A Space of my Own

home office with ikea expedits and countertops

I have been hard at work polishing up several areas of my home, including my office (or as some would say, my “Mom Cave”). We converted this space from a playroom (this would be a great before and after, you wouldn’t believe it! } into my home office two years ago as I have a design business specializing in wedding and event invitations. I was SO happy when it was finally done, as I said this is the only space in the house that is ALL MINE! MINE! MINE!

The majority of my working, crafting and blogging is done here. I honestly spend most of my time in here. Almost everything is from IKEA. I really liked the similar craft desk from Pottery Barn, but didn’t have the budget for it so I made my own from IKEA with 3 Expedit shelves and 2 IKEA table tops–it was probably less then $250 when it was all said and done. I have a TON of work space on the top which comes in handy when I am cutting, taping and assembling invitations. I also have a ton of storage for all my papers and supplies below.

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The armoire behind the desk came into our marriage with my husband (he used it to store his clothes in his closet-less bachelor apartment), and I couldn’t wait to make it pretty with some new white paint. It’s now my gift wrap (and business packaging) storage. My favorite part is the chalkboard door where I can keep a running list of what I need to work on so I don’t get too sidetracked reading blogs. Which happens all too regularly around here….

armoire used in office

 

I am in the process of redoing a chair for the space…right now I have a very large (very comfortable) chair from our living room but it’s not exactly the right scale, is it? I will post on my new desk chair as soon as I finish pulling out the 5000 staples from the old upholstery–it might be awhile. {Edit: See it HERE}

And, don’t you love the houndstooth curtains? (Sorry, I don’t have a great picture but you can see them on the window in this image) but anyway, my girlfriend Tracey got them from a model home, and they were so wide we were able to cut them in half and each get a pair out of them. Nice friend!

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I use these little buckets and towel bar (from the kitchen section in IKEA) to keep all sorts of things that pile up on the desk at arm’s reach.

 

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As a graphic designer, I am BIG on words and letters…these letters are my favorite part of the room. I just some sprayed Hobby Lobby letters and I covered a cheap bulletin board with fabric for an inspiration board. I think the word art makes the room a lot more interesting.

 

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I am still tweaking this space, but it’s come a long way in a few weeks.

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Comments

  1. Great Space! I love it!

  2. I bet you are loving your new space! If you are like me you are probably sitting there now just enjoying all the newness of it all! I am so silly about it- I sit in my kitchen and just stare at the newly mopped floor – that may be caz it gets cleaned so rarely!

    bee blessed
    mary

  3. It looks great! I’d LOVE to have my own space. No room :(

    Visiting from Serenity Now!

  4. Love your space. I too have an Ikea desk and shelves and love them.

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