A couple of months ago, I decided it was time to do something about the unorganized mess of an office I was working in. I wanted the space to be inspiring, bright, and much more minimal with a touch of sparkle. Instead of just working with what I had, I decided to start fresh. Out with the old, in with the new! When you look at the “before” photos, you’ll see why I was feeling less than inspired in my daily space:
For some reason when we moved here, I thought it would be a brilliant idea to paint the room a super bright aqua colour. It worked in the beginning, and then sort of lost direction. Nothing matched, the clutter of my supplies and things began to pile up, and I started to really hate it.
The first thing I decided I needed to do was paint the room flat white. This seemed like a simple enough idea at the time, but I underestimated the amount of coats I would need to apply. Four layers and two buckets of “primer included” paint later and my room was finally white.
the desk mission
My second mission was to find a new desk. I had put this off for so long because I always have SUCH a difficult time finding a desk. Seriously, why is desk shopping so stressful!? The one I had been using was literally the one my family first purchased when we got our very first computer, with a couple of coats of white paint and a solid backing added by moi. It was tiny and not very functional. Every other time I tried searching for a new one I would come up empty handed, so it had stayed with me all of this time.
I must have spent weeks searching for the perfect desk. One that included storage, a large pull out keyboard tray, a place for my CPU, a large surface, and a decent looking backside as I really don’t like facing towards the wall when I work. It’s like bad feng shui or something. I was willing to spend as much as I needed to for this perfect desk. Luckily, the one I found was from Walmart, of all places, and met every requirement. I LOVE it and it was so easy to put together by myself.
Alright, so now you want to see the result of my efforts. Here are the photos! Products I bought are all listed at the end of this post.
The result: I am loving this space so much. The lighting and the coziness of having pieces I love all around me makes it special and really easy to work in. Painting the room white was also a great idea as I take a lot of my blog photos in here and the white balance is so much nicer than that bright aqua tint! There are still a couple of pieces I plan on adding to the room, but overall it’s become my favourite place in the house, and isn’t that what any work area should feel like!?
Plus sign curtains from Urban Outfitters
Desk from Walmart
Ranarp Work Lamp from IKEA
Gold sequin pillow from H&M Home
Doe head Cholet Hollow Vase from Anthropologie
Ribba frames from IKEA (various sizes)
Rug from AllModern
Princess telephone – vintage
Gold cabinet from Lowes by Monarch Specialties
Pyramid mod chairs with wood legs
Side table in between chairs – vintage family piece
Lamp with gold base – Gift, spray painted base
Vinyl triangle wall stickers – Made myself on my Cricut with sticky vinyl
Artwork – a lot of it was made myself, others from Society6