This post has been a LONG time coming. For those who don't know, I started renovating my office back in December. I was slowly chipping away at painting the walls. When I first discovered Benjamin Moore's "Color of the Year" for 2020, First Light, I knew it needed to be in my office:
(Side note - I also love that chair and throw blanket...)
Between Christmas and New Year's, we had a freakishly warm day here in New Hampshire. My husband did a lot of cooking in the late afternoon/early evening and the house became unbearably hot. We decided to throw on the central AC to cool things off.
The next morning, we woke up to my office being FLOODED. A couple of the ceiling tiles had crashed down and the carpet was something soaked through. My husband and my father tried to remove as much water as they could over the next 2 days. Sadly, the carpet was not salvageable.
We quickly moved everything out of my office and into the hallway/my son's bedroom. I also set up my temporary office at my dining room table.
The silver lining in this was that I wasn't fond of the carpet to begin with. New flooring it was! WOO HOO!
I became sick shortly thereafter and that put any sort of work on my office to a screeching halt. If you want to learn more about my health issues, you can read this prior blog post.
Once I started to get back up and running, we replaced the flooring, while my husband replaced the old "wainscoting" and chair rail. Long story short, there was neither wainscoting or chair rail. It was wood paneling from years gone by and molding added upside down. Good grief! My husband and I have a theory that this room didn't truly exist back in 1983 when our house was built. Adding this extra "bedroom" was clearly not done by professionals and seemed like almost an afterthought. If only walls could talk...
Anyway, once those elements were taken care of, we were about 75% of the way there. It was only a matter of patching up some seams in the real wainscoting we installed and the nail/screw holes. This sounds easy, in theory.
Enter COVID-19. First, we were on lockdown for 10 days because my father exhibited symptoms, was admitted to the hospital, and we had to wait for test results. Thank goodness his test was negative!
Then, we entered into the world of remote learning with our son. My husband and I, all of a sudden, had to step in and become 5th grade teachers.
Needless to say, our world (and I'm sure all of your worlds) was turned upside down. Putting the finishing touches on my office was placed at the bottom of our priority list.
I'm happy to say that as of me writing this, we're all healthy. Cameron is flourishing with remote learning and we couldn't be prouder of how far he's come. AND....I have a finished office!!!
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Now, back to our regularly scheduled program.
Kicking things off is my actual workspace, which is MUCH better than having to work at my dining room table.
A lot of these items I've accumulated along the way. The canvas on the left I painted on a date with my husband (he painted The Patriots logo for his cubicle at work). The bulletin boards I picked up at HomeGoods many moons ago. One is used as my vision board, and the other holds important/sentimental notes, stencils for hand drawing elements in floor plans (think furniture, appliances, toilets), and my color wheel.
My husband built my desk a few years ago for Mother's Day/my birthday (they're usually a week or 2 apart). I've scoured the interwebs trying to find an exact match that won't break your budget.
The tricky part is finding a white base with a wood stained top. I found a desk with a white base/white top here.
My desk chair I stumbled upon by sheer luck. At my town's transfer station (a.k.a. the dump), we have a swap room right before the area where you throw your trash. This little beauty was sitting outside on the pavement. I snatched her up and knew she was coming home with me!
At first, I wanted to reupholster the chair. Once again, I went back to scouring the interwebs and my local fabric stores for the perfect fabric. I didn't find anything I loved that didn't cost an arm and a leg. The more I had the chair, the more I appreciated the tweed-y, neutral fabric and the specs of terracotta and brown throughout. (This picture doesn't do it justice!) So, for now, my desk chair remains unchanged. For a similar look, check out this chair.
Now, for a view of my actual desktop.
For those of you who have been a part of the Friar Tuck Design family for a while, you know my love for Mason jars. As you can see, I've got one on my desk to hold writing utensils, binder clips, rubber bands, and thumbtacks.
For organization and planning purposes, I love having a large wall calendar. Instead of taking it down every time I need to add something (which is almost on a daily basis), it serves as almost a desk blotter under my keyboard. I love that there are different beautiful borders for each month to inspire me - whether it's the color palette or the pattern. This particular calendar is from a company called Bloom Planners. They have a lot of beautiful products on their Etsy page for both physical and digital planners. I love this calendar that runs on an academic year (August 2020-July 2021).
I've also got my "BUT FIRST, COFFEE" mouse pad and marble print mouse. I truly think my blood type is coffee. I'm drinking some right now as I'm writing this! When I saw this mouse pad, I knew it belonged in my office.
Next up is my A that's standing up, but is supposed to be used as a paperweight. This is another swap room find (separate trip from when I scored my desk chair). I found this paperweight with a similar color palette and pattern that you can personalize with your name.
Finally, in front of my A paperweight is the one, the only, Bob Ross. Those who know me well know how much I love him. He's truly been an influence in my life and indirectly in my decision to go into interior design. I got this baby bobble head Bob Ross from my nephews for Christmas a couple years ago. He no longer "talks" thanks to Cameron repeatedly pressing the button to listen to what he had to say. Oh well. I still love him just the same. In fact, I'd love to take him around with my on my travels once we're all cleared to travel again. He'd be like my version of Flat Stanley.
He came with me when I worked from CoWorking House in Milford, NH back in December and he was a huge hit!
If you'd like your own Baby Bobblehead Bob Ross, you can find him here.
Now, moving onto the rest of my office!
We initially bought the futon for Cameron's room to serve as seating and his bed. Needless to say, that didn't last long and we ended up getting him an actual mattress set to serve as his bed. Once that happened, I snagged the futon for my office. I purchased mine through WalMart, but they no longer sell it. You can find a similar style sofa here.
The pillows all came from different places. The grey tufted pillow on the left is from Target. The geometric pillow I found on clearance at Pier1. It's no longer available, but I've found similar pillows here and here. The lumbar pillow I found on a website called Society6. It's a company that features art from a wide variety of artists. Once you find a particular print you like, you can purchase it as a number of different mediums. The pattern on the pillow I chose can be printed onto t-shirts, tote bags, framed prints, and much more.
Finally, we're onto the end table for my office.
The table itself is from IKEA. I love that it brings a pop of my favorite color into the mix. It also comes in black, white, and a pretty emerald green shade.
The clock I purchased from HomeSense (which is owned by the same company as HomeGoods). I'm sad to say I couldn't find anything similar. The interwebs sent me down a rabbit hole of clocks that weren't remotely close and face masks (seriously, they came up in my search for clocks).
The coasters I actually made myself - and they couldn't have been easier to do! I bought plain cork coasters and wool felt balls. Then I plugged in my hot glue gun and went to town! You can find the cork coasters here, and the wool felt balls here. I mixed the bohemian color palette and navy blue. You'll need 1 cm balls for this project. One thing to note is that it doesn't look like the seller, Cutest Little Garlands, has the 1 cm balls in the bohemian palette on her site, just 2.5 cm. This was the case when I went to purchase them. I emailed the owner, Candace, and she let me know she was working on making more of the 1 cm. She was incredibly nice and I'm sure she'd be able to make a palette for you as well.
The plant is actually a fake plant I got from Five Below. I have a window in my office, but where I'm in the basement, I don't get a lot of natural light coming in. So, fake plant it is!
There you have it - my office is now complete and I can come in, close the door, and work on all the things! Until next time...
- Angela :)