Now that our awesome housewarming party is all over, it is finally time to show the rest of the world my office which is out of this world gorgeous if I do say so myself. I am still waiting on a few things for the walls so it is slightly incomplete, but it is ready to be shown. The first thing most people find out about me is that I am 2 things – 1. not boring. 2. bright and colorful. Wow this post is getting narcissistic. But honestly, those are two things that I strive to be. And I want my whole home to reflect this cheerful and happy aura I try to express to everyone. So, when designing my office, I knew I wanted bright and colorful, but not so much it would effect my editing and I wanted it to reflect my branding. So mint and coral it was. (Also, please forgive my iphone photos, which most of these are)
Whoa. That coral is bright. I remember thinking, I am not so sure about this…
Barley was a big help.
The white cabinets cover most of the wall so it is super toned down.
Once the colors were set, I knew I wasn’t going to be happy with just mint and coral. So I decided I wanted to do a feature wall much like we did in our bedroom which I am sure you will see at a later time. Multiple rolls of tape, beers, and patience, Frank and I – mostly him – made this incredible wall. If we hadn’t run out of tape on Friday night, we honestly could have had this all done in about 5 hours total, but we ran out of tape, decided to play Settlers and drink beer with friends instead of go buy more. The next day I came home from a shoot and it was completely done. Sneaky Frankie. And then that day we painted! And then I had an event and I made him take the tape off because I was too scared to and I didn’t want to be there to find out if this was a total fail or not. Luckily, it all worked great! And now I have a totally kick ass wall!!
First time winning at Settlers, I’ll have you know.
For those interested, we followed this tutorial, but we had to change the numbers based on our wall size.
I also have a chalkboard wall which right now I never want to erase, but the plan for it is to write my blog schedule, to do list, etc up so I have a visual representation of what I put on scratch paper everyday.
I knew that I wanted storage, especially since this room doesn’t have a closet like my last “office.” I wanted a table for collaborative space (and to keep stuff off my desk). And I knew I wanted a chair that Frankie could fall asleep in, drink coffee, or just sit and talk to me while I was in here and he didn’t have anything better to do. I also wanted it because it is our tradition, once it is posted for me to go through my HFFF with him to show him all the funny things. So, off to Ikea I went to get all of these crazy things to bring them home to have Frank put together. Because if we did them together, it would call for divorce paperwork. Although, I did step in a few times and help when he needed me to hold something. I just tried really, really, really hard not to talk at all.
I love having my wedding dress out. Everyone keeps saying ahhh, what about the cats, the cats could really give a lesser crap about this dress. They are more concerned that the window ledges aren’t big enough for them to sit on when the windows are closed. Even though they attempt to make it work about 15 times a day. Always good for a laugh or 10. ALso, I have to admit, I stole this idea from Jen Harvey who also has her wedding dress in her office. She is brilliant.
My two other favorite things in the office are having my scratch off map (Thanks, Lauren!!) and my board of happiness.
I figured I should totally take pictures in my office when I have flowers (thanks, Marcella for these!! And for not stealing them from a wedding 😉 )
The first thing Frank gave me when we moved into this house was this name plate. When we had our home inspection, Clint, the home inspector, who was quite possibly the funniest person to spend 4 hours with ever, put together the fact that our street name and my name were nearly the same, and I was sorta bossy, so he started calling me the Mayor of Danville. Thus, I am the mayor. And now that the neighbors have seen this, they also call me mayor.