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My living room / bureau, before / after

A few months ago, I was reading this article on Slate about Ikea, and to the wire from my reading I am surprised to exclaim me alone in my living room (I speak much alone Yes) than “Oh but I'm not at all agree” !

Alors oui, they add a little IKEA with their disgusting meatballs that would be “more dumplings”. But at the bottom I believe enough fort than our interior, How is it landscape, objects and furniture that you choose have an impact strong enough on the way we live.

I took you as an example my living room / bureau (my home is very small, the parts communicate, I can also use in the fridge when I work on my desktop :D).

I had a very nice small office, very handy with a small trap past cables, and perfect dimensions : stack hair the width of my couch against which it was back-to-back, and 50cm depth exactly what was needed for that I not end up sitting in the kitchen.

IKEA deco-3

IKEA deco-5

Small office stuck between the couch and the fridge

And then I decided to get back a little to the drawing, to start a bit of calligraphy, and I also wanted to start for real sewing. And I could not, but then not at all.

I finally understand that my desk was simply too small, There was just what to ask a computer and basta. Then I thought about another way to organize my living room / bureau. And Paris, in our small areas it is a real part of tetris.

I arrived pretty quickly to the conclusion that it should get rid of my small Expedit shelf that was at the other end of the lounge.


Its small 38cm depth allowed me to have a table of 88cm instead of 50 (a nice increase of 75%). But it was necessary that I find room for everything it had : My amp, a screen, des livres, and a multitude of boxes and shelves in the shelves.

I spent at least 3 week-ends in an incredible mess at any store :



Once I managed to relocate elsewhere (in passing I therefore sorted all my library to make room) I sold my expedit and my office on the right corner.

What allowed me to retrieve a small budget for my new table which should be tailored (I've scoured all the possible catalogues nothing was the right size).

So, I bought a table on this cutting site top : the wood shop. I chose a very large tray in solid beech 4cm thick stack hair in the dimensions I wanted. I paid extra to machine the 4 songs to avoid from me raper arms on the edges of the table and the round was played ! I received my tray at the end of 2 semaines. Good it was hyper heavy, but I don't regret it a hangover a beautiful well tray thick like that.

After I bought feet of drawer desk (I have taken 2 + a simple corner) at ikea, and for the moment I just asked the top shelf, and saw the weight, it not move.

I recovered 210 € with my old office and my expedit, and spent €400 for the new table. Not so ruinous that therefore operation.

large table office-2

large table office


Good there like this deco level difference is baaack flaaaaagrante. But I have a big table with lots of shelves custom where I can finally do many things. I even handed over to make large puzzles (Yes I know my life is super rock'n roll !!)

It has completely changed my opportunities for jobs and hobbies on this table, without changing the layout of the room, My homies have sometimes had difficulty seeing where I had found the place to put this big table, as if my living room was Mary Poppins bag :D

And then we can work at two and it is cool ^^


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92 "comments on"My living room / bureau, before / after

  1. 23 March 2016 at 9:56

    Super before after !
    Your apartment is so well decorated :)

  2. 23 March 2016 at 9:57

    It is true that to look like that it looks like you got be magic, because it has the air of having more or individuals the same elements! :D
    It's good to see the inside of an eye for redevelop it in a more functional manner.
    In any case I love the side little cocoon of your salon (or kitchen? haha), It makes you want to go sit in the sofa’ and go read a trick.
    Good idea, I keep under the elbow. And for my part, I find that small well-appointed spaces have more charm that great a little empty spaces.
    Or maybe I mistake me because I can't live in a 200 m².
    PS : the puzzle it's too rock' n'roll, except when it is a small image chat, Here it is just cute :D

    • 23 March 2016 at 23:04

      Personally I always preferred small spaces, little we lived in a big house and I like it all :D

  3. 23 March 2016 at 10:11

    It really is all cute home!

  4. 23 March 2016 at 10:13

    I have to say that this article has enchanted me ! I follow you for years, yet I had not realized that you lived in a small space ! Everything is so pretty and well equipped, We don't even notice it. Back to article, Indeed, I find that you made a very good choice, a workspace all nine it is still even more opportunity to let his ideas become reality.

