Elsie Larson

ABM Headquarters Tour (Part 1)

I like calling this our headquarters. Makes us seem like we're real big time. The ABM office space has undergone some serious changes this past year as we've grown more than Elsie and I ever expected. And that's probably because we're not the best planners in the world, to say the least.

Today we're excited to share part of our workspace with you. Here's where some of the magic happens. But first, let's take a look at this room before we moved in...

What I really love about this room is it's almost like a hallway since it leads to so many other spaces. It also has great, old wood floors and a big window (not pictured). We were not as crazy about the wallpaper and border though. Plus we wanted to give this room some more personality. Here's what we did.

First off, every work area needs a coffee cart (or other designated coffee space). We have two non-coffee drinkers on staff, and I have no idea how they function. I would be such a zombie without my morning coffee!

We originally built this DIY desk so that it could seat six people. And for a long time it did. But as we grew, it felt more and more crowded with everyone's computers, notebooks, cups, and other office supplies. We also found that some people feel more distracted in crowded atmospheres, so their productivity suffered (mainly I'm talking about myself). So, we've worked to create a space that allows us to feel connected without feeling overly distracted.

This room is shared by Laura, Josh, Philip, and Trey. Plus we all crowd in when the coffee is ready. :)

Some of my favorite details in the room include the teal green ceiling, the wall hanging that Laura created last month, and our Favorite Commenter's marker board. On this little white board we write comments that make our day because we have the best readers in all the world. :)

I know some of you are probably already itching to see what's in that room behind Trey in the above photo. Don't worry! I'll be sharing our other "headquarters" post tomorrow so you won't have to wait long. I'll be listing off lots of resources for the things you see in the room in the credits, but if you have any additional questions, just let us know. Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Janae Hardy. See more about our coffee cart here. Desk/DIY, Chairs/Amazon, giant calendar/Stendig, donut art/DIY, gold plant stand/Target, teal cart/Target, metal envelope/Target, light fixture/West Elm, ceiling color/Pantone Emerald.

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