At the beginning of this year, I resolved to follow through. To let go of any work, thing, relationship, emotion that held me back and to put everything I had into building my dream life. Making the decision to stop all the half-assing was the easy part. It's been just two months since The Big Quit, but naturally I'm learning there's more to building the dream.
In my previous career choices, I never hesitated to jump right in to streamline systems and to implement processes that make things work better. Whether it was education, IT, or operations there was a common sensical approach to solving problems. Working for yourself (or trying to!) is a different animal. One without a clear formula and with a different kind of stress. There are no set work hours so days bleed into one another. My biggest challenge has been trying to structure my days so I can be productive because every minute is valuable.
While the sunroom with its beautiful, historic French windows (pictured right) is easily one of the best features in my apartment, it's been sitting stale since last August after a failed attempt of making it an office. Instead of looking forward to working here, I use it as an excuse to go to coffee shops. Such a waste of money!
Somehow the stars aligned and the West Elm fairies sensed my desperation for a functional and inspiring workspace. In addition to the craziness of opening their first store in New Orleans, they decided to sprinkle some love my way by helping me tap into my home office's potential!
When it comes to home decorating, I am two things: minimal and a scaredy cat. Take a look at the before picture. The large 40" x 60" canvas on the bottom right has been sitting blank for two years because I'm afraid to commit!
Fortunately, the best thing about West Elm is how easily their products integrate into anyone's home without sacrificing personal style. With their help, we added dimension to my space by layering objects in a way that doesn't clutter the room. They also taught me how a few great investment pieces like the desk and chair can go a long way. It's incredibly satisfying to see a room come to life simply by following through. Guess you have to live that concept in every possible way!
I couldn't be more in love with the results and thrilled that I get to work in this space every day. A million thank yous to the wonderful West Elm team for making my office dreams come true and helping make the process of building the dream so, so much more inspiring!
West Elm Metal Truss Work Table
West Elm Vines Wool Rug
West Elm Oversized Adjustable Rod
West Elm Mobile Small Pendant
West Elm Grommet Curtains
West Elm Gilded Fern Art
IKEA Kallax Shelving Unit
IKEA Ranarp Table Lamp
West Elm Hive Vase
A Pair & A Spare Printable Calendar
Sherwinn Williams' Extra White Paint in Matte