Thursday, January 5, 2012


This has been the longest day of my life.
I'm exhausted and my back is killing me.
But I'm happy.

I am going to show you some pictures now.
And they are ugly so hold on to your girdles.

I have been living in the ugliest office space in the world.
I work from home and
I spend at least 8 hours a day in this room.
And I have lived with it like this for the past two years!

I've been searching for the right pieces for months.
And I finally got it all together.
Here is my office before.

I know!!!!
Can you believe I lasted two years?
Remember my lovely chair makeover that I did here?
Believe it or not, it's still here.

I'd had enough.
I found some wood file cabinets
on Craigslist two months ago
and I sanded them and painted them white.
And they sat like that in my garage for a month.
I couldn't decide what to use for the desk top
until I found the perfect one at IKEA.
My dear sweet man took me there after work yesterday
and we grabbed two desktops.
And they were the perfect size!

So this morning I got up,
ate breakfast,
and got to work on these bad boys.
It's still not finished.
I still need to find two chairs.
But so far I'm happy with the results.
I'm having trouble getting good pictures with my camera.
Maybe it's the light.
Probably it's me.

I have so much storage now.
I have 12 drawers.
That's 12 more drawers than I had before!

I have my work computer set up on the right
and my home computer on the left.
I can't believe the space I have.
And I have plenty of room for my crafts now.
I still have a few more things that need to be done
but that's all I've got for today.
I'm pooped!

Thanks for checking in.



Kris said...

Woo Hoo!! holly what a fantastic space to work in! Those file cabinets and desk top are the perfect thing! I love the valance too. Did you make it? You should be proud of yourself for a job well done! Now go rest!!

Debi said...

What a make-over! You have so much counter space to spread out. It looks like real office space now. I would like to come to work in that room every day. I think you will be very productive in there.

Anonymous said...

wow what a great space and I love the sunny colors, you know its so bright its very cheerful.
It will be great to have all the workspace, I would probably get paint allove r everything and mess it up something fierce, but your crafts are'nt as messy, I don't think, it looks lovely Holly,

Bethany said...

That looks great!!!! I'm jealous of your desk!! I'd never be able to work from home--I'd get distracted, and make things, and go shopping, and completely forget I was supposed to be working....

Laraine Eddington said...

Your desk is so big it could serve as a bunk bed for one of my long skinny boys. You're not going to be able to work tomorrow because you're just going to be gazing around admiringly.

Anonymous said... went from austere to AWESOME! It's a HAPPY PLACE to work from now!

SOOOO, I expect you to be blogging more now that you have a new workplace. I missssss you!

Did I say I love your new space?

Amy said...

I love your home office. Right now I am working from a desk in the dining room. It is driving me crazy.

Ashley said...

Loooove it! Its so bright and cheery now. Good job Hollster! Yep that is my nickname for you now!!!


Talk about a transformation. WHAT a difference. It's AWESOME. All those drawers. I'm so-oo jealous. You did good putting it all together. CONGRATULATIONS on the NEW office.

Melynda said...

Wow, I covet your office! Rockin job!

Sandy said...

It looks great! Congrats on getting it finished! What a difference now you won't want to leave! Love your blog!

just call me jo said...

Look at you all organized and glamorized and stuff. That is cuter than a little red string. (That's an Idaho expression meaning "adorable.") I love the whole effect. You rock, lady.

Mikalah said...

OH my word, Holly! You did an amazing job! I loooove this makeover. The curtain is SO cute, what great fabric. I love the desk as well, it looks like a great use of the space and tons of wonderful storage. =)

Val said...

Very nice! I don't think any desk I've ever owned has been that clean.

Connie said...

It looks fantastic and you have so much more room. What a good idea. We really need to do something with our computer desk space in the living room and with Ken needing file cabinet space for work, and our home stuff too, Im thinking of swiping this idea (but going in all wood tones) good job!

Tabitha said...

Awesome makeover! It looks so cheery! :-)

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Well, there you go..all pretty and awe-inspiring. Just go ahead..make a lovely room worthy of a magazine spread..I don't care..YES I DO! I want your look GREAT! It's really great and you did a good job- I can't imagine how good you must be feeling!!

Ann said...

Wow! That looks great. I love, love, love having lots of drawers and such a big desktop area. Way to go!

Kathy said...

Oh my goodness, what a change. I bet you are so happy in there...good for you. Hi there I am Kathy, and found you blog hopping... no off to read more.

corners of my life said...

Great new space!
I am curious what your "work at home job" is . . .

Whosyergurl said...

Holly! That looks fantastic! Can you come to my house and help me? Please? I nnnnnnnnnneeeeeeeeeddddd you!
xo, Cheryl

lifeinredshoes said...

WOWSA!!!!! It looks wonderful, inspiring, happy, it's so you :)

Brenda Eason said...

All I can say is WOW.. bet you like it in there now.

Tammy said...

I LOVE it! Looks great!!

tainted with a positive view said...

I love the new look - nice job. It is so crisp and clean.

Pat MacKenzie said...

It'd be hard to have any negative feelings in that office. What a happy bright cheery space - well worth the effort.

deb said...

WOW girl,that looks fabulous!!! I love it!!!!!! happy work space...happy worker!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow looks amazing!! Can you come do mine? I miss Aunt Holly :( Can you come back??

Speedy Lady said...

L-O-V-E your new office space! It looks very cozy yet highly functional. Very nice!

Linda said...

Great job!! That looks terrific...I love the colors...heck I love everything! The desk space is so clever!

Genn said...

Hi Hol!
I dont know how I missed your last two posts but I somehow did.
Sorry!!!!! Forgive me?
And, hello, I LOVE your new work space. It is gorgeous. I think I'd want to go in there and hang out even when I am not working it is so darn cheery and cute.
Great job.
Hope your back is feeling better.
Miss ya!!

ps- did you see my comment to ya on fb? I'm about 75% through with Into the Wilderness now. You?

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh how wonderful to have that whole room. It is so bright and cheery. I am re-doing a corner in the hallway for my little space but have lots to do. Must feel good to have that all done cause it looks great.

Betsy said...

What a cheerful space to work in! It looks great--you must feel so good every time you walk in there. Our surroundings make such a big difference in how we feel, don't they?