I'm so excited that the moving process is underway, and we're setting up our new place. We've moved much closer to work and family, and into a 3 bedroom home (holy square foot upgrade). Probably the most exciting portion of this move (for me at least) is that I get my very own home office space. No longer sharing an office space has naturally turned into another project for me. And also naturally, I found it most appropriate to create a quick "mood board" of the elements I'm bringing into my office (tis the life of a graphic designer). My color scheme is green, white, black, gold and pink. In hindsight, it's basically the color scheme of my childhood.
This haphazard collection of images represent items I already have, or have purchased and am anxiously awaiting their arrival. With the sole exception of the house plant on the left. That guy is a placeholder, but seeing this I might have to upgrade what I'm working with, Home Depot here I come.
I've already painted the accent wall celadon green. I feel like it's crisp enough to wake me up in the morning without being overly aggressive. I've clearly spent a lot of time thinking about this as I rolled on two coats of its crisp, non-aggressive eggshell finish.
For anyone interested in the pieces that make up this room, here's a breakdown:
This bad boy is the Ikea Hemnes desk I had my eye on for awhile. I'd actually been watching it long enough to see it go on sale for $40 less, finally making signing up for the Ikea Family card worth it, and then the sale ending before I ever purchased. Not ideal, but we hadn't moved yet, and the idea of lugging this all over for a $40 savings didn't compute for me. So I'm sad to report I still have no reason for owning the Ikea Family card, but I have all the reasons for now owning this desk.
Have you ever squealed with excitement in LivingSpaces, when you locked eyes with item you had zero intention of purchasing when you arrived? How about when there are 4 eyes staring back at you in a way that say, "I know you were here for area rugs, but think about all the books you have?!" Who me? Well I heard them, and after initially walking away, I came back 2 minutes later to grab the bookends again while announcing "you're coming with me!" assuming my fellow shoppers needed to know decisions had been made.
Much like 90% of what I own, I have Pinterest to thank for falling in love with Ikea's VITTSJÖ shelving unit. The love was so alive in fact, that I now have two. Originally my obsession started from the Ikea Hack where people spray paint them gold and add marble contact paper. Let me be clear, I'm not ruling that out – but the nice clean white frames are speaking to me right now. Currently they're saying, "you already have a lot of projects on your list".
THE FLOOR LAMP
Part of the reason I love this Ranarp Floor Lamp so much is because I found it in the Ikea sale section when I was purchasing my desk and shelves. My Dad is such a sport, because he allowed me to abandon him in the Ikea lines while I had to see what was in the "oops" section. Just when I thought it was a bust I noticed this fella peeking out from behind a desk top that had experienced a very rough life thus far. Noticing my Dad was almost to the cashier, I grabbed the lamp (hoping it was even functional, obviously there's no time for testing in this situations) and raised it above my head like a scene from Braveheart making my way through crowds of unruly children melting down in a sea of point-of-purchase items. I'm happy to report this lamp works like a dream, and actually doesn't have a single scratch on it. It was on sale just for being a floor model, and I love that about it. BONUS POINTS: the cable has an adorable black & white woven cover.
THE WALL DECAL
I'd been planning to paint something motivational on the wall opposite my glorious green accent wall. I wanted it to say something that conveyed, "I know you haven't washed your hair in ages and the sun is shining outside while you spend another entire day working on freelance projects – but this is SO FUN". As I debated phrases, and if I really would love that I chose black paint when it was time to move, I nearly hit myself in the face with an owl bookend when wall decals dawned on me. After scoping out some options online I found just what I was looking for on Etsy. With the largest size option coming in at $20, I'm excited to see how this looks in action.
I know it, right? Even the mousepad is here. My husband actually found this one for me on Amazon, and I think it's perfect for the space and my color scheme. I'm slightly skeptical what the item will look like in person since they think this is a chevron print (umm hello, herringbone), and that similar products got killed in reviews. Also perhaps the $1.40 +$5 shipping is a red flag... but obviously I need to know for myself. And also obvious, I have a plan B being shipped already from Etsy.
THE MOUSEPAD PLAN B
Everyone has a backup mousepad, right? This is totally normal.
THE WALL ART
That amazing-even-when-tiny image you saw is an original work by the fantastic artist Danny Beck. My husband got this for me due to my affinity for his art, and for saving bugs. I just so happened to have the frame matting match my accent wall in an unplanned stroke of luck.
THE FINAL TOUCHES
Did you get this far hoping for answers on the flowers, lantern, or curtains? Because if so, you're going to hate me. Those are placeholders for items I already own. I can tell you that Kohl's is where I got the white, sheer curtains that I have. The lantern and flowers were steals-of-deals that I swooped at a rummage sale earlier this year. I love discovering beautiful, inexpensive pieces, and I'm doing that more so in every other room of the house because the office is being decorated to the tune of "business expense!".
I can't wait to see everything come together now that I've planned it out quickly in Photoshop. Photos coming soon of my finished home office!