OFFICE INSPIRATION

Thank you all for the kind thoughts on yesterday’s post. It’s amazing what a little heart-to-heart can do, even if it’s with a bunch of mostly strangers on the internet. 🙂

I’ve mused before that I think the secret to a happy life is giving yourself lots of little things to look forward to. This probably isn’t the most productive way to live my life but I love juggling a bunch of different projects and staring at a full color-coded calendar. My mom always said I’m better when I’m busy and I try to keep that in mind when I’m feeling a little down by finding something new to get excited about.

One of those things for me right now is a fall shopping night I’m going to host in our new office space. (If you’re in Dallas, stay tuned for more details!) After the fun and success of last year’s holiday pop-up shop in New York, I’m really excited to meet customers and readers in person and let people experience the brand firsthand.

We have a front room in the office that I can’t wait to furnish and style and stock up with all my favorite products but it’s probably not big enough to house everyone I’m hoping will come to the event, which means we’ll have to get a little creative in the larger space where we work every day. It’s not ugly per se, but it’s very industrial and probably not most people’s idea of Instagrammable… lots of shelving for inventory and packing supplies, two huge tables for packing orders, and then our desks, printers, monogram machines, etc. Basically, I have my work cut out for me. Here are a few office spaces I keep referring back to for inspiration:

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Now that we have the layout of the office figured out, it’s time to start thinking about fashioning it as well as it functions. Gretchen and I already use two of these as desks (I’m a sucker for a large desktop with lots of space to spread out) but I’m considering ordering a third that we can use to merchandise products during the event and then move to the back for interns and meetings afterwards. The part I’m a little clueless about is finding a way to block off the less-than-beautiful-but-very-necessary parts of the office that we use for storage and shipping… Any ideas? Excited to have another project to tackle and just a fun-filled night to look forward to!

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  1. Yay for the upcoming big event – can’t wait to see the pictures and hear all about it! I agree with the curtain idea, but I also second Brooke – I think that seeing the behind-the-scenes workings of your business would be a great thing. It may not be the most Instagram-worthy thing, but it’s still a crucial part of your success and it shouldn’t be completely hidden away. Fingers crossed, I’m already looking forward to the pics!

  2. I would suspend rods and do curtains or have who go screens made-it depends on your budget. With curtains, you could could buy plain white muslin and dye them with either pink or navy in the ombre effect.

  3. Use a fun fabric to cover the areas you don’t like. Curtains or room dividers would work great and would give a nice background for photographs. If you have enough space, you could turn that area into an open photo booth area so customers could have their picture taken. That would add something fun for them to do and some great photos for you.

  4. I second the idea of a huge curtain. It would be more expensive, but consider drapes (maybe even of muslin or canvas to save money) on a drapery track to make them very easy to open and close. If your ceilings are high, a regular curtain rod can be hard to open and close.

  5. This sounds like so much fun!!! Fingers crossed I could maybe swing into Dallas and come!!
    I love Kate’s idea of of the curtains because it won’t completely cover the stock plus I think showing your guests kinda the inner workings of your boutique would be cool too. I bet even though it may not be ‘instagrammable’ it still looks crisp clean and fabulous!
    I am glad you are feeling better.

    xoxo
    Brooke

  6. Fun curtains and panels! I used to babysit for a family that had white drapes with a thick, hot pink trim (maybe 3″ wide) on a rod hung from the ceiling that closed over their non-glamorous, industrial storage shelves in their playroom. They had a whole wall of it! They looked cool even when they were open because it was kind of unexpected to have curtains there. Just upgrade some Ikea or Target curtains with trim. Or do them in a fun print like the old C Wonder dressing rooms? Makes for easy clean up, too. Just throw everything on the shelves and pull the curtain shut! You could also buy a couple armoires or bookcases and paint them a pretty color like the pale pinks above. That’d make stacks of packing supplies look prettier.

    Finally, a giant corkboard to pin inspiration pics on would be both functional and pretty. You can paint or cover the cork with fabric using a staple gun (I think you did cushions that way recently?). You could make it interactive and have guests bring photos of their inspiration or have them fill out cards with what inspires them or tell-me-about-yourself style questions and pin them up throughout the night. A feature like that may distract them from the more industrial aspects. Too bad I don’t live in Dallas, this sounds fun!

    Don’t worry too much about it being instagramable. When i was planning my wedding, I realized that the folks who were likely to Instagram would probably photograph smaller details, not the whole venue (although our venue was kickass and beautiful). I made sure small details looked cool, like things on the bar or the dessert table. And you know what most people instagrammed? The personalized cocktail napkins with their drink, the candy bar, and our monogrammed cornhole set. You are so good at making things looks beautiful, and I’m sure the event will be made from small details you come up with, not the shelving!

  7. Have you thought about using pretty room dividers? I’ve seen some really simple but pretty gold ones – if I remember the source I will let you know! At least then you could block the not-so-pretty stuff? Or use the IKEA Kallax shelving to put prettier stuff in between?

    Alyssa
    Feathers and Stripes