Oh my gosh, I’ve been so EXCITED to share this post with you guys! I’m also
sort of terrified that my ‘before’ pics are going to make you think I’m a total LOSER. But let’s be honest… I AM when it comes to interior design; it’s taken me years just to get my house in order after moving (I’m still not done) and I don’t live in a palace, which is totally okay I think… So rather than hide the ugly character-filled truth, I’m here to celebrate the before and afters of my home office cleanup/makeover!
Back story: I do have a studio (which thankfully is beautiful) but I keep all my office-type work at home. We moved into this house a few years ago and it’s probably temporary and we really just haven’t had time to focus on making it pretty (or unpacking for that matter.) My home office suffered the most in terms of priority and due to the dysfunctional setup things became very messy. Honestly, it was a kind of depressing place to work. We did a living room makeover a couple years ago with the help of two amazing interior designers, so when I was ready to dive into this office project I knew I had to call on the super heroes of home-fixer-upping again. I wanted an organized, functional and beautiful place to work!
Because the office needed a lot of cleaning and organizing, I was more a part of this project than the living room one. I needed to go through EVERYTHING before moving it all back in. That took a couple weekends and at one point I had the mess spread out all over my house. That’s when my cousin stopped by who I hadn’t seen in years. (I’ll be sending her this link as proof that I don’t need a hoarding intervention.) Also, I wanted to try out a DIY project using wallpaper on the inside panels of two bookcases I already had, so that took another two weekends. Basically Jacqui and I have been working on this office for a couple months but it has all been worth it!
We started with Jacqui’s plans for rearranging the space. She mocked everything up and showed me the new layout which brought my desk away from the wall and incorporated some of the furniture we already had plus a few new things. The eye sore window (literally it hurts my eyes) would get a new treatment, a large cabinet would bring in the storage space we needed plus cover most of the paneled wall that I
hate don’t love, and an area rug would hide a lot of the overwhelmingly blue carpet. Obviously if budget weren’t an issue we would replace the carpet and paneling but I wanted to keep this update affordable.
I feel a little bit like Grover in “The Monster at the End of this Book” right now… Because I’m about to bite the bullet and post the before pics. Eyes shut, praying you’ll still like me, here goes…
I know, sad… Have I mentioned this space is wide open to our main living area? As in EVERYONE who comes over sees it? But wait, the future is bright…
FIREWORKS! PEOPLE WALKING AROUND ON STILTS! OPRAH’S FAVORITE THINGS! FREE CHOCOLATE AND NEW CARS FOR YOU AND YOU AND YOU!!!
I can’t thank Jacqui enough for her amazing talent and for these totally miraculous results! I’ll outline everything here but be sure to scroll all the way down for Jacqui’s contact info! Pinterest might have tons of ideas but when you want to actually get something DONE that fits your space, your style and your budget… having a trained expert’s help is the way to go!
Window: New custom blackout roller shade in grey fabric and a valance Jacqui constructed herself – she is SO destined to be one of those gorgeous carpenters on HGTV!
Bookcases: I had these in another room. They were crammed with books (we still love the paper kind) and in need of paint and purging but they actually fit in the office once we got the storage situation under control! Jacqui suggested lighting them with cabinet lamps from Ikea which I LOVE plus they double as the perfect night lights in our house. (I know one of the lamps is missing from the pics -use your imagination…) I wallpapered the backs using tips I found online and I’m going to post my own how-to version for “dummies” – coming soon!
Rug: Jacqui suggested a large scale design and it worked out perfect. Bonus – it’s plush and soft!
Chairs: Fun upholstered chairs added feminine accents and brought in the colors we were using. Plus I just really needed new chairs.
Dana’s desk: Poor guy, did you see that contraption before? The kids use this desk for homework too. Just a simple update from Ikea. By the way, we repurposed some of the old stuff by using it in the kid’s closets for organization!
My desk: Stayed the same but was rearranged. Everything I typically need is now within arms reach and I can actually find it. Heaven.
New lateral filing cabinet: The dark wood coordinates with Dana’s desk and also holds the printer. And lateral filing… where have you been all my life??
Humongous Ikea cabinet: This is actually a closet. When you purchase it, you get to customize the inside to fit your needs. This thing is amazing! I’m in love with it and want to best friends forever. Dana has his own space in there, space for our family stuff and of course business, camera equipment, etc. The little set of drawers next to it I already had. I use those for keeping family photos until I someday put them in an album. Yep, guilty.
DETAILS (from top) LEFT TO RIGHT: We picked up a few items for the bookcases and combined them with older things to bring in the elements of the room and our family. Jacqui is AMAZING right? She made these so pretty just by how she stacked the books and arranged everything! The magnet boards over Dana’s desk help us enjoy a few family photos without putting holes in them for a cork board or committing to frames. We can switch them out whenever! Jacqui put the teal framed pin board and chalk board near my desk so I could get rid of my ugly dry erase boards (okay so I did keep one but it’s hidden!) We got the wall files from Ikea and world map folders from Amazon. These are all the files I need on a regular basis right there at my finger tips but NOT cluttering my desk. Plus their cute and I love them. Jacqui found the lamp – it exemplifies my love for vintage and glass everything. Ditto on the cabinet knobs from Hobby Lobby! There are lots of colors I’m fond of but amber is one of my favorites and happened to work best in the room and I’m thrilled with it. Lastly, the “You are my Sunshine” word art… I’ve had these for a couple years and finally got to hang them! Jacqui suggested the sparkle matting and I seriously want to put everything in sparkle mattes now. EVERYTHING.
Organized: check. Functional: check. Beautiful: check.
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