Heater, Mother of Lance

And lo, an office was born

Yesterday we put the final touches on the office makeover, meaning I went out to the trash, dug out the Tiki head Tryant so casually tossed out, and set it back on the shelf in his office:

The Tiki Planter

He just better be happy I didn’t take the whole theme to the extreme and set a palm tree in the window next to a plastic figurine of a barely dressed woman doing the hula. Because they would have totally blocked his view of the shirtless Mormon boys who mow our yard every Tuesday.

Going into this project I didn’t have any idea how much work it would involve to design the space, and now that I’m on this side and can look back at it, all I have to say is boy, do I ever need a hot dog.

There were just so many logistics and tight ropes and hoping that this or that would be delivered in time. Not big problems, no, just really time consuming and having to be at home between eight and ten or five and nine so that we didn’t miss the delivery truck. Which is not normally a big deal when you’re working from home, except when you’re actively going to marriage counseling, primarily because of the stress of designing and filming an office remodel, your daily calendar starts to eat your face off.

But it’s all good news! Because it’s done! And Leta tried a bagel at school!

Without further ado, here’s our new office:

Next week I’m planning to do an exhaustive post on all the furniture and accessories I chose and where I found them, so if you see anything in particular you want me to address let me know in the comments. Also, you’re more than welcome to tell me how awful it looks, that the tile doesn’t match, or that WE WILL ALL DIE! And in return I can pop my Peter Pan head in from time to time and tell you to suck it.

  • RyantheGirl

    2010/09/24 at 7:03 am

    It looks great! Congrats on finishing. Ha, I was thinking it would have been really funny if your door said “Heather Armstrong: Valedictorian.”

  • TexasKatie

    2010/09/24 at 7:08 am

    Wow, you know, even though there were bits and pieces that I didn’t think I was fond of while you were in the midst of designing it – I think this really came out well. It definitely reflects you and ya’all’s personalities – and that is what is important. I think you did a great job. Good work, Blurbodoocery!

  • The Christine

    2010/09/24 at 7:26 am

    TexasKatie, I totally agree. I really wasn’t sure what to think in the earlier installments and photos and didn’t expect to like it. But it looks lovely. I want to note specifically that I would NEVER buy any of these items, give that furniture a second glance, or lay a room out the way you did Heather, and yet … it looks amazing and perfectly-suited for focused work. So to conclude, this is because I have absolutely zero sense of style. I applaud your foresight and ability to bring that room together so well!

    Do you think you’ll ever paint any of the walls?

  • snicho2

    2010/09/24 at 7:28 am

    Wow – this looks really incredible! Congratulations, Blurbodoocery.

    Heather, I was really looking forward to more dancing at the end of this third video. 🙂

  • Never a Plain Jane

    2010/09/24 at 7:32 am

    It’s not all for me, but that isn’t really the point, is it? I think you did a great job and will be studying all your photos as I set up my own home workspace for the FIRST TIME EVER (it must be said ominously). Please please please let us know where you got that amazing rug in the sitting area and Tyrant’s desk. Also, are you sure you can’t refer me to a place where I can get my own Tyrant? Yours is so pretty…

  • Frankie

    2010/09/24 at 7:32 am

    I LOVE the meeting area. It elicts a calm, peaceful feeling and I just want to come over and read a book.
    I would love to know where the lamp in that area came from. The sheers, too!

  • Mo

    2010/09/24 at 7:32 am


    There are no shirtless Mormon boys. (Is that how you conned Tyrant into working for you? With lies about shirtless Mormon lawn boys? Shameless.)

    (My favorite part of your remodel is the black and red with cherry blossoms/sticks(?) sofa area. Very sleek.)

  • IsabelofBedlam

    2010/09/24 at 7:34 am

    It looks great, but–where’s the butt dance?? That was my favorite part of the last video.
    Seriously–looks great guys. I want those globes!

  • Jet62879

    2010/09/24 at 7:39 am

    I know this is random, but since you asked, I’d like to know where the sheer curtains are from. And the framed wall art please!

