Quick + Easy Shoe Shelf


2016_0928_Master-Bedroom-Shoe-Shelf2.gifIt was only recently pointed out to me that I am, in fact, a shoe girl. The evidence was all over the floor, the door of my closet and on the floor and shelves inside as well. I asked myself,  “Gloria? When did this happen?” IDK.

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The shoe probs had reached a point where action needed to be taken. I thought about a lot of solutions, cabinets, bookcases, builtins and fancy shelves. Anytime I tried to source out any of those and saw the prices, I thought, “Man, I would much rather spend that money on shoes” and then I defeatedly thought, “that’s something a shoe girl would say.” All of that left me thinking, I need a simple, cheap solution. I went with something I knew would work because I had already done a version in Beckett’s closet.


Home Depot carries these white brackets and I think the have a really clean effect. Plus, they 2.26 each, so win.




An Office Evolving

Gloria Joy_Office_13So I have a lot of stuff.

I do a lot of  side projects for people . I’m the girl that people call when they have something “creative” that needs to be done. I love it.  Naturally, I have accumulated a lot of different tools and materials for all these things, sewing, painting, invitations, chalk art, etc.  which means some serious organization is in order. Every basket, shelf and container in this room serves a very specific purpose. If it looks like there is a lot of stuf in this room, it’s because THERE IS.

Until recently, my office never had a focus. It was mostly just leftover furniture pieces and things that didn’t work in any other room so it got dropped here. It’s bothered me for awhile and I finally started clearing out the things that didn’t work and ONLY putting things in that DID.  I don’t exactly have the luxury to design a room all at once, source and buy materials and then install. It’s a much slower process of acquiring things and snagging deals as they come along. Patience for the win. While it’s not a “perfectly completed” space, it’s certainly evolving into one.

Gloria Joy_Office_12 When I finally decided to purposefully “decorate” this room, I started with painting the walls bright white. It was a shade of tan that seemed to suck in the light and didn’t give me that bright energetic space I craved to work in. Once all the walls were white, it was a bit TOO white. I like that stark, but also wanted some kind of an accent wall. Wallpaper was  my first choice, but with the texture and price of my favorite designs, hand-painted it was. An accent wall under $15? I can handle that.

Gloria Joy_Office_22 This is a bit of real life here, the unpainted spot on the ceiling.  The rug was a Craigslist find at $50. It’s worn and tattered a bit on the corners, but to me it was such a piece of art that I wanted it. I wasn’t sure where it would go after I bought it but dragged it in here since this is the last room without a rug that would fit. I was surprised by how much I liked in here and with the chandelier installed, I loved all the layers even more.

Gloria Joy_Office_16 Another project in here is this glitter modge podged chair. Originally it was a white chair, turned dingy. Then I tried to modge podge fabric on top and well that was a fail. In a frustrated moment, I poured glitter into some modge podge and painted it on. I’m really happy with the color and sheen it gives off. Glitter is hard to photograph, but I love it in person. That’s what counts.

Gloria Joy_Office_15 If you look closely here, you’ll notice I definitely jumped the gun. I’m still waiting on a few parts for the chandelier to arrive, more crystals and candle covers, but I couldn’t resist taking a bunch of photos because the chandelier feels  so much like the icing on top. I was giddy when it was put up.

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This yellow painting has bounced around to just about every wall I have. I may sell it and paint something new for this space since there is a lot of color going on in here.

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Another item I’m debating is the chair. I love sitting in it. It’s comfortable and just the right shape, but I accidently tore the seat cushion cover when I was cleaning it. It just split like paper. I’d love it in a soft, neutral linen .

Gloria Joy_Office_18 I love having my accordian file holder mounted on the wall. My mom gave it to me and said, “This could be something” and a few days later the lightbulb to put it on the wall went off. I have a TON of paper from invitations and I love having it out in view so I can see what I have at a glance.

Gloria Joy_Office_21 Gloria Joy_Office_10 These acrylic shelves are like the brain of this room. I’m a huge fan of storage out in the open and these shelves hold a lot of the supplies I use on a frequent basis.

