After we moved into our house I was so overwhelmed with decorating the spaces that everyone sees when visiting that I neglected to spend time sprucing up the spaces that we spend most of our time in doing work. One of those spaces was our office. I spend a lot of time in this room editing pictures, working on this blog thing, crafting, and scrapbooking. But it was so darn blah and boring that I couldn’t take it anymore. I spent one Sunday painting the entire room and within a week it became a decorated, fully functional, inspirational space. At least my side is anyway. Aaron’s wall is still blank which he’s a little jealous about but his time will come.
I made sure to take before pictures so you can tell how uninviting this space was with the bare walls and junk spread everywhere.
And yes, my desk stays this messy almost always. I’m working on that.
And here is your after glimpse!
So much fun, right?
I spend a lot of time in here so it was imperative that I surround myself with things that inspire me.
I pulled my plays and creative how-to books out of storage and displayed them on a shelf because they really could use a re-read.
I had kept that issue of Vanity Fair because I love Tina Fey and I really love the 40s style of that picture. I decided to rip the cover off and frame it.
Aaron is my number one fan and inspiration so I had to include him on the wall.
The box in the middle is a wooden box that my Papa made my Granny when they were married. It has their names and my mom and aunt’s names painted on it and when you open it there is a mirror on the inside of the lid that says, “Hey there, Beautiful.” How sweet is that? I keep mine and Aaron’s mushy love notes in there.
I. Love. This. I bought a sheet of peg board and simply spray painted it. It’s such a handy object for my side of the office and I’m pretty sure it’s going to fill up quick.
A while back I posted about a bulletin board I made out of fabric, foam board, and a frame. I had some left over fabric and foam board and had an empty frame laying around the house so I made a bulletin board to put above my desk. I filled it with some of my favorite quotes from some of my favorite people, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Milton Berle, and George Burns. They are great, every day reminders.
Cute canvases, Michaels, $1. Go get you some.
I’ve had this camera paper laying around since sometime last year. I saw it at The Paper Source and had to have it. For what? I wasn’t sure at the moment. I reached into my bag of tricks and Modpodged it onto a canvas so it could be included on the office wall.
Scrapbooking central. Along with my college theatre books. Mmmm…Shakespeare. I found I had about five Shakes anthologies. Only one, maybe two made it to the shelf.
Another Tina Fey picture. This one cracks me up. You’ll often find me dancing around like that.
More quotes from more brilliant people. I love the one on top from Milton Berle.
And my folk had to be around this space somewhere.
I racked my brain on how to dress the window. I really wanted a yellow roman shade but went the cheap route with decorations we already had in stock. I think the orange goes great with the gray walls.
I bought both of us a white board and cork board to post and write ideas and inspiration. Mine is already filling up.
Probably my favorite room in the house.
It is so important to find a space that spawns creativity. We all need a “me” space that we are able to make our own. Whether it’s a closet or a whole room, finding that sanctuary where we can be creative and work is something I think is very important. I’m so thankful that we have this house where I have the opportunity to do just that. I’m so thankful that we have the resources to be able to let me do something like paint and decorate a room. And I’m so incredibly thankful for the talents, abilities, and ambitions that God has given me and that I’m able to hone them in a space that is completely me.
Do you have a work space that emanates you? Is there a space where you like to get your creative on? Is there a work space that you are dying to make over? If so, share it! I’d love to see where you spend your time working and creating!
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