The Casita Office Makeover

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I’d never heard of a “casita” before I moved to California. It’s a little detached guest room off the house.  Nice because if you don’t use it you can leave the air conditioning off and save money!  We turned ours into a sewing studio a few years ago but then we outgrew it and now it’s the official Lil Blue Boo office.

Here’s the before:

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I love how the neutral palette turned out.  I am still trying to figure out what kind of chairs I want to use….but they have to be comfortable!  This is my side of the office. It doesn’t get used a lot right now because I have my “dining room” office too:

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The shelves and cardboard magazine holders were from Ikea:

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This is Lisa’s side of the office:

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I’ve had these letters for about 10 years….to spell the word “ART”…but I never put them up because it just seemed cheesy…..

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…..Mr. LBB spray painted them for me and we spelled “RAT” instead:

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To make the desks, we cut a thrift store table in half.  Added a 2×4 to the wall to attach each desk to, and drilled holes through the top for computer cords:

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To keep the desks organized I added the Ikea cord organization underneath. I also purchased the drawer sets. I love the “cut to size” drawer inserts too:

 

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To make the printer stations we cut apart an old thrift store desk and used the drawer portions from either side….adding a melamine top:

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The printers sit across from each other and there is tons of storage below each one for paper and office supplies:

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I added things I had around the house to decorate the shelves.

About this painting….I found it at a yard sale.  Someone bought it but said she only wanted the frame. She ripped the painting out of the frame and left the oil painting behind. I asked if I could have the painting (because it’s an amazing painting) and they said yes. I offered $25 but they just gave it to me.

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Some framed magazine articles.  Remember when I had long hair?! Strange.

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Now I know why I hoard knick knacks. My dad had those little dolls in his bag when he passed away. I think he was bringing them back for Boo.  The “JOY” blocks are from my sister-in-law Christy.  The Swedish rooster was my grandfather’s. I made the matryoshka doll.

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Some matryoshka dolls from my friend Olivia:

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Mr. LBB has this great collection of metal banks from when he was a kid.  This was one I recently unpacked. The globe was a thrift store find.  I framed some handprinted paper in a large Ikea poster frame for the background:

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Another thrift store find….a vintage dollhouse.  It’s a project waiting in the wings for Boo and I….but for now it makes nice office decor!

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Little metal shutters…be still my heart:

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A few painting gifts from friends. A vintage camera.

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Choose Joy bracelets:

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A thrift store painting:

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I love these. I filled two bulletin boards with inspiring notes from all of you!

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I treasure every single one.

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Dresses that have been packaged for shipping. We hand print every dress, every box:

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A closet in the casita hold some inventory and one million spools of serger thread. I painted that landscape oil in my parent’s garage one college summer:

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Behind the scenes. Not the greatest angle:

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  1. 1
    Amanda says:

    We have the same things up here in this part of Canada but we call them bunkies.
    Love all the thrifting decor! :)

  2. 2
    Sheila says:

    Wow, Wow! I’m so impressed! What a worker bee you are! I try to read you every tie you post, but haven’t heard about your mammo and re-check. Everything good? You amaze me with all you do! Busy, busy fun life!

    Sheila in Oregon

  3. 3
    Heather Richards says:

    Looks great! Thank you for sharing. You are so inspirational. I love what you do and how you make it easy for others to do and really you are so positive. Thank you.

    Heather

  4. 4
    Bev says:

    Love your studio! I struggle with not having enough time to do all the things I want to do to get organized and create and promote. I’m in awe!

  5. 5
    Deborah says:

    Okay. I was going to go on and on about how much I love your office, but that last shot!!! Legslegslegs girl!!! You look fabulous!

    Lovelovelove,
    Deb

  6. 6
    Julie Edwards McCartney says:

    Love..the “Clean” “Fresh”…Great Ideas! “I, guess..I, miss..the White Walls, “. .. Of years ago!..”…Thanks for the Tour!

  7. 7
    Jasmine says:

    I love your aesthetic! Great job! I think your painting is awesome. Would love to see the oil painting you did…looks stunning! You are very good at what you do!! Keep it up!

  8. 8
    Gina says:

    Love the office make-over and as for the last shot…you look mah-vel-ous dahling!

  9. 9
    Alice H says:

    Nice legs!!

    Oh and I like the office too! RAT…hahaha

  10. 10
    Dayna says:

    Beautiful! This is just the inspiration I need to get my home office/craft room organized. I know it can look this clean and pretty, but how do you keep it that way?!

  11. 11
    christina w says:

    Love your office I am in the midst of redecorating mine and this gives me some great ideas! I also have my grandfathers Swedish rooster and dala horse on my desk.