Category Archives: Office

Office Desk + Gallery Wall Reveal

office desk
Finallyyyyyyyyyyyyy…. my two $6 Goodwill cabinets are living their happily ever after in my DIY office desk!
Remember what they used to look like?!
Pretty much like $6 Goodwill cabinets. Who knew they had such a glamorous road ahead of them? Check out their new digs…
Have I mentioned almost all of these wall printables were #FREE?!
Except for this one of course. This photo was inspired by this über creative duo and I could not be more grateful for their inspiration… love it! Thanks Deanne!
Did you catch the tutorial on how to make a hole like this for your cords… in 3 easy steps?
That bad boy is such a lifesaver! Plus, it cuts down on cord clutter and secretly hides everything!

I love it! (And really love that the project is finally DONE!). This space has come a long way from the original plan…

…and I am so dang thankful. Plus, with the $6 cabinets, the DIY desk top, and all the free printables on the gallery wall… this was one super affordable makeover! Tune in FRIDAY for the cost breakdown and the links to all of the art – FREE!
bridget_sig
PS. I know there’s a lot to cover & I’m always pretty awful at hitting everything. If you have a specific question… leave it in the comments and I’ll add it to Friday’s post. 
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

16 thoughts on “Office Desk + Gallery Wall Reveal

  1. Rebecca

    Hi! I was wondering- where did you get those white drawers on the right side of the desk? Very cute office!!!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

16 thoughts on “Office Desk + Gallery Wall Reveal

  1. Rebecca

    Hi! I was wondering- where did you get those white drawers on the right side of the desk? Very cute office!!!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

C’s Office Essentials

Ikea-Shelves
Last month, I revealed our new office space…complete with an entire accent wall of duct tape. Yes, duct tape. Read more about that crazy project right here
Well, it’s one month later and I’m still pretty obsessed with our little triangle room.  In fact, I’m actually even doing work in this office! Blogging…at a desk…in an office…now that’s a bright idea! Don’t worry, the couch still calls my name every once and awhile.
white office space
As I gaze around this pretty little space, I realized that I didn’t show you many of the small details from this office makeover. Instead it was more of a here’s the disgusting before picture…and ohhhh check out the gorgeous after! I didn’t exactly go into the details about how we actually made the space functional, and how I made the desk area work for me.
I work best when I have a clean and fairly sparse workspace, so I try to keep unnecessary papers and clutter away from my work area. Instead you’ll mostly find a few pretty items, and a few functional items. Let’s dive into the details…
coffee cup
First on the list of office essentials: coffee. Coffee is a must-have no matter where I’m working. Yep..I’m addicted to my morning cup o’ joe and I have no immediate plans to take my caffeine levels down a notch #sorryimnotsorry (In fact, Bridget & I love coffee so much we even created some free coffee printables!)  This Kate Spade coffee mug lets me sip in style, and the DIY scrabble tile coaster leaves my side of the desk coffee ring free.
flowers
I love bulletin boards and inspiration boards in office spaces, especially when you need to get your creative juices flowing. But sometimes, I feel like they can look a little messy. Pushpins, clippings, photos, papers…it can be a bit much. I like my workspace organized, but I do see the importance of a small inspiration board. This chicken wire frame (a flea market find) leans against the back of my desk, and I often find myself clipping new ideas, quotes, and pictures onto it with clothespins. Sometimes it gets a little cluttered with crap..so I have to pare it down every now and again. Right now it’s only holding some fun photo booth pictures (I’ve never come across a photo booth I didn’t want to dive right into!) Whatever your style, I think it’s important to have some inspiring pieces nearby to brighten up your workspace.
pencil holder
A girls gotta have pens and colorful markers within reach, right? That’s where this little guy comes in handy. To add some color, I placed the white pencil holder in the top of a pretty box. I think the box held some stationery, and I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away. It adds some color and pattern to the white desk space.
thank you notes
There’s nothing I love more than receiving handwritten cards and letters in the mail. What a sweet surprise to open your mailbox and find something thoughtful…and not just a pile of bills!  Because I love receiving thank you notes and letters, you better believe I love sending them out too. Whenever I see pretty stationery on sale, I’ll typically scoop it up to add to my collection. You just never know when you’ll need to write a thank you note or card. That’s why I keep these beauties at my desk, along with plenty of stamps.
Ikea Hemnes dresser
In the corner of the office we tucked this tall dresser from Ikea, which provides some serious storage. You’ll remember how I jazzed it up both with marbled paper on the drawer sides, and with new hardware and brackets. It definitely feels more glam and a tad less boring than the original. But it’s not what’s on the outside…it’s what’s on the inside that counts! This dresser holds so many office supplies and goodies. Before we had this, we literally had piles of randomness all over this room. Now everything is concealed and has a place to call home. This tall guy helps keep things much more organized around here.
mac on desk
I round out my office essentials with something fresh and alive. These fresh flowers are alstroemerias and I’m pretty sure they top my list of favorite flowers (along with hydrangeas). They just come in the most beautiful colors and they last forever. Seriously, if you need a flower to last awhile…buy a bunch of these. Love ’em. While I don’t always have fresh flowers on my desk, it sure does make me feel a bit more productive when I have beautiful sights and smells right there in front of me.
ikea desk area
So there you have it…if I’ve got coffee, inspiration, pens with pretty stationery, storage, and fresh flowers then I’ve got myself the perfect area for being productive. But let’s be real here…coffee and my computer will do 99% of the time 😉
Casey DIY Playbook
What are your office essentials? Are you more of a cluttered desktop gal…or do you prefer things tidy?
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

