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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


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!

There will be ten winners drawn. See the complete rules for more information, and good luck!

GE LightingI’m so excited to be a GE reveal® #100reveal sponsored blogger. Opinions are my own, projects have been chosen by me, and additional products used in the project were selected by me and provided by GE reveal®.

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  • Stephanie
    March 3, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    #100reveal. My home work space is probably my would-be craft space in the basement. It needs some better organization, lighting, and a work table. In short, a major overall, but there’s always hope.

  • soo
    March 3, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I just started working from home part-time so my tiny computer desk could use some help!

  • Jennifer
    March 3, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    My husband changed jobs and started his own business. My #100reveal would be used in his office space. He works from home and since we have been renovating our 98year old home our money has gone else where! I would love to use this #100reveal from target and GE to get his work space in order! (for my sanity to!)

  • soo
    March 3, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    #100reveal started working part-time from home! (forgot the # in the previous post)

  • Dulcie
    March 3, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    #100reveal – My home office could absolutely use some new lighting and new GE LED Reveal bulbs! And I could always stand to be more organized.

  • Kayla
    March 3, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    My home office is in desperate need of some organizational help! #100reveal

  • Ali
    March 3, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I just had to move my desk and sewing area into the bedroom to make room for a nursery. We also lack good overhead lighting and I am struggling!

  • sgist
    March 3, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    My bill desk is built in a corner of the kitchen/eating area…a DARK corner! could definitely use some storage basics to attempt to kitten-proof the clutter AND lighting would be a +! #100reveal

  • Kathy Adelson
    March 3, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    #100reveal. My husband and I share a home office. It’s a spare bedroom in our house and it has not been painted or redone since we moved in. It’s just a blank, dark, ugly, uninspiring space with a desk tossed in and ugly mini-blinds. A redo would help with work and with couple relations!! #100reveal

  • Shannon
    March 3, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Getting a chance to spruce up and organize my space with #100reveal would be amazing! As a grad student, I’m at my desk a lot, and am without a lot of funds to spare for organizing. The GE reveal bulbs would make working into the night much more tolerable!

  • Julianne
    March 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    My home office needs a new task lamp (with GE reveal bulbs of course!) and better organization tools! #100reveal

  • sandi m
    March 3, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    #100reveal – I’m a jewelry designer, so proper lighting is important when designing with various color metals, stones, crystals and beads. Using the GE reveal bulbs would be such an improvement over how I see things now – everything truly revealed!!

  • Cortney
    March 3, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    I’d love to add lighting and a pretty rug to my workspace! #100reveal

  • vanessa
    March 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Yes Please, this #100reveal would be a perfect jump start to my spring cleaning goals.

  • Antonina
    March 3, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    #100reveal,would be perfect for our tiny office in our apartment ….lighting,organization and some protection for our intrpernet stuff from little one would be so great!
    Thank you again,for another thoughtful giveaway.

  • Carlotta
    March 3, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I could use it toward my home office also.

  • Lori
    March 3, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    My desk is in my bedroom too. Unfortunately, it tends to be a drop-off spot for every little thing. I could really use some organization and a some good lighting! #100reveal

  • lisa
    March 3, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    My home workspace is tucked in at the foot of my bed — the only space in the house for it! Since the table I use now has no drawers, I would love some help with organization, like nesting + paper boxes, and pen/doodad trays. Also, my current lightbulb + Lamp combo is atrocious — overly bright and jarring — so to be able to replace both the lamp and the lightbulb with a #100reveal GE reveal lightbulb would be so incredibly amazing! So, in other words, please pick me!!

  • Teresa
    March 3, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I live on a military post and lighting is not great. Could really use the #100reveal to perk up my office space.

  • Carley
    March 3, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I would love to use #100reveal card to update my office space / craft room!

  • Abby @ Happy Food Happy Home
    March 3, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    My desk doesn’t need updated so much as cleaned! It is currently covered in stuff, and I’m working at the dining room table…
    My chair at my desk is so much more comfortable too. Gotta go clean that up!

