cluttering up my place too!

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    1. I'll have to seek out Life Stripped Bare. I'm finding my thirties are all about streamlining.

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  4. You can definitely see a massive improvement already - it'll all be worth it when it's done xx

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    1. Thank you Samantha! As I grapple with bags and boxes your cheerleading is appreciated!

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  5. wow! it's going to look amazing, I like the idea of swapping the rooms although it seems to be lots of work. I hope you make it and share it to see the final result! :) xx

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    1. Thank you sweetheart - I think it will be worth it. The little light at the end of the tunnel is becoming ever more visible!

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  6. Nice to 'meet' you, Claire! Ah, the messy half way stage! But you have made good progress. I am a stationery fiend too! Loooove notebooks. It will be so wonderful to have a nice space to work in when it's finally done. #HOMEETC

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    1. Thanks, Jane - this stage is always the trickiest, right?

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  7. that's taking shape nicely. I love home projects. R

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    1. Me too! I love spending time making our house a little lovelier.

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  8. I know exactly what this feels like, so many rooms in my house are filled with clutter and things that need rehoming at the moment. To the point that I just want to throw it all out the front door and forget about it. I hope you have it all sorted soon, when you're finished, you will have to sort mine out for me!! Ha! xx #HomeEtc

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    1. Ahaha Kerry, I know that feeling far too well! At times I've been tempted to get a skip and just get rid of it all!

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  9. Best of luck Claire! I know all about that messy stage. My guest room is also my craft room and it is currently undergoing a very slow and not too well thought out renovation. In other words it is an absolute state. But i'll get there. Someday.
    Looking forward to your updates!

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    1. Craft rooms are such a danger - I have boxes of craft stuff stashed away 'just in case'!

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  10. What a great project, best of luck and you have made good progress so far! I am going through the messy half way stage myself!

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    1. You have my thoughts - the messy stage is trying!

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  11. It is going to be so great when it is all done! I have the Marie Kondo book..... and still haven't made a start! Kaz x

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    1. Haha, Kaz. I quite enjoyed it - and then donated it when I was decluttering. I'm sure Marie would be proud!

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  12. I think it will be a nice office when it is done, perfect for your studies. I wish I had an office x

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    1. Thanks hon - I'm very lucky. We both love having our own wee workspaces.

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  13. It's a big project but looks like you're tackling it really well!

    MadeFromBeauty.co.uk

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  14. I was just accompanying my friend last week as he is transforming his two rooms into more spacy ones. To sort things out is one of the benefits in arranging. Haha. I am excited to see how it will look when done. :)

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    1. Thank you - hopefully in a few weeks I will be all done!

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  15. It is definitely a big project for you, but clearly one worth tackling x

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    1. Thank you - it is keeping me very, very busy!

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  16. Oh gosh, it looks like you'll have your work cut out, but it sounds like you're nearly there! Well done, I'm sure it'll be worth it :D

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  17. Wow that's a big project! I'm like you and hate the omg what have I done stage where it looks worse before it gets better. Hope you finish it soon :) I love the idea of 2 dining tables for desks.....might pinch that for my study!

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    1. It's so great - bags of space for writing and creating - I hate feeling hemmed in on a small desk!

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  18. Aw it's exciting to have such a big project but I definitely know what you mean about things getting worse before they get better - 2 years into our 20 year house renovation project we've a long way to go. Best of luck! X #HomeEtc
    Blogging at Boo & Maddie

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    1. 20 years? Wow, I am in awe! One-tenth down - I'm sure it's going to be amazing!

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  19. LOVE sorting out clutter and this looks fab! Good luck and keep us posted :) Thanks for linking - Jess xx

    #HomeEtc

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    1. I will do, Jess, can't wait to get finished!

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  20. Looks like you're making real progress - and yes I find it always gets much worse before it gets any better, you just have to keep going! #homeetc

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    1. Thanks Stephenaie - the cheerleading on here is helping loads!

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  21. Good work Claire! I love the Kondo approach to living, can't wait to see the transformed space!

    Lucy x
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