  • soberdharmagrlpa

    2010/09/24 at 7:41 am

    Just as long as your hotdog nitrate free!

  • The Dalai Mama

    2010/09/24 at 7:41 am

    Nothing leads to the need for marriage counseling faster than working on home project together. I think that is why so many of our projects (ahemm–all) are in various states of unfinished.

    Love the space. Can’t wait to hear more about where everything came from.

    On a side note–love the hair.

  • napangel

    2010/09/24 at 7:46 am

    So, so beautiful. Wow. And I can’t wait to hear where you got that floor lamp.

  • maureenp

    2010/09/24 at 7:52 am

    It looks great–so bright and crisp. Where did you get the sheer curtains and the wall decals?

  • jillian.k

    2010/09/24 at 7:53 am

    I let out an audible gasp when he was applying the decal to your door. I love details like that. It looks AMAZING. You are so fortunate to find a space that allows you so much room.

    I can’t wait to see what kind of ideas comes in the next few years thanks to that space.

  • Ranger

    2010/09/24 at 8:12 am

    When I look in the mirror, I notice a faint green cast to my skin. It must be the jealousy coming to the surface as my own office space is a corner of our dining room.

    Grasshopper, who is your guru? Or are you the guru, yourself? Well and truly done: hair, office, life.

  • Katherine-Katie

    2010/09/24 at 8:19 am

    Looks great! Well done a true reflection of your hard work.

  • Linka72

    2010/09/24 at 8:25 am

    Wow, I love how it is both modern AND comfy. If I could offer some advice, (which I know you are dying to hear)it would be for you to LOOSEN UP LADY!! (smile) It seemed, at times that you were reading..even your jokes. I’m all for being professional, but this is YOUR office and I think that when you tell people about it, it should be more “conversational”.
    Don’t be scurred, most of us love you….except for those hatin’ ass heffas..

  • aslapintheface

    2010/09/24 at 8:30 am

    I want a globe collection …. and an awesome little owl to put on a table! too cute! I really love the meeting area.

  • Feeling Very Creative Right Now

    2010/09/24 at 8:42 am


    (It’s actually fabulous, and the internet has made you immortal. Showed that douchecanoe, yeah?)

  • mhsqrd

    2010/09/24 at 8:43 am

    Love the meeting space. LOVE. That long pillow? Where from? And I like how the cord-hiding-boards came together with the space. have to admit I was a little nervous how they’d fit in. P.S. – love the pixie cut.

  • Marissa13

    2010/09/24 at 8:45 am

    Awesome!!! I really love the meeting space and the wall decals; I’m looking forward to finding out where you got everything. I think your vintage globe collection is fantastic and want to start my own. Did you pee yourself just a little when the guy put Blurbodoocery Inc. on the glass? ‘Cause I got very, very excited and it’s not even my company.

  • BillyZoom

    2010/09/24 at 8:51 am

    I am really jealous. This looks like an ideal working space. Having said that – I can see why you guys need counselling. You take yourself WAY too seriously. This blog stuff is a persona – it’s not you. You don’t need to be “cool” and give things names all the time. Just be yourself for a change.

  • christine1127

    2010/09/24 at 8:54 am

    Hey! I have the EXACT same Elvis card in MY office!

    Just had to say that…now need to go watch the rest of the video. So far, so good!

  • BillyZoom

    2010/09/24 at 8:55 am

    By the way – grow your hair out and let the color go back to natural. Guys HATE when you cut your hair short and smart. And your eyebrows REALLY stick out. I’m not trying to be mean – it’s just the truth. Pretend you care what your husband thinks and you might not need counselling.

  • adamsrice

    2010/09/24 at 9:07 am

    I cannot get over how bright that space is. I want to grab a cup of coffee and a good magazine and just lounge there in the morning. It would be my excuse to go upstairs…every hour. What? The toilet doesn’t work? It’s ok, let me just go upstairs…

  • Becky Cochrane

    2010/09/24 at 9:12 am

    Looks great! Every office space should be furnished with dogs.

