A sneak peek at some fun office updates….I made these tack boards for my desk. I really didn’t want a big bulletin board…so I thought I would make up my own size. These are super easy to make and can be used so many places….inside a kitchen cabinet….by the mudroom…by the kids desks…so useful. And I love how you can match them up to any décor with a bit of fabric.
I bought a 1/4 yard of fun bright fabric, a couple of 1/4inch by 2 by 24” hobby wood, a roll of cork, tack glue and a razor blade is handy to have also. Pieces of precut hobby wood are available in any hardware store (Michaels has some too).
Measure the cork to fit the wood and cut with the razor. Spread glue on wood and adhere cork. I placed some heavy books on top to allow tight fit. You can also make a mouse pad with some cork and fabric.
When the cork is dry, cut fabric to fit and wrap the board securing the fabric to the back with glue.
Hang up with the Velcro command strips and your are done!
Place them anywhere that is handy!
Other office/craft post
So happy you all are excited about the mixer giveaway! If you haven’t had a chance to enter…you have 5 more days. I wanted to give you a sneak peek at my new office…it is really a fun space. I have been teasing with a few pictures of my new office space on instagram and facebook…so I thought I would share a few here. The space is already looking 100% better than before. The trim is all white…the walls are white…so fresh and alive. I have been working on a accent wall that will have a favorite quote of mine. I found a super comfy gray recliner at Homegoods that fits perfect in the space.
The accent color of bright true green is PERFECT! It is so awake and fresh and I love it! Things are getting organized on the shelves and the flooring is going to be finished soon.
I DIY’ed a over-head projector to create my saying on the wall. I am free-hand painting it with a few craft brushes.
The most fun is finding bright accessories to play off the white. It is turning into my dream space…..I will share the big reveal soon…
This is the art cart that I am so excited about! We custom made it to fit perfectly in this space….
Here is my inspiration board…..
What do you think??
Here is the post about the plan…
Hi all! If you have been following along on Facebook…you have seen some pictures of my office plan coming to life. I had a light fixture installed (it required placing a box in the ceiling….which I am not very versed with…so I left it to a professional). I love the light…and the trim and walls have all been painted white. It is turning into a real inspiring space. I wanted to give you an idea of the look I am going for….and yes, I am slightly addicted to olioboard. Love it actually….
I am keeping the large desk and bookshelves that my honey built me awhile back. They are fabulous storage….I just have never really had them very organized. I have thrown away 4 bags of stuff that I wasn’t using. My purpose in this space to have it free of clutter and nonsense which will make it a perfect spot for creative juices to flow.
The carpet will be removed soon and we have chosen a wide white pine wood floor that will be white washed. I cannot wait to see these floors finished! It will really open up the space and be perfect for photo-bouncing-light to occur :) My colors are white, gray and a pop of green. It makes me feel awake when I look at it…and kind of soothing at the same time. I found a great new desk chair that has similar pattern as the one shown above. I also found a fabulous gray recliner at Homegoods. I want this room to be a special space for me to read and “get away” from the hustle of the house…and this chair is the perfect spot for that! Accents and accessories in muted gold and rattan will round out the space. Since this room is basically attached to the master I will pull in a few items in brown as well so it flows nicely.
Here are some before shots….oy…am I right?!?!
I am so excited to share how this space is coming together….more soon…I promise.
What space are you taking control of right now? It really does feel better to get rid of useless things….
Another fun website launched today that will be a great place to see all your inspiration in one place…it is called TheInspirationboard.com. My girl Jamilyn over at IheartNaptime has put over 2 years of hard work into launching this new and fun space to create. I would encourage you to stop by and make a board. It is totally free….and she will be giving prizes for the most creative boards in a few weeks. I will be doing a post this week to tell you more about it.
