the office - happily ever after

The first thing I'm going to admit this Monday morning is that it is hard to do house projects in the middle of summer! It seems fundamentally wrong to be inside on a warm, sunny day painting walls and hanging lights but that's what I was doing. (I kept hearing my mother's voice in the back of my head saying, "go outside and play, it's beautiful outside.") But the truth of the matter is that I couldn't live with the chaos that was our half finished office. I needed to find a place for everything and get organized. I'm one of those people that can't concentrate or think straight until everything is in order. So I made it my task this weekend to get the office up and running.

The main change was wallpapering and painting the wall, changing the light fixture, getting better storage boxes, and redecorating (for lack of a better word).

Just so we all remember what it use to look like, here is the before:

And the after:

I'm so happy with the way the painted anaglypta wallpaper turned out. Not only did it hide all the cracks in the old plaster wall but it gave the room some personality and depth. You'll see that one of my recently purchased chairs also found a new home. I thought it worked well with the Leran pendant light and Flata basket from Ikea. I also added a simple twine line to which I can add clothespins for inspiration images and ideas.

And remember this balancing act:

It is now better organized and less liable to collapse under its own weight!

I received so many helpful and wonderful suggestions about what I could do with my office. At some point (maybe in the middle of winter) I'd like to tackle some of them (a new blind, some pin up boards for the wall, and maybe even some new shelving) but for now this will have to do. Oh, and my dream to have a room of my own...well let's just say I got to call the shots on how the room looks. For now, it's still an office for two.

What do you think? Was it worth spending a warm, sunny day inside for?