It's a NEW week - and also the countdown to a few days until September. Along with a few Fall-Fix-Up's happening around the house, last week I had taken some time to rework some of the office. Even though I have a few "Tidy-Up Tuesday's" throughout the year, filling bills and dusting, sometimes the bookshelves just need a revamp. When we first moved here, this space was our home office (and a not so nice mustard faux wash) - but during the past several months it's become Blog Central or what I am now calling, "The Think Tank".

Home Office - 2007

Blogging Think Tank - 2010

Blogging Think Tank - 2010

When I first set up this space as our home office, it was more filled with a collection of photos of us and pics of New York. Since this is the Think Tank - the shelves have become more filled with blogging sources - books, magazines, clippings, and newspapers. All camera needs are boxed and labeled. I was even able to utilize the space under the desk for my art supply drawers (pencils, markers, templates, extra idea drawer), as well as tuck rolled prints and posters at the desk end (both of which were previously in my old office).

All but two of the bookcases (one tall and one short on long wall) have been with me since I lived at home. The two towers worked on either side of the window with storage ottomans in between them and work as a window seat. The three storage ottomans hold photo albums and frames.

The two black tables in the space are both from my old apartment. The TV table was a gift from a friend & hair stylist (and has extra storage under the TV for more boxes of photos. The other small black table was a $8 thrift find several years ago. It was originally blonde - I painted the legs black and stained the top with Old English furniture polish. It works great as a newspaper source station. The black leather drawers under it are where ALL the manuals are for everything in the house (the go to spot for troubleshooting).

Thrift table & artwork added some personality to the space.

Sephora loves to lounge or perch up in the window.

Utilized hallway built-in computer desk
as a beverage (caffeine) center upstairs.

The desk Jeff has had for a while, and we both really like all the surface space it gives us to work with while on the computer & watching TV. The ipod bar sitting on the top ledge I got him for Christmas about two years ago when I got him an ipod. The B&W piece leaning behind the ipod bar I want to make into an Inspiration Board. The "d" I found at Marshall's (on clearance for only $2) and I'm still deciding whether to mount it in the black frame - or - adhere it to a medium sized round mirror I found (for only $6) while thrifting.

Office closet - storage for seasonal clothes, coats, and Jeff's suits. Three totes filled with September 11th memorabilia, one for gift wrap, one for scrap booking (which I really haven't gotten into) and one for all those annoying extra wires that come with electrical equipment - and you can never find one when you need it...

Although we received our new computer last week, they sent the wrong monitor. New one will be 20" and easier to read for this blind old bat... lol

Since I'm sharing this post at a NEW link party I found last week at Centsational Girl called "Where Do You Blog?", it's also to include why I started blogging. Why I started can actually be read in a featured interview from Friday over at Modern Bird Studios.

Since beginning to blog, it has been an amazing and totally new way to be creative (after working in retail for twenty five years). I've able to learn so much from the Internet and other bloggers. I've also gotten to meet so many more creative and talented people that I would have never met had I still be in the same brick & mortar box. I've also been able to learn more and discover the place I'm at - Miami. I've enjoyed having the opportunity to "throw myself out into the universe" and I have also enjoyed being recognized as more than just a shop girl.

Added in some white vases (previously downstairs in the living room)
to help break the black.

Here's a quick look back at the office space changes since blogging -The office has transformed from looking like a staged home to a comfy cocoon to blog in...

BEFORE - 2006





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  1. You have a very cool office! Love the black and white - and all the clean lines!

  2. Uber cool office Lynda. I see MY chair. :O

  3. I need to replicate your office in MY home office.
    Fantastic - all of it! need help with furniture placement! sweetweetak (twitter)

  4. Wonderful job on your office! Everything is so organized, love all the black. Well you have me motivated, I now have 101 and one things on my
    "to do list" organize and make my kitchen home office a little more inspirational!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Lynda, Your blogging think tank is so cool! I want one just like it!

  6. How nice and organized! Our last office was decorated with black and white architectural photographs. Love the look.

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  7. Great office! I loved all the photos. I am your newest follower.
    Bonnie :)

  8. Great the window space. You did a great job! Don't know that I would be wanting to do work there - just sit and enjoy the space...."tanks" for sharng..

  9. Hi Lynda! Oh, what wonderful spaces and thank you for showing us every little corner and what you've put in it. I could stay her a while and just gaze at your rooms! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  10. The Think Tank? I love it! What a wonderful space, and such a cute kitty to share it with.


  11. What an amazing office and a great place to blog. I love all your beautiful pieces surrounding you. Black and white are my favorite to decorate with. Mine's just a corner area of my bedroom, but I've included the black and white.

  12. Wow, it was so interesting to see how you've decorated and organized your space over the years, I love your styling on your shelves, so inspired! Thanks so much for linking up today, this is so much fun getting a peek into everyone's special little blog corner.

  13. Wow so neat and organized. My desk and office is all clutter. Glad I found you. I'm a new follower.

  14. There is so much for me to study and observe in this office - thanks for letting me have a glimpse.

  15. A blogging think tank! How wonderful. And what a space! I saw lots of ideas I would love to copy, but I guess I have to create my own think tank first.
    Thanks for sharing!

  16. Oh my goodness, I've got to find somewhere else to blog from...
    Your place is perfection...

  17. Very cool & inspirational- I love it!! Thanks for the ideas!

  18. You have a great style!! I love your layers upon layers of eye candy. Very nice.


  19. WOW!! Thank you!! Sometimes you sit and sit in the same space, and see the same things over and over again... and all it takes is a little revamping and organizing to refresh your space!! Seeing so many of you inspired - I'm both happy and honored...

    Thank you =) and thanks for stopping by. Special thanks to the new followers too!!

    :D Lynda

  20. You know I love everything you do! I just love the way this turned out! It's really beautiful, and I hope you'll link up some of the vignettes on Friday! Thanks for sharing, and as always inspiring!
    P.S., stop by and let me know what you think of my little video I did of my house. I hope you like it - would love to know what you think!



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