Changing it up again today - I've been doing that lately. Thought I'd share some of what's going on behind the scenes at Showerbelle with you. I can't tell if you're into these behind the scenes posts or you just want me to get back to business, so feel free to tell me what's up in the comments below. But for now, I'm actually in the process of switching home offices, which I will periodically refer to the Showerbelle headquarters because technically they are, and it makes me feel better about working from my basement.
I actually set my original office up 3 years ago to accommodate my growing Etsy business. Time and experience turned my previously unused utility room into a state of the art office. I know, how could I have overlooked the utility room with its furnace and water heater as a prime piece of real estate for so long, right? But, I closed my Etsy shop after 3 wonderful years this June, to move on to bigger and better things including Showerbelle. I've been blogging for Showerbelle almost daily for about 3 months now, and as time has progressed I've noticed that I've become more and more evasive of my Etsy office dungeon, and am in the need for something chicer and less dungeon-y, more professional blogger-y - that sounds professional, right? In writing this post I actually did a little math in my head, and realized that I have not worked in a place with a window since, OMG, ever. I've never had a job or an office with a window. I do remember a very brief period at my old job as a photographer and editor for an eCommerce company where I had a window in my office, and I kind of knew what it felt like to be a cat and to be constantly watching the coming and goings of people on the outside, silently approving and disapproving. But then they moved me above the warehouse, and I haven't had a window since then.
The time has come move forward to the windows! To the walls… Yeah, so maybe the walls are a good stopping point. Anyway, since I don't need a shipping station and a craft station anymore I can settle into a smaller office, and that gives me more flexibility in potential locations. I found a new place in the basement for the official Showerbelle headquarters. It's near the back doors, which are french, and the window so there's lots of natural light. It's also apparently a good spot to be a Disney princess because there are chipmunks, squirrels, bunnies, feral cats, and a whole mess of birds. It's really outdated, and not at all set up to be an office right now, but I'm way too excited about it, so I'm going to document the makeover, and pretty soon I'm going to have a fancy blogging workspace to show y'all.
So, let's start with the befores of my old office and the shot of my new desk:
The desk I made from 2 Ikea legs and a couple of pieces of scrap wood. The stain is a color I mixed myself a long time ago for something else, so I can't help you on that. I probably won't be able to afford a new floor right away, but I just remembered I have a white shag rug in storage that I might try there, and I'd like to paint the walls gray. I'm going for what I call, "the new rustic," which is rustic, but more refined - lucite and gold, mixed with industrial elements like iron and weathered wood.