Home Office Makeover – From Dark and Dreary to Light and Dreamy
Why do we wait to remodel the rooms that we spend the most time in?
Our home office had very humble beginnings. No overhead lights meant we had to use a floor lamp and table top lights to see.
The walls were a deep burnt sienna color that didn’t bounce much of that light around.
I had a big computer armoire that was dark inside. But, worst of all, Pretty Handsome Guy and I worked together in the room with our backs to one another for 3 years!
I dreaded sitting and working in that room. As a graphic and web designer, I had no inspirations, no creative energy. And being the light obsessed person I am, I was depressed by all the darkness in the room. I took frequent breaks just to escape from the office.
I dreamed of a home office with one wall of built-in bookcases and storage and a work surface that jutted out in the middle. I tried to sell the idea to my better half, but Pretty Handsome Guy just couldn’t picture it.
As luck would have it, three months later, Sandra at Sawdust and Paper Scraps just completed my dream office in her home!
She posted the pictures on Remodelaholic. Hey Sandra, thanks for taking too long to finish it. Just kidding. But, If she had posted her pictures three months ago, our office may have looked very different.
Sometimes fate is a good thing, and in this case I am thrilled with the end result of our home office and it is all thanks to an inspiration I had when I found two of these:
If you look back at some of our earlier posts you have been privy to some of the changes we made in the office.
Well, we finally put the finishing touches on the room, and I’m ready to show you the results.
4 can lights + 1 drum shade pendant = 5 glorious ceiling lights
where there were ZERO, ZIP, NONE before!
I can meet with graphic design clients.
someday start a blog called MyMomIsPrettyCrazyGirl.com
So, do you see my inspiration door?
and a keyboard tray mounted underneath.
(I had to cut the legs shorter on this one to accommodate for the
difference in height with the two doors stacked.)
No more back-to-back working.
Plus, lots of natural light bouncing around.
but having a view out this window brings me loads of inspiration now!
This room is so special to us. We can sit and work, talk, catch up, and the boys have a great spot in the corner to color or practice reading on Starfall.com
The color paint we used is: Benjamin Moore Aura paint in Hot Spring Stones. It is the perfect warm gray beige color (in my opinion). The rug is from Home Goods. Curtains from Overstock.com. And fabric on chair, bistro table, and bookshelf back is called Fermini Sky. The drum shade pendant was from Amazon.com.
I wanted to thank you for this good read!! I definitely loved
every bit of it. I have got you book-marked to check out new stuff you post…
I am a new fan as of today and love your Blog already. Just read this story about the two wooden doors and must say the results are amazing. I did a similar thing only used IKEA dressers and file cabinet and a plain piece of wood – all in the same colour – dark navy blue for a TV room/Den/ Man Cave for That Cute Guy I Married. I t was some time ago and even though it still looks fabulous, I might entertain the idea of showing him what you did and talking him into a re-do!! You have some wonderful ideas and you lay the projects out so well, I am certain I could handle a few of them. Cheers from my inner city townhouse on the west coast of Canada where it is mild and sunny. As I am currently embroiled in doing a historical maintenance record for an upcoming Strata AGM, it was pleasant to get lost for an hour on your lovely blog.
Barb, LOL. Glad I could provide you with some distraction ;-).
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