3 thoughts on “C’s Office Essentials

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

3 thoughts on “C’s Office Essentials

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

DIY Desk

wood clamps on desk

Last time I checked-in with you guys regarding our office updates & DIY Desk, this was the tentative plan:

DIY DESK PLAN

Thankfully, I’m back to report that the “plan” has rolled out into a successful desk reality! If you missed the previous post, allow me to give you the SparkNotes version of the story.
Goodwill Cabinets

  • Magically found these cabinets at Goodwill for $6.99 each… sold!
  • Planned to lay a piece of wood across the cabinets to create a desk
  • Wanted to paint the top of the desk white

Fast forward about 2 weeks, and this is the picture book version of the story:
DIY Desk in Progress

Not bad, right? My favorite part of this project so far is that the whopping total of this desk came to right around $36, and that’s including the $15 I spent on the two cabinets. Here is the exact cost breakdown:

Cabinets – 6.99 each
72”x18” Wood Board – $21.34 (cut to size – FREE!)
White Paint/Primer – Left over from a previous project (FREE)
Paintbrush/Roller – Leftover from a previous project (FREE)
Sander/Sandpaper – Leftover, (FREE)

Total
: $35.32 + tax

So here’s what we did to make this happen.

desk wood

IMG_6752The piece alone was a little plain, but exactly what I had envisioned. Part of the process that I didn’t foresee was the extra 2 inch piece of scrap wood that was sawed off the side of the desk top to make it fit perfectly on top of the cabinets. IMG_6754Instead of wasting that scrap, I added it to the back of the desk to create a “lip”, or a more finished backsplash look. (Totally unnecessary but ended out working out in my situation).
IMG_6748So with the new backsplash laid on there, this was the exact “plan”. All I had to do was glue on the backsplash using some wood glue and clamps, paint the sucker, and then get to work on my new desk!

Wood Clamps on desktop
wood clamps on desk

clamps for woodFor this step all you need is some wood glue and some clamps to hold the wood in place for about 24 hours. The hardest part was finding someone who had wood clamps I could borrow.

hole in wood for cordsI also wanted to drill a hole on the top of the desk to feed my computer cords through later on.  You can read the step-by-step tutorial on that process here. (In only took 3 steps!)

white desk topI sanded, primed, sanded, painted, sanded, painted my white desk top. It took one coat of primer and 3 coats of paint and I made sure to sand the grain down lightly in between each coat.

DIY Desk in ProgressAfter all the coats were dry, we were done and so excited with our new DIY desk. For under $40 for my new desk that fits perfectly in this space, I could not be more excited to get to work!

bridget_sig

Update: We revealed the office makeover & finalized DIY desk and can’t wait for you to check it out. Read all about it here.

office desk and gallery

 

 

 

 

 

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

2 thoughts on “DIY Desk

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

2 thoughts on “DIY Desk

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Diamond Accent Wall

Scotch-Tape-Accent-Wall

Yesterday I gave you guys a sneak peek at the progress we’ve made in our office, and I showed you the diamond accent wall we created in the space. Well today I want to dive into how we created the geometric pattern without any stenciling or painting (& for under $5!)

