Sunday, September 20, 2015

Home Office Tour and WeWork

Since becoming a work at home mom (yay!), having a dedicated work space and home office is vital. Earlier this year, after my son was born, I left my full-time job (which I loved) to be a stay at home mom (which I really love even more). Now, I am a freelance graphic designer and art director. For me, it's the best of both worlds. 

Almost two years ago, I did a complete home office makeover. Including building a custom desk, reupholstering my office chair, painting a chandelier, making burlap message boards, and other fun DIY projects. My combination office/craft room/reading and relaxation spot is one of my favorite rooms in our home. A few things have changed, but much has remained the same. Here is a tour of my work space and a few must-haves that I included in the design. 

My biggest must-have was a large desk with ample work space. Enough to accommodate two computers, a sewing machine, tools and still have room to work. My husband and I built a custom desk that spans the length of the room. It's awesome! Believe it or not, sometimes I still wish it were larger. I tend to make a mess when I get creative and there never seems to be a shortage of papers, folders and miscellaneous items.

Another must-have was plenty of storage. We used deep cabinets from IKEA as the base of our desk. We also brought in a large storage hutch from another room to keep craft supplies. Everything has a place and can be stowed out of sight! 

In addition to my desk chair, I wanted a place where I could sit and read, journal, sketch and just relax. This comfy chair and little side table is one of my favorite places to sit with a cup of tea and recharge. 

One of my most favorite elements of this room is the chandelier I spray-painted bright red! It definitely lights up the whole space and makes me happy. No more boring crappy lighting. I also bought a pretty little mercury glass lamp for my side table, which casts a warm glow in the evening. Proper lighting can make or break a room. Especially when you're trying to work. 

If you spend a lot of time in a room, you should surround yourself with things that inspire you and make you happy. I have all types of items in my work space that make me smile. Milk glass vessels, antique cameras, jars of buttons, ribbons and supplies, photos of family and friends, cards and keepsakes, inspirational quotes. Being surrounded by pretty things makes me enjoy working and crafting (and even paying bills). 

Your space doesn't have to be huge and it doesn't have to be perfect. It just has to be someplace you like to be and can accomplish what you need to get done. Functional as well as fun. As simple or as fancy as you like. As long as the basics are there - a desk, chair, (electricity if you need to be plugged in), paper, pens, etc. Maybe sunlight and fresh air are all you need some days. A change of scenery. A coffee shop. A bench at the park.

If you don't have your own work space or would like to network and connect with others, WeWork offers shared office locations around the globe. They also offer discounts and benefits to their members. If you run your own business, or you're a freelancer like me, sometimes a professional office space is beneficial. To learn more, visit I have not had the opportunity to use one of their office spaces yet, but I definitely plan on keeping them in mind. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Monthly Marshall Moments: Seven

Seven. Months.

You guys. I'm not even going to say a word about how time is flying and I can't believe how much my little boy is growing. I won't talk about how I was looking at his one and two month photos and he looked like a different baby. I also won't wish for time to stop. Nope, not one word about it. Ha.

I will say that I adore this sweet little love more and more every single day. I mean, just look at that smile and those pudgy little arms and legs. What's not to love? 

My photo shoots are becoming increasingly challenging. This one was tough. I was happy to get a couple good shots. For one thing, I need more fabric - one yard won't do anymore! Especially since Marshall is wiggling and moving and grabbing like crazy! There was no keeping the fabric smooth this time. I need to come up with a new strategy for the next 5 months. 

In case you were wondering, this is what handsome looks like. (That's what his onesie says. It was a gift, and I think it's adorable. And fitting, of course). 

I took a few photos outside in our yard and I love these! Marshall is wearing his business casual outfit. 

He really likes to be outside. I hope this means that he'll like playing outside when he's older. 

Marshall watched Andrew's volley ball team practice at the park. 

He sat in a shopping cart for the first time, like a big boy!  

He discovered grass and dandelions. I hope Marshall will pick weeds flowers for me someday.

Look at this FACE. How am I going to say no to these eye? I'm in big trouble!  

Sitting up! He is balancing so well in just a few weeks time
Starting to rock on all fours (no crawling yet)
Rolls over all the time
Very coordinated and good at picking up toys (and grabbing everything he can)
Started eating oatmeal cereal (likes to chew on the spoon)
Fascinated by our cats and tries to grab their fur
Does well at the church nursery
Babbles, "talks" and shrieks 
Good at exploring his surroundings and looking at new things
Lights up when Daddy comes home from work
Knows when I enter or leave the room 
Good sleeper 
Wiggles, squirms and moves his arms and legs all the time - he rarely sits still! 

How did we get blessed with such a sweet boy? Thank you, Lord!