August 23, 2010

Office Improvements!

by Shelly

A good friend of mine told me a month or so ago, “I really love your blog, but you just don’t write nearly enough for me”.  She’s right…I know! But dear readers I’m still juggling being a stay at home mom to a very active three year old and trying to work AT THE SAME TIME. I’m crazy. I know it. But I see the light in the distance…PRESCHOOL starts the beginning of September for the little Ellie belly! Whoo hooo! She’s going to love it. I’m going to love it. I’ll hopefully get more work blogging done. It’s a win win for both of us.
But things have been happening over at the Van Rozeboom abode! I have been hard at work organizing and designing my home office.  Since we’re on a budget I have been really trying to keep things cheap and under budget. This my friends, is NOT an easy task for me. I love to shop…that’s probably half the reason I got into interior design and I love nice things. Let’s be honest, we all do don’t we ladies? Hee hee. So I’ve been going round and round on what direction I wanted my office to go. I wanted it to flow with the rest of the house..updated but not stuffy traditional, a dash of cottage, beachy…you get the picture.  My first real solid idea was to get this desk:
But even though it is a reasonably priced desk I still felt like I could find something on Craigslist at a much better deal. And I did! I found this:
Seriously, how cute is this desk!? And I love the way the seller totally styled the desk before posting up on CL. I would have bought the lamps too if she hadn’t already sold them. So, at just under $200 I picked up this clean lined cutie for my office. It was a perfect match to my roadside find, free bookcases which my wonderful hubby painted white for me! What a doll!
He wasn’t so happy that I was posting this photo, since the day he decided to spray the bookcases for me it was HOT…really, really hot! He borrowed my gardening hat to protect his already sunburned neck. I was cracking up when I walked outside and found him in it. But in any case the ugly brown, cane shelves look FABULOSO now. When I get a few more finishing touches done on the office, hopefully by mid-week, I’ll be showcasing a final reveal to you all!
I also found a cute turquoise ceramic lamp at Homegoods to add a pop of color on the desk. It’s similar, but much cheaper than these beauties….
I also purchased this must have to stick all my inspiration photos and on going projects onto.
I can’t wait to show you guys the big reveal next week! Still need a chair…so that will be a few more weeks. Well, I’m off to make shrimp spring rolls for a cool dinner tonight. We’re finally getting some warm, summer weather here in Southern California…high 80s and low 90s all next week…so I see a ton of pool time in our future here!

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Jessie August 23, 2010 at 10:53 am

I can't wait to see it. You'll have to describe the spray-painting experience. Is that a professional sprayer? Nice CL score, too.

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