But first, here’s a quick reminder of the oh-so-ugly before pictures.

Office Wall Before
Office Before
Yikes…right?! The ceilings in this space are surprisingly tall, but because I had absolutely nothing on the walls your eyes were just drawn down to the desk (and the mess on top of the desk.) I decided that I definitely needed to get some stuff up on the wall (shelves, art, etc.), but I also wanted to take it one step further and add even more to the desk wall.
That’s when I thought about doing a fun accent wall in there. If we owned the space, I would probably paint a wall, stencil it, or even wallpaper it. But since we’re renters…those simple were not options.
I’ve always loved Myquillyn’s no paint diamond wall in her old master bedroom. So I decided to give her tutorial a try. (Go check out her amazing master bedroom on her blog The Nesting Place…talk about inspiring right?!) Her master bedroom inspired me to tackle my own diamond accent wall right in our office. So take note that this is not an original idea, but instead I was incredibly inspired by a talented woman from the blogosphere.
Scotch Duct Tape
I purchased 2 rolls of Scotch Duct Tape (we only used up 1 for the entire wall) and also whipped out a couple more supplies. A level, step stool, chalk, utility knife, tape measure, and 1 very patient, very tall, and very mathematically inclined fiance. That last supply is a must for this project 😉
If you’re looking for a step by step for this project, then I encourage you to go over to The Nesting Place to see her tutorial. She even has an instructional video to walk you through the entire process. There was no way I could have explained it better, so I figured I could just direct you guys over there. However, I will touch base on a few things I learned through the process…

Mark grid using chalk
Rookie Tip #1: Use chalk to mark your wall. Essentially you’ll be turning your wall into one large grid using the tape measure. Instead of using a pencil, and having to go back to erase the marks, simply use a piece of chalk. Then you can just wipe it off the wall when you’re all finished.

Finn helping me make wall
Rookie Tip #2: Enlist the help of a friend.  This is without a doubt, a two person job, especially when it comes down to the actual taping part. I’m lucky that my partner is also very tall, so he was able to start the tape at the top, and I took over as we taped it down the wall. I’m also pretty terrible at math, so Finn was able to help me figure out all of the measurements we would need to get our diamonds even and looking right.
Taping accent wall
Rookie Tip #3: Use a trowel (or credit card) to smooth down the tape.  You’ll want to slowly go over the tape and smooth out any air bubbles, because they will be noticeable and they can screw up the angle of your lines. Also, use a utility knife or blade to cut the tape on the top, bottom, and sides of the wall. I simply butted my trowel up against the edge, and trimmed along the edge to make a clean line.
Diamond Accent Wall
I’m not going to lie, this project took us way more time than we initially anticipated. I’d say about 3 hours total to finish one wall. Yikes. The hardest (and most monotonous) part is the measuring. Once you get to the taping, it gets a lot more fun!
Scotch duct tape accent wall
But, I’m so happy we did it! I think it looks pretty amazing and it adds plenty of visual interest to office. The white tape doesn’t compete with the other colors in the room, but it still adds a little personality to the space.
Ikea Hemnes Dresser
The best part is we can easily remove the tape when it comes time to move out.
Shelves
ikea shelving
Okay maybe that’s not even the best part. I think the #1 thing about this project is the fact that it only cost me $5 for the roll of tape. DIY projects just don’t get better than that!
Casey DIY Playbook
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

7 thoughts on “Diamond Accent Wall

  1. DIY Playbook

    Yes! We’re renting our place and I’m hoping that in a year it comes off very easily. It’s pretty easy to take off to reposition, so it should be okay. It definitely won’t peel any paint off.

    Reply
  2. Nikki

    I would have never guessed that was duct tape! Are you worried about it leaving like a sticky residue?

    Reply
  3. DIY Playbook

    Nikki, from all of the research I’ve done…it’s supposed to come off without a residue! Fingers crossed we’re okay. We did have to reposition some pieces and they came off very easily and didn’t damage the wall at all.

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      It didn’t leave a sticky residue, but it did take off a tiny bit of the drywall in 2 spots. Nothing that I couldn’t easily spackle over. But just keep that in mind. Washi tape might be better if you don’t want to have to do anything when you move out.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

7 thoughts on “Diamond Accent Wall

  1. DIY Playbook

    Yes! We’re renting our place and I’m hoping that in a year it comes off very easily. It’s pretty easy to take off to reposition, so it should be okay. It definitely won’t peel any paint off.

