Home Office Tour

I have had a serious inability to concentrate on one room at a time this month. I started redecorating the dining room, and even painted a mirror and made some napkins. Then when I added my new sunburst mirror  to the powder room, I decided to abandon the dining room and update the powder room. Well, I got a great start in there, but then my bookcases arrived for the office and the focus shifted again! Although I totally abandoned my plan to only work on one room at a time, it was worth it because I am so happy with the progress we have made in the office. It isn’t “done”, but it is done to the point I really enjoy being in the space and I can shift my focus back to the dining room OR bathroom in May.

Let’s get to the fun before and after photos and then I’ll tell you what I still want to do in here. And I get to say “here” because I LOVE working IN the office now instead of trying to avoid it :)

BEFORE: Left Side

Office Before Right

Before: Middle
We bought an awesome farmhouse table to use as a shared desk, but as you can see, it was a disaster. Sorry about the doors in the picture, I thought I had better before photos but forgot to check them before we started painting!

Office Before Center

Before: Right

Office Before C Side

I spent ALOT of time trying to figure out furniture placement in this room. There is a bench in our entryway that looks directly into this space and I sat there with a notebook one morning until I figured it out. Now that it is done, it seems so obvious!

To the left, I get the entire farmhouse table to myself. It’s delightful!

Farm House Table Desk

I can’t wait until the grass is all green and pretty again, but after 10 years of being in offices with no windows, I am so grateful for a view. Everybody pray with me now that they don’t ever build houses on the lots across the street :)

Where I Work - View from My Desk

To the left of my desk, I have a blog command center. I made a great color coded editorial calendar for the wall and I don’t know how I ever functioned without it! This location is great for the calendar because I can see it from the desk, but it isn’t viewable from the entryway. 

Blog Command Center In OfficeTo the right of the desk, I re-purposed my deal of the century Target bar cart into a Silhouette station. It works perfectly! The top holds the machine and the bottom has a basket for scrap materials. Full size materials are right next to it in the bookcase.

Silhouette Portrait Bar Cart

The back wall is now full of storage! We ordered the IKEA Borgsjo shelf units, and love that they are deeper on the bottom than the top. I didn’t have that much time to spend staging, but for now it works! We didn’t buy anything new, just shopped the house. Bookcase Styling in OfficeSpinning to the right, you’ll see my husband’s desk. We had a dark Threshold Avington desk that we were using as a console table (aka junk catcher) in our bedroom. I painted it with DecoArt Chalky Paint in Everlasting and it works great in our new space (tutorial coming)!

White Chalk Paint Desk Interior Transom Window

White Chalk Paint Desk

Office For Two

Bookcases in Office

Source List
Wall Paint – Valspar Hazy Stratus (LOVE LOVE LOVE this color)
Bookcases – IKEA Borgsjo Shelf Unit x3, plus 2 door packs and 3 drawer
Smaller Desk – Target Threshold Avington with DecoArt Chalky Paint in Everlasting

Left To Do List
Rug
Curtains
Redo Vintage Lamp (on my desk)
Chair (either slipcover or buy new)
Gallery Wall (hubby’s desk wall)
Bookcase Trim (add crown & trim between separate units)
Replace drawer pulls
Floor???

Office for two people featured image

I get a little giddy every time I walk past the office now. Even though we painted the walls a darker color, the space feel so much brighter and happier! Since this is a room right off our front door, I love that it feels so welcoming.  And even more than that, I love that it is now a fully functional space!

Post linked up at: Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Whimsy Wednesday, Do Tell Tuesday, Work It Wednesday, RemodelaholicLink Party PaloozaInspire Me Please, Thrifty Decor Chick

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    • 2

      melissa@aprudentlife.com says

      Thanks Katie! It was a true photobomb again. If I WANTED her to plop down right there, she never would have done it. She’s getting pretty skilled at randomly sitting in the perfect place though!

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    says

    Love the new room! I really like how you kept the functional aspect with the calendar, but put it out of view of the entry. What a brilliant idea!

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    says

    Favorites: The Jackie O (I have that same print on a canvas bag!), the Dukes of Hazzard lunch box, and the wall color. AND the dog. The Silhouette cart is great too. OK, I like it all. Such a happy room!

    • 6

      melissa@aprudentlife.com says

      Thanks Allison! I think Jackie may live in the dining room now. I still owe her, but we don’t really have red in the house anymore. We bought her at the 6th Floor Museum almost 15 years ago and she sat in the art tube she came in for several years. My parents kindly got her framed for us one year for Christmas.

      And you should get bonus points for picking up on the Dukes of Hazard. It’s my husband’s from when he was a kid. He thought I was insane for displaying it on the new shelves! :-)

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    says

    Looks great, Melissa! I love that last picture with your dog! Our dog is always photo bombing my pictures, too! :). Those bookcases are gorgeous!!! Your office looks great, though I think you got the better view :).

    • 8

      melissa@aprudentlife.com says

      Thanks Katie, that’s my favorite picture too :) Yeah, when you design the furniture layout, convenient things happen like getting the big desk AND having it face the window!

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    says

    I LOVE your bookcases and Target bar cart! What a truly lovely office wih a view…such a rare thing! I’m so inspired :) While you’re in Atl I want your consultation on my new office space…I don’t even know where to start!

    • 10

      melissa@aprudentlife.com says

      Fix me and drink and get me a chair and I’ll be happy to stare at it for awhile and see if anything pops into my head. :) I’ve been pretty lucky with that method so far. And yippee! I get so excited every time we mention July!

    • 14

      melissa@aprudentlife.com says

      Thanks Dee! I’ve still got some things to do in the office, but in the meantime I LOVE being in there! I can’t wait to see what you come up with for your office!

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    says

    Just love the new cabinets, it is so bright and fresh looking and who doesn’t love more storage right!
    Cute doggie too.
    Hugs, Lynnie

    • 18

      melissa@aprudentlife.com says

      Thanks Lynnie – I am a sucker for storage!!! I have a history of picking houses based on closet size :)

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    says

    I love how you moved things around and that farmhouse table/desk is awesome! What a beautiful space to work in! It looks like you get so much light in there and that view looks nice too {fingers crossed they don’t build any homes there} :)

    Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

    • 20

      melissa@aprudentlife.com says

      Thank you Katie! I was so sad when the farmhouse desk was not working out before. It’s awesome to have it all to myself now. :)

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    Renee says

    You get a lot of great light in your office. I’m looking to use the same bookcases from Ikea in our office, Did you paint them?

    Thanks,
    Renee

    • 24

      melissa@aprudentlife.com says

      No, we may have to paint them white when we add moulding to the top if we can’t match the gray woodgrain. So far, they are looking good as is.

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