This room is DONE! I am so happy with how my office turned out :)
Okay so technically I still need to hang the curtains, but other than that I have added all the finishing touches and I am calling it.
Since the office is also used as a storage room, a mud room, and a music room, I am glad it is done. It is a busy room in the house with lots of coming and going.
I needed another dresser downstairs so I used the armoire I was using for the computer. It also didn't have a good place in the office and made it feel a little cramped. It used to be where the fingerprint art is now. I got a new computer awhile ago and I figured out how to hide cords so I am happy so far with having it on the desk. I am a little OCD about having papers on the desk but luckily the drawers do a good job of hiding it.
Ever since I hollowed out that stump and made a modern stump planter, I have been obsessed with it. I found this lovely one on Joss and Main and snatched it right up.
I would love to have room in my house for an actual piano since my boys take lessons, but this keyboard will have to do. I use the reclaimed wood desk I made for the piano. I love the hairpin legs!
I really didn't make as drastic of changes as I could have. I loved the layout and how it functioned, I just wanted a new color and new feel. So I kept the reclaimed wood floating shelves I made (that have drawers!) and kept my dad's old desk. I even kept the white cabinets, although they got an overhaul.
I painted the walls white and painted the floors. I also put the old shoe bench in the basement (in my laundry room) and added a whole wall of shelves. Oh I have LOVED having a place for everything! One of the metal bins holds gloves, hats, and scarves. We've never had a place for winter things and they used to just stay on the floor by the heat vent for lack of a better spot.
The old apple crates are for their shoes. As much as I loved the look of the shoe bench, when you opened the door you about passed out from the smell. I decided I wanted something open that could let the shoes breath. It has been much better!
Of course I have plants all over. As my kids say "mom has a problem". And since I buy at least one new one a month I think they may be right. Not are they great to decorate with, they make good gifts too :) This birds nest fern has always been one of my favorites. It kind of looks like lasagna noodles. I tucked it in a Nate Berkus basket from Target.
I added a vintage rug as well. I really like it. Was it my first choice? No. Apparently I have expensive taste because all the vintage rugs I wanted were in the thousands. I shopped for MONTHS and months for one I could afford that I also liked. I got this one for about $280 on ebay.
I ended up painting a black boarder around the picture collage. I like it much better this way. I wish the coat hooks always looked this clean. I did the photo shoot while the older kids were at school and Shane was at work. Usually it is full of even more coats and a few more backpacks. Only in the summer does it resemble this most of the time. Speaking of summer, anyone else suffering from cabin fever? January is loooong....
I need to paint the inside of the office closet since it is still turquoise, but I have little motivation to do it since no one sees it but me and I would have to take out everything in the closet which is an insane amount of stuff. I would love to finish the attic to use it for storage and the access is in the roof of the closet. The long term goal is to add stairs which would make it so I wouldn't have a closet anymore. A small price to pay for a whole attic :) But for now, even if it is mismatched, it functions really well.
Here is what my office has looked like over the years.