A Little Decorating... Creating a Kid-Friendly Home Office

by Aly
Welcome to my office.  I work from home.  Beyond this blog, I own an event management company, US Trisports.  We produce triathlons.  I love my jobs: mom and business owner. This is where the magic happens...
It's not easy balancing motherhood and business.  However, creating the right work environment sure helps.
  • Central Location:  My office is in the front room, completely open to the rest of the house. My kids are always welcome to come climb on my chair with me.  I also sit right in front of the window so I can see my kids walking to and from their friend's houses or playing in the yard.  Beyond the banister is their basement playroom and from here I can hear every word.
  • Color you LOVE:  I recently re-painted these walls (all by my lonesome) because I wasn't loving spending time in the color they used to be.  Now I feel so serene and beachy in my blue-gray office.  
  • Practical Storage Solutions:  I used to have my printer out for all to see.  I feel like sticking it in the cupboard makes me love this room so much more!

  • Cute Storage Solutions:  I can't say enough about storage.  I am not nearly as organized as I look.  Those big, white storage boxes (IKEA) are a life saver.  I throw anything I need but don't want to be seen in there, and they look tidy and cute.

  • Things that Inspire:  My work requires some inspiration and motivation, as does everyone's.  I fill my office with things that I love and that remind me of the people I love.
Things I love in my office:
  • Photos of beloved Grandparents
  • Mason jars, love 'em
  • A vintage photo book of Hawaii
  • My all-time favorite photo of my husband and me from when we were dating
  • A big piece of glass I picked up while visiting my sister in Southern Utah
  • My Mac.  Can't help it, I love you, Mac!
  • A print of a painting by my oldest brother.  Isn't he amazing?
  • Milk glass glass given to me by my thrift-shopping diva Aunt Pamela
I hope this posts inspires you to add a little inspiration to your work space.  I think you will love it too!
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Candace said...

I wish I was brave enough to pick a color for my office & paint it! I love the color you have. I was thinking of an avocado green for mine :) I need a homemake over when are you going to come help? And where is the money tree?

Meeks said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I really need to make my office a haven...it has slowly been unravelling and now is anything but a haven.
By the way, your brother's paintings are AMAZING! Wow what a talent!! Did he love drawing and painting from a young age?

ABrooks said...

thanks! Glad you guys like it! As far as my brother: my mom was an artist and that's what we did for fun as kids. My two oldest brothers are now professional, successful artists. Best,

Amy @ peppertowne.com said...

Excellent wall color, my office is a similar tone but a little more gray. You did a wonderful job.

ABrooks said...

The wall color is Myth Gray by Kwal Howell. I saved a buck and had them match it at Lowes.

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

The wall color is just great!

Centsational Girl said...

What IS that wall color? I am in love ! It's the perfect deep shade of blue. What a wonderful space to connect with the rest of the world, and how perfect to surround yourself with things that inspire! Thanks for sharing your space and linking up today!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

I love the wall color, you must love having such a great space to blog and wow, storage all to yourself!

Christine said...

The wall color is fabulous. I love IKEA, it's where most of the furniture in my blog/craft space is from too. This is a lovely spot!

Laurie-Jean@WilloughbyWhimsy said...

Great organization! I love the idea of a table instead of a desk. The wall color you chose is very serene! Lovely spot!

Stopped by from the party~

Jen said...

Great space!
Like everyone else I'm in L-O-V-E with the wall color!!!

Anonymous said...

What a great space...love that wall color, can you tell me the name??

Thanks...nice to meet you.

All the best,
Kathy :)

Ellie said...

I love this space! It's so pretty and practical and I love that it's centrally located! Good for you!

A Little Great said...

Paint color: Myth Gray by Kwal Howell.
thanks for reading!

Kristen said...

Great wall color - love it!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I love the desk you chose - great room!

Katy said...

Love the new wall color!! What a great space!

Rene said...

What a great workspace you have and your work sounds so interesting. Are you a triathlete?



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