Where I Work: My Home Office Space

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As I kick off the first week of the new year in my new job (aka a blogalicious full-time bloggedy blogger and Young Living essential oil salesman extraordinaire) I’m trying to get my affairs in order so I can think straight and get down to business here at home. All the Christmas decorations have finally come down, and even though my hardwoods are covered in a thin layer of glitter, things are feeling better already around here. What is it about taking down Christmas décor that makes you feel like you can breathe easier in your home?  It’s so nice!  How are yours coming?  Home Office Decorating Ideas-2

My home office space is up on the balcony where I can stare out the windows across the woods when I’m feeling less than productive.  I love this space so much, because it’s filled with light and openness and all the things that make me happy. But, it wasn’t always this way.

Here is what it looked like on the day we moved in the house:

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Finally, after five years of furniture re-arranging and wall-painting, the balcony has evolved into this gorgeous space where I sit today.  I could not be happier with it!

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From my desk, I get to stare across the room at my old wooden window wedding shadowbox.  It’s a nice, happy reminder of the best day of my life whenever I have to do any filing of boring things like bills and taxes…  I’ve also got old family photos scattered around, including one of my very favorites of my Pop who worked at the wire mill in Birmingham for many years feeding wire into a machine.  That picture was taken for the newspaper back in the 60’s or 70’s and my uncle made a bunch of copies of it for the family. I love it so much.

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Over on the side wall is the pair of bookcases my husband finished for me many years ago.  We bought these at an unfinished furniture store and painted them for my old home office at the previous house.  They are still looking good after all these years, filled with lots of photo albums from the days of my youth when facebook didn’t exist.  Or Shutterfly. Or the internet.

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One of my favorite things in this space is the copper pendant lamp next to the end table.  It came from Cabelas, believe it or not.  I’ll link it up down in the source list at the bottom.

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One of my other favorite things in this room?  The “write drunk edit sober” hemingway quote I got from my friend Jeanne at Junxtaposition.  It makes me smile even when I’m not drunk.  And these days, that’s pretty often. I’ve also got my journal collection dating back to 2001, so I can look back on my life all the way back to the single days.  Except for 2008, aka the year I lost my damn mind dealing with a newborn with colic. I just gave up on handwritten life documentation at that point.  But I made it back by 2009 and have been doing ok ever since. Home Office Decorating Ideas-8

If you’re wondering why I’m all fancy with two monitors, it’s because I used AutoCAD in my former life, and the two screens helped with CAD work tremendously. I’ve been set up to work from home for quite a while, so this space is a carryover from my other job.  I’m so thankful to have a “real” office space in my home to be productive and get stuff done.

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So, there you go!  A little tour of my home office, so you can envision where I sit as I type up all these silly sober blog posts for you guys.  I might even edit this one before I hit publish.

Maybe.

Source List since I know you’ll ask:

Home Office Furniture is from Haverty’s circa 2009 (sorry it’s not available anymore, I looked)

Black and White swirly chair came from Stacks Furniture a few years back. (ditto the Haverty’s stuff)

Rug is the Mohawk Panorama Collection that didn’t last long in my dirty doggie backyard.

Lamp: Cabelas Grand River Lodge Floor lamp (<–my affiliate link)

Journals are from Ogle Publishing

Hemingway print: Junxtaposition Store

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  1. I love how bright and pretty your office is. 🙂

  2. Looks like a productive and creative space, Beth – I love it! I keep my files in the basement, but I keep my view all around me, like you do. Best wishes for a great year!
    Rita

  3. What a beautiful office space. Congratulations on being able to do what you love everyday. What happiness!! I am definitely checking out that lamp. Love it! And it comes from one of my husband’s favorite places to shop. Bonus!

  4. Nicolecollette says:

    I love your blog! I just discovered it this past weekend and spent waaayyy to much time cruising through your posts. Thanks for sharing your beautiful office. Happy New Year!

  5. Beth, I love the white and all the light you have. It is absolutely beautiful!

  6. I love this space, Beth; I particularly adore your chair! My workspace is part bedroom/part office/part craft room and I would love but to accommodate an easy chair of sorts. Maybe one day

  7. This is inspiring me to finally get my home office set up! I’ve been working at it slowly, but since it’s in one of our guestrooms, I concentrate more on fun “guestroom” stuff than on organizing the actually office area. I love your storage solutions: They all look beautiful!

  8. Rebecca in OK says:

    Thanks for the lamp info……just purchased it!

  9. I should have know this space would be gorgeous, Beth! I love all the personal details! I love love love two monitors – so much more efficient!

  10. i love your space beth, specially that chair! we are currently on the hunt for two fun chairs, but we don’t have Stacks around here. 🙂

  11. Obsessed with that rug!

  12. Looks perfect! I love that rug! Great color.

  13. Such a great space Beth!

  14. This is absolutely one of the most beautiful spaces I’ve ever seen. We are about to lay hardwood on our first floor. My husband things that when you walk in the front door, the wood should run from left to right. I think it should follow your line of sight, straight ahead. What do you think? We plan to move in 5 years so we want to make the decision that buyers would look for. Thank you.

  15. Love it! And love reading your refreshing blog! Keep it comin…..drunk or sober!

  16. Lisa Green says:

    Great office space, So beautiful, I’m sure it must be very inspiring to sit there and write!

  17. I love your office and i LOVE your journals! I totally feel you on the colic thing, been there and got the t-shirt!

  18. You have such a lovely and bright office setup! Love the positive vibe and space it bears! Thanks for sharing this! Looking forward to more creative DIY ideas from you 🙂

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  19. So dreamy! I love all the light up there in your office! Pinning for inspiration for one day when I finally get myself an office!

  20. How gorgeous! But I would expect nothing less from you.

    Congratulations on working from home. There is nothing like it! Yay!

  21. I love it! It’s so bright and colorful! My craft room is mostly just a mess, which is to be expected, but it makes it a little hard to go in there and try to get work done!

  22. Hi Beth. That’s a really nice work space. Does it really Stay that neat all the time? Jane and I work from our lap tops in the living room. I do have a small office/radio studio, but it’s more comfortable in the living room. Great post. Happy new year.

  23. I love your office! What a fabulous working space. I LOVE your design and style! You are such a happy chick!

  24. Hi Beth – I am catching up on all the posts I have missed since I was away. I love your office space – so bright and airy. Perfect. I adore the saying you have in the frame – Write Drunk…Edit Sober. For real – some of the best posts I have written have been after I had a few glasses of wine 🙂

    I hope all is going well for you. Wish we could go on a trip and really catch up. Thinking about you.

    My best- Diane

  25. Very pretty! I love the wall color! Would you mind sharing the paint brand/color? Thanks!

  26. Stacey, this is my first time visiting your blog. I just wanted to pop in and tell you I love your home office. I love the white and the blue and the uncluttered look. Thanks for sharing!

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