    Reply
  2. Nikki

    I would have never guessed that was duct tape! Are you worried about it leaving like a sticky residue?

    Reply
  3. DIY Playbook

    Nikki, from all of the research I’ve done…it’s supposed to come off without a residue! Fingers crossed we’re okay. We did have to reposition some pieces and they came off very easily and didn’t damage the wall at all.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Casey’s Office Progress

Long-Shelves-over-desk1
Since we moved into our Chicago apartment last October, I’ve complained about the small “triangle room” we have. It’s oddly shaped, oddly sized, and it became quite the design dilemma for me. In fact, ever since we moved in this room has just been a catchall for all of our clutter. Basically if we had something that didn’t have a home in the rest of our apartment…it could be found shoved in here.
I slowly started to tackle this space with a reading nook and swag light which made a big difference in there. However it was still far from finished.
Hallway view
Because once you entered the room and looked to the right, you were greeted with a scary scene.
Office Wall Before
Office Before
Yikes. Clearly this desk area left much to be desired. Well I’m happy to say that after a little rearranging, a trip to Ikea, and a few Sundays with a very patient fiancé…this room is now looking much better.
Take a look…
Office Makeover
The room now feels much lighter and brighter. We first took absolutely everything out of the room and started with a blank slate. For me, I find that this technique really helps me to come up with a game plan for the space. Oftentimes people just shove furniture into a room, without much rhyme or reason to its placement. That was definitely the case in here. We then put everything back into the room with a better idea of where it should go, and why it should go there.
Obviously the diamond accent wall is a new touch to the space. It adds so much visual interest and really draws the eye up to the high ceilings. Tomorrow I will chat all about how we added the cool geometric design to create a focal wall. I’ll go into all of the details then, but for now I want you to know that it cost me about $5 and there was absolutely zero painting involved. Yep, you heard me right. No painting!
Hemnes Ikea dress
We ended up getting rid of the dark bookcase that used to live in this room. Instead we replaced it with a tall dresser from Ikea. It is ideal for hidden storage (like all of my craft supplies!) and goes with the sleek look of the rest of the room. I ended up personalizing the dresser a bit further to make it look a little higher end (more details and pictures coming on that soon).
2 long ikea shelves
white ikea shelves
I think it’s safe to say that both Bridget and I have an obsession with the Ikea Ekby shelves. I have them in our family room, she has them in her guest room, her laundry room, and now they’re here in our office! I think we use them so often because they’re affordable, sturdy, and they create a streamlined shelf to display personal items.
globe on top of books
special dates frame
This particular shelf is actually the 11″ version, so it is a bit deeper than ones we’ve used in the past. It definitely works in here over the desk and it holds plenty of books, personal items (like my special dates frame), and fun knick-knacks.
desk accessories
plant on desk
globe
Office makeover
We ended up moving our file cabinet, photo cabinet, and printer to the other side of the desk area. It’s less of an eyesore over there and tucks nicely into the corner.
Ikea desk area
office space
I must say, I’m loving this space much more now.  There isn’t stuff jam-packed into every corner, and most of our office and craft supplies now have a place to call home. Instead of avoiding this “triangle room of horror” we’re now actually spending time in here.
No more blogging on the couch for me. Woo hoo!
flower on desk
Casey DIY Playbook
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

11 thoughts on “Casey’s Office Progress

  1. Yasmina @ Mina and Her Blog

    Oh wow! That is an amazing transform!
    It’s soo much brighter and beautiful , I actually would LOVE to work on that office haha

    I have a slight obsession of that shelve too!

    Thanks sharing for your gorgeous office girls, found you at iheartorganizing link up

    – Yasmina

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks so much Nikki! It is definitely bright and cheery…now I just need to get to work. Ha!

  2. Ramya

    First time here through Iheartorganizing.
    Good to know about a fellow neighbour from my suburbs, your wall and the desk area is neat and so cute. I like the geometric pattern, anything that is less work is an inspiration for me, looking to see instructions on that wall you created.

