Size: 1,600 square feet (house)
Years lived in: 3 years
"When life gives you lemons, paint them gold." That's precisely what Shalyn did to create the workspace of her dreams in a home that needed some cheering up. Shalyn, a wedding photographer based in Austin, got creative with a limited budget to create an office every bit as bright as her beaming personality.
Walking into Shalyn's office will instantly bring a smile to your face. The gold chevron wall she and her husband painted by hand shimmers in the natural light, and you'll catch yourself marveling at it from different angles.
As a photographer, Shay loves the thrill of inspiration, and she's now proud that her space is something that can provide that creative spark we all need from time to time. Shay has pulled together a variety of items procured from IKEA, antique stores, and hand-me-downs to create a cohesive atmosphere. If it didn't fit in right away, well, she just painted it so it would.
Shay didn't just dream about one day making her picture perfect office. She jumped right in and did it, piece by piece, to create the glam mix of gold, grey and pink that'll brighten your day. It is So Shay
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Glam, Modern with a twist of feminine touches, bright, cheerful, and
gained my inspiration off of my love for gold. The sweet lady who designed my
blog for me also created a mood board for me, and it was everything I wanted in
my brand. I wanted to make sure that I created a space that reflected me, my
brand, and could be a place that I could be inspired by every single day. I
also saw a wallpaper on Pinterest one day that was incredibly pricey that had
smaller, gold stripes on it. I knew I wanted a cool wall in my office, so my
husband and I got creative and made one ourselves by hand. (Here is a link to my mood board)
gold chevron wall that my husband and I painted by hand.
would say the biggest challenge was knowing that we had a budget that we could
not go over in any way. We had to get creative and be as handy as possible in
order to create the space I envisioned in my head. The wall was very tedious,
but the reward at the end was so worth it. I’m also super thankful my husband
learned how to install flooring and trim while working on smaller projects
around the house prior to this renovation. It was a complete overhaul, but like
most people, budgets are a necessary evil. We just made it work the best we
could with the resources we had.
What Friends Say:
friends say that my office is a dream. I can’t argue that because everytime I
am in it, I can’t help but think, “I can’t believe I work from here. This is mine…Pinch
me!?” I’m proud of it, and my friends always want to come over and work in my space. I say, the more, the merrier!
It’s a fun place to be!
a thing. I love it!
would say the gold chevron wall because it took a couple of days to create, and
required so much of my patience…or lack thereof. ;) J I also made the gold frame hanging in my office. My
neighbor had a garage sale, and nobody wanted the frame, so when I saw it
hanging out by his trashcan on the street, I snagged it up and spray painted it
gold. I then added some string to tie to the back of the frame and labeled it
my inspiration board.
would say the chandelier in my office was my biggest indulgence. It was the
most expensive item in my office, and when I saw it, I knew I had to have it! When we installed it, I couldn’t stop staring
at it. It was the perfect touch to the office.
best advice would be this: “Get creative.” You don’t have to spend a fortune to
create the ultimate dream space. Trust me! J Our budget was small, and that can be super
frustrating for anyone. I feel that in today’s social media world, it’s easy to
compare and think that having a Pinterest worthy space is a dream or one of those
things that you label in the “One Day” folder. However, if I can make my space
a reality, you can too. You just have to get creative. Can’t afford that
wallpaper? Paint it. Can’t afford a fancy desk? Go to IKEA. OR find an old desk
at a thrift store and paint it. My book shelf thankfully was a hand-me-down
from my brother, but it was brown. What did I do? I painted it white, added
some under lights from IKEA to give it a fun professional flare, and BOOM! I
have a cool nifty little shelf. Everything in my office was either painted,
created, re-invented, thrifted, or found at antique shops. It may not be the
easiest or quickest route, but you will learn to appreciate your space even
more when you can sit in it and say, “I did that. I made that. I created this.”
It’s an amazing feeling y’all. Stop wanting and wishing for an inspiring place
to work from…Go make it happen!
Therapy, of course. Pinterest. Here is my pinterest board
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
Board Chalk Paint from Lowes
Grey Walls are Martha Stewart: Nimbus Cloud (Matte)
Gold Wall is a basic Valspar Primer White and Valspar Aged Brass: Brilliant
Metals (It’s a special paint section at Lowes)
– Stephanie Sterjovski (SSPrint Shop)
floors were bought at Floor and Décor Outlet in Austin, Texas. They no longer
carry these ones exactly (sadly) but they are dark walnut brown laminate.
Chair: Bought at an antique store in Rockdale, Texas called Antique Queens
- Desk: IKEA
- Gold Chest:
at antique store
and Blue/Gray Pillow: Bed, Bath & Beyond
Frame in Window: Hobby Lobby
Like Ever Sign: Gift from DDHP; Purchased from OhDierLiving
Was Drew's Mom's that she gave to me. It was gray and I spray painted it gold.
Case: Hand me down from my sister-in-law. Painted it white. Added under-lighting
in Vase: Hobby Lobby
Gold Heart: Marshall's
(Spray painted the heart gold)
Frame: Free from neighbors yard. Was brown and spray painted it gold.
Letters on Shelf: Hobby Lobby
on Shelf: Z-Gallerie
Board by Kelly Ann
(Images: Chris Perez)
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