Home Corner Office Makeover Progress

It’s been awhile. A long while. I’m sorry about that. My excuse is because the disaster I called our home corner office space was in complete disarray for months.

Home Office BeforeYikes!

It was uninspiring and stressful. The homemade baby gate was no longer a good idea since our opinionated toddler wanted to be on the other side of it if I was. The open shelves were a bad idea from the beginning. I am not sure what I was thinking when we originally installed them? Hidden storage was a must. I also thought it was a good idea to have my desk “floating”, instead of against the wall, but the space just isn’t large enough. So for the time being until we figured out a better idea, I moved it against the wall and the filing cabinets to the left of it.

Home Office Before

So much better, right?! Please don’t mind the rest of the chaos.

So for the next few weeks I researched ideas, and really liked the idea of built-in cabinets and desk, but we already had a desk so I tried to come up with an idea to utilize what we already had. I eventually decided I wanted to use a locker in the corner. My parents reached out to a fellow antique dealer who typically has industrial items and he happened to have a pair of lockers available for $100. Then a couple weeks later I decided more hidden storage would be necessary for my printer to be concealed, so I wanted to find an old cabinet to hang above the desk. We reached out to the same guy again and he suggested hanging an old shipping trunk on the wall. Brilliant! Even better, it says Erie, PA on the side of it. It was apparently for transporting the goods of a college student named Sue Richardson.

Are you ready for the outcome?!

Home Corner Office ProgressVoila!

Life changing, right? And I hardly got rid of a thing. Everything amazingly fit inside! We installed shelving in both units to make the most of each space. And I am actually allowed to say “we” this time because after Matt installed the shelving in the trunk, the next day I decided I wanted it on the opposite side, so I had to take it all apart and re-install it all by myself. So yes, we installed shelving. Matt had to separate the double lockers, and reattach the outside wall to this locker. We were even able to salvage the rest of the 2nd locker by installing it in the corner of the garage for more hidden storage down there.

Shelves in Trunk

Shelves in Locker

Hidden StorageLook at all that beautifully hidden storage! Also, you don’t want to miss Kona’s reflection in the computer.

Now, this isn’t a finished makeover, as I still have a few things on my to-do list to complete:

-Spray paint filing cabinets the same color. Color TBD. Maybe tangerine.

-Reupholster the chair, or find a new one with fun fabric or a bright color.

-Adhere a pretty piece of fabric to the back of my desk to hide all the wires and be “baby proofed” for any future babies.

-Get a basket to hold all the rolled up large papers that are currently hiding behind the couch.

If spring ever decides to show up, we’ll be able to get outside to finish this and check another one off our looong home project list! For now, I will leave you with one last look…

Home Office Progress

Advertisements

Our New Old Upcycled Hanging Pot Rack

Upcycled Hanging Pot RackThere is something about the post-holiday season that causes me to enter super organization mode, and from what I’ve heard, I’m not alone. My guess is that we put off a lot during the holidays, and afterwards we realize our living space is in complete disarray. So in order to keep our sanity through the long winter months (at least for us northerners), we feel this intense compulsion to find new order for any new gifts received and any indoor projects we may have put off all summer to enjoy the warm outdoors to it’s fullest.

We graciously received a beautiful brand new Wok set this Christmas that has always been on our wish list, but soon realized it would not fit in our one and only available kitchen cabinet. Installing a hanging pot rack was on our ridiculously loooong to-do list and then instantly became a #1 priority. Since my husband was actually home for the weekend, we decided it was the perfect time to start the project. We knew it wouldn’t take much and we would feel so much better once it was done since we could check yet another project off the list that we put together when we first moved into our new home. Matt had come across an old metal tile layer awhile back and always envisioned it would make the perfect pot rack holder to hang from our ceiling above our kitchen island.

He took some measurements and used a stud finder to see if any studs lined up anywhere close to where we wanted to hang it. Luckily there were two studs that worked perfectly. He used painters tape to make a rectangle the size of the old metal tile layer.

Installing the hanging pot rack

Then he drilled holes in the ceiling on the four corners and put in little nail hooks. Do you like our little helpers?

Installing the hanging pot rack

Then he put S-hooks on those nifty nails and hung chain from them. In order to get the exact length of chain needed, he hung one single chain on each long side connecting the two corners, then hung the metal tile layer from more S-hooks until it was level and at the height we thought worked best for us. It had to be low enough for me to reach, but high enough to not be in his eye view since we’re almost one foot different in height! He marked the chains in the appropriate places to later cut the links off that were not needed. Then once all four chains were in place, we hung our brand new old metal tile layer from the chains using S-hooks.

Installing the hanging pot rack

We excitedly added more S-hooks in random places to finally hang all of our pots, pans, and stainless steel utensils! Doesn’t it look awesome? Our kitchen totally stepped up it’s game. Now we have a cabinet that has much more room to do more organizing, and our large utensil drawer opens and closes without getting stuck on random spoons.

