In case you haven’t noticed from our living room and kitchen and dining room, I love color! Our office is no exception with a bright turquoise wall, cheerful art, quirky accessories and funky sofa bed. This room packs a lot of punch purpose-wise, as it is where Husbie does freelance, where I blog, where friends stay the night after having
too much fun, where husbie plays his musical instruments and where I lock myself away for marathons of Downton Abbey (hehe).
We’ve got quite an eclectic mix of furniture in this room, including my most favorite piece – a vintage luggage trunk passed down to me from my grandparents! This is also where I keep my collection of toys for my niece to enjoy when she comes to visit.
The custom Grease album cover is a most thoughtful wedding gift from cousins that live on Vancouver Island, using one of my favorite photos from our engagement shoot at Fort Edmonton Park with Diamond Cake Photography. The “Marry Me” Scrabble tiles are the ones that Husbie used to propose to me during our tea date at Steeps! The adorable baby is my niece…she has the most beautiful blue eyes.
Husbie was in a band when we first started dating, which is part of the reason why I was attracted to him (musicians are just so darn sexy!). He is very musically talented and enjoys playing guitar, bass and most recently, he’s taken up violin. The headphones are for practicing through an amp for my benefit as he’s learning, although I tell him that I don’t mind the noise, of course. The headphones are also used when Husbie has a hankerin’ to listen to metal music, which is when I definitely mind the noise! Metal is THE WORST! *shudder*
Another thoughtful wedding gift from more cousins that live on Vancouver Island – custom Jones Soda bottles with more of our engagement photos on them! They chose lyrics to a few love songs to print on the back of the labels and coincidentally (without prior knowledge), they chose the song that my bridesmaids walked down the aisle to at our wedding for one of the bottles! Our wedding day was full of special coincidences like this one…it makes me smile.
This is one of the first photo collages that I made for us when we started dating, when we were 19. It’s so much fun to look back at old photos and see how we’ve changed. I want to try to visit a photo booth every year to mark the passing of time in a unique and playful way. It was my intention to do it for our anniversary every year but that already came and went, so I might just have to fake it for this year and get better at doing it annually in the future!
The old luggage trunk holds a basket of photos of family, friends and our childhoods that I like to shuffle through now and then for warm cuddly feelings from all the good memories. With digital photos now-a-days we just don’t have the same experience flipping through albums like we used to! I find that having tangible photos within reach creates such a strong reaction compared to looking at photos in a Facebook album.
The little pot with Asian symbols on it is actually a wishing pot, in which you’re supposed to place a wish on a scrap of paper in order for it to come true! It was a gift from my MIL for my birthday a few years ago – she always finds such unique gifts. The three pewter cups belonged to my Oma and are just the right size for pens, pencils and erasers.
Husbie is also a bit of a comic book nerd (I’m started to enjoy the nerd culture as well – evidently so as seen in my trip to Comic Con earlier this year), and there are little models and figures scattered throughout the office. Bonus points if you can spot them and guess who they are! EXTRA bonus points if you found the Smurfs that we had on top of our wedding cake!
Lastly, the collection of toys that I say are for my niece but really, they’re mine :) The crochet Count from Sesame Street was a Capilano Farmers Market find, the blond hair belongs to a Legolas (I may be a bit of a LOTR nerd myself), and a few other stuffed animals round out the collection. We also have 3 sock monsters that we got from Belua Designs before they closed up shop for a new adventure!
The final leg of the condo tour will be my favorite of them all, our haven, the master bedroom! Stay tuned…