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Melanie, I’m not sure (we don’t have the table anymore). But it’s from Ikea and they have a few sizes to choose from based on how long you want it to be. We had to go fairly long to accommodate 2 chairs and the drawers. Good luck!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

11 thoughts on “Casey’s Office Progress

  1. Yasmina @ Mina and Her Blog

    Oh wow! That is an amazing transform!
    It’s soo much brighter and beautiful , I actually would LOVE to work on that office haha

    I have a slight obsession of that shelve too!

    Thanks sharing for your gorgeous office girls, found you at iheartorganizing link up

    – Yasmina

    Reply
  2. Ramya

    First time here through Iheartorganizing.
    Good to know about a fellow neighbour from my suburbs, your wall and the desk area is neat and so cute. I like the geometric pattern, anything that is less work is an inspiration for me, looking to see instructions on that wall you created.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

$6.99 Office Progress

office desk and gallery
Half of the office recently made some progress, thanks to a new couch & coffee table, and I can finally report that the other half is slowly catching up (emphasis on the slowly). I’m happy to share that there is a tentative plan in the works and we are baby stepping toward a functional space.
Yes, I am proud to say that my wedding dress (bottom left) has been relocated, the random bin of toilet paper is back where it belongs, and the white IKEA shelving has officially found a new home where she will get a lot more attention than she got here.
After clearing this space out, we were left with this. A. blank. slate.
To me, a blank slate is scarier to work with than a pre-existing mess. I’ll take a disaster zone over a white canvas any day! So when I found myself staring in the eyes of this not cluttered wall of possibilities… I started scouring pinterest, second guessing my original ideas, and feeling far less than confident to tackle my office. Yikes!
That’s when I put my planning on hold and decided to wait until the inspiration found ME! No, I stopped chasing the what-if’s and decided that I will not make any more moves in the office until I found a piece to guide me.
Enter Goodwill’s furniture section. I laid my eyes on this piece and had a new plan all worked out before I even got up to the counter to pay.
$6.99…Got to love some thrift store furniture! But the BEST part of the whole deal?!
There were TWO! My kind of twins!! So for $15 (yes, I know 6.99 x 2 doesn’t = $15) but with tax included, the total came out to be $15 and change. When I brought them home to see if they “fit”, I couldn’t help feeling a little less intimidated by this blank slate, and far more excited to roll up my sleeves and get started!! Home is a work in progress, right?
My plan is to add a wood top, probably white, across the top of these two cabinets. I’m still not exactly sure if I want storage above the desk or more of a gallery wall. Right now I’m focused on getting the top all set and then tackling the next step… hoping something will come to me in between that time.
And I’m still not exactly sure what I want to do in the opening of each cabinet. Printer, possibly? Books, maybe? Other storage, could be? Any suggestions are welcome!! Until then, I’m happy that my $6.99 twins found me and saved me from a hours of hopeless Pinterest searching…
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Office Table from HomeGoods

IMG_51671
About a week ago, I shared some office updates & also gave you an itemized list of all of these office treasures. I also left you with a coffee table teaser, and finally… the waiting game is o-va. With no further ado, I formally introduce you to the most recent addition to our office:
When I laid eyes on this CLEARANCE HomeGoods table, I knew she would be perfect for this space. The table costs a little over $100 and in my opinion, totally completes the nook… on a budget! Talk about #HomeGoodsHappy!
I knew I wanted a table that was a little non-traditional for this room and I was also dead set on an “airy” table that wouldn’t block the gorgeous couch. So many of the tables I saw were gorgeous but too bulky and wouldn’t give the couch (our recent splurge) enough of the spotlight.
I toyed with the idea of buying two mini tables to sit side-by-side in front of the couch (and even brought a few home to “try on”), but couldn’t seem to find the perfect combo. So when  I saw this airy table that incorporated some industrial hints, I knew she was a keeper! This gem fit all of my must-haves, and it also made the space a touch less girly (a must-have on my hubby’s list).
The texture up close is probably my favorite part! So charming, or shall I say “so masculine and tough”. Those were my choice of words when I was trying to convince Matt that this table was meant to be and would totally add some toughness to the room.
I especially love the geometric pattern on the table. It seemed like the perfect way to tie in some of the other geometric design elements within the room. Hopefully I can keep this look going as I tackle what’s left.
I definitely love how it’s all coming together and am far more motivated to keep on plugging away!
But until then, you can probably find me cozied up in this little space with a good magazine, a cup of coffee, and growing to-do list!
Office To-Do List:
Curtains/Curtain Rod
Desk (possibly for 2)
Art
Desk Chairs
Storage 
I’m sure there’s more, that’s all I can think of so far…
Psst… come check out how the list is shaping up with this desk, this vanity, and these new curtains!
(Disclaimer: We have received free product from HomeGoods in connection to their Happy By Design program. All styling, ideas, and opinions are our own.)
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