Gloria Joy_Office_20 My trashcan basket, another vital part of the room.

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Rug // Craigslist
Drafting Table // Craigslist
Upholstered Chair // Flea Market
Sheepskins // RugsUSA
Filing Cabinets // CB2
White Console Table // CB2
X Base Ottomans // Target
Baskets // Hobby Lobby
Acrylic Trays // Amazon
Acrylic Shelves //JMKDisplays
Ceramic Copper Knot // TJ Maxx

That’s the current state of my office I’m sure there will be more change in here in the future. I acutally have a printer hidden away in one office and a tv in the other! I’ll have to share those as soon as I get around to painting them, which WILL happen…. eventually…

If you have any secrets to keeping an office or craftroom organized, I’d love to hear!

Shopping for Marbled Swirl Lamps

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Over the weekend, I did a little antique shopping. I got a new chair for the office that needs a fair amount of work. Story of my life. While I was out, I saw this lamp base and it made an impression on me. I didn’t buy it that day because it wasn’t a huge need, but the mental note I made was strong. So strong in fact that two days later as I was driving past the store on my way home, I pull right in on instinct with the intention of taking it home. All mine for $20. Turns out I DID need it in my office. It fill the space so perfectly I’m constantly turning my head to look at it.

I had a few people tell me they had one in their homes growing up or parents who have one. I thought I’d do a little internet shopping and see if I could find any similar items. These kinds of things are usually best priced in antique stores. Let it be known that I’m well aware of how outrageously priced some of these are. I also thought it would be fun to include a few with a modern take on the marbled look.

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//1. ETSY, $45 // 2. ETSY $120 // 3. CHAIRISH $400 (pair) // 4. CHAIRISH $400 // 5. Lamps Plus $60 // 6. ETSY $50 // 7. CHAIRISH $225 // 8. CHAIRISH $63 // 9. ALL MODERN $193 (Pair)//

Number 4 as my heart while 2 and 8 most closely resemble the shape of the one I found.

Sometimes, things like this are hard to shop for unless you just happen across it. Typically, you would start by the name or style of the piece. Usually, that works great,  but often times the seller of the item has no clue what they have and come up with a name of it’s own. Here ‘s a few I came across on this search: Asian Ginger Jar , Glazed Ceramic , Marbled Porcelain, Mid Century Ceramic.

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I’d love a book that talks soley about lamps and covers every different era, style, origins. Does such a thing exist? A lamp encyclopedia? I could waste so many hours and cups of coffee on that.  Please tell me if there is such a thing.

If you have any info on this style of lamp I would love to hear it. If you have one like this send me a link or tag me on instagram @gloriajoy. I would love to see it and/or be educated on it!

Beckett’s Room, the Original

The other day, I had an odd compulsion to redecorate Beckett’s room. Redecorate may be too strong of a word, I just wanted to give it an update. I quickly tidied up just to snap a few pics of the current state. I regret not having many photos of where Beckett lived the first year of his life, I thought there would be too many unpleasant memories brought back by looking at photos of a house that wasn’t ours, but it couldn’t be more opposite. There were so many fond memories created at my former in-laws home as we lived there for a year trying to figure out what was next.

We moved into this house almost two years ago. Back when Beckett still slept in a crib, and by himself for the whole night. So before the curtains and pictures came off the wall, I wanted to remember our first house together, his first room. So here is it the “original” room since I wouldn’t really call it a before.

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Becketts room_Before_05And here’s the little boy himself. I’m not going to go crazy with changes, I just want to freshen and brighten things up. Rearrange some art, make it function better for a busy two, almost three!, year old .

Thrifting Finds

I love antiquing, scouring craigslist, thrift stores, garage sales and estate sales. There are just so many items out there that deserve a new home and many great deals to find. I browse Craigslist on a regular basis and while, there plenty of people trying to make a buck and overpricing their makeover finds and plenty of fake leather, there occasionally a few gems crammed in between.
Untitled UntitledThis is my gem. I saw this chandelier listed for $60 and emailed about it right away. I loved the petals on it. It’s something I haven’t seen a thousand times over so I was totally drawn to it. Plus, sixty bucks, I couldn’t say no. I wasn’t sure what I’d do with it at first, but I decided I’ll hang it in my living room. Bye, bye, ceiling fan.

