Flashback: Home Office

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thank you so much for your ideas on the box room! I have so many great ideas to choose from now. (Although please feel free to add more to the pile). I can't stop thinking of an oversized mural of a vintage sewing pattern that Linda suggested, brightly colored metal storage that Leah suggested or several of the other great ideas you've planted in my head now. Thanks! Im a bit stuck on what kind of print I should use for fabric. Anyone want to offer a suggestion?

I really don't want to repeat what I did in my office. I mentioned this in the comments but who really reads what I respond in there? And then I realized that some of you may have never even seen my office. Duh. So a great time for a flashback post, don't you think? (For those that have seen it before, feel free to skip over the rest of this.)

Last December, I finally got my office in presentable shape. Here was the post I wrote back then:

I've been a busy bee. Attempting to use my motivation to complete a project to my advantage, I actually have completed a project. Well, sort of. I would still like to replace the window shade; add something on the wall over my desk; load a few more books and things I use regularily into the credenza but Im just going to call this room done for now.
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I wasn't intending on finishing off the room so fast but I just happened to stumble upon a $99 black and tan zebra rug at Target. It was the last one left and it called to me. So instead of accomplishing my gift finding objective at Target, I managed to find this instead. Once I had the rug, I felt compelled to get the rest of my act together and 'finish' the room.

OfficeArt

As I mentioned in my last post, I had a plan for those two empty frames in the room. I used the top one to display a wooden scissors I had picked up a few years ago. I always liked it but never had a good way to put it front and center. Voila. What do you think?

The bottom frame got a pegboard organizing station. Since I tend to spend almost as much time finding my supplies as working on a project, I thought it would be a good idea to have all my most oft used items on display. The pegboard got a coat of gold enamel paint, just like the scissors. I added some pegboard hooks and its ready to go. Im not sure what other supplies I need to have at the ready but Ill finger that out as I go along.

If you remember, the scissors was originally a bare wood with some tacky words on the blade. I painted it gold using my new favorite thing - this gold enamel paint. Its very thin and has a great lustre to it. I have a feeling you'll be seeing some other gold painted items in my future. :)
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With Thanksgiving in mind, Ive been very lax in thanking the very talented Snappy Chic (aka Heather Spratt) for sending me one of her prints. It needs to get framed properly but I couldn't stand having it hidden in the envelope any longer so it got the honor of being the first thing on my inspiration board. Its a photo of a carosel in Paris. The color and composition is beautiful. If you are looking for some great prints for your home, check her out.
Bonjour and Paris Photo
Below the it, I added this "Bonjour" sign I found in the Christmas decor aisle at Macys. Not sure what this has to do with Christmas but I still love it. Glass glitter makes me weak in the knees :)

Hand Painted Window Treatment

Last but not least, I tackled the window. Using some birdy branch clipart as inspiration, I hand painted on the lower pane using some acrylic cream craft paint. Then I pulled out this rattan shade I had saved from years ago...it doesn't quite fit but it was 100% free so that was an offer too good to pass up. I'd like to switch it out for something else later but this is good enough for now.

So thats pretty much it when it comes to my office. As you can see, its quite a departure from the style of the rest of the house. Its a departure from my style in general actually. I generally tend to go for a much more muted and calm decor. I wanted this room to be more of a fun space. A place where I could be inspired and make a mess but also a room with personality. Im pretty happy with how it turned out but Im always up for suggestions for improvement.

For the record, here is what it looked like before:

2nd Floor Kitchen/Office Before


Hope you enjoyed a little trip down memory lane. Have a great weekend!

39 comments:

  1. Wow, I don't think there's a single thing about your office that I don't love!

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  2. I looooovvvvveeee your office. I am in deep lust with the scissors on the wall and have yet to find a pair.

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  3. I love your office! I cannot believe the BEFORE!! Thanks for re-posting, I learned three things: I must try that gold paint, I want matching gold frames like yours, and Snappy Chic on Etsy- love it!

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  4. Wow! What a transformation! That's just incredible. You have vision!
    BTW, you can get those bamboo shades pretty inexpensively at JC Penny, and they're super easy to install.

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  5. This room is stunning! Absolutely gorgeous. I'm loving the framed scissors!

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  6. Sigh. I loooove this room! I think I'm going to use of your ideas for my office/craftroom! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. i love how you framed your office supplies with the pegboard. it is such a good idea and a great way to make something that has to be out and about in a room look stylish.

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  8. I've always loved your office. Ooh, I MUST find a reason to try out that lustrous gold enamel!

