First of all, I just have to say how amazing you guys are! Your comments on my last post, I have a Dream, have warmed my heart in ways you will never know! I feel like I sat down and had the best coffee visit with my closest friends. You know the kind where you leave feeling refreshed and full from having good conversation. The best conversations, that affirm, and encourage one another! I’m so honored to have you hear with me, and I cannot even begin to express the gratitude I have in my hearts for you! So today I’m finally getting around to sharing the other half of the room our washer and dryer are in. I’ll be honest when we first looked at this house, this room perplexed me. It’s a small room to being with, and has an angled wall that used to drive me bonkers when we first moved in. It’s funny how something things start to fade away and blend in with the rest of the space. This room has functioned as a few things since we lived here. A playroom, a bedroom, a throw all room, a pop-up guest room, and now my office. I’ll admit it’s been my office for just about 2 years, but it’s hardly ever clean. When you are creating things, it’s so hard to keep things clean, but that’s why I love this room. It’s a space for any of the projects I’m working on to go, and I can just shut the door. However now, it’s turned into quite the creative retreat, so I may be keeping that door open a bit more! With some help from my friends at Minted, I was able to turn this home office space into a place I where I love to create. It inspires me, and I think that’s what helps the creative juices flow the most, and I can’t wait to share it with you!
Right off of our dining room is where this little room is located. You may recall the chalkboard door you’ve seen in pictures behind our dining room table. Well, when you open that door you’ll find our recently made over Farmhouse style Laundry Room, and my home office.
I used to have this desk upstairs in a part of our bedroom, but as my business has grown, I needed more space too.
I painted the entire room Wescott Navy by Benjamin Moore. It was fun to make this room feel a bit more moody with dark walls. Plus it also helps the furnishings in the space pop.
So when you walk into this room, the desk is on the opposite wall, centered between the two windows. The washer and dryer are to the left, which you can see below. I got a lot of questions about the curtain hanging from the ceiling and how that worked with the window right next to it. With the curtain hanging from the ceiling I couldn’t do curtains on the window, because they would interfere with each other, and honestly look quite silly. You can see because of how far the dryer sticks out in front of the window, it was just enough to create an issue. So I opted for woven shades hung inside the window frame to keep things looking crisp, and this way I still get privacy at night as well.
To the right of my desk is where that awkward angled wall is. There is a small closet in the corner as well, which helps store some of my seasonal decor as well.
Placed on that awkward angled wall is actually two of those cube cubby storage systems placed side by side. We attached a piece of barnwood to the top of them, and then I hung drop cloth curtains below to hide all the stuff stored in them. I’ll share more on how I completed that make shift storage system soon!
With the barn wood on top it creates more of a ledge that can house items, and act as an overflow desktop space. I also love using visual pin boards to create inspiration, and help display what is currently inspiring me.
I created this custom pin board with Minted. They offer a variety of sizes, you can choose your own frame, and if you want a different fabric than ones they have displayed, you can customize your own order with any of their fabric options. I love that it feels like an art piece, but also provides a spot to organize my thoughts and inspiration as well.
I chose the natural French Farmhouse finish for the frame on my pin board with the Moroccan Diamonds fabric. Adding texture is always top on my list when I’m looking at what to incorporate into a space. For me texture adds warmth and interest, and keeps the space from feeling flat. I love the different framing options Minted has, because it allows me to add texture that I can mix and match.
I layered my pin board over a large watercolor Spring Peonies art piece, also from Minted. Since the walls are dark, I wanted to artwork to be the focal point. It feels so refreshing in the space with these larger pieces taking center stage, and spurs on the creativity.
Paint brushes, stamps, and ribbon are all within arms reach, which makes them so much easier to use because they are neatly displayed. That way I don’t forget what I have.
One of the key points I focused on when putting this room together was utilizing pieces that helped me stay organized but where also pretty to look at. That way I have a full functioning office space, but one that inspires me to create while I work as well.
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