B’s Office Updates

IMG_5251
I’ve been a bad blogger. A bad, bad DIY blogger.
We bought our home almost a year and a half ago (how time flies!) and I have left one space in our house, completely untouched & u-gly. Don’t judge me…
YIKES! I’m embarrassed to even let you see this awful space. Randomness everywhere, and when there’s not randomness taking up space… nothing is. Not a good look! You’d think a DIY blogger would be better than this, but nope. The truth of the matter is that I have a catch-all room that is completely ugly, empty, and full of embarrassment inside of my house… almost 18 months later. If you too have a catch-all space you’re not super proud of…. it’s okay, I give you permission to stop beating up on yourself and come to peace with this ugliness. Life is not perfect, the home is always “in progress” and if takes you 15+ months to even think twice about what to do with your secretly unkempt space…. THAT’S OKAY!! Life happens and no one is judging.
After 15 months of nothingness, I am finally steering this space in a new direction and finally giving it the attention it deserves. This empty space that has been known to house an air mattress or two has a swanky little number that is way outside of my comfort zone & I couldn’t be more excited!
Isn’t she adorable?! This West Elm love seat is VELVET and just what the doctor prescribed for the neglected room.
Here’s a little background – When I started to brainstorm the look of our office, I decided I wanted to step slightly outside of my comfort zone, and I think the velvet blue allowed me to do just that. To be completely honest, the final decision was pretty easy because it was fairly challenging trying to find a “couch” that fit under the window without being too large & bulky. When the dimensions of this darling love-seat fit the ticket, I was SOLD!
I love, love, love the color & am totally diggin’ the texture it brings to the room so far. The price-tag was slightly out of my league, but I received a super generous gift card to West Elm as a wedding gift, so I didn’t feel as guilty splurging (thanks Colleen!).
So far, I have found a few other staples to accent the West Elm love-seat. I scored this adorable wood side table from Goodwill for $10! I think the table is originally from Target though. The black and white rug is from World Market for around $100 on sale.
The space of course isn’t complete without my favorite part – some fabulous accessories! I think I’m running with the black and white contrast, only because it is so different from the rest of the house. The pillows are from IKEA (amazing!), the crate was a $2 Goodwill find, the jug was my dad’s old change holder, and the throw is from HomeGoods.
I love that I was able to sneak in a few hints of nautical into the room so far. I know that’s nothing new, but I thought these items will help this nontraditional look flow with the rest of the house and not completely stick out like a sore thumb.
The other side table has some nautical touches as well. The coral was an old piece I found at Kohl’s awhile back, the gold lantern is from a local thrift shop, the white marble container is a HomeGoods treasure ($2!) and the book was from a garage sale.
All together, I’m really loving the feel of this new space. I haven’t really decorated with too much gold, so I’m excited for the opportunity to add a few hints of gold into the room. I’m also SO excited to bring a more mid-century, West Elm-ish feel into the space…both elements very new to me! I find myself gravitating to this look more often these days, which makes me excited (but also a little nervous that I’ll want to change everything else in the house!).
For now, I’m not going to look that far into it and I’m going to focus on moving forward with this new space! So far, so good… but I definitely have a lot more work a head of me! I plan on adding a large desk and lots of new storage. I want the office to be comfortable yet functional for all of the blog work. I figure the couch is a nice way to add a little coziness and the chance to sit and blog on the couch instead of the desk all the time.
I’ve been on the look-out for a perfect coffee table to put in front of the couch. Again, I want something outside of my comfort zone, something airy to show off the couch, and something with an industrial feel to bring a little more masculinity in here for Matt.
For now, I’m in LOVE with this space’s progress and can’t wait to keep you updated with the new coffee table and desk plans!! Stay tuned….
PS. Since I wrote this post, I think I found the perfect coffee table!! Tune in Tuesday for the big reveal. Until then, here’s a teaser…
Oh wait, I almost forgot. For those of you who may now be beating yourself up about that neglected space you have. Don’t fret…. when I sit on these stylish cushions, this is the disaster I look at…
So as much as I’m loving half of the new space, the other half is still a disaster zone and THAT’S OKAY! And yes, that is my wedding dress rolled up in the corner… 3 months after the wedding. #dontjudgeme
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

