In this week’s A Look Inside, we are going to tour my office. The office is by far one of my favorite rooms in the house. It has extra tall ceilings (11 feet) and a huge wall of windows. The windows were both a blessing and a curse. I loved the light and the view but it prevented me from being able to use that wall for furniture placement as the windows came down too low for furniture to fit underneath them. Covering up windows with furniture is kind of a pet peeve of mine. And this room is visible from the street, so I didn’t want to see the back side of my desk in the window every time I came home. The only thing I found that fit under the window was a purple velvet bench that used to be in our Master Bedroom at our last house.
The curtains were made from fabric that I purchased at Brocade home. It was initially intended for my Master Bedroom, but they sent purple instead of blue, and when I tried to return it they had seemingly gone out of business overnight. The fabric was pretty cool actually. Silk with velvet flocking on it so I ended up using it for my curtains in here instead.
The creative inspiration art work that is by the windows was created using my silhouette and some cheap mirrors. The tutorial on how to make these can be found here. The picture below was taken before I revamped the pictures, so you can see what they looked like prior to the project.
The colorful storage boxes in my hutch were very inexpensive. They are plastic and you assemble them yourself. It takes about five seconds. I have also had them for ten years and I am surprised to say that they have held up amazingly well. I use them to store paper and ink cartridges, etc. Things that I go through quickly and am too lazy to walk over to my closet to retrieve. I have them in two different sizes.
My office furniture is from Pottery Barn. It was all purchased from the Pottery Barn Outlet Stores and was a fraction of the price. This furniture was purchased all the way back in 2005. It’s over 10 years old now! It’s not perfect, one even has a hole in the side (I knew it when I bought it), but I just make sure that side isn’t exposed when I arrange it. The modular style furniture makes it easy to move pieces around. I didn’t pay more than $100 for anything, but then again that was 10 years ago. I was at the outlet last week and the same stuff in similar condition was $250.
The floor lamp on the right and the music stand look like they were just thrown there because they were. I couldn’t think of anywhere else to practice my violin and I needed better light at night. Part of my commitment to bringing you this home tour was that I was going to show you how things are, not wait until the room is perfect. A better blogger would have probably at least hid the cords, but that’s how I roll.
The shelves are just those cheap $50 put it together yourself deals. They look cheap because they are cheap. But they hold books, so I guess I will go with it. I do have a very big closet because this office was actually intended to be a bedroom. So at least storage is plentiful. The door to the right is the closet. The door on the left is my office bathroom. You can see that room tour here.
At one point I decided to just hang up random illustrations and work that I had done over the years as a sort of art wall. It actually didn’t turn out as nicely as I had pictured it in my head, but gets it out of the closet and up on the wall so I keep it there. I mean who doesn’t want a huge kidney hanging on their wall? I used to do a lot of medical illustrations. Hence the random body parts.
The paint brushes are all in pottery I made in college when I took a – you guessed it! – pottery class.
Well thanks for stopping by this week at Take a Look Tuesday. I hope you enjoyed my tour.