  • Amelia
    March 3, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Hoping to get back into my writing routine now that the kids have a consistent bedtime. Would love to make my workspace sacred again. #100reveal

  • AnnW
    March 3, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I need to re-evaluate my photo taking capabilities for eBay. My pictures turn out yellow. I’m sure these GE Led lights could help the problem.

  • Kathryn
    March 3, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Oh I could REALLY use this #100reveal. My current workspace is in an unfinished basement – the walls are missing the sheetrock, so we just have white plastic up to hide the insulation. Hardly inspiring! I also don’t have much lighting so I’d LOVE to get some new lamps along with the bulbs so I can finally see what I’m working on!

  • Emily H
    March 3, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    What space *wouldn’t* I use my #100reveal on? We moved into our house a little over a year ago, but there’s so much to do, and we don’t have a lot of money, so a Target giftcard would be perfect!

  • AshleyM
    March 3, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Fun updates! I would use the GE reveal lights for the new light fixture we are having installed and the Target gift card to organize my husband’s side of our shared desk. Ha ha.

  • Amy
    March 3, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I’d love to win #100reveal! I work from home so spend a ton of time at my desk and would love if it were a more pleasant space, it’s way more function than form right now.

  • Ashley S.
    March 3, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    I’m currently sharing an office with my husband…and a desk. I would use the #100reveal to create a way to have our own (very seperate) workspace within the office!

  • Kathleen
    March 3, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    I have a home office/sewing space that is shared in DESPERATE need of some organization. There is never enough lighting or storage for all the paperwork, patterns, tools and fabric that is scattered about. #100reveal I am loving seeing how a little is going a LONG way in some of your spaces around the house.

  • Tamsin
    March 3, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Being a stay at home mom my current my work space is super un-organized (due to lack of funds) and could use the perfect lighting that GE #100reveal creates. Winning a gift card from Target would allow me to purchase some organizing items and GE reveal bulbs to create the perfect work space.

  • Sarah
    March 3, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    I would use the #100reveal prize to make over my husband’s desk. It’s in our guest room and it is an eye sore!

  • Lisa
    March 3, 2015 at 4:18 pm


    Great updates! I’d love to update my workspace at home. It’s a small corner of the living room, but it over looks a window so it’s nice to have some light and outdoor views while ruminating. But it’s in desperate need of organization. And also some other visual interest when it’s cold and dreary out and you need something else to gaze at for inspiration or a pick-me-up.

  • Bonnie M
    March 3, 2015 at 4:33 pm


    I desperately need better lighting in my living room which is primarily where I use my laptop to work while I’m a stay at home mom. At night, my eye strains so its been on my to do list to change out my light bulbs and organize my work space better for more efficiency.

  • Jenny B
    March 3, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    #100reveal -I just moved to a new house and I need to update my office! I’m finishing my dissertation so a well lit workspace is necessary!

  • Ellen
    March 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    The lighting truly makes a difference! If I won the #100reveal I would spruce up my work space with new lights and new organization items. Thanks!

  • Melissa
    March 3, 2015 at 5:15 pm


    My bedroom, by far, has the worst lighting in the whole house. I would love at the end of the day for me and my husband to be able to relax in our room but the lighting is beyond terrible. Its dark and yellow. Not very relaxing or inspiring!

  • Beth C
    March 3, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    #100reveal I work from home, so good lighting for the office is a must! And I can always use a few things from Target to spruce up my desk (which itself is from Target!)

  • Cvjn
    March 3, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    #100 reveal.

    My office could likewise use an upgrade! I have a great desk but could use some cute organization and a cute new lamp (with at GE reveal bulb). ;)

  • Kathleen
    March 3, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    We’ll soon be renovating our back porch/mud room and I’d like to carve out a lite nook for my fiber and yarn– hoping to one day start a business when my youngest starts school. I haven’t considered lighting, but I think the GE #100reveal bulbs would help my aging eyes be more comfortable picking out embroidery thread and fabrics.

