I am working on updating my office.  This has been YEARS in the making and sorely needed! I have had this business since I was 18 and it has grown with me. So as life changed, I moved and changed my office to adapt.  That being said…. I have never taken the time to sit down and think “how would I really like my office to look?” Thanks to renaming and re-branding our business, and my employee Dolly’s help…. we have now taken the time to dream a little and make the office our ‘dream office.’  I spent a lot of time with Dolly and Joseph, looking at different studio’s and offices on the internet and compiled a bunch of photos to make an ‘inspiration board.’ Thanks to Pinterest, I didn’t have to do it the old fashioned way.

Another thing about us… We are very frugal and very DIY people, before DIY was invented!  Again, thanks to Pinterest, we don’t have to come up with all of the ideas on our own. We would rather do it ourselves than pay full price for something.   So we will be re-using as many things as possible. That being said… I also love to shop… 🙂  So I will be getting a couple of little things to make everything a little nicer!


Dolly faithfully came a couple of days in a row to prime the walls again and again as well as cover up all of the picture frame holes from the previous owner as well as myself (there were a LOT). Then she painted the green-ish blue color on the top half and we added an accent spot at the bookshelf.


I found these cute little letter blocks that light up while looking for frames at AC Moore. We covered the filing cabinets in white paint and went crazy with the paint on the old wood table and chairs.  We got rid of a huge filing cabinet and graduated to a smaller one (that also needed a coat of paint).  Now my printer can sit on my filing cabinet instead of taking up most of my desk space.

Funny thing was that while we were moving things around, I put the ‘now white’ wire holders on the side of my desk next to the printer and said to Dolly “now what can I put on these?” I know that if I couldn’t fill them now, they would get filled with other stuff that would clutter.  Then I realized that all of these years I have been getting up and going to the other side of the room for paper for the printer!!!! LOL!!! It’s now nestled RIGHT NEXT to my printer!!!!  It makes me extra happy now whenever the printer says “out of paper.”  🙂


There were so many neat things I came across while going through old file cabinet drawers and boxes.  Like the bright orange vest I got for my first wedding so that my sister/assistant could direct traffic so that I would be able to take photos at a one lane bridge (it rained that day so it didn’t work out anyway). Still haven’t used that vest!  I also came across one of my first family photo brochures.

J& D STUDIO, LLC Old photography brochure - Photos by Deb
Old Photography Brochure

I could go into many more items I found… but my time is limited.  So you might wonder how a photographer designs their office??!!  BY TAKING PHOTOS OF COURSE!  I took photos of the wall and of each frame and then measure the wall and each frame and used a photo of yardstick, duplicated on each wall. This way everything is to scale.  This is the rough draft because now I have the VERY HARD job of deciding which photos to get printed!  Ugh!

After we spray paint the middle frame gold and change out the photos, I think this wall will be great
J& D STUDIO, LLC Office Wall - possibility 1 - DIY OFFICE MAKEOVER
Large wall – possibility 1
J& D STUDIO, LLC Office Wall - possibility 2 - DIY OFFICE MAKEOVER
Large wall – possibility 2
J& D STUDIO, LLC Office Wall - possibility 3 - DIY OFFICE MAKEOVER
Largest wall – possibility 3 (the bright gold would be dull)

So now Dolly and I are trying to figure out which photos to use and which wall to go with!  I would have to buy the long skinny frames if we choose wall number 3, and they are hard to come by at a good price and in gold.  I am buying the decal from : Graber Graphics on Etsy.  I will update this post with pictures when the office is complete! Leave me a message below saying which wall you think I should go with and why. Thanks!

UPDATE: Check out the DIY OFFICE MAKEOVER PART 2 for the finished photos.


    1. I like two because of the simplicity but do you know how hard it is to narrow down my wall selections to 6!!!!! LOL!!! It’s also hard for me to find long skinny ones. I was going to go with 1 long skinny photo in the long frames. I feel like 3 photos in each is too many and hurts the eyes. The ‘less is more’ theory.

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