As the home columnist for Wacoan magazine, I’m psyched to share my insights and ideas about interior design and home decor each month. Here’s an excerpt from my current column, “Office Space”. Read the full article over at Wacoan.com, and check out the full article archive here.
“I spent four years working in a windowless cubicle with flickering fluorescent lights. I loved driving two hours each day in Los Angeles traffic to type away on a clunky computer in my generic gray corporate box, while overhearing coworkers complain and dwelling in the scent of burnt lunchroom coffee!”
Said no one ever. But that was my situation. (Including the coffee, affectionately referred to as “battery acid.”) My so-called “glamorous” interior styling job in California came with a not-so-glamorous office space that sucked the life out of me. I tried to make it my own, tacking up inspiring interior photos and finding a cute pen cup to corral my obsessive collection of black, fine-tip markers. But at the end of the day, it was lipstick on a pig. I tried halfheartedly to dress up the swine but couldn’t escape the barnyard.
I knew I wasn’t going to be working at that job forever, so I didn’t think it was worth fighting the good fight to create a space I loved. But looking back, four years is a long time in one space, and I wish I’d done more to make it desirable. Maybe I would have been happier with my work if I didn’t hate the space I worked in?
And hey! If you’re in the Waco, TX area, remember that my seminar Dorm or Teen Room Decorating will be on May 27th from 1-4 PM. If you want to sign up (which I totally know you do), you can find out more info here. ✌️