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The Many Shades of Gray

12 Nov

During this office revamp, we decided that we wanted to paint the offices a medium gray color. Who would’ve thought that picking out a (lack-of) color could be such a headache? Only after trying more samples than I’d like to admit, we almost came to the conclusion that the color gray just did not exist. Cue the Mean Girls quote. What we thought was gray, always turned out to be a blue, green or purple once it was on the walls. A true gray was important as the carpet is blue, and we did not want to feel like we were in a bubble. Our final 5 samples to choose from were Behr’s…

Dark Pewter and Antique Tin were only one shade difference and while Dark Pewter came out very blue, Antique Tin was gorgeous! Sadly, too dark for a room with no windows, so, moving on… Millennium Silver was also very pretty, but we decided that it was too blue. French Silver turned blue as well, surprise surprise, but was way too light since our goal was to make the room more cozy. Last but not least, we picked up Timber Town from the 2013 trends collection, and it was our winner! We love how it warms up the room and is a true gray.

For a little before/after action, here was the original color of the room. A light peachy pink literally straight from the 80’s.

In the end, for anyone searching for that perfect shade of gray (inner-child-giggle) my advice would be to invest a few dollars in samples and take your time! We had the colors up on the wall in various places, in various sizes, and next to our current furniture before finally deciding. We were 99% sure of a different color about 3 or 4 times before making our final decision. So, don’t always go with your first instinct. Let it sit in- because you just might change your mind for the better like we did!

I’m so happy with the outcome of our new friend, Timber Town, aka a Girly Machine Tool Gray. Behr may just need to update the name of it. Still to come in the office makeover- office reveal (we got innovative with some tables!), conference room, bathroom, kitchen, hallway and additional offices! Get excited.


Office Renovation

30 May

For anyone who has actually seen how small my apartment is, I hope that title makes you either confused or laugh. After shopping for my living room accessories I talked about here, I determined that my hopes of incorporating my computer into the living room was not very realistic due to space and the fact that it’s a shared living room with my roommate and I. So, I improvised! Project “office renovation” is much smaller than it sounds, but with small spaces, you have to get creative. In my bedroom, I have a tall bookshelf that matches a smaller three drawer dresser from IKEA. Throughout college and until last weekend, this shelf has held my many, many, sweatshirts and jeans (college dress code and essentials of course), a small tv, craft supplies, a larger than life jewelry box and many more fun odd-ball-dust-bunny-collecting things. Since I have limited space now, I wanted to put it to better use and actually make it functional, not just storage. I started by emptying everything off of the shelves, then sitting and staring with a glass of wine in hand (the usual).

Then, dun dun dun dunnnn! I decided it would be my office meets storage meets pretty spot. I adjusted the shelves so that my laptop would sit at a perfect standing height, then played with the heights of the remaining shelves below it so that I had room for my files and craft supplies. After sitting all day long at work, I have no problem standing here to work on my laptop, but, I may look around for a taller barstool that I could place beside the unit to use whenever I work from home. Here’s the final result!

Break it down now… Nananananana Na Na Na. After adjusting the first shelf for my computer, I wanted to add some type of bulletin or dry erase board for notes and reminders. I already had a larger frame that I was not using from Target and decided to turn that into a custom and colorful dry erase board. The glass surface is perfect for the markers, and you can customize it by adding fabric or paper where the picture would typically go.

I chose to use light colored scrapbook paper so that you could clearly see the notes written with the dry erase marker, and made a quilt type pattern that matched the colors in my room. I simply cut the 12″x12″ pieces of paper into four 6″x6″ pieces using a craft knife and taped the pieces together to eliminate them sliding around.

Put it all together, hang it up (I used a small picture nail) and you have yourself a personalized memo board. I added a pen holder which was a small pot from the $1 section of Target, and a pink cash box, also from the $1 section of  Target, which is the perfect size to hold little items like tape, a small stapler, paper clips and white out. Stacked a few cute papers for notes and wham-bam-thank-you-mam I’m ready to work.

The shelves below it I adjusted to hold my smaller items: blank cards, notebooks and spare papers, followed by a shelf for my file box, scrapbooks and photo albums, and last but not least, a basket to hold mail, papers, CDs and binders on the bottom.

On the top of the unit, I placed a decorative box that I had gotten from Marshalls a while back, and filled it with the remainder of my craft supplies such as paints, stickers and fabrics.

So there you have it. My office renovation. I’m excited to put the shelf unit to better use and to have a place to work! And, apparently, after looking at my pictures, the dry erase board also serves as a mirror. Bonus : )

Living Room Inspiration

24 May

I’ve been slowly but surely working on my living room in my current apartment which actually serves as a living room/dining room/office/guest bedroom. Can you see my challenge? I started out with more basic colors- blues, tans and browns, then decided to add a purple accent color. But, it still needs work. I need more color. The big pieces, such as my couch and kitchen table have to stay, but accessories are up for a major change. The couch is a tan loveseat that is huge and heavy and comfy. If the Michelin man from the commercials was tan and a couch, that would be it. I’m not upset about keeping my table either. It’s from IKEA and is perfect for the space! Frosted glass top with a silver frosted frame and white plastic chairs. I’m basically hardcore in love with it.

My starting point for the project is the picture from IKEA on the inspiration board below. I have a huge empty wall that needs some lovin’. This piece is large and in-charge and will work perfect in the space! I’m thinking a few bright throw pillows in various patterns, a few taller vases in similar colors to add some height, and possibly a new rug in a neutral color such as the one below. I’m obsessed with Target and IKEA which is where almost everything below is from! I’ll need a space to store blankets and pillows which takes care of the guest bedroom problem, and maybe a place to keep my computer. A small bench could be used as a side table as well as additional seating, and some candles and curtains take care of the lighting.

So, here is my very initial project board. Bright accessories paired with neutral furniture for hopefully a very cheery, multi-functional space! I’ll let you know how the final product ends up after my shopping trip : )