Alex in a Box

Happy Valentine’s Day!  In celebration of my Valentine, Alex, I’m sharing some photos of his office at work — a space I tried to tailor to his unique personality.

If you know Alex, you know that he is a passionate, educated, earth-loving, sports & gadget-obsessed, Civil-turned-Energy Engineer.  And no, I’m sure his 6’4″ frame does not easily fit in your average box.  That’s not what happened.  What did occur –some time ago now — was an experiment where I unsuccessfully attempted to artfully arrange items that I thought were representative of him in this black photography box/tray.  Clearly, he could not be contained.

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Items that I selected included a vintage Erector set and mechanical design books (for his engineering spirit); a bowl made of recycled paper, recycled beer bottle glasses, and recycled light bulbs (ever the conservator); mementos from his time at the University of Virginia and travels; a golf box and sports poster (the sports enthusiast); his diploma and certifications; and of course, a picture from our wedding.

All of these items were earmarked to go with him to work.

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Before – Desk

His office, which is far more generous than your average cubicle, was relatively bare to start.

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Before – Wall

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Before – Entry

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After

With the addition of his things, it’s feeling a bit more like Alex in there these days.

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Pops of red around the room help add some life and color to the space.

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Items like his childhood coke bottle collection and diploma distinguish the room as his own.

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And, my favorite part of the room by far are these hanging recycled light bulb vases.  Because he deals with energy at work (and loves to recycle), this just seemed like a perfect addition to the space.  To make them, I followed this tutorial from sheknows.com.  To hang them, I carefully tied and secured string to each bulb, suspended them from the drop ceiling, and filled them with a very minimal amount of water.

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Unique touches for my unique husband.

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