Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Office Reveal



Oh my goodness, I am so so excited to share my incredibly inspiring and peaceful re-decorated workspace with you! It has quickly become my favorite room in our home. I used to work off of our dining table which is super uncomfortable and when we have company I used to have to uproot anything I was working on. This room was really used as storage and I used the mirrored closet to sit and get ready in the mornings. I still get ready in the office, but it is so much more than that now. Links to most items pictured are at the very bottom of this post.


This project all started with this chair. I fell in love with the color as it is very similar to the scheme I use here on the blog. When I was trying to decide on what the rest of the room should look like, I thought why not just follow through and have the entire room be inspired by the blog since it is where I would be writing it anyhow? It was settled. I went with a palette of aqua, gold, black and white. The next step when painting a room is Benjamin Moore paint! This is not a sponsored post. Benjamin Moore paint is just so amazing that I could shout it from the rooftops! It is definitely pricier than most paints, but completely worth it! Any color we have ever painted has only required one coat of Ben Paint (their base level of paint). Color swatches can definitely help you get close to what you are going for, but I cannot stress how important it is to test your colors on the wall and view them in all different types of lighting throughout the day. I literally changed my mind 10 times. I ended up going with "Iced Green" and I could not be happier with it. 


Paint is a funny thing. Anyone that has ever painted knows that it is the prep that takes the most time and that could not be truer for this project. I prepped and painted this entire room myself. Tony, of course, offered to help and even do it for me several times (he's the sweetest), but it was one of those projects I just needed to do myself. Our house was built in 1971 and the walls show it. I got the texture as smooth as I could using sand paper. I used ScotchBlue Platinum to edge the room for the first time and absolutely loved it. It has a little stretch to it which can help you keep your lines super clean. It took me about a week of a few hours here and there to finally finish it and I definitely don't have any desire to paint again for a while. I am so thrilled with the finished product and here it is...


This is my little get-ready area. It has tons of light and the gold mirror makes me feel extra glam. I thought about getting a vanity for this room but I have always gotten ready criss-cross-applesauce on the floor and I could not really picture it any other way. 


This is a top view of my desk. It is plenty of workspace for me and the drawers on the left are perfect for files and supplies. There is nothing better than fresh flowers in your workspace. I didn't realize how important it was to have such an inspiring workspace until after it was done, but even if it is a desk in the corner of your living room, make it a space you love!


We lack some storage in our home so adding a clothes rack to this space with all of my new blog pieces was a no brainer. That is Tony's diploma on the wall. As much as this is primarily my workspace, since he works outside of the home, it is still used by him quite a bit and displaying his diploma, was extremely important for us as a family. Next to it is a caricature that I had drawn for our first dating anniversary that depicts how we met. I'll have to tell that story in depth some other time. This storage piece is super easy to put together and it is the perfect height for an additional surface in the space. 


Here is another look at my desk and chair that I adore so much. The desk was a bit challenging to assemble, but totally worth it. Ikea has a really cool system for desks. You pick out the surface from a selection of different colors, materials and lengths and then you pick out the type of legs and color to go with. I chose a set of drawers for the left side of the desk in lieu of legs and it lined up perfectly. I could not be more thrilled with how it turned out. 


I am so thrilled and feel so blessed to have this space to work out of and look forward to continuing to be inspired. 

Quite a few of these items were purchased at HomeGoods, which you can't shop online, but I have linked some similar ones below. If the item is not the exact item pictured I have notated it using an asterisk (*).

Desk: Ikea | Drawer Pulls:Amorock | Chair: Campiglia | Throw: Boon* | Floating Shelves: Kiera Grace | Shelf Clock: Threshold | Polka Dot Vase: 3R Studios | Floor Lamp: Target | IPad Case: Roartz | Sheer Curtains: HLC.ME | Leaning Floor Mirror: Sandberg Furniture* | Makeup Rug: Nate Berkus | Makeup Brush Plate: Room Essentials* | Ceiling Lighting: Room Essentials | Clothing Rack: Songmics | Gold Heavy Duty Hangers: RDM | Printer Stand: Ikea |

I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!

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