Home Office Update

Almost a year ago, I finished my home office/woman cave.  Can you believe it’s almost been a whole year?  Yeah, me neither.

Well, this past year I’ve been searching for a chair for my home office.  About a month ago I spotted one at Home Goods.  I walked in the door and there it was staring back at me.  I immediately walked over and sat on it as if I were playing musical chairs and it was the last chair there.  It was all mine.

Home office chair from Home Goods

Why did it take me so long to buy a chair?  Well, since chairs typically aren’t inexpensive I didn’t want to buy one I didn’t love.  So I kept my eyes peeled whenever I went into a store that sold chairs.  I even scoured Craigslist (like I often do– see here and here) from time to time for a chair to makeover.

This one is almost perfect.  The only thing I would change is the color of the legs, but I can live with them.  I love the size, shape, color, fabric, nailhead trim, tufting, and ample padding.  The price was also nice– $99.99.  BUT I had a gift card from Christmas so I basically got the chair for free.

Home office chair from Home Goods

I keep this cable knit throw (a Home Goods clearance section find) on the back of the chair because my office gets quite chilly.  Also, I have a mild obsession with cable knit.


In case you’re wondering, the chair is by Cynthia Rowley.  Just thought I’d throw that out there.

Go HERE to read all about the home office makeover.

Go HERE to find out where I purchased everything for my home office.

How long have you searched for the right piece of furniture?

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Dry Erase Board and Desktop Tray + Giveaway #ScotchBTS

This post is brought to you by Scotch Brand.  All opinions are most definitely my own.

Since adopting my beautiful, new-to-me baby (hint: it’s not an actual living organism), I’ve been on a desk organizing kick.  You know the feeling when you get a new car or an expensive electronic device?  You’re extra careful with your new investment and you avoid any kind of dirtiness around it.  That’s how I feel with my new computer.

I started by making a desktop dry erase board.  There’s always something I need to do.  Whether it’s paying The Man or emailing so-and-so back.  So instead of constantly making lists and misplacing them I decided to create this handy (and pretty) dry erase board.

DIY dry erase board
I started with an 8×10 picture frame.  I removed and cleaned the glass.  Then, to give it some flair, I used some Scotch Expressions masking tape.  I lined up the tape and pressed it onto the glass, leaving about 1/4-inch of tape hanging off each end.  Then I carefully (dealing with glass here) wrapped it over the edge.

scotch expressions printed masking tape
To keep the geometric design going I lined up each row of tape so the design would match up.  Once the glass was completely covered, I popped it back in the frame with the taped side on the inside and put a white piece of cardstock behind it to help boost the pattern.

geometric masking tape

Now I have a place to write my to do list.  And it’s kind of hard to lose an 8×10 picture frame versus a small piece of paper.

desktop dry erase board

But maybe you don’t need to write to do lists because you have a crazy memory.  The dry erase board can also function as a tray for office supplies.

desktop tray

You can never have too many paperclips.

custom desktop tray

Anyone want to place bets on how long my desk stays nice and neat?

desktop tray made out of picture frame

Like I said above, I used Scotch Expressions masking tape for this project.  It’s amazing how far tape has come in recent years.  Anyone else a slightly obsessed with tape as a kid?  I would have gone bananas with these back in the day.

scotch expressions tape

In case you’re wondering, Scotch Expressions Tapes come in over 100 colors and patterns and in four varieties– Magic Tape, masking tape, washi tape, and shipping tape.  You can find them at office supply stores and mass retail stores nationwide.  To find a store near you head to ScotchBrand.com.

dry erase board and desktop tray

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Everyday I’m Hustlin’ Desktop Wallpaper

Earlier this week I became an iMac owner– a monumental moment in a lifelong PC owner’s life.  Seriously, you guys, I’m in love with this little lady.  I say “lady” because I’m certain it’s a female computer but I’m still deciding on a name.  One of the major reasons why I’m so in love with this beauty is because I got her for an amazing price (don’t worry, it’s not hot).  Getting a good deal on something makes one love it even more, no?  Or is that just me?

The first thing I did after plugging her in was make a custom desktop wallpaper.  Priorities.  I used one of my favorite songs, “Hustlin’” by Rick Ross, as my inspiration.  Whip it real hard, whip it, whip it, real hard.  You know, someone recently told me they wouldn’t have pegged me as a hip-hop and rap lover.  Psh.  See this Instagram video.

everyday im hustlin wallpaper

To celebrate my new baby, I’m sharing a few Everyday I’m Hustlin’ desktop wallpapers with you guys.  I know I’m not going to be able to please everyone so I’ll refer to one of my go-to phrases: you get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit.

The wallpapers are 1920 x 1200.  Click on the image of the wallpaper you like to save the image (right click > save image as).

everyday wallpaper pink

hustlin wallpaper yellow

hustlin wallpaper mint

hustlin wallpaper navy

free everyday im hustlin wallpaper

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Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Organization + Giveaway

This post is brought to you by Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery.  As always, all opinions are my own.

