I Work Here | Colure Weddings
This week we are featuring a different kind of work space. I was so excited when Brittany Anselmi from Colure Weddings, a wedding planning website, sent me some photos of her work space. It’s completely functional and suits the needs of her rapidly growing web business to a perfect T. Her space looks so organized and her cabinets are full of books which just makes me want to curl up on that love seat and read. And I love that she has her business name right next to her desk in giant letters! It must be so inspiring to work next to it everyday. Read her story below about how the Lord provided this space for her, and be sure to check out the photos to see how she set it up to work for her!
“Trust me, I know how lucky I am to have such an amazing space! When I started as a wedding consultant I worked out of my bedroom and used my apartment building’s community room to meet with clients. The last place I lived I finally sprung for paying for 2 bedrooms myself. Then after a series of events, I found out I had to move out of that apartment a.s.a.p. That same day an old friend e-mailed me out of the blue saying “I know this is a long shot, but are you looking for a place to live? I know some girls who are looking” I met the girls on a Tuesday and moved in that following Friday. Not only were they a God-send for me, but apparently they had been desperately seeking out a roommate for about 2 months and it was down to the wire for them too. The move actually ended up saving me over $400/month so I was able to quit my day job to focus on Colure full time. Blessing is an understatement.
I’m not a photographer, (or a wedding consultant at the moment). I’m starting an online website that will have tools and resources to help couples plan their wedding and prepare for marriage. After walking so many brides and grooms through planning their wedding, I had created my own version of a wedding budget, to-do list, and other tools which I would tediously have to update for each couple on a regular basis. The other online resources I found just weren’t sufficient enough so I discourage couples from using them. When I told my friend (and very talented web developer) about my program and mentioned that someday I hoped to turn it into a computer program he said “we could probably do that in a year.” After a LOT of prayer and counsel, we decided to jump in, and haven’t looked back. That was actually two and a half years ago though, so it turns out Cary’s estimate was a bit off. But that is what happens when you have a team of 5 perfectionists pouring their entire hearts into a project. Colure Weddings is a wedding planning resource that is centered around the couple’s needs first, and bringing everyone back to what weddings are all about – celebrating marriage. I know I’m biased, but I think our site is going to rock the wedding world. (Insert shameless sales pitch here – stay up to date on our launch by signing up for our newsletter at www.colureweddings.com, and follow us on twitter, facebook, and pinterest)With all that being said, naturally, I spend all of my time at my computer so my office had to accommodate that. My old day job spoiled me with two computer monitors and I just couldn’t go back to one. I’m actually leaning towards getting a third one soon (seems like my twitter feeds need their own monitor now-a-days).
My gigantic desk is my pride and joy, and a huge upgrade from the end table I was using before. My dad and I built it last winter, and I was able to customize it to being taller than normal and the perfect length to fit under the window. (Now it’s easy for me to keep an eye on my neighbor’s 13 year old daughter when she comes home early from school.) The desk is such a blessing and trust me, I use every inch of that thing! To be honest, my love seat ended up in my office simply because it didn’t fit anywhere else in the house. Even though it was an accident, it has become a favorite hangout place for my roommates. It’s not big enough to accommodate my web team (4 other people), but that’s what a kitchen table – I mean…a conference room – is for.
While someday I plan on giving myself a wild budget for remodeling my office, today I am a Good Will and DIY queen. Most of my furniture are hand-me-downs from a family friend, and even with most of it is over 10 years old it is still probably the nicest furniture I’ll ever own (apparently the storage pieces were custom built in Denmark or something crazy like that). Everything you see on the walls are things I crafted myself, as well as my Colure logo letters. My next DIY project is going to be reupholstering my desk chair, which an old roommate’s cat took a fancy to.
A few things like the lamp are from Ikea, but most of my accessories are from garage sales. I also may have snuck a few of my favorite decor pieces out of my mom’s basement…ssshhhh.
The diploma I have displayed is my career diploma for Professional Bridal Consulting (yes, that’s a thing!), which for some reason I proudly framed the second I got it, yet I’m not even sure where my college diploma is. Oh, and that tiny little plant on my desk was actually a gift from a bride of a wedding I coordinated 5 years ago! I’m no botanist, but it’s a stubborn little plant and has found a way to survive, which I am hoping is symbolic of my career.”
If you would like your workspace to be featured, please send an email to email@example.com with 5-10 images (sized to 1000px) and a short blurb about how you designed your space and why it works for you. We are looking for workspaces of all kinds and sizes!
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