Hey everyone! I promised long ago I would do a home office tour when I was done fixing it up. Well I’m happy to say I’m finally done and it is my new favorite room in the house! My parents seem to be super jealous of it and I’m quite proud of how it turned out. It’s not perfect and there’s much I still want to change, but it’s so cute so far.
Walking in, you see the desk at the far wall. You’ll see my old lamp from college as well, I’m sure lots of college kids have this lamp as Target still sells versions of it. It’s not the best as the base is quite loose and I have to tighten it at least once a week but it’ll do for now. The little lamp on the file cabinet on the far left is not very good, which is why I brought the pink lamp in. Oh the file cabinet over there in the corner is pretty much the only thing I don’t use in here, as that’s my dad’s. And the bag by my desk is a croquet set I won at the company picnic last year and I just put it there for storage.
On the side of the bookshelf on the right hand wall, I put some of the wall hooks and put up a framed drawing of Olaf as an Assassin’s Creed character. I got this drawing from a friend when I worked retail, he and I had become friends over a shared hobby of video gaming and he thought my Frozen obsession was hilarious. We’ve lost touch and I am no longer as Frozen obsessed nor do I play video games very often anymore but I still love the drawing and framed it for display. I also have a smaller frame I got from the dollar section at Target that says “hello” on it with a mint green backdrop. The glass frame opens so you can change it out but I find it so cute I’ve left it as is. I also have a flip flop keychain on there that I found randomly in my things and thought it was so cute.
Now here we are facing the right wall. I have all my art supplies that I’ve gathered through the years as I try to force myself to be more artistic in teal and black crates. I also have my boxes from my riding helmet, Loot Crate boxes, and Pop Funko boxes. That’s a corner I still have to work on and I’m looking for a small, skinny bookshelf to put all of that on. At the top of the bookshelf I have some of my Disney dolls, mostly Belle and one Elsa. I used to have some Merida dolls but they didn’t fit when I put them on the riser. In the front I have my figurines, some Pop Funkos, figures from the Loot Crate box, a ballerina from my sister, and a flamenco dancer I got in Spain.
On the shelves I have a few photos, on of myself and Hannah Hart when I met her at BookCon, one of myself and my sister when we went to the Museum of Science and Industry to see a Disney exhibit in Chicago, and one of myself in a ballet slipper frame. I never took much more than beginner ballet classes at college but you can see how much I had enjoyed it! I have a ton of binders in the top shelf, but those will be moved soon as I need more space for books. Other than that, I have biographies, classics, magazines, DVD collections, and other books I intend to read on this bookcase. I do intend to do a bookshelf tour sometime so I won’t go into too much detail yet on this.
And then next to that I have a little cherry red wood cabinet that I got from when the office moved last year. On the open shelf I have a ton of candles waiting to bee used, and inside I keep office supplies and the banners I use to decorate the office (more on that later). You might recognize the top with the cutting board as that’s where I take most of my blog pictures as of late.
Turning around, now we’re facing the left wall. I have another bookshelf there behind that spare chair where my camera is charging and my iPad is playing a video. Again, I plan on doing a bookshelf tour so I didn’t bother to move the chair (suspense!) although I will link to the shelf tour I did do, my Harry Potter book shelf! I don’t think much has changed other than a few more fun items and the Fantastic Beasts screenplay book. On the top I have a framed postcard that I received from my study abroad program before I went to Barcelona. I also have a little flower pot from Target which I love with the colors, and I have my initials in the marquee letters from Michael’s.
Next I have a wood filing cabinet that I intended to paint a darker color so that it would match my current items a little better but ended up keeping as it was. I also bought this from the office furniture sale for storing my paperwork. I the bottom drawer I have file folders full of my school work, award certificates, and more stuff like that. I keep a lot of things so all the paper accomplishments I have I keep there. I know lots of people say to scan them instead but my laptop crashed a few years ago and I lost everything so I haven’t done that, although I have bought an external hard drive to prevent that from happening again. Even so, I don’t use my laptop for much anymore since I’m not in school and normally save documents as Google Docs or something. Ah well!
In the top drawer I have more mementos that are things like an old (still working) music box my mom bought me as a child, school name tags, event badges, and so on. I need to reorganize that drawer as well. I also have some old posters that are not framed and I don’t really have a place to put them.
On the top I have a vintage wood doll bench with a conch shell from a childhood family trip to Acapulco. I also have wine boxes with wine bottles in them, and a Sandalwood Citrus candle from Bath & Body Works.
And then I have one last shelf in here. On the top shelf I have a cute white and gold file organizer, a cup with my name spelled in American Sign Language. For a time I was trying to teach myself ASL so I love this cup a lot. I also have a Merida figure with her bow.
The next shelf I have my Bailey the Beluga from the Shedd Aquarium (named before Finding Dory was a thing), a framed photo of myself and my sister with a clown at the circus (Hermanos Vasquez circus), and my water kettle that I keep in my office for when I want tea.
The bottom shelf has my little crate of tea next to one of my mugs and strainer. I also have my riding bag down there, I use a bag I got at BookCon to keep my helmet, gloves, dog treats, and who knows what else. I do need to clean it out, I’ve been putting it off. But I do take it with me to my lesson every week and makes it much easier to make sure I don’t forget anything.
You can also see my pink seat there on the right. I use it as a foot rest sometimes as well and it opens for storage but I don’t actually have anything in there. I might use it for cleaning supplies as I have glass and monitor cleaners floating about (currently hiding behind my water kettle).
And finally, my desk! Under my desk I do have a few crates of paper and notebooks for some reason. Mostly old stationary that I need to use up. On my desk I have my MacBook Pro, the same one that crashed! The Apple store was able to replace the hardware so it’s still my old laptop, but runs pretty well because of that. I have a wireless Apple mouse that I got from my sister who got it from a friend, and an Apple keyboard (not wireless) that I found at a TJ Maxx. I have my laptop connected to the monitor on top of the fake books that I use for risers. At work I have two monitors so I’m so used to it that I get mad if I’m trying to use a single monitor computer now. Ultimate first world problems!
I also have my Blogging Day mug on my desk and I have my agendas and pens out as well. I have the book I’m currently reading, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, which I bought after watching the movie which has now been nominated for a few Oscars, including Best Picture. I have my printer here as well, although mostly I print from my iPad and it’s wireless. Above my desk, I use the curtain hooks to string across a banner that I change out depending on the season. This is one of the banners I mentioned earlier, as it’s coming up to Valentine’s day I have this XOXO banner up but I also have a birthday one, spring ones, Christmas ones, etc. I get a lot of the banners from the Target dollar spot so it’s inexpensive and fun to switch them out.
Above my desk I have a cute little shelf that I bought ages ago. My dad finally put it up, and really that’s why I was waiting to write this post. I have a string of copper lights on there, along with a blue, gold, and white vase that I need to find some fake flowers for. I also have a vintage set of coasters with ships on the ends and a Teotihuacan pyramid souvenir from Mexico. I have my bull figurine that I bought at Target that I really love and found on sale. And lastly I have a watercolor painting of a village I bought from an artisan market in Mexico. I loved it so much that I framed it when I got home to put it up.
And that’s my office! Let me know what you think! I’ll definitely need a new bookshelf soon so I’ll have to move some stuff around again but for now I love how it turned out.
Thanks for reading!