Office Concepts

I have been tasked with re-invigorating our office space. It’s a temporary holding ground until we establish ourselves in a more long-term spot that we can build out and make incredibly effective and enjoyable to spend time in.

We are currently in a 500 sq.ft. suite that needs some serious design love. We discussed budget and $2,500 was ideal, $5,000 was max. We aren’t focused on desks aside from desk lighting, that is something that will change upon moving.

I came up with the following launching point as a concept and I am digging it to be honest. I am really loving the budget. I am UNDER $2,500 which is pretty impressive considering the prices I was seeing for product lines that fit with industrial goal. Toss in a couple throw pillows on that love seat and I think it’s pretty golden.

I N D U S T R Y

I N D U S T R Y

  1. Azrou Floor Lamp – $156 x 2 = $312
  2. Nashville Skyline Decal – 22’x76” = $40
  3. Estate Loveseat (seats 2) – 6’ = $880
  4. Adirondack Area Rug – 5’x7’ = $154
  5. Bolt Coffee Table – 3’x3’ = $209
  6. Agrippa Table Lamp (6 desks) – $100 x 6 = $600
  7. Aubuerndale Arm Chair – $229

Total Cost = $2,424

Pretty Excited about this baby, now just to get the go ahead to order.

If I Was Little Bit Skinny

I love looking at fun outfits on Pinterest or Instagram. And 90% of them probably wouldn’t flatter my bod. So I threw one together today seeing as though I am working from home and the emails have slowed down this afternoon. It likely wouldn’t flatter my body either, but shoes and jewelry always fit so at least I’ve got that.

1. Black Leather Disk Necklace from Sarto J on Etsy. This is a statement piece but so simple that it pairs with a T-shirt perfectly.

2. Grey Leather Backpack from Circumambulation on Etsy. I love the backpack trend, probably because as a mom I have to transport entire entertainment options every time I leave the house. This smooth grey beauty however is one I’d be a little careful about tossing a Zoli cup in. It’s too pretty. All of what this Russian designer creates is so pretty. Her blog is gorgeous too.

3. Turquoise Ring from Artisan Look on Etsy.  Nothing will damper my love of chunky turquoise so of course I was drawn to this one when browsing.

4. Poppy Red Pascal Dr. Martens. I mean… they are bold and clunky and I am drooling over them. I first saw them on RaeLynn’s (of The Voice notoriety) Instagram and fell in love. I may or may not follow her cute blonde booty. Don’t Hate.

5. Grey Woven Waistband Joggers from New Look. The jogger trend is certainly one I support. I love comfy. Now, I don’t know that I would attempt to wear them with heels to work and try to pass it off as professional, but I would rock them on the weekends.

6. Man Buns from NALA L.A. This shop is one of my favorite on Instagram and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve filled up my shopping cart and then had to walk away. I may be too into man buns, if that is possible. But my theory is this: If Dolly Parton can use the phrase “the higher the hair, the closer to God” and apply it to herself, I will apply it to men. Pile those locks high boys. Beards and Buns. Enough said.

Creating Within A Fine Space

I dream of the day I have a house with a true creative space. One that I can paint in or knit in or design in or do kids crafts in with Juniper. One with lots of windows and good acoustics for iTunes or what I have playing on my Crosley, and a closing door. A space to accommodate all of that would surely have more than this little design board, but these are a few staples that would make it functional, and clean.

There is some Dot & Bo in this one, like the living room. There is also a shop, Source Succulents who have lovely plants and designs and a few other sites as well. The idea is a clean mostly neutral pallet that has some color but leaves options for changing it up whenever the boredom sets in. I think it would be through rotating area rugs, wall art, and quirky figurines.

Here is what I would find quite appeasing.

Office

1. The Nest Lounge & Ottoman.  This is where I picture putting up my feet with a bag of yarn or a book. Maybe the laptop when I just cant sit at the desk anymore. If I really start to think long term, maybe I’d sit here and offer help as needed while Juniper sits and does homework at the desk.

2. The Miniature Bracket Lamp is a great little desktop lamp. As the sun sinks and the windows are no longer letting in light, this would be a perfect glow. Moody and compact.

3. Numbers on the Wall Clock. This is simple, but interesting. Appeals to a bit of typography and it’s got some chunk.

4. Industrial Task Desk. I sort of love that this is called a task desk. It is just that. A place to get. it. done. Large surface to spread out on, open shelving forcing you to keep tidy and good lines.

5. At Home Framed Quote. I mean, this is pretty self explanatory. Isn’t it a solid feeling when you come home and it’s just there. Ready for you?

6. Succulent Planter Duo. This shop has some really beautiful pieces. I haven’t yet been a customer but hope to be soon. It’s simple, but the blue, it’s so rich. Cobalt goodness.

7. Eurostyle Baird Low-Back Office Chair Are there more modern chairs? Absolutely. This one grabbed my eye because of the color though and lack of frills or gadgets. It’s solid, it’s functional and it probably swivels for fun times  with Juniper after we wrap up that homework I mentioned above.

8. Stella Black Round Wire Honeycomb baskets. These are perfect storage solutions. Yarn, rolls of craft paper and fabric scraps. With the same idea of the open shelving, it would force me to keep a tidy space that wasn’t overflowing and cluttered.

100th Post + Design Love

This here is my 100th post. Insert fireworks and confetti if you’d like. I thought about doing a giveaway for the 100th post, however life is very busy these days and it came up on me fast. So instead I am going to do one but not until I gather some awesome products to share with you all. Until then, enjoy this little piece of design inspiration.

I adore the southwest decor hype being an AZ girl. Some days I love an all white pallet, some days I love barn wood and roosters. But as I am planning future living rooms in my head and in being practical, I know that the southwest heavy designs may not fly say on the east coast, and a white pallet is not going to fly with a toddler. So I put together a mini design board that is more rustic/modern industrial which feels more versatile for different locations and resilient against a small child wandering the home.

All the pieces are from Dot & Bo. One of my favorite furniture/decor sites out there. Below the photo is a list linking you to each item. Hope you can draw some inspiration from it too.

1. Divi Sofa in Brown

2. Under the Dome Terrarium

3. Rustic Chic 2 – Tiered Table

4. Cows Come Home Chair

5. Stag Pillow

6. Angled Attraction Coffee Table

7. Countdown Rustic Cabinet 

8. Extra Stance Floor Lamp

9. USA Map Marquee Sign

I plan on creating another mini design board for a dream office/creative work space that I have in my head. One that has practical storage because I tend to overflow from every cubby and shelf, but one that is clean and inspiring. Look for that post in the next week.

Southwest Inspiration

I’ve mentioned growing up in Arizona in the past but it’s always somewhere I’ll long for without actually wanting to live there again. It’s beautiful and colorful and a place full of design. Harsh lines, round cacti, brilliant sunsets, rock formations and of course a relatively famous canyon running through it. I put together the below design board entirely of products you can purchase via Etsy.  Please enjoy, maybe you will find a dose of inspiration yourself.

S O U T H W E S T I N S P I R A T I O N

1. pastoria

2. & 3.  confettiriotshop

 4. WhiteFauxTaxidermy

5. WestridgeART

6. OneRustyNail

7. apericots

8. KaleidoscopePhoto