This gallery wall in Bill’s new office was so much fun to put together! I searched for items that were interesting but also items that were reminders of who Bill is….it is a gallery that can be added to also…if I should find some more to add. It is easy to pull together…and doesn’t have to cost a lot. Some items were found in our house…most at thrift stores and local antique malls. I would encourage you to start with a bit of a “brainstorm” about the person who will be using the room. In this case…my husband will mainly be using this office. My thoughts about things that I wanted to find were…family, boating, lake, Chicago, baseball…etc. The jumping off point is to really think about what the person has a passion for…and things will start to pop in your head! Here is how I went about pulling this together….(fyi…the horseshoes have been turned around ;)
Once you have some objects to place on the wall…make a template with some paper (wrapping paper, craft paper whatever you have…) This will allow you to place the items on the wall and move them without punching a bunch of holes in the wall. Just cut the template to the size of the objects…and play with the placement on the wall. You want to place things close enough together so that it looks like a thoughtful arrangement. Just play with the shapes on the wall until you are satisfied.
Once you have your arrangement…you can start nailing in the nails. I nailed right into the paper and ripped it off as I went. Making sure to take note about where the items “hanger” is on the back of the object.
You can see it coming together….
Some of the items I chose to use have extra special meanings….which makes it a real conversation piece. The picture on the left is of Bill talking to his Paw at the office. Bill is a 3rd generation family business owner….so it makes it extra neat to have this picture (his brother David also is shown here on his Grandfather’s lap) . The one below is of Bill and his brother…I just love it!
Bill’s favorite baseball team is the Red’s…his favorite player when he was young was Johnny Bench. I found his rookie card on Etsy.
This horse won the Kentucky Derby the year we met. “Strike the Gold” was his name. $1 at an antique mall.
Other objects include horseshoes (I have since turned them around…they are supposed to “catch luck” not pour it out ;) An oar, family pictures, lake watercolor, a gold key, and a painting of Chicago all round out the gallery nicely. I can also add to the wall if I find other treasures…which is fun.
The nice thing about a gallery wall is that you can do it in any room of the house…and it will always start a conversation!
Sharing at 30 Days, Whipperberry
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This project started out as just a “space for Bill to do a little work from home”…turned into meaning a whole lot more. When the peanut moved from her old room (which is now the office) into the guest room….it made for a few changes. We moved her into the guest space and decorated it to suit her. (here is that post) and within about a week…Bill had staked claims on her old room. “I need a place to do some work from home…” and I agreed. He is one of the hardest working hubby’s I know…he is up at 5:30am…every day. He works 6 days a week. This space has turned into so much more than an office. It is truly a retreat for him. I am thrilled with how it came out. His personality is throughout…full of character and genuine finds…just like him ;)
Above you can recall what we started with….a bunch of pink and green…and a huge mess! I walked you through how I repaired the walls . That was super fun…or not….Then we had some gorgeous new maple wood floors laid. Yum! This floor makes such a statement here….we love them!
The desk we created out of an old barn door and railing parts is really the focal point of this space. The thrift store chair makes it complete. When you to walk into this space….you have a real clear sense of who Bill is…loves peanuts, and long boat rides, Chicago, baseball (Reds and Cub’s..)…a hearty drink after a long day, sunset cruises and beach vacations…and his love for family. He is so deserving of this little retreat and I am so happy that is came together like it did.
Many items in this space came from antique malls…including the wing chair. A steal at $70 (the upholstery is brand new) The ottoman was $10 at a peddlers mall.
An old rusty tool box is a nod to his work in road construction (his family business is road paving…) Along with a vessel filled with rope (here is that post)…the table is from a local peddlers mall. It was already refinished this blue color…love it!
A collection of sea glass vases (Home goods) along with some drift wood and old books create an interesting corner. The large piece of rock coral was something we brought home from our honeymoon in Mexico. I think it is important to use items in a space that have real meaning–even it if is just a rock…it reminds both of us of our wedding ;)
A vintage peanut container makes a great place to hold paper clips. An old desk tray, glass milk jar and wooden box were all found at antique malls and they all serve a purpose to keep organized.
The gallery wall was really fun to put together. I will be doing a post soon on some tips and tricks for you to create your own. The photographs on the adjoining wall are pictures that I have taken…one is the lake…and the other is a picture of Wrigley. (PS….I have since turned the horseshoes the other direction….apparently they should be hung in the “u” shape…to “catch good luck…instead of pour it out”….now I know. I love it when my readers teach me something…I am a Yankee ya know ;)
I find myself using this room too! It is so peaceful and it gets the best light! I have office envy!!
The paint on the wall is Ben Moore Decorator White
The ceiling is Breathe of Blue by Valspar
Rope in vase