  • Jennie
    March 3, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Our office slash guest room slash closet slash dog room desperately needs some help. #100reveal

  • Melissa
    March 3, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I’ve just started setting up my office/work out space. I’d love some help organizing! I also hate the cheapy light bulbs I have in that room. I think I’ll have to change over to GE #100reveal now that I’ve seen what a difference they make!

  • Joni
    March 3, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    We recently upgraded our office with a built-in Elfa desk/shelves, but the lighting in the room is terrible. We’d love some help from GE #100reveal!

  • Lynn
    March 3, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    My husband’s job just relocated over 70 miles from our home. He is fortunate to be able to work from home a few days a week. We do have a home office space, but it is in no shape for an actual day’s worth of work. It would be so lovely to be able to surprise him with a #100reveal to help perk him up and help him make the space more suitable.

  • Stella
    March 3, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    @100 reveal. I’m in the dark!!!

  • Stella
    March 3, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Oops! #100 reveal. Still in the dark, clearly.

  • Megan
    March 3, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    #100reveal The worst lighting in my entire house is in my home office. I have dreams of actually being able to see the notepad I write on one day.

  • Jamie G
    March 3, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    My living, work, and kitchen space share the same area, and it could definitely use some light and love. Thanks for the chance to win with #100reveal

  • erica
    March 3, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    I’m living the bungalow dream and my mini office is a bit dreary. #100reveal to spruce it up!

  • jennifer colton
    March 3, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    I work at home a few times a week. We’re moving soon, and I will finally have a dedicated office! I’ve been working on my lap for 7+ years on home office days. I would use the #100reveal to create a nook that keeps me focused and also doubles as a place to work on craft projects. I’d keep it all calm and serene so my work will shine through (with the help of some GE reveal bulbs!): white pencils housed in a white mug, lucite chair, threshold cream throw in case it gets chilly, acrylic desk organizer (I, too, like organized insides), and probably some gold trinket for eye candy.

  • Kate
    March 3, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Just like you Nicole, my desk is in my bedroom! I’d love to use #100reveal to bring in additional task lighting to my space, and hopefully some stylish organizers to help tackle my ever-mounting piles of paper!

  • Csilla
    March 3, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    #100reveal Oh the office space could use some work and great lighting would be a nice start! Also a comfy, make you sit up straight kind of chair!!

  • Lisa
    March 3, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    #100reveal So many ways to use $100 at Target and GE reveal bulbs would make for nicer work lighting.

  • Natalie
    March 3, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    #100 reveal – laundry room, thanks!

  • Laurie
    March 3, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I’ve been redoing my home office too. It’s such a critical space for getting work done but it also ends up being a dumping ground for “dealing with it later.”

    Lighting plays a really important part in all of my house because it’s a dark house. I have an astigmatism so I find that the natural light bulbs make ALL the difference in helping me see around the dark house. Seriously, the difference is night and day (see what I did there? but it’s true). The natural light bulbs also help it look more like natural light is coming in the windows. So much nicer than regular bulbs. I’m already a big user of the natural light bulbs.

  • Lisa MS
    March 3, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    #100reveal If I had a better light I would do better work. There are some crazy light casting bulbs in my house and they make me bonkers

  • Jodi
    March 3, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    my desk is a bit of a disaster; i could definitely use some better organization! and better lighting is always on my wishlist. #100reveal could definitely help things out!

  • Trixxie
    March 3, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    #100reveal Wow, it’s amazing what the change of bulb did for the mood/color of your room. My desk is also in my bedroom and I would love the opportunity to shop Target to spruce things up with a new lamp, GE Reveal bulbs and some new desktop pretties.

  • Colleen
    March 3, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    #100reveal I’ve already changed one light in the living room to a ge reveal LED based on your recommendation, and it’s AMAZING! I would change every bulb in the house, plus organize and ‘cute’ my closet!

  • Kristen
    March 3, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    #100reveal I have a sweet Danish little teak secretary desk in dire need of some style and organization. I currently just stuff everything into the drawers and lock the top shut!

