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.
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.
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:
We have the same things up here in this part of Canada but we call them bunkies.
Love all the thrifting decor! 🙂
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
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.
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!
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!
Julie Edwards McCartney says
Love..the “Clean” “Fresh”…Great Ideas! “I, guess..I, miss..the White Walls, “. .. Of years ago!..”…Thanks for the Tour!
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!
Love the office make-over and as for the last shot…you look mah-vel-ous dahling!
Alice H says
Oh and I like the office too! RAT…hahaha
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?!
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.