Wednesday, March 16, 2016

DIY Office Makeover

Of all of the DIY projects and decorating efforts I've tackled in the past few months, my office is the one I'm most proud of. (I'm ending a sentence with a preposition. Roll with it.) 

When I started my job in July, I walked in to this:

Piles of junk, a collection of random furniture, dollies, and vacuums littered the floor. 

And worst of all, it smelled like feet. Awful, unwashed, uber stinky feet. The prospect of spending the next two years working here was not appealing. 

Because the office was being used for summer hall, I also didn't have full access to clean or redecorate the room until mid-August, a mere 48 hours before my student staff showed up.  

But I refused to be deterred! So after spending two days and $30 sprucing this place up, my office transformed from this: 

To this:

I spent most of my 48 hours cleaning out all of the junk. Once the trash was gone, I was able to move in and arrange a few of my own things. The light-wood bookshelf, the lamps, and picture frames all moved with me from my previous office and home. The perky little Ikea plant was left behind by the previous occupant.

I was also able to swap the ugly blue visitor chairs for red chairs that were living in the building's lounge. I added the yellow bird head, a student art project donated by an RA, to liven up the white-gray walls.

I also reorganized and labelled the bookshelf near the entrance.

All told, I was able to redecorate the office for only $29 - money I spent on DIY no-sew curtains (tutorial to come). It's amazing what some purging and rearranging can do for a room. 

Thanks for reading!

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Our New(ish) Apartment: Home Tour

Just over eight months ago, Kenny and I moved from our former apartment back onto a college campus. In most ways, this has been a fabulous move - I started graduate school, I started a new (and wonderful) job, and I am the happiest I've been in years. However, I would be lying if I didn't say that I also occasionally missed the square footage, natural light and wired internet of our old apartment. Nevertheless, I think Kenny and I have done a fairly good job of making our new apartment cozy and comfortable. Although I consider our apartment decor to be a work in progress, I wanted to share and record it as it exists today. Enjoy the pics! (And let me know if you have any advice for making sprucing up the bathroom...)

Living Room


I do love the 1920s character of this apartment - we have some awesome doors and molding! 




Don't let the cute 1950s vibe fool you...

The drawers are lined with corkboard. Seriously - who uses corkboard for the interior of a drawer?

And there you have it folks - nothing special, but definitely cozy.