Ah, organization.  Something we all probably need a little more of in our lives.  I’m not gonna lie, I definitely need it in my life.  As many of you know, I have a day job on top of running the blog and my brand ambassadorship with Homes.com.  This requires me to be organized.  Probably more organized than you think.  I have two planners/organizers– one for scheduling clients for my job as a developmental therapist and one for the blog.  I also have to do all of my own bookkeeping (holy paperwork, Batman) because I’m a 100% self-employed.  So today I’m showing how I put some Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery organization products to use in my home office to stay organized and sane.  Well, as sane as possible.

martha stewart home office with avery organization products

Some bloggers call it an “editorial calendar”, I call it a “planner”.  I’m simple like that.  Basically, I need something with a calendar and a pocket folder or two to keep all my blog business straight.

Which brings me to my love of the Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery discbound notebook and all of its awesome add ons.

martha stewart home office with avery planner
The notebook has these cool discs that allow you to add elements by popping them onto the discs.

martha stewart home office with avery discbound notebook

It comes with lined paper so I kept some of it for jotting down ideas this noggin of my mine might cook up.  While I took some of the paper off, I added the calendar, a task pad, 3 folders, and color coding dots.  I plan to use the color coding dots to color code blog posts but someone with kids could assign a color to each kiddo to keep track of each kid’s specific activities.

martha stewart home office with avery discbound task pad and color coding labels
Like I said above, I’m a 100% self-employed, small business owner.  And while self-employment has its pros (hello, I’m basically my own boss), it also has its cons.  One con?  Paperwork and taxes.  Obviously everyone has to pay their taxes, but there’s an extra bookkeeping process that comes with owning and running your own business, let alone two businesses.

To keep all of my blog receipts, contracts, utility bills, DT receipts, etc. organized I put these pretty vertical file folders, file folder labels, and magazine file to work.

martha stewart home office with avery vertical file folders
Now, I’m not going to pretend that I’m the best bookkeeper ever.  I don’t file things right away.  Typically, I let receipts and other paperwork stack up and file them away every couple months or so.  Which is why I love this document storage box.  I write on top of each receipt what it’s for (DT or blog), and then I throw them in the box so I don’t lose them.  And when I get a chance, I file them away.  I understand that this may make some borderline OCD people cringe but it works for me.

martha stewart home office with avery document storage box

Not gonna lie, having functional and pretty organization products makes me feel less stabby about bookkeeping.

martha stewart home office with avery

I’m sure you can think of ways to put some of these products to use in your own life, whether you’re a small business owner or not.  So why not enter to win a $50 Staples gift card so you can get your own Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery products?

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Home Office Details

Thanks for all your amazingly sweet comments yesterday about my home office makeover reveal.  You guys are the bomb diggity.

Today I’m sharing some more details about the makeover and where I purchased everything.  And you know how I like transparency, so I’m also sharing the approximate cost of the makeover.  I’m going to give the prices of things I specifically purchased for the makeover.

ikea expedit

Wall color: Voyage by Valspar… $30

Workstation: 6×6 Ikea Expedit shelving unit and Expedit desk… $200 + $50 = $250 (BUT it was technically free to me because I cashed out some credit card points I acquired through paying for our wedding expenses.)

White boxes and magazine files: Ikea Kassett… $55

Pink boxes: Hobby Lobby… $35

Bridal bouquet canvas: Canvas On Demand (Groupon)… $45

ball canning jars used for craft storage


Clear Ball mason jelly jars: Goodwill… $12

Turquoise Ball mason jars: Yard sale and Goodwill

Bakers twine: eBay (18 spools)

Washi tape: Target

Vintage thread spools: Grandma

Buttons: JoAnn Fabric

printer cart

Printer cart: Gift

Greeting card organizer: Gift via Amazon.com (read about it here)

Here’s the before and after of the printer cart.  I used spray paint to spruce it up a bit.

printer cart before and after

home office makeover 2

Chair: Craigslist

Table: Goodwill… $9

Whale:  Kohls

Pillow: Home Goods

Blanket: Handmade gift

Curtains: Target… $20

craft room makeover 1

Gallery wall frames: Ikea (full details here)… ~$100

Katie Daisy print: Katie Daisy… $15

Sewing cabinet: Gift… but, the makeover cost around $40 (read about the makeover here)

Pink storage box: Kohls (read about the makeover here)

Apothecary jars: Micheal’s and Home Goods

Pink threads: thrift shop and grandma

craft room makeover

Fabric covered faux nailhead trimmed memo board:  Upcycled old cork board… $12 (read about the makeover here)

home office hydrangeas

Pink vase: Gift

Personalized lucite tray: DIY project… $15 (read about it here)

Gold polka dot candle holder: Target

Small white bowl: Goodwill

stenciled file cabinet

File cabinet: Gift (read about the makeover here)

Calendar: Anne Taintor via Amazon.com… $13

TOTAL AMOUNT SPENT: $651 – $250 (gift card from credit card points) = $401

A room makeover for less than $500?  Not too bad.

