Inspirado: Office

Some rooms I search endlessly for inspiration and design ideas. I usually go back and forth and change my mind a hundred times. Other rooms I know exactly what I want to do with zero hesitation.

The office is one of the few rooms that I knew exactly what I wanted to do from the moment we moved in. And yet, I haven’t touched it since we got here. We use our office…a lot. My husband runs his business out of there and I get so overwhelmed with the thought of organizing everything.

Now that the rest of the house is somewhat in order, I really have no excuse to put it off anymore. Since Brian does use the office the most, I want to cater to him a little more than the rest of us. He could care less what it looks like, he just wants it to be functional. Which I totally get….BUT I need it to look nice too. It is literally the first room of our house you see when you walk in thanks to it’s location across from the entry way.

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Here is a pic of the office right after we moved in. Sadly it still looks a lot like this. It has acted as a catch-all for a long time. The first act of business is to remove anything that doesn’t really NEED to be in the room. We have had the treadmill in here for a little over a year and it never got used….like ever. So it has since been moved to the living room to try to motivate us to use it more. It also housed the dog kennel for a long time so it needs to move elsewhere too. The other issue is a lack of surface space. Everything gets piled onto the desk because it is the only place to set things down and then it turns into a big ‘ol pile of stress. We also need seating for other people for meetings or when I’m in there helping Brian.  Here are some visuals so you can see what direction I’m heading in.

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Right now are we are working with only one desk, but we both agree that this t-shape configuration is the ultimate set-up. I would love to each have our own workspace and a place for the kids to work on homework or crafts. This will happen someday….someday.

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Love this dark gray. It is masculine, but something I can totally live with too. There is so much clutter and paperwork floating around the office so I definitely like a nice neutral backdrop.

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I like the idea of filing cabinets doing double duty as both necessary storage AND holding up the desk. I also really like the way they are finished to fit in with the décor.

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Lastly, I would love a small command center. We need a place to sort the mail and keep it from ending up on the office desk in a big pile. Our calendar gets a lot of use. Brian goes out of town for work fairly often so I need it to keep track of when he’s going to be gone. I use it to plan dinners for the week. And I absolutely need it to write down doctor appointments and things like that because my brain just cannot be trusted.

Office To-Do List:

  • paint the paneling (obviously)
  • hang shelves
  • organize the office closet (it’s full and I don’t even know what’s in it!)
  • better utilize the storage we have
  • build/buy a multi-person desk (need to get rid of the current desk first to make room)
  • make a command center (calendar, mail box, cork board, etc.)
  • new light fixture

I probably won’t get to all of this stuff right away, but I will getting started on some of it. (Which will be a huge improvement from blatantly ignoring it all!) Paint is first on my list. I can’t believe I’ve gone this whole time without painting it yet!

 

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UGH…That Ceiling

Before we even moved into this house, I knew I was going to have to address the ceiling in Hollis’ room eventually. I’ve been dreading it, clearly, since we’ve lived here over 2 years and I haven’t touched it yet….

My only diy experience with ceilings, is painting them. I hate painting ceilings. A lot. However,  I wish all this ceiling needed was a fresh coat of paint, but it needs much, much more.

(Sorry for the dark pictures, but I had to turn the shadows on so you could see the cracks!)

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Our house is 100+ years old, so we are very used to cracks in the ceilings and walls from settling. And if this was drywall or plaster, I could just fill in those cracks with spackle and call it a day. BUT, this ceiling is covered in paper and the cracks have been taped up and papered over time and time again. I have no idea what is under the paper, and I’m too scared to find out!

We thought about drywalling and texturing the ceiling, but we would eventually end up with cracks in it too over time. I think our best option is to find something to cover the ceiling with. We have ceiling tiles in 3 rooms in the house, so that’s definitely an option. I’ve also been searching ideas on Pinterest for other ideas and found a ton of paneled and wood planked ceilings. I love the look so much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spent hours, HOURS, looking at these wood planked ceilings. There are so many and they are all so lovely. I think the rustic look will fit in so well in our old farmhouse. I’m hoping it will tie in with the wood trim and add some texture and warmth. And best of all, I don’t have to paint it!

