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Personal Office / Crafting Nook

01 October 2010

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This is a great little nook from Angie at Echoes of Laughter.  I love the way she has personalized it and I think it is nice to have a space of our won in the house?  Don't you!  here is what she had to say about the space:

This is my favourite little corner in our house. It's where I scrapbook, write blog posts, surf the net, pay bills and read my favourite blogs.
Until last year, my corner was an Ikea desk with a hutch. It was functional. It worked...but it was always a mess. Not pretty. It didn't reflect me at all.  I wanted to make it better, but I wasn't sure how.
I was reading a Better Homes & Gardens special publication when I stumbled on this picture of an office nook. It became my inspiration for my 'new' space. I loved the shelves above the desk and the storage space it afforded. I needed a lot more storage space for my scrapbooking & stamping supplies, so I thought this design idea would work for me.

First, I had my husband remove the small hutch from the desk. This totally opened up the space for new shelves.  I purchased white shelf brackets from Ikea and white shelving from Home Depot. Since I had measured the width of the space, I had Home Depot cut the shelves to the exact width needed for the space.  I had my husband install the shelves and instantly, the storage space was tripled! I set to work filling the space with white Ikeaboxes for storing all my crafting supplies and pretty stuff to reflect me. One of my favourite colours has always been pink, but I have never decorated anywhere in the house with pink. So I decided to add touches of pink here in my little nook. I really love how it turned out and the space functions so much better for me.
I splurged a bit and bought a new capiz shell lamp for the desk corner. I love it for it's shape and touch of  'beachy' it gives. To the left of the computer screen are pics of my kiddos when they were babies.
The pink rose plate hanging on the wall is sentimental to me. It hung on the wall of the office where I used to work in the family business. The family business is now closed after 50 years and I like having this little reminder of that time in my life.

The picture is of my parents on their 40th Wedding Anniversary...it's a wonderful picture of them.
The silver clock and the vases are from Ikea. The plate on the wall belonged to my grandmother.

The white vases come from my treasure hunting trips to Goodwill. The artwork came as a free download from one of my favourite blogs, "Adventures in Decorating a Brooklyn Limestone."

Scrapbook magazines and books are organized in Ikea magazine files.

The vintage doll belonged to my Grandmother's sister Ethel who died in 1929 at age 14. My Grandmother saved it as a precious memory of her only sister. She left the doll to my daughter.
The shadow box was made by my daughter as gift to me for Mother's Day a few years ago. The picture is of me with my kids on a beach in Nova Scotiawhen my youngest was a baby. The little pink dish with the blue bird belonged to my grandmother. I remember that dish being on an end table in her house for many years.
Now this space works so much better. It has lots of storage and it's touches of pink make me feel happy. Most of the storage pieces are white, so if I ever decide to switch out the pink decor to another colour, the storage boxes can stay.

The only problem now is that my family says that I spend too much time here!

I love this fun personalized space!  
It looks great!


Angie@Echoes of Laughter October 1, 2010 at 5:35 PM  

Cassity! Thank you so much for featuring my home office nook today!! I am really thrilled! I hope it inspires someone else out there to find a small niche in their home to carve out a personal space for themselves!! Have a great weekend! Angie xo

Annie Louise October 1, 2010 at 7:06 PM  

Wow your office/craft space looks amazing. Thanks for sharing, I love being inspired by others work spaces--yours is great.

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity October 1, 2010 at 8:05 PM  

Hey Angie, I never get tired of seeing your lovely desk/craft spot. I just realized you have the exact type of white magazine holders that I'm thinking of getting for my desk. I noticed they were from IKEA so I'll have to check them out. THanks for the inspiration.

Jane October 1, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

Angie is one talented lady! But, I had already figured that out from browsing her blog on a regular basis. Her little office nook just proves that a small space can be personal, beautiful and functional. Way to go, Angie!!!

brookie October 2, 2010 at 5:08 AM  

STUNNING! So much attention to detail but not over crowded with junk. Everything has a purpose or is beloved. Wonderful job. And I love the shell lamp. Plus the touch of pink makes it all come together. Great job.

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