  • Squeetthang

    2010/09/24 at 9:16 am

    It’s official. When I grow up, I want to be just like you! I love it!

  • Amy J.

    2010/09/24 at 9:16 am

    Well, I guess I feel a couple of things about the office redo. It’s ok. I can’t lie and say it’s fabulous and I love it, because I don’t really feel that…it’s a bit boring to be honest Heather. I’m not trying to be mean…but that space has so much going for it…you could have really done so much with it. I think the Verizon sponsorship made you rush and just get it done and it’s lacking personality. I liked your old office way more to be truthful. It doesn’t look like “you”…this just sort of feels cold. Maybe as time goes by you’ll bring more of you into the space and it will feel warmer. I mean, Tyrant is a “bit” of a minimalist? It looks like no one works in that office…like you’re waiting to hire someone.

    Or maybe it’s the video that made it feel that way. Do photos of the different spaces…maybe that would show it off a bit differently. That panning thing was just not great…hard to see the overall space. And no mention of the modesty panels??

    But this is coming from someone whose gone through her minimalist phase back a few years ago…and is now about cozy and more is more, lol…well, not MORE…but I like having a house full of things I love. My office is jammed packed with stuff, seriously. It feels perfect for me…you wouldn’t like it at all (though would like some of the things in it). That’s how I feel about your office. The space would be much different if it were mine, but I like some of the things you have in it.

    Minimal is great…but sometimes less feels a bit sterile. You and Jon have way too much personality for that!

    Love the globes though!!

  • Kristi

    2010/09/24 at 9:20 am

    LOVE it!

    But … is Marlo ever going to be in this room? ‘Cause I can totally see that cute little owl biting the dust.

    I want more butt dance! This was just too formal.

  • MaLo

    2010/09/24 at 9:25 am

    I think the white drawer unit would be great for my boyfriend and his vast collection of papers that I’d rather burn than save. 🙂 I kid. Those old issues of The New Yorker and newspapers when Obama was elected might be useful when we can’t even remember our names.

    Love the office!!

  • BillyZoom

    2010/09/24 at 9:26 am

    Woman ain’t got no butt for a butt dance.

  • sarahdoow

    2010/09/24 at 9:26 am

    Congratulations on completion! As someone who has just redone a whole room, I can understand the relief/satisfaction from finishing.
    I especially like the little nook where you can escape from the computers.

  • christine1127

    2010/09/24 at 9:32 am

    Amy, give them time to fill the space with more life souvenirs. But not cluttery knick-knacky stuff. It takes time to do this…you can’t just go out and buy stuff to fill a space. It has to be meaningful. I like the office, and I think if it were too cozy, no work would ever get done! haha

  • kailee

    2010/09/24 at 9:32 am

    I think you did a great job. I think it looks clean, modern and professional but still has warmth and character. Also? The vintage globes? Hello, New Obsession!

    I would love to know where you got that huge piece of art and the rug in the sitting area.

    Also, thanks for the link back to the bathroom remodel. Fucking hell. I forgot about those stark raving mad comments. What a treasure trove of tangential lunacy. I can only imagine your inbox.

    Keep the design posts coming! I’d love to see how other parts of your home are coming together!

  • Laurie

    2010/09/24 at 9:37 am

    LOVE the office – it is minimalist but with a lot of character. I would like to know where you got the funky little tables in the meeting area.

    I am also curious as to why Tyrant has his own space while you and Jon have workspaces RIGHT OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL. Did you consider giving Jon his own space to mess up with geekery goods?

  • tokenblogger

    2010/09/24 at 9:41 am

    White drawer units:

    width and depth of the drawers?

    did someone make them or where can I find them?

    I’ve been looking for something like this for larger paper storage in my office. (Which is coming along nicely, too!)



    P.S. The little metal tables are adorable, but I’ll just admire them from afar…

  • Amy Jo

    2010/09/24 at 9:38 am

    Looks great! I like the company name/employee/titles on the door. Do you have a kitchen area? Or do you leave for a snack? You can always tell who eats at their desk because of the crumbs, etc., and that grosses me out. Just wondered if you have a policy about that or you are all just naturally neat eaters.