  • Kristen
    March 3, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    #100reveal My sweet Danish teak desk is languishing in an empty corner. I’d love to spruce it up on the outside… and do something all the stuff I’ve shoved and locked inside!

  • sarah r
    March 3, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    my office definitely needs some better light. and who doesn’t love target pretties to make everything more functional (AND BEAUTIFUL?) #100reveal

  • Amanda
    March 3, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    #100reveal…I would love to spruce my secretary/desk up! I’ve just recently had my second child, and winning a gift card to a favorite store of mine would give me the insitive to spend a little something on myself…a rarity these days ;)

  • Karen Lee
    March 3, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    A #100reveal lighting makeover would make these past few dull winter months a bit more cheerful to get ready for spring!

  • amanda
    March 3, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    #100reveal I’m creating a desk book currently so this would be so helpful!

  • C Newton
    March 3, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    #100reveal Home office!

  • Michelle S
    March 3, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    #100reveal I would love to makeover my husband’s desk space. It’s tucked in a corner of our guest room and has no organization whatsoever. The poor man has to shuffle piles of papers/office supplies/general mess to find a place to set his laptop in order to work. Definitely not ideal!

  • sydney85
    March 3, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    #100reveal I have a large second bedroom closet that I have taken off the doors and converted into my wonderful home office area with large desk, shelves and chair. The space is great but needs really great natural light on my desk. I would love to get a pretty lamp with GE Reveal bulbs.

  • Danielle
    March 3, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    #100reveal I have a bar table I use as a
    craft desk where I work on my jewelry and other craft projects. More lighting in this area would be super helpful!

  • alisa
    March 3, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Between my husband now working from home & moving into our new house, I need portability. A bill box that can organize our bills, some pens, checkbook, stamps, envelopes, etc. At some point I will have a dedicated space of my own but, for now I am a wanderer.

  • Keegan
    March 3, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    #100reveal. My spare room doubles as an at-home office. It has no lighting other than the overhead light and I use the night stand as a desk – A new “nightstand” and some organization would be helpful for me and my guests.

  • Nicole
    March 3, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    My home office needs a lighting makeover! It is too dim at night but I hate using overhead lighting.

  • AmericaBeautiful
    March 3, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    I would very much like to try the GED Reveal bulbs. They seem more clear and not as yellow as traditional bulbs. Thanks for the offer!

  • Katharine
    March 3, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    I’d love to have a dedicated workspace at home, but the desk I have is my childhood desk and the drawers are crammed full of memento-type stuff. Maybe some organizational help from Target would save the day?! Plus, I love the look of the Reveal light at your computer — wondering if I’d love it in real life. #100reveal

  • Alison
    March 3, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    #100reveal. My desk area needs some work. I’m in school studying interior design and I just had a baby too! I’m at my desk everyday and it needs to be more beautiful and organized. It will help me work more efficiently, which with a newborn is essential. Thanks!

  • Bridgette
    March 3, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    My desk is in our family room. It is bare bones right now but would look so much better with a #100reveal upgrade

  • Cristina
    March 3, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    I love seeing what you come up with in the #100reveal posts! I never even thought about getting one of those organizers for the desk let alone putting snacks in a cute box like that.

    I haven’t been to Target recently – are they carrying stuff from Rifle Paper Co. now?

  • Lisa
    March 4, 2015 at 1:03 am

    That cozy blanket would be a great addition to my freezing cold office. Love Target!

  • Sarah W
    March 4, 2015 at 2:23 am

    I really need a #100reveal makeover for my desk. My husband and I have a desk at home, but right now nobody can use it because it is such a mess! This would be a big help. :)

  • Alison Cooper
    March 4, 2015 at 4:30 am

    #100reveal… workspace could really use some brightening up and organization big time!!

  • Annamarie H
    March 4, 2015 at 5:05 am

    I have a sweet, little reading nook that needs better lighting. I could use some help from #100reveal

  • Tracey Kretch
    March 4, 2015 at 6:55 am

    #100reveal I could make my home office more organized and include great lighting with new GE lighting and a Target gift card.

