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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My favourite little corner....my office nook.

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This is my favourite little corner in our house. It's where I scrapbook, write blog posts, surf the net, pay bills and read my favourite blogs.
Until last year, my corner was an Ikea desk with a hutch. It was functional. It worked...but it was always a mess. Not pretty. It didn't reflect me at all.  I wanted to make it better, but I wasn't sure how.
I was reading a Better Homes & Gardens special publication when I stumbled on this picture of an office nook. It became my inspiration for my 'new' space. I loved the shelves above the desk and the storage space it afforded. I needed a lot more storage space for my scrapbooking & stamping supplies, so I thought this design idea would work for me.
First, I had my husband remove the small hutch from the desk. This totally opened up the space for new shelves.  Next, I purchased white shelf brackets from Ikea and white shelving from Home Depot. Since I had measured the width of the space, I had Home Depot cut the shelves to the exact width needed for the space.  I had my husband install the shelves and instantly, the storage space was tripled! I set to work filling the space with white Ikea boxes for storing all my crafting supplies and pretty stuff to reflect me. One of my favourite colours has always been pink, but I have never decorated anywhere in the house with pink. So I decided to add touches of pink here in my little nook. I really love how it turned out and the space functions so much better for me.
I splurged a bit and bought a new capiz shell lamp for the desk corner. I love it for it's shape and touch of  'beachy' it gives. To the left of the computer screen are pics of my kiddos when they were babies.
The pink rose plate hanging on the wall is sentimental to me. It hung on the wall of the office where I used to work in the family business. The family business is now closed after 50 years and I like having this little reminder of that time in my life.

The picture is of my parents on their 40th Wedding Anniversary...it's a wonderful picture of them.
The silver clock and the vases are from Ikea. The plate on the wall belonged to my grandmother.

The white vases come from my treasure hunting trips to Goodwill. The artwork came as a free download from one of my favourite blogs, "Adventures in Decorating a Brooklyn Limestone."

Scrapbook magazines and books are organized in Ikea magazine files.
The vintage doll belonged to my Grandmother's sister Ethel who died in 1929 at age 14. My Grandmother saved it as a precious memory of her only sister. She left the doll to my daughter.
The shadow box was made by my daughter as gift to me for Mother's Day a few years ago. The picture is of me with my kids on a beach in Nova Scotia when my youngest was a baby. The little pink dish with the blue bird belonged to my grandmother. I remember that dish being on an end table in her house for many years.
Now this space works so much better. It has lots of storage and it's touches of pink make me feel happy. Most of the storage pieces are white, so if I ever decide to switch out the pink decor to another colour, the storage boxes can stay.
The only problem now is that my family says that I spend too much time here!
I am linking this post to these fabulous parties:




















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Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Strut-Your-Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
Show and Share Day @ Just A Girl.

49 comments:

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

I adore your desk area - I love how organized it, I love your touches of pink, your family treasures, and your capiz shell lamp (I noticed it right away). It's what I would love to have one day when I have a bit more room. No room in mine for craft things right now.

Jane Anne said...

It is beautiful! I'd spend hours there, too.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love your nook! Love the storage and how it is still very open and uncluttered. Great lamp, too!

Courtney said...

i love your nook! i am dying to find a place in our house for my work space

Chappell of Love said...

I love it. I am making myself an office space as well and you really inspired me. Great job :)

Makalani Adolpho, PLC said...

lol :) It turned out great. It is always nice to have your own space.

Visiting by way of Somewhat Simple
~Makalani
Makaz Home

the thrifty ba said...

coming from just a girl...i love the sweet, meaningful touches! beautiful nook!

Mikalah said...

How cute! I love what you did, I would spend way too much time there too! Is that a Liberty of London Print on your screen? =) Love it!

Tonia said...

I just wanted to say that I love your nook! I discovered your blog thanks to your link from "Just a Girl". I'm enjoying looking around.

Irene @ OurUglyHome said...

I love how you mixed new with older family heirlooms in the little space. So sweet.

BTW - I have that same white cabinet (under your desk). I used to use it for my scrapbooking but soon it will be a printer stand.

Connie said...

What a perfect work space for you. I love all of your pink touches.

Tausha said...

Fabulous! Love that you fit it in a little nook. I am loving the happy touches! Wish that all of my crap could fit into a little nook. Oh well-I can look and love yours. Thanks for the inspiration!
Please, stop by sometime and say hello. Would love be bloggy buddies!
Happy Weekend!!

Tara@JustDevineStyle said...

I think it looks great! I really like the pink and white. I just picked up a few mag holders from IKEA in green but now I wish I would have done white. Love the little shell lamp and your screen saver even goes! Too Cute!

idesign said...

aww i love this space! so soft and whimsical. great job!

Angie said...

I love this space! You did a great job making it both beautiful and functional!

Julie (Legacy Crafter) said...

that is really a great area. Lots of fun stuff and colors

Sue said...

