Final Reveal-How To Create A Home Office You Will Love

Hello, Darlings! Today is the final reveal of the finished home office renovation project.

With COVID restrictions and online education for children, working from home has become the norm. Many people will never go back to the traditional office work environment. Companies are realizing how productive people can be working out of their home.

Creating A Home Office You Will Love

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How To Create A Home Office You Will Love

Before COVID struck, I decided to update our home office for Dan to have as his own workspace after retirement. The old home office had dark stained wood trim with heavy ornate office furniture. It was not an environment that was peaceful and productive. So for years, it became a “catch-all” for things that did not have a place.

First Step To Creating An Home Office You Will Love- Clean Out The Clutter

Our first step in the home office renovation project was to clean out the clutter. We actually took everything out of the room. A blank slate is the best way to start. During the “cleaning phase” we were brutal in discarding books, papers, and other knick knacks that had no place in the home office. Other items that were office friendly were organized into pile.

Check out post Decluttering The Nest- How To Dispose Of Unwanted Stuff

Next, Create A Plan

This is the step that many people will neglect. But in creating a plan you address the problems, concerns, and needs of the room. Our issues included:

  • Too much open shelving-knick knacks and books made space cluttered
  • Not enough closed shelving for storage of office supplies
  • Need for file cabinet and filing drawers
  • Large L shaped workspace for computer, monitors, printer

Check out the BEFORE pictures in my post- Updating My Home Office Part 1

First Step- Start With Paint

Because our room was so dark, we decided to paint all the shelving. wooden shutters and molding white. This immediately brightened up the rooms. The white paint I chose was Decorator White. The walls were painted a greige color, Amazing Gray, that works will all decor.

Check out great paint color options in my post- Updating My Home Office Part 1

Before dark shelving and unused desk- After more shelving and removed desk to create additional storage space that will have doors.
Before dark shelving and unused desk- After more shelving and removed desk to create additional storage space that will have doors.

See the office transform from dark and depressing, to bright and airy. All it took was paint. I hired the same carpenter that built my library to add closed cabinet storage and filing cabinet to my wall of shelves. This created much-needed space for storage but also left less shelving for books and clutter.

Check out Home Office Renovation Update- Painting And Finished Cabinets for more pictures and information

Now- Time To Pull It All Together

I am NOT a decorator and do not like to decorate. This is where I called in Anna from Homzie Designs. Anna is my daughter and her company Homzie Designs is a virtual, online decorating service that will pick out the products you need for your space. She gives you the shopping links, installation instructions, and styling tips. All you have to do is click and wait for UPS to deliver.

Homzie Designs is an online interior decorating service that takes the hassle out of decorating, taking your space from “to-do” to ” done!”

The first pieces to come in were a floor rug and curtains from Pottery Barn

Talia Hand Loomed Wool Rug From Pottery Barn has both gray, gold, and black tones
Belgian Flax Linen Curtains In Flagstone from Pottery Barn
Belgian Flax Linen Lined Curtains in Flagstone from Pottery Barn

Picking Out A Desk

We really didn’t need a desk, we needed a workstation. Specifically, an L shaped workstation that allowed for an area for computers, monitors, printer, and a separate space for paperwork. Because of the size we needed, we could not find the exact workstation online so Anna created one for us.

We needed 2 of the Alex Drawer Unit/drop file from Ikea
Plan called for 4 ADILS legs in white from IKEA

Our workstation base is from IKEA and the butcher block top from Home Depot. We easily cut the butcher block top to size. Anna and I sanded and sealed the butcher block top so that it would not stain. This was a very simple weekend project. The top required multiple coats and each coat had to dry thoroughly before we sanded.

Butcher block countertops cut to size to use for workstation desk top
In our project we used 2 butcher block countertops cut to size to use for workstation desk top

Everyone Needs A Comfortable Office Chair

My husband had a specific chair he wanted. This chair was the same one he had in his office. Because we added a rug to warm up the office space, we needed to add a vinyl chair pad to protect the carpet from wear and tear, and also allow the chair to move freely.

Kimball Joya High Performance Tasker

Add Additional Seating In Your Office Workspace For Collaboration

Whether you are working together on a project or just visiting, it is nice to have a comfy chair for guests. The key is this chair needs to be non-intrusive and not take up a bunch of space. It also does not need to serve as a clutter catcher.

Serta Copenhagen Tufted Slipper Chair in grey is perfect for additional seating without taking up too much visual space
Serta Copenhagen Tufted Slipper Chair in grey is perfect for additional seating without taking up too much visual space

Styling Open Shelving For Home Office.

Beautifully styled shelving can create a calm and stylish work environment. I am not good a styling shelves. Check out this video of Anna from Homzie Designs as she gives tips on how to style a bookcase. (this is my bookcase)

Check out Homzie Designs Like it To Know It page for shoppable links for items to style your bookcase. You can get the app on your phone or shop straight from her page. Look for Bookcase Styling 101

Adding Art Work To Room

I wanted the home office to look complete and stylish. For art we chose pictures from our trips to Rome and Scotlands, framed them in simple black frames.

Framed vacation picture from Rome.  Look for architectural elements or landscape photo to frame for a calming effect
Framed vacation picture from Rome. Look for architectural elements or landscape photo to frame for a calming effect
Simple black frames with white mat highlights our vacation picture from Scotland
Simple black frames with white mat highlights our vacation picture from Scotland
Modern abstract canvas print from Art.com help bring color up into the room

Modern abstract canvas print from Art.com help bring the color up into the room

Final Finished Project- A Home Office That You Will Love

LOVE! The project turned out better than expected. Now the once catch all room is now a calm and productive at home office.

Welcome to the new updated home office
Welcome to the new updated home office
Office workstation creates by using IKEA drawers/legs and 2 butcher block countertops (cut to size) from Home Depot. An additional chair is perfect for collaborations or visitors
Office workstation creates by using IKEA drawers/legs and 2 butcher block countertops (cut to size) from Home Depot. An additional chair is perfect for collaborations or visitors.
The L shaped workstation gives plenty of space for computer, monitor, printer and work area.
The L shaped workstation gives plenty of space for computer, monitor, printer, and work area.
The Alex Drawer drop file unit from IKEA gives us plenty of storage
The Alex Drawer drop file unit from IKEA gives us plenty of storage
ADILS Table Legs from IKEA were very easy to install and keep workstation more open.
ADILS Table Legs from IKEA were very easy to install and keep workstation more open.
Floor/rug protector keeps chair from picking rug and allows easy of movement.
Floor/rug protector keeps chair from picking rug and allows easy of movement.
File cabinet for easy access to stored file
File cabinet for easy access to stored file
Style bookcase with file cabinet underneath
Style bookcase with file cabinet underneath
Styled bookcase keep clutter to a minimum.  Everything else is stored in the closed shelving
Styled bookcase keep clutter to a minimum. Everything else is stored in the closed shelving

About Nifty 50 Fabulous

Embracing and loving the life of an empty nester, I am a fashion and lifestyle blogger currently living in Birmingham, Al. I enjoy spending my time with friends and family including my sweet miniature schnauzers Gracie and Emma.

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