I am incredibly sensitive to my surroundings when I'm trying to get work done. Every detail is an opportunity for procrastination or avoidance; My back is to the door! Not enough surface area! Lighting is all wrong! I CAN'T WORK LIKE THIS WHAT'S ON HULU?! So it's no surprise that I have had 3 offices in our apartment in 2 and a half years. 

Having a functional office is becoming more and more important to me. The clients keep coming and I'm tired of spreading out on our dining room table, shuffling salt & pepper shakers and cups of pens around (I CAN'T WORK LIKE THIS!). So in the middle of a heavy week of client work I freaked out and went on a office-improvement rampage, telling myself that my clients would get better work out of me if I had a proper office even if said work might come a day later than expected. 

I started with the Oh What fun! sign. Facebook demanded that I keep it and I agreed. If there's ever been another way of putting how I feel about my job I haven't heard it, so having it above my desk would be, like, perfect. I knew in my bones that the desk needed to be an L shape and white. I knew I wanted to get not-finished canvases by unknown artists to use as cork boards. I knew I wanted all my crafting/decorative nonsense to be visible and within reach, otherwise I reach for Hulu. I knew that between Ikea, UrbanOre, and Out of the Closet I'd be set and I was right!

YAY! Ikea supplied the desk, Out of the Closet sold me those shelves for $10.50, and UrbanOre had 4 canvases I had to have, 2 of which are too pretty to use as cork boards. My client/friend Jessica had given me that chair, the coolest office chair ever known to humankind, and the rest was thrifted at estate sales and stores around the East Bay. 

Here's what I was working with before. Shoot, that's embarrassing. 

I CAN'T WORK LIKE THIS!

I CAN'T WORK LIKE THIS!

Let's tour the new digs, shall we?

Is that a handwritten note from Emily Henderson? Yes it is a handwritten note from Emily Henderson. That excellent photo of a fireman's boots is by my friend Solon.

Is that a handwritten note from Emily Henderson? Yes it is a handwritten note from Emily Henderson. That excellent photo of a fireman's boots is by my friend Solon.

Do I have a problem? Probably.

Do I have a problem? Probably.

Always have ribbon at the ready.

Always have ribbon at the ready.

Yes my chair wears jewelry, doesn't yours?

Yes my chair wears jewelry, doesn't yours?

Vintage trash cans are the best containers.

Vintage trash cans are the best containers.

Heck yeah! That horse painting was $14 at UrbanOre and I love it so much.

Heck yeah! That horse painting was $14 at UrbanOre and I love it so much.

People and memories I love.

People and memories I love.

Maggie just gave me these vintage darts!

Maggie just gave me these vintage darts!

Christy gave me those photo holders!

Christy gave me those photo holders!

Tools of the trade.

Tools of the trade.

$4 portrait.

$4 portrait.

YAAAAY!

YAAAAY!

Look at me! I'm writing this blog post at my desk in my office! It's working!

Whew.

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AuthorSarah Reid