Moving pretty much just sucks. And as much as I love interior decoration, it can definitely be a struggle to find time to decorate and redesign with the normal everyday responsibilities keeping you busy (and having an everyday budget to work with!). When Clint and I moved into our new home, we were thrilled. Mainly because it had a reliable hot water source and ceiling fans in every room… luxuries that we didn’t have at our old place. But along with warm showers also came more space. Over DOUBLE the space. While this has been more wonderful than I can say, it also posed the problem of filling the space. I like my house to be nice and homey (read: knick-knacky and crowded), so with a small budget and a big home, I was up for a challenge. But if deal hunting were an Olympic sport, I sure would have won a gold for America.
One of my favorite things about our home is that I get to have my own office. I work from home alot. From graphic design, to the blogging world, to my endless list of art projects I am working on, it’s an absolute blessing to have my own space to create and… well.. completely mess up with acrylic paint.
First step: get rid of the beige walls. Carpet and beige walls are the death of me, and so I did what any girl on a low budget could do in this situation: PAINT EVERYTHING.
I painted the walls first in a very light blue. This was an adventure that I (the ADD child)
stupidly brilliantly decided was a good project to begin at 1am one night and didn’t sleep until it was completely finished… the next day at 6pm. I also gave my dresser, that was formerly lime green (don’t judge my 7th grade taste), a face lift with a new coat of coral paint and new pulls.
I am far from done, but here is a sneak peak into my creative space.
This is a picture of my office before: a week after we had moved in.
I bought these old spools from a flea market stand that was selling various industrial supplies from an old factory.
I frame various things. My favorite thing to do is frame things that are typically not framed.
The top left picture is a print on top of a piece of tapestry that I received as a wedding present.
Top right is something I tore out of a book.
Bottom left is a piece of tissue paper that was wrapped around some stationary I bought from Kate Spade. I fell in love with the pattern and the color matched perfectly with the dresser it’s hanging over!
Tip: Even when you have a small gallery of pictures that are framed, don’t be afraid to just tape something that you love with them. It adds some character! I took the polaroid of Clint at a Star Wars watching party we had, and wanted to hang it somewhere. I used some patterned washi tape to hold it up. I use patterned tape on EVERYTHING. You can find all kinds on Etsy and Amazon, if you’re interested.
I like finding little places in our home to inspire me. I taped this picture on the inside of my office door so it’s the last thing I see before I walk out of my creative space and into the world.
I needed to find a way to keep my obsession with stationary organized. I bought this wooden box from Hobby Lobby, and painted “cards” on it with some stencils. I keep my favorite letters from people, cards that I have made, and random stationary/post cards that I have picked up over time.
This bookshelf is made from some vintage folding crates. It’s the perfect size to hold some of my design favorites and keep my sketch books, journals, and work notebooks together.
I get a lot of questions about where I bought my lamp from and they are always surprised at my answer: target. I bought it as a empty glass and filled it with painted driftwood. I put a burlap lamp shade on it to give it a warm glow, and it lights up the wood beautifully!
This vase single handedly inspired the color scheme of my office. I loved the coral and light blue together: hence my blue walls and coral dresser. The vase is from Anthropologie and then I took some branches from outside and wound them with yarn. For the tutorial I did over this: check here.
I love having a big empty frame to hang up little bits of what is currently inspiring me. I bought it from a boutique. It was actually used to display some hanging clothes, and I asked the owner if I could buy the frame from her since I loved it so much. I finally convinced her into letting me buy it and now it’s one of my favorite pieces in my office!
I am now moving on to the living room, but will keep you posted with more before and afters.
I’m off to Mexico tomorrow for the next week with my man, so it’s off to my to-do list that is a mile long. Including getting waxed for the first time. Ouch.
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!
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