Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Birch Lane. I was provided with furnishings for this room makeover in exchange for advertising. As always, all words and opinions shared are honest and my own. (The cool thing about this sponsorship is that I had these items in my shopping cart and I’ve just been waiting for the right time to pull the trigger on purchasing them.)
I’m so excited to finally share the full reveal of my office!
During Christmas break, I sat down at my vintage teacher’s desk in this very office and wrote a list of things I wanted and needed in my workspaces. Both my studio and home office weren’t working as well as I knew they could. I moved a business that was in a 2500 square foot studio primarily into two rooms in our new house in MN and I was starting to feel it.
For my office, I wrote down a few things… From a functional perspective, I wanted more storage, file drawers, a larger desk with more surface area, an adjustable and more comfortable desk chair, and pieces that created a better furniture layout. The room is small and square and a little awkward to furnish. I needed pieces that would fit perfectly and maximize the space. From an aesthetic perspective, I wanted furniture that fit the traditional style of the home but also worked with my style. The pieces needed to function like modern office furniture, but I wanted them to have a timeless look.
So, here is the result…
For the largest wall that is most visible from the entrance of the room, I selected the Amityville Oversized Bookcase. The width is perfect to fit between the two windows and the height looks much better in our 9′ ceilings. It just makes better use of the space.
I like that there is closed storage below for things I don’t want to have stored out in the open.
I was very pleased with the quality of this piece, especially given that most other large bookcase units I found online that were similar were at least double the cost. The bookcase comes in two pieces and they are heavy and well made. My only nit-picky thing is that I wish there were more holes for the adjustable shelves. There are only four and they are spaced about 5-6″ apart, so the shelves are either really shallow or really deep. I had to play with them quite a bit to figure out what would work best for my stuff, particularly taller books and magazines. I got it figured out, but I was wishing for a few more holes.
The pieces are painted a nice, bright white and I was happy with the finish. I also like that these could be used as two separate pieces since the top of the bottom cabinet is completely painted and finished. I plan to use them together for the foreseeable future, but it’s always nice to have that option.
For the desk, I selected the Limon L-Shaped Executive Desk…
I have to admit that I was most nervous about the desk. It was a customer’s photo and review of the desk that ultimately made me comfortable enough to have a desk delivered to my house that I’ve only seen on a computer screen. The wood looked rich and pretty, the style had a timeless feel, and the size and shape couldn’t be more perfect. The L-shape of the desk was a much better option for this square room and I loved that it gave me over double the amount of surface area. It meant I could actually use my large monitor for photo editing. It’s been sitting in a box for a year, because it took up too much space on my old desk.
And this desk is beautiful! I was so impressed with the quality. We did have to do some assembly, but Jeff and I were able to put it all together in about an hour. It was nice to see the peg and screw construction that showed us it was a well-made piece of furniture.
And the finish is warm and rich without looking too orange.
Just because I like to customize things, I am going to change out the hardware with some brass bin-cup pulls.
Since I have a laptop, I initially thought the keyboard tray was superfluous, but it ended up being an ideal place to put my planner and notebook, so they aren’t taking up desk space.
The drawers are roomy with removable dividers…
(Don’t judge my Sharpie hoard.)
There are even pull-out writing surfaces over each set of drawers…
I love everything about this desk. The only downside is that Jeff loves it too and I have to remind him that it’s my office. (Actually, he’s been sitting at the desk in the early morning before I’m even out of bed, so I told him I would share a little bit.)
I kept the styling of the desk simple, so I didn’t clutter up my work surface. I did add a couple of small plants, though, a lamp, antique marmalade jars for pens and scissors, stacked letter trays, and a few other things.
I got a new desk chair as well, which was long overdue! It’s the Soho Swivel Office Chair. The height of my last one wasn’t quite right, so I found myself taking my computer to work at the kitchen bar often. Not only is this chair comfortable, but the fabric has a great linen-ish texture and the tufting keeps it from looking too “officey”. I added a small, feather-filled bolster pillow to provide even more back support. I can also adjust the chair to the height that works best for whatever task I’m doing.
Adjacent to the bookcase and across from the desk is an antique cabinet, a vintage wall map, a leather chair, and an antique needlepoint ottoman. Jeff sits in that chair often to work, read, or chat with me when I’m sitting at my desk. It’s a nice, cozy corner and the cabinet provides some more great storage.
To finish off the office, I got the Syston Braided Beige Area Rug in an 8′ circle pattern. I really wanted to make the rug I designed work in the space, but the 5 x 8 rectangle was awkward in the square room. It never really fit properly. When I got out the measuring tape and started making sketches, I realized an 8′ round rug would work best.
Braided jute rugs are my go-to because they are inexpensive, they wear well (you can hose them off when they get stained), they lay flat, and they are soft underfoot. I also like that they are neutral. Patterned, colorful rugs are fun, but they can sometimes be tricky to coordinate. I’ve learned that I like a quieter rug in most rooms.
And, can I just say how much I love this view of the office? I see it as I’m walking down the steps in the morning and I am ready to sit at that desk and be productive!
Here is the view from the living room…
There are still a few small finishing details I’ll add over time, like changing out the desk hardware and maybe hanging something over the larger window, but I cannot express how much I am enjoying this room as it is right now. Not only that, but I think I’ll be loving these pieces and this room for years.
I know I’ve been gushing about my office and studio since February, but I am a hard worker and I love having functional, organized, beautiful spaces to work in. This office definitely fits that description and then some.
Just for some fun, here is how the room looked when we first moved in…
This is how it looked when we were just getting settled…
A year ago, we had hardwood floors installed in the office and dining room and I painted the walls in Stonington Gray (mixed at 50% strength) and the trim in a bright, custom white.
I bought an antique bookcase off of craigslist and filled the rest of the room with pieces brought from our last house.
…and here is how it looks now!