I like to think that we’re a pretty tidy family.
When I take most of the photos for these house tour posts, I straighten a few pillows, pick up a couple of toys and generally things are ready to photograph.
My office? Um, not so much.
I pretty much filled up the hallway outside my office with the baby bouncer, sound machine, piles of picture books, the nursing pillow, half a dozen baby blankets, a couple of books, five unhung photos, bits of past projects, a box of thank-you cards, and a baby monitor to make it suitable for photographs.
Obviously, my office is a highly-used room.
Not only do I work in here, I use the guest bed to nurse a lot and the girls love to read books on it with me in the afternoons.
It’s also ridiculously enormous and because we don’t have gobs of furniture in it, I kind of spread out all over the floor for various projects and photo shoots.
It has beautiful lighting and I love that it looks over the driveway so that I know when the mail woman comes (for some reason, getting the mail is pretty much the highlight of my day). Also, when our girls slept over the garage in our last house, it always woke Ella up if Bart or I left or came home when they were asleep. Now? No one to wake up!
I’ll miss this office a lot. A lot, a lot.
I’ve felt like my desk was too small for several years, but I couldn’t justify buying a new one when mine was perfectly good.
But then when we came back to North Carolina, we opted to leave Bart’s desk at the old house because it was so enormous, we weren’t sure we could get it down the stairs and into the moving truck on our own (when we bought it nearly two years ago, we paid the guy who was there hooking up our Internet to help Bart carry it up the stairs. It weighed so much, I couldn’t even lift one end.
So I foisted my desk off on Bart and bought myself a new, much bigger one.
My mom bought this set of Louisa May Alcott Books when I was young and I lost one of the books at violin camp or something. The incomplete set sat on our mantle in our first house and my sweet father-in-law noticed that one was missing when they came to visit, and tracked down a copy and mailed it to me.
How could you ever complain about in-laws like that (you can’t. I hit the in-law jackpot).
I printed out these free calendars from Delineate Your Dwelling and taped them up on the wall between the two windows. I had some tiny gold hearts from Cricut (I think they were part of a swag bag from Alt Summit) and I glued them on to each of our birthdates.
Our birthdays are beautifully spaced (February, May, July, September, and December), so I’m not sure how we can have a fourth child.
My other most precious set of books. My mom checked each of them out from the library in Wisconsin to read to me and then, when the library was selling them off for a quarter apiece after they replaced their set, my mom bought them all.
Desk chair: Goodwill
Computer: c/o Sprout by HP
Storage Basket: c/o Schoolhouse Electric
Milk Bottle Vase: Michaels
Mug: c/o Lulu & Georgia
Be Present Print: c/o Schoolhouse Electric
Bulletin Board: Ollie’s
Green blanket: IKEA
Pillow Shams: Made by my mom
Metallic Pillows: Wayfair
Telephone Table: c/o Schoolhouse Electric
Plant holder: c/o Schoolhouse Electric
Calendar prints: Free printables from Delineate Your Dwelling
Green tape: Frog Tape
Gold Heart Stickers: Cricut
Bird: Honeycomb Studio
Portrait: by Merrick
Spice Jars: IKEA
Rocking Chair: c/o Lulu & Georgia
Pillow: c/o Lulu & Georgia