TheOfficeStylist: Describe your workspace to us:
I work in a gorgeous old house on a college campus where the integrity of the original building is very important so actual office space is at a premium. I understand the need for cubicles as workspace, but I also knew I didn’t have to live with the industrial surroundings. I created a space that is not only comfortable and fun, but most importantly, it represents ME.
TOS: What is your favorite part of your cubicle and why?
That’s a tough one. I think my favorite parts are the contributions to my space from my husband and son. When I told them of my yellow and grey color scheme, my husband gave me a color appropriate LEGO minifigure to keep on my desk (he works for LEGO) and my 4 year old son got in on the action and made me a colorful jar of sand at pre-school to keep at my desk to “remember him”. These things make me happiest because they remind me how lucky I am to have such special people in my life and they remind me to have fun!
TOS: What was your inspiration for your cubicle makeover
My blog was my initial inspiration for my cubicle makeover. With so many great home office makeovers out there in blogland, I decided I might be able to fill another niche with a cubicle makeover. I hadn’t seen it done anywhere else and knew I could do it inexpensively (being a cheapskate and all). It all started with a color scheme and since I knew I couldn’t change the “wall” color, rug, or any of the furniture I worked with what I had. It has been so much more than I expected though.
TOS: How did you feel working in your cubicle before your makeover?
Anyone who has ever worked in a cubicle knows that they are boring, drab and completely uninspiring (not to mention the lack of space and privacy). I definitely felt like I was at work when I was at work. I didn’t feel any “ownership” of the space.
TOS: How did you feel working in your cubicle AFTER your makeover?
I LOVE my new cubicle space. I wanted it to feel a little more home-away-from-home officey so adding things like a gallery wall of some of my favorite framed photos of my family and accessories like a lamp really helped me achieve this look and feel. I also knew I had to be mindful of the “work environment” so I didn’t want to get too “girly” with my décor or to “funky” with my decorating. The yellow color makes me happy and really pops on the grey surroundings. I think it adds just enough “fun” to the space without being too crazy. The whole space just feels lighter and more “me” than it did before.
TOS: Do you feel it’s important to have a workspace you love in order to be happy at work/while working?
As I mentioned before, I started this cubicle space makeover as a “project” for my blog, but I have been amazed by how much it has impacted my work life. I’m happy to be sitting at my desk, I am surrounded with reminders of the people and things I love and feel like I am represented in the space too. My cubicle space makes me proud and that makes me happy.
“Hello! My name is Laura Metallo and I work in a cubicle.” (I feel like I could start a support group with an opening statement like that—and maybe I should.) I work a full time job outside of my home and author the blog Confessions of a Serial Cheapskate. As a mother of one and step-mom to 3 I like to think I know a good value when I see one, but I don’t want to sacrifice style. I started my blog as a way to share inexpensive ideas that are easy to DIY and accessible to all.
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