  • smithie1996

    2010/09/24 at 9:42 am

    HOOLY SHIZERS! Awesome. I am sitting here looking around my cluttered study and I am instantly filled with the need to arrange, organize and throw stuff away.

    Amazing and so great you can cross that bad boy off the list. Rhubarb vodkas all around!

    Also, I liked the pornish soundtrack for the Nooks. It was akin to the music they play when Giada de Laurentiis unveils some roasted eggplant. Sweet!

  • Pandora Has A Box

    2010/09/24 at 9:44 am

    I love it and think it is fantastic.

    Personally, while I might find it a little dull for a living space, it reflects the perfect balance between work and personal life. Also, I, like the Tyrant, prefer open space and minimalism while trying to work. Clutter drives me batcrap insane, which is ironic, if you were to see the current state of *my* office.

    Finally, I covet the antique globe collection. Just a little.

  • duffylou

    2010/09/24 at 9:57 am

    Starting out in someplace brand new and shiny has to give you a boost of creativity. I would feel much more confident in that beautiful, clean, crisp space than I would working in my extra room. Always watching I don’t run over the chords with the wheels of my chair.

    Want to trade? Didn’t think so.

  • luv and kiwi

    2010/09/24 at 10:07 am

    in my next life i want to work for you!

  • katy g

    2010/09/24 at 10:10 am

    Did you do those cute little drawings by your camera lenses? They’re adorable!

  • luv and kiwi

    2010/09/24 at 10:16 am

    in my next lifetime i want to work for you.

  • Nhiro

    2010/09/24 at 10:42 am

    I smiled when you deadpanned “hot Mormon ass”. Also loved that you put “Tyrant” on the decal.

  • ladyisatraveler

    2010/09/24 at 10:43 am

    I don’t suppose there’s a chance that you could provide us with a list where you purchased some of these items, is there? I love the vintage camera prints on the wall and hope to find some of my own now!

  • Agent Scully

    2010/09/24 at 10:44 am

    You must tell me where you got those two tall, white vases and the flowers (is that magnolia in the tall one?) Because if I do not know where to purchase these I WILL DIE! And then you will have a gruesome death on your conscience. Yep. That’s *exactly* what will happen. Don’t question me with your fancy logics!


    2010/09/24 at 10:49 am

    Here’s a possible question needs addressing: How can Bossy build a cool office out of recycled wine bottles and newspapers? Because that seems to be the only thing around this (house) shoebox diorama Bossy has in excess.

  • viveth

    2010/09/24 at 10:57 am

    I’m still just DYING to know where you got your breakfast room table. Seriously. My breakfast room is still completely empty for lack of an acceptable table.

  • Lipstick Jane

    2010/09/24 at 11:06 am

    Heather – I think the office space looks great. I love all of the white & color splashes. Especially love the pillow on the couch and your globe collection. I love maps & have them in every room of the house. My man also told me no more maps or he’d have his mother come & take over and believe you me they broke the mold with her. I could tell you stories that would make your hair curl & want to go back to RS.

    Two things:
    1 – I couldn’t catch what you were saying about Jon & visual spatial. I am totally a VSL & was surprised someone else would even know about our weirdness.

    2 – If you ever need a snarky, ex-mormon, librarian & cook/dog walker (and seamstress), let me know. I would be willing to sacrifice my ban on UT to hang with y’all. (And I could pull a GA accent if that would help.)


  • Wookie

    2010/09/24 at 11:11 am

    Favorite part is the sitting area–all that beautiful natural light!
    I think I recognize the floor lamp bc I’ve been looking for one like that…Crate & Barrel? I love the white vases on the floor and would like to know where you found those. Hopefully they are not a gazillion dollars. Or even half a gazillion.
    Those white drawer units–I need a couple of those for my office/craft(ha!/art room. Please tell me they are Ikea bc I can work on an Ikea budget. Furniture I have to build myself, yes!

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