office under the stairs.

our new office is now my favorite place in our house!
who would have thought that the space under the stairs could be so very useful?

{sorry, we didn't think to get a very good before picture.
just think coats all the way across, and lots of boxes on the floor.}

because the space was so small, we wanted to keep everything really white & bright.
lots of light-colored furniture and extra lighting did the trick!

all for just over $100.
our major purchases were:

table - FREE {simple coat of fresh white paint.}
drawer unit - $40 {ikea}
pair of wall mounted light fixtures - $20 {$10 each at ikea}
2 matching white wall ledges - $40 {$20 each at ikea}
3 storage baskets - $15 {i think they were $5 each at ikea}

and some of my absolute favorite parts of the room were practically free.

like the antique-y looking chair we picked up fro 5 bucks at d.i. can you believe it?
{we actually bought 2}

then i found these baby's for $.26 each at ikea, and simply marked each according to purpose. best part? the marker wipes off in case we ever need these to do a different job.

and then these twin bulletin boards previously collecting dust were a quick fix by adding some a fabric face-lift. much better, no? and by hanging them on the wall opposite our office door, they also serve to extend our small space as well. bringing office to hall & hall to office. {'cause let's face it, with an office measuring at about 15 sq. ft. we can use all the space we can get!}

it's also such a great way to save some of our favorite pics/invites from our friends & family {yes, this includes our own. :) }

i've got a super soft spot for anything that is both functional {check} & beautiful {double check.}
a quick diy clothesline out of some existing ribbon, and now she is home to all my notecards. all in one handy little spot. with ribbon stored below {in a storage basket} and wrapping paper in a what-used-to-be trash bin. my little gift-wrap corner.

never again will we underestimate the small space under the stairs!


  1. oh my goodness! that's amazing. i'm so impressed with you. you made it all look so great! really, all your ideas were perfect and adorable.
    i wish i had a small closet like that!

    ps: where did you put all the stuff that WAS in the closet?

  2. ah, thanks brit. nicest comment ever! yes, we are currently juggling that stuff, but i'll let you know where {and how} it all ends up.

  3. leah. come decorate my house right now. you are so talented. looks sooo great!!!

  4. i still think it's so weird that you guys know each other.

  5. I think you did an awesome job! Great blog.

  6. Wow!!! I love the little offcie...it looks really cool...good job


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