How Goodwill + Anthro made my office pretty

A week or so ago, we did a little walk-through of my newly updated I thought I'd go around and show you where things came from to show you that amazing style doesn't have to cost a TON of money!

Note: we shopped my house when redoing this room...VERY little is newly purchased! I encourage you to shop your house before buying new things. We have so much that can be used in fresh ways, right?!

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If you need a reminder of how the room looked before my friend Leah (from The Light Filled Home) worked her magic, head over here.

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Are you a fan of Goodwill? 'Cuz I sure's such a treasure-trove of fun! Did you know you can be a member and get things for even cheaper? Anyway, with my "member discount" I got this chair for $.99 when they were doing a big sale.

I'd had it by our fireplace and was most recently in Laith's room because he wanted a cozy place to read near his bookcase. We switched out my old chair with this one (so my little bookworm still had a place to read) and it was a win-win!

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I wanted loads of plants everywhere and when you enter the room, there are several right at your feet. We used this fun gold plant stand that I've used as a bookshelf for the past decade and mixed in both real and faux plants. We had tried a real one here but when I watered it, it drenched all my books (I nearly cried) so it was replaced with the faux one so I wouldn't ruin any more books.

PS see my book on the stack?! Eeeeeeeee! Happy dance! Go order it here!! 

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The plant baskets in the office are from all over. The grey and white one above is actually a trash can I found at HomeGoods. The woven one is from Ikea.

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I've seen this light allllll over instagram and have been completely obsessed. I told my friend Leah (who was helping me with the room), that we had to somehow work it into the design.

Because one can never have too many flowers, I connected these pretty crepe paper ones from Amaranthus and I'm just over the moon about it! As you can see, my light isn't even connected yet (eye roll), haha. But when this baby has light, she's gonna be perfection.

Our little neighborhood has a Facebook Garage Sale page and I snagged this cute little crate from it a year or so ago for $3.00. It's been in our Upper Room (aka TV room above the garage) but is even better here, holding paints and brushes.

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When this family devastation was brand new, Leah (my interior designer friend) and my best friend Kiesha dropped the loveliest care package at my front door. The gift was held in this fantastic vintage wire basket and I knew I had to use it for something fun. Another plant and more books makes the perfect little vignette.

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More books and more plants are seen on these leaning bookshelves (similar one found here) and I'm in absolute love how Leah styled them. This tiny gold + brass colander was in the clearance section at Anthropologie ages ago (similar one here). I had washi tape resting inside, but I love this even more! The faux plant is from Ikea (similar one here).

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More faux plants (from Ikea) and fun little details snagged from around the house! Both the candle and swan bottle opener are from Anthropologie's clearance section (these pretty details were purchased long ago...sorry I don't have links, but somewhat similar candle here).

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Another fun Anthropologie find is this teacup! A friend gave me several and I love having a little succulent inside! Darling, right?! Here and here are similar designs!

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I used to have fun vintage and Anthro-inspired plates displayed all over the house. Sadly though, through our (many!!) moves, most have broken. So now I have plate holders without any plates, haha. Leah had the brilliant idea to put my Abide sign on one. I just love it here! It was a gift from some ladies I spoke at a retreat with, so sorry I don't have a link. 

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I love when things are used in an unconventional way. See those brass candlesticks (from Goodwill) up top, left? They've been turned upside down and now hold sprigs from a plant. So fun.

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Heading over to the Studio area of my office, I just want to smile. Sighhhhh...I'm so exited to have started painting again.

And those watercolor decals (!!!!!!!) aren't they just SO FUN?! Head over to Urban Walls for all their styles. These decals, the woven pendant above my desk, and some plants are really the only things that are new. Everything else was shopped from around the house!

That dresser? $20 at Goodwill. The lamp is about 20 years old, crazily enough, and is handed down from my mom when they moved (the shade is Target). The big gold frame is from a garage sale (about 15 years ago).

We needed a pop of color and texture, so Leah hung this fun rug hanging over the door is from World Market (these are similar). It had previously been in the Upper Room, atop a side table.

An old (broken) frame from Hobby Lobby and a cream pitcher from Goodwill filled with carnations, adds whimsy to the top of the dresser that I use to hide gift wrap, paper, and odds-and-ends. 

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This great bin is from Ikea and is the perfect place to hold canvases and watercolor paper. it's surprisingly rigid and strong, though the woven texture makes it feel a bit breezy.


I am so head-over-heels for these air plants!! I found the glass globes in Target's Dollar Section last year but the rocks and air plants are available there right now (near the seeds + summer furniture)!


Aren't they so cute hanging in the window? So simple and pretty.

Btw, this is the backside of my desk. I love how there is space for the kids to sit and face me. Because it's set up this way, little Elsabet sat in the mound of pillows and was able to paint while I worked at my computer the other day.

The pillows in the window are from all over and none are new so sorry I don't have links to share. But they're all from Target, Ikea, and HomeGoods!


I loved having her so close while I worked...though she totally made such a mess. Eek.