 

 

 

Color Crush: Dark Blue-Green

 

If you’ve followed this blog for a little while, then you probably know of my love of color. Lately I’m really into a bold, dramatic wall color. I just wish I had more rooms to use it in.  I’ve done navy in the master, and Kelly green in the guest room. Right now I’m crushing on a deep, dark teal. A perfect combo of blue and green. To me, teal can feel a little bit cutesy, or childish sometimes (like something my 12 year old self would be allll over), but this dark, moody version is super sophisticated.

I just love how it can stand out on it’s own, or take the backseat and act as a neutral. It looks good with so many colors, but I’m especially loving it with golds, greens, and creams. If you can’t commit to a room, I really like the idea of trying it out on a piece of furniture like that bathroom vanity! What do you think? Are you loving this color or hating it?

Inspirado: Garden Goals

The weather here in Kansas has been so awesome the last few weeks, it is really feeling like Spring these days. We’ve enjoyed being able to play outside and take walks, but it also has us thinking about our garden plans. I’m also very aware of our lack-luster landscaping and projects I’d love to tackle outdoors when I get the okay from my doctor.

Last year I wrote about our garden, and while it was mildly successful, it wasn’t a home run. It was definitely a learning process for us. I’m glad we did it, because we were able to figure out what worked and what didn’t. We decided this year that we would probably do better with some sort of raised garden beds. We just couldn’t keep the weeds or the rabbits out of our garden last year. We also are scaling back on how many things we should plant, I think we planted too many varieties of things last year and it was hard to keep track of what was what. So this year we are trying to plan things out a little better and keep simple.

I’ve been on Pinterest oohing and ahhing over other people’s beautiful gardens, because what else is there to do when your up at 3:30am feeding the baby? Here’s my faves so far…

 

These simple, counter-height garden beds are exactly what I’ve been picturing in my head. I’m just afraid with the crazy winds we get out here, that we may have to shorten them a bit to keep them from blowing over.

These might be a little too low for us, but I like the idea of gravel around the garden beds to keep from having to mow or trim around them. It would also be nice to water and not have to walk around in the mud. It just looks so nice and clean.

This is so smart. You wouldn’t have to worry about wood rot, there is a spigot to drain water, and you wouldn’t have to assemble anything. But….I’m not sure how expensive they are though, so they could get costly.

I love this look. These are up against a fence, but I think you could build standing garden beds with this similar look fairly easily.

This garden is just too pretty not to share. It is seriously #gardengoals. I would feel so zen working in this garden.

Not sure exactly which direction we will go with, but hopefully we will have better luck than last year!

 

Inspirado: Guest Room

If things continue the way they have been, I’m going to have to start referring to the 3rd bedroom as the junk room instead of the guest room. I have been using it as a dropping off zone for tools, paint, extra decor, Hollis’ old baby stuff and there is a stack of totes so high that it is basically screaming “I will topple over on you if you get too close.” So to help my guests avoid certain death, I need to get my butt in gear and start treating this as a proper guest room.

The only before shots I have are from when we first moved in and where using it as Hollis’ nursery. So just picture the shelves and bed covered with junk and a super tall stack of totes where the dresser is.

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We do have guests stay here pretty regularly, so I would love for the room to just be a designated guest room and not a place to store all my stuff that I’m too lazy to find a real home for. I really think I want to do a bold color in here to add some interest. Since I’m limited on space, I need a way to make a big impact without bringing a lot of furniture or accessories in. We have to keep the bed, even though the bed frame is a little large for the space, we’re just not ready to part with it yet. I’m toying with the idea of swapping this bed for the bed in Hollis’ room, which is also a queen but doesn’t have such a large bed frame….but I’m not sure yet.

Here are some photos I pulled for inspiration…

I love the eclectic feel of this bedroom. I just love the mix of that bold wall color, bright white bedding, florals and golds.

I love that first pic so much that I pinned this other pic of it, not realizing it was the same bedroom just from a different angle!

