Monday, August 27, 2012

I made some changes to my office area and thought I would share this.  It is amazing what just switching things around and adding a few new things can make it feel like a whole new room.  It did not cost a cent to make these changes and I feel like my office is brand new.

This basket holder is made out of an curtain rod and I added old door knobs to the end to give it some character



This is that old gate I found in Mark's shop in Naperville. I decided to hang it over my desk and use it like a bulletin board for my Junk/stuff!!!!!



I used an old wine bottle holder for some of my magazines. It organizes them and also I can see them better than when they are stacked. I can change them out as I get new favs!!


I love using old in box mail holders for some of my book and magzines too.  I found this little love letters in box at an estate sale years ago and fell in love with it

I love using this mannequin to hang all my flower pins

A little burlap to the back of a chair and a pin and it gives some sweetness to this plain white office chair

This is probably one of my favorite finds of all time.  It is an old lamp base made into a dress form with chicken wire and the top of the dress form has an old vintage Hilton Hotel hanger from the 1940's.  Love that it has such history and character. I use this too to hang and organize things


A little stamped ribbon and a paper flower added to this lamp shade and you have instant charm

An old silver candle stick with some bling added and you have a string holder with character.

This is a favorite of mine too.  I got this from Katie Rose Designs a while back.  She took an old mail box and blinged it up with some burlap and ribbon and I added the fabric flower and I have a cute place for storage in my office.  Just different from a basket or drawers for storage.  Please visit her site if you would like to see some of the beautiful creations that Lori and her daughters create.  http://katiesrosecottage.com/
 

38 comments:

  1. I LOVE your chicken wire dress form! The whole office is so charming and so well put together. Great work!

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    1. Hi Suzanne Thanks for stopping by. I think my fav thing in this room is that dress form out of the chicken wire. It give such character to my office. I am going to jump over and visit your blog thanks again for coming by.
      Kris

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  2. Everything really comes together here. I have a mailbox like that I've been saving. What a great idea to give it some charm.
    Liz

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    1. I have a few of these old mailboxes around the house. I just love them. I hung them on the guest room doors and put cute things in it when I have guest staying. They have such charm.

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    2. Thanks for stopping over at Quirky Vistas, Kris! Glad to see you there and I appreciate your comment.
      Liz

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  3. Oh, you have me swooning once again!! Pure gorgeousness! (is that even a word? lol!)
    I have a wire dress form like that and the 4 little square wire baskets-I would've never thought to 'hang' them like you did! LOVE it all!!!
    Susan

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    1. Get hanging those little wire baskets!!!!! Simple curtain rod and two old door knobs and you got yourself a cute way to display baskets. Thanks Susan so much for the nice compliments. I am not sure about that shelf yet above the wire baskets. I love that shelf just not sure if that is the right place for it yet. I would rather find a cute cabinet I think??????

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  4. Love your office area...it's so pretty!! Love the dress forms...wish I had a wire one. Mine is like your other one and it is sitting in my garage waiting for me to recover it with some new fabric. Great way to hang the wire baskets!!
    Cindy

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    1. I love these dress forms they come in so handy to stick things on and have it look cute. I love when you can make your junk look cute!!!!!!

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  5. Wow! This space is just sooo lovely, Kris! I adore the wire basket storage! How creative! And the gate, and wine rack turned magazine rack...just wonderful! Thanks for sharing your beauty with us! This is a space to love for sure!

    Have a fabulous week!
    Becky

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    1. Hi Becky,
      Thanks so much. Hey I love the bling hanger for the string you had on your blog. Clever. I love that. I love those cute pumpkins too. Thanks for coming by.
      Kris

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  6. I am in love! Your space is absolutely wonderful and the basket rod is so clever. I have to go to work now and I would much rather stroll through your blog.

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    1. Thanks you are so sweet. Come by anytime.

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  7. Kris,

    It was nice to meet you last week at Tattered Tiques. There's so much cute stuff and so many great ideas in your office. I love your new kitchen shelves too. Stop over to my blog sometime. Maybe I'll see you around!

    Bethany

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    1. Hi Bethany,
      It was great meeting you too. I love when you can put a face to a blog member!! I can't wait to see what you do with that cute door you found at tattered tiques. I did jump over to your blog so so cute. I am trying those zucchini tots. They looked yummy.

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  8. your sweet room is full of wonderful, creative re-uses, kris! LOVE the door knobs on the curtain rod!

