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Office Mini-Makeover

3.18.2012

The office was one the first rooms we put lipstick on when we moved in.  And since that has now been a couple of years ago and I was not happy with all my original “get in and get something on the walls and use furniture we have from the old house decisions”, it was time for some changes. 

So let’s start with the Before Before.

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We painted (obviously), beefed up the crown molding and added an overhead light fixture.

The In-Between-

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Not bad, but as we lived with it, not exactly what I wanted either.  So with some minor changes, here is the new After.

New art, new chair, new drapes, new light and new accessories.  And unfortunately a new printer. While it does not go with the design aesthetic it is very functional and I decided to keep it real and not move it for the picture. That and it would have involved moving a lot of cords.  Nap time is not that long around here.

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I liked the vacation photos that we had printed in black and white before, but they looked puny where they were and we needed some variety.  So they moved to the wall behind the TV.

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All of the frames were reused and we just updated some of the pictures. 

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The bookshelves were streamlined by taking off all of the excess stuff and moving all the books forward.

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I love looking at stacks of books…it is the one thing that I dislike about my kindle…no more books to stack and remind you to re-read. Oh well.

The top of the bookshelves holds our Italy maps and wine corks…

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As well as a cute Halloween dragon and Made by Girl print…office makeover

I have already shared the drapes, but let’s look at them again shall we?

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And while we are doing that, you can see the new lamp and lack of ceiling fan.

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Most of all the accessories came from everyone’s favorite…Homegoods.  Including the lovely nail head trim chair and wood lacquer box.

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I wish I could add a rug in here, but between the funky diagonal spacing and the placement of the vents, everything looks ridiculous.  I have tried.

I have toyed with changing the paint color as it is the only space in our house with a warm tone and a peacock blue might be amazing.  But I also worry it would be too dark with all the black furniture.  Maybe when the basement is complete and I am itching to paint again, I will think about it.

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So what do you think of the cheap mini-makeover?

18 comments on "Office Mini-Makeover"
  1. The black and white makeover looks great. I like all your collection of books and maps too. We have a similar love of all things Italian...may have something to do with being married to one.

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  2. Love it! Where did you buy the drum light fixture?

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  3. Very pretty! I love your bold curtains, the print is amazing! Everything looks amazing love your taste

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  4. Blue, blue, blue, blue! I will help. I'm a mofo at taping.

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  5. It all looks amazing, Jenny! I am particularly fond of the beefed up crown molding...you just gave me an idea for our living room!

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  6. Looks so pretty! Love the new drapes, and the chair... with the nail head trim... LOVE!

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  7. Beautiful!! I love how you carried the black and white throughout the room and how open and inviting it looks - I would definitely love to work in a space like that! :)

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  8. This looks awesome! I love all the changes you made. The light fixture is fabulous and the drapes just make it.

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  9. I love it! The curtains are so fun and your bookcases make me want to jazz mine up a bit :)

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  10. Very pretty. The way those frames go all the way to the crown is really striking!

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  11. Really like the "after"! Especially the photos grouped together behind the television.

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  12. Love the lighter look! Can't wait to see it in person!

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  13. Nice job! I have to say that my favorite element has to be the picture wall behind the tv. The arrangement is gorgeous (as are the pics). I may have to borrow this idea for my own place ;)

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  14. Looks great! I recently hung two of those CB2 light fixtures in my craft room..I love them. I really like that lamp shade. And the photo placement behind the TV is great!! While I like the peacock blue color, I do think it would look odd with all the black furniture in that room.

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  15. I keep my corks too...looks great! I am now your newest follower...

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  16. painted teen daughters room Tiffany Blue - then black white and silver bedding/curtains/chrome lamps. Looks fab...think you'd like it too!

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  17. what is the paint color in the office?

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  18. what is this paint color? thx!

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