    Pleins de bisous,

    • 23 March 2016 at 23:04

      My apartment is 35 m 2, It is small but in Paris not so much it ^^

  5. 23 March 2016 at 10:15

    ATATION I do my Philip in asking a question about the only thing not detailed: … and the desk chair?
    il est trop beau, voilà :-D

    • 23 March 2016 at 17:49

      It is an Ikea also ! ;) She talks about in a previous article on Ikea precisely ahah

      • 23 March 2016 at 23:05

        It depends, the first is Ikea, the second is made.com ;)

  6. 23 March 2016 at 10:16

    It is very nice great success
    Could you tell me whence your Office Chair ?

  7. 23 March 2016 at 10:20

    Very cool your corner office ! I love your Chair and the small cabinet corner.

  8. 23 March 2016 at 10:27

    whaoo I'm kinda jealous of the time I finally have a slightly larger apartment but still my office table that is only 120 x 60 cm... it is like you, as long as it is as the comp, How are you, but for drawing or the crafts, or even to work at 2 -impossible :)

    Thanks for giving me ideas!

  9. 23 March 2016 at 10:36

    I am always impressed by seeing your apartment, by the fact that you get to keep so many things in a fairly small space without having the impression of stifle !
    I remember when I lived in Paris, the room was packed with clothes everywhere and the living room with the large office for the comp, books, the table, the couch, plants, It was even worse !
    What a pleasure when we moved in an apartment 2 times greater in Lyon, to finally have enough space to no longer feel oppressed.

    • 23 March 2016 at 23:06

      The trick of base, It is store and discard ! The place make it makes a very foolish !

  10. Lucile Maillard
    23 March 2016 at 10:41

    Super article ! by contrast dot strange : on my Tablet photos “after” were pictures of dresses. I tried to reload the article and again, pictures of dresses instead of the new office. Sur pc tout marche bien :)

  11. 23 March 2016 at 10:42

    you do puzzles?! I'd love to meet you “for real” :) I love what you dégages ;)

  12. Danièle Saul
    23 March 2016 at 10:49

    Les puzzles c’est rock’n’roll! J’aime l’idée de réaménager les espaces sans casser le style.

  13. 23 March 2016 at 10:56

    Your new office farts class. It is much nicer to have a good workspace (PC, graphics tablet, crayons, notebooks, Cup of tea…), It feels better I find.

  14. 23 March 2016 at 10:56

    Oooh I j'adooooore posts deco!!! merci :)
    and yes, custom furniture is top – and not necessarily very expensive, When knowing a little tinkering: I wanted a graaaaande table for my new kitchen, and after having looked everywhere without finding anything (not the right size or much too expensive), I bought a surfboard to the perfect dimensions (Beech also, 200×80 pour moi) and I've tinkered with Trestles of IKEA and metal bars for more stability… result: I have the perfect for table 80 euros :)
    suddenly I'm using also for sewing, draw, tinker… even my comp spends much more time on my lovely Secretary unfortunately much too small and always crowded papers… This is also the advantage of a kitchen table when it is used for all: one is obliged to store directly, otherwise it is immediately the brothel and we find ourselves with butter on invoices hehe!

    • 23 March 2016 at 23:07

      Oui moi c’est pareil le bureau est au milieu de la pièce, obligée de ranger !

  15. Vic Hcq
    23 March 2016 at 10:57


  16. 23 March 2016 at 11:03

    I'm admiring your office and the operation you have to do to install it in your apartment’ (Ranger ! pendant 3 weekend away … !!) It is not always easy to develop in the small without too much load and you're doing really well. I'm even a tad jealous … I took a large office in order to have more room but between candy, small decos car “now I have space” and well I'm always reduced to a space of 60×60 to draw/d

    • 23 March 2016 at 23:07

      Ha ha oui mais perso je suis un peu maniaque, je range tout le temps, ça m’énerve trop les bureaux en bordel :D

  17. 23 March 2016 at 11:09

    It is superb, Congratulations.
    Your interior is certainly a very pleasant, sparkling and sweet source of inspiration but sharing your small revolution in terms of planning even more.
    It's been a while that I was told that my little home needs a boost for is slightly renewed, a small spring boost that is needed! And I think that it may also go through my home!
    And it gave me a mad desire to make room for a corner “creative” which never finds its place, with a sewing machine who plays elbows with my cameras! It is time to calm the situation and to give each the place it deserves!
    So thanks for this article that allows me to do lots of deco-orga(Organization)-vitamins!