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More stuff on my desk that makes me smile. I love that Leah used my old (still messy!!) paint palate for beneath my pens and such. So creative!! And this pretty glass pitcher is also from Goodwill...or was it a garage sale...??

I love the easel that holds our family portrait from this shop (similar easel here, though I've seen mine at Walmart lately). That gorgeous paper flower is from Katya Paperie.

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I'm a total book nerd. This collection of Bibles is a perfect base for this little vignette. The coral one is actually the box my She Reads Truth Bible came in. So though my actual Bible is downstairs where I do my morning devotions, this pretty box stays up here!

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I'm also a bit obsessed with my calendar from Lindsay Letters. Y''s amazing. You need one. They come in all sorts of sizes and frames. Check them out!!!

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My desk, file cabinet, and trash can are all from Ikea...I've had the desk and cabinet for years and am still so in love with it!

This brightly colored rug used to be in another room, too. I purchased it years ago during RugsUSA's 85% off sale. This is totally not sponsored by them...I'm just telling you as a public service announcement...go get on their mailing list. This rug was originally $1,500 and I got it for $450 + free shipping (that's even more than 85% off!!!).

Your floors can thank me later.

Am I missing anything? Are there any items you'd like to find out where I found? Let me know!!

Take Joy,


The Nesting Place (book club chat day!)

Whether you've read this book, read part of this book, or have simply heard a ton about it and have wanted to read it, keep reading.

Why? Because The Nesting Place is one of those books that gets-ya. It's like a punch in the gut and a kiss on the forehead at the same time. One sets you straight, and the other reminds you that you know what?? It's ok.

(Ummm not that I'm saying a punch in the stomach is what sets people straight. You know what I mean. Goodness you're literal today.)


Let me take you through just a few of the gobs and gobs of takeaways I received through these mind-altering pages.

I want to make sure I leave you with enough to comment on...but little enough to allow you to go on your own tangents about how incredible this book is and how it's changed your thinking and views about your home.

(It was so good, I may or may not have read it twice!)

PS I'm going to include page numbers in case you want to grab your book and leaf through before you comment. But remember, you're TOTALLY welcome to go off subject!


First of all, let's talk about how the RENTALS she lived in have been published in countless home and shelter magazines. Stopit. I mean really.

I too have lived in rentals, not as many as she has, granted...but I had many a teary day as I looked around at the dated and faded interior of my less than perfect home, not thinking much outside the box on how I could make it better. Not to the level that she has, anyway. (remember my post here?)

Myquillyn, your viewpoint is both encouraging and astounding.

My favorite sections though were ones such as "it's not the photo's fault" which talked about how we often look at magazines, pinterest or instagram photos, etc and leave feeling deflated.

Knowing that we will Never. Ever. have a room that looks that way, so why even bother. 

She reminds us though that, "The purpose of these photos is to inspire," and takes us through the same idea but through the lens of a wedding photographer.

"Of course, we wouldn't dare compare the photo we sapped of ourselves with our phone in the carpool line with our neighbor's adding portrait...A bride hires the best photographer she can afford, pays to get her makeup done, wears a gown she's dramed about all of her life, picks the one best photo out of dozens, and then the photo is touched up, lightened up, blown up, and framed...We don't look at a wedding photo and feel ashamed that we aren't forever walking around with an updo and heels...It's the same with photos of homes in magazines." (p 44)

I mean well obviously, right? But when Myquillyn says it, somehow it makes more sense. It's comforting to know that her house, and any house, doesn't look like that day-to-day.

Done is better than perfect. (p. 50)

I would l.o.v.e. LOVE to hear your thoughts on this. It's such a huge one for me right now as we're moving into our new house and have SO many projects ahead of us!

"We can find rest in our less than perfect circumstances when we figure out that no amount of striving can create the perfect life we think we are looking for." (p 51)

Toward the middle of the book, Myquillyn asks what words you would use to describe the feel of the home you've always wanted. ( p 67) Here's what I put:

. happy/joyful . playful yet grown up . exhale . 5 senses . organized . inviting . beautiful .


What would you say about yours?

Ooh and let's talk about making decisions. Or being afraid of making the wrong decisions.

"What if we decided home was a safe place to make mistakes, take risks, play, and be who you want to be?" (p 79)

Are you afraid of making the wrong decisions so you make NO decision instead??

Ohmygosh and her section on Lovely Limitations. (p 99) Where do I even begin on how much I love this chapter?! I wholeheartedly agree that my most creative ideas have begun because I needed some sort of "work-around."

Our chevron fireplace, for example.


 I know you've seen this photo before, but I just love how this fireplace began and ended up!

And that party decor hanging from the ceiling on the left? Well, I was trying to hide a hole in the ceiling and a lightbulb hanging by a single wire.

Lovely limitation, people.

And more...adding the quirky finishing touches (p 159), and having contentment (p 171).

What about her many sections on stop trying to be a perfectionist?! That totally hit home.

I want people to be comfortable in my home, not having to worry about whether or not they can sit on the sofa without ruining it! (like that would happen though. remember, I have six kids. but still...)


Ok, talk to me. What were your favorite parts + takeaways?!

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