My Reading Nook Scores

Three-Tiered-Library-Cart
Last week I showed you guys our new swag light. Pretty groovy, right? In that post, I promised I would disclose about the chair and little cart, so let’s get right down to it and dive into those details.
Office Reading Nook
I originally ordered a gray modern chair for the space with a hefty price tag of $350. It arrived and the chair was absolutely gorgeous. However after sitting in it a grand total of TWO TIMES, it broke. the wood snapped completely in half and we had to ship it back.  Not only was my self esteem shattered (never fun to sit in a chair and break it!), but I was back at square one with no chair for the space.
But the space didn’t stay empty for long. Bridget and I made a trip out to Habitat for Humanity Restore (the one in Joliet, for you Chicago folks) and we found this chair for only $37. I made sure to test it out really good to make sure it was sturdy and stable. Lucky for me…this bad boy was built well and wasn’t going anywhere. It wasn’t exactly the style I was originally going for, but I figured the wood tones and light teal upholstery would actually work well in the space. Plus, for $37…you can’t really go wrong!
$37 chair and $5 cart
I then hit up one of my favorite thrift stores in the city (A World Through Rose Colored Glasses in Bucktown) and found this little cart for only 5 bucks. Storage and a place to rest my coffee cup?! Sold!
$5 cart
I’m not gonna lie, the cart was incredibly disgusting when I found it. Spider webs, dirt, grime, dust…you name it, this little treasure was covered in it! But it wasn’t something that a little TLC and bleach couldn’t fix. One little bath for this guy and it was ready for styling.
three tiered cart
storage cart
It is the perfect size and I love the extra storage that this little cart provides. Win, win for me.
Mini storage cart
Chair details
$37 habitat for humanity arm chair
The chair wasn’t in bad shape at all. All it needed was a wipe down and it was good to go.  I paired the chair with a pillow for a pop of color, and my Ikea sheepskin for some texture. That’s all it took to bring it from 1984…to 2014.
cozy reading nook
I’m pretty happy with my reading nook scores all for under $50! Will I keep them forever? Maybe not. But for now they’re pretty darn fabulous and I’m very pleased with the final price tags.
Casey DIY Playbook
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Office Chair Score

When it comes to road trips, you probably don’t want to travel with me.

First of all, I’m that girl that has to pee every 30 minutes. Even if it is a short drive, if I’m in the car you’re probably making a pit stop. Besides my tiny bladder, I also can’t help but check out various antique shops/flea markets/thrift stores that we pass along the highway. Every billboard draws me in and makes me giddy for the “treasures” that I may find along our route.

We visited the Lake of the Ozarks at the start of the summer, driving the 3 hours west for our mini vacay. Finn allotted me 1 antique shop stop for the ride home. The pressure was on. I only had one chance to get this right and find the perfect stop for our little shopping spree.

I’m happy to say I found the perfect spot along our route and even managed to score a fab new chair.

I love a man who thrifts

While shopping, I instagrammed this photo. (It’s true…I do love a man who thrifts!)  Finn was actually testing out a potential new piece of furniture, when I snapped the pic of him. What a good sport.

Black Leather Swivel Office Chair

It’s a leather, swivel chair that we thought might fit perfectly with our desk. And at only $19…it was a total score! Into the car she went.

Ikea desk chair

Waiting for us back at home was the chair we were currently using at our desk. An Ikea find that looked okay, but wasn’t actually functional for 1 out of the 2 residents here. (Hint, hint..how about the 6’3″ guy with really long legs, who couldn’t get his legs to fit under the desk??)

Black leather office chair swivel

We needed a shorter chair, and this new score seemed to fit our needs to a T.

The chair is really unique and even has a funky floral pattern. You can definitely tell we didn’t pick it out at Office Depot.

Black office chair white desk

It makes me almost want to sit down and do some work. Almost.

Office Chair white desk
This $19 score is here to stay…
New office chair and desk
…and it definitely made our little detour worth it!
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

2 thoughts on “Office Chair Score

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

2 thoughts on “Office Chair Score

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.