Freckles in April: My Work Space | Before & After

Thursday, August 8, 2013

My Work Space | Before & After

For the past however-many years I've been using Aaron's old desk. It was one he bought off Craigslist back when he was living the single life and it was WAY too small. It was always cluttered and crowded and I hated it (except for the part where it had a super convenient crossbar for propping my feet up. I miss that).

Even worse, in our new house my desk is set up practically in our entryway. If you walk into our house and look to your right you see my workspace. It wasn't very welcoming.


It was even sadder than it looks. If you can believe that.

I've wanted a new desk for a loooong time but it wasn't until I started with Babble that I could really justify it. I need space! To do my very important blogging work!

So I made a trip to Ikea (on a Tuesday so the kids could eat lunch for free, naturally) and dragged my kids and my sister and HER kids all over the place while I made Very Important Desk Decisions. And then I went with the cheapest option. I have my priorities.



It's still a work in progress. Aaron is drafting up a built-in window seat with storage inside. A new desk chair is on my wishlist. But, for now, I love how it came together.

Thanks to the bay windows my desk gets lots of natural light. It's wonderful.


I made these silhouette mirrors of Aaron and I almost 6 years ago but never did anything with them. I originally had plans for hanging them over our bed but then accidentally bought the wrong size of mirror clips and, apparently, this was an insurmountable obstacle because I wrapped the mirrors in a towel and there they stayed through two moves and many years. I managed to haul myself to Home Depot for the proper size a couple weeks ago. The pic above my silhouette is of my grandparents on their wedding day. The one below Aaron's silhouette is of my great grandpa. He was a Harley-riding California highway patrol officer and we named Baby 2 after him.


In the middle, I've got my Shel Silverstein art project.

I've left this one at its original size in case you are also a Silverstein fan and want to zoom in

I bought a 20"x30" foam core board at the dollar store intending to put some kind of quote or scripture on it. However, I had trouble settling on something and Aaron vetoed the couple I was considering (since my desk is out in the open I took his opinion into consideration).

One afternoon I was helping my boys clean their room when I stumbled upon my destroyed copy of Where the Sidewalk Ends. I have wanted to hang the poem "Invitation" in our entryway since we first got married and I realized this was my chance.


I pulled all my favorite poems out of the book and taped them to the board. And then, since my work area was becoming perilously monochromatic, I threw some paint at it. My boys thought this was the most genius idea ever and they turned the rest of Where the Sidewalk Ends into a watercolor masterpiece that afternoon.



I love that I can easily buy another $1 foam core board and put something else there if I get bored and need a change!


The slide out doohickey under my desk may be my favorite part. With my old desk I stashed my Wacom tablet on the upper level (where it overhung a ton and was always in danger of falling onto my monitor) and then had to push my keyboard back in order to fit it onto my work space. It was incredibly inconvenient. I even instagrammed it a while back-


Not the best state of affairs. But now! It's safely stashed away under my desk and I can use it without disrupting anything else on my desk.

Also, I upgraded from this-

I can't believe I'm showing you this.

To this-

SO much better.


If it looks vaguely familiar, that's because it's my blog background! I inverted the colors (learned my lesson about having a white mousepad) and had it printed over at Cafe Press. Aaron was sad that I got rid of his company branded mousepad buuuut I'm not. Good riddance.



I'm using a big glass scoop to hold my pens, pencils, eraser, thumb drives, and whatever other small odds and ends. And yes, that is a coconut that I'm using as the other bookend. My in-laws mailed it to us from Hawaii years ago and it was the funniest thing ever to open our door to a coconut sitting on our doorstep. I'm supremely anti-junk and throw stuff away like there's no tomorrow but, somehow, this coconut remains. I figured it deserved a desk spot for a while. I only ever have just a few books on my desk so I don't need anything too fancy holding them in place.




So there you have it. My new and improved work space. I LOVE working at my desk now. It used to be such a depressing, messy little spot but now I have ROOM to get stuff done.




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17 comments:

  1. Looks beautiful! Well done

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  2. I love the Shel Silverstein artwork so much! I think I might have to keep an eye out at thrift stores for a somewhat destroyed copy of one of his books. Thanks for the fantastic idea!

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  3. I am so jealous, I work from home and really need a comfortable updated work space. You have inspired me to get on that!

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  4. Nice! It feels great to make a space prettier AND more usable, doesn't it?

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  5. I love Shel Silverstein! And "Invitation" has always been a favorite. Maybe I need to steal your idea...or at least riff on it.

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  6. This looks awesome. Mine is looking so bad at the moment. . .

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  7. I love, love, love your SS board! I've had that book for decades. Now I want to put that poem near our front door!

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  8. It looks great! And I love that room too. The floors, the windows, the shutters - it's so so SO pretty.

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  9. looks perfect. I love the space, and what you have done with it. And Shel Silverstein.

    Also, I made your zucchini bread yesterday and my husband loved it! We are still munching. Love your blog so much!

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  10. I am in the midst of revamping my desk as well and this gave me some wonderful ideas. We have pretty similar taste so I'm very excited to get some new fresh ideas for something that will still feel like me!

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  11. Do you know the style name of the desk? I'm in the market for a white desk!!

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    1. This is my table top (mine was larger and a little more expensive)- http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00251135/

      Here are my legs- http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80130776/

      Love them both!

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  12. I love it! Can you come and do it to our "office corner" in the living room? It's so messy and ugly and I hate the desk. Do you have a link to the desk you got? I really like it :)

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    1. This is my table top (mine was larger and a little more expensive)- http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00251135/

      Here are my legs- http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80130776/

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  13. By the way, Shel Silverstein is my favorite! What a great idea!

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