At the beginning of February, I made a vow to live purposefully and love life, during a time of year when I usually just “trudge through.”
I spent lots of time with friends and family, followed our high school basketball team all over western PA for playoffs, and took on a few home improvement projects. In the midst of all of this gallivanting, I made a pretty big life decision. After a three-and-a-half year hiatus…
I’m finally going to finish my Masters degree, guys!
I’m so excited to complete a final portfolio project this summer, earn my MS in Mass Media Arts & Journalism, along with a PR certification, and possibly start my own consulting business, using my portfolio project as a baseline.
I knew that in order for me to be able to really get to work, I’d need to declutter my home office/library (and, let’s be honest…cat room). I’m huge on “vibes,” and the vibe in that room just wasn’t conducive to productivity. So, Chris and I decided to repaint, declutter, and turn our home office into a space where I not only could concentrate, but where I could really enjoy spending a large amount of time.
Desk and bookshelves:
The desk and bookshelves served their purpose, but they weren’t exactly “clean” looking. I hadn’t really done much editing; all of my stuff ended up on these shelves for lack of a better place to put it. The shelves begged for reorganization and decluttering.
Again, no real rhyme or reason here. Just stuff that I sorta liked, relatively randomly placed on the walls.
Quite of few of these things have sentimental value; I have teacups from various family matriarchs, two framed quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird, and a collection of courting pins, as well as other courting scene antiques. But again, there’s no rhyme or reason to the layout. I had just put things where they fit spatially, with aesthetics as a secondary priority.
Chris and I knew we wanted to brighten up the room, so we chose paint colors based on a white, mint, and teal color palette. We chose an evening to tape off all of the trim, because we wanted to get all of our painting done within one weekend. I bought samples ahead of time to test the colors. It looked a little something like this:
I knew I wanted mostly white walls so that the room would be brighter. I also knew I wanted an accent wall against the white desk and white bookshelves, so that they’d stand out. I wanted to keep the trim light, as well, but I also wanted it to be in the same color family.
We started early on a Saturday morning and had three walls painted white within about seven or eight hours (btw, our next project is going to be sanding those popcorn ceilings!).
I had a little fun with it, and Mario Lemeow even got in on the action.
It’s important to remember to tape off EVERYTHING, including window trim. I also removed the socket covers and painted them.
We let the walls dry for 24 hours, then we got to work on the accent wall and trim. I’m happy to report that we finished all of the painting in one weekend. The reorganization, however, took me a few more weeks. I have to give a shoutout to my mom, who’s a genius when it comes to organizing, decluttering, and staging bookshelves and gallery walls.
Desk and bookshelves
I’ve had this desk since high school, and I love the space, storage, and shelving that it offers. This desk offers similar storage options, and this hutch offers similar shelving. The white bookshelves flanking the desk make the entire wall look like a cohesive unit.
(If you hadn’t noticed, I have very eclectic tastes in decor, as well as literature.)
Top photo: Set of 3 mirrors | Content art print by Marcia Furman | Sea urchin wall decor Bottom photo: All cross-stitches were gifts | Pillow (similar) | Teal rug (similar) | Bench (similar, and probably without kitty scratches!)
Ok, so I’m really proud of my spray painting skills. The pedestal (there are two; they flank the bookshelves) are repurposed from my first wedding. I spray painted them when we first moved into this house! I also spray painted the honeycomb clock. It’s under $15! I just hit it with a can of silver spray paint, and voila!
In the top photo, you can see the other pedestal. These photos also show off my vintage hat box collection. All of those boxes hold vintage hats! The piece of furniture in the bottom photo is actually an old microwave stand from my husband’s old apartment. I used chalk paint on it when we first moved in. We keep our collection of games in there! I’m also pretty obsessed with the curtains I found (these ones are similar – they have a fun pom pom trim!). More of those below!
Sidney Clawsby and Mario Lemeow are huge fans of the redecorating!
What do you think? I can’t wait to get to work in this room!
Have a great week!