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This spring I’ve decided to show you around a few rooms of my house post-by-post rather than doing a full Spring Home Tour. Last week I gave you a tour of my living room, so I thought it’d make sense to now take a look at the adjoining room, my home office. (As always, all of my home’s paint colors can be found here.)

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

Other than my guest bedroom (which I’ll be updating you on soon), this space has probably seen the most changes since last spring. In fact, it’s even changed a bit since my Holiday Home Tour.

Come on in and let me show you around.

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

First, this past winter, I decided to swap out the large wood island and stools for this white mid-century modern table and chairs. As I explained, the large island wasn’t serving my needs any longer. It also felt too heavy for the space.

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

Even though I stressed over making the switch, I can’t began to tell you how happy I am with the change. Not only does the room feel bigger and brighter, but I’ve come to use the table much more frequently. The natural light in this room is great for photography. And, as you will see later this week, it’s a beautiful space for shooting entertaining / party-style posts.

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

You may notice another big change. Yep, I have a different rug. In partnership with my BFFs at RugsUSA (and inspired by my dining room rug swap,) I decided to do the same in this space.

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

This is the Sierra Paddle Rug in Ivory from RugsUSA (7’6″ x 9’6″) and it has made a world of difference.

As much as I loved the pop of color from the previous rug, I had a few issues with it. First, the blue made the space feel darker instead of brighter. Also, as in the living room, I’m trying to limit the number of colors in each room. This new rug balances out the space nicely and brightens everything up. It’s also a bit larger than the previous rug, so the table and chairs don’t looked cramped on it.

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

Beyond that, the quality and style of this rug is wonderful. It’s a blend of 80% wool and 20% cotton. It’s comfy on the feet, and I’ve had no issues with shedding. I love the subtle pattern, too. It’s just enough to give it a bit of interest. Another successful change, if I do say so myself. I’m still amazed at how a rug can affect a room. (I should also note that this rug is currently 70% off. At just under $250, it’s a great price.)

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

I’ve also added a large arch floor lamp to hang above the table. I’d been trying to figure out a way to get a light above this table without drilling into the wall or ceiling, and this was the ideal solution. The best thing? I got this lamp for just over $80 including shipping. I picked it up at on Target.com. With two sales and 5% off with my red card, it was a steal.

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Also, for those that have asked, most (if not all) of the blinds in my home are from Select Blinds. While they are expensive (wait for the 35% off sale, plus buy 3 get 1 free), the quality is amazing. This particular color is no longer available. However, it’s very similar to Montego Umber. They are custom cut to fit my windows. I also opt for the privacy liner so that you can’t see through them. In my bedrooms, I add on the blackout liner which blocks the light really well and also helps to regulate the temperature.

 

 

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

I wanted to keep the light very dim, so I’m using a 7.5 watt bulb which is working out nicely. It’s just enough light in the evenings.

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

The only other change is the bench under the window next to the table. The bench might look familiar as it used to be in my kitchen. I’m not sure if this is where I’m going to keep it, but it works for now. Plus, the cats love this bench. From it, they can peek out the window at the birds.

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

In addition to all of that, a few accessories around the room have changed. I reorganized my bulletin board (which you can learn how to DIY here) and swapped out my art for a new Lindsay Letters print.

pink dresser

lindsey letters

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

My clipboards are still keeping my organizing. Well, keeping the illusion that I’m organized.

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

A couple new office organizers and an orchid for my entryway (complete with gnome) finish off the space.

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

Thanks to a beautiful new rug, this room is feeling refreshed for spring. Some plants and silver dollar eucalyptus (which I found for a great deal at this Etsy shop) also help it feel springified!

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

Spring Office | inspiredbycharm.com

And that’s a wrap, friends. I hope you enjoyed looking into another room and seeing my latest decorating tweaks.

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Comments

  • Robin at

    Just a quick question: did you use a rug pad under your new rug? I bought the same rug a while back and it seems a little thin. Your home is just beautiful!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Robin,

      Yes. I do. However, I mostly use the rug pad to keep it in place. (It’s not a thick pad which would make moving the chairs around more difficult.)

      I’ve actually been really loving rugs like this. It’s more of a dhurrie style rug which is flat woven. I think this style of rug works great for a dining room. However, you can certainly add a thicker carpet pad for more cushion.

      xo Michael

  • Diane Henkler at

    Love your style Michael and your use of color. What I must get for myself though is a white printer! Love that it blends in and doesn’t look like a big black box. I found the link to it. Thanks 🙂

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Diane! Yes, I love that white printer. Who says office accessories can’t be chic! I love that it’s wireless too! 🙂

      Have a fab week, friend.

      xo Michael

  • Kim at

    Is your big black calendar diy or a purchased item? What’s it made of? Love your entire office and mix of decor chosen – a fresh feel

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hey Kim! You can purchase the calendar via http://www.stendigcalendar.com – The 2016 version is sold out. I recommend ordering the 2017 as early as possible (late fall) as they sell out REALLY quickly. Hope that helps.

      xo Michael

  • Elle at

    I love the rug, the lamp, and the kitty bench! Your office is so inspiring!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much, Elle! It’s certainly coming together. Happy Spring.

      xo Michael

  • Karen at

    Its just perfect, so beautifully done. I love your style.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I appreciate it, Karen! Thanks.

      xo Michael

  • Gina at

    Love the rug and everything else! Those chairs are the exact ones I grew up with. Believe my parents got them in California in the ’60s. Mom & Dad still use 4 and my daughter has the other 2. She was just saying she’d love 2 more. I’ll share the link with her.

  • Julie Blanner at

    Word on the street today was that your office is amazing and it did not disappoint! The gnome! I love how fun, yet calm your office feels.

  • Kim R at

    Love all the changes! The rug is fabulous!!

  • Anya at

    Love how the office looks…I spied a cool iPad holder on your desk. Would love to know where you purchased. Thanks! 🙂

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It WAS from Restoration Hardware, but I don’t believe they sell them anymore. HOWEVER, I have a friend that uses one of their picture easels and they work just as well. Hope that helps.

      xo Michael

  • Caitlin at

    Good Morning!
    I am looking at this rug for our apartment’s living room. I love the ivory color but worried how it will hold up in a high traffic area. How does yours hold up? Should I go for the gray instead?
    Thank you so much!

  • Ivory at

    Love your work. Cool home office. Lovin it!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you!!

      xo Michael

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