Adding a Home Office... because I'm a professional, dangit.

I haven't really thought about having a desk since I was in college. It seems like kind of a college-y thing to have, at least from my associations with desks. But as our business is growing, and our bills and file folders are taking up half of our dining table usually (anyone else guilty of this?!) we figured it was about time we had more of a dedicated workspace in our house, even though our rental house is pretty tiny. Our solution was just to bring in a desk and chair into our living area and make it work for now, as we are hoping to move soon ourselves! I love this special little space and it's so nice to be able to compartmentalize our spaces. Plus, I like not having contracts and receipts underneath our plates as we are eating dinner. Haha! (I'm exaggerating. I'm a little more organized than that. A little.)

I partnered with AllModern on this post, because as AllModern was our main source for fixtures and everything for our last flip house, it was such a natural partnership! Customer for life over here.

So the main pieces I started with were the desk and this rug, both from AllModern! Our walls (as it's a rental) are a light beige, which is not the easiest thing to work with. But I love this rug - it has more of a tan / beige tone but the colors are bright enough that it pops, so it doesn't look out of place in a beige room, and it will work well in a brighter room for our future spaces. Highly recommend if you're in a beige rental situation such as ourselves. ;) This desk also seemed like the perfect fit and I love the two-tone style with the simple, modern lines.

I found this leather cantilever chair at Goodwill for a cool $5! I was like, I cantilever, I have to buy her. (I'll be here all week!) It was in pretty sad shape, but a little cleaning and leather conditioner brought it back to life. I threw a little sheepskin over it for full blogger marks. Also because it's comfy. Whatever!

And feel free to judge my drink count, here. Actually, running 2 drinks deep at a time is kind of a regular thing for me. I love my beverages! I like balancing out hot and cold, sweet and unsweet. Or just switching it up between sips. I know, I'm a freak. Send me to the grocery store for a few things and I'll come back with half a cart of different types of beverages. Big fan of hydration over here.

And then a few finishing touches - some of my favorite inspirational books, my favorite candles ever from Standard Wax, and a little plant friend in a planter from Line Line Co.

Anyway, I'm sure this will all be switched around soon because that's just how furniture goes in our house but I'm so happy with this little setup! How would you add a workspace to an already full home? Let's hear those creative solutions! :)

This post is in partnership with AllModern, but as always, thoughts and opinions are totally my own. :) And for real, I'm a big fan. Go have a look at what they offer!

Home Staging on a Budget

The first time I came back from the thrift stores to start buying stuff for staging after we purchased our house, Josh was understandably alarmed. I had just purchased a bunch of old lamps, photos, baskets, old books. Old blankets. Everything old, maybe a little dusty, and the opposite of the fresh, modern look we had talked about going for with the Atrium house. "I don't want this house to feel like you're walking into a thrift store" I think was what his concern was. It was a valid concern.

Photo print is from Kelly Christine; chair found on Offer Up, Rug found on Etsy, lamp is from Target, sheepskin pillow from Nordstrom Rack, basket thrifted

Photo print is from Kelly Christine; chair found on Offer Up, Rug found on Etsy, lamp is from Target, sheepskin pillow from Nordstrom Rack, basket thrifted

The problem is, I had set a $1000 budget of decorating an ENTIRE HOME. (I definitely went over this!) I didn't realize my budget was unrealistic, and in setting such a low budget, that I might be jeopardizing our sale with bad staging. However, I'm a pretty scrappy lady, so I decided to change up my strategy and purchase some newer things that would look modern, clean, and fresh, and supplement it with really cool thrifted things to give the home character (as opposed to looking like a catalogue - cool but lifeless).

I don't claim to be an expert here (I've only done this ONE home and working on our second!) but here's some tips I've found to be helpful:

Get new bedding! I went with some plain white linen duvets, new throw pillows. For instance, in the guest bedroom, the bedding is new, but the Indian kantha quilt is old, and the headboard I found on Offer Up for about $20.

Take a good amount of time to build a collection! I accrued the most random things over about 6 months so that when the time came to stage it, I wouldn't be rushed just to make it work. I wanted it to be enviable. I wanted people to walk in and feel like they desperately wanted the home!

Bassinet from Let Go, rubber toys c/o Oli & Carol, pineapple and cactus lamps c/o Goodnight Light, shelf handmade by Josh, cloud blanket from Last Chance (Nordstrom clearance)

Bassinet from Let Go, rubber toys c/o Oli & Carol, pineapple and cactus lamps c/o Goodnight Light, shelf handmade by Josh, cloud blanket from Last Chance (Nordstrom clearance)

Skip Craigslist - try apps like Let Go or Offer Up. Craigslist still has some great stuff to offer, but it's so saturated that the competition is higher for cool things, and good finds go quickly. I found this beautiful bassinet on Let Go, and I think it was about $50 or $60.

Go to your thrift stores as often as possible! Most of the times are a bust for me, but then there's some random times where you just find some great things and it's all worth it! Even if you have 10 minutes to pop in and zip around really fast, it's worth checking back as often as you can. Same goes for estate sales and yard sales, too.

Chair from Houzz, large planter from Let Go, rug from Ikea, sequin pillow from Nordstrom Rack, plant from Home Depot

Chair from Houzz, large planter from Let Go, rug from Ikea, sequin pillow from Nordstrom Rack, plant from Home Depot

Don't be afraid to mix styles, too! This house felt like a mix of modern, bohemian, mid-century, and vintage, and it was really fun to do (and, at least to me, it all felt pretty cohesive)!

Ok so time to spill, how do you decorate on a budget? Are you more inclined to buy new things, buy old things, or mix them up?

Painting Loyal's Nursery

As Loyal's nursery just went live on A Beautiful Mess on Friday (see it here!) I thought I would share a little about the process of painting his statement wall!

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I started by taping off everything. Since I knew the paint was going to get drippy, I was sure to lay plastic down. Keep in mind - this whole thing took probably an hour! It was super fast, and that's why I didn't really bother moving his stuff out of the room before I got started. Hah!

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I purchased two sample size paints from Home Depot - Behr's Shasta Lake and Opera Glass. So for a grand total of less than $6, this statement wall was born!

I used a disposable bucket and combined a little paint with just a little bit of water, until it was runny enough to have some drip to it. As this whole thing was inspired by Salvation Mountain, I wanted it to feel very carefree and unconcerned with drips! :)

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(The lighter blue shade I didn't end up using.) After I did this process with the drippier, darker shade, I went back with the next shade and just painted a little bit over each "blob" to add a little dimension. It's subtle and not really noticeable until you're up close!

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And there you have it! :) It was really fun to step outside of my comfort zone and go for something SO bold, but it seems like it really suits who Loyal is, and I love that his space is bright, cheerful, and creative. Feel free to ask any questions below! :)