For those of you following along with me as I took a cluttered & underused part of our bedroom and transformed it into a colorful & inspirational workspace & reading nook: I’m calling it done!
We went from here:
I organized like crazy, shredding & tossing old paperwork and delegating some items to the “garage sale pile”, so that I could de-clutter the room. My important paperwork is neatly sorted in the file box to the left of the desk, and I switched out the boring black filing cart for a pretty new bookcase from Target’s new Threshold line (Carson 2-shelf Bookcase).
The sight of that organized bookcase practically makes me giddy. I SO hope to keep it looking this nice! I’ve already spent a few peaceful afternoons lounging in this little reading nook, which gets great sunlight. Recovering that chair in pretty new fabric was the inspiration I needed to turn this room into a place I could enjoy just as much as our living room.
On top of the bookcase are a few fun items – a daily journal I’ve been attempting to keep, a ceramic white mason jar (purchased at The Farmhouse Store) filled with burlap flowers that I made back when I was experimenting with wedding ideas, and a pretty shadowbox (West Elm).
Inside are the flowers I wore in my hair on my wedding day, along with the note that came with the beautiful bouquet of flowers my husband sent to me, and an Instagram shot of a fortune cookie slip.
Since my last progress post, where I talked about the Martha Stewart Wall Organizing System and the artwork on the right hand wall, as well as the gorgeous Laura Trevey watercolors above the desk, I’ve added three more pieces of art in a set of matching 8×8 frames.
(Side note – I am terrible at getting good photos of hanging artwork – there’s always a glare on the glass! Argh!) Anyway, the top row on this wall now features two prints that we bought at IKEA several years ago – the bird & the leaves, and a new piece in the middle that I am completely in love with.
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my ‘gram of this awesome print from Penelope & Pip – “Our Love Song“. I love this illustration for SO many reasons. I love that she is playing the tuba (or baritone?) – I played both. And I’m not ashamed. I love the sentiment, “our love song is the best love song ever” – especially because when it comes to me & the hubs, our “love song” is a semi-hilarious inside joke. (And our second love song, which we danced to at our wedding, makes me tear up every time!)
I loved this print when I ordered it. Upon receiving it, I loved it even more. Penelope & Pip is such a fantastic blog & shop. I love all of Rachael‘s posts, wise words, and the images she’s been sharing on the interwebs from her recent wedding. She’s SUCH a talented & creative artist! I’m more than a little bit obsessed. And when this lovely print arrived with it’s cute little card featuring a shout-out to Joni Mitchell, my lifelong female musician crush/addiction, I was forever hooked. You’ve got a new but loyal fan over her, Rachael!
The last little touch that helped to bring the whole space together was adding some fabric underneath the glass top on this desk.
The fabric is Claridge Jacquard Moon Power, and I simply cut a piece (using my measuring mat/fabric cutter) and placed it under the protective glass top of the desk. If you missed it, here is a description of all my fun office/desk supplies that live in easy-access position out on the desk.
And just today I added my favorite calendar (an office essential!) to the wall – from Curly Girl Designs. April is my birthday-month, and I am completely in love with the April design!
Overall I am thrilled with the improvements to this space – and I can see lots of productive & creative work sessions in my future!