Category Archives: Office

May 18, 2011

Printer Envy

Alright, I think I’ve officially worn out all the ways to work Envy into the title. Can you guess what this post is about? Yep, not that exciting but since I’ve neglected to share our printer news for over two months now I figured it was time. Especially considering how totally pumped I was when we actually bought the little diva and when I first spied her here. She’s beautiful.. ya know, for a printer. But for everyone’s sanity around here we’ll go ahead and make this quick and to the point. There’s really only so much you can say about a printer other than it’s fantastic. Basically, we researched, we bought, we love, love, love.

My absolute favorite quality, that I never considered before she came home with us, is how much she resembles all of our media players. Granted we have not one single extra inch of space beneath our TV for her, but possibly one day it’d be an option. She’d blend right in with the cable box, dvd player, and game systems. Secondly, she’s shiny. What girl doesn’t love shiny things? And you could say that touch screen and fun apps almost make printing fun.

We’ve already used her several times for printing photos placed throughout the home which have come out near perfect. She’s an all-in-one meaning she prints, scans, and copies plus everything is completely wireless. Bonus points for no ugly cords cluttering up the desk area, a huge advantage when working with such a small space from the get-go. For a printer used just for basic home needs, we splurged a little at $199, but we’re willing to take the hit for all of the awesome extras. Did I mention she’s shiny?

 

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May 17, 2011

Dot Dot Dot

I went for it. My very first canvas painting (if you want to call it that). Surprisingly, I’m thrilled with it. It’s far from anything professional, ha, but it gets the job done. It has taken our office area to a whole new level. It’s bright, it’s fun, and ohhh-soo colorful. Of course I went for colors that were already working their way into our home. A little teal, olive green, mustard yellow and a few neutral grays.

Jen’s Lipstick Dots paintings that I wrote about here were my inspiration one hundred and ten percent, plus some. I love the sheen that her paintings have, which mine is lacking. I haven’t sealed the painting with any kind of protection yet so that may be something I go back and try to tackle. Although, I should probably just leave it alone. I tend to make things worse when I get brilliant ideas like adding that cherry on top. We’ll see… For now, I’m loving it.

Our office area has come a long, long way. Considering a few months ago we didn’t even have a desktop.

You can see how much life the new artwork brings to the space.

On the opposite side of the arch opening leading to the dining area lives our new yellow bookcase (more details on that here) so the painting really helps balance things out. The two together not only draw your eyes up, making the space feel larger, but they somewhat draw you in towards the dining room as well. Please ignore the madness currently taking place inside the bookcase. Work in progress.

You can see how flat the painting reads in this close-up. A little metallic might do the trick.. any suggestions?

May 15, 2011

Cocoa & Hearts

If you haven’t been over to Jen Ramos’ new site “Cocoa & Hearts” well… you’re probably living under a rock, not to mention missing out on some seriously kick ace artwork. Jen featured our Nursery a while back and as I’ve said before, Amazing gal. Yea, that’s a capital A. I take inspiration from her blog practically daily and her new site is no different. Check these beauts out.

I’m head over heals for the adorable dots. Unfortunately the price just isn’t in our budget, but I’m thinking of trying my hand at a piece of my own. We’ve been in some desperate need of artwork for our new office space and a piece like this would do the trick. Now, I’d like to say that I have a fairly creative side to me but painting just isn’t part of that. I completely draw a blank every time I try to do something abstract but I think I could handle some dots. Maybe. It’s a risk. I’m definitely not going in with the idea of having anything close to Jen’s quality of work, but hey… maybe it’ll turn out “OK”. Maybe.

May 4, 2011

Moroccan Pouf

If you haven’t noticed the moroccan pouf trend taking over the blogosphere, well then you’re probably living under a rock. I’m on board.

 

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However, not so on board with the $200+ price tag. Hello? We have a baby to feed over here. So, when Target announced that they’d be teaming up with Calypso St. Barth an offering this shiny metallic gal of goodness at only $59….

I was quick to add the link to my bookmarks and casually stalked it up until their debut on May 1st. Luckily our local Target had two left in stock after they sold out online within the first day. They’re definitely not the quality you would get in a $200 pouf. Not as.. “poufy” and obviously not real leather. Plus, I’m pretty sure there is some kind of support made of wood in the center. Like I said, it doesn’t “pouf” like it should. But it’s really pretty.. and shiny.. and nice to look at. Ha.

Me like.

Can’t wait to do some of this :)

 

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PS – The new bookcase arrived a few days ago (over a week early!) so updates to come :)

April 25, 2011

Hydrangeas

This post is fairly unimportant, but I couldn’t help but share these hydrangeas we picked up over the weekend. I mentioned our awesome new teal mason jars a while back and threw around a few ideas for playing them up. One of those being a collection of white flowers. So far… Loving. It.

It really is the simple things.