Budget Bedroom Makeover: My Desk

• 14 January 2009

I shared my reading nook with you here, and now I'm {finally!} ready to share my desk space as well. Boy, this Budget Makeover gig has really dragged out...I guess that's what happens when you are trying to save $ and find the best deals!

I have to say I love my new space...it's really simple, clean, and appealing to me somehow. My only regret is not being able to spend more time there...those quiet moments don't come as frequently as they used to :) However, it is nice to have a quiet space, that's just mine, where I can make lists, write correspondence, dream a little, etc. Since I'm a firm believer that every woman needs "alone time" every day for a short while, I'm pretty happy I have a place to turn. Thankfully I do have the pleasure of looking at it every single day, as it is in my bedroom, which somehow makes me feel like I'm "using the space". In addition, the Husband likes draping his clothes on my desk chair so he also finds it worthwhile to have around too :) I mostly used things/pieces I already had to curb costs, so it turned out to be a less-than-$100-total project--that's furniture, accessories, board, fabric...everything.

I made an inspiration board (inspired by many-a-blog) to utilize the height of the wall, and to also create a space for all the little notes, cards, and pictures I like to display in a casual way. Also, since the desk provides zero storage, I needed to figure out an attractive way to provide some for myself :) I found this photo storage box and decided it would do the trick. It hides my pens, papers, cards, and any other junk I want to throw in there!

Since I'm always cruising the "Resources" section of beloved magazines, I thought I'd share all the ins and outs with you...in case there is one person out there like me! I LOVE to know where people pick up their great stuff :)

Starting with the Basics:

* desk - found in IKEA's "As-Is" section
* chair - from the Husband's old office space
* board - made from paperboard sold at Home Depot and fabric from Joanns
* white canvas box - a Bukoos find; originally from the catalogue Exposures
* pottery - from Ali's moving sale; letterpress calendar inside from Amber
* pencils - Muji
* mini calendar - Snow & Graham
* plant & pot - Cactus & Tropicals
* clip lamp - from Pottery Barn originally but I bought it on Craigslist

There ya have it! I'd love to see pictures of your personal spaces/office areas so feel free to pass along a picture to me if you have a moment.


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