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old home studio tour!

i am so excited to be sharing my home tour with you on the blog today! i must say, over the last year i’ve mastered the art of living in small spaces and it all began with this one! (the original #thislittlespaceofmine.) my name means “humble” or “small,” so maybe that’s part of it–who knows?!

a huge part of why i love home tours and interiors is because you learn a lot about someone from viewing their space. sharing where you live, eat, breathe, work, and sleep is such an act of vulnerability. i hope this posts adds a little beauty to your day!

i’ve since moved from this spot (and am working on beautifying and personalizing my new space!), but i’m really proud of how i transformed this space into a place i loved coming home to. i didn’t really have a theme or color scheme in mind when i decorated my space, but i knew i wanted it to be bright, modern, and filled with color.

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i didn’t really take many before photos before i moved in last year, but i will say that the walls were a green-beige color (eek, not my style!). i tend to prefer more white, modern, and clean interiors, so once i did some initial cleaning, the absolute first thing i did when i moved in was paint the walls white. white makes small spaces appear larger and brighter, because it reflects light.

*fun tidbit: tyler helped me paint these walls soon after we started dating, before i was even his girlfriend! i mentioned to him that i had just moved and was planning to paint, and when he offered to help and actually showed up at my door it was one of the first times i knew he was serious about us. apparently painting is a way into my heart! haha.

true story: the first color i chose ended up being more of a grey than a true white, so i went back to home depot for a true white color and did a top coat myself. lesson learned: make sure you either bring a swatch of paint color home with you, or test the color on the walls before you buy a gallon of paint!

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my dresser was an ikea rast hack! i bought a bunch of cool drawer pulls from hobby lobby and drilled them into the dresser after i white washed it.  my bed and lamp are also from ikea.

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i love candles. like, love them. hence, an abundance of candles everywhere. #noshame

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does this desk look familar?? it should! ;) here’s what my diy hairpin leg desk looked like in the space!

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i had been collecting frames for a few years, and was so excited to put them to use to build a gallery wall! the frame of the cactus print was a white elephant gift from the holiday party at my old full-time job! can’t believe that will be two years ago this december! the cactus print is from a trip to tucson and is available in the paulina print shop.

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one thing i discovered from seeing all the florals throughout wedding season last year was that i really love eucalyptus. i recently went to the flower mart to pick up some fresh pieces for the new space!

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i’m so grateful to have lived in this space and am amazed at all i was able to accomplish there. it’s a true testament to the idea that “you don’t have to live large to live beautifully.” i achieved and lived through so much in this little space of mine. as time passed, i realized i needed a place where i could run my business without having to worry about roommates’ schedules, among other things. to put it quite literally, i outgrew the space and needed a bigger, true live-work space sanctuary i could call my own. i’m so enamoured by my new studio space and i can’t wait to share more of it with you! it’s my first space all on my own and is literally a dream come true!

follow along on instagram (@thislittlespaceofmine for interior-related posts) and snapchat (@helloitspaulina) for behind-the-scenes sneak peeks as i turn my new studio into a home.


“all things are possible for one who believes.” —mark 9:23


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  • wall color: behr, ultra pure white
  • frames: assorted; some from ikea, michaels, target
  • photos: assorted; rose bowl flea market, etsy, google, paulina print shop
  • desk: diy: see this post for details
  • nightstand/dresser: ikea rast
  • black & white calligraphy print: rachel jacobson
  • blue mexican blanket (used as floor runner): amazon
  • candles: pf candle co, ikea
  • red, velvety soft decor pillow: bed bath & beyond
  • office chair: office depot
  • girl with glasses print: etsy, jessica illustration

diy hairpin leg desk | how-to

if you don’t already know, i’m absolutely head-over-heels in love with interiors (hence, my pinterest page), and last summer i’d been dreaming of having my own mid-century modern, hairpin leg desk for months. unfortunately for me, a desk like the one i’d been pinning cost about $500 (outside of my budget for a desk). so, thanks to the internet, i was able to find plenty of diy posts about how to make my own.

the process is actually pretty simple– all you need are screws, a piece of wood (and stain and varnish if you like), something to screw the nails into the wood (preferably a hand drill), hairpin legs, a free afternoon, and a bit of patience! ;)

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  • 4, three-prong 28″ hairpin legs in raw steel
    • (i ordered mine from http://hairpinlegs.com and they cost about $20/each. i chose 28″ because that was how high i wanted my desk to be, but they sell legs at an assortment of lengths, so feel free to adjust to your needs. it’s also easy to make a coffee table or entryway table with different leg lengths!)
  • 1 block of pre-cut wood from home depot (cost about $20)
    • (i chose a piece that was already as wide and as thick as i wanted, and then i asked the guy in the lumber department to cut it custom to 38″ to fit in the space. my desk is 17.25 x 38″)
  • 1 can of varathane wood stain in traditional cherry from home depot (cost about $15)
  • 1 can of varathane polyurethane in semi-gloss (to add a protective coat to the desk–i didn’t want my desk to feel glossy and this was perfect for me)
  • sandpaper
  • hand drill
  • box of screws (make sure your screws are not longer than the height of the wood of your desk!)
  • drop cloth
  • paintbrush and/or rag to apply the stain

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first, sand the wood to get it to your desired smoothness. (*tip: don’t forget the corners!)
then go ahead and add the stain! use your brush/rag to apply it and to wipe off any excess. once its dry, add the coat of poly for protection.

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next, use your drill to begin attaching the legs! it helps if you measure and mark where you want leg to go (at an equal distance from the edge of the wood). one helpful thing i learned from the tutorials i read was to remember that hairpin legs slant outward, so if you don’t want your legs to go beyond the edges of the desk, you need to make sure you leave space around the corners of the wood (don’t line up the steel plate with the edge of the wood). my legs are about 1.25″ from the edge of the wood (as pictured below).

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anddddd once your desk is dry and the legs are installed, that’s it! you can stand it up and you’re good to go!

i chose raw steel legs so that my desk has more of an industrial look. the great thing about hairpin legs is that they’re easy to unscrew and reattach to a new project! (maybe a bigger desk?… ;))

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the finished product!

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to this day, it’s still so special to me that the desk i use to edit photos, send emails, skype with brides, and do all the other things necessary to run my business, is a desk i built with my own two hands. never underestimate the power of what you can accomplish! this was my first major diy project and now i see why they’re appealing! ;) i can’t wait to share more photos from my space, now that i’m moving out of it and into my first apartment on my own! i created a separate instagram just for interiors where you can view my favorite spaces and behind-the-scenes of my journey into turning my new place into a home over at instagram.com/thislittlespaceofmine.

i hope this is useful to you! xo