Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A Mini Home Office Tour

Today I wanted to share with you guys a little tour of our home office.  At first, it was full of leftovers, pretty much anything that didn't fit with the rest of the house. It was the dumping grounds for every item that didn’t fit into all of our other spaces.  And lucky for me it happened to be a lot of black and white, so I decided to paint the walls white, and go with it.  I will have to admit the white walls are not my favorite, but gives me the freedom to change things up and allows me to mix in whatever colors I'm in the mood for.  To make a long story short, I ended up pairing down some of our extra accessories and clutter and created an office that is now become one of my favorite places in the house.  

Here are a few photos of our home office:

As you can see from the photos we have two very large work spaces, a large desk and an old drafting table.  This allows me to spread out and keep my crafting separate from work at the computer desk.  It also allows me to do different things at the same time or to make a mess, if I would like.  Keeping work separate from play definitely keeps me inspired and productive when I’m working at home.

Another thing that keeps me inspired and productive is having a place for everything.  Mason jars, trays, metal baskets, basically anything that will corral supplies or clutter gives me a much better peace of mind and keeps me less distracted.  It also allows visibility and access to supplies when I need them.

Something that keeps me inspired to work is fun artwork and inspirational quotes.  I change out the frames all the time to match the seasons or the mood that I'm in.  It's always great to see good reminders around you that you can do anything you can put your mind to.  

My favorite part about this home office is the natural light that comes in during the day.  Along with the white paint it keeps things light and bright and helps me to focus. 

What do you love about your work space and how does it keep you inspired? Remember, it doesn't have to be immaculate or perfect; it just needs to reflect you and your style.

If you don't have your own inspiring work space you should check out WeWork, they offer shared work spaces all over the world.  They offer services for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, and small businesses and currently offer 29 locations in 10 cities around the globe.  They also design and build virtual communities as well as physical.  This allows entrepreneurs to share space and have the opportunity to collaborate and work together.  They offer all kinds of perks from a social network to workshops.  WeWork has an awesome mission which you can check out here.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Fall Bar Cart Essentials

Morning all! Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween weekend; I know we did and the weather was gorgeous.  Who would have thought we would have the windows open on November 1st. 

I was asked by Chairish, to share my favorite bar cart essentials. How could I resist?

Have you heard of Chairish? It’s pretty awesome.  They sell a beautifully curated collection of used and vintage furniture, home décor, and fashion accessories at great prices. Everything is organized by category, price point, or even the style.  One top of that, you can sell your home décor items, furniture, etc. on their site and the best part, they cover the shipping.  I love Chairish because it’s a great place to shop for the home when you’re on a budget; they have reasonably priced items, and even have a great ‘Make an Offer’ feature. Pretty sweet right?!? So you know I was ready to jump aboard to share my favorite bar cart essentials with one of my favorite places to shop for home decor.  Oh and did I mention their blog is great too, awesome styling tips, it is one of my go to blogs for inspiration.  Okay, so back to the bar cart.

In our house fall time always equals lots entertaining.  I love to have everything on hand for last minute get togethers of family and friends; I like to always be prepared.  It allows you the freedom to invite people over at the last minute.  With cold weather coming, I love to stock my bar cart with warm drinks, such as cider or ales.  We always have a gallon of cider from our favorite orchard on hand. Add some whip cream, whiskey, or salted caramel vodka, and you are all set.  Having a cider bar would also appeal to both people who would want alcohol or non-alcoholic beverages. Win for both.

Now that we know what cocktails to serve, let’s talk about the essentials for a great bar cart! Mixing neutral colors, wood, and some fall foliage is my newest love.  This year, I have been craving a simple yet elegant look for fall.  So here are my bar cart essentials:

Modern Service Bar Cart: This bar cart is just perfect in silver with a neutral colored top.  It has a great space for storing wine at the bottom, so you can style the top two shelves with pretty accessories.  I also love that it has an industrial look that is so popular.

Neutral Accents: The White Pitcher allows you to serve your cider or other fall drinks, and the Dough Bowl is perfect fit to place on the upper shelf of the cart and fill with snacks such as hazelnuts or fun flavored popcorn.  The Neutral Napkins can go with any occasion or you can mix and match them with other decor items.

Glasses: Great cocktail glasses are a must and I love the shape of these simple and sleek goblets.

Accessories: To give our bar cart a more styled and fall feel, I added this fun Deer Head, which could be jazzed up with a scarf or just left plain.  I think I should name him.  :)  For a natural feel, I included some eucalyptus sprigs in a clear vase.

I love the mix of everything and it is perfect for both fall and winter, don't you think?  

Come on over and have an apple cider cocktail!

Check out Chairish's vintage bar cart collection, to create your own look. Which one is your favorite?

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