Our Home Office Reveal

OK, so you saw what we did.    Now it’s time to show you the pretty pictures of our home office.

This is my desk.    I bought the old construction sign and cubby cabinet at the last Warrenton antique show.  The old ‘cash work’ sign makes me smile.  I bought it at the Citywide Garage Sale in Austin several years ago.

We salvaged the decoupaged piece of wood underneath the construction sign at one of the old houses we salvaged.  It shows about three layers of old wallpaper which I think is just so pretty.

I collect little prints that have small poems on them. I’m not even sure what they’re called.    (If you know, please do tell.)  You can see them under the cubby cabinet.

My desk - Living Vintage

The Feather-Tip by Baker sign is an old pegboard.   The blue thing to the right of my monitor is an old tool tote.  It works great for corralling pens, paper/binder clips, and sticky notes.

closeup of my desk - Living Vintage

I adore my little green cubby cabinet that came out of an old general store.

closeup of my cubby cabinet -- Living Vintage

I bought the cast iron ‘office’ sign many years ago.  I’m not sure if it’s truly old or just made to look that way.

an old office sign I've owned for years and an old cubby I bought at Warrenton - Living Vintage

I use the old muffin tin as a magnet board.

Our business name using an old muffin tin and scrabble tiles - Living Vintage

Remember the blue cabinet?  Here she is all decorated and organized with wire bins and vintage accessories.

office - the ceiling project is a project for later - Living Vintage

It’s a great storage piece for all things office-y and gives me a reason to buy small wire and metal containers.

We use the old Weiant Bros cake box to partially hide our laptop computer, FedEx envelopes, portfolios, and things like that.

Oh, and you probably noticed our ceiling is sloppily painted.  That’s because we’re planning to clad it with tin — another project that will soon be done.  We would normally just leave the wood ceilings alone — maybe paint them, of course — but there are large gaps in the boards (just like the kitchen ceiling used to be).

UPDATE:    Our ceiling project in our office is done!  Click here to check it out.

closeup of the blue cabinet -- I collect greyhound stuff because my high school mascot was a greyhound - Living Vintage

I showed you the corbels a while back.  I bought them at one of my favorite antique stores in East Texas.

I bought the little watchmaker’s cabinet at a nearby Nacogdoches auction.

reclaimed corbels and an eyeglass parts cabinet - Living Vintage

We bought the old pulleys months ago thinking we would turn them into lights like this for our kitchen.  Obviously, we didn’t do that, so for now, we are just enjoying them.

old pulleys that we may repurpose as lights one day - Living Vintage

I bought the six-drawer cabinet at Warrenton years and years ago.  It hurt to pay $100 for it at the time, but I’m so glad I did.

I painted my file cabinet with chalkboard paint.  I still need to paint Mark’s.

The plastic in-box on top of the file cabinet will get thrown away soon.  It shouldn’t even have made it into these pictures!

A closeup of one side of the blue cabinet -- the file cabinet is painted with chalkboard paint - Living Vintage

I shared the photo of the little gypsy girl on Facebook last January.  We salvaged her from the old house we were working in at the time.  I named her ‘Willow’.  She just looks like a ‘Willow’ to me.

an old print I found at the house we salvaged in Crockett -- I named her Willow - Living Vintage

I discovered the little cabinet at the very first old house we salvaged.    I had to gingerly tiptoe across a rotted floor that threatened to collapse on me at any moment … but it was worth it!

a little cabinet we saved from an old house we salvaged and some miniatures I collect - Living Vintage

It’s perfect for displaying the miniature office things that I collect.

closeup of some of the miniatures I collect - Living Vintage

Now, I’m sure you want to see Mark’s side of the office.

He has 2 computers — he’s a professional photographer and keeps all of his photo files on his Mac.    It’s never been connected to the internet to keep it virus-free.  The second computer he uses for email and internet.

I think the industrial shelf we made using reclaimed wood and plumbing pipe is pretty cool, don’t you?  We didn’t take the pipe all the way to the ceiling as was shown in the Pinterest photo I shared before.    Our ceilings are 12′ tall, I think, and that much pipe all the way up just wouldn’t have looked right.

