I have been working on my little office for the past few weeks on and off, and while I still have a little left to finish (do a little dance, hang a little art) I am in the home stretch and have been excited to show you!
Every crafty blogger needs a little space to let their imagination run wild, and while we already had this set up as an office, most times my craft zone would somehow end up in the dining room. Thanks to some awesome finds for staging CottageK that I brought home I was able to use a lot of what I had, and what I didn't have I bought at Ikea or Target to keep the makeover from getting too costly.
It made more sense to use a table instead of a desk in here. I like to have room to spread out and have enough room for both me and Wren. Plus I sometimes paint on large sheets of paper or need to wrap larger gifts, so a narrow desk wouldn't work well for things like that.
Some happy pink Poppin pens, and dollar bin pencils and bucket from Target.
Assorted cards and a couple notebooks that are too lovely to keep in a drawer, along with various office supplies I use often enough that it makes sense to keep out.
I found the garbage bin in the As-Is section of Ikea for $5.
I looked pretty hard for a tall basket to corral all my wrapping papers but only found one I liked in red at Target. It is from their Beaver Canoe line and was only $10 so I simply spray painted it black.
The dresser was salvaged from our old cabin for free, but was in rough shape so I did a glossy white finish on it.
Every office needs some good storage, but I tend to forget what I have or don't have so I need to keep things out and visible. I have yet to even go through all my stuff, but so far these EKBY Gallo shelves from Ikea have kept me from forgetting what might be hiding in the back of a forgotten drawer.
A momento from my Bestie, Alexis's Bachelorette party weekend getaway to Santa Monica.
(it's a happy hour flyer on the other side!)
I actually found this Besta Burs shelf in the media section of Ikea. I thought it would make a nice 'console table' since it hides a lot, but I like that it doesn't take a lot of real estate up in the room, and it is not too deep.
A Poppin tray and pretty target $1 bin office supplies.
For me, I like a blank canvas. It keeps my creative juices flowing! So I didn't want to clutter up the room or over style it. Simple, but yet still pretty was all I needed.
I know I've mentioned it, but I LOVE washi tape. My favorite few colors get used pretty frequently, so I decided to find some tape dispensers. I did find some gorgeous lucite ones, but they were in the $20 range each. These standard Scotch tape dispensers are $3 at any office supply store, and while they might not be quite as pretty as say, this one, but they work just perfectly without breaking the bank.
I couldn't bring myself to splurge on tape dispensers, but I did splurge a little tiny bit on some of the small storage. These Chewing the Cud bins are a favorite and gave me just the little hit of color I needed.
Like I said, I still have a few details to work on, but so far we have been loving the new office! Who's up for a little afternoon craft party in here? I think that is the next step to breaking it in.