Pushing stuff around in the office

After some blogging research, I realized I updated my office last summer – June. I’m telling you this to tell myself this, that I need to cool it after this.

The goal – sophisticated and European vintage mix.

#1 Organizing artwork

Right now I’m reevaluating my artwork. I’m looking into framing and matting my custom illustration I commissioned because I really want to showcase my watercolor by Inslee.

I’m also debating framing my PHOENIX magazine covers – the one I photographed and the one I’m on.

It’d be nice to display, but it also hasn’t been displayed for a while so there has been no urgency although now would be a good time than any to get going on it.

#2 Hanging the quilt by the Great Aunts


Benjamin and I received some wonderful family heirlooms as wedding gifts. They are so so special to me. One included, was a gorgeous quilt made by his great aunts in 1934. I squealed when I came across the date stitched on it and bought a curtain rod from Pottery Barn, it will hang over it as a large statement piece –

img88o-1Pewter PB Essential Drape Rod, $49-$79

#3 Make a bookshelf?

I found this gem of a bookshelf from Anthropologie, on sale for $1400.

Rope-wrapped shelf

I need to stop being attracted to the most expensive furniture, this is a huge problem, seriously.

This is when I ponder buying an IKEA bookcase, rope from Home Depot, and utilizing my hot glue gun. IKEA hack in my future?

IVAR pine shelf, $55


610 ft manila rope 3/8 in wide, $81

What do you think? I think that takes a lot of time and planning. I suppose it could be worth a shot, but then I would need to get rid of the ladder shelf. I foresee Pinners everywhere being pin happy, eh?

Sorry the update will be slow, the couch I want is sold out and now I must wait for it to reappear on those flash furniture sale sites. As for selling furniture, nothing’s moving, and if it doesn’t move soon, I will donate to our local hospice thrift shoppe, which to me means it’ll be put to even better use.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


  • Carissa

    Anthro is having 20% off of everything right now, which I’m sure you know. I would only go the DIY route if it would bring you joy to do so. Don’t huff and puff your way through a project if you aren’t enjoying it….and as they say, time is money. Have we had this chat before?
    One thing I’ve realized about myself if that DIY projects don’t bring me a lot of satisfaction. Pinterest shows me that women everywhere enjoy them, so I feel like there is something wrong with me, but I think I’ve almost come to peace with it!

    • Diana Elizabeth

      It’s ordered! But I definitely ordered too much rope…should have done the math, oops. :) DIY is so so for me – DIY in the garden, yes, at home, so so, saving money yes, but only if the end result is how I imagine. We’ll see in this case. I think everything is about done, couch is ordered and boy is it big!!

  • Carmen

    That actually sounds like a good DIY project! Let us know if you do decide to go that route.

    Oh, and to answer your question, I started selling styled stock photography early this year. And yes, it’s a lot of work, but I love it!

    Btw, keep us posted on your upcoming shoot at the beach! ;)

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Time to let go of things and donate to a good cause, which might allow my head to straighten out and I can do a DIY. Oh boy… but I do suppose most of life is experimental, right? ;)

  • Mk

    Yes go the ikea route Di! xo

    • Diana Elizabeth

      I love seeing your name pop in my comments! Donating my furniture next week and time to order in those supplies – eeeeeEe! xo!


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