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January 29, 2013

My Kitchen Office | Our Home

These days there is a lot of chatter about the dangers of "If, When, Then... I'll be happy" thinking.  Though I'm aware of the pitfalls, I'm not immune to their beckoning.

It is so easy to get caught up in "Only if..." ways of thinking.

When we were little, everyone taught us to dream... Now we're told to be happy with what we have.  Who knew day dreaming could be so bad?  What if I like living in my head every now and again, and dream about what might be?

What if I don't want to give up my dreamy thoughts in order to "be present."  Is one exclusive of the other?  I believe that good can come out of day dreaming - it is where creativity lives.

I guess the difference is that I refuse to wait.  I think the danger lies in never making the effort to make those day dreams come to fruition. 

While day dreaming about our future kitchen, where I'll have a big marble topped island and plenty of beautiful storage, I started to think about how great it will be to have an area in the kitchen where I can work.   I imagined I'd sit at a desk looking out a huge window while I blog... a day dream in itself. the Today Show, and store my cookbooks (who am I kidding, my barefoot books...).

Then I thought, why wait until then? 

Ah!  The moment all of us creative types crave - where day dreams and reality merge.

The ability to create something from nothing.

Can you believe that I already had this desk - hiding away in our guest room.  It matches the style of the shelving nicely.  

 I'll still allow myself to dream of the bigger kitchen, but I will do so gladly from my pretty little "kitchen office."

See the "other" side of our DIY kitchen and how we installed the open shelving that we mimicked in the "office" side, here.


  1. I quite agree Jenny, when dreams and reality collide that is when you have something really special. As with everything in life, balance is key.
    Enjoy your new space!

  2. Love the philosophy, love the nook!

  3. What a beautiful place to work! Love it!

  4. Where in your kitchen is this desk? I am confused about its orientation in relationship to the other shelves...

  5. Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. If I had a pretty place like that to work, I would get a lot more done!!

  7. Anonymous6:27 PM

    I love it! I love how you can make things so beautiful and functional - and mix your dreams with the present!! You have great taste and are so creative.


  8. My mother had a similar desk in the kitchen and I remember it fondly. There was a secret stash of $1 bills and it was where we proudly set down our homework successes for her. Perfect place to work!

  9. You have got such a great sense of style. I would love you to come to my house and re-style it!

    I love your blog and am glad I found it.

  10. It's beautiful! Love the footing on that desk, perfect addition to the kitchen.

  11. Jenny,
    What a great ah-ha moment. This little desk corner turned out so looks good with your kitchen and will give you a great space to plan for the beauty of the kitchen to come.

  12. I am just about to take my laptop into the kitchen to sit by a window and type up a blog post. I think your desk and nook look wonderful and hope you enjoy your newly created space!

  13. It's a beautiful space you've created. I would love a small work area like that in my kitchen but there's no room. I also admire how clutter-free your home is. :)

  14. Off-topic, but was wondering where the lantern over your dining room table(visible in the 5th photo) came from. I am looking for two for over my kitchen island.

  15. Hi Jenny! I love this little kitchen desk/office nook you created. Would you mind sharing where you found your ladderback desk chair? I love the rush seat. It looks antique/vintage.


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