Weekend DIY: Hanging motivational art in my home office

I’ve given the walls of my office a mini-makeover this week and it’s really boosted my happiness. Since getting back to work after my little summer staycation, I felt like the space needed something inspirational to look at, and to make my office feel like home. Here’s what I did…

Over the past year I’ve been investing in beautiful artwork by local makers and I’ve finally got round to framing them up and installing them on my office walls. Of course, when I first bought the prints, I fully intended to hang them straight away and skipped off to the shops to buy some lovely frames. But then the frames sat stacked up in my office for months and I began to worry about the art – I didn’t want it getting crumpled or damaged just because I hadn’t found time to hang it on the wall!

One of the reasons is that I was replying on my husband to get out his tools and help me to do the task. But, no more. Because I’ve since got myself my own tool kit! When I spotted this VonHaus rose gold 170-piece kit online, I could see that it contained all tools I’d ever need for my own DIY projects. The trouble with hubby’s tool box is that screwdrivers and pliers regularly get lost around the house or garden so they’re never there in the box when I go to look for them. Now, I’m keeping all my kit together in the box – and my husband isn’t allowed touch it!

Last month I laid out all the pieces I’d bought over recent months and decided which prints to frame up for my office. It turns out that I’m rather partial to a bit of pink – shocker – so many of the pieces coordinated well because they all had a splash of pink in them. And I decided to mount some of the smaller pieces on a pink linen paper background, which adds even more pink to my office. Yes, I need more, honestly.

Within the tool box from Domu.co.uk was a picture hanging kit with wire, nails and hooks so I was fully prepared to start hanging my art on the office walls, the only thing holding me back was the positioning. After framing all the pieces in misty grey frames with double mounts (you may have spotted this on my Instagram story last week) I took them up to my office and decided on a position for each piece. The spirit level came in handy for this task – I’ve been known to hanging things slightly on the huh in the past!

“Look up at the stars” by Hannah Farthing is one of my favourite ever pieces.  When I saw her working on this letterpress print on her Instagram stories I knew I was going to buy one. The quote is perfect for me; I’ve always loved the mantra ‘keep your feet on the ground and your eyes on the stars’ so this print reminds me of this motivational quote. Plus, it’s covered in a sprinkling of gold stars, so it coordinates perfectly with my office wallpaper. And the grey text matches my furniture. Ahhh, I love it when a piece of art ties everything together so perfectly.

Recognise this drawing? It’s my blog logo! It was designed for me in 2013 by Unruly Print and has adorned my header ever since. He also painted the biscuit watercolour piece for me earlier this year, another beautiful masterpiece packed with pink paint.

I’m glad I had a chance to review the tool kit from Domu as this project certainly put those tools to the test! I found that I didn’t have to worry about searching for extra fixings or tools because it was all neatly stored within the box, and everything in there worked as it should. I’m keeping my kit in my office now (again, mostly so that hubby can’t get his hands on it) and it’s good to have it to hand when I need to open screws on the battery compartment of fairy lights!

Have you given your home office a bit of a makeover this month? I’d love to see it so please tag me in your Instagram photos @Cassiefairy.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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