  • Nicole
    March 4, 2015 at 7:05 am

    We recently moved into a new house and I’ve just been shutting the door on the main level office. We’ve never had an office space beforeI and it’s horribly empty and sad. A few crucial decor pieces would be fun to start putting together. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jenny A.
    March 4, 2015 at 7:56 am

    #100reveal – I could definitely use some better lighting in my work space and a Target card would be swell!

  • Chelsea
    March 4, 2015 at 8:19 am

    I have a room in my home where I hand paint childrens’ leggings for my Etsy shop Kickin Legs. There’s a huge window in front of my work table that lets in a lot of great natural light during the day while I work, but in the afternoons, I rely on an overhead light with 4 bulbs, plus a dinky Ikea lamp on the corner of my table. The lighting is yellow and dull and I need to swith the bulbs out asap!

  • Rhett
    March 4, 2015 at 8:57 am

    #100reveal I work from a home desk iin a dark corner all day and no amount of coffee is perking that space up! I could use some inspiration and better lighting to make the hours sail by!

  • kristin
    March 4, 2015 at 9:50 am

    our home office is currently a dumping ground for lost furniture and crap. It really needs some help, this would definitely inspire me!

  • Lindsay
    March 4, 2015 at 9:53 am

    My husband is about to make the switch to working from home after ten years of a horrible commute. I’m so excited and would love to give our home office area a similar upgrade to yours with #100reveal!

  • Katie
    March 4, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Our basement is finished, but dreary thanks to the weird overhead lighting. I want to create a creative workspace for me to get my crafting and blogging supplies organized and all together. A better lighting situation for crafting and photographing is so necessary! #100reveal

  • Traci G.
    March 4, 2015 at 10:07 am

    #100reveal I would use the GE reveal bulb to replace my current bulb in my lamp. Then I would use the $100 gift card to Target to get nice black & white desk & filing accessories for all my paperwork.

  • Rachel
    March 4, 2015 at 10:19 am

    #100reveal I would use GE Reveal lights at my desk where I do our family budgeting. That clear bright light would help me see how much of our budget is going to diapers with our new baby! GE Reveal lights and some lovely fresh flowers would be my version of “making it lovely” at my workspace

  • Maryanne
    March 4, 2015 at 10:56 am

    My home office needs GE Reveal #100reveal

  • CR Williams
    March 4, 2015 at 11:08 am

    I don’t have a desk but $100 would definitely help me get one. #100reveal

  • Bry
    March 4, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I would love to use the GE Reveal #100reveal bulbs so I can study late into the night. The Target gift card would buy me the necessary organization tools so my desk will be finally organized :)

  • Chris
    March 4, 2015 at 11:27 am

    My workspace is the breakfast nook in our kitchen and I need a desk lamp to brighten up the space – I am sure the #100reveal bulbs in a new lamp would make working late at night more comfy.

  • Elise
    March 4, 2015 at 11:33 am

    My workspace needs some MAJOR help! There’s no conistency to it right now in terms of colors/textures. I would love to brighten it with a lamp and grab some pens/stapler/office organizational tools in the same color scheme! #100reveal

  • julie harman
    March 4, 2015 at 11:42 am

    I updated the bulbs in my kitchen recently with Reveal – I totally need to do this for the guest bathroom. thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • Lauren Meyer
    March 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Could use new lighting in my pantry/laundry room

  • Kaitlin Jenkins
    March 4, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    My home office needs some lighting and accessorizing help- it’s just bland and poorly lit right now but is a great space overall! I would love to do a #100reveal in my home office!

  • Tammy Northrup
    March 4, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I love your room and how it has that antique farmhouse feel to it. We use to have radiators in our previous home. I just can’t get over the difference that the GE Reveal bulbs make. I can’t wait to try them out!

  • Maddie
    March 4, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    would love #100reveal to come and outfit my place with LEDs, personally what I really love is the energy efficiency and lifespan. another thing i would update about my workspace it would be more plants! plants that i don’t kill, that is.

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