Welcome to our home office. My husband and I do all of our paperwork from home. This space is a work in progress. In a perfect world our home would have been completely done upon moving in. Who am I kidding, where’s the fun in that?! I actually love that I still have so many spaces to work on. That’s how you know what your passion is. I feel so empty when I don’t have anything to work on in my home (maybe that’s why we’re on our fifth home) I would like to have finished this space by now but slowly but surely it’s coming along.
I recently joined Periscope (if you’re not familiar, it’s yet another social media tool), on periscope you stream live video, and people can sign on and interact by commenting. I decided for my first try, I would give a tour of our office, since I had just added a few pieces. To say it was awkward is an understatement! My sister said it was hilarious, (thanks Erin) that’s how I know it was less than great. There is no practice run on periscope, as soon as you start, people join in. Only at first you’re not sure if you should start talking to the one or two people? Or wait for more to join?should I be humming? How do I entertain until the party gets started?? The hilarious Karianne, over at ThistleWood Farms explains it so well, she said “it’s like when you have a few dinner guests arrive, and you’re not sure what do do with them? Do you have them help cut vegetables?” Lol it’s awkward! I had so few followers that I hoped I would only have a small audience. Within a minute or so I had over 150 people (gulp!) apparently non followers will join in if there’s nothing else to watch. My midday strategy didn’t work! So I stuttered and stumbled through my tour. My 6 yr old came in during the middle, all dirty from playing outside with his dad. He then proceeded to jump on my new white settee (ugh) oh well, at least it’s real life. Hopefully this tour will be interesting but less awkward!
I found this fabulous Nicole Miller settee at HomeGoods recently. I knew it was perfect the minute I saw it! Convincing my husband would be a different story. I went back four times throughout the next week to look at it and measure it. On my last trip, one of the employees told me a lot of people had been eyeing it. That’s all I needed, it was going to be mine! No way was I letting it slip through my fingers! I had to go home and switch vehicles and come back to get it. While there I also found the art work hanging above. At only $129 it was a great price for such a large piece, it was also the perfect balance for my mix of modern and traditional items.
The side tables are from Ross, they were less than $20 a piece, so I won’t have to feel guilty at all if I replace them in the future. The lamp, and bust planter are also Homegoods finds.
We recently purchased the Pottery Barn printers desk, I’m still on the hunt for the perfect chair. I found a few accessories that I love from Hobby Lobby. I’m not quite done styling it yet, still need to find the perfect organizers for our papers etc..
Here’s my next project, window treatments for these awkward windows. As you can see, we have very tall ceilings. The windows at the top don’t line up with the windows below (it makes sense on the exterior I promise) I think I’ve decided to do drapes on the lower windows and hang them about a foot above the window. I’m still deciding on fabric. Then, we need a light fixture. I held off purchasing one for this room while we were building because I wasn’t sure what I wanted. We also have can lighting in this room, making it possible to wait until I find the perfect piece.
When I started, this room was all white, literally a blank slate. The room is small, but the high ceilings and the detail of the board and bat have added impact. I chose to paint the upper 2/3 black because I love the drama it adds to the room. I knew the space could handle it with the abundance of natural light it receives, paired with the tall ceilings it’s perfect for the space. Don’t be afraid to take a few chances if you have a room like this. Also, it’s ok to slowly work on your spaces. Hopefully like me, you take joy in the process even if it feels painfully slow at times.