Our New Home: Workspace Renovation

One year ago in the back seat of a car, editing across New England. 

One year ago in the back seat of a car, editing across New England. 

For most of my career, office space has been a luxury. I'm used to "doing whatever it takes" to the point that I have turned nearly every environment into a video editing suite - airplanes, coffee shops, cars, hotel rooms, conference rooms, basketball courts, and shopping mall food courts. I am starting to feel my legs and arms cramping up just thinking about it.

When I moved into what would become our first home, my sweet Jonathan encouraged me to create a space where I could be inspired and encouraged every day. I didn't want to break the bank, and I knew that most pinterest-worthy offices were very impractical for the type of computer work that I do, which requires multiple monitors, hard drives, and gear. Still, after working on so many craft and renovation videos with the team at HGTV, I felt prepared enough to try a DIY of my own.

Sherwood Media's new office, day one. Those moving boxes are actually filled with office supplies, and we hadn't moved my old chair in yet. But I had a deadline, so I actually cranked out two videos that day. Thankfully now I have a much more posture-friendly desk solution!

Sherwood Media's new office, day one. Those moving boxes are actually filled with office supplies, and we hadn't moved my old chair in yet. But I had a deadline, so I actually cranked out two videos that day. Thankfully now I have a much more posture-friendly desk solution!

Ready for some beauty shots of the final (for now) product? I'm loving it!

Nevermind my chalkboard signs still says "wedding" - I keep forgetting to pick up chalk at the store to update it!

Nevermind my chalkboard signs still says "wedding" - I keep forgetting to pick up chalk at the store to update it!

The desk is solid wood, found on craigslist for $150. I chose it for the large workspace, strength to hold as many monitors and hard drives as I could throw at it, and file cabinet rather than computer tower box (so 2008). I painted it white (Annie Sloan pure white chalk paint) and added handles from Anthropologie. The chair is from Amazon - I added washi tape along the edge, but I bet you it won't stay much longer. Lamp, calendar, and clock are from Target.

Editing videos is so much easier with an external monitor, keyboard and trackpad! Hoping one day to swap this bad boy out for a silver wireless apple keyboard. For now, it works great.

I both dreaded and enjoyed creating my first gallery wall. Mixing different patterns and ideas was such good exercise for my creative brain and something I'd never done before. That printer table is thrifted as well.

Since the closet is filled with camping gear, winter wear, and our old band instruments, I needed an easy-access place to store gear that I use regularly. TJ Maxx had this delightful storage bench that fits most of my gear just right.

I picked up a narrow bookcase from Target to display pretty things, then with my extra accent wall paint, added some color to the back. Unfortunately, you'll notice the cubbies are all pretty dark since the white is no longer there to bounce light around. I look forward to filling this case with travel finds and more of my favorite books.

The last wall in the office still has some shaping up to do. For now, it's my magazine-clipping, photo-pinning, task board.

There you have it, folks! I can say that in addition to a little more happiness, I get a lot more out of my workspace. I focus harder, I stay longer, and I smile stronger.