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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.

Fall always makes me want to go to school and then I have my ‘late for school/forgot an assignment’ nightmare and I’m over it. But I do love school supplies and what is office supplies if not school supplies for adults? Here are some cool office supplies that are extremely affordable and totally adorable!

Office Depot

I recently stumbled upon the See Jane Work collection at Office Depot. I’ve been a fan of See Jane Work for a few years now because their products are affordable and ingenious. Their collection at Office Depot, though limited, doesn’t disappoint.

The line has three prints: black and white stripe, black and white polka dot, and purple and pink dahlias. All the products are very inexpensive ranging from $3.99-$22.99. If you know me at all then you know I’m obsessed with the stripes!

Staples

Martha Stewart is everywhere! I recently came across her collection for Staples. This collection is sponsored by Avery, the label company. There are so many cool labels in her shop. The best thing is that the packs of labels are around $3.99!

The dry erase labels are so smart! I don’t know how many times I’ve put a label on a box or tray and then a few months later my needs change and I’m stuck with the wrong label.

CB2

I love CB2. I’ve never been to a physical store but their website and catalogs have me salivating every time. Their office supplies is modern and affordable.

How obsessed am I with that grass letter holder? Crazy obsessed! It’s adorable and only $9.95! The chalkboard and acrylic sets range from $5-$30.

Rifle Paper Co.

I love Rifle Paper Co., everything is so beautiful! And since every office needs a notepad, why not get one that is seriously charming?

These notepads are $8, not bad at all. Plus you’ll be the envy of all your coworkers.

Happy office supplies shopping!