After a few weeks of marinating on things, sourcing, kicking around ideas, I have come up with a plan for Megan’s office makeover. If you missed the first two posts in this series, you can check them out here…
And now, I’m finally sharing the plan, letting you know the direction we’re heading.
Here’s what the office space looked like the day I made my house call. Please remember that Megan had the door closed and curtains drawn on this room, which was used to dump things in when she cleaned the house for my visit, and I stuck my nose in and then took pictures of it and then posted them on my blog. (Good friend that I am.)
So, Megan is not really in love with anything in this space, but it does have great bones…windows that let in pretty light, the wood floors and the crown molding. She also has a nice Pottery Barn desk that we’re going to showcase.
Here’s what I’m envisioning for the space from that same view…
The view is from the french doors, so I want the focal wall to be straight ahead. That back wall is going to be painted entirely in black chalkboard paint, which will draw the eye right to it and give Megan, who has a background in fine art, a fun place to doodle.
I’d like to do some chalk art, similar to this…
…but I also love the idea of drawing a “wallpaper pattern” or changing it out for the seasons. A galvanized idea board in an old frame will be centered over the desk.
I’m going to look for an interesting light fixture to center over the desk. I’m hoping to find something really cool we can repurpose…something with a farm house feel, which is what Megan loves. We’ll swag the cord and plug it into an outlet that is connected to the switch. It’ll provide task lighting for the desk and will be another element that draws the eye to our focal wall.
The sketched desk chair is the “franken-chair” that we made out of two broken desk chairs. I’m working on a slipcover for it right now out of the cream curtains that were hanging in the room the day we crashed her space.
I’m hoping to find a cute cart on wheels for the left of the desk…a place to possibly hold the printer, paper, pens, etc.
I’m also going to make a slipcover for the piano bench and skirt the sides of the piano, just to soften the look of a big, black electronic piece hanging out in the space.
For the wall adjacent to our focal wall, I’m hunting for a cabinet/wardrobe that will provide tons of storage for books, papers, office supplies, etc. Megan’s a lot like me. She needs organization to be easy and behind closed doors, so this will address that. I’m going to top it with a large antique laundry basket as another place to store things.
We’re going to leave some space to the left of the cabinet, so Megan can tuck her microphone back there as well as things she wants to throw out of sight quickly. The cabinet/wardrobe will hide it, at least from the foyer.
To the right of the cabinet will be a small armchair we took from Megan’s basement…
She painted the cushion and then abandoned the project and left it in her basement stash. I actually like the vintage feel of the fabric, but it’s a little busy. I’m making a slipcover for the chair, also out of her cream drapes, but leave the fabric on the pillow for a pop of some color and to lend an eclectic vibe to the space. A gallery wall, reading lamp and footstool will round out the little reading corner.
Since I’ve hacked apart her cream drapes, I am going to make her some new ones. I purchased some green & cream buffalo check off eBay for just that project…
It goes nicely with the chair pillow, but it also ties into the sage green in her living room, which is opposite the office from the foyer.
Megan likes the wall color in my home office, Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore, so I suggested using the same color in her office.
The thing I like about the buffalo check is that it’s a bridge between the traditional style in Megan’s home and the farmhouse style she is moving towards. We can make this room a departure from the style in the rest of the house without it looking too jarring.
Kriste and I are working on the slipcovers and some shopping and then we plan on going back to Megan’s house to help her with painting the space and moving the furniture. We’ll also pick up a few more pieces to work on…some frames, the piano bench and anything else we might be able to repurpose in the space.
Her budget is $1000, which is plenty for the amount of repurposing and thrifting we’re doing.
Megan texted me this picture after we had our initial meeting and I had to stop everything I was doing, because I was laughing so hard.
I assured her she’s in good hands and her budget is ample to get a beautiful room.
As far as my part in all of this…
I’ve been thinking about taking on design clients for a while. I put together a rate sheet and plan for working with clients, but then I reassessed. As un-business-like as it sounds, I hated the idea of someone spending their decorating budget on me when they could be putting it into their room. I also realized that the main reason I wanted to work with design clients is so I can have fresh spaces to work on…as a challenge to me as a designer and to share here on the blog.
So, I’m working on these room makeovers as a gift to the homeowners. They provide the budget for the room, but I’m doing all of the slipcovering, painting, repurposing, etc. for free. And I am really enjoying that aspect of it. It makes it exciting and fun for me, instead of stressful.
I can’t take on a lot of these makeovers, but if you are local to me and would be interested in me working on your space, feel free to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.