Going off on a tangent. Home Office!

Clearly new at blogging, I am already diverting from the series I started last week. Nice, made it through Part I. I should have planned this out better, I suppose. But since I posted my headshot, there has been some interest in my home office. Experiencing a little bit of writer’s block on Part II of my series, I've decided to go ROGUE and talk about my home office this week! Rebellious. 

My goal was to create a home office space where I would WANT to sit and work. I hear of so many people who have an office, but still spread their work across the kitchen table. Their intended office slowly turns into a storage space or a Museum of Untouched Office Supplies. It was important to me that this space was always my designated spot to work. In order to attain this goal, I set these two parameters:

1.       The space needs to be inspiring. To me, that meant BOLD and DARING. I’d say the style of the interior of my house is pretty neutral – grays, cool browns and stone whites.  I wanted the space to be completely different than the rest of the house in every way possible – color, finishes, textures, etc.  Despite the interior of my house, I am always drawn to bold colors and styles that are nearing “over the top,” so I felt like if my office reflected that, I would always be excited to work there.

2.       It needs to be in a convenient location. We have a guest bedroom upstairs and a guest bedroom downstairs, so the initial thought was to have my office in one of those rooms. However, Nina’s play area is downstairs, and I wanted to be able to have the option to work while she’s home. There’s a nook downstairs that is open to the rest of Nina’s play area that fit the bill perfectly. I’m not tucked back in a closed room with a door, yet I still have a nice sized space and can still keep an eye on my little dare-devil while she plays.

To start, I needed to decide what the bold and inspiring elements were going to be. A few pieces could be daring, but not all. I didn’t want my office to scream at me, just confidently encourage me. I love a good wall paper, so I knew that’s where I should start to set the tone on the space.

I found this striking print at Anthropologie within the first ten minutes of browsing papers. I saw it and immediately knew that I needed to go for it. I love that the floral is feminine, but the deep, vibrant colors make it really daring. It’s definitely not demure or conservative. The colors, lines, flow, detail and textures are so gorgeous; I knew it would offer endless inspiration and motivation. I knew I had to build my office around this specific paper. 

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 Seriously giddy on application day. 

Seriously giddy on application day. 

Next, the most important piece: the desk. I knew the style of desk I wanted was a writing desk, but I had no idea what stain, wood, paint color, etc. to choose. My first idea was to go with a black painted desk to bring out the pops of black in the wall paper, but I just was struggling with a painted-furniture look. I didn’t want it to look farmhouse-ish. Then I started looking at restored French provincial writing desks, but those were way out of budget (you’re welcome, Colby). Man they are amazing, though!

While browsing through desks on Wayfair for ideas, I found “the one” – a navy blue, high gloss finish, writing desk. Like the wall paper, it’s totally feminine but at the same time bold and daring. It matched the blue in the wall paper perfectly! I absolutely love the shape of the desk. It gives a bit of a nod to the French provincial desks I was eyeing, too. My best friend said it reminded her of something out of Beauty and the Beast, which is the best compliment EVER! I should have asked if I remind her of someone out of Beauty and the Beast. *cough* Belle *cough* JK, it’s my best friend so she has to be honest: I’m totally Cogsworth. My mom’s reaction to the desk was the greatest, “Ooooohhhh. Sexy.” Only Gena.

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 Colby, his brother, Brandon, (aka our DIY blessing), and Nina securing the desk. I think Nina is yodeling into Colby's back, actually. And the pink oven mitt was key in the assembly. 

Colby, his brother, Brandon, (aka our DIY blessing), and Nina securing the desk. I think Nina is yodeling into Colby's back, actually. And the pink oven mitt was key in the assembly. 

 Nina's contribution: pretending to go night-night in her baby doll's cradle and making mom laugh. 

Nina's contribution: pretending to go night-night in her baby doll's cradle and making mom laugh. 

 Those white spots are styrofoam remnants, but LOVE that shape! 

Those white spots are styrofoam remnants, but LOVE that shape! 

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 Bam! 

Bam! 

The style of the desk called for a grand chair. Something with a tall back and that mimicked the curves of the desk. I couldn’t go with something too sleek or office-feeling. I really liked this route of “sophisticated chic” I was on. Since the desk was blue, I wanted a chair that was more of a feminine color. I was looking for either a powder pink or a plum, and found the perfect plum chair at Wayfair. It’s surprisingly very comfortable and I think it pulls the look together.

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 The principal will see you now. 

The principal will see you now. 

From there, it was all the details. Gold metals for the frames and accents. I found a great filing cabinet from World Market that’s really legit. The best detail of the office is the print on the wall I made through Minted. “Oh to tell you my story is to tell of Him” is my favorite line in one of my favorite songs, “My Story” by Big Daddy Weave. My last blog post was the first part of a series I’m writing about on my story, and how God has been faithful. This stark, crisp, white piece just pops off the wall paper. I wanted my eyes to be naturally drawn to it. Every time I look at it or read it (which is about every five minutes at my desk), I thank the Lord. I thank Him for my life, my family, everything I have been abundantly blessed with… It reminds me of how Christ has truly walked beside me throughout this journey and will continue you all the days of my life.

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 A couple of special things here:  The framed piece hanging on the wall on the bottom shelf is the most kind, encouraging congratulatory note from The Sampson House. It was actually folded up in a cube as a box, and inside the box was the candle that sits below it. So cool!  My brother, Christopher, gave me the dog bookends for Christmas. They are awesome!

A couple of special things here:

The framed piece hanging on the wall on the bottom shelf is the most kind, encouraging congratulatory note from The Sampson House. It was actually folded up in a cube as a box, and inside the box was the candle that sits below it. So cool!

My brother, Christopher, gave me the dog bookends for Christmas. They are awesome!

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Also, because Nina is a little boss lady, she pulled up her little desk, “puter” and chair to sit and “wooohrk” at while Mommy “wooohrks”. I have to say, she has a great eye for design- I really like what she’s done with the her space!

 Big things happening here. Love how she needed her backpack, too! 

Big things happening here. Love how she needed her backpack, too! 

 Heart and office are complete. 

Heart and office are complete. 

Ashley Flynn