Friday, July 27, 2012

Office Update- and a pretty new canvas

Ikea cowhide rug in a masculine office

I realized this week with my mother in law visiting, that my "office" just wasn't cutting it. It has glass doors to the play area which means I am still available for all that pesky mommy-ing that kids under 5 need. Like a million snacks a day, "I just fed you!" Anyway, I took over my husband's office for a few hours, it was heaven, quite, at the top of the house so they were too lazy to trek up all the stairs, and there is a TV in there! So I could watch trash tv while blogging. Now that is a mini-staycation:)

Unfortunately, his office needs a bit of improvement when it comes to seating and style, so we are in the process of sprucing it up. Since it's at the top of the house (look back at this office sneak peek to see all the stairs he climbs to get there), it's not really a man cave, maybe a man attic?

You know how when you are procrastinating doing something instead of doing nothing you will just go full-force towards something else? That's pretty much what happened to me while I was trying to avoid for as long as humanly possible, adding fabric to the curtains in the guest bedroom so that they reach the floor. I'm not a sewer, and I'm even intimidated by fabric of any kind, even with the promise of easy iron-on hem tape.

Anyways.... I was offered a free sign or banner from But other than our penchant for hanging up giant flags in front of the house, I couldn't really see advertising the blog outside:) Good thing for me, my mother raised me to be polite, and I found out that they are the parent company for! A free 11x14 canvas print, no shipping? Yes, yes please. That I can use.

So as a homage to my initial idea of a sign out front, we ordered a canvas of our house with the flag outside.

This is an incredibly round-a-bout way of telling you that we wanted something for my husband's office. So that not-so-little photo canvas, seen here with pics of our kids, led to ordering a sofa. Since we designed the house and general contracted it ourselves, it is pretty much our fourth child. Except that the process started before we had our first daughter and lasted until halfway through my pregnancy with out third:) house photo on canvas

That empty space below is where the sofa will go.

Then we were in Ikea (also known as shopping mecca) when I spotted their selection of hide rugs. People, I tell you I could not wait another minute to have one. And my husband who is usually super against layering rugs on top of carpet loved the idea of the hide for his office. So away we came with it!
Ikea cowhide rug in a masculine office

Here "we" are moving one of the giant 4x4 expedit shelving units from one side of the room to the other.

moving an Ikea Expedit unit while still full

Do you think he'd notice if I left the canvas of our house up next to the TV? It looks so nice there:)

Using an Ikea Expedit as a TV stand


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designchic said...

What a great job pretty and organized. Love the canvas of your beautiful home and I am so excited to learn that IKEA has cowhide rugs!!

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

Looks like it was worth the initial procrastination because it's all coming together beautifully now. I can't wait to see the sofa in there. What a beautiful office.

Anonymous said...

What a great light-filled office! Great additions :)

Andrea said...

The office is awesome and I love the new rug.

Eclectically Vintage said...

There's nothing better than a hide rug - although you'd be amazed how many people come in and ask me if it's a real cow!

You are the world's best daughter-in-law!

Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

I NEED an IKEA closer to me!! Looks beautiful - great job!

Shannon Fox said...

Looking pretty! Anything in that beautifully designed room would be like a cherry on top of a sunday though :) You guys did good!!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

love the expedit (even if I don't own one!) great new look. kudos for moving stuff around :)

Heidi Rew said...

I LOVE it Jessica! Could your husband call my husband & give him a hide rug pep talk??! ;p I've been dying to add one to our office but my husband is against it. :-( Your office looks great, though...maybe I'll print off a picture & leave it random places for my hubs. ;p <3 Heidi Rew

Kelly said...

I'm on the hunt for a hide rug too! And I love the chairs you have in that office!

Erin said...

OMG, Jessica, I'm always attracted to your projects. I swear about 50% of the links I click on in parties bring me right back here :) Hadn't seen this one in my feed reader yet -- LOVE those chairs and the rug is fab.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So lovely!! You are welcome to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday if you would like! :)

From G2B said...

It is all coming together now! I LOVE the cowhide rug on rug look- I've fallen hard for it. Ikea has a great selection of hides, don't you think?
You'll have to let us know how it wears.
I'm looking forward to seeing the other design choices you've made. Knowing you- it will be awesome!
xo Becca

thistlewoodfarm said...


I think I love every room in your house! The hide looks amazing with those dark walls! You have such a wonderful eye!


Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Love the color choices and the hide is perfection! Oh, and that canvas of your house really does look perfect next to the TV!



Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Oh Em Gee, every time I see your house I think "we need to go back and visit SF NOW!!! :) Love the new rug, love the canvas, love that you have a man attic.

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