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30 August 2010

How to Decorate an office space

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This is Part 2 of  computer/office decorating - enjoy!

This is the second little office area I have set up.  I do my almost all of my work sitting HERE, but use this desk to organize supplies and keep all my schtuff accessible.  The beautiful desk was an inheritance from "Pop",  updated with chalkboard paint on the top, the wonderful Pottery Barn shelf was an inheritance from the previous owners of the house, the big canvas is a photo of my own, unstretched from Simply canvas, and the chair was a freebie from working at Eddie Bauer.  It used to sit in a display window holding male mannequins with down coats on. :)  SO....a total of pennies thanks to donations :)  (How many smileys can I put in one post? )

Like my computer desk, I have a 10 cent jar of utensils.  On this desk however, it is paintbrushes and chalk instead of pens and Sharpies...

Below is also the main basket on the desk that stores important documents I need to take care of and random stuff like an envelope of seeds, some thread and of course...Burt's Bees!

This is a storage basket beside the desk...inside are a few of my favorite things...I think a girl could survive with these 4 examples of reading material...

...and for those of you that are REALLY curious about what the inside of the desk looks like...

Drawer #1...note the hot glue gun and extra contact...2 staples :)
Drawer #2...lots 'o sewing supplies
Drawer #3... some cardstock, stamps and of course...Burt's Bees!
Drawer #4....lots of Rangefinders mainly

So...for those looking for tips...these are my starting points...

1.  If I LOVE it, it can find a place whether I need it or not (aka a picture of weeds in black and white)
2.  If I REALLY need it, it has to have a place even if I hate the way it looks (aka ugly, but important forms)
3.  If I am in predicament #2, I try to find a solution...see this ring holder solution HERE

Once you master these basics...move on to these...

4.  Try to achieve symmetrical balance through asymmetry...this is where the rule of odds come into play.  Try to use odd numbers when grouping and place them in non-symmetrical patterns that balance each other into a large balanced shape.  For example, check out the pictures in the first picture.  There are three very different photos in different mediums (a framed postcard, small canvas and larger unstretched canvas).  They work together because they share the same off-white and deep brown/black coloring.  I have placed them so that they connect the shelf and desk, and balancing left to right, while still having a bit of interest.  The typical choice would be 4 frames in a square that were exactly the same... (Notice the lamp completes the balance by filling in a hole in white towards the bottom of the collection...)

5.  Integrate found items instead of buying found items.  In the latest Pottery barn catalog, there is literally a section called "found items"...as in, we went to Italy and found a bunch of stuff and now we're selling it to you for outrageous prices!  Sickening... :)  The joy of found objects is the hunt.  Look at things at garage sales and thrift stores and perhaps even garbage piles with new eyes.  Think paint and fabric or just a new setting.  Please don't buy a "found" wooden bread dryer for $99 from Pottery Barn.  You can definitely find something just as cool and more unique for $1 somewhere!

6.  I'm tired and going night night (Did I just say night night?....I have three kiddos...I guess I'm allowed...)


(I think that was a total of 5 smileys...not TOO sickening...right?  Should we count how many dot-dot-dots...?)

How to Decorate a Computer Room

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I get more hits on an old article that I wrote on decorating computer rooms than anything else I've ever posted, so I thought I should do an updated post from my new computer/work space!  Check out MORE OFFICE SPACES on KELLY'S KORNER.  This little guy is the newest addition to my space.  Can you figure out what he is for?
Still guessing?  

He's my handy dandy cord holder!  I started having a ton of cords lying around, so I found this ring holder (for a dollar!) and put him to work.

Here is a view of the computer desk area in whole.  I found the IKEA desk on craigslist for $40, and the rug on clearance at Target.   The stools are also Target produced, but craigslist purchase ($20).  The clock is a (I know I'm obsessed) Target clearance find for $12, the lamp a surprising Walmart clearance find for $10 and all the little stuff came from yard sales for pennies.  So, the entire setup (less the actual computer) was around $100 total.  

