The makeover in a month is finished and it’s time for me to share the full home office makeover reveal!
A few weeks ago, when I was planning out the projects to work on with my parents, my office wasn’t officially on the list. I had written “home office – stripes?” I was considering something like painting tone-on-tone stripes on the walls. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I knew it needed just a little something more. I rearranged and fluffed the office a bit a couple of months ago (all with things I had on hand) and liked the result, but I wanted to make the walls more interesting and customize the desk chair. Wallpaper and inexpensive 2/3-height paneling did the trick!
If you missed the first few posts about this home office makeover, you can find them here…
Here is how the office looks now…
It’s right off our foyer and visible from the living room, so I want it to be a nice, neat space. Just because it’s an office doesn’t mean it has to be strictly utilitarian.
To the left of the door, there is an antique oak hutch I bought shortly after we moved into our house three years ago. I’ve had it in that spot with and without the hutch top, but the extra storage is nice, especially as my library continues to grow!
The chair in the corner is a yard sale leftover (free) that I slipcovered several years ago…
It’s a nice “guest chair” for people to sit in when they visit me as I’m working. The shelf is filled with some pretty things, but also office supplies like printer paper, branded masking tape, twine, rubber bands, envelopes, and notebook refills. I like to display pretty everyday things to save the closed storage for the unsightly stuff.
I’m going to try to source some more barn swallow drawer pulls, but I bought these on clearance from Anthropologie years ago and haven’t seen them anywhere since. I get asked about them all the time, though!
My mom and I played the ukelele together when she was visiting and I really enjoyed it, so my dad traded my cheap one for this really nice baritone ukelele. (My parents love buying musical instruments!) It’s a little easier on my fingers than my guitar, so I look forward to playing it. You can see a short clip of me and my mom playing together HERE.
I used to resist hanging my own artwork. I think it’s because I felt like I would be distracted by the mistakes and things I wanted to fix. I’ve let that go now (for the most part) and I’ve started hanging more of the art I create. I love this linen color chart in a simple frame…
I might gold leaf the frame, but I like how it looks with the white on white for now.
I love how the paneling and wallpaper set off the colorful bookcase now. There is something about it that draws me in. I stop and look over my books often, pulling off one or two to browse through them for inspiration and ideas.
It’s “almost” full, so the books will start overflowing into the hutch when that happens and I’ll rework the office supplies.
I do play guitar and I like to have it hanging on the wall – first of all, because it’s so pretty, but also because it’s easier to remember to practice regularly. I’ll just pull it down and play around with it for a few minutes when I’m feeling stuck as well.
My dad gifted me this guitar a few years ago when I couldn’t even dream of spending money on one. It has a beautiful sound and is a special piece to me.
Other than the bookcase, my favorite part of the room is my inspiration wall!
I got this L-shaped desk a couple of years ago and it has been such a great work surface. I have plenty of room to spread out as I’m working.
To save a little space on the desk, I hung a pair of wall sconces on either side of the inspiration board. I like how the brass ties into the gold-leafed frame and it really does cast a nice light on the work surface at night.
I used a paintable cord cover to hide the wires, so they blend into the paneling. I just cut it to size with scissors so it fits around the frame.
I keep the desk accessories pretty simple, storing pencils in antique marmalade jars and I have a wire file rack for mail, samples, notebooks, etc. I waffle between wanting everything out in the open and wanting a tidy work area!
This home office makeover took a nice room and make it really special. It feels crisp and fresh and is a great place to work and create in tandem with my studio.
I’ll have to write a blog post that shares the full three-year evolution of this room, but here is how it started…
If you’d like to see a few more room makeovers, you can check out Leslie of My 100-Year-Old Home, Melissa of The Inspired Room, and KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms, who also participated in the Makeover in a Month series.
You can also find room makeovers that I’ve shared on my blog over the years HERE.