Friday, September 14, 2012

My Home Office Makeover - Cost $6

Of late, my passion has turned into a 'job' of sorts.  I went from sharing random photos of our chickens and chatting about them on my Facebook page Fresh Eggs Daily to writing a blog where I could share more information and advice. The success of the Facebook page and blog led to offers to contribute to both the GRIT and HGTV online.  I have also launched a community blog of my own called From the Farm which I maintain and to which I also contribute content.

I am involved with reviewing books for Storey Publishing, Timber Press and Mother Earth News.  Most recently, I signed a book deal with St. Lynns Press and have been madly editing my first book, which is due out mid-October 2013.  I also have a few other things up my sleeve that pretty much ensure that I will be sitting much of time staring at a blinking cursor.

I am sharing all this with you as the lead-in to this latest post called 'My Home Office Makeover'.

Up until this past week, I had been sitting at our kitchen table with my netbook and my coffee cup.  Notes spread out everywhere, products and books I needed to review piled up...and then having to clear off the table each evening so we could eat dinner.  

I was getting tired of doing that and tired of how messy our kitchen always looked.  In addition to always feeling extremely disorganized, I realized that I needed a dedicated space for a home office in order to be more productive and inspired.  So I decided to makeover our 'abandoned' office into a space for me to write, create and work.  

(The one downside to moving out of our kitchen is that I am a lot further from the coffee pot, but the logistics of having hot coffee are something I can easily overcome with a travel mug, mug warmer or second coffee machine.)

My new 'office' came out so cute, I just had to share. The chicken-themed desk area really does inspire me and I am so excited now each morning to get to 'work'.

So to back up a bit ... this is what our home 'office' used to look like.  Did I mention I used to work on Wall Street as an accountant? Well after we moved here to Virginia, for awhile a few years back, I tried day trading but I wasn't very good at it.  So the office has been sitting empty since then. The desktop computer never even gets turned on anymore since my husband and I both have laptops that we tend to use exclusively.

I disconnected and dismantled, unhooked and unplugged. Then I dusted and cleared off the desk.


Then I gathered everything off the kitchen table and started organizing my new work space. All my reference books got neatly arranged with along with my business cards and bakers twine I use to package up my etsy and ebay sales.  Oh, did I mention I have an etsy shop  also?





The various magazines that I subscribe to and use to pull interesting facts and tidbits from, as well as find ideas to write about went into a basket in one corner of the desk.

I retrieved some fun vintage chicken-themed decor that had been in our spare room and arranged it on the desk as accent pieces.














I even filled a jar with dog treats for our German Shepherd since she's my constant companion during the day and usually hangs out at my feet waiting to be fed!













Rooster Lamp Mini-Makeover:  I had this cute country-motif rooster lamp in the kitchen. A fan of my Facebook page gave it to me last Christmas.  I love it and have had it on our kitchen counter since it coordinated nicely with our cherry cabinets and sandstone tile back splash, but I wanted to use it in my new office instead.

















The lamp got a fresh coat of cream paint and a new shade from Lowe's (the only money I spent on my whole makeover) and it found its rightful place on the desk.


The last thing to do was to hang the map I have been putting pins in to record all the places I have sold my chicken coop plans.  I started selling the plans in April 2009, I believe, and have sold almost 500 sets to date.  It's been fun keeping track of where they are being sent...where people are keeping their own little backyard flocks.

I would have liked to have painted the walls but honestly I just can't take the time right now ... maybe over the winter.







So here's what my work space looks like now:
    


~nice view of the barn and run from here~



I really love how it came out and I especially love that I feel surrounded by all kinds of chicken inspiration and good karma. The only money I spent was the $6 for the new lampshade.  Now I have a place for my chicken decor where I can enjoy it every day, and my husband is happy since he wasn't all that thrilled at having it all around the house.

And the best part is ... we get our kitchen table back.













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25 comments:

  1. Love, love, love your office! I love your blogs and Facebook posts. You have inspired me in so many ways since I am a new chicken mommy! Keep up the good work!

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  2. Looks good! I love the little chicken feeder. I would love to find some old feeders to display.

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  3. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me…

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    1. What kind of information specifically are you looking for?

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  4. Oh Lisa, I LOVE your office makeover. The after picture looks amazing. I especially love the map showing where you have sold your coop plans.What a great idea! love your blog. :-)

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    1. Thanks Katie! I am so glad I started tracking where the plans were going to from the start. I really only wanted to sell enough sets to pay for the materials it cost me to build our coop (about $265)...but I have paid for them many, many times over!

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  5. I love your re-purposed office space with your gathered accessories. The all-white rooster lamp is perfect in there, and the map is a great motivator. Is that the barn that you see through the window?

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    1. Yes it is ! Only the kitchen and office windows face the barn, so this worked out perfectly.

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  6. How lucky you are to have the room for a dedicated office! I love the make-over! It is truly an inviting space!

    Tell us more about the things under the desk. Am I seeing tote bags serving a file drawers?

    I enjoy both your blog and your facebook page!

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    1. It was turning into a junk room, so I feel good about the makeover! And good eyes, yes those are sort of flat bottom totes that I turned into a filing system.

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  7. Just perfect!!! Crap now you have me wanting to get organized!!

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  8. Looks great! Now I need to get mine done. Thanks for the motivation, and best of luck on all your projects!

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  9. Isn't it nice to have an organized space, even if it only lasts a short time! Thanks for sharing at Repurposed Ideas Weekly this week.

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  10. Your office looks great!! Love the price too!! Following you now.

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  11. Such pretty styling!Thanks for the office decorating inspiration your space is fantastic,I love the table lamp!

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  12. A country theme office is one-of-a-kind! And you are lucky for having one without even getting a hole in your pocket! :)

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  13. Lisa, it's good to meet you! I am fascinated by your blog and your writing life and everything you've mentioned in this post. I can't wait to explore everything further!

    Your office is lovely! I love the way you've personalized it and the lamp is adorable! Thanks so much for joining in this week.

    Claudia

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  14. I love your inspiring thrifty office make-over. And who knew there was a magazine called CHICKEN? Not me (:

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  15. This would be my favourite work place too. The lamp is eye-catching. I love it! Have a nice Sunday and good luck with all your writings. :-)

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  16. Love your office! Makes me think I need one and I could do crafts in there also! Hmmmmmmmmmm

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  17. Your office makeover is wonderful, Lisa! That lamp especially is just so pretty now. I think being organized and having a dedicated area is crucial to the creative spirit. (And your dining table looks so inviting!)

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  18. Unbelievable cost for an office makeover! But then with your ideas and creativity, spending that amount for an office makeover was made possible. Bravo!

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  19. Well, Lisa, excuse me while I FALL IN LOVE. !!
    Your new office is just beautiful. I love the cream colored rooster lamp with it's new shade...
    You did a marvelous job.
    xo bj

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  20. Your office is perfect! Love the lamp! O am your new follower! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com/ Hugs, Maria

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  21. Your office space is an example of a very relaxing and very inviting place. Working in this beautiful setup will make you more productive and inspired to work all day long. I love how you organized your things and how you've transformed that lamp. I hope you maintained the organization and the awesome look of your office until now. No to clutter! :)

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