How The Office Makeover Came About
If you read my last post, Office Closet Makeover, then you saw the terrible mess my closet was in before I decided to set myself straight. I knew I was going to have to face it sooner or later, and by later I mean 7 years after I moved into this house. Actually, it was quite easy to organize once I pulled out everything. I donated most of it. Would you believe our local charity center didn’t want my perfectly good 13-year-old printer? Once complete, my newly organized (and gorgeous) closet was humming to the tune of “Happy” by Pherrell Williams, but my office was looking sad and mismanaged. An immediate home office makeover intervention needed to take place.
The Old Wall Decor
My husband is a softy for anything sentimental. Honestly, he saves everything. Between me and you, there were things I had to toss without his
approval knowledge like the 100 cards he received from the kids in our neighborhood when he hurt his hand. Or, the last 10 years of catalog books from Cabelas, his favorite place to shop. Needless to say, he also likes to save photos. His office walls were covered with photos. He actually ran out of wall space and began using his window sill as additional surface placement. After a little heart-heart we selected the photos that he had to have and the rest were neatly stored in the basement for another day, another project.
Ready, Set, Action
The leather sofa, a piece from our last home, was way too big for this space. It prevented me from properly placing the desk and office chair the way they were intended. The wall color, which I originally loved 7 years ago, was now feeling dark and drab. The very first thing I did for this office makeover was repaint the walls in Balboa Mist by Benjamin Moore. Then, I donated the sofa and rearranged the furniture. These three changes alone made a HUGE difference.
The New Wall Decor
I kept things very simple and made sure to keep the office very much his space. I wanted everything here to reflect who he is and what he loves. This part is really important. Any designer can come in and transform a space, but it means so much more to the owner if the space has a personal connection. After all, Mike is the one who spends his time here, not me. A few wall frames, a couple of deer mounts (he’s a hunter), his degrees, a painting I painted for him and photos of our family made it back into the room.
Below is a collection that has heavy sentimental value to our family. I’ll be sharing about these pieces in my next post titled, Preserving Family History.
The extra-large painting to the right of his desk is one that I painted a while back. It has an “S” for “Smith” that’s barely visible in the center. I lightly “washed” the thick border of the painting with the wall color, Balboa Mist, to better match the room. The painting was too dark before. Basically, I mixed 2 parts paint to 1 part water and, using an old wash cloth, I “washed” the painting. It added a nice light layer of color that complimented the wall color.
I also bought new gray blackout drapery to compliment the paint color. They are from Pottery Barn and among my favorite drapery to place in clients’ homes. The price is fabulous for these soft and luxurious nubby-textured panels.
We donated our leather sofa and purchased this great little settee from Home Goods. I added a throw for color and warmth, a gray-blue linen pillow trimmed with a natural seagrass band for texture, and I placed a gray side table next to the settee. The faux cactus adds greenery, and I love how the pot is matte concrete with a shiny gold band. Take note of that great new Pottery Barn 5×8 rug (on sale now) in the room. I love how thick and lush it is.
Can we just talk about these cute little furry babies. If you’re new to my blog then let me introduce you to Remington and Whiskey. Remington is my 8-year-old female (to the left) and Whiskey is my 7-year-old male. Love them!
I touched a bit on keeping your decor authentic to who you are. What do you like? What are you hobbies? Do you have any collections you’d like to display, or any old historical family photos that tell a story about where you came from? We are a hunting family, so it only made sense to have antler mounts and binoculars somewhere in this room. The book titled, “Eat Like a Wild Man” was a gift given to my husband from his brother-in-law and it’s composed of some very funny recipes. Who knew you could (or would ever want to) cook up raccoon…oh, but wait, there’s a tasty recipe! Maybe next week’s blog post??? Just kidding! 😉
I hope that this post has you rethinking your own office space. If you missed my last post on reorganizing tips for you office closet then click here for redirect.
Until my next post, happy organizing!