I’m obsessed with this Kelly green wall color. I NEED it in my life. I think the guest room would be a great place to use it.

I’m currently using the closet in the guest room to its max capacity. I like this idea of having a place to store extra linens in the room and having them easily accessible to guests. (I do NOT want some poor unassuming guest to perish in my home because they opened the closet to look for  a blanket and drowned in a pile of crap I probably don’t even need.)

Speaking of the closet. I really like this idea of adding some type of mirror to the bi-fold door. The room needs a mirror anyway, and it dresses the doors up a bit.

And here’s a peek at my to-do list:

  • paint the walls
  • find some new bedding
  • remove anything that doesn’t actually belong in the room
  • stain the built-in shelves/desk and closet doors (I’d like them to match the trim in the room and currently they are a few shades lighter)
  • add mirrors to bi-fold door….maybe
  • hang artwork
  • install roller shades (the room has three windows facing, East, South, and North so it gets crazy bright in there)
  • find new curtains
  • organize the closet and leave some room for guests to hang clothes
  • find dresser/cabinet for linens

 

 

Current Color Crush: Purple

So I’m totally crushing on the color purple right now…Not the movie with Oprah, but the actual color purple. I’ve never really been drawn toward purple before, except maybe as a kid, but even then, not really. But lately…

Lately I can’t get these smoky, slightly warmer shades of purple out of my head. They are surprisingly neutral and can work with so many other colors.

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Still not convinced?…..Here are some interiors that are really making it work.

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^^ I love these moody, plum hues mixed with wood. I could definitely see this working with all of the dark trim in our house.

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^^ These smoky shades look really nice with the contrast of bright white.

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^^I love this dramatic ombre wall…..I love it too much, I think.

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^^ I even like it a super modern space as an accent wall color, it’s just so versatile!

You don’t have to commit to purple as a wall paint color. It also works really well on furniture and accents.

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I will never look at purple the same way, I just love it so much. It may take a lot of convincing to get the hubby on board for a purple sofa….but a girl can dream!

Inspirado: Rec Room

So I’ve been putting off working on the rec room for months. This room is seriously stumping me. We’ve designated the large room in the back of the house, that is connected to the office, as our rec room. It’s a great space, but with two large windows and two large doorways, there just isn’t much wall space to work with which makes laying out the furniture tricky. The other problem is that I’m asking a lot from this one room. It basically needs to serve as a gym, extra guest room, t.v. room, and mostly a playroom.

rec room // thegoldbrickroad.comThe room will mostly be occupied by our daughter right now. It houses the majority of her toys, and there is a t.v. and sofa in there for her to watch her shows (also for me to watch my shows when the hubby commandeer the t.v. in the living room). Even though it is a room she will use a lot, I want it to be a space that kids and adults are comfortable in. I want the decor to be kid-friendly but not over the top.

I’ve collected some pics for inspiration.

^Love this idea of a two-toned paint job. I love these colors, but I will probably go a little more neutral to keep it a bit more sophisticated.

^ Our room desperately needs storage and I really like what they’ve done here by using the storage units to section off part of the room. Such a good way to define a space!

^ I also like this idea of using paint to define a small space. Maybe I can make Hollis a little “house” in a corner for her play kitchen and baby dolls.

^ Such a cool idea for a non-traditional dollhouse AND the shelves would be super functional when the kiddos older. I just have to find the wall space for it…If I can’t find it in the rec room, then I may have to do it in her bedroom.

^ We have a play kitchen already, that was graciously handed down to us from Hollis’ cousins, but when she outgrows it, it would be fun to customize one for her like this.

Here’s an inspo board for what I’m hoping to incorporate. I’d like it to be mostly neutral with some fun pops of color.

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Lots to do! Luckily it’s a lot of fun projects. Here is a glimpse at my to list:

  • find storage for toys
  • paint the walls
  • find or make curtains
  • designate a play area
  • designate the “gym”
  • make a cozy space for t.v. watching
  • designate an area for art
  • find some fun artwork
  • find a sofa bed/futon for extra room for guests
  • make Hollis a “house” with play kitchen and other toys