This post is about Will’s new office! It was my surprise gift to him as a reward for all his hard work.
We are only renting right now. We have thought about buying a house, but the time just isn’t right. Nor have we seen anything we’re crazy about. Honestly, we like the idea of building a house… if you’re going to spend the money, get what you want, right? All that rabbit trail was supposed to say is that our home isn’t really ours. And honestly, sometimes it didn’t really feel like it was ours, hand-me-down, hodge podge little honeymooner bungalow that it is. We put a fair bit of effort into it when we first moved in, but not much since then.
Now, 2 years later, I decided that it was time to give Hubster his own space. A room that reflected him, where he could work and relax. You know that feeling when you have a space, and it just feels like it has your DNA woven into it? That’s what I wanted for him. He deserves it.
Now, if you have read any of Will’s posts about budgeting then you probably are wondering how I did this as a surprise. Well, when we bought the futon a few weeks prior Will told me he was fine with using some of our savings for putting a little effort into our home (furniture & décor) to begin investing in things that we like, we want, and we will keep with us. So…. I took that as permission to redo his office.
My original intention was to post tutorials on all the little DIY elements first, BUT I just can’t wait any longer to share this office with the world! I have already waited a month. But you can find tutorials on the bookshelf, the Marquee Letter, and the curtains on the projects page. =)
For Will’s office I really wanted something baseball themed because he has a lot of Cincinnati Reds/baseball paraphernalia (there’s still more that isn’t being used yet). The problem with a baseball theme is that I didn’t want it to seem like a little boy’s room or some meat-head baseball jock room (nothing against jocks – I still am one). I did a lot of thinking, happened to receive two pallets from my neighbors, and saw this coffee bar on a blog I follow. Those things all got the wheels spinning and brought me to envisioning this room.
I can’t take all the credit by any means! I had a ton of help from my sister, my little sister Carrieli, and my good friend Emma. Without them I would still be working on this room, and probably have had about 7 mental breakdowns.
The other confession I have is that I did have to kick Will out of the house for a night… and I still didn’t quite finish even with Emma being over till am, so he had to finish building his own desk…. BUT it got done! AND HE LOVES IT!
Replaced the bookshelf and made this cool wall display:
Recovered the futon to go with the new room and because Izzy was getting the black too dirty.
made new curtains that stick with the new brighter colors in here to play up the natural lighting that pours into this room. Also made them floor to ceiling to help the room feel bigger.
Here’s the redone filing cabinet that I added because I knew he really wanted one and before he was using milk crates to house our papers.
Some other items from around the room:
And finally, the desk!