Today I am revealing my recently renovated home office.
In August I accepted a job that allows me to work from home. After accepting the job offer, I had two weeks to figure out where I was going to be working. From August until December, I worked in what will eventually become our guest room. The key word here is eventually.
We have been living in our town home since February 2016. We have managed to finish 1 room to-date: my office. Our projects have been riddled with indecision, items that went on back order, items I loved that were discontinued, and the fact that we only have nights and weekends to put into the remodel. Throw in a year’s worth of excuses and that is why.
In a previous post, titled “My home office design plan“, I shared details regarding my renovation plan. The design plan included examples of what I intended to use in the room update.
I also included some before photos such as these:
The windows were covered with plantation shutters that hid the sunlight when they were closed and hit one another when they were opened. There were no lights, just a ceiling fan. The trim in the room was beige. The walls were baby poo brown. A brown, by the way, that only looked mildly acceptable in this room due to all the natural light. However, that same brown was all throughout the house when we moved in. I am happy to report that most of it is gone.
(The note on the door says: Caution: this door is likely to lock behind you. It was a note for the contractors…and my husband. They both managed to lock themselves out more than once, making it obvious that the note didn’t help.)
We removed the plantation shutters and replaced them with white roman shades and shear curtains adorned with matching pom-poms. I originally entertained the idea of buying similar curtains from Restoration Hardware. Just before we went to the store to look at dining room tables for the 3rd time, I found these lovely beauties at Home Goods for $19 a pair. The roman shades are from Target.
My office chair is an Overstock.com find. I purchased it about 4 years ago to dress up my desk. It was a great purchase and it has held up very well considering the amount of day to day use it gets.
The chair was a little low for me. I was starting to get back aches after long days. My husband added casters to the legs in order to both raise the chair and to make it easier to move. This upgrade cost about $15 from The Home Depot.
The space is long and narrow. I originally planned to have my desk facing into my living room. However, I quickly found that I really enjoyed being able to see outside. In the corporate world we work really hard in order to get an office with a view. Why turn the desk around so you can’t see the view?
Desk accessories were important, as I actually do work from this desk. The clock and vase are Home Goods finds from a few years ago. The weight and Eiffel Tower were gifts from my husband when were dating.
The file organizer is from Target. The stapler and tape dispenser are Russel + Hazel from SeeJaneWork.com. Links to where to buy these items can be found here: My home office design plan.
I inherited a lovely candy dish from my grandmother before she passed. It is beautiful cut glass. It doesn’t currently hold traditional candy.
But it does hold some very fabulous Kate Spade candy. Pretty pencils: an accountants dream.
Like most office spaces, I had some unsightly cords. The printer supplied to me by my employer isn’t a blue tooth printer. This means that I have to stay connected with wires in order to print. To add to the cord pile I also have a monitor, a computer docking station, a keyboard, and an internet router. I added a beautiful white bird of paradise to the end of my desk to both add some greenery and to help cover my puddle of cords. It seems to work nicely.
Lastly, I made a space for my girls. I got them a comfy new bed to lounge in.
For Christmas, their Nana got them new bowls. Thank you, Nana!
One more look before you go!