For quite some time we’ve been tossing around the idea of doing something to make our living room less black and white. We knew we wanted green, since it’s our favorite color and bridges nicely to the backyard. The obvious thing would be to add a pillow or two. Which we did, ordering a needlepoint Jonathan Adler one, but our cat Eva decided she’d sharpen her claws in it. D’oh! Adding a plant would also be a nice touch, but we’re having trouble finding just the right one.
Then it occurred to us, what if we made the top row of our Besta entertainment center cabinets, which are a glossy black, green!
We’ve had our Herman Miller Setu Office chairs for exactly 9 months today, so I thought that may be a good enough milestone to warrant a long-term review.
When we were in the spirit of redesigning our office we ordered a pair of Setu Chairs from Smartfurniture.com in the following configuration…
- Studio White Frame
- Lyris Slate Grey Upholstery
- Ribbon Arms
- Five-star Aluminum Base
- Translucent Casters (we have hardwood floors in the office)
- Standard Height (we’re both about 5’8″)
In our remodeling frenzy, we decided to start attacking the master bedroom.
We are throwing around a lot of ideas here, and have some big ideas for more major renovations but for now just want to take care of some of the essentials.
1. Repainting over that army / commando color scheme
2. New bedroom furniture
3. Putting up more modern curtains
Surprisingly, I don’t have a lot of pictures of our master bedroom before we started the painting phase.
But to give you an idea of what we were working with, here’s some shots of the bedroom from our viewing with the realtor…
Christy and I have been sitting in standard issue, office furniture for most of our lives. Which is all well and good, but since we’re going to be working from home and sitting in this furniture for a good part of the day (and our lives!) we decided it was time to get something more ergonomic and durable.
We’ve been keeping our eyes out for good seating solutions, and always seemed to be drawn to Herman Miller.
A lot of the items were out of bounds in terms of cost, but the Setu chair seemed to be reasonable as far as modern furniture goes.
After testing out the chair for comfort (the back support feel great and contours around you with a reassuring firmness) we placed our order on smartfurniture.com (best prices for authentic Herman Miller, and great customer service).
We settled on a gray /studio white color combo (to complement the rest of the office decor) with hardwood roller casters.
It took about 6 weeks for the chairs to finally arrive at our doorstep, but they were worth the wait…
Ahh, the office.
When Christy and I relocated to the Austin area (from frigid Rochester, MN), we technically became remote employees – with our teams still centralized in Minnesota.
During the transition we both worked a lot from our offices on the Austin campus, but after about year of getting settled in we started to realize driving to the office wasn’t necessary. Neither of us had coworkers in our buildings, we worked exclusively on laptops, and we gradually started working more and more from our home until eventually it became the norm.
There were quite a few deficiencies at home though, and we decided to address them by making a more formal and functional office space for the both of us.
When we first moved in, we just had a single small desk that we tried to fit all our equipment and things onto…