The Office: Before | Inspired by Charm

From now on, the room that housed my gift shoppe will officially be referred to as my office. (I can’t tell you how good it feels to say that.) However, since it’s going to be more of an office / studio / living room, I’m trying to come up with a better name. Something corny like IBC Headquarters. Any suggestions? Either way, goodbye gift shoppe, hello new space.

The Office: Before | Inspired by Charm

As with any good transformation, I figured I would kick things off with some before photos. Now I’m just warning you, these aren’t going to be pretty. This is post closing sale / middle of packing up merchandise / dust on the floor / hot mess state.

I basically want to show you the space and give you a general idea of how it fits into my home. I’ll save my rough design plan and paint / color scheme for other posts.

The Office: Before | Inspired by Charm

This is the entrance to the space. I stood in the dining room to take this photo. The front door is to the right.

The Office: Before | Inspired by Charm

As we go into the space (the front door is now behind me), I have a little desk / cash register area. There is a weird wall and a lower ceiling in this space because the previous owner ran pipes and electrical wires through this area to install a bathroom above. Even though I would love to tear it down, it has to stay. There also used to be a bedroom to the left of the weird wall, but I opened up the space about five years ago to make room for the shoppe.

The Office: Before | Inspired by Charm

Farther in (the weird wall and cash register are to my left) is probably one of my favorite spaces in my house. Huge windows that bring in loads of natural light. I’m going to have some sort of workstation / island where that round table is. This will be my go-to work / craft spot. I’m hoping it will also work well for picture taking. Most of the walls are going to stay the same colors with the exception of the wall to my right and if I turn around …

The Office: Before | Inspired by Charm

… the fireplace wall which is currently a dark warm brown. (sorry for this terrible photo, I thought I had a better one of the back of the shop.) You’ll see there is a doorway on the left. This leads to the hallway. Through this door, on the right, are the stairs to the second floor. If you go through that same door way but farther down, you get to my kitchen. The traffic pattern for my downstairs is basically one big circle.

Directly behind me in the picture above is my chalkboard wall. Its fate is still undetermined. I’d like to keep it, but I don’t like that it makes the space so dark. I probably won’t decide on that until I get furniture and other pieces in the space. So for now, it stays.

The Office: Before | Inspired by Charm

This space is going to be the lounging portion of the office (chalkboard wall on the right). I’ve already looked into getting the fireplaces working again and I’m thinking about some sort of sectional against the wall with the window Again, more on that later.

The Office: Before | Inspired by Charm

Going back to where we started, this picture is looking into my dining room. The cash register and weird wall are to my right. The blanket / rug on the dining room table is a colorful souvenir I picked up in Las Vegas. I’ll tell you more on that later, too.

The Office: Before | Inspired by Charm

Last, but not least, is the chevron wall. Yes, it’s still there. That little nook will be turned back into a closet for lots of hidden supply and craft storage. It will probably also get painted.

As of today, all of the leftover merchandise is gone. I donated it to the local elementary school for their Christmas store for the kids. Several of the furniture pieces have also been removed, donated, or rearranged. I’m really hoping to start painting next week or the following one. After that, the fun can begin! Even with the little changes I’ve made since these photographs were taken, it already feels so much lighter and more inspiring.

I’m so excited to take you on this little designing adventure! What do you think of the space? Are you excited about the transformation?

Comments

  • Colleen at

    It makes me sad to see you must be closing your store. I’ve always enjoyed coming in and seeing what all you had and purchasing something special to bring back to Virginia. Alas, I guess you can’t keep it open for just me……canyou? hahaha Best of luck!

    And I’m sure you know you can get chalk board paint in colors other than black. πŸ˜‰

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I understand Colleen, it wasn’t an easy decision. Though, I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the shop.

      And yes – I do know about my chalkboard options. I’m just still so undecided. Eek! Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • Jamie at

    It’s sad to see these pictures of the shop, but I’m so excited to see what you are going to do with the spaces. You have some amazing details to work with in your house, like the large windows and beautiful fireplace mantel.

    I have to know….what are your plans for your checkout counter? I always thought it was such an amazing piece and worked so well for what you were using it for. It’s so versatile, too, since it’s on wheels. I loved the cabinet in the chalkboard room with the white wooden doors, too. And the cabinets with your jellies…..and the light over the check out counter….and…..(I basically love everything I’ve seen in your house!)

    Before long, your house is going to be totally a home and I’m so happy for you that you’ve been able to make such a success out of your life. I can’t wait to see what other amazing opportunities are in store for you! You are my inspiration!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks for understanding Jamie. It should be an exciting change.

      The checkout counter will remain in the space but have a different function / placement. It’s one of my favorite pieces too. I’ll be posting more about it this month. The jelly cabinets (all three of them) are currently residing in the attic. I couldn’t get rid of them in the sale, but not sure how or where I’ll use them.