My husband's desk - Living Vintage

We decorated the shelves with some of our vintage collections.

For example, he is so proud of his vintage Brownie camera that’s in pristine condition and still in its original box.  What’s even more amazing is that the original batteries and bulbs are still in the box.

He has more cameras which we recently unpacked, and he also collects vintage photos and vintage photographer related items like the small green sign and the “How to Make Good Pictures” book.

The skateboard is also his.  He claims he was never that good at it.

The bears?  Well that’s my sometimes nickname for Mark.

closeup of the collectibles on Mark's shelves - Living Vintage

I started my miniature bike collection (some vintage; some not) way back when I used to be a mountain biking fanatic.  Unfortunately, there’s nowhere to ride anywhere nearby.  There are way too many log and farm trucks flying down the narrow country roads, and well …. I’m not an idiot.

closeup of the miniature bicycles I collect - Living Vintage

The blue map is an old European bicycling map that my sister gave me for Christmas years ago.

The vintage rubber stamp collection is also something I grabbed and bought immediately when I saw it.    I’ve never seen a more complete collection.

miniature bikes and office stamps - Living Vintage

I bought the miniature travel trailer years ago just because I love miniatures and thought it was so cute.    Who would have thought we’d now be in the salvage business and talking about building tiny houses on trailers?

closeup of collectibles on my husband's office shelves - Living Vintage

And that, my dears, is our vintage, industrial, reclaimed, and functional office!

Hope you enjoyed seeing it!

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  1. Absolutely Amazing!!!! I think my favorite is the hook for your purse and everything else of course.


  2. love your office…..thanks for the tour and details of your treasures with their stories…….surrounding ourselves with things we love makes our everyday lives more fun! You motivate me to go dig for treasures in my garage and bring them out to play!

  3. Love your office ~ so enjoy your posts :-)

  4. What is not to love!? Fabulous once again.

  5. The little framed prints are called “motto” prints, and a lot of them were made by a company called “Buzza.” They were popular in the 1920-1940 range I would guess. I have a lot of them – I started collecting them with a “Mother” theme a while back. The nice thing is that they are generally reasonably priced, too!

    • Awesome! I’ll have to set up an Ebay search for them. I enjoy them so much. Not too unsurprisingly, my favorites are “Let me live in a house by the side of the road …” and “I think I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree …” :)

  6. It’s like stepping back in time. Beautiful space!

  7. Great job on your office!

  8. Yup. Yup. Yup. Love everything.

  9. Please. If this doesn’t make me stop everything + totally revamp my sewing studio today, I don’t know WHAT! I’ve never enjoyed anything more! Has your studio been featured in Where Women Create yet? TY for posting!

    • Well, I took a look at your blog and you have been busy! Don’t let my little home office stop you from what you’re doing. LOL! No, I haven’t been featured in Where Women Create. Maybe one day ….

  10. Hi Kim,

    Love all your makeovers! I actually have a question about your ceiling tin in the kitchen….did you purchase it with that finish or did you paint it?

    Thanks so much. Love your house!

  11. Hi Kim I’ve just discovered your blog via Hooked on Houses – I loooooove your style – totally inspirational. I’m sure you get such pleasure giving such wonderful old items a new lease of life !! Marie

    • I’m so glad you discovered my blog. I dearly love it when people “get” what we do. I love breathing new life into old materials, and the biggest goal my husband and I have in mind is building new, old houses. You know, energy efficient houses with vintage character, you’d never believe they are new.

  12. Followed the link to your blog via the Hooked On Houses blog. So glad I did! What an amazing office space you have created! So many great ideas….I really liked the muffin tin turned magnet board idea, and now I’m thinking up how to do the same with my magnet collection! :)

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  14. LOVE your office! All that vintage goodness is just perfect. What a great place to work!

  15. Hey there, You’ve done a great job. I’ll certainly digg it and personally suggest to my friends.
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  16. I’m setting up my studio now and just love some of your ideas. Thanks so much.

  17. Saw your office at Eclectically Vintage and stopped over to pin. Love it all, love the style, and now I’ve gotta follow it all everywhere.

  18. I love all of your little collections!


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