An inspiring office is a must for creative entrepreneur Desiree Hartsock, so she teamed up with Lowe’s and Monica from East Coast Creative to create something that would make her daily grind, well, less of a grind. The office makeover turned her space into a functional, motivating, and exciting place to work out of her Seattle, WA home. We picked her brain about her daily routine and what ignited such a creative office! You can read more about the process on Desiree’s blog! And if you can’t get enough, reminisce on her gorgeous wedding last year!
We love following along with your life post 'The Bachelorette' and your beautiful blog! What does a day in the office look like?
Well, it’s pretty normal for the most part. Depending on what is needed to get done, I will have breakfast with Chris, take a coffee to my office and start plugging away. (Check out her blog here!). I don’t take a break till lunch and then finish up around 6 on most days. I try to make my hours just as if I were to work for someone else and needed to get in on time. It helps to get my day started and feel more productive.
You do everything from blogging, to social media, to designing, and still find time to travel! What motivates you on a daily basis? .. And how do you do it all?!
I’m truly motivated by life. Sounds cliche but we don’t know how long we have on this earth so I enjoy working hard doing what I love -in order to live a life I love. I am inspired by other places and meeting new people so traveling is a part of work for me but also allows me to reflect and re-work my priorities. I work really well under pressure so the more I have to do the more I will get done. Making lists each day really help me stay on top of everything.
Did you have any goals in mind when making over your office?
I let Monica from East Coast Creative know that I really needed a more inspirational space that offered the opportunity to stand and work or sit and work. This is where she created the workable shelving on the wall with Lowe’s. It’s a great height to sit at with the bar stools or stand and work at my laptop. I like being more mobile at a desk and what she did really offered that.
As a creative, an inspiring space is a must! Where did you find your decor inspiration?
I just put together a Pinterest board of spaces I liked and Monica worked off of that, but what she came up with was beyond anything I would have been able to do myself. I was drawn to tribal patterns with a clean white backdrop.
We love all the DIY elements you incorporated into the space! Do you have a favorite project?
Monica had this fun idea to put different colored triangles on the sliding closet doors so I painted those not knowing what it was going to be used for. The outcome was perfect and the details of the triangles on the doors really make all the difference.
What's the one thing that made the biggest transformational impact in your office?
The desk and shelving (couldn’t choose just one) are the biggest impacts of my office and really changed the look completely. AND of course the fire heater across the wall is amazing!
Do you have any advice for small business owners using their home as their office space?
My biggest advice is to have a space you love, that doesn’t feel like you’re at home. A space that won’t let you get distracted by housework or anything else but gives you the resources to stay focused and get work done. If it needs to be painted a completely different color than the rest of your house to make it more inspirational than that’s what you need to do.
Favorite date spot with your hubby:
Words to Live By:
Pick to win this season of the Bachelor: