We recently re-designed our entire house. Thanks to Hurricane Irma and a 100 ft oak tree that fell through our roof we pretty much had no choice. It was both a major headache and a huge blessing. Everything was practically ruined, moldy and had to go. We managed to salvage a few things but we are pretty much living in a brand new space.
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The designing stage was intensely stressful for me. I was so afraid of making the wrong choices, or picking something that I would hate. Picking something that wouldn’t function as well as I hoped it would. Picking something that wouldn’t make my home feel like home.
After weeks of just “looking” my husband finally set me down and had what I like to call a “prayer meeting” with me. He told me that nothing I picked would be the wrong choice. Nothing I picked would have to be permanent if I hated it. That we could always make changes later. And that picking out things that I liked shouldn’t be this hard.
He was right. I had been spending all this time looking at Instagram posts and Pinterest pages of other homes that I liked. I was trying to force my home fit to in with these other homes that I found so perfect. But perfect isn’t real. Staged photos of perfect living rooms and bathrooms aren’t real.
Especially when you have little ones at home. There will always be toys in my living room no matter how many times we restate the NO TOYS IN THE LIVING ROOM rule. My bathroom counters will always have little unicorn earrings and sparkly toothpaste residue on them. And that’s okay.
So I decided that my home was going to be what I wanted it to be. Not what Pinterest or Instagram dictated it should be. If my kids wanted unicorns they would get unicorns. If my husband really wanted the nautical themed office, even with my protests, I would let him have it. If I wanted a huge sheep print in my office, yep, I was getting it.
I plan on doing a home tour with each room once they are 100% complete but I wanted to start with my office because it is finally the space I’ve been dreaming of since we moved in…the first time.
It’s my creative space and a place where I can feel inspired.
My desk is actually a kitchen island from Ikea. My parents used it in a rental home a few year ago and it kind of just ended up in my office by default. However, it is great. I love the butcher block top and the counter height. I make shirts for my shop Every Magnolia and the counter height is perfect for when I am working on those.
There is lots of storage space on the front but I really just use that for my kid’s art items. My kids are allowed in here with supervision but I do try to limit my office hours to naptime and bedtimes.
I looked for chairs for quite a while. I knew I wanted two, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune and they needed to fit my tiny little space. I scored these from Marshals for $99 each. I even managed to lug them from the store to my car all by myself too!
They are a really nice, soft fabric, which I am hoping will also hide stains pretty well. Because, you know, kids. They sit well and even accommodate my husband who is a big guy.
My rug from Lorena Canals is everything. Guys, this rug is eco-friendly and WASHABLE. Seriously. It’s awesome. My kids actually left my closet door open the other day, which is a no-no, because we have a really old dog with bladder problems. My mom noticed it was open and then I heard her shriek when she noticed the dog had indeed peed on it. No problem mom! It’s washable!
I have carted this mantle with me for my last three moves. It was actually in the room that the tree fell through but after a serious scrub down, I was able to save it. It was originally just an antique mantel that I scored at a salvage store but my husband and dad added the shelves to the sides for me. I am a recovering book hoarder so I like the stash books where I can.
Notice I said recovering? I used to have books everywhere! And I still love books, but the idea of just holding on to them in hopes that someday when my kids are teenagers they might want to read my vampire young adult novels is just kind of silly.
So, I donated a BUNCH and now the only place I am allowing myself to keep my collection is in my office. This means they have to be pretty special to warrant space in my tiny quarters.
I also have a little sideboard table that I use to hold my TV and a few of my extra special books. The TV is really only in here for my oldest daughter who will sometimes hang out with me in here after the baby goes to bed. (Ignore the hideous wires that I haven’t had time to hide yet. Did I mention that we just moved back in!?!?)
My favorite part of my office has to be the art.
I have three special pieces in my office.
A painting of that old dog I mentioned earlier, a hand-drawn map of Hogwarts that my best friend got for my daughters HP themed nursery (yes, it happened) and my newest canvas from Photowall.
I had been obsessing over getting a huge sheep print the whole time we were “homeless” and when Photowall reached out to me I knew exactly what I wanted! They have lots of cool wallpaper, wall murals and canvases to choose from OR you can upload your own like I did. The shipping was super fast and my canvas is so beautiful! I cant take credit for the sheep print myself its by photographer Pablo Heimplatz. Seriouisly though, I love it! It just makes my whole office feel very mellow and calm.
So there it is guys. It is a tiny little space. But it’s mine. You never really know how much your little things mean until you don’t have them anymore.
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