A Little Home Office Updating!

by Katie on May 1, 2011

I’m so sad the weekend is over!! But I was able to complete several cool projects! I’ve wanted to update my home office space with a few touches. I decided to make a ribbon-tufted bulletin board. Some would call it a French Memo board. It’s a pretty easy project and a great way to display inspiring items such as pictures and articles as well as serving as a chic, design friendly space for bills where they can’t be ignored! You’ll want to look at your fabulous bulletin board all the time. The wonderful thing about this project is it was very budget friendly only costing about $30.00! This would also be a fantastic project for a child’s or teenager’s room. 

Here are the supplies needed for the project:

  • a large frame or a framed cork bulletin board
  • fabric
  •  polyester batting
  • glue gun
  • ribbon
  • upholstery tacks, buttons or scrap booking brads
  • spray adhesive (optional)
  • glue gun
  • measuring stick or tape

 First, I decided to paint my frame turquoise blue.


Step 1, lay the fabric face down on the floor or work surface and cover it with a layer of polyester batting. Then, center the fabric and batting on top of the cork board. Make sure to pull the fabric and batting tight to the board and fold the corners carefully. Attach the fabric and batting on the back side with either a staple or hot glue gun. Clip off excess fabric or batting on the back side. (Please excuse my lack of  a manicure! My finger nails look horrible 😉

Next, turn the bulletin board face up and arrange pieces of  ribbon in a criss-cross pattern across the front of the board. Attach ribbon, moving up and down the board diagonally to create a checker board effect. Make sure to use a measuring stick or tape to space each ribbon 4 inches apart. Pull the ribbon tight and use tacks at the edges of the board to hold the ribbon in place. If the diagonal ribbon pattern is spaced correctly, then glue each ribbon into place, removing the thumb tacks. (The fabric I purchased came from Fabric Factory. A fantastic store in Dallas of the Tollway)

Finally, attach buttons, upholstery tacks or scrapbooking brads at each ribbon intersection. For my bulletin board, I decided to use stainless steel scrapbooking brads. Position tack, button or brad over the intersection of the 2 ribbons. Sew the buttons on, or if using upholpstrey tacks, use a hammer. If using brads, use an Exacto razor blade to pierce a hole in the cork board and insert brad. Repeat at all ribbon intersections.
Voila! I have not placed all the pictures, inspiration pieces, fabric samples and yes, bills into place yet!  But here is the finished project! I think it turned out pretty good!
 Here’s a few shots of my home office. It’s a little spot that looks out onto our deck. The space is tight so my goal for it is functional, yet fun and creative!
(Desk is from Ikea, red molded plywood chair is vintage, Ohm symbol is a painting from a close friend, Alex. Turquoise Fu Dog is from The Great Indoors, the lamp is vintage.)
One thing I love is books and interior design magazines! I especially cherish  books! I love using this shelf to display them. This is just a fraction of the books I have collected over the years. Sadly, the rest dwell in our attic. I will probably need a bigger shelving unit in the near future.
 I had to show a closer picture of my all-time favorite 1950’s or 1960’s vintage lamp! I understand it’s not a lamp everyone will love! Believe me, it’s been dissed a few times during its stay in my office! It’s even been called the “ugliest  lamp I’ve ever seen” by a family member! But I think it’s super cool!! I purchased it in a sad, decrepid state at the age of 18 at an antique store where I worked. It remained boxed in a closet for years. I recently had it refurbished and added a new shade. Love it!!
 Could your home office use a face lift? Let me know, I’d love to help!
Thanks so much for reading!
Until next time!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Bobbie Flynn May 2, 2011 at 6:33 am

Wish I had an office that looked like that! Love all the colors – great job!


Katie May 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Thanks very much!


designchic May 3, 2011 at 7:02 am

What a great job…love the turquoise edge – the perfect addition to your wonderful office!!


Katie May 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Thank you so much for reading!!


Alejandra May 3, 2011 at 11:55 am

I love it Kate, looks fab. Wonderful work space.


Katie May 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Thanks so much! I just love your paiting above my desk! It’s the perfect place for it! :)


Tessa May 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I like the lamp! And I like the project. It turned out great!


Susan May 9, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Katie, that lamp is FAB!!!! Don’t ever let anyone tell you it’s ugly. Your office is gorgeous!


Katie May 11, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Thanks so much! Yes, it has gotten a few interesting comments in the past! But I absolutely love it too! It’s one of my favorite possessions!


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