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    1. Hi Lynn Coming from you that is a nice compliment. Thanks so much. I love your creative space. So so cute.
      Kris

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  9. Everything is so beautiful in your room! LOVE IT!
    Happy WW!
    Monica.

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  10. Your lucky to have such a beautiful craft room. Thanks for all the creative ideas.

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    1. Hi Darlene thanks for coming by and the nice comments. I do really love my office area. That space was this wasted space that was a closet off my family room so we decided to make it into an office area. It is bright and sunny back there during the day so I love the space.
      Kris

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  11. Your creative space looks amazing!!!! ~~~~Beautiful~~~~
    xx
    Anne

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    1. Thanks Anne,
      I love your creative space on your blog too. I love that you did all of that on the thrift!!!!! That is so amazing.
      Kris

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  12. Oh everything looks so great! I also noticed that I have the very same setee that is on your front porch in your header. Mine has been redone and is in use in my newly redone mud room!

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  13. By the way, I hate your word verification that is turned on and won't be commenting any longer! Too much work to get it through. But you do have a nice blog...you must not like many comments.

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    1. Hi Terry,
      I am not sure what you are talking about with not being able to comment. I do love the nice comments from everyone and do love having comments that is why I started this blog. I have never heard anyone else complain about this. I am a pretty new blogger so I am just learning my way through all of this blogging stuff so I am sorry your experience was not a good one. I am not even sure I can turn off the verification but will check into it. I would never want anyone to feel stressed on a fun blog to leave a comment. So I am sorry you had this happen.
      Kris

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    2. Ok Terry,
      I went in and changed my settings to no word verification and also anyone can post a comment without an account. So I hope that helps if you want to post on my blog. I really want this to be fun and not stressful to anyone. Like I said I just am learning this blog world and no idea about the settings. Thanks for bringing this to my attention because now I know how to change the settings!!!!!

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  14. LOVE it all, but my very very fave is that chicken wire mannequin. I've been trying to figure out how to attach one to a base, and you just solved my problem.

    thanks for sharing!!

    blessings
    barb

    PS Hope it is OK, I pinned your mannequin with your name on link

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    1. Hi Barb,
      Thanks for the nice comments very much appreciated. Glad you found a way to make the chicken wire work as a mannequin. I love mine. I am flattered you pinned my mannequin. Don't you love pinterest!!!! I am addicted.
      Kris

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    2. Well, I did not make my mannequin yet, but have a better base.
      any tips on working with the wire, getting the cute shape, or anything??

      Also, did I tell you I LOVE your banner on your blog????
      I enjoy all your blog...
      wonderful!

      blessings
      barb

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    3. Hi Barb
      If you are working with chicken wire lay it out in one big piece then make your cylindar shape and attach the wire together in the back almost like she has a zipper going down her back. Then with wire cutters you can cut arm holes and make a small ruffle around the arm holes with the cut chicken wire. You can then put your hanger through the arm holes to hang her. Her waist is cinched in to give the hour glass shape to her. One long piece of wire to use like a belt around her waist. I hope some of this makes sense. It is hard to explain this but certainly not hard to do. Just be creative with it.
      Kris

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    4. Thank you so much Kris. I've been 'studying' your pics for some time. all makes sense to me....Now to see if I can do it. =)

      I actually have chicken wire that has smaller holes. will just use that since I have it. Should not make any difference.

      Will show pics o my blog when I get it done. =)
      blessings
      barb

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    5. Ok that will be great I can't wait to see it on your blog. I hope it all goes well. Like I said I bought this already made years ago so I hope what I told you will help since I did not make this. It does not look too hard to make. Good Luck. I can't wait to see what you come up with.
      Kris

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  15. PS where did you get your white baskets. great idea on curtain rod.

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    1. Hi Barb Wow I have had those baskets for so long I had to think of where I did get them. I think I actually bought them at Home Goods some time ago and then I added the numbers from Michaels (craft store) to them. I bet on etsy or ebay someone may sell them.

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  16. So many lovely cottage details. I saw your links over at Whisperwood Cottage and had to stop for a peek :) Laurel

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    1. Hi Laurel thanks for coming by. Now I have found you and your cute blog.
      Kris

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  17. Lovely cottage office and so many good things to say about your post. But to summarise them all, everything in this post is perfect. Two thumbs up for you. :)

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