Growing up and in college, I was never really one to use a desk. My college dorm desks were usually demoted to "vanity" or "food preparing" status, and I'd do all my homework from bistro tables in the lobby or on park benches outside. Whenever I started working from home, I dreamed of having a beautiful space to create lovely things from -- but still couldn't manage to get past the kitchen table or my couch. When Drew and I got married and moved into our new apartment, we initially deemed the upstairs loft as our study/leisure/guest bedroom/music room. (A little confusing, right?) After a few months, we realized that we were never using the upstairs -- Drew occasionally would study or turn in online assignments (finishing up his CPA requirements), but for the vast majority, it was completely wasted space.
In the meanwhile, our downstairs living room somehow morphed into a full work station for me. Craft projects seemed to have exploded all over the kitchen table, all room for walking was taken up by a tablescape mock-up for at least two weeks, and all of my office-specific supplies and things were piled dangerously high on a very small desk. Unused. Not productive. No bueno.
It was obvious to both of us that I needed a real work area. So after some heavy lifting and arranging, a lot of drilling and hanging and organizing and a November trip to ikea -- I HAVE AN OFFICE! It's beautiful and I'm obsessed with it and as soon as it's officially "finished" I should probably have an office party or something -- it's that awesome.
Pinterest and Hey Gorgeous Events' "girl cave" inspired a lot of the conceptual/organizational ideas I've implemented. And of course my fascination with all things Lilly Pulitzer has popped up pretty much everywhere (from boxes of animal crackers to all my delightful "May Flowers" office supplies) with a healthy dose of vintage Barbie. I can't wait to show you it all finished and pretty!!!
Stay tuned for further progress!