  18. 23 March 2016 at 11:22

    Very good tip !! Long live the tailor-made still… The deco “naive” your apartment is very inspiring !! I would like to succeed to dare like that :) Bisous

  19. Or Nella
    23 March 2016 at 11:35


    • 27 March 2016 at 15:31

      Oh mon bel Imoooootehp aux yeux et aux cheveux de feu, je savais bien que l’on se retrouverait un jour, ici bas…haha!

  20. 23 March 2016 at 11:37

    Too cool, I admire what you get to do with the size of your apartment. It is so much cabbage !

  21. 23 March 2016 at 11:44

    We have right to want to live with you ? :D it is too nice and nifty new office !

  22. Amandine Anglade
    23 March 2016 at 12:15

    A chaque article Deco ton vase vert me fait de l’œil ! 🍃

  23. 23 March 2016 at 12:18

    Altogether you have even changed the lamp and the Chair also ! :p
    I too am in a very tiny apartment in the DRC with husband and child but is sold here, with the small 2nd in preparation, It'll just be possible and I really feel like a plant in a too small pot , that can't push…I am this mini home, Since I know that it trades against 83 M2 with garden to 5 our metro stations…
    V.i.v.e.m.e.n.t !
    Kiss Elodie !
    Strongly posts “Couture” so :p

  24. 23 March 2016 at 12:29

    The part of Tetris I know too.
    And the option also Pocket handkerchief. It requires to turn the problem in every sense, measure continuously, Search and finally find. After we can blow … until next issue.
    It took time to design space “opening to the world” between TV, comp, phone. It is small but optimized : http://www.cestbientotnoel.com/archives/2016/03/08/33483641.html

  25. 23 March 2016 at 12:46

    Resident, it well laid out your apartment, It's crazy how you have managed to make the space while keeping a snug air ! You will show us more, on occasion ?? Is it te plaiiit ! :)

    • 23 March 2016 at 23:09

      Viewing in the deco topic I already have many more posts ;)

  26. 23 March 2016 at 12:51

    Bonjour, I never comment but I often pass by here !
    I love your decor articles, I like the idea of organize everything to make everything go in a very small space, everything must be thought, every thing has a place, j’adore (but I left Paris now, so I have more space…).

    I had already read articles about your apartment and suddenly I located a bit parts, but on a photo you can see a space in height with linen, It is a space of storage ? I'm a little crazy all small details too…

    Bonne journée !

    • 23 March 2016 at 23:09

      It is a mezzanine with a bed for the buddies who are still sleeping ^^

  27. 23 March 2016 at 12:55

    Very pretty !!

  28. 23 March 2016 at 13:09

    It is very well organized and very nice your apartment! However how do you access the storage of the large shelf behind your sofa?!?
    Moi aussi, IKEA has changed me life, Thanks to them, I was able to put me at the sewing! I took their Norden table with flaps, It is in my room, what allows me to unfold after folded my bed BZ and store coupons of fabrics in the drawers in the Middle. And I can also pass at the salon when I world for a meal (bon, It is a bit heavy, but it is handy).
    I stress but I'd really like you to do us a sewing post, where you are, your confections etc… ;)

    • 23 March 2016 at 23:10

      It's simple I put myself standing on the couch !

      • 24 March 2016 at 9:49

        No actually I was talking about accessing the storage behind the backrest of the sofa but it is not serious :p

        • 24 March 2016 at 11:59

          Ah ok ! It is a piece of furniture on which rest the shelves there are small traps in accessible locations ;)

  29. 23 March 2016 at 13:34

    The problem with larger offices (enfin, pour moi), is that they can accommodate much more brothel… And it is so much longer to store ! (enfin, pour moi, always…). I am reduced to work on the table to eat, dining on the coffee table and to exasperate me on this huge office which do more let me no place to work !
    Your interior is very nice, and the new office fits perfectly, Thanks for the tip cutting of wood !
    Bonne journée

  30. 23 March 2016 at 14:13

    Always a treat deco items with your apartment in illustration ! It's always accurate, wise, well thought.

