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I was reading an interesting article the other day that was filled with statistics.  The numbers were staggering but what really was on my mind was how those numbers related we decorate our homes.  It all comes back to time, the time we spend under our own roof.  With some much time spent in our homes, the saying that your home should rise up to meet you and that it should fuel your soul is so true.

DID YOU KNOW..

The average person will sleep for 229,961 hours sleeping (1/3 of your life)?

 That’s why having a bedroom that comforts you at the end of the day is important.  Invest in good quality sheets and pillows, make your bedroom is cozy and surround yourself with photos and things you love so you go to sleep and wake up feeling joyful.

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The average person spends a staggering 32,098 hours eating and drinking beverages in their lifetime.

Create a dining space that is comfortable and allows you to gather with friends and family is one of the best ways to make your home a sanctuary.  Mealtimes should be a time to reconnect with the ones you love and having a space you love makes the gatherings even more meaningful.

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The average American spends 32 hours per month online. That totals 28,300 hours in a lifetime, and this number may increase in the future with smart devices becoming more commonly used and allowing easier access to the Internet.

As someone who works from home I fully understand the concept of creating a working space that is both functional and pretty.  This also applies to those of you that work outside the home. Keep your home office organized and surround yourself with inspiration that will enhance your work and keep you energized.

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The average person will watch over 9 years’ worth of TV, or around 80,486 hours.

I am always getting on my husband about watching too much TV.  Since TV’s are apart of our lives, focus on making your TV viewing area as beautiful as possible.  Invest in comfortable seating and make the TV part of the décor.  And while you’re at it, create a beautiful outdoor living space that just might entice the family away from the TV.

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Women will spend 12,896 hours in their lifetime cleaning the home, which is almost one-and-a-half year of their lives.

I’m not your typical person because I actually like to clean.  There is some therapeutic about it. But I know that in order for me to enjoy it I must have my supplies organized and easily accessible.  Take the time to organize and make the area where you keep your cleaning supplies pretty.  Seeing a beautiful space will make you want to create a beautiful space.

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Happy Friday!
Today I had planned to show you my  home office space but I cant!  It is no shape to make a debut on the blog.
 The current state of my desk looks like this…

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and I’ve got fabric samples, my fall coffee table décor, centerpieces for an event and my treasures from Scott Antique Market all over the floor!

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I promise I’ll share the space with you next week after I get it cleaned up and organize, but in the meantime I hope you enjoy this quick and easy DIY project I recently created for my desk.
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After painting my desk and adding a glass top, I realized that my computer mouse was not functioning well on the glass surface.  I knew I needed a mouse pad but didn’t want to buy one of those generic looking ones, so DIY to the rescue.
Supplies:
Cork trivets from Ikea ($2.99 for 3) and Decorative Scrapbook Paper
Mod Podge, Scissors and a paint brush
Decorative Washi Tape and/or acrylic paint
How to:
Trace the outline of your trivet on to the scrapbook paper and cut it out.
Using a paint brush, coat one side of the trivet and the back side of your paper circle with Mod Podge.  Place the paper on to the wet trivet surface and smooth out.
Once the Mod Podge is dry, you can paint the edge of your trivet with acrylic paint or cover it with decorative washi tape. And if you want, you can coat the top and sides with a final layer of Mod Podge to create a smooth, protected surface.
Let everything dry and you’ll have a fancy mouse pad for your desk, for less than $3.00!

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I loved how easy and inexpensive this project was so I created three mouse pads that I can switch out when the mood strikes me.  I used decorative tape on the edge of two pads and painted the edge of the third.

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With the holiday season coming up, this is a great project you can do for girlfriend gifts or teacher’s gifts.
I hope you have a great weekend.  I’m off to get things cleaned up so I can enjoy the beautiful weather we’re suppose to have here this weekend!

Shelly

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As someone who works from home, I’m always checking out office spaces on Pinterest. In my book, the perfect home office doesn’t have to be large or filled with designer touches but does need to be functional, have pretty accessories and incorporate personal touches. Here are 10 of my favorite office spaces and why they work in my book.
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One of the things I love about that this compact work station is that there is room to spread out and if needed accommodates two people working.  I recently added a glass top to my desk and think that really adds to the style of a work surface.
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This is a great example of a personalized work area.  The two lamps help to define the desk and the inspiration board is a great centerpiece to this gallery wall, which is full of personal pieces.
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While not exactly my style, this super sleek and modern desk offers style and function with the drawer unit that helps keep the desk area uncluttered.  If I was to change one thing about this space it would be the chair…this desk calls for a chair with more style.
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There are so many cute things in this office space.  The desk is charming (love the curves) and the chalkboard is functional and pretty. I also love the dress form which adds a personal feel to this work space.
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Isn’t this space pretty?  I love the painted desk top and the overall arrangement of this L-shaped work surface. The bookshelves are the perfect mix of decorative and functional items and that chandelier adds a touch of glam.  This beautiful space was designed by Sabrina of Pink Little Notebook who has a fabulous blog I highly recommend you check out.
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My favorite part of this work space is the floating shelves which help keep the space open and airy but still provide ample space for organization and display.
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What really makes this office space work for me are the pops of bold color with all the white.  The expedite bookcase is great for storage and I love the Louis chair in place of a traditional office chair.  Only thing missing…a fun rug!
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Cute and compact is how I’d describe this office space.  The bold wall color definitely adds lots of energy and the plant adds visual interest.
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I’m all for a non-traditional desk in an office and love that this space feel mores like an extension of the homes décor than a hard-core office space.
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I’ve always liked the idea of an office space in a closet.  This is the perfect solution when space is at a premium.  The open shelves are great for decorative storage boxes  and accessories, and the top cabinet gives you space to store more mundane office supplies behind closed doors.
When I look at all of these offices spaces, I realize there are a few common elements that stand out to me and that help define the perfect home office.
1.  Storage–Boxes, Baskets and Bookcases provide storage while also adding to the style of an office space.
2.  Lighting–Unique lighting both on the desktop and overhead help make an office space pretty and functional.
3.  Seating–Non-traditional chairs used as desk chairs are a great way to up-style your work area.
4.  Color–Whether through accessories, wall color or rugs, color makes an office space feel energized.
5.  Wall decor–Mixing functional pieces like chalk or bulletin boards with framed art and inspirational quotes helps to personalized an office space.
6.  Accessories–Every good office deserves pretty accessories.  Using decorative pieces to hold pencil, paper and files makes an office feel less rigid.
7.  Flowers-Guaranteed to make your work space happier!
Want to see what my home office space looks like?  I’ve been doing a little spruce up and will share it with you next week.

Shelly

all images via my Office/Craft Space pinterest board

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Today I celebrate my 22nd wedding anniversary and these are just a few of the things I’ve learned over the years!  Happy Anniversary to my Love!

Enjoy these weekend reads….

Pure Loveliness!

Beautiful images captured on film.

I love everything about this office!

This is a pretty amazing jewelry station.

A pretty simply and fabulous diy projects.

Five inexpensive ways to update a room.

Some great furniture makeovers.

Yum!

Have a fab weekend!

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Since I spend so much time in my office, I feel the need to surround myself with pretty office accessories.  Having an organized & stylish office space is not only necessary to fuel my creativity but it also spurs me to keep my small space organized and tidy.  There are a few essential elements I think every office space needs like a desk lamp and desk chair and beyond that there are some really stylish pieces that I think every office could use.  Today I’ve rounded up some of my favorite inspirational office spaces and a handful of adorable office accessories I found on Etsy.
Check it out….be inspired and then get back to work, in style!

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I love the simplicity of the space.  The striped rug adds just enough pattern to keep the space interesting and that mirror is a definite style statement.
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I love the idea of a hanging light over the desk and the bold color that is balanced against an all white space.
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So much to love about this space.  Why go with a brown wood desk when you the color pink exist?   And that animal print bulletin boards is so stylish.
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Upgrading a simple metal file cabinet is just a few paint strokes away.

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Stained Glass Business Holder and Pencil Cup
Patterned Desk Tray
Paris Pencil Collection
Personalized Chevron Mouse Pad
Designer Clipboard with Zebras
Chevron Letter Holder
Framed Bulletin Board
 
You might also find inspiration for your office space here and here!

