Office Makeover

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Every year Matt and I decide to tackle some big project in our home. We do a lot of things ourselves but this project was out of our league. We wanted to add a wall between our office and formal living room. Yup, you read that right... ADD a wall! It's not often that adding a wall in your home improves it, but in our case it made a huge difference!

I worked with my friend, Michaela, who helped me with the design elements and I love the way it turned out! She was so knowledgeable and easy to work with. I highly recommend her! If you'd like to work with her she is offering my readers $25 off her consult package. Just mention my name. Take a look at the before and afters below:

As you can see there was no door prior to the remodel. I wanted to make sure we still had natural light coming in through the office window so I opted for a glass french door. It arrived primed and I painted it black and added the matte gold lever.

At first it didn't cross my mind to do anything other than slap up a textured wall like the rest of the ones in our house. Luckily it dawned on me that I should add some interest by using shiplap. And whew! so glad I did! The contractor installed it and I went back and painted it myself. I love the character it adds to the room but I purposely brought in other modern design elements to keep it from looking too "country" or full blown farmhouse.

Remember the Barbie house monstrosity?! Maybe not...I clearly don't try to advertise it haha. We moved the Barbie house up into the girls' bedroom and Matt put a ton of shelving inside the nook to make it a closet. The contractor framed it in and added  the sliding barn door.

In order to give the barn door a bit more of a modern feel I went with a shaker style door (instead of the typical X style) and added the track to it with a modern handle. Can I get a hallelujah for how much better this space looks?!

If you turn around to exit the room you'll see the magnetic chalkboard Matt made for this space. Instead of cluttering my refrigerator with all my kids' *darling* art I tack it up in here. They still feel special with their masterpieces on display but it's in a more conspicuous location. Win-win!

Sources are listed below... let me know if I missed something you're interested in!

Matte Gold Door Lever: by Emtek, purchased at Amazon
Braided Rug: Pottery Barn Outlet
White Kids Table: Ikea
Toy Storage Unit: Target
Seagrass Storage Baskets: Amazon
Seaglass Blue Lamp: Crate and Barrel
Artwork: Minted
Letter Board: Letterfolk
White Craft Storage Drawers: Ikea
Metallic Plant Basket: Target (old)
Black Desk: Ballard Design (old)
Matte Black curtain rod: Amazon Basics
Pinstriped Curtains: Pottery Barn
Gold Floor Task Lamp: Target (old)
Magnetic Chalk Board: DIY
Barn Door Handle: Amazon
Light Fixture: Shades of Light
Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig: Ikea
Large Basket: Yard Sale Find
Desk Chairs: Target (old)
Ask Dad Sign: Hobby Lobby
Black Picture Frames: Magnolia Market
Floor Pouf: Target
The paint on my walls is called "Simply White" by Benjamin Moore. Ace Hardware carries it. I hope you enjoyed the tour! Stay tuned for the formal living room!

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