I cleaned and reorganized my office last week. It looked so nice and clean, that I went out and bought myself pink roses!
Currently, I work in the back of the house, within the 1970s addition/enclosed porch (to see our current floorplans, see my post here). It has wall to wall windows that overlook the backyard, and new Pergo floors (installed by the previous owners). It's a tight space, but it works just fine right now. All of my furniture is from Ikea (desk, rolling file, and cabinet). The white drapes help diffuse the sunlight while still keeping the space bright. I bought my desk chair from InMod and I found the pillow at an antique shop. I want to buy a striped rug and maybe spruce up the rolling file (I hate that "birch" finish!). I'm thinking of maybe decoupaging it in plaid fabric! Am I crazy?
The marble lamp with the black silk shade is vintage, and I absolutely love it. The silver tray (a wedding gift) helps to keep me organized by holding note cards, pens, stamps, etc. The silver stamp dispenser and silver bowl are also vintage pieces. And, while I've never been to Paris, I love the little souvenir Eiffel Tower and use it as a paperweight from time to time.
The framed sailing photograph is vintage, and I bought it on Etsy. Joanna blogged about it one day and I immediately knew I had to have it. The gal in the image is so carefree... it just makes me happy.
A few years ago, my husband made a business trip to NYC and brought me back the tiny Empire State Building. It sits next to a vintage silver toast rack that I use to hold cards, checkbooks, invitations, etc... It's a great catch-all and I love the way it looks. The Blue Willow porcelain cup is also vintage, it's the perfect place to keep my Sharpie Pens (which I am obsessed with, by the way). It was meant to be sold in my store, but I found a hairline crack running through it... so, now it's mine. The vase is a clear glass, vintage hobnail piece (I love this bumpy glass pattern and hope to start a real collection someday-- it's so classic but still feels fresh and modern).
The white cabinet featured above and below is this fabulous storage unit from Ikea. I like to stack current magazines on top of it (I have trouble throwing them away). I also keep my business cards and High Street Market stickers up here. The silver frame is from Anthropologie, the striped tray is from Ikea. Everything else is vintage (the horse and floral box are actually for sale in the shop). The snow leopard pillow cover is one of my all time favorite prints.
Let's talk about this amazing cabinet, shall we? I'm obsessed with it. If I had the room, I would buy two more and have three all lined up in a row. It holds EVERYTHING, and has a large file drawer underneath. I can't recommend it enough.
I love this cabinet!
So, this is my office! It's where I blog, place orders for clients, list new items in the shop... and spend countless hours reading design blogs. It's come a long way from what it looked like back in February (that picture was taken only a week after moving into this house). It's my 'happy place', since the rest of my house pretty much resembles a construction zone-- I'm not exaggerating, you've seen the pictures.
Next up, organizing the bookcase on the opposite wall. Not pictured for good reason. It's madness.