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We just finished the last room in our home renovation and I’ve been eager to share the office reveal with you! Click through to see where it started and how it has evolved over the course of two years. In hindsight, I wish this would’ve been the very first room we tackled- I love the way it functions and looks. Selfishly, I want to spend more time working in this gorgeous space. Emmett has promised me the home office will be the first thing on our to-do list for our next renovation. Ha! We’ll see how it plays out. First we have to find a house.
If you’re only interested in sources- feel free to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post. Otherwise, enjoy lots of beautiful images! I’m really proud of this space.
Can you believe the difference? The room was very basic when we moved in. Part of the window was busted out and taped up, but aside from that- it just felt boring and gross. I’m happy to report, that’s no longer the case.
Adding the built-ins to this room was the best idea ever. Not only did they add a TON of storage, but it also gave the room some much needed character. I also designed the niche to fit a full size bed, should the people who inhabit this home next want to make it a bedroom rather than an office.
In case you missed the DIY built-in tutorial, check out that post here. Another thing I’m happy I added was grasscloth to the back of the shelving (that DIY can be found here). It added a ton of texture and depth! I also welcomed the opportunity to style the built-ins in a more textural way. Are you liking it?
Adjacent to the desk and built-ins, I added a tiny console table to balance my organization board. I actually ended up spray painting the piece black after realizing it needed to have more visual weight in the room. I love the dramatic shape!
Did you catch Jacqueline’s DIY office organization board on the blog a couple weeks ago? The linen upholstered board is a softer, feminine alternative if you’re not digging the industrial grid that feels a bit more masculine.
I’ve loved having a place to clip up fabrics, ideas, notes, and inspiration. I’m a very tactile person and I order samples for every single design project. This creates a nice place to see how they work together.
I also added a simple ceiling medallion to the semi-flush mount light fixture to dress up the room. It seemed like a shame to spend so much time on millwork and not give the light fixture the attention it deserves. I’m really happy with the way it turned out!
Although the space is small, the wall across from the console table felt empty. I stumbled across this bench and I’m glad I did! I love the timeless silhoeutte and those brass casters on the legs. I’m notorious for stacking books, papers, and other items while working throughout the day. It’s the perfect dumping spot for all of my files and papers that accumulate.
I paired the bench alongside a small marble accent table. I’ve been getting into the habit of keeping fresh flowers because they brighten my day and make me smile. This seemed like the perfect little table for a fresh arrangement.
Here’s another before and after… just for fun! After new windows, doors, hardware, millwork, refinished floors, and a whole lot of paint- this room is barely recognizable.
For the window treatment in this space, I didn’t want a heavy roman shade, like the rest of the house. I do a lot of shooting in my office and I like to work in a bright space. However, that poses a challenge when sitting behind the computer screen. To avoid the glare and keep the space bright and inviting, I opted for a light filtering, Levolor roller shade. We installed a simple valance to hide the roll, and it retracts easily as needed. I bought the “seashell” color online and took it to my local Lowe’s store to have them cut it to size- free of charge.
In between the closet doors and the office entry door, lives the murphy dog bed. If you missed that DIY, click here… it might be my favorite DIY project of the year!
When it’s closed, you’d never guess that two wild dogs also inhabit my home office during weekdays. In all seriousness, it’s far better than looking at a bed shoved into the corner of the room. When they boys aren’t using it, it’s nice to be able to fold it up out of sight.
The table lamp is another one of my budget buys for the space. Would you have guessed that?! I love the gold shade lining and mid century shape. I think it looks much more expensive than it actually is.
I have to say, I’ve never felt more organized. As soon as the office was finished, I felt my stress melt away. I know that sounds crazy, but I have a very type-A personality… and given my workspace has been chaotic (to say the least) the past year or two, has really taken a toll. I’m stoked that everything has a place and I know exactly where it is.
I think shelving and office spaces go hand-in-hand. I love the “library” look and I’m going to go ahead and say- my next office will also most likely have some form of bookcases or built-ins. I just adore the way they look!
That’s pretty much the room tour… it’s a really tiny room, but there is a TON of function and style packed into it! I’m breaking down the space and sources using three different budget tiers below.
I wanted to use the “Good, Better, Best” model, in case you’re also trying to achieve a similar look. Check out what I would sacrifice for varying budgets. Everything is linked below…
I think the built-ins really make this space, but if you’re on a budget, the above shows my must-have items! You could totally go without the grasscloth or small details- like the ceiling medallion, for a similar look.
Next, I’d add in the grasscloth wallpaper and console table- they begin to round out the space and add character.
built-ins // amerock cabinet hardware // semi-flush mount livex light fixture // safavieh upholstered bench // safavieh console table // brewster grasscloth wallpaper // ceiling medallion // sconces // safavieh table lamp // safavieh marble accent table
Above you’ll see the space exactly as I have it. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the room reveal in the comments below! This space has been a long time coming and I hope it was worth the wait. It’s weird to have a totally finished house. Emmett and I were talking about what we should do with our free-time, other than house hunt? Haha! For more home sources, click here!