Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Home Office Inspiration Board

I semi-promised an inspiration board for my home office a couple of weeks ago, and here she is! This is my first official attempt at a mood/inspiration board, so please bear with with me as I make Photoshop bend to my will.

Essentially this serves as a general idea of what I'm thinking of for the office, in a far more attractive-looking form. Please don't look at the prices and think that's what I'd actually spend on these items - it's more of a way to envision how I'd like the space to pan out.

1. Lottie Dots Decal (Gold), Land of Nod, $24.95 each set of 48 decals
2. Orbital Sphere Flushmount - Rust, RH Baby & Child, $199
3. Decorator Shelf, Pottery Barn Kids, $79
4. Metal Industrial Pinboard, Restoration Hardware, $449
5. Curvy Chrysanthemum Vase, Anthropologie, $28
6. Trailblazer Wingback Desk Chair, Pottery Barn Teen, $319
7. Gold Bars Rug, Land of Nod, $299 - $799

What do you guys think? Any other ideas? I'd like to keep the palate pretty neutral because the wall color is pretty bold (Valspar Belle Grove Victory Blue) but would love some additional ideas for pops of color.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Five Years

Five years ago, I said "I Do" to this guy.

In that time, we've:

  • Moved across state lines.
  • Obtained a Master's degree (well, technically Brian accomplished this one).
  • Learned photography (that was me!).
  • Added a chipmunk-cheeked baby to our family.
  • Said goodbye to a furry member of our family.
  • Started this little spot on the web.
  • (Almost!) Bought a house.
I'm not going to lie - it hasn't always been sunshine and roses and posies for us. But, at the end of the day, there's no one else I'd want by my side while riding along on this crazy roller coaster of life. 

Happy anniversary to the best husband and baby daddy a gal can ask for.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bye Bye Stalkers! | Installing a Window Cling

Remember when I complained about the window next to the front door that essentially was an All You Can Stalk Buffet for creepy people?

I finally fixed it! It took me a little while to finally get this one done, mostly because some other life and work projects took precedence. Although it seems simple on the surface, it requires measuring and finesse, two things I'm not very good at. Plus, I was debating whether or not to make it myself (which involves using contact paper), but ultimately decided against it due to time constraints and wanting to devote my precious time to other projects instead.

I ended up purchasing a large roll of one with a cute leaf pattern from Amazon. Instructions came with it, and I more or less followed them. I won't wax poetic on it, because it's fairly basic stuff (ya know, clean the window, measure and cut the film, spray soapy water on it, slap it up there, squeegee it, and BAM you're done).

However, some tips I'd suggest if you're thinking about attempting something like this in your own home:

  • Order twice the amount you think you'll need. We're human and make mistakes (or maybe I'm just more mistake-prone than the average DIYer), so having some extra wiggle room in case you cut too much off will be a lifesaver.
  • If you don't have one already, buy a small spray bottle. You'll need one to apply the soapy water that makes the clings stick to the window. I had one laying around that I used to use for my hair, so it was easy to re-purpose for this. They're about a dollar at Walgreens or Target.
  • Get a second opinion halfway through the process. It can be as simple as "Honey, how's this looking so far?" That simple question led Brian to admit that the window cling on the bottom window was against the grain (the first two were vertical, and I cut the last one I cut horizontally for some odd reason), so that bit of feedback helped keep things consistent. Would I have noticed it on my own? Yeah, probably, but likely not until after I cleaned up and put everything away.

Here's the view from the inside, which really isn't all that great because it was too backlit. But hopefully  you at least get the general gist of it.

Here's another photo, a bit more up close and personal. See what I mean about the vertical grain? Husbands do come in handy every now and then. ;)

And here's the view from outside:

And here's the whole kit 'n kiboodle - although you can't really make out the window clings, I swear they're there!

Let me tell ya, it's sooooooo nice to not have to worry about people peeking in through that window any longer. Huge load off my shoulders, that's for damn sure!

Anyone else attach a window cling lately? Any other tips/tricks to share?

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Decorating the Home Office

Not to confuse it with my work office. ;)

Remember when I mentioned I was offered a new job? Well, I started there this week, and get this: I have my own office. With a window!!! Coming from the Land of the Cubicles, this is a big freaking deal, peeps.

Eventually I'll think more about how I want to decorate my new and fabulous work space, but for now I'll concentrating on my home office, which we recently painted and reorganized. It's been awesome to finally be able to use this space for its intended purpose, although the walls are kind of lacking in pretty things at the moment. And we all know how much I like pretty things.

Here are some options I'm considering:

I'm really liking the shelving concept of this set-up, especially since I have a whole bunch of books and random knick knacks that need a home.

I really like the crate box shelving idea, along with the leather chair. I've always wanted a nice comfy corner in my office to either philosophize about the meaning of life or just to read a good book. Quite warm and cozy.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I'm a big fan of polka dots. Perhaps I could do an accent wall or the area around my desk with these puppies.

Although I like the light fixture that's currently in the office, I'm thinking about switching it up. This option from the Restoration Hardware Kids collection is pretty nifty, and honestly it looks rather easy to re-create myself if I really wanted to.

Orbital Sphere Flushmount Light, $199, RHKids

I love me a good gallery wall, and really like how this one turned out. Looks classy yet warm and inviting.

So there you have it - essentially a hodgepodge of what I'm thinking as far as decorating the office. Perhaps I'll do a more formal mood board in the near future. 

Any other ideas out there for storage/decor/organization?