Beatriz's Fun & Functional Workspace

Beatriz's Fun & Functional Workspace

Bethany Nauert
May 21, 2013

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 small luxury.

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 nice.

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.

Tech Hardware:

-        Laptop: 13" MacBook Air. 4 GB.

-        Screen: 20" Samsung SyncMaster 2032MW

-        Wireless Apple keyboard

-        Apple Magic Mouse

-        Printer: Epson Stylus Photo R1900 (artwork and photos)

-        Printer: Photosmart 6510

-        Camera: Nikon D510

-        Iphone

-        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 Stoppino.



-        Vintage Giovanni Desimone cup - thrifted, Ferm living cup - //, Zoo-line monkey - thrifted, Matte Stephens gocco print from Etsy - //, 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. //

-        Suzani from the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.



-        Kartell Take table lamp

-        Vintage Luxo desk lamp

Thanks, Beatriz!

(Images: Bethany Nauert )

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