home office tour
About 4.5 years ago, David and I made a pretty big decision together that would change the course of our lives. We decided to start a small business. The two of us spent many, many nights working tirelessly. We personally answered customer emails, put out fires, and just figured things out the best we knew how. Eventually we hired a little help. Our team continues to grow today.
That little business has grown into something I’m not sure either one of us expected, but here we are. We’ve been through some incredibly tough things that have challenged us to the core and we’ve also experienced some of our greatest joy because of the blessing it is to work together to create something special that can bless the lives of others.
My point in sharing this? This space is where it all happens.
It’s no secret that our home office is one of my happy places. This space holds many, many memories. This is home. This is family together time. This is the kids’ homework and creative projects. This is where I wrap gifts. And this is also the headquarters for Becky Higgins LLC until we one day open an actual office space (a goal we are currently working toward). This is team meetings and photos shoots and video work and endless creating and writing and brainstorming.
Today I’m pleased to share with you a little tour of the home office as it is today. I cleaned up for the pictures, but rest assured this place gets plenty messy from time to time. ; )
I’ll share where certain things are from just in case the questions come up. Above: The chairs are called Wayfarer Side Chair in the Coastal Living line by Stanley Furniture. The white & orange storage boxes, as well as the white baskets on the shelves, are from The Container Store.
Above: Those are Project Life Mini Albums (next to our wedding picture), which we really love around here. In fact, the kids are each working on their own little album. Great summer project. The framed black board (too old to remember where I got that) always has the latest baby / wedding / graduation announcements. The hooks below (Restoration Hardware I think?) always have a few bags and purses hanging from them.
All of the family sunglasses are tucked into the shelves because this corner of the office is located near our garage door, so it’s an easy place to keep those since we don’t have a mudroom (or room for anything really) just inside the garage door.
These are the nine books I published – all in my twenties. My first book The Art of Creative Lettering was published in 1999. My last book Best of Becky Higgins Sketches for Scrapbooking was published in 2007. Each book was absolutely a labor of love. The microphone is something that gets used once in a while when I need to record voice over or something. It’s a Blue Yeti microphone.
We’re Mac people. The ol’ saying “Once you go Mac, you never go back” holds true for us. I got the clock at Target. Candlesticks and decorative balls? Can’t remember, honestly.
The orange and white boxes are from The Container Store. The tins and white pots are from IKEA. The white vase is from Target. I wish I could remember where the yellow frame is from – but probably Home Goods, Marshall’s or Ross. The building in that picture frame is the Mesa Arizona Temple, which is very special to us because that is where we were married in 1995.
I used to use these boxes to hold the kids’ larger art, but I have a different system for that now (did you see my post from a couple weeks ago about organizing kids’ stuff?). We have other stuff in these boxes now, but I just haven’t updated the labels yet.
You can see a hint of the sunset photos that I have framed. There are eight of them around the office, lined up between the countertop and the bottom of the cupboards. I’ll share pictures of those on social media today (because we forgot to take pictures of those when we did this photo shoot). Just watch for those on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter – wherever you like to hang out.
I frame my kids’ stuff. It makes me happy. Both of these frames that I’ve had forever were probably from Target.
The mug is also from Target. Shocking, I know. I have white beans in there to “hold” my pens. Those were from the grocery store. : ) And wouldn’t you know it? These are my favorite pens – hands down.
As for the other side of the office – that’s where I have this wall of cubes. These cubes are relatively old – and probably retired. They were made by Cropper Hopper back in the day, but I don’t believe they’re available anymore (someone correct me if I’m wrong). In these shelves you’ll see a lot of cloth albums. Grey = Family. Rain = Work stuff. Orange = Porter. Yellow = Claire. Green = Crew. That lamp is from Target and the cool camera print was a gift from Catherine Davis.
Each of our three children have a dedicated cube for their stuff that is to-be-scrapbooked. More on that whole idea in my recent blog post called 10 Tips for End of School – and there’s even more about this in the in-depth video I did two years ago. It’s still watched a lot (26,000+ views) because of all the helpful information that I share about the process of Getting Organized with Kids’ Stuff.
That print off to the right? That was a gift from Mye in Singapore. And the tulips were even a sweet gift from my neighbor recently. People are so kind! The little frames of each of the kids are from Target.
Oh, Oreo. That’s our family pup. He’s a Havanese. And if I’m being completely honest, he’s my shadow all day long and really prefers to be wherever I am. It’s pretty sweet considering I was absolutely the most resistant person in our family to get a dog in the first place. Speaking of fun videos and totally random topics … have you seen that video I made about Our Christmas Miracle when we surprised the kids with Oreo? Over 10,000 views and I still cry every time I watch it.
Back on topic. The fun coral / silver pillow is from Home Goods recently. The yellow pillow and the black & white basket are from (you guessed it) – Target! Same with the similar-looking black-with-white-trim baskets in the photos below. The grey chair is from Potato Barn – a furnishings place in Arizona.
We picked up the little green Bisley 5-Drawer Cabinet at The Container Store too. One thing we forgot to add to the whole office set-up when we had this space custom designed nearly eight years ago, was simple drawers under the desk. We have big drawers for hanging files and large cabinets, but no small drawers for the smallest office supplies. Oops. So this little unit helps for those things.
I’m a fan of labels. Some labels are missing in my office, but the albums? They’re all labeled. I just make my own in a document on the computer, printed out on white cardstock, and trimmed to size. As indicated here with the Rain albums, I even store all of my Photo Pocket Pages for Project Life in 12×12 albums. I use the Scrapbook Dividers to keep them organized.
Like I said – it all happens here. Work. Play. Family. Business. Tears. Laughter. Stress. Joy. And I am thankful every day that this is a part of our home life. I can’t imagine it any other way.