It’s Friday! If you’ve read my blog a while, you know I have a full time job–that is NOT a creative job. I sit in an office of a University at a computer, working with databases and spreadsheets and email all day. For the most part, I like my job. I’ve been in this same position and department for six years, and in July, I moved offices–only next door, I moved from room 212C to room 212D, but a move nonetheless. The move not only called for a major cleaning (of everything, files, paper, etc.), it called for redecorating! My theory is, any space you spend a significant amount of your time in should be a pleasing environment.
My old office was painted (by my sweetie and I) a soft, sage green color… very soothing. I decided I wanted something a little brighter, so I chose a pretty aqua blue for two walls, and left the other two white. This poster (from my first trip to London) hung in my old office, too:
Last year, I purchased a poster from the Sisters Oregon Quilt Show (via the internet, I haven’t had the pleasure of attending!) and I decided with the new office to decorate, it was time to get this print framed! I could find the right shade of purple metal frame for it, so I bought sectional black metal frames from Michaels and spray-painted them purple:
It’s so hard to get the lighting right, to see the color in these photos, but the purple matte-finish spray paint just makes this print; l it coordinates beautifully with the purple fabrics in the mountains…
On the opposite wall, I wanted to replace my old worn out whiteboard with a fresh bulletin board. We had this laying around in a previously unused office space, and it was headed for the dumpster (um, you can see why):
You all know I like a good up-cycle project, right?! So I removed all the tiny pins, tossed the old dried-out, water-stained map, brought in some spray adhesive and Tula Pink “Neptune” fabric from my stash…
Carefully trimmed the fabric to size, after adhering it to the board with the acid-free spray adhesive… and used a flat screwdriver to tuck the edges snugly in under the frame of the bulletin board:
The end result is fabulous… a cheerful, pretty surface to tack all my notes, papers, photos, etc. to keep myself organized and get the paper off my desk:
Saved a bulletin board from the landfill, saved money by not buying a new whiteboard, and used some of my stash– win. win. win. And, I get to see some fabric goodness every single day at work!
BTW, for anyone who got my reference in the title of this post… you should know I do have a red Swingline stapler in my office, too:
We have been house shopping for about a month now. Not only am I anxious to leave our current place and all the #&!* associated with it behind, but I cannot wait to start doing home decorating projects again! We are looking at older homes (c. 1900-1925)–remember that William Morris obsession I mentioned? Looking forward to finding just the right one…
Do you have a work space that allows for decorating? Have you “made it yours”, yet?