Nontraditional decorations for my husband’s law firm

A little over six years ago, my husband decided to go out on his own as an attorney. He got a little office near our house. We decorated it with Star Wars pictures and memorabilia. A few months later, he got an assistant. Fast forward to today and he has seven employees – two attorneys, two paralegals, a law clerk, a receptionist and an office assistant. (This doesn’t include the person who does his invoicing and financial matters – that’s me.)

As his office has grown in number of people, it has also grown from that little one room office to an 8-room office with a small reception area. This is his fourth expansion/move. More room means more walls to decorate. Now we let each employee decorate their office as they see fit. But that still leaves us with the halls, the reception area and the conference room.

Entry Area

My husband represents cities, counties, hospital districts and other governmental boards, so he doesn’t have many clients coming to the office. With this latest move, he lost the seating in his reception area and only has enough room for the reception desk. Luckily, he has the conference room for any clients or anyone else who comes into the office.

A few years ago, we made this sign for his law office. It now is the first thing you see when you enter.

On the hall to the right that leads to that conference room, we have hung the group pictures of his firm. No distinguished pictures here.

I also love the galaxy picture that we bought from Amazon for the other wall across from the firm group photos.

Avengers Hallway

Loki

This is one of the original hallways from when he first moved from the one-room office to a four-room office. We decorated it with Avengers prints from Etsy, including this one of Loki. (I can’t guarantee any of these link will work in the future but they do as of August 2018.) With his recent expansion, we also added this 3-foot metal Avenger’s logo – and it lights up! (Also found on Etsy here.)

Batman Hallway

Since we had a Marvel/Avenger’s hallway, we decided we needed to do something from DC Comics. We originally wanted to make a Batman-themed conference room, but we never got around to doing that before his latest expansion. So, we decided we could do the other hallway with Batman!

All the items were bought off Etsy. Here are the links for each: Starry Night Batman, Batman watercolors, and 5-panel Batman canvas.

Movie Wall

What to do with the 12’ wide wall across from the receptionist’s desk puzzled us for a few weeks. Then when looking at some various photos of offices, I saw this picture of four or five clocks in a row that showed the time in different locations. That inspired this…

Yes, these are vinyl clocks featuring different movies. There are 22 of them! Wow!

These all can be found on Etsy or Amazon – just search vinyl wall clock. There are designs of TV shows, movies, singers, video games, cities – basically something to fit any room decorating scheme.

Conference Room

And this brings us to our conference room. As I said, we at one time wanted to decorate it with a Batman theme but that never happened. Before our latest renovation, we had a little more room in our reception area. My mother-in-law decorated it in an Indiana Jones theme. We decided to move this theme to the conference room.

As you can see, this is not your traditional, stuffy law office. Heck, even the dress code is casual here with employees wearing jeans and bunny slippers! (Well, they do wear suits to court and other “official” business.) But the rest is ultra-casual.

R is for Riddler #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of antagonists.

On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will tie that day’s topic to antagonists but on the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about antagonists from movies, TVs or books. On Wednesdays, my Quote of the Week will be from an antagonist that matches the letter of the day. Enjoy.

R is for the Riddler, the supervillain and adversary to DC Comic’s Batman. Edward Nigma (aka the Riddler) first appeared in the comics in 1948. He delights in incorporating riddles and puzzles into his criminal plots. He is a smooth-talking character with a high IQ who often sends complex clues to Batman and the police.

The Riddler is often seen wearing a green suit and bowler hat or in a green unitard with questions marks printed on it. And of course there is his infamous question mark cane.

Frank Gorshin played the Riddler in the 1966 film Batman. Jim Carrey portrayed him in Batman Forever (1995). Carrey’s charismatic performance was one of the highlights of the film. (“Riddle me this, riddle me that, who’s afraid of the big, black bat?)

And in case you want to check out my other antagonists from the challenge…

A is for Apocalypse

B is for Bad Boys (parenting)

C is for Cruella de Vil

D is for Darth Vader (Quote)

D is for To Die for Cake (Recipe)

E is for Evil (Writing)

F is for Freddy Kruger

G is for Gollum

H is for High School (parenting)

I is for Iron Monger

J is for Jafar (Quote)

K is for Killers (Writing)

L is for Loki

M is for Maleficent

N is for No (parenting)

O is for Oggie Boogie

P is for Professor Moriarty (Quote)

Q is for Questions (Writing)

Dressing up again for the Alamo City Comic Con

For the third year in a row, we attended the Alamo City Comic Con yesterday.

This event gets bigger and bigger each year and brings in more and more stars. This year’s cast of special guest included Charlie Cox (from Netflix’s Daredevil), Ralph Macchio (Karate Kid), Summer Glau (Firefly, Terminator, Arrow), a host of actors from Doctor Who and Gotham, Jeremy Bulloch (Star Wars) and Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars) and a lot of others….really too many to list.

And as we did the last two years, we went ahead and got into the spirit by wearing costumes.

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This year’s cast of characters….

Batman – My husband has been working on this costume for quite a long time. He actually wore an early version of it last year for Halloween (after going to Comic Con as Han Solo). He wasn’t happy with the armor from last year’s costume and has spent many nights and weekends perfecting the costume and even added a light-up Bat symbol.

Deadshot – Jase decided to be the DC comic book character Deadshot. Last year, Jase went as a Star Wars Clone Trooper at Comic Con but was Nightwing for Halloween – wearing an awesome costume my husband made. They don’t make Deadshot costumes for kids so once again my husband made Jase’s costume. It was based on character in the Suicide Squad movie that came out in August.

Wonder Woman – Continuing our theme of DC characters, Lexie decided to be Wonder Woman. We bought her costume online, but my husband did change out the lasso – opting to make her one that lights up. (Lexie was a Pink Power Ranger last year.)

Harley Quinn – Look, it is another DC comic book character! Harley is the Joker’s girlfriend, so definitely not a good guy. I actually had been considering being Harley, and then I saw the Suicide Squad trailer in April. From that moment on I decided I would go as Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn. After researching her costume online, I decided to do something I have never done before. I decide to make my costume. My husband and I did all of it (gun, holster, shirt, wig, bat, belt, bracelets and necklace) except the shorts and boots which I purchased. (I will post next week more on making the costume.) Everyone knew who I was, and I got stopped quite often to have my picture taken.

It was a great event, and I know we will be going back next year. I may go back to my Poison Ivy costume from last year, or maybe I’ll stick with Suicide Squad Harley Quinn. She was just too much fun!