Category Archives: Office

April 1, 2013

Office Makeover + Giveaway

At the beginning of the year our kitchen cabinets got a serious organizational boost, and since then I’ve been itching to bring some order to the rest of the house. So, when Martha Stewart contacted me to try out her new Wall Manager (ok, not Martha herself. Let’s be real here people.) I jumped at the opportunity. My office area had some major flaws, one of those being the lack of storage. It’s temporarily located just inside the entry of our home, but temporary or not, it still needs to function. This is the main zone for all things blog related, bill paying, dr. appointments, etc. In other words, it gets some serious traffic.

A second issue, that I’ve wanted to update for quite some time, is the dot wall art. If I’m going to be stuck staring at a wall, it better be inspirational. Now, as much as I love the dot art, I’m really drawn towards more of an inspirational board, where I can pin pretty things and swap them in and out easily, as I’d like. And this is where our new Wall Manager comes into play! It’s part of Martha’s Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery line, available exclusively through Staples.

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Umm, whoa. I heart this thing. I’ve accumulated quite the adorable collection of office supplies, and it’s always been stuffed in the desk drawers. Never again. Look how adorable it all looks on display. I’m obsessed. And I’ll be honest; I was a bit weary of installing something so “office geared” near the front door in fear that it might look too cluttered. Wrong. So wrong. It’s fabulous, and makes me smile every time I’m near.

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Now, let’s talk installation. I consider myself pretty handy, so I wasn’t too worried, but man, do they make it easy on you. Each piece of the wall manager clips into a separate backing that is secured to the wall. This may be my favorite feature, in that it makes swapping out the boards super convenient. Say I want to switch up the calendar and the bulletin board, done. The back plates also come with tiny levelers built in, so making everything straight on the wall is a breeze.

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I’ve been having way too much fun pinning up inspirational quotes and pics of the girls. Nothing makes me smile more.

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And I love that there’s a nice spot for my planner and a notebook. They’re too pretty not to be staring back at me and it’s amazing have the desk space cleared.

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I finally have a permanent home for my earphones, using these cute little hooks that slide right into the boards. And I’ll always know where my phone is.. well, the odds are better.

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The best part, you could have a Wall Manager of your very own! Staples has offered one lucky reader a $100 gift card! To be entered for a chance to win, just leave a comment to this post in response to this question – “How and where would you use the Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Wall Manager products? ” AND follow the rules listed below for a SECOND chance to win!

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Rules:

- No duplicate comments.

- You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

- This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

- The Official Rules are available here.

- This sweepstakes runs from 4/1/13-4/30/13.

- Be sure to visit the Avery brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

Disclaimer: Please note that this post is a paid review, in which payment and product have been gifted in exchange for reviewing purposed. However, as always, all words and opinions expressed are solely those of Cape 27.

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February 6, 2013

DIY Mouse Pad Tutorial

Truth: I have been using my iPad case as a mouse pad for almost a year. It’s just one of those things that worked, and buying an actual mouse pad was easily lost in all the shuffle around here. Not exactly a priority. Well, this week I was feeling crafty and decided to make one of my own. Sort of.

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Seriously, this project is SO simple. It took 15 minutes, tops and cost $3. That’s a three.

I bought a cheapie, basic black mouse pad cover (you could use any old one you have around the house), brought out some leftover fabric, and the beloved mod podge (just what I had on hand- any glue should work).

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Let’s break it down, although I’m sure you might be able to guess what happens here.

1. Place mouse pad on fabric. Make a Fabric-Covered Mouse Pad | Cape27Blog.com

2. Cut fabric, leaving about one inch extra around the mouse pad.

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3. Cover the bottom of the mouse pad with mod podge (or whatever glue you’re using) and lie face down on the fabric. Smooth out any wrinkles.

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4. Cut three strips into the fabric around all the corners, to avoid creases once glued.

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5. Make a border of glue to wrap fabric around. Mod Podge dries clear, so don’t worry about making it perfect.

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6. Pull extra fabric around and secure.

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7. Let it dry. Mine took a few hours to dry completely beneath the fabric.

Voila.

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This turned out so much better than I expected! The corners especially.

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It doesn’t hurt that I was totally obsessed with the fabric to begin with. It was the runner up for Zoey’s pillow case.

