Last August (before I was blogging), I was featured in the local Birmingham News paper for a room redo that I sent in. There’s a section in our Saturday paper called Spaces that features homeowner’s “before” and “after” projects that they have completed. I was pleasantly surprised to hear from them after I completed my office nook and sent pictures in. They called me, set up a time to have a photographer come out, and then ran the article. I felt like a mini-celebrity at the time and of course, went out and bought extra copies for my friends and family. It was fun to have people from church and other groups that I’m involved with tell me that they had seen me in the paper! I blocked out my last name…just thought that would be best not to share that on here.
So fast forward to now…..this spring I’ve noticed that they are now featuring Garden redos, with the same layout of “before” and “after” photos and a blurb about how the project was completed. I decided to send in my little garden redo that I just shared with all of you last week and was very surprised to get an immediate call back the next day saying they wanted to feature my little garden in the paper. I was SO excited….again! They came out last Wednesday, took the pics and it will probably run next weekend. So, I thought I’d share my little office redo with you and I will also show the other garden redo when it runs too. I feel sure that they must not be getting all that many submitted, since they called so fast. 🙂 All the more fun for me!
This is the “before” shot when we first moved in. This is a tiny little area off my laundryroom, really just the end of the small hallway downstairs. It’s 6×9, so big enough to do something with, but not too big. I decided as soon as I saw this space, that it would be mine! So, my little office nook was born.
Here’s the space today. I bought the desk from Target (online). The 2 shelves came from Ballard Designs clearance center in Atlanta. They were white & I painted them black. They have been some of the best things I’ve ever bought from Ballards. They still weren’t cheap in the outlet store, but are great, substantial shelves that I will keep forever.
The lamp was a different color, as were all those baskets you see below. I wanted baskets to store all my things in & couldn’t find any that went with the lime green I was using, so I bought Green Apple spray paint from Lowes & found all the baskets (cheap) at different stores. Taped them off & painted them all green! They hold catalogs, paper, misc. stuff I want hidden.
I found this HUGE frame at a yardsale last year for $10. I knew I wanted to make a bulletin board so when I found it, it was perfect for that. I aged the gold with some brown paint, added some foamboard cut to fit the frame, covered it in my leftover kitchen fabric, added the ribbon & tacks & there you go! It’s great to put up reminders, calendar & all those little things that you want at your fingertips.
Bought this black bookcase at World Market. It was on sale at the time, so I knew it would be a perfect fit in here. Filled it up with all my “stuff” and it’s a handy little storage area for all my decorating things. Those bottom baskets were found at a yardsale & I painted them with my nifty Apple Green paint too.
So, this is my little office space, where I spend so much time. It’s a total reflection of my personality & I love every bit of it! It was so exciting to make the paper & I’ll be sure & share the garden redo too. This is fun!
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