My New Office and Annie Sloan Paint Tutorial

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Back in March, I signed a lease and opened a little office in Jupiter, Florida, where my family and I moved last May, after living in Tallahassee, Florida for 14 years. It was really hard for me to leave my beloved Tallahassee, with all the huge Live Oak trees that were just as much my friends as my actual friends. In Tallahassee, I had a yoga studio and after I closed the studio, I operated out of my house. But down here in Jupiter, we are renting a small little house by the beach and I needed to rent a different space for my private practice. One of the biggest lessons I learned from operating my yoga studio, was to keep overhead low, so I rented a small, one room space in a professional office building down the street from my house. You can even see the water from my window… if you stand on your tip toes and crane your neck, but still! It’s a cute little office and I love it. Take a look around!

First up are these chairs and little end table that I got at Goodwill and painted with Annie Sloan paint. My friend told me about the paint and I am totally obsessed. I want to paint everything in sight! I have always loved the Shabby Chic/Beach Cottage look, but when I painted furniture with regular paint it always came out so bad. But Annie Sloan paint, it’s like miracle paint!

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I also painted that wicker shelf (for $5 at a garage sale!) to house my new herbal tinctures, essential oils and a few other supplements I sell to my clients. Y’all know what a nut I am about textile art, so you can only guess how much I love this piece I got while I was in Belize.

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Over in the corner is a little desk where I can write when I need to get out of the house to get some work done. Previously, I had been writing/working in a study room at our local library, so I’m grateful to have my own space now. And don’t you just love my pelvis display? It’s a constant reminder to me how amazing the female body is.

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My massage table area – nothing fancy, but it’s comfy.

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I had so much fun shopping for my office and this rug was the one thing I splurged on. It was several hundred dollars at TJMaxx and worth every penny.

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My sweet husband painstakingly put up this Instagram photo installation. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to put on that wall, and didn’t want to spend a lot of money to decorate, so I had the idea to print out my favorite shots and have them take up the whole wall. Everyone loves it when they come in (and comments how perfect and straight they are – it’s good to have a perfectionist engineer as a husband sometimes). And I love looking at them too, especially when I am working a long day, it makes me happy to look at my sweet family and all the fun adventures we get to go on because I contribute financially to our family.

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Love this original piece of art I got from this Etsy shop. I have such a strong connection to Mother Mary and I always feel like she and the Holy Spirit guide my work so that I can be of the most Service and do my best to help the women who come to me. The silver cuff bracelet next to it was my Grandmother’s, my father’s mother, who Penelope is named after (her full name is Penelope Mary Nadyne). She is, for sure, one of my guardian angels and I love having a little piece of her in the room. She was very stylish and had the most amazing jewelry collection, my aunts got most of her stuff, but the couple things I was given, I treasure.

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This is a print that I got from this cool blogger and designer.

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Sweet Penelope made me some art, too. She said each flower was someone in our family, the smallest one was our new Boston Terrier puppy Sadie, the next one was her, the next one was me, and the big purple one was Papa. She now sometimes calls Dada or Daddy now, which cracks me up.

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Gotta have a salt lamp in the room! These things are so cool, have you heard of them before? Penelope has a small one in her room that doubles as a night light!

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And of course I have some amethyst. I actually have several all over the room, but make sure there’s always one by the door. 
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And here are some close-ups of the furniture painted with Annie Sloan Paint. It was really, super duper, ridiculously easy. First, I wiped down the furniture, but did not sand it or prep it in any other way. I simply painted one coat and let it dry, then painted a second coat and let that dry. No fancy brush strokes or special brush needed. Then I sanded it very gently, since I didn’t want a mega rustic look, which gave it just a slight patina, and then did a coat of wax. Boom. Done. Pottery Barn style furniture for garage sale prices.

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So what do you think of my little office?! Have you ever used Annie Sloan paint before? It’s addicting, right?!

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  • Lindsey
    July 10, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    This is so great, Steph! How lovely to have your own space. I bet it’s so fun to be there. 🙂

    Where can I buy that paint? I want to do Gabriel’s dresser…

    • Stephanie
      July 10, 2014 at 2:04 AM

      It is! It’s like my own private little sanctuary, a total escape for sure. 🙂 You can get online or you find some locally by going to Annie Sloan’s main website. I am pretty sure there is a shop on Thomasville Road that carries it up there.

  • Marcie
    July 10, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Love your new office! Looks great!

    • Stephanie
      July 10, 2014 at 2:02 AM

      Thanks Marcie!

  • Amy
    July 10, 2014 at 4:24 AM

    Looks great!

    • Stephanie
      July 10, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Thanks Amy!

  • sarahkeith
    July 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    This looks really beautiful! I love your picture wall and the art and the silver cuff. How sweet. I will have to check out that paint!

    • Stephanie
      July 11, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Thank you! Yes, def check it out, it’s addicting!

  • angela
    July 10, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    looks like such a beautiful and healing space. do you sage? this is off topic but what made me think of it was I was wondering if you’d sage your office space if you felt there was negative energy left over from a client. Since it’s your personal space too.

    I’d love to see a tutorial on how to prepare the sage if you’re using it from your garden. We have so much sage I don’t know what to do with it. I do want to prepare it for saging, but am unsure how.

    • Stephanie
      July 11, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      Oh yes, lots of sage and copal burning going on before and and after clients come in. There is actually already a post on my blog about how I sage, just search sage at the top in the menu bar and it should come right up!