Upcycled Hanging Pot Rack

Upcycled Hanging Pot Rack

Now, on to organizing that disaster that is supposed to be my small corner home office space…

Big Guy Turns One – Ice Cream Theme 1st Birthday Party

After recovering from Monteczuma’s Revenge this past June, I had a very, very important job to do. It was time to plan my son’s 1st birthday party! I was torn on how big or small I wanted to make it. I could keep it simple and low key, just inviting our immediate family over for cake and ice cream, or I could plan an actual themed party and invite all family and close friends. In the end, I thought, “He’s my first child, and the first year as a parent is fabulous and tough as hell, so we might as well celebrate big!”

We have a rather large family, when both sides come together, and some close childhood friends who still live in the area, so planning and paying for a full-on meal with cake was unfortunately out of the question. It was hot, the end of July, and practically everyone loves ice cream, especially me, so I finally decided on doing an ice cream theme party.

I will apologize now, this is a long post and very cute photo heavy. All photos are a great courtesy of Courtney D’ne Brown Photography.

Ice Creme Theme Birthday Party Ice Creme Theme Birthday PartyIce Creme Theme Birthday PartyIce Creme Theme Birthday Party Ice Creme Theme Birthday PartyIce Creme Theme Birthday PartyI’m not a fan of cliche store bought decor nor did I have a big budget, so like usual around here, everything was pretty DIY. I made “ice cream cones” out of regular balloons and brown paper that I just rolled and taped together. The invitations, one year poster, ice cream jar monogrammed labels, bunting banners, and thank you photo cards were all made possible by the awesome and easy tutorials over at Just a Girl and Her Blog. Who knew I could make such things in Microsoft Word?!

Ice Creme Theme Birthday PartyIce Creme Theme Birthday PartyIce Creme Theme Birthday Party

For drinks we had water, lemonade, green iced tea, and beer (not shown) available. Of course we had to incorporate the same “Saegertown Aristocrat” box we used for Big Guy’s newborn photos and one year photo shoot. We like to bring things round circle around here. The banner above the beverage table was made with twine and clothespins, and a photo from each month during his first year.

Ice Creme Theme Birthday Party

 

Ice Creme Theme Birthday Party

Those who know me well, know that I really do not enjoy being on either side of the whole “sit and open every gift in front of everyone” process. Most people really only care to see their own gift opened. My husband and I tried our best to open gifts in front of just the gift giver, and anyone near by who cared, as soon as they arrived or we had the chance to give them a proper welcome. Larger parties are usually hectic, so this also ensured each guest got quality one-on-one time with Big Guy and Matt or myself, and sometimes but rarely, all of us together.

1st Birthday Opening Presents

I also had a table set up with different photos and decor telling the story of Big Guy’s first year of life outside the womb that became a landing spot for guests to put presents in the meantime. There, we had a guest book available for his loved ones to write him a special message. Matt and I both wrote a short letter to him and plan to do the same thing at each birthday.Ice Creme Theme Birthday Party

The cake was made by my best friend Courtney, who also took all of the beautiful photos that day and for our family photo shoot. I gave her these sugar-free recipes to work off of, and she made her own delicious version.Β  I even saved and froze three pieces for us to enjoy on his second birthday. The topper is vintage from my mother.

1st Birthday Smash Cake

1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake

The cake sat on his personal wood dish, which sat on an antique musical metal cake plate. It is a family heirloom on my Mother’s side. We unfortunately forgot to wind it up when I presented him with the cake, so she stepped in and helped.1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake Naturally, we had to do a taste test to make sure it was safe. πŸ˜‰1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake 1st Birthday Smash Cake

 

It was such a wonderful day full of love from all sides. The rain held off so we were able to finish our family photo shoot. To finish it off, here are some awesome shots Courtney captured before and after the party. These first ones are some of my all-time favorite photos.

Breastfeeding on bed Mother and baby in bedroom Baby Playing Piano Baby Playing Piano Baby playing piano Baby playing piano Cavalier King Charles Spaniel on couchAnd after the party…

1st Birthday Boy Photo Shoot 1st Birthday Boy Photo Shoot 1st Birthday Boy Photo Shoot 1st Birthday Boy Photo Shoot 1st Birthday Boy Photo Shoot 1st Birthday Boy Photo Shoot 1st Birthday Boy Photo Shoot 1st Birthday Boy Photo Shoot 1st Birthday Boy Photo ShootΒ We used this shot below to send as a “thank you” card.

1st Birthday Boy Photo Shoot 1st Birthday Boy Photo Shoot 1st Birthday Boy Photo Shoot 1st Birthday Boy Photo Shoot 1st Birthday Boy Photo Shoot 1st Birthday Boy Photo Shoot 1st Birthday Boy Photo Shoot 1st Birthday Boy Photo Shoot 1st Birthday Boy Photo Shoot 1st Birthday Boy Photo Shoot 1st Birthday Boy Photo Shoot I cannot believe I now have a one-year-old son. My, oh my, how time flies when you’re having the time of your life. I love you so much, Big Guy.