Monday, January 31, 2011

Updating the Office: Storage Solution

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On to business...
I am in LOVE with the subject of today's post.

We have an office right off the front entry of our home.  It has pretty french doors, big windows and I love it a lot.  When we first moved in 3 years ago, I had this shelving unit (originally white, we painted it black) for the long wall opposite the french doors.

I liked its simplicity and clean lines, and the opportunity to really accessorize the room easily with this one piece.  And it worked, for quite a while.

Then LIFE started happening:

It never really recovered after I took down the Christmas decor.
And it (this whole office, in fact) became one big, junky
catch-all for all the clutter I didn't want
in other parts of the house.

Like, I'm really glad we have this shelving unit up to
house this one, lone, painted branch. 
Thank Goodness.

 And hey, who needs file cabinets when there is this space between the shelves and the floor where we can just shove stuff?

Legend has it, there's a real nice desk under there.

Shhhhhhhhh.  I'm a printer.  Disguised as a pile of disorganized crap. 
Don't tell.

Hmmm.  Assortment of frames that don't go in this room? 
Lanterns shoved in a corner? 
Check, check!
Oh, and random pile of a scarf, dog sweater, old leather jacket and office portfolios? 
Why, Check, Check, and Check!

I didn't realize how embarrassing that really was until right. this. second.

I needed storage and I needed it BADLY.
A place to house stationary, address labels and thank you notes.
A spot for scrapbook paper and Cricut accessories.
A designated place for decor that rotates through different spots.
And alllll the rest of the "stuff" that ends up in here.

I've mentioned it before, but for me the key to getting [and staying] organized is giving groups of items specific "homes".  If I know there is a place for something, it's eleventy-billion times
more likely to get there and stay there.
It's the key to keeping my linen closet looking like this every day.

So.  I needed enclosed storage, not just shelving.

Perusing my friend Craigslist one weekend, I found this guy:

You can see, his owners weren't really doing him any favors. 
But there was so much potential!
Solid wood, dovetail joints, 9-drawers (including one with a working lock) plus a cabinet with two shelves behind those doors.
And Thomasville! 
And the real kicker:
for $60.
I'll give your eyes a minute to adjust and take that in.


I know, I about fainted, too.

Needless to say I jumped on it and yesterday Mr. V. and I
went to pick him up and haul him home.

Now he just arrived yesterday so this is
obviously just a first attempt at playing with accessories and such,
but here he is in his new digs:



I had originally thought I would paint him or stain him a darker color, but truth be told I'm loving this beautiful, rich wood.  For now, I think he's staying as-is.

But here's the part where I need your help.

We have 9-foot ceilings in this room, so there's quite
a bit of head room here, as you can see a little better here:

I've been thinking about what I want to do on this wall, but I know you've all got some great suggestions - so I wanna hear 'em!
What do you think?
Gallery [photo] wall?

So while you guys put your thinking caps on and do all the heavy [mental] lifting on this one, I'll sit back and bat my eyelashes at this big boy for a while.
'Cause we're in looooove.  :)



  1. I L-O-V-E the idea of a gallery wall! We did one in our hallway and it makes me happy EVERY day that I walk by it! Really sparks the memories of each of the pictures, quotes and framed postcards! :) And you can keep adding on ... up, out, whatever works!

    Love your new storage piece too! :)


  2. I also love the idea of a gallery wall. I have done 2 walls in my front living room this way and love them!

  3. I like the idea of a gallery wall and i think you could do a gallery wall focused on colleges or less traditional family stuff - I think the office is the place to get away with diplomas, college prints, etc... as well as things related to hobbies. I think it could be a cool and different gallery.
    PS - why when I open your blog does a video always pop up and take over my screen??? :) I read in reader and then click out to comment.

  4. That is weird! I wonder if some of the sponsor settings are wonky. I will check it out - thanks for the heads up!

  5. Love it! We're looking for something for our living room. I need some tips on craigslist -- I always seem to miss the potential in stuff. I love your find!

  6. Love it! Extra storage is always great! It's so square, what about a round mirror? Something nuetral so it's easy to change out decor for the seasons? Just a thought, can't wait to see what you come up with!

  7. how can that piece look so much better in your space with you doing nothing to it? it must be your photos leaning against it. i really like that look-i'd say either do a gallery wall, or leave them leaning and do a big round mirror.

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    looking forward to more of your posts. Have a great week!!

  9. You additional storage is great and I agree that you have to retain the natural wood color of the drawers. After seeing the clutter in your office, I bet the number of drawers are already enough to organize your things. Anyway, I hope that by now you’ve already remodelled that space and I was thinking about the design that you’ve incorporated. Have you placed a photo gallery or a display of plates? :)