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It’s such a fun burst of color at my desk, which is mostly white. And just the inspiration I need while up at midnight, writing a post about a mouse pad ;)

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If you want to show us some love, don’t forget to hop on over the The Homies and vote for Cape 27 in the Best Home and Project DIY Blog category!! Lurrrv you for it :)

August 28, 2012

DIY Colorful Yarn Wrapped Vases

Yesterday I shared a DIY painted mason jar tutorial, and some of you may have spotted another DIY project I tackled, yet another Pinterest sensation. When I saw a few glass vases on clearance at Target for just 96 cents, I knew just what I was going to do with them. Insert, DIY yarn wrapped vases. Another super simple project that only cost us a few bucks. Warning, this one is a little more time consuming than yesterday, but totally worth the result!

I brought home a few different yarn options, but all of them transitioned between colors throughout the roll. You could buy separate colors and customize it furthermore, but I liked the easier option.

I was so happy with the results of the clearance vases that I broke a few vases that we had on hand already and went at it. Love these colors.

I would love to use this yarn combo on something for the girls’ room. Adorable.

I filled the smaller vases with some cheap-o flowers I picked up while at Ikea. Can’t wait to use flowers from our yard come spring time next year.

Side note: snagged that wooden owl napkin holder at a thrift store for $2! Love him :)

Now… what else can I wrap in yarn around the house?? Ha.

Anyone else given this Pinterest find a try? 

August 27, 2012

DIY Painted Mason Jars

I’ve been seeing a ton of new mason jar ideas floating around Pinterest lately, so I decided to try my hand at a few! The storage department in my office area for things like pens, pencils, paint brushes, etc. has really been lacking. I love using things for unintended purposes, so mason jar = instant paint brush holder. The process was incredibly easy. It’s crazy that I haven’t tried it before. All you need are a few mason jars, acrylic paint in your color choice, and maybe 5 minutes, tops.

I especially love how you can achieve absolutely any color and keep the glossy glass finish on the exterior. Genius. I only made two of these for now, but I’d love to make a few more. I went with a paintbrush holder, but I could easily see them used for several other things. Pencils, flowers, makeup brushes?

These few small pops of color are just the inspiration I need at my desk :)

How about you guys? Any mason jar projects? Anyone else attempted the painted option? I’d love to see what other uses are out there for them! 

August 16, 2012

The Never Before Seen Office Space

I’ve been working through quite a few office-related updates lately and as I geared up to show to you guys I realized one mini-sized problemo. You have no idea what our office looks like, or where it resides for that matter. Whoops. Turns out, you have never seen our living room, dining room, or bedrooms since move-in day either. Wowzers. Ultimate fail.

So, for the remainder of this week and throughout next week we’ll be playing catch-up. We’ll walk you through room by room, with exception of the kitchen and guest bath because we know you’re burnt out on those spaces, and detail what we’ve done so far, what we’re currently working on, and what our plans are for the future. Things may get a little wordy. I’ll do my best to include plenty of pretty pics with fancy arrows and text ;)

First up, the home of Cape 27, my office space. And I say space because it is literally just one wall of the living room, not it’s own room. Which, while we’re on subject, I actually prefer to have my desk near the main living space of the home. Since most of my blogging is done during the hours with the hubs and kiddos around, it’s nice to be near and not feel so secluded/ buried in my work in a separate room. Plus I can listen to True Blood in the background :) Or.. the screaming kids :/ Either way.. my office is in the living room.

Now, for a before pic of this particular wall, just hours after closing on the house.

And now..

We  brought a few pieces from our last home like the white parsons desk, DIY dot canvas art, and we used the amber table lamp from our previous home’s entryway.

And we mixed in a few new additions, our spunky refinished green file cabinet and the office chair of my dreams, scored on overstock. We’re still working on a way to adjust the desk to accomodate the file cabinet beneath, more on that when we get there.

I also picked up this adorable chevron box from Urban Outfitters. I though it’d be nice for jewelry, but it’s yet to make it past my desk. She just may be staying.

I also want to note that this space is only temporary, as is the rest of the living room, as spaces that will live in the addition in the future. Speaking of, we’ve pushed back our previous plans of building the addition onto the back of the house in the fall (aka now), until early spring 2013. You can not believe the amount of stress this has lifted off our family. We are pretty tight on space, but we’re able to actually enjoy a little of our new time in our new home, which is super important to us. Not only will this give us a little more time to plan and prepare but we we’re saving our pennies for things that wouldn’t have been previously affordable. Phew. That feels good :)