Monday, January 10, 2011

Art Studio/Home Office

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I am writing this on my computer.  Which is sitting on a DESK.  Which is installed on my WALL.  Which is in my finished office!  It's been a long time coming, people.  Why did it take so long?  I'm not made of money.  And Elfa shelving didn't go to 30% off until Christmas Eve.  That's why.

Okay.  Here is what the room looked like before we closed on the house [I haven't decided if I am a horrible person for posting "before" pictures with other people's stuff in them.  Is it wrong?]. . .
And here is what it looked like after we moved in. . .
 And after I painted it, but it was still a disaster. . .
And here it is now!
Big hugs to Maricar for helping me design the shelving workspace!
Details. . .
I am just showing you the office corner right now.  I have other projects brewing in the opposite corners that I'll show you later as I'm working on them.

My birdcages, and a red and white hanger that my great grandma made.
 This is my favoritest wall ever ever.  I've had it in my head for quite a while, so it was so fun to actually put it together.  I went to Seattle recently and helped my Aunt Trisha organize her art studio, and she paid me in vintage wallpapers so I finally had enough to do this. . .
 A wire basket from Goodwill and a mini chalkboard from Joann's.  The pen holder is a vintage flower frog from my great grandma.
 This is a sneak peek at one of my projects. . .

 This wallpaper makes me squeal like a girl.  This and corgi puppies.
 The closet has now become my sewing cubby [which I'll show you the inside of later].  I had this IKEA curtain from one of our old apartments and I wanted to use it for the closet.  The hanger-tabs on it were too long though, so I folded them over and sewed little white buttons on with orange thread.  Now they're just the right length, and they have buttons.  Which makes it instantly cuter.

So there you have it folks.  A real live office.  It's helping my productivity already.


  1. Anonymous1/10/2011

    Love it!

    You have such great ideas for organization.

  2. OMG!! I'm so jealous! I've been waiting a long time for this slow photog season to re-do our home office, but I don't think I could ever do something that looks this amazing!

  3. So cute!! Lucky you. My office is still in the in between stage.

  4. SO cute! That wall is AMAZING! (Found you on Design Sponge!)

  5. Saw you featured on Design Sponge, love this office re-do, particularly the feature wall - it's stunning! congrats! :-)

  6. I also saw the post on Design Sponge. LOVE this!

  7. Wow! What a fabulous transformation - and what an inspiring, joyful place to work. I really love the vintage wallpapers. Congratulations on a beautiful job well done! :)

  8. Thanks so much Tarryn, Jan and Susan!

  9. Your office is so dreamy!! I love all of the open shelving/enclosed boxes. Do you know of any good sources to find those boxes, perhaps on the cheap and in bulk?? ~Emily @

  10. Thanks Emily! I DO know a good source for those boxes on the cheap: IKEA. They come in packs of two, and the ones I use are all less than $5 per pack. You have to assemble them yourself of course, but it's super easy. We've even done a side-by-side comparison of the IKEA boxes by the Container Store ones [WAY more expensive] and there is virtually no difference. Here's the link for you:

  11. Hi Heather!
    Your room is amazing and i especially love the birdcages and the hanger! too cool!
    I was wondering, do you have an app that turns your mac into that awesome clock? I have a 27"imac, but just recently made the switch from pc and would LOVE to make mine do the clock thing! Annnnd I am so gonna scope out ikea for those boxes, too! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Thanks Kristinah! The screen-saver is a free download called "Fliqlo." Free is my favorite price. I think you can get it from a bunch of different places, but here is a direct link for you:

    Have fun at IKEA!