Some Color In The Pocket Office

March 17, 2009 at 8:10 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Over the weekend I made a few tiny but fun changes to the pocket office.  First, I added some bright red paper to the blah sides of the drawer set under the desk.  It looked as if it had just been stashed under there, but now it looks as if it was intended to be there.  I also tried to eliminate some clutter.  I took down the picture mobile, arranged some of the hanging photos on the inspiration wire, and changed the art a bit.

I had seen online where framing simple art in a blank CD case can be easy to swap and add a fun punch to your walls for little money.  So, I hung three of these CD case frames with some strange art in them above the desk.  The art was small, cluttered, and mismatched.  I changed the art out to something more simple and in the color scheme.  I then hung them vertically to contrast with the inspiration wire.  I think this is starting to look much better than my original office a few months ago!

The colored paper on the drawers.

The colored paper on the drawers.

The CD case art I made.

The CD case art I made.

Doesn't it look so much better!?

Doesn't it look so much better!?

And, the other side of the office, so you can see the pretty matching boxes.

And, the other side of the office, so you can see the pretty matching boxes.

What do you think?

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Office Storage

March 6, 2009 at 11:19 am (Home Changes and Additions, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I love the matching office supplies my mom got me a year or two ago.  There is a pencil cup, tray, two boxes, and a magazine box, and they are all in different forms of black and white damask with little bits of red here and there.  I was thinking lately that I just needed a few more storage pieces for office things.  I had recently seen a post online about making your own magazine boxes with cereal boxes.  Last night I dug into this project as well.

I cut the cereal box top off and cut the sides on an angle.  I then recovered the box by glueing some black and white skull material (I have a thing for skulls right now) over all outter sufaces.  It was easy and cheap and I think it goes well in the office space.  Now I have one more storage box.  More to come in the future.

I didn't take a before picture of the empty cereal box, but here is the finished product.

I didn't take a before picture of the empty cereal box, but here is the finished product.

There it sits next to the other box on the shelf of our pocket office.

There it sits next to the other box on the shelf of our pocket office.

Also, another little office update.  Tony finally installed the frame for the projector picture.  The wall at least appears empty for a reason now.  I kind of like it.  It almost looks a little purposefully quirky when the projector isn’t on.

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Name That Chair

January 5, 2009 at 12:45 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I know I have posted pictures of this chair before, but I am still wondering. I saw this lonely little chair on the side of the road just waiting for the garbage man about a month ago (yes, the side of the road). I went straight home and begged Tony to go nab it for me. I mean the poor thing is adorable and in desperate need of saving. So, being the amazing and understanding guy Tony is, he drove his truck over to the house where I spied the chair and scooped it up.

When we got it home, we realized there wasn’t a thing wrong with it. It wasn’t broken, stained, or even scratched. It looked as though some one had owned it since it’s original day and finally used it in a garage or shop, as it was a bit dirty. They must have thought it wasn’t new enough looking to clean up. Well, I have news for these people. This chair is amazing. I scrubbed it with my handy dandy Magic Eraser (amazing also by the way!). And, the thing was soon good as new.

We now have the perfect addition to our pocket office. But, we were still wondering what kind of chair this is exactly. It is unmarked, but looks mid-cenury to me. I am no expert, but was guessing 50’s or 60’s. If any of you out there have seen another one of these, or have any info, please let us know!

Even if we never solve the mystery, we now have this truly cute chair all for our own!

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Den Update

December 16, 2008 at 4:07 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , )

The den/office has been an ongoing project.  As you have probably seen from the pictures, it needed some work.  We were planning some sort of framed art, and also a running shelf high along the walls, for cncert and show memorabilia.  We have accomplished the art!  We stuck with the music theme and using an idea I had seen somewhere before, we framed Rolling Stone magazines.  We wanted to do even more, but 6 was all the space would really allow.  I think it has a really nice grouped affect as well as something we both enjoy.  Let me know what you think or any other suggestions.  The shelving is still to come!

 

Here is a view of the whole wall.  Some form of curtains or window treatments would probably tie the area together.

  

The right side view.

The right side view.

 

The left side view.  No more empty walls!

The left side view. No more empty walls!

 

 

 

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Our Office/Den

December 12, 2008 at 7:35 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

One of the extra bedrooms in the house has been turned into a den.  We added a projector and a futon from my appartment.  Its cozy, but still a work in progress. We do like going in there to watch movies, but it needs some work.  We plan on mounting shelving along the walls right under the ceiling.  We have a sort of music/art theme going, so we would like to set some of our memorabilia on the shelves as a border around the room. 

The closet in the den has become a mini office.  We are both still in school and it comes in handy to have a place to sit at the computer.  Tony built a wall mounted desk and we painted it black. 

From the doorway looking into the den. You can see the futon and the projection shelf. I have a plan for some art to hang along the empty wall.

From the doorway looking into the den. You can see the futon and the projection shelf. I have a plan for some art to hang along the empty wall.

This is the wall that the futon faces. The bookshelf holds all of our school books. Above that is empty because it is for the projection screen. We have a large frame for the area, but it has yet to be hung. The file cabinet is an old Shaw-Walker that I painted bright red.

This is the wall that the futon faces. The bookshelf holds all of our school books. Above that is empty because it is for the projection screen. We have a large frame for the area, but it has yet to be hung. The file cabinet is an old Shaw-Walker that I painted bright red.

A close up of the bookshelves and our fish Van Halen.

A close up of the bookshelves and our fish Van Halen.

 

 This is the closet office.  Tony made this desk for me.  I used wire to hang pictures.  I'm not sure, but even after editing, it still feels a little cluttered to me.  Any suggestions?

This is the closet office. Tony made this desk for me. I used wire to hang pictures. I'm not sure, but even after editing, it still feels a little cluttered to me. Any suggestions?

 

The chair that we are using right now as the desk chair was found in the garbage. I hate to admit that, but it was perfect and I couldn't pass it up! All it needed was a good scrubbing (thank you Magic Eraser!). I thought it was so vintage cute, so I made Tony go swipe it. Gorgeous.

The chair that we are using right now as the desk chair was found in the garbage. I hate to admit that, but it was perfect and I couldn't pass it up! All it needed was a good scrubbing (thank you Magic Eraser!). I thought it was so vintage cute, so I made Tony go swipe it. Gorgeous.

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