I just “finished” (I use that term loosely…) a makeover of our home office. When we first moved in, I wanted a very formal & “rich” look for this room…
A few years later, I realized this was not “us”. We are definitely not formal people! I decided a lighter, happier look would fit our personalities a little better.
Here are the results:
DIY X Base Desk (Made from the original “L” shaped desk), Ikea Barometer Lamp, Ikea Sanela Curtains, Trinidad Office Chair
After my husband created the “X” base desk from our original “L” shaped desk, I painted the bookcases Delicate White (by Olympic). The walls are painted Quill, also by Olympic.
I added some magazine & file storage on top. To break up all the white, I painted a couple solid blue (Misty Surf by Olympic) & added some stripes on two more.
To lighten up the bookshelves, I chose to leave the second shelf mainly clear of books. I added some faux flowers in a thrift store vase & a Dollar Tree frame.
Again, I decided to break up the book spaces by having full shelves of books diagonally & accessorizing the other shelves. Having the books go both vertically & horizontally helps also.
Free Flamingo Printable, Dollar Tree Frame, Thrift Store Vase
Thrift Store Bowl, Free Printable (by Clara)
I added a memo board behind the computer using this tutorial. I ended up just hot gluing on the fabric. The edges didn't turn out great (we had some trouble fitting it tightly) so my husband added some trim around it.
Orb Vases from Michaels, Thrift Store Frame
The left hand side of the desk base has open shelves. Originally, this is where the “L” shaped desk attached & the shelves were hard to get to. Separating the desk gave me three deep shelves to store all my craft supplies, which were previously housed in the basement. I added some Washi tape to the labels.
In college, I nannied for an artist who did a head study of Mark & I as wedding & anniversary gifts. Before, they were in very ornate frames, which didn't go with the style of the room. Mark made some more simple frames for them now.
Love Seat, Pillows (I remade one large pillow cover into two smaller pillow covers with a white back.)
Here are a couple of pictures to show the room’s layout. Close up shots are great, but when I see a room reveal, I like to see the big picture too!
After living with the bookcases in the morning room for at least two months, I am so glad to finally have this room finished… for now! I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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