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.
We painted (obviously), beefed up the crown molding and added an overhead light fixture.
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.
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.
All of the frames were reused and we just updated some of the pictures.
The bookshelves were streamlined by taking off all of the excess stuff and moving all the books forward.
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…
I have already shared the drapes, but let’s look at them again shall we?
And while we are doing that, you can see the new lamp and lack of ceiling fan.
Most of all the accessories came from everyone’s favorite…Homegoods. Including the lovely nail head trim chair and wood lacquer box.
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.
So what do you think of the cheap mini-makeover?