Those stories of entrepreneurs who started their empires in their garage is always inspiring. Sugar & Vice didn’t quite start in a garage, but in the spare room of our home. When we started there was no time or money to worry about what the space we worked in looked like, so it was more functional than Pinterest-worthy.
But an attractive, organised, well-ventilated space goes a long way in enhancing productivity and making us happy. We spend so much time working that it is important to do it in a space that makes you feel good.
Over the years the office has taken on a character of its own, but I’ve always wanted to get stuck in and take the necessary time to decorate and design it properly, and finally got around to it in the middle of last year.
Here are some photos of what it looked like at the beginning! Rather disorganised, and even a bit cringeworthy, but I am also proud of it because it shows how far we have come. And it’s important to reflect on that journey so that one can appreciate where you are now (instead of always wishing you were somewhere else).
So when I finally got round to redesigning my office I turned to Pinterest for inspiration. I didn’t have an unlimited budget so I had to work smartly and use what I already had.
These were some of the looks I found on Pinterest, which I really liked.
If you’re looking for inspiration for your own office you can see the whole Pinterest board here.
The makeover process started with some layout ideas, which a friend helped me with in a 3D rendering programme. How cool is this:
The delight is always in the detail, which is why there were a couple of quirky accessories that were a must for my new space. One of these was a pegboard, inspired by Lovilee’s pretty one. Check theirs out here:
This is our version and office makeover:
A packaging station is also key in our office, so we needed that to be well set up with enough space for boxes of different sizes.
I also incorporated a lot of greenery, as plants are a cheap and environmentally happy way to bring life and vibrance into a space.
I hope this has inspired you to spruce up your office too, even if you do it little by little. I would highly recommend it, as being a creative, you need a beautiful space to be creative and inspired in.
Suppliers list & budget list:
- Ponytail plant: PRESENTspace R250
- Storage boxes: Merrypak (I gave them a fresh coat of paint) R160
- Chairs: Decofurn R900
- Table legs: Thingking Studio R750
- Terracotta Pots: Clay (in Barrydale) R60
- Various Plants: Stodels R500
- White storage baskets: Pep R50
- Glass sweet jar & black wire wall storage: Mr Price Home R600
- S&V letters: Typo R150
- Black wire house decor: Elsje Designs R300
- Pegboard accessories: Mica Hardware store R110
- Letter lightbox: Delicious Displays R300
- Chess triangle rug: Smir Design R3500
- Work Bench & wooden boxes: Inspirational Contracts R6500