Tuesday, August 6, 2013

before and after: updated home office

The home office is neeeeearly done; just waiting on a floor lamp to be delivered and we'll be all set.  But I got impatient today, and, since it's overcast outside, decided it was a good time to take pictures of the room, since it gets backlit when it's sunny out and is consequently difficult to photograph.  When I bought the house, this room was being used as a child's bedroom:

And now here are some shots of the space!

(...and another one of those dorky panoramic shots with my iPhone)

So, what I'm waiting on is this Michael Graves lamp to be delivered from JCPenney, of all places, which will go next to the loveseat, in place of that brass lamp that's there now:

By the way, have you looked at JC Penney's furniture and home decor offerings as of late?  They have some incredible lines from Michael Graves, Jonathan Adler, Martha Stewart, and Terence Conran, to name just a few.  In my opinion, their prices are waaaay too high for the average JCPenney shopper, but this lamp was on sale for $110, and then they were offering 20% off of that, so I got it for a cool $88 with free shipping.  Not bad at all.  And I think I scooped up one of the last ones, since it's no longer on their site.  Score for me!

Now, some product info.  I wanted the office to be a space where I could really work - I have a work office and a home office, but when I'm at home, I often find myself working in my bed, at the dining room table - anywhere BUT the room I designated as my office, really, since my old office chair was uncomfortable and the space wasn't functional.  So I wanted a room I could go into and want to spend time in.  I not only wanted a nice office chair; I also wanted a cushy chair or loveseat I could lounge in to do some of my reading for work.  The room isn't huge, though, and so I had to find something 54" long or shorter.  And wouldn't you know it, I found this gray tufted loveseat on target.com for a cool $360 (+ 5% off and free shipping with my Target credit card) - and it's exactly 54" long.  Like it was meant for the room!

I was trying not to buy too much new stuff for the room if I didn't have to, so I recycled some pillows that I had used elsewhere in the house previously.  The blue pillows I made myself, and used to have them on my living room sofa; the leopard pillow is from West Elm, and the pink throw is old.  I plan to paint that little accordion table glossy black once I get my new lamp - can't believe I'm typing this, but I think there may be TOO much brass in that corner.  Again, the floor lamp I'm waiting on is going to replace that brass one you see standing above.  The white mirror is new, and from Home Goods.  I love that store.

The rug is beautiful, and from esalerugs.com.  I had originally purchased it for my master bedroom, but then felt that it was too small, and lucky for me, it fits in the office perfectly.  The gold pouf is old - used to be in my living room and is from the (now defunct?) Nate Berkus line on hsn.com.

The office chair is from overstock.com, and used to look like this:

Of course, knowing my penchant for brass, I spray painted the base, and I like how it turned out kind of matte goldy-brass.  I put a sheepskin on the chair because I thought the grey of the chair might clash with the similar-but-not-quite-the-same grey of the loveseat, so I wanted to distract from that a little.

I also bought this little footstool for $29.99 at Home Goods so that I had a place to rest my feet while I work.  Adorable: 

As I wrote in one of my previous posts, I got this little side cabinet on craigslist and just love how unique it is.  It's a cream lacquer, with lucite drawer handles and cool brass hardware on the doors.  Chinoiserie at its best!

And I think that's about it!   I was able to finish the office on the cheap - relatively - and love having such a nice room to work in.  I'll post an update once I get my JCPenney lamp!  

Last but not least: Kevin likes hanging out in here with me, too - the most important detail of all...!

1 comment:

  1. Love the cabinet. Love the rectangular mirror. Love the desk.

    oh wait.