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  9. I absolutely LOVE what you've done here! Especially the window, I'm probably going to copy you on that when I get my own office :)

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  10. Stunning! I have 2 pairs of scissors like that sitting in my basement because I have been at odds what to do with them. You have totally inspired me. Thank you. You have done a truly remarkable job with your home, it is just beautiful! You must be so proud :) xo

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  11. I thoroughly enjoyed the revisit of my dream office! :)

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  12. As always, so lovely and sooo pretty

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  13. wow! That room is FANtastic! i absolutely LOVE what you have done....great ideas and exceptionally well thought!
    BRAVO!
    :)

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  14. this room is what brought me here! been a year...thanks again!

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  15. As far as fabric goes, I really love Anna Maria Horner's lines, and Joel Dewberry. Hope you check them out. Good luck, I am excited to see what you try!

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  16. What a beautiful transformation. Where do you get the paint??

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  17. I sure do like that office of yours. Funny thing is I was looking at the original posts all about it last week. I can't wait to see what you do in the new-not-the-box-possibly a sewing-room. I'm sorry I haven't been able to offer and brill. ideas, but my mind is a bit shot at the moment...

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  18. Love this room! You did an excellant job!
    XOXO

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  19. Anonymous3:37 PM

    Love both the rooms.... The only suggestion I have is to move the mirror to the box room... Then you'd have the light fitting, the feet on Ethel and the mirror in black metal... Very nice..

    Something about the mirror (and the blind but you've mentioned that yourself) in the office that doesn't quite sit right with me...

    Please don't take it badly because it is only my opinion and what do I know... LOL!! It is a beautiful room colourwise and I love everything else about it!!

    I am looking around for a door to come into my life so I can have a similar desk...

    Cheryle from Australia

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  20. I simply adore your office! What is the paint color? I'm often looking for a perfect blue, and yours is to die for. I'm new to blogging (researching for awhile and just got my first post up today: www.RuralSocialite.com), but I'm definitely following you now for inspiration! I love eye candy when it's from real life, not just magazine photos. Thanks for the ideas!

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  21. LOVE your office! And my favorite detail is that bird and branch on your window!

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  22. what a transformation... congrats!

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  23. RuralSocialite: The color is BM Waterfall.

    Anon - I love to hear suggestions so I don't mind it at all. But I don't have a mirror in this room so Im not sure what you mean.

    Heather - Yes, I know - I got that shade at JCP years ago (for my last house) and just put it use here. Not really what I wanted but it does the trick.

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  24. Jealous.... so very jealous!

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  25. This room is simply amazing. You have such great taste and style. I have looked high and low for a card rack like the black one you have...you haven't stumbled upon anything similar lately, have you??

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    1. They have them at pottery barn again!

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    2. They have them at pottery barn again!

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  26. Sorry semi-suburbanite. I only saw them sold that one year by Pottery Barn. After that, I never saw them again. You might find some on ebay.

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  27. Anonymous2:32 PM

    Hi again,
    I'm talking about the ornate black thingy (to me it looks like a mirror that is catching a view of the ceiling) on the left hand side of the window...

    To me it would look great in the box room with Ethel...

    Um, what is the thingy I'm talking about?

    Cheryle from Australia

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  28. Wow, such an amazing office makeover! You did an awseome job :) Btw, love the framed out pegboard used for hanging your tools - such a great idea.

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  29. Hi~
    I came across the link to this post via a post a while ago on House of Turquoise.
    You said... for the record this is what the room look like before.
    For the record... that is almost impossible! LOL
    You did a fantastic job. And it absolutely shows all the hard work that went into it.
    Donna

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  30. I found you via your Nook post from the OK peeps. Add the paint color you used here to your post ... Benjamin Moore's Waterfall ... It's fabulous! I had to go back a few posts to find it ... But I bet many would love to know what it is ... Blue is the 2010 Color!! Love your bloggy.

    =^..^=

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  31. I love your office!

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  32. How has your window painted mural held up over time? It is darling.

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  33. Just had an idea...and I'm not yet sure I like it myself....how about painting the window shade gold?

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  34. What a fun room! What if you painted the window shade with that great gold paint?

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  35. Harvi3:41 PM

    The gold frame is beautiful. Where did you buy the gold paint from?

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  36. MrsLimestone4:28 PM

    Thanks Harvi. The gold paint is from the hardware store. Nothing special - its sold everywhere. (sometimes its called radiator paint)

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  37. Charlottefonseca9:36 AM

    This image is simply spectacular ..........
    Congratulations for the good Work!
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    I will follow its work.

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