Pinspirations: A Girly Office Space

My Pinspirations post this week continues on the theme of creating a lovely home office for myself.  I’m hoping to take one or two online courses during my maternity leave so having an office where I can get away from all my boys and study on my own would be a great asset.

Since I live with four boys of varying ages, the office will likely be the only place where I can truly decorate just for me.  My hubby is pretty laid back when it comes to home décor so I try not to take advantage of that and make things too feminine.  My office/craft room will be the exception.

I’m going to use the same teal-y blue colour from the kitchen as an accent colour (because I ended up with two gallons of that paint) and I’m about 99% sure the walls will be grey.  I’m going to throw in some pops of pink too, just like this:

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Source:  Afternoon Artist

It would be so easy to DIY some chevron painted pillows in this colour palette…loving it!

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Source:  Craptastic Katie

This office/craft room will need to accommodate all my crafty supplies, and that includes my sewing machine and such notions.  I’m going to make a thread board like this with some stripes in (of course!) grey, teal and pink!  Perhaps an upcoming Mini Project Monday!

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Source:Thistlewood Farms

I love the idea of this pegboard box.  It would be ridiculous to make one big enough to hold all my gift bags and tissue paper, because that would be huge.  But I like the idea of having some multi-occasion gift bags easily on hand and always knowing where the tape and scissors are is an awesome bonus!

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Source:  Pin Home Ideas

Finally, every craft room needs a nice big desk area.  I want to build a long narrow desk along one side of the room, but also have a table like this one on castors so I can move it out of the way if needed.  It would easily accommodate two people because being crafty is always more fun with friends!

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Pinspirations: Displaying Photos

My photo monogram from Monday has inspired today’s Pinspirations post.  I have SO many pictures that I’ve taken that are stored on my camera or on my computer and I need to start doing something with them all!  We’ve been living at the farm for almost a year now (crazy!) and we have one piece of art on the walls in our main living spaces.

photo1Source:  Love Grows Wild

I hate fiddling with the backs of frames whenever I want to change the pictures inside, which really makes me like this easy idea for DIY photo clipboards.  I already have some clips like this, so it would be another awesome no-spend project!

photo2Source:  Life In Motion Photography

I think this photo booth strip display is a great way to fill a narrow but tall space.  I’m trying to find where I could put this in my home and I’m thinking it will go in the office upstairs.  If I wait a few years, I can make ours exactly like the picture with me and hubby, three boys and a dog.

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Source:  The Hilliard Home

I have two old wood window frames in the barn that I bought ages ago and one of them will be used to make this project.  Getting a big print like this will be expensive but I’m going to try getting an engineering print from Staples first and see if I like the quality.

A lot of my projects lately have been focused on furniture and I’m looking forward to decorating the walls now!

The Journey to Here

Today is moving day.  Today, we leave the house that has sheltered us for six years, that saw us get married and bring home two handsome babies.  Babies that have grown into active, energetic boys that have known no other home.

It’s bittersweet.  Bitter because we are leaving the place that created so many amazing memories.  Sweet because it marks the culmination of a dream that began almost 18 months ago.

It started in April with a question from my father…did we want to move to the family “farmhouse”, a five acre property in the country where my grandparents had lived for my entire life?

I’d told my husband when we got married that I never wanted to live in the country.  I had lived in the “middle of nowhere” for 23 years and had no desire to return to that live.  I didn’t want to live where driving was necessary to get anywhere other than home.  I was happy in suburbia.

But after the birth of our second son, my heart started to change.  I wanted more outdoor space for our boys, where they could go outside and play in a space that was bigger than our postage stamp sized lawn.  My personal décor style was changing from contemporary and sleek to more rustic.  I had realized that even in suburbia, you still have to drive to get anywhere.

After a long discussion, our answer was a resounding YES!  In the months that followed, God taught me to be patient and trust in His will in a way I’ve never experienced before.  Our house sat on the market for more than 7 months, eliciting many compliments from potential buyers but no offers.  In frustration, we took it off the market and listed with an agent (we were originally listed with Comfree).  It generated a lot of interest, but still no offers.

Despite my efforts to trust, I worried that the house wouldn’t be sold by the time our eldest son started school; I didn’t want to deal with having him change schools soon into the school year, especially since he can be very timid in new situations.  But then, God showed his perfect provision and we had two offers.  We accepted the second offer…the one that completely covered our financial needs and gave us an ideal closing date, just one week before school starts.

Today is the start of a new chapter for the Adamache family…and we invite you to read along as we settle into our “forever” home.