Home Office Makeover Update

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Today I’m sharing a home office makeover update, including a look at the progress I’ve made, how I altered my design plan, and what still needs to be done.

Well, friends, it’s been four months since I told you I was starting my home office makeover. I’m a tad embarrassed to admit that, but as you’ll see, I have made progress. My plans have also changed a bit, so I’m popping in today with this update.

Let’s start with the design plan.

Updated Home Office Design Plan:

If you want to look at the previous plan, you can find that HERE.

Recently, I acquired a new piece of artwork, and that led to changes in the accent colors.

Here’s a peek at the updated plan:

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SOURCE LINKS: If you’re looking for sources, I’ve add a full source list at the end of this post.

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I am repurposing/reusing several of the pieces in this space. The white “desk” was once my dining table. Before its current use for office storage, the sideboard functioned as an entertainment stand and then a sideboard. The bookcase also had a previous life in my former office.

Home Office Design: What’s Changed?

I got a new piece of artwork, It came from the uber-talented Linsday Letters. (You all know how much I love that woman and her work. I have another piece from her in my living room.) This latest piece is titled, “Resilience Abstract.” When Lindsay launched her new fall collection, this work immediately grabbed me. I needed to have it, even though I wasn’t 100% sure where it would end up.

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When it arrived and I unpacked it, I knew it had to go in my office. The green tones in the painting were almost the same as the color I had painted the walls. It was a match made in heaven.

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I was also excited about this change, because of that rusty orange color in the artwork. I realized it would be a better accent color than the yellow I had been leaning toward in my previous design plan.

After that, I found a new rug which I think is going to be fabulous. I also took advantage of a big West Elm sale this past weekend and purchased two chairs for the room. One is a desk chair, which looks like it’s going to be ultra-cozy. And, to bring in that rust-orange color, I also bought this stunning velvet club chair.

I’ve also changed my lighting plan. As much as I liked the fixture I had selected, I decided it was just a bit too expensive. Yes, I’m willing to pay more for a fixture that I LOVE, but this wasn’t the time.

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That lead me down the rabbit hole of searching for other options. Ultimately, I selected this beauty, which cost a quarter of what I would have paid for the other fixture. Besides the price, I liked that this new fixture is wider, making it feel more substantial in the space.

Finally, I found a pair of gold swing arm lamps at HomeGoods that I’ve placed on the sideboard. You know me and gold. (Yes, I’m still addicted to gold and brass.) I thought these lamps were a great fit in the space.

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Well, those are the changes. I’m super excited about the new design direction.

So now you may be wondering about the progress I’ve made. Let me show you.

Home Office Design: What’s Been Completed?

First, the painting is complete. That includes the walls, trim, and closet.

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I also installed new outlets and outlet covers. The old outlets were so loose they could barely hold a plug in them. The outlet covers were also showing their age.

Second, I changed the closet. As I mentioned, I wanted it to be more of an office closet than a bedroom closet so I added shelves to provide lots of storage for supplies and equipment.

(You can see what the closet looked like BEFORE here.)

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Making this change was the biggest hold up for me and the source of my procrastination. I didn’t have a table saw to cut the wood for the shelves or a vehicle large enough to haul the lumber I thought I’d need for the project.

After procrastinating a bit, I purchased a table saw. (I got this one and LOVE IT.) I also found wood at Lowe’s that would work. Even though I needed to trim the wood (with my new saw!), I was able to get the wood into my vehicle.

The process for “building” these shelves was basic, but if you are interested in some sort of tutorial, please let me know. I’d be happy to share what I did.

As you can see, the closet is looking much more organized these days. My goal isn’t to have an Instagram-worthy closet, but I do want to get things a bit more organized and pretty, so stay tuned for that.

In addition to the painting and building the shelves in the closet, I’ve hung a few things in the room, including my bulletin boards, artwork, and light fixture.

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Another project that took some time was organizing my magazine collection. Yes, I am a magazine junky. (We all have our vices.) I subscribe to so many magazines that I need an organizational system for them. I found a system that seems to be working, and I’ll be sure to share more about that, too.

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I also hung these much-needed blinds. They were an Amazon find, and I think they are great for the price. I love that they are cordless and can be cut to specific window sizes. There are even a few color options to match your decor.

Again, everything is sourced and linked at the end of this post.

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Although I’ve made progress in the office, there’s still more to do. The bookcase is kind of a mess. The walls need more decor. Plus, I’m waiting for furniture and rugs to arrive. (That could take months!)

Home Office Design: What’s next?

I’m in no rush, and fortunately, I have no “deadline” for completing this makeover. I’m going to continue taking my time with it and enjoy the process. It feels serendipitous that it all played out this way. I’m so happy to have found this beautiful artwork, and I’m overjoyed with the new color direction. It was meant to be.

