Well, this is it! After six weeks of planning, ordering, running around, set-backs, and a last minute flurry of activity, I’m finally revealing my French-inspired Home Office Makeover! This was my very first One Room Challenge, and I’m so thankful to Linda of Calling it Home for creating this event where designers and bloggers have a chance to design a room from start to finish. And I have to say – I’m hooked!
Because, though it was stressful at times, it’s also incredibly satisfying to be actually and completely done with decorating a room! Normally my rooms start off with a bang, and then I get busy and they get left in the dust, half-finished (I’m talking to you master bedroom!) Or, I run out of money, or I can’t find something to finish the room and I move on, or other house expenses/repairs take priority…. there are a dozen reasons why most of my house stands at a sort of half mast of decorating!
So to say I’m excited about how the office turned out is a bit of an understatement. I’m beyond thrilled with it, and I can’t wait to share it with you! So here we go…..
(A complete source list is included at the end of the post!)
Every time I walk by this room from the hallway or come in here to get something, I catch myself smiling. And working in here has been so nice! I am actually writing from this space right now, and it just feels so good to be in a space that reflects me. It’s not an afterthought, or a space that is utilized for several different purposes. For the first time, we really have a proper office!
Should we see where we started?
The biggest change was ripping out the old, falling apart beadboard and installing the new wainscoting. I absolutely love the character it adds to the room, and it definitely makes it feel more like an office space to me. We had that professionally spray painted white, and we also painted the upper walls a soft greige color. If you want more details on the wainscoting installation, you can find it in this post.
I’ve added the French chair and side table to the long wall as a place holder for now. Eventually, I’ll be getting more of an overstuffed chair for this area (possibly even one that pulls out to a twin sleeper as an extra bed for company). But this gives you an idea of what it would look like with something on that wall. Also, that is the wall that is waiting for the large architectural piece that is on backorder (more about that fiasco in this post). I will definitely update this when that arrives and is hung!
The one piece we kept from my daughter’s room is the vintage bookshelf. I love having something vintage in the room (especially since nearly everything else is new). It’s chippy look is perfect – and of course, having a place to do a little styling is always nice! 😉
I kept it pretty simple as I didn’t want it to look too busy. I’ve filled it with mostly vintage and antique items, along with some sentimental things to make it more personal.
I’m so happy with the Pottery Barn desks, and my husband loves them, too! They are huge, which is great. Though I did have to adjust my plan of having them in the middle of the room due to their size! And the Pier One chairs are working out – I can attest to their comfort as I’m sitting in one right now!
The photos that we took in France came out great, too and I love having mementos from a trip that was so special to us. And I’m super happy with the Target frames! (more about that find in this post).
The whole room just feels so peaceful and serene. And the fact that I finally get to work in an office that is pretty makes my heart so happy! My previous “offices” were split between the hot/cold garage, family room couch, or dining room table!
I should be a much better blogger from here, don’t you think?! 😉
Looking across the other way is the closet side of the room. I’m hoping to get something for that wall space next to the window. Possibly a small painting or a mirror, but I ran out of time. I didn’t want to hang something just to fill the space so I’m still looking for that.
The lantern is a favorite of mine – I have it in the family room as well!
I’ve tried to keep the desk pretty clean as well, with just a few necessary items and a couple of ‘pretties’ on top. I had to convince my husband that every single thing does not need to be kept on the desktop, haha!
The rest of our office supplies are all in the closet which is actually an ample amount of space. I’ve made my husband promise to keep this office neat, or I’ve threatened to throw him out! We’ll see if he can stick to it 😉
This is my view as I work now, with the window to my right. It is so nice to look at things that I love and that mean something to me. And of course, the hubby sits right across from me quite often as well so there’s that! 😉
If you’re just arriving with this post, you can catch up with all the previous weeks below:
I also want to thank all of you for following along with my home office makeover. I’ve gotten so many nice comments, emails, and DMs here and on Instagram and it’s been such fun to have all of you with me. The suggestions and support have meant so much!
Thank you again to the One Room Challenge for opening this up to all bloggers – it’s been such a wonderful experience for me! You can find the featured designers participating here, and to see all the other bloggers linking up go here.
Lastly, I want to give a huge thank you to my handy husband! He spent many hours installing the wainscoting, as well as helping me with all kinds of projects. From painting the walls, to hanging artwork, to carrying any and all heavy objects – I wouldn’t be able to do much of what I do without his help!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the transformation of this home office makeover. If you want to find any of the sources of the products I’ve used, I’ve linked them below. Also, where there isn’t the exact same item, I’ve found some similar items for you as well!
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Detailed Source List!
PAINT: Wainscoting is Benjamin Moore Cloud White | Walls are Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter (mixed at 50%)
FURNITURE: Desks | Chairs | Bookcase is vintage (similar here, here, and here) | French chair is thrifted (similar here, here, and here) | Table is from Arahaus (discontinued) but this one is an almost exact copy, and these are also similar here and here.
ARTWORK: personal photos in these frames
DESK ACCESSORIES: Lamps | Vase | Stapler | Silver tray is vintage (almost the exact same, and similar here and here) | magnifying glass, old (similar here and here) | small silver bowl is vintage (same one and similar) | silver frame (old) similar here and here | pencil cup is a vintage Hull planter (exact same one) | vintage ink bottle (similar here and here)
ITEMS IN BOOKCASE: stone statue (old, similar) | vintage trophies (similar here, here, and here) | birds are old (similar) | demijohn is a French antique (similar here, here and here) | Antique French confit pot (almost the exact same one) | antique basket (similar here, here, and here)
WINDOW TREATMENT: custom woven wood blinds