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Office Ours

A relaxing weekend for me doesn't necessarily involve sleeping in and lounging around all day. It's more about spending time completely immersed in something I truly love.

I'd been feeling a bit run-down lately and was in dire need of some downtime to unwind. So, this past Saturday, I shut myself in a room and just painted to my heart's desire! For fifteen hours straight. By the time I was finished, I felt absolutely refreshed, revitalized, and happy.

It is wonderful and very important to have somewhere to go and just get lost doing something you are passionate about. Our office is my favorite place to catch my breath and let my mind loose. Here's a peek inside!

As you can see from these listing photos, our second bedroom was previously an adorable little boy's room. Since we don't have any kids yet, Chris and I decided to utilize this space as a home office. This serves as a practical space for managing all our household affairs, but I like to think of it more as a studio…  a laboratory for exploring and experimenting with ideas.

This is where we come to make things happen. I love coming in here with a cup of coffee - it's always a good time. The serene atmosphere fosters a wealth of creativity and productivity.

The office is connected to the living room, so I decided to replace the original solid door with a glass paned one. This allows us to spend time alone in here without feeling completely isolated from each other. It also lets Wonka peek in when I am working on messier projects that he isn’t allowed to sniff around. After surviving the move, my pinboard is starting fresh – a blank canvas for new inspiration and mementos (and parking tickets).

This room has the best view in the apartment. All you see is trees when you look out the windows. With such splendid scenery, it is very hard not to feel inspired. What a lovely place to read, write, sew, paint, draw, sing, and pay bills! :)

With all the foliage surrounding this room, it only felt right to bring some of that green inside. This sunny corner makes a happy home for our fiddle leaf fig tree. The bench is a comfy place to hang out and read a book, and it is one of Wonka's favorite napping spots.

This is where I hoard my arsenal of crafting tools and supplies. Practical storage solutions play a vital role in keeping everything organized and Chris’ sanity in check!

And here is my finished painting! It makes me smile :) I am really looking forward to working on many more projects in this happy space.

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Reader Comments (11)

this is beautiful! you're so talented! would love to own an original J. Jeng piece one day!!!

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkathy

great room and looks like Fiddly the Tree (i just made that name up, creative and unique isnt it? lol) is fitting in nicely =)
love the painting and CRAY for 15 hours but sometimes a little art therapy can go a long way. Where will you hang that?
meanwhile your hubs and I were torturing ourselves outside for 13-16 miles LOL. I need an art day soon. -gjh!


August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWomans other woman

I love the room and the painting. I also love that quirky looking tea cup/pot lamp in the corner! It all works so well together!

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

ahh! LOVE this!! also...when I first saw the photos of the kids room, my first thought was "woah! is there some big news??!" ...and then i read the caption lol ;) <3

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSue

haha...i had the same thought as sue! i was thinking, "whoa! where was THIS room when we were over for amy's shower?" and then, i too, continued to read...lol
it was great seeing the 3 of you this weekend! =D

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterreba

I love how cozy the room is. and that tea cup lamp is to die for!

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

This is simply gorgeous! Cannot wait to see all the things that will be created in this room! Oh, and I LOVE your tree!!

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

LOVE that painting so much - it makes me feel like I'm looking at a flower field.

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEva

Hey Jenn, what kind of pen tablet do you have? Do you like it? Awesome study and painting!

August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Thanks so much, friends :) @WoW - I plan to hang it in our entryway, it will provide a nice pop of color! @Gary - I have the Wacom Bamboo - it's awesome! @Sue & Reba - Nice try hehehe :D

August 31, 2013 | Registered CommenterJennifer

Jennifer, you leave all the DIY shows for dead! Your work is beautiful and clever and an inspiration to young women to embrace practical skills. I especially like your use of complementary colours and the many elephants in your decor! I will show this site to my daughter and her friends.

December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Bell

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