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Little Office Design

June 15, 2015 — 4 Comments

Well, hello blog. It’s been a long time.

While this blog may have been dormant, I certainly have not been. I’ve done a few projects around my house and hopefully I’ll catch a second wind one of these days and write about them, but for now here’s a project I did outside of my house.

The company I work for recently moved to a new building and I now have my very own office. I have a door! And windows! And a super random fireplace! As you can imagine, getting my own office is a big deal, not just because I got my own office, but because I got to decorate it as well. Considering I have this blog, you can imagine how exciting it is for me to have a new space to decorate.

Here’s my office pre-makeover. Well, technically I did already have some influence on the space prior to these photos. The owner was repainting anyway so I was able to choose the paint color, it’s Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray. It’s a great dark gray (grey???).

IMG_7124_1024 IMG_7126_1024 Why yes that is a random fireplace in my office. This office was at one point an apartment so I got what, I can only assume, used to be the living room.  IMG_7129_1024 Here she is post me getting my grimy hands on it: thumb_IMG_8205_1024 Anyone else weirdly obsessed with taking pano photos on iPhone? They are so weird and useless and also look sort of distorted, but I still take them because sometimes you just can’t get the whole scene in a frame. thumb_IMG_8199_1024 I love the free ‘Dress Your Tech’ wallpapers from Design Love Fest, I highly recommend checking them out. thumb_IMG_8189_1024 The desk and rug are World Market. The desk is probably too small for an office desk, but I couldn’t handle the idea of having a big boring (albeit super functional) desk. Of course, lots of cords because, you know, it’s a functioning workspace. thumb_IMG_8058_1024 The painting is from an auction and I’m obsessed with it. Soooo beautiful. It’s by a local artist and was painted in the ’30s. I got it for $50! Chairs are from the Container Store.

IMG_7280_1024 2 Two boxes of Pantone postcards from Amazon and a lot of tape and I got this super cool (and super affordable) wall art. IMG_7186_1024 For my birthday last year my two best friends got me this awesome Rifle Paper travel calendar. When I was trying to come up with something to put on the walls in my new office, this calendar came to mind. Frames are from Hobby Lobby and I spray painted them gold (naturally). One of my brothers said it looks like a travel agent’s office, but I’m okay with that. The long white bookshelves in the background are actually metal ones I found on craigslist (obviously). $30 for both of them! They were a total b to paint though. I tried spray painting them but that got out of control so I used a roller to paint and seal them. A total hassle, but overall a very affordable solution. Most of the stuff on them is stolen from my house. It was kinda fun to “shop” my house for things to bring to my office.

I’m sure I’ll continue to tweak it because that’s just what I do, but for now I love it.

Photographs of my Bathroom

November 6, 2013 — 1 Comment

This is my bathroom as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photographs are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Photographs of my Bedroom

October 24, 2013 — 1 Comment

This is my bedroom as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Kitchen Photographs

October 23, 2013 — 2 Comments

This is my kitchen as of September 2013, enjoy!
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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Living Room Photographs

October 22, 2013 — 5 Comments

This is my living room as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

I believe that you can find something cool just about anywhere if you look hard enough. When it comes to shopping for housewares there are so many great places to shop like CB2, West Elm, and Crate and Barrel. But most cities don’t have these stores and even if they do the products are pretty expensive. Living in a smaller town on a smaller budget means that you have to get creative. I wrote a post about my Craigslist, thrift store, and garage sale finds a couple of months ago. Between buying used furniture, IKEA, and Target it’s hard to find other cool things for an affordable price. So this post is all about desperate times calling for desperate measures… When you’ve looked for something vintage or used, something at the cooler cheap stores (IKEA and Target), and you still can’t find anything then you have to dig even deeper. I’m talking about Walmart, Kmart, and The Dollar Store. Yeah, pretty desperate right? These store may not scream “We have cool stuff for your house!” But I stand by my original statement that you can find cool stuff if you look hard enough. My suggestions for finding cool stuff at crappy stores are: 1) Shop online. The selection is way better and since these are huge chains shipping is never that bad. 2) Don’t buy stuff that you expect to last forever. Need a dining room table you want to pass down to grandkids? Don’t buy it at Walmart. Need a table cloth for that dining room table? Buy it at Walmart. 3) Buy basics and trendy things. Yes, both. Some basics like plates and linens are great to buy at cheap places because if they break they are easy to replace. Cheap stores are also good places to buy trendy stuff because the whole idea of trendy is that it will only be cool for a little while. If you buy the cheaper version then you won’t feel guilty getting rid of it when the trend has run it’s course.—————————————————————————————– Now for some online window shopping:

These cute throw pillow are from Walmart and are all around $14. Considering cool pillows at Crate and Barrel are at least $50, I consider these a great deal.

Tripod floor lamps are right on trend and you’ll be hard pressed to find one for under $280. This Walmart version is only $138.29!

Rugs can be very pricy so most people buy basic ones so they’ll last longer. But if you buy this zebra rug for $129.47 at Walmart you can get something bold, graphic, and trendy for such a great price that if you get tired of it in a few years it won’t break the bank if you move on to something else.

How cute are these cereal bowls from Kmart? I mean seriously, I want them now. And for only $3.99 they are a great buy.

Ok Kmart, you’ve completely exceeded my expectations, this chair is bananas. It’s also only $315.09. Amazing!

It also comes in deep blue.

I really need new blinds in my house but I can’t afford to do the whole Next Day Blinds thing (this type of shade runs about $150…for one window). After looking around online I found some very nice looking ones at Walmart. And for only $40 they are an absolute steal!

This classic glass is only $1.00.

As you can probably guess from my many gallery walls I buy a lot of frames which can get expensive. Dollar Store frames are the perfect price ($!) and if they don’t have the color you want they take about 10 seconds to spray paint.

These cute little tins would be an adorable addition to any desk or kitchen (they are about 5 1/2inches round) and for only a dollar you could do just about anything with them.

I’m loving these Beverly Brown watercolor prints on canvas from Kmart. The 24×36 prints are only $67.49. That’s a great price for something that will make such a big statement. ——– So there you have it, my first installment of ‘Buying Cool Stuff at Crappy Stores.’ (With such a catchy title I’m sure this blog is going to explode any day now 🙂