Tuesday

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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18 comments:

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,
Aly

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!
xo
Kate

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 :)
jokaj@comcast.net

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!
Aly

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?

-Rene

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