I don’t know how or when I discovered my growing interest in attractive interior spaces, but I’m full-blown interested. I’m definitely not great or good or even fair at interior design, but I’m having a field day with this new-found hobby of studying beautiful spaces and finding inexpensive ways to create them in our new little abode!
I’ve mentioned before that I have two mottos for decorating this home. The first is to be patient in letting each room evolve over time. The second is to only buy things after careful and slow research and if I’m 110% sure that that’s exactly what I want with a price that I’m 110% happy with. If I’m second guessing an item because of its style or price, I don’t get it. I’ve officially washed my hands of habitually buying things just to fill a space or because it’s a great price. Too many years of wasted money doing that. Boo.
I actually have a method to the madness that helps me tackle each room, so here’s a little peek!
I bought this notebook from the Scarlet & Gold shop this summer around the time we committed to buying our home, and it quickly became my go-to book for jotting down all of my design dreams.
Once we moved in, I devoted one page to each room in the house and update it with new ideas almost daily! I find so much satisfaction with crossing off items that I buy or tasks I complete! Even if it’s just filling picture frames with new pictures or buying a trash can, that’s progress in my book. 🙂
With some rooms I’ve done a lot of dreaming….
and others I’m just sticking to general cosmetic updates.
I absolutely adore this little book because she’s filled with ideas of making this place our dream home. 🙂 Cheeeeeesy.
Speaking of fixing things up a bit, let me show ya what I’ve been working on in our home office!
The room is one of our two non-conforming rooms, meaning that it’s not officially a legal bedroom because it doesn’t have any easily-accessible windows. Common thing in Kansas to have these basement non-conforming rooms.
Anyway! Here’s what the space looked like when we moved in in September.
After finding this desk at a thrift store about a month ago, I was motivated to get things going on our office.
I was going to do a whole post on refinishing the desk, but it was so easy that it hardly needs a whole post! As promised, here are the steps we took to get that baby from drab to fab:
This week I finally got around to painting the room. I took a couple afternoons to paint the trim and doorways, and my handyman installed the new white-panel doors. After the trim completely dried, I painted the room the same color as I painted my kitchen – Sherwin William’s Accessible Beige in a cashmere satin finish. I’m trying to shoot for paint colors that are fresh and more on the neutral side side since I know that in three to five years we’ll be selling this place.
My color scheme for this room is greige walls with pops of navy, red, white, and teal mixed up with gold and silver accents.
Here’s a look at my office inspiration page from my notebook –
Because I love before and after pics so much, here’s some for this office transformation.
Clearly this room is no where near where I’d like it to be, but for now I’m just so happy and content that it’s a usable, comfortable space and that Jamie loves it! A few others rooms (like our living room, kitchen, and Hadley’s room) are definitely top priority as far as our finances and time go, so future office updates will be touch and go as I’m inspired!
Where are your plans this weekend? Besides getting our Christmas tree and decorations up, we’ve planned for things to be pretty quiet around here.
Also, don’t forget that this is the last day to enter the Medal of Honor giveaway! I’ll be mailing the book to the winner in the morning, so click on over to Tuesday’s post and enter!
Have a great weekend!
Thanks for the link up, Thrifty Decor Chick!
Hi! I’m Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother in today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to two little girls (ages 5 and 2) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo