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Friday, November 10, 2017

The Big Office Reveal

We've been living with a fully functional office for quite some time now and it is absolutely amazing. One room down and 12 more to go!

There's nothing that makes me happier than a functional space, well, other than kittens, wine and my beautiful man-friend, but functional space is a top contender.

I was actually able to dig up a picture of what this room looked like when we first purchased this house.

Wallpaper! Paneling! Moldy carpet! Oh joy. 

To recap, the paneling and wallpaper came down. The walls were sanded and retextured and quickly painted which we covered here, and then we revamped the room with a stenciled accent wall and a DIY desk which we covered here

All that was left was organizing and adding the final decorative touches to give us: 

Let's take a tour shall we!

Vern and I each have our own side of the 12ft long desk.  The four Ikea bases that we purchased gives us eight drawers each to hold the various office related items and files.  

Vern's side of the desk is the what you see when you first walk into the room.  It's where he dutifully pays the bills each month and does the majority of his planning and grading for school. 

We purchased an extra monitor, keyboard and mouse that Vern hooks up to his laptop when he wants to work.  The white storage bins were something I picked up on an Ikea trip to keep track of rouge papers and things that need filing.  It drives me crazy to have piles of paper everywhere, and we've had one too many incidents where I've gone on a cleaning spree and thrown important things away. Ooops. So this is the solution we came up with.  He puts the papers in the bin and I occasionally check it and file them away where they go. 

Now I won't make the mistake of tossing something important, and Vern won't get yelled at for making a mess. Win. Win. 

 Some simple Ikea ledges break up the accent wall a bit and give us room to display various pictures and artwork. On a side note, I scrolled back through the blog and realized that long ago we made our own picture ledges here.  Do yourself a favor - don't do what we did when you can buy them from Ikea for a fraction of the price and time.  Seriously. Don't be us!

Vern's side has a picture of him and his best man on our wedding day, a wooden deer outline that I found on the front of a card, a picture of the beach from our first road trip, a picture of Sam (of course), the first painting I ever painted him, a picture of the sunset from our Alaska trip, and the art that I made here.

My side is pretty much the same, but with my iMac, a few framed pictures next to the computer, and a blanket so that the kittens are more likely to come cuddle with me.   My inbox never has anything in it really, but for symmetry purposes I made sure to pick up two. 

My picture ledge is mostly pictures. Wedding pictures, pictures of me and Vern, and a random watercolor print I found at Hobby Lobby.

We still need to figure out what to do with the closet under the stairs.  I asked Vern if it was possible to build a door to it that we could close, which he said yes. However, I'm pretty sure that project is super low on the priority list.  A girl can dream. 

On the wall behind the desk I set up an old cube shelf we had floating around the house to store all of the art supplies I have.  

Now, instead of digging through the closet under the stairs to find a paintbrush, I just have to look in one of my neatly labeled and organized boxes. 

The top of this shelf has changed five different times over the last few months.  I'm still not satisfied with it, but it will do for now - which is some ceramic planters, succulents, and the classical book collection that Vern purchased for me for my 29th birthday. Oh, he knows me so well. 

I couldn't figure out if I wanted to make a large piece of art to hang on this wall or if I wanted to do a gallery wall.  I stayed bare for months, slowly driving me insane.  Then one afternoon, I came across a stack of magazine clippings that I had been hoarding.  We subscribe to three or four different home decor magazines, and when I see something I like I rip it out and throw the magazine away (clutter me twitchy and cranky).  Those clippings weren't doing me any good stashed away in a drawer, so I picked up a bulletin board, tacked everything up there and boom! A real life Pinterest board! I was so proud of it that when the poor man-friend made his way into the office I rambled on and on for a good 20 minutes about each picture and why I had ripped it out, and what I wanted to do to our own house.  Bless his heart, he just nodded and smiled. Happy wife, happy life, am I right? 

There are still some things to fuss around with. I'd like to get an area rug and eventually cover the under the stairs storage entrance, but for the most part I'm proud to say this room is officially done! 

9 comments on "The Big Office Reveal"
  1. Have you thought about putting a curtain over the doorway for now? Tension rods are super handy

  2. Beautiful and clever! I am stealing the stencil/paint pen and the Alex desk-base ideas for my dining room. Thank you for inspiring me! I've been ruminating ideas for our dining room for literally years. No more! Now I know exactly what I'm going to do, thanks to your incredible room makeover.

  3. Oh wow, it was a disaster before! Beautiful results, I love the stencil you did, that must've taken FOREVER. I might borrow your idea for a desk (husband works from home 2-3 days a week and I work from home 1 day a week and would love to have a shared work space). - Jackie N.

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