September 21, 2012
House Tour: The Office
Welcome back to the tour of our current abode! We recently decided to try to sell our house, so I’ve been taking a trip down memory lane by revisiting each room in our current home. We’ve already toured the living room and our eat-in kitchen. Up next is the office, which is actually one of three bedrooms on the main floor.
When we bought the house back in 2009, this room was sporting bright blue paint on the walls, a damaged (in more ways than one) ceiling fan, and a fancy water stain on the ceiling. Very nice!
A quick repair to the roof fixed a leak leaving us able to patch the ceiling and repaint. Did I mention that every single ceiling in this house had to be painted before we could move in? Luckily, this was the only one with water damage, but the rest were just plain gross.
Today, this angle of the room room looks way better.
The “new” ceiling fan was originally in the master bedroom. We actually lived with the old fan (which didn’t even work) in this room until about a year ago when we decided to upgrade the lighting in our bedroom.
Our office serves a dual purpose. It is first and foremost an office, but it can also function as a guest room in a pinch thanks to a futon.
The futon is extremely comfortable. We should know since we spent our first two weeks in this house sleeping on it. Travis’ parents slept on our bed during the first couple of weeks in the new house. They graciously offered to move in for a few weeks and help us renovate. The very least we could do was make sure they had a decent place to sleep.
Above the futon is a frame collage that I absolutely adore.
Most of the art was either free (see source list below) or DIY. A few of the frames were depersonalized once we decided to try to list our house for sell. Below is a collage of some of the original art that was switched out. Please excuse the extremely poor photo quality as these were taken on my then phone a few years back.
The “art” shown above includes a favorite bible verse, a couple of our engagement pictures surrounding our last name’s initial, and our wedding vows via Wordle. Some other DIY art that made the cut and was able to stay in the room: a map of our current city and a DIY letter/number project.
The other side of the room contains all of the office functions.
This is the spot where I blog, pay bills, shop online and occasionally pick up some freelance work. I painted the wall behind the desk a cheery green. I once had an office with green walls, and I found it so energizing and refreshing that I decided to bring the concept home. The rest of the walls are painted a muted color, but there are pops of green throughout the room in the artwork and pillows to tie it all together.
The bookshelf was also depersonalized once we made the decision to list our house for sale, but I really like how it’s turned out. Pretty on the top and functional on the bottom. The box on the second shelf from the top holds our wedding mementos; you know, the sprig of crystals from my bouquet, extra invitations and programs, a candle that burned during our reception, etc. I would love to eventually stack another box on top to squeeze even more hidden storage into this shelf. The books on the top shelf are all from McKay. I don’t think any one of them cost more than $2 or $3, and several were less than $1. And, again, all the art is either free or DIY.
The only item hanging on my green wall is a DIY French memo board. (Sorry there’s no tutorial for this project, but there are tons online!) The ribbon is velvet which ties in to the black velvet design on the fabric. This is one of my DIY projects that I’m most proud of. It’s nothing too fancy, but everything came together beautifully. You may have noticed that this fabric was also carried over to the bottom of the drapery panels framing the window. Of course, this board was once full of personal mementos and photographs, but it has been depersonalized. I actually think I like it better this way!
In the interest of keeping it real, behold the interior of the office closet.
At one time, this closet housed all of Travis’ work clothes and was quite full. Now it merely holds extra paper and luggage along with a couple of other miscellaneous items.
I love this room. Every detail came together beautifully to create a pretty and functional room for our family. It will be important that our next house also have a functional (and pretty) office space, because I’m planning to pursue more freelance work opportunities in the near future.
Free Art Source List:
I’ve listed below a few of my favorite sources for free art. I’m always adding more to my Pinterest Board “Printables,” so be sure to follow me there for new free printable art and other printables.
- Feed Your Soul: the free art project, indiefixx.com/Feed_your_soul
- Vintage Printables, vintageprintable.com
- Rook No. 17, www.rookno17.com
- Sprik Space, sprikspace.com
Room Source List:
Desk: Walmart, Better Homes and Garden Autumn Lane Writing Desk
Book Shelf: Walmart, South Shore Gascony Collection
Side Table: IKEA, LACK
Futon: Walmart, Mainstays Mission Wood Arm Futon (This is similar to the futon we have)
Printer: Amazon, HP Photosmart 6510 All-In-One Printer
Frames for Collage: Michales,
Pillows: HomeGoods, Walmart, Hobby Lobby
Main Room Color: Khaki Shade by Sherwin Williams
Accent Wall: This was an oops can of paint. The brand is Valspar, but I couldn’t find any identifying markings to know what the paint color is. Sorry! It reminds me of a granny smith apple in person, if that helps at all.
We still have a lot more rooms on the tour of our current house. I hope you’ll join me as I continue showing you the home we have loved for the past three and a half years.
Update: A new page has been added that lists the entire house tour. To see the entire house tour, click here.