    An item on one of your photos made me tilt : where you are you got this box-storage-de-cable ?? This is exactly what need me ! (report that pissed to recover kilos of hairs of my Angora cats who love to have fun with wires that dangle…).

  31. 23 March 2016 at 14:14

    I just separate me, Goodbye little house in the suburbs, Hello studio (but in a nifty tier-quar) and in fact I have fun like a little crazy to try all nest and it is cool…This article falls steeply :)

  32. Claire Lelong-Lehoang journalist
    23 March 2016 at 14:21

    I love your interior, small & cute (My motto) ! and then your new office is awesomeness, the Chair also. I am a fan of calligraphy and will get back also — very soon I hope… you will show us your letters? :-) beautiful day

  33. 23 March 2016 at 14:46

    I think it's top ! For me it is very important the the office layout, just like my sport outfit, I need to be in my shoes to succeed that I undertake !

  34. 23 March 2016 at 14:52

    Live puzzles!

  35. 23 March 2016 at 14:54

    I love your posts deco and you are so light on this picture ! You have finished me reconcile with my porcelain complexion and I now spend me substantive complexion or another bb tinted cream that anyway I never knew apply without big traces or bright orange agglutination on dead skin …
    It is impressive this way to always find new tricks for storing all your bric a brac in little space so that most of the time we stop with the observation that our home is too small and that less than breaking a wall we cannot change anything. And nice this Office Chair, Where is she from ?

    Bonne journée

  36. 23 March 2016 at 15:25

    It is damn well arranged your Parisian space ^^
    I draw quite and I dream of something : a desk!!! Rikiki but a space to me in order to draw other than on my knees, rolled into a ball on my sofa '. Should that, like you I look back my small Parisian salon of liliputien.
    En tout cas, the result is very nice !!

  37. 23 March 2016 at 15:51

    I think hyper-pretty and practical! Bravo for storage (my pet peeve !!!)

  38. 23 March 2016 at 16:59

    Coucou ! I love the decoration of your home! *o*. I find it just perfect - and it matches me more than those sleek which can be seen by time!
    You did well to choose this plan, it is superb!
    (and I noticed your Bambi poster on your fridge! AHA!)

    • 23 March 2016 at 23:11

      It's me who redesigned it the small Bambi :D without trace youhouu

  39. 23 March 2016 at 17:53

    I love your new office ! The wooden board is beautiful, and it's a very classy office and very professional I find :) more, how much space on the work plan now ! Bisous :)

  40. Kiki the Termite
    23 March 2016 at 18:01

    I love your arrangements! However I have a question, I do not find the references of the cute pink NICE guide that you proposed in “pretty things”? could you give me? I live in a Nice and I would like to offer it a foreign friends. thank you a lot

    • 23 March 2016 at 23:12

      I believe it is unfortunately out of stock everywhere :/

  41. 23 March 2016 at 18:43

    It is that of an interior it really changes everything, What a pain to engage in the manufacture of a dress on the coffee table if you know than 2hrs later you should store about to serve dinner… I also have rearrange my space to be able to leave plan everything in a room and eat in parallel ! Another criterion that the cat cannot come lover in silk any soft cut for so-called dress, leaving the passage of nice red hairs on the fabric ! Bref, a real puzzle ! Sinon, I love your tea service and your desk lamp !

    • 23 March 2016 at 23:13

      Yes the galley cat ! Me to my puzzles I bought large cartons to cover them and that small parts are not cleared of a sudden leg night ^^

  42. 23 March 2016 at 20:21

    If if one sees the difference. ;D

    I wanted to just tell you that following one of your advice, I bought jacks “remote control” : it changed my life !
    I'm also going to invest in a light bulb with remote control, because in the same room, Sometimes I need to well see (Couture, DIY), Sometimes I need to see average (food preparation to the dodo).
    Thanks for this nifty idea of home automation to which I had never thought !

  43. 23 March 2016 at 20:48

    But this is pure genius! I loved this post! This tablet is absolutely beautiful!