Who’s itching to go to Ikea now?
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two twenty one

Home Office Makeover Reveal

Today’s the day!  My home office/craft room makeover reveal.  I hope it lives up to your expectations.

This room makeover has been in the works for hmm 17 months.   The process was slow.  Obviously.  This goes to show that rooms don’t come together over night.  Remember that.

I must say I really love my office.  It’s my woman cave.  The place where I can display as many pink and feminine things as I want.  Forget about man caves, every chick should have a woman cave.

home office makeover

Let’s start with the largest piece of furniture in the room– the Ikea Expedit workstation.  I decided on this behemoth because it seemed like a good storage solution for my office.  So in May, 2012 Brad and I made the 2 hour drive to Cincinnati, home of the nearest Ikea, to get the workstation, white storage boxes, picture frames, shelves, and some chocolate.

Brad started on the Expedit shelving unit when we got home and had it assembled in an hour.  I don’t know why people complain about assembling Ikea furniture.  Tip: don’t use the supplied dinky Allen wrenches.  Get a cordless drill.  And a beefcake husband.  You’re welcome for the free tip.

ikea expedit

I’m not an overly girly person.  Don’t let this room give you the impression I’m the bubble gum and rainbows cheerleader type.  I’m not.  I just like the color pink.  I mean, our wedding colors were pink and green.

home office details

Speaking of weddings, I tried to sell my DIY wedding program box and card box after our wedding but that didn’t pan out so they’re hanging out on top of the Expedit.  I had my wedding bouquet immortalized on canvas this past summer.  But I still didn’t have the guts to throw away my gross, dried up bouquet.  It’s in the wedding program box.

ikea expedit

I originally bought these shelves (from Ikea) for our guest bathroom but they were too deep, so I put them in the office.  The Ball mason jelly jars I thrifted a while back fit perfectly on the shelves.  I also store my turquoise Ball mason jars on the top shelf.

ball canning jars used for craft storage

I store various craft and sewing supplies in the jelly jars– washi tape, bakers twine, buttons, and vintage thread spools.

ball mason jars used for craft storage

This wooden cart was given to us by Brad’s grandma.  I brightened it up with a little spray paint.  I use it to house our printer, modem, router, my greeting card box, and some of my books.

printer cart

I created a little sitting area/reading nook with one of the chairs I purchased off Craigslist and a table I scored at Goodwill for $9 on half-off Saturday.  The table looked a little rough, so I freshened up with a coat of white spray paint.

home office chair and side table

The blanket has made previous appearances on the blog– it was a wedding present knit by my Great Aunt.  The pillow’s twin has made an appearance on the blog too.

chair with chevron pillow

I showed you how I tackled the gallery wall a few weeks ago.  The process wasn’t as painful as I thought it’d be.

craft room makeover

white gallery wall

I spruced up my grandma Mildred’s sewing cabinet a year ago.  And I showed you how I took the storage box from ugly green to pretty pink last year.

craft room

Thrifted tatting threads and vintage thread spools are displayed in apothecary jars.

pink threads

Last year I covered my teenage cork board I stole from my parent’s basement with fabric and pushed 5,000 thumbtacks along the edge to give it a nailhead trimmed look.  I get phantom pains in my fingers when I look at it.  Just kidding.  Kind of.

craft room makeover

No room reveal post is complete without fresh flowers.  Write that down.

I picked up these hydrangeas for under $5 at our local grocery store.  Two of them were in the clearance section for $.89.  $.89!  And these puppies have lasted well over a week.  They look pretty nice next to my DIY lucite tray, no?

home office hydrangeas

I’m not opening those closet doors and showing you what’s inside. . . yet.  I have a little DIY project planned for the closet.  Hopefully, I’ll get to it within the next 5 years.

The C monogram hanging on my closet door is from college, and the canvas bag is my super cool Two Twenty One bag.  I’m legit.

craft room makeover

Oh look, it’s my stenciled file cabinet.

I had it under the desk, but I didn’t like how it was somewhat hidden so I put it here.  It fits perfectly in this spot.

stenciled file cabinet

The Expedit is pretty awesome.  It holds a whole lot of stuff.  Which is really nice for me because my home office really is my home office.  I’m a self-employed developmental therapist, and I provide in-home therapy in clients’ homes so my home office is my home base.  This room also serves as the Two Twenty One headquarters and my craft room.  Therefore, I have a lot of stuff.  I’m able to store my work related necessities (client files, paperwork, books) along with my blogging, crafting, and personal items in the Expedit.

ikea expedit for home office

Finally, no room reveal post is complete without the appropriate before and after photos.

home office makeover

I hope you enjoyed the home office/craft room tour!

 Find out more details about the makeover, where I purchased everything, and the approximate cost of the makeover HERE.

Budget Home Office / Craft Room Makeover

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