Fun and functional. <–My only two requirements for the total makeover for my would be “Creative Corner.” Why do I call my new work space THE Creative Corner? Well, because it’s literally in a 4′ x 4′ corner of my master bedroom. When you live in a cozy ranch style home and you have children, the office is usually the first room to be re-purposed or disappear entirely. This is exactly what happened at my house and so, for the past few years, I’ve been doing my work on IDOPT, work work and all other creative endeavors from my bed. While it’s been nice and comfortable to work from bed, I can’t say that my husband or dogs appreciate the mess, the occasional glitter and confetti, and not having an inch to sit down. 🙂
Enter the idea of the Creative Corner. I’m kicking myself for not taking a before photo. I had all the time in the world to photograph the 2 photos on the wall and the single, cream colored brocade arm chair that had been in every house I’ve ever lived in. A vestige from my parents’ old house, this chair sat in the corner, sad and lonely, merely a holder for all of my clothes and any other miscellaneous item we owned that “didn’t have a home yet.” When I think about it, I can’t believe that we only had that chair in this space for so long. What a waste of incredible space. Don’t worry, this antique chair has found a new home with my sister, Greta. #winwin
What do I even want?
Do you ever look on Pinterest or IG and think “Who lives in these perfectly clean and organized bedrooms? How do they keep their white duvet that clean with 4 kids and two black labs? That desk area is cute, but do they really read all 400 of those leather bound books?” I feel this way all the time when I’m searching for little room fixer upper or freshening up ideas. The last thing I wanted was to invest time, energy and moolah into a creative space that was easy on the ideas, but not actually functional.
So, I asked myself:
1. What will you be doing at/with this creative space?
2. What items do you need at hand, the most, to achieve the answer to question 1?
3. How much do you want to spend?
- Blogging, bible journaling, writing letters, crafting, reading, coloring in my adult coloring books, doing household management type work, and now….all of my Team Beachbody coaching!
- My book lineup, pens, markers, colored pencils, crafting supplies, coloring books, cork board, chalk board, storage drawers, file folder system, and laptop.
- More than Ikea. Less than Pottery Barn. 🙂
Where’s my inspiration?
In true Helen fashion, I turned to social media first to get an idea of where I was headed with this project. I fell in love with this photo below on IG. It blew me away with the pops of color, the unique desk and the crafting supplies, oh the glorious crafting supplies! Want to know why I fell in love with that desk? Because it’s expensive. For whatever reason, I’ve always gravitated to things that break the bank. But, ain’t nobody got time for crazy expensive desks. Luckily, my lovely and talented friend, Laura, who has a wonderful eye for home design, steered me to the desk that I chose from Wayfair (pics to come).
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Ok, back to the process….
So, desk: check. Then it was what to do with the walls. Down came the two photos that hovered over the chair. What do you do with such a small space? You have to make every inch count and you have to be smart and thoughtful about how you store AND display everything. Remember when I said I wanted fun and functional? Well, this really meant that I couldn’t shove everything into ugly shelves and expect to find inspiration every day. I needed to purge and consolidate and search until I found the right wall hangings that would showcase the things I needed or wanted to have in arms reach.
Laura came through again and turned me on to these gorgeous acryclic storage cubes from CB2 and some rustic wooden storage items from Target. What I love about everything on my wall is that it serves a purpose, but it’s not heavy, dark or overwhelming.
After the wall storage items, it was time to move onto the chair. I found some chairs on Wayfair that really matched my desk and I was about to press “purchase” when Laura asked me to consider this acrylic Evie chair from World Market. Gosh, is this girl good or what? I would have never thought about it, but I LOVE it. Funnily enough, it’s pretty much the same chair as the one in my inspiration photo.
From there, it was easy to find my accessories and special touches. I am so excited with the finished product, because I was able to fit all of my crafting supplies and I actually find myself using all of the space. Everything you see here serves a purpose. If you see anything you like, I’ve included a Get the Look section that will point you in the right direction. If you’re gravitating towards something I haven’t listed, comment below or send me an e-mail at idreamofprettythings(at)gmail(dot)com and I will help you out!
W I T H G R A T I T U D E
Special thanks to Laura N. for her amazing advice, Will C. for putting my chair together and helping Brent hang things, and to Brent for assembling everything and making my dream really come together!
Get the Look*
*Some items are no longer available, but I’ve listed the store so that you can search for something similar!
Rustic Wooden Wall Storage, Target
Mid-Century/Urban Writing Desk, Wayfair (No longer available)
Art Print, Valerie Wieners Art
Scoop Table Lamp, West Elm
Pillow and Throw, West Elm
Clear Molded Evie Chair, World Market (No longer available)
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