  44. 24 March 2016 at 0:38

    wahouu this is too nice what you have managed to :). I went from 80 m 2 in the province at 20 m 2 and then to 11 m 2 in Paris due to various events in the life….. In short I didn't be able to succeed to cram the subsistence minimum in 11 m 2 ah ah long live the high ceilings ! There are still some adjustments including office space which is a real puzzle since I am sewing time, drawing and the taf on comp.. A real challenge! Strangely and thankfully I feel much better in a smaller space where everything is at fingertips, the main thing is there ;)

  45. 24 March 2016 at 7:34

    She is really beautiful your decoration!
    Where did you find this cute teapot, stp?

  46. 24 March 2016 at 7:50

    hey !

    I really liked this change and I understand you entirely from small parts that you have, I want to tell you that it is pretty much the same boat at the meeting but thanks for sharing, whatever I love your show, too cute ! kisses :D

  47. 24 March 2016 at 10:25

    Je suis fan!
    Already I love all the posts on the organization etc but already any interior is magnificent and it is really nice that you have managed to do with a small space (Let us not, Let's not complain about having the fridge within arm's reach confesses, CONFESS)

  48. 24 March 2016 at 14:23

    Great idea !

  49. 24 March 2016 at 15:44

    I add my small stone of admiration. Thanks for all your posts so full of good humor and creativity! And if you did a lil crobard with some approximate odds of your if well landscaped Pocket handkerchief, I am sure that it would inspire more than one!
    See you soon!

  50. 25 March 2016 at 7:26

    Deco OWL. OWL office. Where did you found the teapot, stp?

  51. Ines Chanel Ebagnitchie
    25 March 2016 at 7:49

    Beautiful decoration!! Can-tu me say where did you find this pretty little teapot, stp?

  52. 25 March 2016 at 10:57

    You fully deserve the nickname of Mary Poppins !!!
    I love the small copper on your new desktop lamp, It is ikea also ?
    And I see that the sewing machine has finally place you !

  53. 25 March 2016 at 14:17

    The result is not bad at all !! :) Bravo, It is well thought out and pretty. You have to be much better :)
    I really like your desk lamp, where did you find it ?

  54. 25 March 2016 at 17:22

    Your streets has so much character that the Ikea furniture is more soul, While sometimes beautiful antique furniture lost in beauty in places without harmony… My preference goes to the furniture that lived, It is the same for objects I admit but between your walls I am sensitive to a true accuracy of processing objects, shades and furniture, the result is both obsolete and current, sparkling and refreshing… This resembles what is known of you :)
    Beautiful late afternoon !

  55. 25 March 2016 at 22:16

    very nice pics! :)

  56. 25 March 2016 at 23:27

    Beautiful new office, j’adore, It's super clean! *0*

  57. 26 March 2016 at 19:53

    This wooden tray is a super idea, and having an office unique is still not classified ;)
    Very nice decor!

  58. 27 March 2016 at 1:18

    actually t”as lair to have lot of work ! lol

  59. 28 March 2016 at 19:30

    I was surfing on the net, When I suddenly came across this article on tea and Alice in the Wonderland. I immediately thought of you, There are nice things you could add to your collection :


    Big kisses :)

  60. 29 March 2016 at 16:36

    Bonjour, it is very successful. Can you tell me or you find this lovely salmon angles behind your desk furniture? Merci

  61. 2 April 2016 at 7:17

    Wow! It is clear that this change. The Cabinet at the bottom was not very accessible anyway. I love your deco post on your 35 m 2, always inspiring (you made me bought the Paul and Joe duvet ;)

  62. 2 April 2016 at 14:26

    With a beautiful office as, I look forward you you put sewing !! I see you well with this kind of small nuggets
    Is crop top version not too cute ?
    Good going, I return to my blouse, The facings are waiting for me !

  63. 5 April 2016 at 11:20

    very nice! Thank you super blog

  64. 20 October 2016 at 13:41

    It's super cute, j’aime beaucoup le plateau : It is beautiful and very bright because it is not dark :) I love this kind of article and more !

    Dawn of the blog http://www.auriginalite.com

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