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Before/After- Office

Welcome to Anything Pretty Headquarters.

It would look more realistic if HGTV was on the TV and a glass of red wine was on the desk.....but I trust you can use you imagination.

The original color in this room really wasn't bad but the trim was, of course. Also the crown molding was really puny and there was no overhead fixture which made the room very dim at night.


During:Adding another layer of crown and testing paint colors.


This room was originally designed to be a formal living room, but we knew would never use it for that. We are not that kind of people.

So we tried to make a home office that was functional but pretty enough to be by the front door. Eventually we will probably add french doors, but since the doors are an odd size that will be pricey.

I am toying with the idea of adding a rug, but I am not sure if it would make the space look too small. Also I am torn about how I feel about rugs on top of carpet. The color in this room is Sherwin Williams Ivoire. I also tried Blonde, but it was too yellow for what I was picturing.

I have tried yellows before, and I have to admit, this is the first time I got it right. On the paint chip it looked really cream and not bold enough for my tastes.  But on the wall it really reads yellow and turned out perfectly.  Who knew yellow could be so difficult?

Where We Got Stuff:

-Drapes-Target- around $20 a panel
-Ceiling fan-Home Depot- $40
-Art-our photos printed in black and white
-Furniture- Nebraska Furniture Mart (see a theme?)
4 comments on "Before/After- Office"
  1. I am just so wow'd by your home. I really like the paint color and am considering using something similar for my guest room. But which picture reflects it most accurately?

  2. I would say the first two....I had to turn on the flash for the last two to counteract the light coming in from the windows and it made the color look even more yellow. I am really happy with the color, I think yellows are so hard to get right because they look so different on the paint chip.

  3. Jenny - just found your blog and am so inspired by your transformations. In the office, love the layout of the room. Just curious ... where is the cord for the lamp on your desk?? Thanks, and keep those ideas flowing.

  4. This blog was recommended to me, and it's so inspirational as I am in the process of ***trying*** to transform our dated 80's home into something spectacular on a budget. I will be going back to look at this again and again. :D