The greatest part of this setup is that this nook is in the middle of the house, so if I sit on the stool in the back, I can watch the kids playing inside and if I sit on the front stool, I can watch them out the windows in the yard...or I can just watch the birdies playing during baby naptime :)  As for the supplies that are actually stored on the desk, they are very simple...

...a 10 cent glass juice jar of pens and Sharpies...

...the main order of business...computer and phone...

...a close-up of the mouse?  really?  YES!  For long hours editing on the computer, I definitely need this mouse as opposed to the little sensor thingy on the laptop...

LOVE my Pixar lamp from walmart and lovely huge clock.  I would love to buy 20 of these and hang them on one large wall!  My in laws would think I'm even crazier than they already do!!  This light really is great though for office work...it angles perfectly and is nice and bright, but not in your face.

Another favorite is these little 10 cents jars with hydrangeas.  I've been picking hydrangeas for weeks now and there are still plenty!  I LOVE them.  I've always wanted a hydrangea...check out this previous post to see how blessed I've been with plants here.  Finally, these garage sale baskets house random stuff that would clutter up the desk, but that I still use or love to look at :)  Favorites include that huge thing of wooden dominoes, my wooden artist's figure and handmade baby slings for pictures...oh and all those lovely journals...

This is only Part 1 of the office decorating post...Part 2 will be coming soon!

28 August 2010

Why my plants had to die...

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....so I was recently reading a fellow blogger's post about moving and felt compelled to leave a very long comment.  I thought I'd share with y'all here and include some photos of the wonderfulness :)  To read her post first, visit HERE (By the way, she is always posting great deals as well, so check her out no matter what!)

So here is what I wrote: 
"We just recently moved too and I totally get the tiny bit of, yes, *grief* leaving a garden. I tried to bring as many things as possible…I carried little cuttings in pots in my car over a 4 day trip from Nebraska to Pennsylvania. (Please don't make me tell you about the cat using one as his personal toilet 30 miles from our destination...)  Needless to say, only a few things survived, but I do have a little reminder of our old home.

God taught me a lesson with this move though…You know the story of the little girl who has to give up her old dirty beaded necklace to her Daddy so he could give her the gift of a new pearl necklace? Well, once I gave up having a real garden in our rental (with a small deck and large cliff out the back), we purchased a home and it happened to come with some overgrown, but beautiful gardens. The gardens are ten-fold what I’ve ever had in the past and every plant I bought or wanted to buy or wanted to bring along is present. Under all the layers of weeds, there were hibiscus plants, peonies, lavender bushes (which ALWAYS die on me) 2 apple trees (I left behind fruit tree saplings that I had nurtured for a year), gorgeous hydrangeas (which I had been layering in our old home to create more plants), hosta, coneflower (which I’ve always wanted), a smokebush (which I had just read about in a magazine and wanted to try) and lambsear that is truly growing like a weed…I hope to make literal carpets of it! My heart is so full of plants!  (Check out photos of the lavender, apples and smokebush below!)

Hopefully you are a bit encouraged about what you will be given at the new place. I know how it is to labor over planting bulbs and then moving before you get a chance to move in the spring. I’ve done this twice now…I can’t wait to see what God has lying in wait under the soil this spring…Many surprises for you too I’m wagering…
I didn’t even realize the extent of the blessings before typing this comment up…amazing is our God…"

Here are some of the blessings...

I've planted morning glories many times,but this surprise plant is now off the charts with purple flowers...It is gorgeous...and how about this view through the trellis covered in clematis and climbing rose.  In house #1, I planted 10 clematis roots.  I saw maybe 3 flowers...Now I have a humongous cluster of them.  In house #2, I planted roses and saw maybe 2 blooms.  This rose has bloomed twice since I've moved in!
I read about smokebush days before moving in.  I had no idea I'd inherit a mature one...and framing that view...yummy...
I brought sedum along in those car pots...who knew it was so easy to grow?  ...and that it comes in PURPLE!  LOVE IT!

I can only dream about framing pathways as well as the previous owner did...and then there is the secret garden "shh...don't let them hear you coming"...a wiggle through the pine trees lands you in the imaginary home of our little guys.  The secret garden demands it's own post later...more to come...
lavender!  apples!  mint!  

Hi kitty! :)

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