The Fat Hydrangea

Sara Michelle - Columbus, Ohio

Home Office Inspiration Board

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In my last post, I showed you my mudroom and my plans for the updating the space. The other room that needs a love in terms of design and organization is my home office. I am absolutely ITCHING to get this space in order, since I work from home a lot (and working in a disorganized space drives me bonkers!). Up until this point, I had kind of been leaning towards painting the room my favorite shade of navy blue - Benjamin Moore’s Polo Blue - that I used in the big boy’s room in our old house. But honestly, going dark wasn’t 100% sitting right with me. I’m just really feeling more bright and fun vibes for this house! (Except for the boys bedrooms… but that’s another story for another day.)

Anyway, I already have many of the elements for the room… Two leaning white ladder shelves from my old house, white floor lamp, a large white framed pinboard, and a million gray picture frames for a gallery wall. I basically need to choose the following three things to update the room: Desk, walls, and a rug (and maybe a few accessories to tie it all together!)

Serena and Lily just released some new items, and their new Owens Wallpaper caught my eye IMMEDIATELY! I just love the color and the pattern… It’s super fun, but there is also something classic and calming about it. Assuming I went that route, I think the Restoration Hardware French Paneled desk in Aged Oak would be a beautiful complement to all of the white. My dresser and nightstands are a similar wood tone, so it would be nice to bring more of that into the house as well.

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Eventually, I also want to add a built-in unit of some sort along the back wall that can hold (and HIDE) my printer, a small TV, and several file boxes with all of my important documents.

I’m not 100% sure I’m going to go this route, but I ordered wallpaper samples and wood swatch samples, and I plan to sleep on it for awhile! What do you think?

If you want to shop the products, here are the links to the sources:

And though I’m a LITTLE embarrassed to be showing you another extremely messy room in my house, here is a picture of the office as it currently stands… Can you see why I’m starting to get antsy to get these rooms functional and beautiful?

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Mudroom Makeover Plans

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The next project I am tackling in the new house is the MUDROOM! This room has been a total dumping ground since we moved in, and I’m so excited to make it functional for me and the boys.

Here is a snapshot of the space right before we moved in:

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And here is a glimpse of the space now, with us having lived here for four months now:

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Scary, isn’t it? To give you a better idea of the space- since it is difficult to get a good wide angle picture of the room- here is a glimpse of the overall floorplan.

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The large desk and open nook just aren’t working for us. For reference, here’s the pictures from the builder’s website of what they view the space to be used for… Super beautiful! Just not really functional for our family.

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That being said… My vision includes the following:

  • Rip out the large desk. In it’s place, put beadboard along the wall with a hefty piece of trim for numerous hooks. Plenty of space to hang coats and backpacks.

  • Install a bench seat w/cubbies underneath that would span the length of the current desk - along the back wall and under the window. Plenty of space for shoe storage underneath and places for the boys to sit while they are getting ready.

  • Add white shutters to the window for safety/privacy/decor.

  • Add a large bulletin board along the wall to the kitchen with our master family calendar.

  • In the nook by the coat closet, we are going to install a shorter length desk that I envision serving as a charging station for phones/ipads and a place to stash mail. (And in the future, maybe a computer for the boys!) I think I’ll get a chair from Serena and Lily that matches the stools in the kitchen to tie the rooms together a little more (my favorite chair ever).

  • Above the desk, we are going to add three shelves for storage of the microwave and tons of baskets that will house batteries, light bulbs, hats/gloves, and other odds and ends.

Overall, I think this will be SIGNIFICANTLY better use of the space! My general contractor (AKA my AMAZING Dad) has already started measuring and working on the shelves. We figured we’d start on this part of the mudroom, because once the shelves are done we can take all of the junk of the desk before we rip out that side of the room!

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Now, in terms of inspiration and what I want this space to look like, I LOVE the shelving detail from Linen Flax Home’s gorgeous breakfast room. My shelves will be bigger and deeper, but I’m going to make some similar looking corbels on either end of the shelf to add some detail. I just LOVE it.

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In terms of the beadboard and trim on the other side of the room… I’m kind of considering painting it navy blue… I know from our last house that our white built-in’s in the mudroom got incredibly beat up and dirty.. I was constantly touching up the paint because it drove me nuts! I think a navy might be more durable… I would leave the walls, desk, and shelves on the other side of the room all white so hopefully it would still remain super bright! I don’t know… still on the fence about that one! Might be game-time decision!

Here’s a few glimpses of things that are inspiring me for this room:

Stay tuned for more!

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A Visit to McGee & Co.

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Sharing this is WAY overdue, but regardless, I’m so excited to share my trip to McGee & Co. from my last trip to California! My sister actually lives walking distance away from the shop, so we had a lovely morning strolling with the boys, grabbing Starbucks, and popping inside! It was ADORABLE! I bought far too many things and barely got them all to fit in my suitcase but it was worth it! (Yes, I could have just ordered the products online but there is something about actually buying things from a store, you know?)

From the exterior to the interior, it totally lived up to the hype!

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Isn’t it adorable? I can’t wait to get back there in a few months! :)

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Master Bedroom White Wood Gallery Wall Reveal

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The first project I undertook in the new house was the gallery wall in my bedroom. I wanted this room to be my haven, and what better way to do that then to be surrounded with beautiful pictures of people and places I love! I spent virtually all summer picking out my favorite photos to go on the wall and finding the perfect frames/prints. The result is a focal wall that absolutely overflows my heart with love, joy, and hope when I look at it!

I knew I wanted something very organic and something I can add to and modify over time. I bought tons of different styles of frames in different shades of white. Most are 12x12 basic white frames from Target (I removed the mats and went with full frame look). I also got a few rustic wood frames by Face to Face Home from one of my favorite local shops- Bungalow Home. A couple of the beach prints I custom ordered online with the frames (see the links below). Everything is a little different, but it all comes together perfectly.

In terms of the pictures, most of the pics on the wall are iPhone pictures that I converted to black and white in Photoshop using the standard Photoshop presets- nothing fancy! I played a little bit with the exposure, saturation, and clarity until they looked just right but I seriously didn’t spend more than 60-seconds per picture. I also had one professional picture of me and the boys on the beach in California last spring which was taken by Cori Kleckner (she’s amazing!) I then uploaded and ordered all of the prints from Costco.com and they were delivered to my door within a week. Easy as can be! (And a tip: I ordered more photos than I knew I would need… it was nice to have options to play with once things started coming together!)

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When it came to hanging the frames on the wall, I pretty much winged it and just went with what felt good and what was pleasing to the eye, rather than precisely planning, mapping, and measuring everything out. (That being said, I did use a level!) I started by spreading out the pictures along the length of the wall and then filled in with the smaller pictures. It is still a work in progress, but even knowing there are blank spaces for future memories brings me joy when I look at it!

Overall, I just love waking up and falling asleep to these happy, beautiful, inspiring images and quotes. The best way to start and end a day is with gratitude, and this definitely helps to foster that!

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Here are links to some of the prints and products used on my wall:

I got this framed print “Breathe” by Emily Denis from Minted.

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I got the sign “That which does not Kill Us Makes us Stronger” from Face to Face Home.

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I got the framed print “Lineup” from Lauren Marttila Photography, which is the centerpiece of the whole wall.

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I got a couple of the the weathered wood “Case” frames from Face to Face Home as well.

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Hope you love it as much as I do! It’s probably been my most favorite, most meaningful home project ever <3