Thursday, January 17, 2013

29 UHeart Organizing: Cheerful Desktop Storage

I have been loving the emails, links and posts surrounding Home Office month!  Everyone is getting involved and it's making it much more fun and exciting to work on the projects!

Today, my cute crafty contributing friend, Cassie from Hi Sugarplum, is here to share how she prettied up her workspace in a super simple and darling way!


Hello everyone!! I hope you're having a fabulous start to the New Year, and riding the organizational wave that always comes in January! Don't you love that resolute feeling to get your house under control? I've been taking advantage of my new-found motivation while it lasts, starting with our bathroom cabinets.

But the organizational bug isn't the only thing biting. After a holiday filled with family and friends, I'm reminded just how important these people are to me. And no matter how busy our lives get, I want them to always feel like a priority. These are the days of texts, e-cards and an overload of emoticons, but nothing beats receiving a good old-fashioned note in the mail; full of love, personality and thoughtfulness.

And since it's Home Office month around these parts, I decided to create a cheery little desk nook, stocked with all the essentials.


{DIY} Custom Desk Accessories

My day-job confines me to a computer, in a gray and window-less cubicle. So I wanted a space at home that was bright, cheerful, and full of all my favorite colorful supplies. Since I'm an incurable diy-er, of course I decided to create my own accessories! Lucite has been the rage in home decor for awhile, but inexpensive acrylic gives the same look for a much lower price tag. You can find them at most office supply stores, Target, WalMart, and sometimes even the Dollar Store. Don't overlook the Bathroom and Kitchen departments when looking for office supplies...this is actually a Cosmetic Organizer. The other is a Letter Sorter...both from The Container Store.

{DIY} Custom Desk Accessories

First I covered the bottoms with zig-zag washi tape, giving it a chevron look.

{DIY} Custom Desk Accessories

Then wrapped a few strips of striped tape in coordinating colors around the sides. It removes easily, so when I'm ready for a change or new color palette, it'll be easy-breezy!

{DIY} Custom Desk Accessories

Is it just my Southern roots, or is everything cuter with a monogram? I picked up these little wood letters at the craft store, and gave them a few coats of paint.

{DIY} Custom Desk Accessories

After super-glueing them to the front, I've got the cutest office caddy, created just for me!

{DIY} Custom Desk Accessories

{DIY} Custom Desk Accessories

I love the peek of chevron through the clear acrylic.

{DIY} Custom Desk
Accessories

Filled with all my favorites, I've got everything at my fingertips in my own little corner (kind of like my daughter's Craft & Reading Corner!) This spot has quickly become my sanctuary for writing notes, filling out paperwork, brainstorming blog ideas, and tracking the family calendar.

{DIY} Custom Desk
Accessories

{DIY} Custom Desk Accessories

{DIY} Custom Desk Accessories

My {DIY}Confetti Vase pretty much follows me around the house...I love having it nearby when I'm working!

{DIY} Custom Desk Accessories

I have a weakness for cute notecards, and the dollar bins at Target and Michaels never disappoint.

{DIY} Custom Desk Accessories

{DIY} Custom Desk Accessories

We live for Before & Afters, right?! These plain, inexpensive organizers made quite the transformation...and it only cost a few dollars!

{DIY} Custom Desk Accessories

This corner of our Family Room is my pride and joy, since it used to be a wet bar, and the walls were orange...then I made the chunky desktop and distressed shelves myself! You've come a long way, baby!

{DIY} Custom Desk Accessories

Have you jazzed up any office supplies lately? Is there anything nicer than receiving an actual note in the mail? Thanks for having me, and I'll see you next time!


"Hi, I'm Cassie, a DIY and design-obsessed Texas girl, and lover of travel, fashion, sarcasm and Mexican food. When I'm not hanging with my sweet and funny family, you can find me kicking the '80s out of our home, one budget project at a time, on my blog Hi Sugarplum!"




29 comments:

  1. Cute, cute, cute! You have totally achieved that cheerful and bright space you were hoping for!

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  2. I absolutely love this idea! I have a clear organizer on my desk now and will definitely be doing this to jazz it up! Such an easy way to make something simple look nicer - thanks for the ideas! P.S. I love that confetti vase and may have to make that a future project, too!

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  3. I love it!! What a great way to use washi tape! Thanks for the inspiration

    Claudia Hanson

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  4. Always so many fabulous ideas and inspiration on your blog! I'm taking hold of 2013 and making it the year that I finally do all the things that I see and want to do when it comes to organising our household!

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  5. Those are sooo cute! I love how she personalized them! I might just have to go do this project!

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  6. I'm a fan of the monogramming too! Great ideas, thank you.

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  7. Adorable! Another great example of using washi tape in a creative way. I'll have to prettify some of my office supplies with some too!

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  8. Such a cute little nook Cassie! I've been wanting to get in the habit of sending handwritten notes again and I love how these being stylishly out in the open makes the task much more likely to happen. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Oh nice job Cassie! Have you heard that "you're too pretty to be in a cubicle?!" :)

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  10. Your nook looks beautiful, Cassie! I love the colors that you added to your desk accessories. :) Megan

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  11. I love how everything is so colorful with you- I bet you could make anything pretty!

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    1. Sweetest comment ever!! Thanks so much, Kelly!! xo

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  12. So cute!! I've been looking for desk accesories. I never thought of those. I've been to the container store a hundred times and never thought to use them for the office. Love the WASHI tape!! Thanks for the idea!!

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    1. I love walking the aisles of stores and thinking of alternative ways to use their products!

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  13. Um, coordinated chevron note cards and organizer?! Miss Cassie, you are my kind of girl! I love the idea of encouraging people with handwritten notes, too. So sweet and thoughtful! Thanks for sharing your cute nook!

    ~Abby =)

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  14. How cute, I love it!!! And how adorable is that confetti vase?? I really like the happy colors of this project! Just beautiful!
    xo,
    Marcela
    http://tucasablogonline.blogspot.com

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  15. Cheery things make me smile :) And having a cheered-up desk is the best thing, ever. It can get so boring attached to a computer all day.

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  16. cutest of what i've seen till the date of displays. so simple and so stunning. thankx for sharing.

    shilupoudel.blogspot.com

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  17. I love it! I think I need to make these for my kids!

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  18. Now you can gaze into your eyes while writing a note card!

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    1. Ha! I might just have to do that! :) The mirror reflects the light off the windows behind me, so it really brightens up the corner!

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  19. It's fabulous! What a quick, inexpensive and creative way to spruce up your space. I also love that you are making handwritten notes a priority. I think it's very important and I also have a "corner" for correspondence, although not nearly as cute. Hmmm...I think that will have to be amended!

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  20. Awesome idea!! Washi tape is great for so many things & I love that you can change up the look so easily! Thanks for the neat idea:)

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  21. Washi tape makes everything cute! These desk accessories look so great!

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  22. Love this, what a great and cute idea. Thanks for sharing. :) Love your blog. Would love if you could check out my new blog ( i am a new blogger:) and join me too.
    Thank you so much
    Claudia

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  23. I love the colors! I'm going to try this tonight. Thanks for the inspiration.

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