For now, I’m taking my time, organizing, styling, and filling up my bulletin board with beautiful inspiration.

I also wanted to mention that I found this amazing vintage cabinet. (Some of you may remember when I shared it on my Instagram stories.) It’s unique on the outside but especially interesting on the inside.

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I had hung it where the new artwork now is but realized that wasn’t the spot for a cabinet. It’s a piece that’s designed to sit on a table, so it looks just a bit odd hanging on the wall. However, I may still try to hang it in here to see how it feels. I’m thinking that if I add a rod to the bottom and use it for holding ribbon spools, the cabinet might feel a bit more intentional. What do you think?

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That’s all I have for you today. I hope you enjoyed this update and are feeling as excited as I am about seeing this space come together.

Home Office Sources:

Wall Paint: Sherwin-Williams Kingston  SW 9677 Kingston (Emerald Designer Edition – Satin)
Trim Color: Sherwin-Williams Extra White SW 7006 (ProClassic Semi-Gloss)

Overhead Light: Maddox Black Farmhouse Pendant with Black Socket
Table Lamps: Ralph Lauren Swing Arm Lamps – HomeGoods

Desk: No Longer Available – Similar: Hubbardston Dining Table
Office Chair: Helvetica Leather Office Chair
Upholstered Chair: Isabella Chair in Rust
Bookcase: Archive Walnut Bookcase
Sideboard: Casement Black Large Sideboard
White File Cabinet: Poppin White Snow File Cabinet

Bulletin Boards: Quartet Cork Board 4 x 3
Artwork: Lindsay Letters Resilience Abstract

Sonos Speaker: Sonos Move
Computer Stand: Walnut iMac Stand
Magazine Holders: Bigso Graphite Stockholm Magazine Holder
Cordless Blinds: Cordless Woven Roman Shades in Eastfield Teak
Outlet Covers: Franklin Brass Classic Architecture Wall Plate
Rug: Wynter Auburn and Multicolor Area Rug

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  1. I love your progress on the home office! I’m a big fan of Lindsey too. What’s the source for the tree in the white pot? I had a similar one and the pot was broken in my recent move. ☹️ Thanks.

  2. I love how you let the artwork guide you! The chair reminds me of your green chairs (swoon)! I’ll bet you will enjoy your table saw purchase so you’re not held back from implementing your great ideas in the future 🙂 I’m sure you’re going to love walking into your new office every day <3

  3. Thank you for sharing your progress on the office to date. It looks great and what you did with the closet is masterful. You and your antique cabinets…I’m still lusting for the one you have with the glass front door. I’m always checking my emails from EstateSales.net hoping I can find one similar. This new one looks perfect atop the table but I agree with you that the addition of a rod to hold ribbon would make it look better suited for hanging. I always look forward to your posts.

  4. Hi Michael,
    I simply love your style. Love your design love your ‘voice’ in your blog.
    That is a beautiful cabinet. I love the base and like it sitting on top of something, I definitely wouldn’t remove the doors! The idea of the ribbons could be unusual and interesting as well as functional. Keep up the good work. You truly are inspirational.

  5. I was so excited about your antique cabinet because I love the shaker style doors, but when you opened the doors, it occurred to me that if you want to hang the piece, perhaps it would look less heavy if you removed and stored those beautiful doors?

  6. Hi Michael, I absolutely love your style. I have been searhing for natural blinds like those in your office. They look like they would work perfectly for me. My question is abut the color when they are rolled down. Some I notice have a reddish hue when the light streams through them and I definitely do not want that. Would you mind telling me if the color changes rolled down. Thanks so much for sharing all of your gorgeous spaces.

  7. Your office looks very fresh, a good place for inspiration. As much as I love Pinterest it will never replace the satisfaction of ripping ideas from pages of magazines! Lindsay’s art is beautiful and very affordable. Is there a formula for how big a piece of art can be for a room? I want a large piece of art behind a desk in a 9×10 office.
    Thanks for all the resources listed!

  8. The office looks great, and I really love that art piece! The funniest thing is that at first glance I thought the sideboard cabinet had albums in it. I don’t think I would have realized they were magazines if you hadn’t mentioned it or shown them up close! 🙂

  9. Thanks for sharing your process as it is fun seeing things evolve!
    And I love your “new” cabinet. I can envision a couple of your salt and pepper sets, from your expanding collection, taking up residence there. 😉

  10. Love your office!! Your attention to detail is always so inspiring. That cabinet you found is amazing and adding a rod on the bottom for ribbon is a fabulous idea!