Thursday, August 15, 2013

Home Office Decorating

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I was so excited to have this little built-in desk off of the kitchen in our new home. No more mail dumped on the kitchen counter, junk drawer overflowing, and office supplies scattered throughout the house! With this space, I can be organized! At least that is my hope...

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Plus it provides the perfect space to sneak in a few moments at the computer (as I am doing right now) while the girls eat their breakfast and watch their morning shows.

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This little space got the same treatment as the rest of the kitchen (new cabinet paint, hardware, and backsplash), and that already made quite a difference from before:

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My favorite addition to the space is this pretty Ikat chair I scored from World Market for 50% off. I love how it compliments the kitchen and floor colors.

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For the rest of the space, I bought a few handy office desk accessories from Nate Berkus' line at Target and had fun repurposing a couple other old decor pieces.

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I loved the prints on these Nate Berkus file folders and thought they were definitely display-worthy. Having some folders to easily file away bills, receipts, and coupons was key to avoiding the dump everything on the counter trap we can fall into!

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This Room Essential file collator reminded me of the more expensive accordion files storage I've seen at Pottery Barn.

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I'm always searching for a scrap of paper to jot something down on, so having this memo cube is a big help.

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I added a holder for scissors, another item that seems to go missing quickly if we don't store them in one place!

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To decorate the desk, I tried to use pieces I already had on hand. I cut some greenery from our backyard and put it in a little vase of mine that has seen many different uses like in this fall tablescape.

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I cut this vintage moth print I got at the Randolph Street Market to fit an old gold frame:

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And I framed this funky pennant my sister had given me a couple years ago:

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I did my best to organize the drawers as well! The main drawer holds my computer, notebook, and blog planner, as well as some office supplies in a tray. 

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A smaller side drawer is our dumping place for car keys, sunglasses, phones, etc. when we are coming and going. I also added a little container to hold a few spare barrettes for the girls, as I can never seem to find one when I need it!

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The other side drawer holds mail supplies - envelopes, stamps, address book and some note cards.

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I'll be tackling the top cabinets next. As for these nicely organized drawers, the chances of them staying that way are slim with these curious hands within easy reach!

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