Home Office Reveal

Well it’s been a long time coming, but today I’m excited to finally share the results of my home office update! Though I haven’t shared much of my professional life on this blog, those of you who know me personally know that I work full-time overseeing the management of national drinking water standards. Not only do I have a career that I love in public health, I am also fortunate enough to be able to work from home a few days a week. Needless to say I spend alot of time in my home office. Which leads me to the topic of today’s post  – finally revealing my home office update!

Of course we can’t have an home office update without the before pictures…

I love the color green but after 12 years with these green walls I was ready for a change. The room faces north, and doesn’t get a lot of direct sunlight.  I really wanted to lighten up the space, reflecting a little bit of the British Colonial and tropical influence I love, while still keeping it modern and surrounding myself with some favorite travel memories. In this case, the bones were there (double french doors, mahogany desk, etc.), so minor updates such as painting the walls and updating the curtains, art, and accessories were all that were needed. Doesn’t sound like a major change, but what a difference!

While I absolutely love the chair we inherited from my husband’s grandmother, it wasn’t the most practical choice for an office chair. If you have a job like mine that requires hours in front of a computer everyday, you understand that comfort and proper back support are crucial! Since I also wanted to lighten up the space, switching out the antique wooden chair for one with a simple off-white fabric made sense. Now here’s the crazy thing – I stumbled upon a final clearance sale at a local furniture store and got TWO chairs for under $100! Are they cheap? Yes. Do I care? Nope…

I combined art and accessories I already owned with some great new pieces I found at inexpensive places like HomeGoods, Target, and Kirklands to add the final touches.

You may also remember the watercolor canvas below from my previous gallery wall post.  After living with it for awhile, I decided that it made the composition seem a bit top-heavy, so I switched it out with another framed print and hung this print above the top shelf of the desk hutch for some added dimension and color.

In its place I added a framed print of an aerial photo I took from our recent trip to Turks and Caicos.

Below is a look at the right-side corner as you enter the room. The bookshelf was already there, but I updated it with accessories that I already had around the house (including the painted turquoise wine bottle from this DIY project)  and this cute round mirror I found at Kirkland’s for only $17!

On the other side of the entrance is my reading corner. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite spots in the entire house!

You may recall that I added length to the curtains with this easy no-sew project. I loved the look of the curtains being hung so close to the ceiling, but against the white walls, I still felt like something was missing.  The bamboo shade provided another layer of texture and added to the tropical vibe I was looking for.

And this floor lamp from Target provided some much needed task lighting.

Art from past travels (watercolor prints from Aruba and masks from indigenous people of Costa Rica) personalize the space.

Rounding out the space are some great finds from HomeGoods – a cozy blanket, pillow, and Portuguese pottery.

A collection of Lake Michigan rocks gathered by my youngest son, Michael.

When it comes to decorating, a room is never truly done, right? There’s always a little tweaking that can be done here and there (I’m still thinking about adding a small ottoman or footrest to my reading chair). But that being said, I’m really happy with with how everything turned out in this space and am looking forward to many productive days here!

~ Monica




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