Show Us Where You Live Friday: Office


Wow, Friday is here again? Cool! This week was a bit of a rough one (long work days), but I did manage to take some pics of our "Office" for Kelly's Show Us Where You Live Friday (I mean, you have to have priorities, right?!) If you haven't been over to Kelly's Korner Blog, check it out...last week she had over 400 participants for the Nursery event...that is awesome!!! I'm excited this week to see inside the spaces where everyone does their work. Our office is also my studio. And its not done yet. Very in progress. Here's what it looked like when we moved in:

This room was one of the seller's little boy's bedroom. Even though I love planes, trains and automobiles as much as the next girl, this wasn't exactly the vibe we were going for in our new office. Here's some inspiration images I have saved out of the the color palette I'm shooting for:

So the first step was new paint...and we aren't even done with this yet, so I'm just going to share with you some in progress and detail pics....sort of like a teaser:)
Here's the paint going up. We chose Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue, a soft grayish/greenish blue because we wanted the space to feel light and bright and relaxing. Looove this paint color!

I guess the previous owners were not very good at painting. Look how much red paint is left on the baseboards (trust me, that is not wall, people, that is trim)!!! Now I guess I'm going to have to go and paint all the trim? Ugghhh. Just not as satisfying as painting a new wall color.

I'm still sort of figuring out how I want to organize everything in here. I need lots of drawers or shelves or cubbies or something for all the paper/supplies I use. My sister-in-law gave me this wall organizer from Michaels for Christmas. It made a dent in some of the little things I had lying around.

I snagged 2 of these large Pottery Barn dry/erase calendars (and some matching cork boards that I haven't hung yet) when they went on sale. Definitely helpful for keeping track of events, due dates, project deadlines and little notes to myself. I want to hang a long line of prints or photos or something evenly spaced out above the calendars on this wall.

I also purchased a few of these storage bins from Crate and Barrel. They are a lovely shade of charcoal gray with a canvas texture and the inside is lined in chartreuse green paper.

I have a couple of white 3 drawered little storage cabinets from Michaels that I'm keeping some of my paper in. The top surfaces of them also make good spots for functional and decorative items.

I still have a bunch of things on the to-do list in here.
  • finish painting!
  • figure out a work space (we have a round table and 4 chairs in our basement that I'm considering painting white, it would go against the wall with the calendars)
  • organize closet with filing cabinets and shipping supplies
  • hang cork boards
  • hang some wall art
  • organize desk
  • paint bookcase white?, organize bookcase
  • cover some boxes I already have with patterned paper for storage
I know there's loads more to do, but just making this list is stressing me out, so I'll stop there!! I'm going to leave you with a photo of the place I actually currently do most of my work...the kitchen table!! My loving husband does not mind when I leave in progress projects strewn all over it. Thanks, P!

And thanks again to Kelly for hosting! Hope everyone has a great weekend:)


  1. I love your soft colrs! I cannot wait to seethe end result!

  2. I love your home! I can't wait to see more!

  3. It's going to be stunning! I love that BM shade of blue too! I can't wait to see it! I'm coming up to help! haha

  4. From the looks of your kitchen, I have no doubt that the office will be a masterpiece. Love your color choices!! Can't wait to see the room when it's completed!!

  5. great ideas going there and I so need one of those wall organizers

  6. You have got a great start and I love your ideas and all your accessories!! You are doing a great job!

  7. oh my, what an improvement from the terrible red walls and border! Love your style and look forward to seeing the finished room!

  8. Sarah,

    Wow! Your office is so pretty. I love how thoughtful you are to your color pallet. You are very talented. Thanks for stopping by my office blog today. I can't wait to see your finished office pics. I wish we were closer, I'd come help you paint your baseboards. I love to paint!

    -Emily (

  9. P.S. I love your storage shelf for the ribbons. That looks great on the wall. What do you create with all of that pretty ribbon? I will keep my eye out for more nifty storage solutions for offices and pass them on to you.


  10. Keep up the good work, it's going to look great!

  11. *Wow* I am in LOVE with those gray boxes from Crate & Barrel. And that ribbon rack is scrumptious! Love seeing pics of your home!



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