UntitledI found these glasses with gold rims and filigree from a thrift store and couldn’t pass on them. I’ve had a thing for glasses lately and have been wanting to collect any and everything. Space is a bit limited at my house, so I’m “curating” the collection and putting some in storage, makes me so sad.
UntitledAt another antique store, I passed by this flatware set and remarked how it was pretty great, upon closer inspection, realized what a great deal it was too. A full set of 12 brass and teak flatware, not missing a single thing. Some of which is still unopened. It also included 9 serveware pieces all for $60 and even got the world’s cutest brass golf club for Beckett. He’s already put the flatware to use, and I can’t wait to myself! I want to use this everyday, just not sure if that’s a great idea. But oh boy, am I in love with this flatware.

The Snow Day Effect

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Snow fell on and off in Tulsa the past couple weeks combined with freezing rain, sleet and ice leaving Beckett and I stuck inside for a few days. THIS IS GOOD FOR NO ONE. I’m only partially kidding, we made the most of it. Did some art, sledding and a little biting off more than I can chew. Sort of.  I started a project that I have absolutely no expertise on. The tile got torn up on my entry way. So I’ve been stuck scraping up thin set like it’s my job. In fact, the whole entry is getting a makeover, all TWENTY square feet of it.

It started several months ago with the paint getting stripped off the door, I never really did finish that project. So keep that on the to do list. The tiny “Entry” is one of two spaces in my house without texture on the walls which means, wallpaper. Add that to the to do list. Can’t forget the torn up tile, put it on the list! Statement ceiling and new light fixture? List, list. While none of those projects individually is unmanageable, it is a touch difficult to keep things on track with a two year old on the loose. Beckett has definitely hit that phase where you have to keep an eye on him at all times. He sees mommy using the big tools and he wants to too.

My mind has been abuzz with decorating lately. It’s my favorite, my safe spot. It’s where I feel completely free to explore my creativity without having to please anyone. Lately, I’ve had the itch to take on a project and that’s just what I did. I’m sure most DIYers at heart know, that itch combined with free time usually equals a can of worms. I thrive on it. Problem solving and making things pretty. That’s my jam. Hope it all comes together quickly.

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Getting Organized – Free 2015 Desktop Calendar Printable

How typical. Add me to the herd of people running around buying calendars, planners and office supplies. I’ve actually had a surge in design work in December and it’s carrying over into my near future. I have so many to do lists I can barely keep my head on straight;  It’s like my brain needs a ram upgrade. Creating a better workflow is vitally important to me right now. I bought a new planner, but also needed a desktop calendar. I didn’t love the options in store and not patient enough to wait for shipping so I designed my own. I had all the materials on hand so that made it free!

This large desktop calendar was what I really needed. I printed it on an 11×17 tabloid sheet so I could make plenty of notes and set reminders for due dates that would always be accessible. Phones and computers are great for scheduling, but I’ll always need my pen and paper.

I also designed an 8x5x11 version for those who don’t have access to print on the larger paper. The files are below, just open up and print away!

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I wanted to include a few snaps of my current office too. I read so many blogs, and am on pinterest a lot and see so many “beautiful” work spaces, but are so far from my version of functional it’s laughable. Almost everything in here serves a purpose. That’s especially true for my desk space. That space is sacred. With that being said, it doesn’t mean I sacrifice aesthetics for the sake of functionality. I’ve always thought, if it’s useful it might as well be beautiful, so I have a lot of fun shopping for office accessories.  I’m happy with how this space is shaping up for me. I still have some more organizing to do, projects to finish (can someone hang a 50lb mirror for me?!?!) and stuff to buy (chandelier? rug? sigh). Here it is for now: