I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with our three yorkies, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (five with Rusty, Lucy, & Ethel) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with something warm and delicious and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

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The Office Makeover | Before & After

I’m FINALLY showing you the befores and afters of my (technically “our”) office!! I know it’s been about 2 years but for the most part, the office is done!

Just the other day, I received a letter – a hand-written letter, it’s still an art – from my lovely cousin and she asked me when I was going to post the befores and afters of my office. So, I thought, why not?? I still don’t feel that it’s done enough to show everybody but I don’t think the office will ever be completely done. I love to decorate and rearrange so I’m sure in the years to come this room will change at least a little bit.

When I started redecorating this room, I wanted a romantic room to relax in while I worked. When I was younger I had this gorgeous yellow, flowery bedroom with hints of lilac and pink. I loved how bright and happy the room felt (rooms can be described as happy :)) and I wanted to recreate that somehow while still being able to compromise with the man friend. :) And friends, this is what I came up with (with the help of Paulie of course – hanging shelves, helping with the painting, and of course, creating his own work corner :)). Enjoy!!

Here is the before, taken a few months after we moved in about 3 years ago. I love yellow walls but the yellow that was on the walls was a weird, cool yellow. It didn’t look so good. Plus, the stars. No thanks.

Ta da!!! This is what it looks like as of right now (I just took this photo yesterday so it’s pretty accurate. :)). We painted the walls “Silver Drop” by Behr, hung white lace curtains, painted the trim and doors “Ultra Pure White” by Behr, hung painted shelves, added greenery, photos, an old crate filled with comfy blankets to snuggle with in the cold, cozy lighting, and hints of pastels. My desk is still not finished being painted. To be honest, I’m on the hunt for a nice, old, shabby chic white desk which is why I’m hesitant to continue painting…

Before again – when this was taken I was actually using the office, it wasn’t just a wasted space. But it still needed work.

And now!! My favorite thing in the office is the painted dresser. That was a project I’d been wanting to do forever. See the before of it in the above photo?? I bought it at a garage sale for $2!!

I’d also like to paint the bottom part of this table. Still unsure of the color but I don’t really like the yellow. Also, thanks to you all for your votes, I now have a beautiful canvas of Kristi and Clayton on display! And it matches perfectly! :)

Books I love on display. :)

Who do those furry little loves remind you of?? Yes, we bought it at the vintage shop for $5 because we immediately thought of Rusty. :) Couldn’t pass it up!

Romantic photos are a must. :)

More lovely books and romantic prints scatter my shelves…

Although I use that white parasol at weddings, I like to keep it in the corner as if Mary Poppins is about to stop by for a Jolly Holiday. :)

Dumbo was for sale and I couldn’t say no. Those ears are just too sweet. Plus, Rusty has a friend when he cuddles in that crate.

We actually received 2 Canon coffee mugs for gifts! Paul uses one to drink out of and one to hold his pens on his desk.

The goal for this wall is to fill it with prints – favorite wedding photos, engagement photos, still life, etc.

Paul’s Corner. :) I know this probably doesn’t seem fair that I get 3/4 to myself, but Paul is just so wonderful that he doesn’t even care. :)

His only request was to have his diplomas framed. :) So proud of this kid!

That’s all, friends!! Have a wonderful day – get out and enjoy the sunshine!! :) I drove today with the windows down – where has this blessed weather been and can it please stay forever??

  1. Nana says:

    Hang on I might just have a old shaggy white desk for you…Love you more..