I am moving to a new space and I know I am going to need some mental support. I know, people move every day so it is not a big deal, but because moving is such a source of stress I think there should be a support group out there to help us who are feeling crazed (as I am). I’ve been bugging the folks in my office about the move for long enough that I now need a new outlet (aka the blog and you!).
The move is a totally great thing as we’ll be upgrading from 502 square feet to nearly 1200 square feet, but when you go from a cozy small craftsman style apartment to a spacious loft the headache in figuring out how best to use the space (let alone the moving process) is a little overwhelming.
Here is a photo of the space from the loft/bedroom area:
To give you an idea as to what I am working with
- It is a corner unit so there are two walls of windows.
- The red industrial beam going across the theater curtains is about 17 feet high from the floor. From floor to ceiling we’re talking about 30+ feet.
- The theater curtains (although not the most attractive) are staying which while keeping the sun out of our eyes also saves us from paying $283795729385 for fabric.
- The floor space in the living area is huge…I am not sure what the square footage is but it is big enough for a living area, a dining area, and desks/office
- I have to keep the format flexible so we can use the space for photo shoots.
- The black line down the center of the photo is actually a cable to hang pendant lamps (no overhead lighting currently available, aye!).
- There will be a dog involved…meet Finney:
So my questions to you are: What would you do with the space?!?! Consider that we are in an economic crises and our budget is about as tight as an empty wallet. Lighting at night is an issue and our wall space is essentially limited to only one side (i.e. two walls are windows, one wall is a kitchen, and the other is a massively tall wall). We currently have a couch, a chair (yes, just one chair), two Steelcase desks, a TV, and a smattering of storage pieces. No rugs, no lighting, no dining table and no ladder (ummm, yeah. We’ll have to get one of those).
I plan to share the progression of the move so you can give me advice along the way (and/or see how painful it is so you’ll never want to move again). Any support, design ideas, or even “It is going to be ok, Ali” coaching is very much appreciated. I’ll even send a box of cookies if your advice or encouragement helps keep me sane.
p.s. We’ve only packed 1 box so far…and we have movers coming on Sunday. Gray hairs are growing.