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