Howdy! I hope your week is off to a great start. We are seven months into our Okinawan rental and I can finally say I’m happy with my office space. Yay! The space is really a five foot wide wall that separates the foyer from the living area. I took pictures of all sides so you can get a feel for the layout. There’s quite a few images, so grab a cup of joe and let’s get started.This gallery wall is completely renter friendly. Everything in the gallery was hung with command strips, command hooks, or washi tape.
The challenges: The wall has a fuse box, a meter, and a fire extinguisher so I had to be creative about camouflaging those parts.
Solutions: I moved the fire extinguisher to a kitchen cabinet and put wrapping paper over the sign.
The clay heart hangs right over the metal hook that held the extinguisher. A little command strip tape holds it in place.
The fuse box and meter are covered with post cards and a copy of our wedding photo. I kept the plastic sleeves on the prints to protect them from ripping when I remove them.
After covering those eye sores, the rest of the gallery wall fell into place.
You probably recognize my desk accessory holder from last week. You can find the tutorial here. It was a nice addition to the gallery wall and works well to keep the desk from being cluttered.
A couple of the wall hangings are items from the 100 yen store, like this little basket…
and this black and white tray.
I also have a lovely little watercolor that my grandfather gave me, a Mumford and Sons water color, and a Colonial Williamsburg print.
The pretty Moroccan tile tray was a TJ Maxx find from a few years ago. I added a few brass animals for fun.
I love Nate Berkus’ quote from Home Rules, “Pairing items from completely different price ranges is a sign of good design.” I definitely did that in this space.
Did you notice my chalkboard sign? It’s perfect for seasonal messages. Now I just need to work on my chalk calligraphy. 😉
My important papers are stored in a file basket next to the desk.
Keeping most of our accounts paperless really helps with the paper clutter.
If you are walking into the room from the foyer, you see the left side of the desk. It opens right up into our living room and kitchen. (Did you see a peek of our future wood sofa table?)
If you face the desk from the living area, you can see the stairs and the fan foyer wall.
We really do have a lovely, bright, and open space. If only the white linoleum wasn’t so hard to keep clean. 😉
Are you still with me? It’s funny how many details went into this little space. In case you are wondering, I store our printer ready to use and a safe with our important documents in our master closet.I have to say, downsizing to a 1300 square feet house with the four of us has really been a good lesson in keeping our spaces clean, organized, and multifunctional. The only thing I miss is having a large dining table for entertaining. I do have a plan up my sleeve to solve that challenge too.