The Study Revealed

Desk Accessories

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:

Happy Home Office

DIY X Base Desk (Made from the original “L” shaped desk), Ikea Barometer Lamp, Ikea Sanela Curtains, Trinidad Office Chair

Desk Accessories

Ikea Frame, “Choose Happy” free printable, Ikea Orchid & Vase, Ikea Candle Holder (holding pencils)

Desk Lamp

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.

Magazine Files

Bookshelf Accessories

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. 

Bookshelf Styling

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. 

Flamingo Picture

Free Flamingo Printable, Dollar Tree Frame, Thrift Store Vase

Styling Shelves

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.

Computer Niche

Fabric, Dollar Tree Frame, Computer Wallpaper, Michaels’ Pencil Holder

Styling Bookshelves

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.

Craft Storage

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.

Home Office Seating

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!

Pretty Home Office

Cheerful Home Office

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!

Sharing here:

Evolution of Style

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TDC Before and After

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia


  1. That is a gorgeous room Wendy! I would never have guessed it was the same furniture and what a brilliant idea (and talented too) to separate the pieces and use part to make the x desk. Brilliant! So light and airy now and yet still tons of storage (even more as you said with the IKEA boxes.) great idea to add some interest to the magazine boxes too.

  2. It looks fantastic Wendy! You have a great sense of style. I love the colors that you chose.

  3. Thank you so much! I think I've finally figured out my to fix all the mistakes I made in the rest of the house!

  4. Your room looks great. I am in the process of doing this very thing, in my husbands office space. I love the white and wonder why I can't find more readily available in white -- oh well, I do know how to paint. I love the way you styled the bookcases. Oh, and I love that chair.
    Thanks, Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  5. I forgot to say that I found your blog on Hometalk and I am now your newest follower on bloglovin. I would love for you to stop by my blog sometime at
    Thanks, Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  6. I think it all looks fantastic. I really like the color, and how wonderful that you have the artwork of the two of you. I clicked over to that Wayfair office chair, that's awesome. Blessings - Dawn

  7. I love it! Awesome work! Especially on the desk!

  8. Oh, wow! What a transformation! It's beautiful and so peaceful looking!

  9. Looks did you paint the magazine files??

  10. Absolutely stunning, very well put together for a superb look and feel

  11. What a lovely transformation. I love the customized file boxes, too. Could you tell us how you painted them? I have some kassett boxes that I want to paint but not sure how to go about it. You've used Olympic latex? How did you protect the metal corners? masking tape or did it just peel off after? Would love to know since yours came out so beautifully

    1. Thanks! So, I basically just taped off the metal corner pieces & handles (wish I would have done it before I put them on...) & painted them with leftover blue/gray latex paint (Olympic Misty Surf). For the striped ones, I painted regular masking tape & then stuck it on. You do have to be careful about pulling off the tape (if you have to readjust) because it will peel some of the paper off the files. (It happened twice, but luckily those tears are on the sides & not noticable.) Washi tape would also work well & might not tear when peeling it off. Hope that helps!

  12. I saw this over at Apartment Therapy. I love the transformation. Well done!

  13. Wendy, this transformation is awesome! What type of computer do you have; don't see any tower or keyboard or mouse? Are these items hidden from photo? I'm dealing with a much smaller room plus my DH has this really nice and very heavy Hooker solid cherry wood desk that he refuses to part with or allow it to be painted(Over his dead body he would say!) Boy, that first chair looks so comfty. What a difference the furniture being painted white makes to the entire room. Did you DH build the bookcase unit or did you buy it already made? I love your entire set up. Great job!

    1. Thanks so much! We have an HP. The keyboard & mouse are in the fake "drawer" below the monitor. The drawer folds down & there is a pull-out desk for the keyboard & mouse. The computer tower is in the cabinet below that. We bought the bookcases several years ago & they were pretty dinged up (not real wood...) so we painted them.

  14. Your office looks amazing. I can't believe that is the same bookshelf and desk! I just found your blog and I've been spending all afternoon exploring it. I'm pretty sure we have the same house (RH Courtland?), so I'm getting some great ideas! Off to check out your living room... I cannot figure out what to do with that room. (PS Here's my blog if you want to check it out:

  15. I just popped over from pinterest because I'm thinking about these curtains in my home office and I wanted to see them in action. I love your office makeover. Light and bright is so pretty.



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