Now here's where you learn from my mistake and know that it's ok to admit when something is going down a bad, bad road. It started with these DIY pattern striped curtains. Which Jack really liked.
I chose a color scheme of navy/green/pink that I hoped would speak to both of us - the green/navy, a nod to James' beloved Fighting Irish, and navy/pink for yours truly. I took "touches of pink" or "pink accents" way too far when I painted this garage sale find and reupholstered the seat.
So, I mourned the hours of sewing, stapling, and painting...then came up with a new plan. Whatever we did had to work with my Grandmother's vintage settee that's clad in a golden hued fabric (for now). These drapes in Kelly Moore's office had me positively drooling (right), and when I saw these knobs at Hobby Lobby, I was off and running with a new plan!
I started with replacing the chair. Not only was the pink one not working asthetically, it was really uncomfortable with zero back support. I'm a huge online shopper but this was a purchase I wanted to test drive in person first. My mom and I paid a visit to Home Goods over Christmas and there she was....the perfect chair!
I found the lumbar pillow on a random visit to Pier 1 Imports. I'm in love with the saturated color and the touch of whimsy it adds to my workspace. And it's comfy.
Next up were the curtains. My very first idea when we started dreaming about an office, was black and white drapes. I loved the linear element, graphic feel, and sophistication-meets-fun zibe that oozes from the inspiration drapes. I assumed I would make this another DIY attempt. Maybe paint some stripes...or a herringbone pattern...or a greek key....
Then I remembered this:
I found this wrapping paper at Target on the same duvet cover shopping trip and it was the perfect candidate to line my center drawer.
I just measured the surface area, cut a piece to size, and stuck her down with a little bit of mod podge on the corners and edges.
Inside, I'm letting good ole' Martha help corral my most used items with a few Stack and Fit Boxes from her home office line at Staples.
The majority of my other office items will be organized in an nearby file cabinet, so I reserved this spot for the things I wanted most accesible.
A few accessories in a mix of metal finshes and colors make this such a happy spot to work!
That blue organizer behind my laptop was given to me by a friend who didn't have use for it. It's the perfect spot to keep a few thank you cards, envelopes and stamps.
A more accurate "working" view. Mainly due to the coffee.
vanity update and found my perfect pop of pink :)
Let's get that Before & After...
Now, who else has had that moment? The this-is-so-not-working moment? Did you ride it out or go a new direction?