Very girly and very organized!

S
xo

too Blessed to Stress said...

Oh how I love the colors in the space. And what better way to get inspiration than from beloved objects that bring back special memories :) Just LOVELY!!!!


~Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

Terry said...

I just love your space - from the soft colors to the special items you've added to make it so personable. I'm your newest follower and can't wait to check out more of your blog!

Robyn said...

LOVELY space! YOu are the organization queen and you make it so pretty! LOVE that! I'm in love with your chair and your capiz lamp....SWOON! ...newest follower! Isn't this party the best!

Jennifer said...

I love your office space! It is so fresh and inspiring - I'd probably never cook a thing if it were mine! Great job!!!

Rene said...

Your work space is darling and the perfect place for a touch of pink.

-Rene

Rene said...

Your work space is darling and the perfect place for a touch of pink.

-Rene

Centsational Girl said...

You need to pass some of those organizational skills my way, because I'm now drooling. Thanks so much for linking up to the party, this was so much fun!!
xo
Kate

cindy @ cottage instincts said...

Such a fabulous space....so pretty! The warm beige and white with touches of pink is just awesome....

Leanne said...

It turned out so beautiful. I love the shelving. Everything's perfect! Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday.

April @ HomeHinges.com said...

I like how you used an expensive designer room as inspiration for your own corner office. All the personal touches really make it fun and nostalgic too. Great job.

Nancy said...
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Nancy said...

So adorable! I love how well it's organized. The touches of family heirlooms and special photos make it especially personal and lovely. I love your blog. I'm going to follow you. If you get a chance come see me :)
Thanks
Nancy
http://funwithnancy.blogspot.com

Sally said...

Wow, your closet desk puts mine to shame. :) Just beautfiul!

Rhiannon said...

wow what a gorgeous office! i would love to have one like that. as of right now i have none

Natalie@Endless Crafting said...

What an awesome space..I was just telling my husband that I need a space just for me and all my stuff. Yours is lovely!

-Kasey said...

Great job. Your desk area is very cute and the added pops of color really make it look [and probably seem] more personalized. Love it! :)

Mandy @ thetinkersmuse said...

just beautiful! this is one of my next projects to do as well, I have been keeping my eye's peeled for good ideas and I think i just found one! thank you :)

*Little White Dove* said...

Wow, I love it! I saw your post on the CSI challenge. Your space looks so soothing and cozy! I would be spending lots of time in there, too!

Megan said...

Gorgeous! Saw your post on CSI project & love every bit of it. Especially obsessed with your desk chair!! Where is it from? I think it is exactly what I have been looking for! I'm excited to read more of your great blog!

iheartorganizing said...

Absolutely lovely! I adore all the little touches and accessories. Plus, it's SO organized! That lamp is fantastic!

Thanks so much for linking up and sharing!

xoxo,
Jen

S said...

You did a wonderful job adding touches to your space like the lamp and plates and all. Nicely done!

Phuong said...

Found you at IHeart Organizing. You did a great job!

Heidi said...

what a simply lovely little nook!

- popp'n over from IHeart Organizing!

~h

Rachel said...

Love the color palate! Reminds me of lucious vintage baubbles! Your Grandmothers dolls is such a sweet memory of her sister, so sad. Oh, I adore the little pink dish with the blue bird! Great space!!!
Visiting from Show off Your Space @ Tator Tots and Jello. Stop by and see me at cookscleansplayswithpaper.blogspot.com
~Rachel

sweet & lovely crafts said...

I love this space. I'm saw this linked up at Tatertots. I'm thinking of redoing my closet into a scrap space. I'm going to pin your space so I can come back to it for more ideas. (Also, I'm a fellow Maritimer, although I still live here!)

Becky said...

I'd spend too much time in there, too! Gorgeous!

tale of many cities said...

great job! :)

Jennifer said...

Hi Angie! I'm hosting a linky party in search of ideas/inspiration fo rmy new craft room. I will feature any ideas I use. I'd love for you to link up. Hope you are having a good summer!
Jen
http://t.co/0m1YUXa

Annesphamily said...

This is a terrific work space! I love having everything so orderly but it rarely happens. I am trying to clear out a four drawer file cabinet and re do it!
Your space is wonderful I would spend a lot of time there.
Hugs and HPS Anne

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday. I am so glad you joined us.

I love your space, and I especially like all of the personal pieces you included.

jenny said...

This is rather an old post I just happened to stumble across today. But it's fitting for me right now. Funny how that happens... Anyway, I don't know if you will get this note but I wanted to let you know that your thoughts about reorganzing your space have given my thoughts more direction as I try to organize MY space today! I had to take a break and read blogs for a while. I just got so overwhelmed with "What do I do next?!" So thanks! Love your posts, Angie.

WhitePineLane said...

I love the space and how you've personalized it with things that are dear to you! Beautiful and inspiring!

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