Friday, October 31, 2014

Home Office Makeover: A Real Classy Jerk Space

So how's this for procrastinating:

I've had my own little business since October 2013.

I quit my corporate job to focus on my freelancing in August 2014.

I decided I am going "off the grid" to write a book starting tomorrow and desperately need a place to work.

So over a year later.....the office is finally done! Classic jerk behavior. 

Oh, hey Jen, some people take years to finish their remodels! Nothing wrong with taking your time! 

Except I didn't remodel a dang thing. I moved boxes around, poked holes in the wall, and vacuumed. The boxes reproduced like bunnies on Viagra. It was impossible to get rid of them all. 

But let's focus on the positive here. My office is done :)


It was once a holding area for various pieces of garbage important things. I kept it well organized. Knew where everything was.




I've always wanted a really quiet, warm place to read and was inspired by those under-the-steps nooks all over Pinterest. I did my own version, of course. 


Under that poofy white blanket? Cat pee stain. True story. It's cool. Can't smell it anymore. The Egyptians thought cats were gods so.... guess my chaise is blessed like CleoCATra! Oooooh! See what I did there? Million. Dollar. Writer.

I have a ton of art by my big girl down here and a few pieces from friends and family. My mama did the horse drawing :)




My husband put up this bomb-ass pegboard. 


The baskets are from Target ($3 each!!). They hold push pins, paper clips, ribbon, essential oils for my crazy awesome USB diffuser, some post-its, and a Tyrion Lannister figurine. Clearly the most important object in the entire office is Tyrion. He reminds me not to take everything so seriously and to accept things for what they are. The clock is not set on the right time (jerk element). I love the sparkles.

You'll notice I don't have a single picture of a person down here. I am going to write stories about people fighting and doin' it and killing each other, and something about having other people's faces staring at me while I write those things really creeps me out. So my loves are present instead in art form. My name is Jen and I like indirect hugs!

Sometimes I need a swift kick in the brain to remember:
I already have all the happiness I could ever want...I just gotta quit being a moron and make the effort to pull it out of myself.

Tea station! That Keurig was free from an old coworker. The box is cedar, my favorite smell of all time, unless of course I'm feeling fruity, in which case my Sun Valley candle does the trick. I am huge on smells, ok people? I have a ton of random candles, oils, and plug-ins, and I like them all. It smells like a real whorehouse down here. A real unsexy, cat-friendly whorehouse.


I think one of my favorite parts of the office is this new art corner for me and my big girl. It houses my scrapbook crap, stickers, all that jive. She can sit down here while I write and draw, color, glue, and cut....until she starts talking to me and I scream at her like a maniac gently ask her to go back upstairs.


I still have a few things I'd love to get done, including painting that horrendous-looking green-topped chest of drawers...but it's safe to say I love it down here. It's clean. It's filled with things I love. It makes me want to write. 

One last before and after!



Happy Halloween everyone :) Thanks for reading :)





13 comments:

  1. Awesome job! I LOVE it!! Good luck with your book writing - I signed up but I'm not sure I can hack it. I start back with NBA season this week.

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    1. THANK YOU!!! And don't give up!! You can do it! Even if you don't make 50k words - any word you write is one more word than you wrote yesterday. It's worth it! You can do it!

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  2. Awesome transformation! The space looks great. I am loving the happiness board, those butterflies are really cute. I hope you find the space inspiring and can be productive in your new office. Enjoy!
    XOXO
    Dagmara
    http://glamistahome.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much! The wall graphic was on sale - half off at a craft store! And those little butterflies got me too ;) Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. Man, that's a HUGE difference. No wonder it took a while. Looks like you have a really nice place to work, now! I had a pretty cool office at our last house, but it was in the unheated part of the house and we lived in Michigan, so half the year it was too cold to go in that room.

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    1. Awww thank you Rach :) This space is unheated, too - we have a finished basement, but no heating vents haha! That little wooden, brown box at the foot of the lounge chair? That's a space heater we got for $60 online! My husband is the best online bargain shopper ever, I kid you not. Thanks for reading :) :) :)

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  4. Wonderful Jennifer!! It looks really cozy and inviting :) I'm sure you'll really get to personalize it now that the major organizational obstacle is out of the way! :) Gotta love Target for finding cheap and awesome knick-knacks! Hope you have a wonderful time and find the inspiration you need to get the book done!! Have a great one Jennifer! -Iva

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    1. Thank you Iva!!! It is working out great so far - I'm ahead of my word count schedule and still motivated to keep on truckin! 3 days down, 27 to go!! WOOT WOOT!

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  5. Great transformation. Love the rug and new décor. I would make one change - a more comfortable office chair for my tush. Then I could so work there. It looks so serene.

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    1. Thank you Savvy!! And you are so totally right - the chair is awful! It is honestly like a little child's chair! I've been searching for the perfect chair, what with me being a gargantuan-legged woman and the desk being a strange height. I am so glad you loved the space - it is exactly what you said, serene. Ahhhhh :)

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  6. It may have taken you a year, but at last this project is done! Just look at what you accomplished. Gone are the messy holding areas for random things, giving way to an organized and immaculate working space. Needless to say, you did a pretty great job, despite the long wait.

    Hubert Cole @ Pear Workplace Solutions

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate the compliments and yes, it was well worth it in the end :) Thank you very much for stopping by!

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