The small town Colorado girl who’s obsessed with home and everything that entails! I’m a creative, a decorator, a day dreamer, a huge fan of scones, and I’m passionate about loving where I live and making a home.
Happy New Year! I didn’t intend to take last week off, but we’ve been so very busy working on new projects, I didn’t want to over extend myself by trying to get the blog caught up with new posts. Slacker blogger, I know. Lots of new stuff to come though, I can promise you that!
I have big plans for the new year. I have high expectations. 2016… wasn’t great. It was tough in several ways and I very much was looking forward to a fresh, clean slate. Anthony and I have been prioritizing several areas in our home that need to function and work better for us. At the top of the list, our home office. If you’re a long time reader, you know I’ve been working on our office, or trying to work on it (that might be the key word here, trying), for a few years now. These pictures might even refresh your memory of what our current office looks like cleaned up…
Seeing the office that clean is a very (very) rare thing, but the main issue with the office, is that we lack some serious functionality… elements that really make it difficult to work in our current space. Long story short, I don’t want to work in there when I’ve got no place to physically work. I’m not the best at working in a cluttered state, and funny thing is, I think that may actually be a nice way of describing the office. Brace yourself for these pictures…
If you think for one second that I have it all together, you’re totally wrong. Promise.
Simply put, I outgrew our office. I outgrew the amount of shelving and storage space I had. I outgrew the amount of filing space that we need in order to manage and operate my blog and business, but also all of the elements of our farming business. Our office is maxed out.
I tried… man did I try to get it to work for me, not against me. We made new organizing items, painted cabinets to hold supplies, brought in different furniture pieces, built shelves, etc., etc., etc., but no matter what I did, nothing worked. It was the ultimate challenge, and not something that overly motivated me to spend a ton of hours creating, writing and expanding in the areas I wanted to. Something had to change, and change it did with the fresh start of this year.
There’s one room in our home you’ve never really seen, and that’s our guest bedroom. It’s a little bit bigger in size, has two windows rather than one, but the main extra bonus of this room, is the closet. It’s deeper and bigger than the current office bedroom and it actually has shelves upon shelves built into it. Right now it holds all my extra home décor items, but I’ve been busy going through them all, pairing it down to the items I love and want to keep. Everything else is going to Goodwill, which gives me plenty of room to store paint, fabric, tools, supplies and anything else that’s just sitting on the floor in our current office.
Another big element of the guest bedroom, is that it’s a fresh slate. It’s a room where I can start over with the office design. I can create something that actually works for me/us now that I know and can pinpoint the areas and items we desperately need. That alone is huge. I know what doesn’t work, because I’ve already tried it.
So, with that said, the office is moving into our current guest bedroom, and the guest bedroom is moving into our current office. We’re doing a little switcheroo and I couldn’t be more excited about seeing it come together.
I’ll be sharing the plan for the room and a mood board for the new office design later this week, but here are the main issues I have with our current office that will be changing in the new space:
Those are the main “big” issues that we need to solve, and while it’s a pretty short list, it makes up for it in the project overhaul and depth. We’ve already begun working on the new room (if you follow me on Instagram and watch my “Stories” you’ve gotten a lot of great sneak peeks!) and I’m totally in love with how it’s turning out. I’m going a different direction from my normal design and it feels glorious to be stepping outside of the comfort zone and exploring new looks that feel and look like me! I can’t wait to share our progress as we overhaul the new room into a space that not only looks great, but functions even better! I mean, a room is nothing if it can’t function how we need it to….
I’m so excited to see how this all comes together! Stay tuned for more details and our “official” plan of attack! 🙂
Join me as I share several easy to implement ideas that will give your home a breath of fresh air and leave you feeling excited about the changes you see by the end of the week!