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:
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:
The shelves and cardboard magazine holders were from Ikea:
This is Lisa’s side of the office:
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…..
…..Mr. LBB spray painted them for me and we spelled “RAT” instead:
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:
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:
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:
The printers sit across from each other and there is tons of storage below each one for paper and office supplies:
I added things I had around the house to decorate the shelves.
Funny story about this painting….my friends were selling it at their yard sale. Someone bought it but said they only wanted the frame. They took the frame (which wasn’t that great) and left the oil painting behind:
Some framed magazine articles. Remember when I had long hair?! Strange.
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.
Some matryoshka dolls from my friend Olivia:
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:
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!
Little metal shutters…be still my heart:
A few painting gifts from friends. A vintage camera.
Choose Joy bracelets:
A thrift store painting:
I love these. I filled two bulletin boards with inspiring notes from all of you!
I treasure every single one.
Dresses that have been packaged for shipping. We hand print every dress, every box:
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:
Behind the scenes. Not the greatest angle: