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My Cubicle Makeover

Alternate possible titles to this would be as follows: it’s only been one day and I’m already sick of staring at a burlap background OR everyone knows I am a home blogger so the pressure is really, really on OR I am so excited to have a place to decorate that I haven’t had to rip up to make look decent.  You know, any of those would do. 🙂 Like I shared in my last post, I am now working full time as a paid writer! Woo to the hoo! 🙂  As I transitioned back into the land of cubicles, I knew I wanted to make my workspace really cute—after all I will end up spending 40 or so hours a week here!  Plus, there were so many super cute workspaces around me (after all, it IS JCP!) that I was feeling really inspired.

It was so nice to have a space ready to decorate, you know? A space that didn’t have to be torn apart, rebuilt and put together again.  I was feeling really excited about making my desk a pretty home away from home, and knew I wanted an “anthro” look to it (after all that is my most favorite store everrrr).  Mission accomplished I think!

Here is the before.  My desk is huge!  And a great blank slate to work on…here is what I started with-

I am liking the after much better. 🙂 So cute right?  The paper behind the computer (how cool is it that we work on Mac desktops?) is from Paper Source.  I love the soft cream, blue-green and gold tones of the paper and when I saw it I knew instantly it would be the perfect backdrop to stare at every day.  🙂 The paper was pricey, so I wanted to make it last and decided to do an “accent wall” rather then the entire cube.

The pom poms above my computer are made of tissue paper and strung on burlap.  So super easy!!! I followed this tutorial and made them on the couch in an hour while we were watching a movie one night.  The hardest part was finding the different colors of tissue paper (Hobby Lobby had the best selection hands down). The computer desktop background is via Lara Casey – they are free and she has tons of amazing ones!

Here’s my favorite spot on my desk.  I found the 3 tall green glasses from Anthropologie in the clearance aisle.  At $4 each they were a no brainer! The bowls are also Anthro- I have been eyeing the larger one on the left for quite some time and was really excited to finally snatch it up. (I kind of have a bowl addiction.  I love bowls!) The two smaller ones are the mini latte bowls.  And as I am a sticky note fiend, I loved the white metal lace sticky note holder I picked up at Mardels.  Also you will notice my favorite lamp ever! And lastly, a photo of Scott and I standing in front of the Old Red Courthouse in downtown Dallas where we got married. 🙂 This was taken on a day that we were location scouting for our wedding.  So sweet. 🙂

How cool is this fun bird cage? I found it at Hobby Lobby awhile back and stuck a spare gold pom pom in there.  Guilded cage? Why not.

Here is the frame I showed you all the other day- can you believe it’s from Ikea?  If you touched it you would probably realize very quickly it’s plastic but from here it looks great.  Of course I filled it with one of my favorite photos of Scott, Boomer and I sporting our OU gear.  Boomer doesn’t have an OU hat but since he’s named after the school I will forgive him. 🙂 Above it are adorable vintage prints that I found on clearance from Ikea as well.  The white frame is from Hobby Lobby and cost me $20 during their open frame sale last week.  I simply strung some twine behind it an attached it with tape, then added clothespins and one of our engagement photos.  🙂  Above it is a sweet note my friend Trina wrote me during my second day here.

I am totally obsessed with these file folders.  So grateful for the person who finally figured out desk accessories don’t all have to be beige. Yay maps!! The folders are resting in a paper organizer from Paper Source along with 2 notebooks I found on sale there and at Anthro.

Isn’t this banner adorable? This is one of my favorite things.  This set came with 80 letters and I’m excited about changing them out seasonally.  Happy Fall! 🙂  Even the box it came  in was precious so I used it to store my headphones and gum.  Gold is so in, ya’ll!

Here is one of my favorite things I have ever made.  I was really wanting to have some greenery but from my past performance knew 1) I couldn’t be trusted to keep plants alive and 2) plants sometimes bring bugs and you don’t want to be the gnat girl during your first month with a company.  So instead, I made this gorgeous display using plastic succulents.  Tutorial coming tomorrow! 🙂

Here it is altogether again:

What do you all think? Cubicle Chic??? 🙂

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Tania Griffis is an accomplished writer, blogger, and interior designer with a Journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She started her popular blog, Run to Radiance, in 2011, demonstrating her design expertise through the personal remodeling of six houses to millions of readers across the globe.

Tania also owns The Creative Wheelhouse, a respected ghostwriting agency for bloggers, further showcasing her talent for creating engaging and informative content.

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10 Comments

  1. So cute!! I love my bowls from Anthro too. I like I repurpose cool packaging boxes also! You could also use the bird cage to store something office related like rubber bands too!

    1. Hi Heidi! I think more companies need to make things in cute boxes- it would sell their stuff better and we would totally reuse/recycle them, right? Eco chic for sure. And yes- I need a giant rubber band ball or something. 🙂

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