Whoop-de-whoop! Who's ready for another Blogger's office makeover post!?
It's taken me quite some time to get around to finally posting about this little area of my office, the corner reading/relaxing nook... but here it is!
I couldn't be happier with how it's all turned out. I love it!
Even though this basement office is quite small, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to create 'zones' in the space. Individual, specific spots where I could do different things or accomplish tasks.
(as seen above)
I think, subconsciously, when I go into ANY new project around here, I tend to have the goal of functionality at the forefront of my mind (well... at least really close behind pretty design and decor, ha!). This is probably because it's a necessity, being that we live in a small house. Even though it's sometimes harder to fit everything into the space that I want to, I've realized that it's NOT impossible, no matter what size your room is... it just takes a little planning.
small table - HomeGoods, books - Online, pen holder - World Market
I went back and forth with what to put on this wall above my funky pink Ikat corner chair that I got from Joss & Main last year, and kept going back to a gallery wall with fun, colorful prints. Even though we have a similar gallery wall upstairs, with our family photos displayed in white Ikea frames, I still wanted to forge ahead with the idea, because I love the clean lines and capability to use whatever you want inside a classic white frame.
I commissioned my friend Amelia from Brightsides Design to help me come up with some prints that would be good for my personal office space. I knew I wanted designs that were fun, casual and promoted happy thoughts.
"Awesomer" is my word for this year, "Worry less, smile more" just seemed fitting for life in general and "I'm kind of a big deal on my blog"... well, come on, that's just funny and motivating right there. ha! It's a daily reminder that even if my projects aren't the coolest in blog-land, or my pictures aren't the best... that in the end, I'm really the only one who needs to worry about how happy I am with the work I've done. I'm a firm believer that there's never a limit on how much positive reinforcement you can give yourself; no matter what you do for a living. Nurse, Mom, Student, Blogger... sometimes having confidence in our abilities to achieve things is all it takes to give you a good shove in the right direction!
Do you surround yourself with positive messages in your home?
Do you feel that it helps?
You might have noticed this blue-winged beauty in some other pictures of mine, but it's only because I adore her so much. Yes... it's a her (or at least I say so).
My sweet friend Brittany from Trinkets and Butterflies gifted her to me last year, when only a few months before I had bought some jewelry from her and told her how amazing I thought her story and butterfly art was, while at a local craft and hobby show here in Salt Lake City.
Here's a little bit about how Brittany comes upon her authentic, real butterflies:
"Every butterfly I use in my frames and jewelry are farmed all around the world, not killed. They live their full life in the farms or are legally collected. The farms release a certain percentage of each batch back into the wild to protect each species. It is a very "green" process, and provides jobs to people to collect them instead of poaching, and diminishing each species."
Pretty neat eh? You can see her listings for jewelry at her Etsy shop, along with a few mounted and framed butterflies, but her newest items usually show up on her Facebook page first. How great would a collection of these be in a nursery!?
lamp - Pottery Barn teen
Originally we had a yellow geometric shade on this great, heavy-duty Pottery Barn lamp base, but in the end, this little corner was just still too dark, so replacing the yellow shade with a white drum shade from a different lamp in our home, made all the difference and really gave off the right amount of light that we needed.
This cozy little corner has come a long way.
I love that I made the choice to designate this area to JUST relaxing, reading, looking at magazines or finding things that inspire me. It forces me to take a break from my computer to recharge and refuel; which is key for me, because even though I love writing... creating is my forte and I tend to burnout quickly when in front of the computer for too long.
This little space has also become one of the best "chat spots" in the house. I can't even tell you how many funny, deep, interesting conversations I've had with my little girls and wonderful hubby while they've sat in that pink chair. Chatting and giggling away to me about their day or latest "drama", while I edit photos on my computer. Who knew that making the choice to not have extra storage, but instead, a comfy, inviting chair, kitty-corner from my desk would provide lots of opportunities for my family to be around me and part of my day, all while I'm still in my office working (?)
I'm dubbing this the BEST part of my office design yet, for that reason alone.