Name: Beatriz Macias of Mid Mod Mom
Location: Mission Viejo, Orange County CA
Size: 120 square feet
Years lived in: 10 years, but only used as an office for 2 years.
Beatriz has the great advantage of working from home in this converted office space. Once a bedroom, she redid the floors in cork and transformed the closet to a work bench for her vintage goods and artwork. With amazing taste in design and her everyday hunt for vintage finds, I love how bright and "no fuss" this workspace is.
For once, it's so nice to see a home office that is a work space without a ton of tech hardware dripping out of every corner. Beatriz keeps this room functional and organized. Her bookshelf shows off some antiques, artwork and a wonderful book collection. I am most impressed with her utilization of the closet. Hidden by a pull curtain (made of a tapestry) she has a fully functional artist drafting table, lamp and additional storage. I admire here great use of 120 square feet.
Full house tour coming soon!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style:Eclectic and colorful
Inspiration: Scandinavian homes. A white canvas that welcomes pops of color
throughout. I wanted a space that felt larger than its actual size and that
would welcome change. Painting the walls of the office white was one of the
best decisions I made. I also knew that I wanted to use every single square
inch available, getting rid of the window seat and the closet opened the space
to two different workstations. I am more efficient and focused because of this
Favorite Element: The cork flooring. It is warm, soft, and easy to take care
of. Close second is having two windows in such a small space, there is always
wonderful light throughout the day.
Biggest Challenge: This room is my office, but it also doubles as a guest room
– the Ikea sofa bed works well in a small space. We got rid of the closet and
placed a large desk in the space. Desk doubles as my photo and packing station.
Original closet shelves store inventory to be listed. A colorful suzani hides
away my usual mess when we have company. My husband added more storage when he
created a small storage room in the wasted space over the garage, accessible by
the painted door to the left of the computer desk (boxes, bubble wrap and
packing peanuts are out of sight).
What Friends Say: Most people love the floor first, and then they can’t have
enough of my bookshelves with all my collections. Little ones play with the
typewriters for hours.
Future Projects: I would like to add wireless speakers so I can listen to
music while I work. I would also like to add double pane windows, as the room
can get really hot in the summer months. A nice modern ceiling fan would be
Proudest DIY: We did everything ourselves (flooring, painting, etc.) but
the storage room/attic is my favorite. My husband worked on it during a hot
California summer while I was away. It was a labor of love.
Biggest Indulgence: Having a dedicated workspace instead of a guest room. I also
enjoy having all the tools to make my work easier: my Nikon SLR, MacBook air,
Large screen, magic mouse, wireless keyboard, wireless printer, etc.
Best Advice: Create a dedicated space for all your gadgets, do not let
them take over your space! I wish I had moved the electrical outlet closer to
the desk; I dislike the few cords that are visible. My biggest challenge is to
try and keep my inventory organized. It is never the same, things come and go,
and there is a long period of time before I can put the items away in permanent
storage. Create a routine and follow through.
Dream Sources: the Apple store, bookstores, and of course thrift stores,
estate sales, flea markets and antique malls.
Laptop: 13” MacBook Air. 4 GB.
Screen: 20” Samsung SyncMaster 2032MW
Wireless Apple keyboard
Apple Magic Mouse
Printer: Epson Stylus Photo R1900 (artwork and
Printer: Photosmart 6510
Camera: Nikon D510
Crosley radio and Ipod player
Sofa: Ikea PS Murbo sofa bed
Bookshelves: Ikea Expedit
Desks: Ikea (discontinued)
File cabinet: Ikea Galant
Drawer unit: Ikea Alex
Chair: Vintage Eames Wire Chair
Bookshelf from top to bottom and from left to right:
Tibor Reich’s “Age of Kings” screen print - thrifted
Skjode teak duck and vintage wood goose - thrifted
Camara collection: they all belonged to my father and
grand father and include a Minox, a Rollei, a Polaroid, an Agfa, a Minolta and
a thrifted Bell and Howell
A Fornasetti Moon dish, a mini Vespa, vintage black
and white snapshots of Milan, and two illy collectible tins from Italy.
Vintage Hans Bolling Pessimist and Optimist teak
figurines from Denmark - thrifted.
My grandfather’s typewriter. He was a journalist and
he wrote his daily editorial on this typewriter until he retired.
My other grandfather’s vintage typewriter. It folds
onto itself and it has a carrying case.
Kay Bojesen soldiers – thrifted.
Art and reference books
Kartell magazine rack on the floor designed by Giotto
Vintage Giovanni Desimone cup - thrifted, Ferm living
cup - http://www.ferm-living.com, Zoo-line monkey - thrifted, Matte Stephens
gocco print from Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/shop/matteart, and Carrie bicycle
basket by Marie-Louise Gustafsson.
Perpetual calendar from Fab
Marimekko mouse pad
Painting on panel which serves as the door to the storage
space is one of my early pieces.
Miho Foliage trophy deer head.
Printer cover made with otomi embroidered textile.
Framed record album covers. Yellow one on the right
is a Bjorn Wiinblad design purchased from New Documents on Etsy. https://www.etsy.com/shop/NewDocuments
Suzani from the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.
Kartell Take table lamp
Vintage Luxo desk lamp
(Images: Bethany Nauert )
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