XO Shelly

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Just wanted to pop in and let everyone know that I’ve got new Designer Clipboard patterns added to the ConfettiStyle Designs SHOP!   

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Handcrafted by me, just for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

XO Shelly

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Since the month of January at my house is all about organizing, I thought I’d share some of my favorite office and work space inspiration with you. And as an added bonus I’ve included three of my tested and proven organizing tips.

Organizing Tip #1:  A Pretty Workspace=A Productive Workspace

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be work in a space that is uninspiring and lacks a sense of style.  Creating a stylish workspace can be done by simply investing in a few colorful and chic desk accessories to hold your office tools and papers.  Head to your local big box store and shop the kitchen section for decorative glass jars, platters and baskets.

Flea markets and thrift stores are also a great resource of silver trays, bowls and dishes that will add an elegant touch to your desk.

Office inspiration - white desk, pink lamps, iMac, silver accessories

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Organizing Tip#2Organize From the Floor Up

The floor space under your desk or next to it is often unused.  This valuable space can help you stay organized if put to use in the right way.  Stack decorative boxes or lidded baskets under or to the side of your desk. Use them to hold extra printer paper, notebooks or other large office supplies that would normally sit on the top of your desk.  If the space allows, build a shelf under the desk to hold file and magazine boxes which you can easily reach when needed.

You can get his ghost chair on Amazon for pretty cheap. Perfect for a desk.

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We need these desks on campus! That mirror is pretty neat too.

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This is pretty. I like the under desk storage option.

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Organizing Tip#3:  Keep your projects Close to Keep you on Track

One of the best and most stylish ways to set up function and organization in your office is by incorporating a decorative bulletin/inspiration board.  The board becomes a great place to hang to-do list, materials for projects in progress and inspirational photos.  Incorporate a bulletin board that coordinates with your décor for added style!   Even in a limited space, you can make a bulletin board would for you.

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Pendant light and inspiration bulletin board

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would be pretty awesome in a matching set...    via Wisteria 1.  Contained Office.   A tall computer hutch is a great way to use vertical space to pack all things office into one piece of furniture.  Consider customizing one you already have with bulletin boards and a pull out desk (that’s what we plan to do with our family room’s armoire – build a family computer station

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Using walls for desk storage: clip boards, binder rings, bulletin board, shelves...

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A final note on organizing…be creative!  I love this idea of using a picture frame and a piece of fabric to create a desktop organization station!  The link to the original source is not working but it looks like a pretty simple DIY!

Pretty desk organizer made of fabric and a frame.

I’d love to know if you have a favorite organizing tip for your home office so please leave a comment and share!

XO Shelly

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Have you ever though that stylish bookends are hard to find?  Well, I’ve rounded up a few great choices that just might change your mind. 

 

I love this Crystal Finial/Bookend from Restyled Creations via Etsy.  Not only would that make a stylish bookend but it’s also a great tabletop accent!

A fun take on an animal themed bookend.  These Orange Lion Bookends would look great on a white bookcase!

These Retro Owl Bookends had me at hello.  I’m going through a bit of an OWL obsession at the moment so I couldn’t overlook these.

I love an easy upcycled vintage project.  Not only are these Old School Metal Bookends practical, they just became stylish with a coat of paint and a stenciled number.

This is one of the most innovative bookends I’ve come across.  The Wood Alphabet Bookend and a statement piece and a work of art.

If you’re looking for something a bit more unexpected, how about these Linen Bookends/Shelf Pillows with a silhouette image.  Fun and chic!

These High Five Bookends are great for a mans office or boys room. They’d also be pretty cool if you happen to have a where you make things by hand!

A nod to Parisian style.  These SpiSani Poodle Bookends are pretty stylish with their acrylic base and posh puppy!

One of my personal favorites.. LOVE Bookends!

And for a bit of a whimsical touch, how about these Bracket Bookends.  Love the color and love that they truly are unique!

 

 Now that you have some great bookend options, how about a little inspiration on how to use bookends and other decorative pieces in your bookcase displays!

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So, which bookends are your favorite?

 

 For even more bookend options, check out this post over at Design Tabloid!

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