Sunday Favorites is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely and always entertaining Chari at Happy to Design. You can see a full list of all the particpants who are sharing Oldie but Goodie posts. Please hop on over for a relaxing Sunday afternoon of reminiscing.
So why did I name my post "Two-fer" Met Monday? You've all heard of a "two-fer" haven't you? "Two fer the Price of One?" Well, that's what you're getting today. Two Before and Afters's in one post.
I am also breaking away from my home to share with you my second home. My home away from home...the home that allows me to pay for all the pretties in my first home...the home I can't wait to leave at the end of the day to head home...my office.
In July 2008, I made the decision to start my own Real Estate firm. It was a five year goal and I was on tract - and more than ready. I purchased a small office building instead of renting. The purchase price was "as-is," and the Seller was mighty proud of how he had furnished and decorated it. Below is how it looked when it was purchased.
The ink where I signed my name on the deed was not even dry when I started painting and re-decorating. :-) The area you see is the large waiting area when you first enter the office. There are three larger offices and a conference room.
I needed something to go on each side of the print above the distressed, white cabinet. This is one of my favorite prints that I own. I love all things botanical. This used to hang in my former office, but when hung alone in the new office - it looked very insignificant. So, I searched in my basement and garage for items I already had. Nothing seemed to do any justice to the print. Then, I remembered two metal grates I had purchased at Michael's at a year end sale, for about $6 bucks each. I bought them simply because they were on sale, but didn't have any clue what I would do with them. (Oh please....don't even pretend you've never done THAT before!) :-)
Using some ordinary floral wire....I attached the planters to the fronts of the grates.
It then looked like this...
I am famous for saving wreaths and baskets for recycling the florals. My attic is filled with them, I never throw them away. And this was a time which called for recycling like no other. My decorating budget was....well....$0.00
I tore apart a wreath and a floral arrangement, too...and started filling the containers.
This is what I ended up with....
In case you're wondering...although I am a huge fan of Creedence Clearwater Survival (its an old Southern band in case you didn't know LOL) - that is not what the three letters on the wall stand for. It's my business name - Crossroads Carolina Realty.
(By the way....my logo reads "...where all roads lead to home!"
Here is my business logo....
Here are some more views of the waiting area...
I hope you have enjoyed the tour of my office, and also my floral project. Thank you, Susan, for hosting Met Monday.
Happy Home Away From Home....Barb