Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My new office!

My husband and I had a romantic dinner planned for Valentine's Day this year. First we thought about going out to dinner, then decided to stay in, cook lamb and open a bottle of really good wine. Well, the day came and we went to Ikea that morning just to look. If you know my husband or I, you know just "looking" means "buying". We had been talking about redecorating my office for awhile, but kept putting off the project. Until Valentine's Day. We left Ikea with a car full of office furniture, swung by Miller Paint for a gallon of Devine Foam, and got home to start our project. It took all day and our romantic plans wound up consisting of eating pizza on the couch while the first coat was drying while watching the NBA dunk contest in our underwear (we HAD to take off our painting clothes so we didn't get anything on the white couch!) It was such a fun day though and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Plus, look at my office! I'm still working on getting things organized but for the most part, it's perfect. I have been amazingly productive in my new space and I'm so happy to have such a gorgeous place to work now. Many thanks to my husband for all his hard work!

Right wall, before (I'm such a mess...)

Left wall, before

Color options (we chose the left– I LOVE it!)

There I am! Don't mind the ugly painter's socks :)

More attractive painting clothes :)

My cute husband painting away!

Hanging shelves

Right wall, after!

Left wall, after!

Friday, February 13, 2009

2009 Bride's Choice Award!

I received an email today that I won a Bride's Choice Award on WeddingWire.com! This award recognizes the top 3% of vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellent quality of service, responsiveness, professionalism, value of cost and flexibility. Check out the list of other great winners from Portland (including two of my favorites, Event Team Entertainment and Honeysuckle Photography). Thanks to all my past clients who reviewed me! If you haven't had the chance yet, go here.

2009 Bride's Choice Awards presented by WeddingWire | Wedding Cakes, Wedding Venues, Wedding Photographers & More

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A little (ok, a LOT!) of inspiration

As I said in my earlier post, my office is still a work in progress. Just a bit ago I saw this amazing craft room belonging to Crafty Intentions {via Brown Sugar Design's link}. I want it! First of all, the wall colors are wonderful (hello, aqua & red, look familiar?!) Second, look at all that shelving! AWESOME. I am so inspired and think I have finally figured out what I can do to my office to make it WAY more functional. I might just have to take a trip to Ikea this weekend and celebrate my birthday and Valentine's Day with a whole new office set-up! I wonder if the husband will be ok with all that... ;)

I am a sucky blogger...

But maybe my new toy will help! My dear husband bought me a new computer for my birthday and I couldn't be happier. This thing is awesome. It is SO fast and super sleek, and just what I need right about now. My old laptop has been good to me, but lately it has been slowing me down. I couldn't keep more than one application open at a time, and I was starting to lose files more often and having to start certain projects over. Very, very frustrating to say the least! I'm sure John was sick of hearing me cursing to myself and threatening to throw my computer and everything else around me out the window... Now I have this gorgeous computer that is insanely quick and it makes me so happy! So here's a little pic (taken from my phone so the quality sucks) and soon I hope to post more of a clean & organized office where I will be spending a lot more time designing and blogging!!

Excuse the clutter... My office is STILL a work in progress!