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Working on My Work Space

I’ve been making over four spaces in my home over the course of four weeks, using just $100 from Target and GE reveal® LED light bulbs. I’ve also had a total of $4000 in Target gift cards and plenty of GE reveal® lighting to give away so that each week, 10 readers win everything they need for their own #100reveal makeovers! The rules and information are at the bottom of this post, so be sure to enter.

Making it Lovely's Desk - Before

This week, I’m working on my work space. I had some difficulty while pregnant with my third baby but I still had to work at my computer, so to limit my going up and down stairs, Brandon helped set up my desk in our bedroom. It was supposed to be a temporary solution, but Calvin is five months old already and I’m still working from the same spot! It was a bit of surprise, how much I would love working here.

Since I see my desk all the time, I figured it was about time I spruced it up a bit. The task lighting needed to be addressed, and I knew I could pick up a handful of things from Target with my $100 makeover budget that would help my cluttered desktop and drawer.

Desk Accessories from Target and GE reveal Lighting

You can see how I put everything to use and the difference that GE reveal® bulbs made in this week’s #100reveal video.

The drawer needed a lot of help. I know some people are OK with an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mess, but that kind of thing drives me crazy! I’m far from being neat all the time, but I do like my drawers, cabinets, and closets to be tidy. I picked up a jewelry organizer that fit perfectly inside the desk and separated everything into compartments.

Messy Desk Drawer

Just about everything that was in the drawer was put back, the only exception being the printer ink refills which went in one of the nesting boxes I picked up at Target.

Organized Desk Drawer | Making it Lovely

The room is flooded with beautiful light during the day, but it was less lovely when the sun went down. We rely on lamps in the bedroom rather than overhead lighting, but the bulbs cast a yellow tint that turned our blue/gray walls green. Switching them to GE reveal® LED bulbs kept the colors true and the room instantly looked better.

Before and After GE #100reveal Lighting Makeover | Making it Lovely

I can get pretty hungry throughout the day since I’m nursing, so I’ve been keeping chocolate covered almonds at my desk (yum!). The container isn’t so nice to look at though, so I tucked it inside another of the nesting boxes I picked up. I keep water nearby too, and the occasional cup of coffee.

Desktop | Making it Lovely

My desk wasn’t terrible before, but it’s much better now with a little organization and a lighting upgrade.

Before and After GE #100reveal Lighting Makeover | Making it Lovely

Desk in the Bedroom | Making it Lovely

Making it Lovely's Desk

Giveaway

Do you have a desk or home office in need of some updating? Comment below about creating your perfect work space with GE reveal® and a $100 gift card to Target, mentioning #100reveal for your chance to win!

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Some of My Favorite Abstract Art Prints

I had been looking for a few new prints for the bedroom recently, and Artfully Walls was kind enough to send over a few of my favorites. A portrait, Bette, by Tali Yalonetzki, and The Bridge, by Nell Waters Bernegger, joined my vintage painting of flowers above the bed. The portrait is printed on canvas and while I love when that’s an option, I feel like the white sides are calling out for a frame, so I’ll be on the lookout for a vintage one I can cut down to size. Also, I’m not sure about the double cord hanging method but I’m trying it out for now. The kids jump, dance, and wrestle on our bed on a pretty regular basis, and art stands a better chance hanging from the picture rail than it would if it were on a nail or picture hook.

Vintage Painting with New Art from Artfully Walls

The dresser on the opposite wall is now displaying a large photo I’d had my eye on for quite some time: Checkered Floor in Buenos Aires, by Sivan Askayo. I prefer the look of one large photo over the dresser, so the woven hanging that was there before has been moved into August’s room and I’ll have to find new places for the two smaller paintings. I have a couple of other prints that I’m trying to find just the right spots for too, but I think they may end up in other rooms.

'Checkered Floor in Buenos Aires' Photo

I thought I’d share a few more of my favorites below. All of these together would definitely put one over the ‘abstract art quota,’ but they’re all so good!

Artfully Walls - Abstract Art Paintings

Favorite Abstract Art Prints from Artfully Walls

Row 1 — Yellow September, Heather J Chontos • Color Study No. 10, Emily Rickard • History Lesson, Emily Rickard
Row 2 — Divide, Elaina Sullivan • Window, Heather J Chontos • Beast Coast, Matthew Korbel-Bowers
Row 3 — A New England Pond, Jacquie Gouveia • Seaglass, Heather J Chontos • The Bridge, Nell Waters Bernegger
Row 4 — Oxford I, Britt Bass Turner • “Fluid”, Bethany Mabee • Oceans and Arrows in Red and Black, Heather J Chontos
Row 5 — Rhodochro, Anna Ullman • Blade, Elaina Sullivan • 1905, Eran Partouche

At a Snail’s Pace

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Our bedroom has been a work in progress for a long time now. In the beginning of last year, I wrote about how I was hoping to make the bed more often (because I’m terrible about getting in the habit), and I talked a bit about the search for curtains and art. Progress has been slow since then, but even though I look around and see all of the projects I want to tackle, the room is actually looking pretty good.

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I picked up this fringed wall art to go above the antique dresser. I’d hung those two small paintings with a third initially, but the overall effect was that they looked bitsy. They needed one larger piece to anchor the grouping, and this was an inexpensive way to get in on the woven wall hangings trend. The metallic strands that are woven in are particularly nice, and there’s a larger version available too.

Nate Berkus Fringed Wall Hanging Over an Antique Dresser | Making it Lovely

Nate Berkus Fringed Wall Hanging | Making it Lovely

The little bird is an encaustic painting by Amy Ruppel, and the other was a commission by Paul Ferney (from this photo!). I’d still like to add more art to the bedroom, especially over the bed, but obviously I’m not in a rush. I like the vintage “dying flowers” (as Brandon coined) painting hung asymmetrically over the bed.

Vintage Painting Over the Bed | Making it Lovely

I’m trying to pull off the ‘I made the bed but it’s disheveled on purpose’ look that all the cool kids are doing these days. Successful? Not sure, but I do like the mix of color, pattern, and texture in the bedding. I had the throw pillows on hand and they’re no longer available, but the quilt and patterned sheets are. They pair nicely with a linen duvet (similar) and chunky knit throw blanket.

Bedding | Making it Lovely

Curtains would soften the windows and cut down on the abundant wood tones in the room. I get overwhelmed with possibilities sometimes; plain white, a small scale pattern, subtle stripes, or something darker would all look good. I ought to just pick a direction and go with it. Maybe by this time next year, eh? That seems to be my pace in here!

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