So, we've lived in a lot of houses. And every time we moved, I have the task of redoing my office/scrapbook space and it's usually high up on the priority list. Working from home on a built-in desk, I don't have much choice.
Everywhere we go, I tweak just a little bit...keeping in mind the functionality of my space. How does this room need to work for me?
This is the first real space I had. In our first house, we finished a big room in the basement, but I never really got it together. This space, someone else put together for me:
It's still among the most amazing blessings of my life. I started working in the scrapbooking industry shortly after I received this gift from Cropper Hopper and Creating Keepsakes, and I'm convinced I never could've done any of it without their organizational expertise.
Then, we moved. Here is a cleaned out version of my space in the next house. I didn't get time to paint, and frankly, at that point, I was terrified to put paint on the walls of a new house. This was the front room of the house, so as soon as you walked in, you saw it. And believe me, it was often a disaster. This is where I worked when I was a contributing editor for Memory Makers.
I missed the color. A lot. But because the desk is built in, it would've been such a pain to move it out and paint. Plus, there was carpet.
And then, we moved again. This time, to a rental house in Colorado where I worked at the kitchen table. It was always a mess and nearly impossible to stay organized. I know if it had been a long term arrangement, I could've made it work, but thankfully, it wasn't.
We moved again. The basement office in our Colorado house was a priority because shortly after we moved, I started working for Webster's Pages. I decided it would be okay to use the leftover yellow paint from our kitchen. I thought I would love a bright, yellow space.
So, we moved again. (sigh) This time, we're back in Illinois and I have yet another basement office. I didn't want it to feel like a basement, and I knew from experience that color on the walls was important.
So, yesterday, without much thought, I started the project. This is the space:
Obviously, these are "before" shots. Sleepy Miss woke up and stumbled down to my office. She said, "you already painted?" I was like "HUH?" This is GREEN. Not my color!
Everything in our new house is earthy and masculine. Which is great if you're Bear Grylls.
I am not.
I put on my best painting clothes and started priming.
Sophia helped. After about five minutes she said, "This isn't as fun as I remember."
I said, "yeah, I said that every time I had a baby."
Sam helped by narrating his Lego playtime right outside the door.
It was a stream of consciousness kind of story.
I also decided to paint the trim. Our lower level is the only area without white trim, and I wanted white. So, I sanded.
Then primed. By the middle of the day, I think everyone must have missed my smiling face because they all showed up to help.
(don't your kids stay in pajamas all day?)
Thankfully, Adam did all the parts that touch things that aren't supposed to be blue. For instance, the ceiling. A steady hand I do not possess... but he sure does. I stuck with the roller...
So, it's coming along. We're trying to create a space that's functional for both scrapbooking and writing... which isn't an easy task, we're finding.
All be the final coat of trim is up and tonight (I hope) after his first official day on the new job, Adam is going to install my desk and shelves. I'm already excited.
A question for you: Do you prefer a colorful work space? Or are you more of a neutral-lover?
The home projects are underway...pass the coffee!