      Thanks again. Stay tuned for more updates.

      xo Michael

  • April was in CT now CA at

    Can’t wait to see how it turns out! Although I will miss seeing pictures of your shop, it was always a place that would draw me right in if I was closer.

    Sort of on topic, do you have any idea where I can get some of the blue sparkly balls that were in a basket on the table? I neeeeeed those for my Christmas tree!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks April. Yes, I will miss the shop too. The transition is bittersweet, but I am super excited for what’s ahead.

      As far as those sparkly balls go, I’m not sure where you can get them at this point. I wish I still had them – I would have packed them up and shipped them too you.

      xo Michael

      • April was in CT now CA at

        Well, now this gives me something to be on the hunt for! Love the color and the sparkle and it’s just the color I wanted to add to my tree this year. You’re so sweet, I would have been in sparkly ball heaven if you had sent them <3

        • Cindy at

          I blue sparkly balls, they have them at the Kirklands stores in so cal! Hope you find them!

          • April was in CT now CA at

            Cindy, thanks for the tip! I’ll have to check Kirkland’s out!

  • Danielle at

    Did you change out your dining room chairs? You have a lot of work ahead – looking forward to the end result!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes. I used to have those faux cow hide chairs, but swapped them out for something lighter and smaller. Is that what you are referring too? I talked about it on the blog a few months ago, but can’t seem to find the post.

      xo Michael

      • Danielle at

        Yes – that answered my question – I missed that post.

  • Chris at

    I absolutely LOVE! the light fixture in the space between your dining room and former store. Where did you find it? πŸ™‚

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Chris – it was from Pottery Barn about 5 years ago. I don’t think they still carry it.

      xo Michael

      • Gabby O at

        I’m loving that light fixture too! Lighting just adds such ambiance and interest to a space πŸ™‚

  • Kate at

    For a name how about IBC Creations??? Because you are inspired by charm to make your creations! πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to see the final reveal! Can you tell I watch way to much HGTV? Haha!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hahaha. I won’ t hold it against you. I’m excited for the final reveal too!

      xo Michael

  • Laughing Abi at

    How about Inspired By Charm Command Center? Code name: IBCCC.

    You said corny, right?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Corny is good. Haha. Thank for the idea.

      xo Michael

  • janet at

    I would simply call your office “Charm Central”! Good luck!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Neat idea Janet! Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • girlfromwva at

    Love the space; can’t wait to see the transformation. I am so glad that you took all of the leftover merchandise and donated it to the local elementary school for their Christmas store for the kids! Great idea!

  • Connie at

    Can’t wait to see it finished Michael, it will look great ~ I am Inspired by the hanging light bulbs lighting ;o) ….oh and I like “IBC Living” :o)

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Me too! The space will probably never be ‘finished’ but close-enough works for me too! Haha. Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • Sara D. at

    My vote is for “Charm Central”. Cute idea! πŸ™‚ Also, keep the chevron wall! It will be a surprise backdrop for a closet.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I thought about that Sara. But I plan on storing all of my knick knacks in there, so their may just be too much going on. Decisions, decisions.

      xo Michael

  • debi at

    Michael, you have such a beautiful home, and with the addition of more personal living space, it’s going to be even more wonderful. I’m so excited to watch your transformation, I know it will be amazing!
    I also LOVE, love that light fixture hanging in your hallway. Hugs, Debi

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hey Debi! Thank you so much. What a wonderful compliment. I’m so excited to see this space come together too. And yes, I adore that fixture too. I’m so glad I scooped it up when I did. πŸ™‚

      xo Michael

  • Cindy at

    I love the overhead light that you have hanging. I would love to get something like this. Where did you purchase it?
    Thanks Cindy

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It was from Pottery Barn about five years ago. As far as I can tell, they no longer sell it. Such a bummer!

      xo Michael

  • Lori at

    Since you are clearly an Inspired man, how about your “Inspiration Room”?
    You probably know this already because it’s the kind of thing you’d know but… if you like the idea of a chalkboard wall but not the mess, Sherwin Williams (and maybe other companies) now makes a dry erase coating that can go over any paint color. It can blend seamlessly into any paint scheme.
    Good luck with your endeavors. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes – I totally agree. The chalk dust can be super messy. Especially now that this will be a little living space with a couch, pillows, etc – I don’t know if I want to throw chalk dust into the mix.

      xo Michael

  • Amy at

    Here’s my unsolicited two cents on the chalkboard wall: I love them. πŸ™‚ I can see where you’re coming from with it making the room seem darker though. So I think a collection of mirrors over the chalkboard would bounce a lot of light and it would’t seem too much like a black hole.

    I’m sure whatever you decide though, will be gorgeous!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Good call Amy. I’m sure sometime will hit me along the way guiding me as to whether I should keep it or move on. We shall see.

      xo Michael

  • cindy at

    I am trying to create an office space similar to the one you created. where can i find the tables with wheels?

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