new home office project

when you move into a new place, there are certain projects you know you want to tackle right away (for me, they were stenciling the bathroom, painting the kitchen black and having the couch reupholstered). other projects (like hiding the flat screen t.v.) are ideas that can only come to you after you’ve gotten a feeling for the house based on how you’re using it. which brings me to my newest project which involves my home office area (or as the beau calls it–Bneato nerve central). the idea came to me as i was cleaning today. i removed everything off of the flat surface area between the cabinets in the kitchen (coffee grinder and other kitchen appliances). i quickly realized that this spot could use a little pizazz using paint.  

1.  for the surface, i think a nice chevron print (or something else zig-zaggy) will be super cool

2.  currently, the wall in this teeny area is painted green (from previous owners). i was thinking of possibly going white here (which will blend nicely with the wall of white cabinets above and below)

3. i figured i might as well show you around while i was here. printer/scanner/copier lives next to bowls and tupperware. when you’re making one space function as two or three, you have to get creative and think outside the box

4.  tiny trash can where i toss stuff to be shredded

5.  filing cabinet (yep, that’s all the file space i need). archive storage (tax documents) are kept elsewhere so as not to take up prime real estate

6.  unfortunately, for me, sometimes creative=messy. i should have waited and used the proper drill bit for my printer wire

7. perhaps transforming this wall space as well with a fun print and i have always wanted to install a foot rest here

8.  the black walls help camouflage the microwave and the recently moved kitchen gadgets

9. i usually keep a pretty bare fridge (except for the annual heywood xmas friend calendar). right now, the surface is covered with holiday cards which i love to display during the season.


the paint choice the 1st time around

kate spade’s home was the inspiration for the new color choice

same room, completely different look

when i’m working with clients, i’m the most patient individual you’ve ever met. but when it comes to things like painting, and working on my home, patience seems to hop right out the window. take for instance our home office space (rather, the beau’s office). since moving into our new home in february i’ve wanted to get everything done all at once. so instead of picking out a paint color that suited the masculine office i wanted to create for adam, i used a paint color i already had (noooooooo).  what looked great in my previous apartment suddenly looked like blue cotton candy painted walls (eeeek). after about a month or so of hating the office and trying to “make it work” as tim gunn would do, i decided to repaint the entire space–again. this time, i used a pic from kate spade’s home as my inspiration. unfortunately, instead of being patient and purchasing a small amount of paint to test on the walls–i fork over $40 for paint that i picked from a paint swatch. did i learn my lesson? apparently not. so yesterday, after the first coat went up, i wanted to cry. the color was bad (and by bad, i mean jewel tone 1980s bad). thank god i plowed through and applied 2 more coats because i am more than pleased with the results. and even though i wasn’t burned by my lack of patience this time it’s bound to happen again. lesson learned–i swear!