Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Matching Pair: The Sequel

The arrival of Billy's desk pushed us to finally stop using his office as a storage space.  So, we spend the bulk of the weekend making improvements to our house.  One of the casualties of this effort?  My sloppy office.  Here's a reminder of what it looked like, in all of its glory:


After about two hours of organization efforts, here's the new look:

The floors!  They exist!  And can be seen!

Same goes for the surface of my desk!  I also decided to maximize the space in this room by pushing the desk flush into the corner, rather than trying to be artsy fartsy and putting it on a diagonal. 
My vanity.  I don't think I've spoken about this piece just yet, so here's the skinny.  The vanity and the bench are family heirlooms, originally belonging to my great-grandmother (I think?).  And they are HEAVY.  I called dibs on them shortly before our move, and through the muscle and help of some family members, they found their way to Pittsburgh.  I use this bench literally every single day, as it houses my hair and make-up HQ.  For our second (cotton) anniversary, Billy worked with a seller on Etsy to produce a custom cushion for the (previously naked) bench.  It's a gorgeous shade of blue and says "Strawberry Blonde" on it, as an homage to my hair and my blog!
My bookcase, absolutely brimming with my most favorite books and my most favorite possessions and photos.  Above it, I have the custom bridal gown drawing Billy gifted me for our first (paper) anniversary.  Some of the details I'm in love with are...
The Notre Dame football we used for 1/2 of our wedding guest book.  Billy's office currently houses the Pitt basketball we used for the other 1/2.  I wasn't sure how a piece of sporting equipment would fit into the room's decor, even if it is wedding-oriented sporting equipment, but I'm really happy with the look it adds to my bookcase.
And, last but not least, my wedding shoes!  I expected I'd never wear them again, since... where do you really wear a pair of satin purple wedges?  I hated the idea of them languishing in a dark box at the back of a closet, so I grabbed a clear cylinder vase from TJ Maxx, stuff some beads and ribbon at the bottom to give them a little height, and carefully leaned them against each other to make them look as "artistic" as possible.  Almost all of the visitors female visitors we've had over to the house have commented on them, so I'm calling this quick little DIY project a win.
I'm so relieved to have a more organized and functional office space.  Now all I need to do is be more diligent about actually using it, I suppose!

Jill

6 comments:

  1. Oh I love that idea for displaying your wedding shoes! Mine have been doing the languishing-in-the-box-in-a-closet ever since the wedding (except once when I wore them recently to a cousin's wedding, and promptly remembered how effing painful they are and removed them 10 minutes into the reception). I might have to steal your idea.

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    1. Thanks! I had seen other blogs do it with cloche bell jars, but since I only had little wedges that seemed unnecessary. Plus, TJ Maxx had vases for WAY less money than the bell jars I had spotted online!

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  2. I love it! The ND football is such a genius way to do a wedding guestbook.

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    1. Thanks! I'm embarrassed to admit that it took us 2.5+ years to get them on display, so it was a blast to re-visit everyone's messages

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  3. That's a brilliant idea for your shoes! And can I say B is an excellent gift giver?!

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    1. He is pretty top-drawer, I must admit :)

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