I’ve been working as a ‘full time Scouse Bird’ now since 2013. I started it all from my phone so my office was wherever my phone was, but my business has changed and grown and my office has had to change and grow with me.
My first office was in The Secret Warehouse in Bootle and it was an amazing space full of creative, positive people and it was my first stepping stone to expanding the shop and putting it on the path to where it is today. When I outgrew my space there I moved into a house that I own but usually rent out – and while it was amazing having a bath in the office (I was the biggest bath bomb customer I had!), it wasn’t ideal in the long run and once I came out identity wise I knew I wanted somewhere where I could meet all of my amazing customers in person.
Enter Rent A Space
The owner, Kevin, contacted me looking to get a little exposure for the unique thing he has going on here and when I saw it for myself I knew I wanted to call it my new home. Rent A Space (the big yellow building on Dunnings Bridge Rd in Aintree) isn’t just a storage place anymore. It’s FULL of small businesses and you can literally spend hours in here having a full on shopping day. There’s dress makers, clothes shops, florists, furniture shops, upcycling shops, a music shop, a cosmetics company, a caterers, a craft school for adults with learning disabilities, a wedding stationery designer, a mac/iphone hospital and loads more moving in every day.
Within a few weeks I’d bagsied a space and they completely custom built me an office space, a shop and a stockroom and despite the infamous fridge saga (not their fault, Hermes) it’s all gone off without a hitch and the staff here are lovely – nothing is too much trouble.
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The office decor
The work hub
I have posted a couple of pics of the office so here it is in all its glory, including exactly how I’ve decorated and where you can buy everything.
The hun of any office is of course the desk. when I was looking for something else and just fell in love instantly. I do love a good cubby hole. We’ve gone for a white, pink, grey and rose gold them (obviously, do bloggers even deal in any other colours??), so found these fab pink chairs to match.
The creative couch
When I’m doing a long task like writing a blog post, I like to get comfy and prefer to do it from the couch. Plus I wanted a real “wow” backdrop for my Youtube videos and this couch is the very definition of wow isn’t it? Plus it’s dead dead comfy.
- Couch – Made.com
- Palm Cushions – ebay
- Geometric Cushion – Very Ideal Home collaboration
- Canvas – Crying Scouse Bird by Kitty Fuller
- Table – Sass & Belle
- Vase – Very Ideal Home collaboration
- Circular Shelves – Ebay
- Blush Pink Throw – Very Ideal Home Collaboration
If there’s one thing that can make a place look messy, it’s stuff everywhere. There are some clever ways that you can make storage look like part of the aesthetic though and honestly, looking at these just makes me dead happy. They’re like ‘feature storage’!
- Cube shelving unit – Ikea Kallax (via eBay because cba driving to Warrington)
- Unicorn Head – The Asda
- Vase – Very Ideal Home Collaboration
- Pineapple – ebay
- Telephone – Aldi
- Pink Ombre make up station – ebay
- Motivational quotes – a selection on ebay
- Pink motivational quote – Dorkface on Etsy
The pretty stuff
Sometimes there’s things you just need to have around for no other reason than they look fab…
- Crying Scouse Bird canvas – Kitty Fuller
- Vase – Very Ideal home Collection
- Peonies – From china… via ebay
- Large 7ft outfit mirror – Metro Bedrooms
- Hexagonal rose gold mirror – Very Ideal Home Collection
And last but not least (although it was the last to arrive) the infamous pink fridge that My Hermes lost and it had to be reordered. The main thing is I can have my milk cold now but it’s very pretty to look at too…
Hope you’ve had some office decor ideas and please do pop in anytime, I’d love to meet you all.