Friday, April 6, 2012

Before and After: What a Differance a Desk Makes

I blame global warming for the plague of ruts I've seen everyone in this winter/spring/summer-in-spring season. Maybe we didn't get proper hibernation time this year, but I have certainly come down with a case of the blahs. I plan to take mine on head first this weekend with a change of scenery- sitting next to the ocean, drinking mimosas.

A few weeks ago I helped a friend who was having apartment-blahs. We weren't going for drastic change, just enough to feel different. And our goal was under $40 and start-to-finish done in one evening.

Here's the Everyday-Girl-Awesomeness Transformation

How we did it:
  • The #1 difference was made by hanging simple sheer curtains (all materials from Target). 
  • Cleared off all the things that naturally pile up on desks.
  • Important papers went into a vertical file box (also from Target) 
  • Current books in rotation stayed on the desk, all other books got stacked on the floor underneath a table next to the desk in neat piles. It's a studio-we had to get creative 
  • Added: My favorite Calendar from Etsy and a framed personal memento, a glass jar to hold odds and ends and a bunch of sunflowers as a treat.


  1. It has made SUCH a difference! I love it - and while things do still pile up (I'm a clutter-prone human after all), It's a lot easier to keep things tidy and I'm more inclined to do so because it looks so great when it is neat!

    And, honestly, fresh flowers while seemingly minor, make a ton of difference. I can't have them all the time, but when I can I do - it's an instant perk up to the room!

    One genius touch you can't see in these, is stacking up all my many overflow books under the three-legged table next to the desk instead of just up against the wall. Out of the way, but accessible.

  2. I can't believe something as simple as a change of curtains can make such a difference. Good call on that one.

    -Zane of ontario honey

  3. Wow. Now that is what we call organization.

    I have been looking to buy some rugs lately.. anyone know any sites?
    I've heard about Any experiences there? :)

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