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Workspace Updates


I was going to post this past weekend, but I was here instead…

We road tripped to a little beach town on the Florida panhandle called Destin. I thought I had been transported to the Caribbean… I was blown away. Absolutely love this place.

Anyway, back to where we left off.

Let’s rewind to phase 1: More desk space in my office.

In the past year I’ve quickly outgrown my double Ikea desk setup, as evidenced by the piles of boxes and equipment:

Lots of wasted space and a huge lack of a work area. After some brainstorming, I had a lightbulb moment and figured I could just shift the desks to the right and add another one against the right wall to form an L shape. Luckily, it fit perfectly under my map!

Gotta love those cheap & easy solutions. I could still use another 2-3 of these desks in a perfect world, but this is 100 times better than before.

Because everything shifted a couple feet to the right, I had this empty space between my computer desk and the wall that I had to put to use.

What I really needed was a place to hang my stuff, as the floor had become a collecting area for purses/flip flops/blankets/sweaters. So I scoured the aisles of Hobby Lobby looking for inspiration, and found it:

Okay—so the JS is more decorative than functional. I was trying to figure out how to incorporate them into a coat hook somehow, but decided they’d be better off just painted a fun color to add some dimension and personalization to the space.

I also scored this large woven basket for half off ($12!):

Into the spray chamber they went (along with my key holder template from my last post)

Once dried, I taped off the sides and sprayed the face of the letters with a coat of Valspar’s Exotic Sea (leftover from my Target sunroom table). All it took was a bit of double sided sticky foam tape and they were on the wall. I then centered my hooks below them and secured them into the wall with walldog screws, and I had myself a purse hanging area:

I love how it matches my binder labels and file folders.

And my basket fits in the space perfectly.

Yay for functionality!

Here’s the wide angle of everything:

But I’m not done yet.

There’s something that is just not working for me… can you guess what it is?

Here, I’ll narrow it down a bit…

If you guessed the two big boxes being used as a cabinet, you would be correct.

But I’ve got the perfect solution…

Of course, this won’t look anything like its current state next time you see it. I’m taking a break from my typical paint it blue/white and distress it procedure and trying something new. Without giving too much away: it involves wallpaper.

With that said, I’m anxious to get started so I’m signing off to go grab my supplies. Tune in next time for the reveal 🙂


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14 thoughts on “Workspace Updates

  1. Ooo, I like the new set up! Is it weird that it looks bigger to me? Even with an extra desk? I just realized your office is almost identical to ours- Same weird lonely window placement, same Ikea desks, same “How the heck do we make this functional” issues 😉 Only we have TWO people crammed in there. Thankfully, we're not work-from-home-ers!

  2. I'm a big fan of L shaped work spaces! And that beach does look like you jet-setted somewhere.

  3. I love Destin! I have relatives in Niceville so I have been to that lovely beach dozens of times. Glad you love it! The new setup looks great and I like seeing where you work on all of your art.
    -Sonya

  4. Destin is a lovely area… sometimes. I dunno, ive lived here for almost 11yrs. It does get old {especially the traffic}. Glad to hear you had a fabulous time on our beaches 🙂

    The desk looks great. The whole office looks great. Makes me motivated to really take my office to the next level!

  5. I can imagine being tired of anywhere after 11 years 🙂 I can't believe how insanely humid it was! I couldn't walk outside without my sunglasses fogging up. Don't know if I could get used to that…

  6. Wow, those pictures at the begining of your post are magnificent. What effect do you use so they look the way they do? (color effect, action on photoshop?)
    Thanks 🙂

  7. just happened across your blog from Young House Love. i like! where in heaven did you get that world map?! i need something like that in my life!

  8. Where did you get those things that you hang on the wall & put files in them? I don't even know what to call them so I can't search for them online! Thanks!

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