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  • March 26th, 2008 | 7:57 AM
My office windows, take 3

Yesterday the window guy installed the new woven woods in my office. 
And I am not happy. Or at least not YET.
There is SO much light coming in that it is like a wall of visual noise. I can't imagine sitting at my desk in there and being able to concentrate. It is much less distracting when they are up and the window is bare but then it is too hot. So it's too covered to see out and too distracting to work. Plus the window that you see when you look into my office, you can see right into the horrible neighbor's backyard. Not a view we want. (Okay, only the part over the fence but because of the elevation it means we would see the tops of their heads and they are out there all the time.)
On the plus side (trying to find it) if we had ordered it with the micro pleat in white behind it I would have been unhappy with the white. I was against the permanent liner at first because I thought have light come through would be good. Now I know that there is too much visual distraction and they need a black-out liner. So in another week they'll have to come down again and we'll have bare windows for a while. Even now it is too hot and I need to get some of those cheap paper stick on shades to put outside to block the sun. Sigh.
We've still made no progress on the high windows in both my office and the library. It all takes so much time and I am SO impatient.
I had to take all my writing figurines out of the china cabinet because of course it had to be moved to install the woven woods. Now that they are down I think they will stay down until I get new cabinets in the office. Which I still have to order which means they still have to be made which means, you guessed it, more time.

And the one thing the woven woods have shown me is that the room needs to be painted. We had it painted the yellow before we moved in but I think it needs a sage green now so the woven woods don't jump out at you. So since the books all have to come off the bookcases for the new ones then we might as well paint the room then, right? 

I wonder how long it will be until the office is back together again? I don't do change well, not even changes that I want, so all this is really hard on me. I need to keep telling myself that it will be worth it when it is all done.

On the plus side, I finally found an old desk on craigslist. I was looking for one of the big oak teacher like desks with drawers on each side and the little pull-out trays. After some odd experiences on craigslist (like the one that was called antique and was about a year old and the lady who refused to sell her desk to me because I spelled her unusal and very long name wrong in an email) I found one! It came from the physics dept at US Berkeley so maybe there are some creative juices still hanging around it. It doesn't need a speck of work done to it. The top is a bit rough but I went over it with my Restore-a-Finish and it looks fine, especially since it came with a glass top to cover it. I hate that I can't use the center drawer but we need to remove it in order to mount the keyboard tray. This weekend we'll move it into the room and I can start organizing the drawers at least.

Progress. Slow, but still, progress.
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March 26th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah for organized drawers!! I used to have a huge old teachers desk and LOVED it! I'm pretty happy with the one I'm using now, though. I have a tendency to clutter up any available space, so need to keep it spare-ish!
March 28th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Clutter is my middle name. Maybe my first name! I think clutter should be its own style definition, and not in a bad way!

I can't wait to get the desk into my office.
April 1st, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
lol! Did you meet with success? Get any writing done?
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March 28th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
You are so right.

I got a handle on the housecleaning - I just don't do it. :-)
March 28th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the desk! Having a place where you can write/draw/whatever is so important to the creative process (at least it is for me). As for the windows, I completely sympathize. I HATE shopping for window coverings, but shopping for light fixtures is worse! I find those cell shades are the best for filtering out light without blocking it. They're kind of fugly, but you can hang some nice draperies over them for when you have company. Good luck!
March 28th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
I need the right space to create in too. Which is why we are basically overhauling my office. Sheesh!

The window stuff is a major pain. We have the cell shades in the kitchen and they are fugly but effective. I still need to get drapes on them.

The woven woods are beautiful but distracting. The darn trapazoid windows are the hardest right now. Any recommendations for a local person for stationary shutters? I'd like to get some comparisons from the guy that's down our other windows.
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