The home office is another one of those rooms that is constantly changing. I've rearranged, added pieces, taken pieces out, hung things on the wall, patched many holes, and this is where we've ended up! I think a lot of the adjusting has come from how I actually use the space - ie. having the printer close to the computer, products near shipping packaging, and stationery supplies by the table where I assemble orders. Now it makes much more sense - not saying that it won't change in the future but for the most part, it's been pretty consistent.
So here we go! I'll walk you through the different features of this small-ish room (that I know my husband would prefer was a guest room). Oh well, it's my happy place :)
Where the magic happens! The desk itself is a Target metal base with a custom sized piece of stained ash. I wanted it to overhang to include that little filing cabinet where I store all my project documents and administrative bits. On top of that piece, I have a laptop that I used a lot more in university but switching to a desktop was the only way to go for me. I like keeping anything work related in this room but still have the option of portable productivity (even though this doesn't happen too often as my laptop is 8 years old and not as quick as it once was). Other features to note: a vintage lamp, wooden tray with day-to-day items, a refillable vintage to-do list, and my iPad that sits on his little stand beside my monitor. Depending on the day, I'll throw on some music, videos, or podcasts for background noise.
Grid + Printer
Above the desk is this simple wire grid I picked up from Home Depot. You can get them in giant sheets (4' by 8' I believe) and cut them down to whatever size you like. Be careful though cuz the edges can be sharp! If your looking to switch up the colour, you can spray paint it matte or a nice metallic. Very Urban Outfitters without the price tag. I like to hang sentimental items, sample projects, random things I like - basically anything that doesn't have a place or purpose but I'd like to hang on to. I'm getting the urge to rework it and freshen it up but for now, I like it the way it is. My favourite piece: the bolero (fancy shawl thing) I wore on our wedding day. It's all intricate beads with such a beautiful vintage vibe - I love looking at it everyday and it's a lot easier than hanging up my wedding dress!
To the left of the desk is this amazing wooden cabinet that I found on the side of the road in our neighbourhood. Best day ever. Free things are my favourite. This one has a panel that slides to reveal my home printer. I don't print invitations on this guy but it can do envelope addressing quite nicely. I love that it's out of sight unless I'm using it because there's a lot going on in this room. On top of that I have some pens, pencils, a clock that's always set to 5 and a banner I made for our wedding.
To the left of the door is this tall white bookshelf that is not only functional as storage but I'd like to think is my mini retail space. The plan is to fill it with my notepads and other handmade goods (check out the Etsy shop to see what I've got so far). It's pretty much a way to keep those finished pieces out of reach of our pets and visible so I can see what the inventory is like. Plus it's a cute setup for some instagram pics. Bonus.
I also include things like props for shooting invitations, my camera (which is missing in the photos because I was using it to take the photos! duh!), and some packaging items like stamps and a label maker. I absolutely love my label maker and am trying to resist labelling everything I own. Highly recommend one for those of you who like organizing and the retro look.
Super functional, this space can sometimes just be a dumping ground for stuff but for the most part, I use it for packaging orders, cutting projects to size, and during the holidays wrapping presents! To the far right is an old army laundry bag that holds my various wrapping papers, cellophane, ribbons, etc. Above that, there's a small string dispenser. In the middle is a standing desk - highly recommend. I've had this guy for a long time and it's so perfect for tall folks.
I keep my most regularly used rentals in the office, including that large gold frame and the gold stand to the left. Having them on hand makes it easier for measuring and mockups. If you haven't checked out what rentals I have to offer, head to the inventory page. There are definitely some pieces I've acquired that will be going up in the new year.
Below that is another vintage find - an olive green wooden file cabinet. This thing is huge and heavy and where I store my portfolio, all my invitation samples, spare envelopes and paper. It's funny, when I first bought it I thought I would never be able to fill that much space.. It's pretty much full now.
That's it! This is the space I like to hang out in during the day and come up with new ideas. It's always a work in progress but is totally functional for what I need it to be. It also happens to be one of two rooms in our house with the best lighting from around 3pm to 6pm. I love it and am so lucky to have a separate space for my business to grow. Plus the commute is excellent in the morning ;)