Back to school time not only means getting organized for kids and teachers but for busy moms too. Tackling bus schedules, ballet rehearsals, play dates, swim classes, family functions, and work meeting require some serious organization and time management! What a better time to get an active working mom a new home office makeover.
For the past year, this front room off the entry had been a playroom for my client Andrea’s two daughters. After her husband Bob completed finishing the basement for the girls it was time to get Andrea that chic functional space she needed. This whirlwind office makeover took just three days!
Back when the house was built Andrea and I chose the base wall color of Sherwin Williams SW 7642 Pavestone. The rest of the house was painted in a lighter gray color and this light filled front room could handle a rich darker color. She wanted an accent wall with a strong graphic elements. We settled on a Moroccan quatrefoil pattern. I downloaded the shape from an internet printable and printed it at 350% to get my large scale that I needed. A smaller pattern would have been too busy. I went one shade up on the paint strip and chose Sherwin Williams SW 7641 Colonnade Gray for the quatrefoil. I used 2 poster boards and cut them like you would cut a paper heart assuring that both side were symmetrically even. I would start with the corner of the two accents walls and work out. I found the middle height of the wall and centered my first pattern there. I spaced 8 inched in between the painted quatrefoils. As I moved out I taped a lightweight level to the center of the pattern to assure that the pattern was perfectly even and staggered the neighboring line of quatrefoils halfway down. There was 24″ from center to center. I outlined the pattern in pencil and then used a smaller brush to cut in sharply and filled them in with a 4″ roller. I then touched up any uneven lines with the base paint. The walls were done. This took me one day to paint.
Time To Decorate
Now it was time to decorate. There was no formal dining room in the new house so her beautiful server buffet had no real space. We used it in the office to house all her books, work files, and office supplies. I found two tall silver and dark wood contemporary two light lamps from HomeGoods. I added framed artwork and tacked photos of the girls to the heart. She can change them out at anytime. A clean tray with decorative accessories also from HomeGoods round out the wall.
Using What You’ve Got
Andrea had the writing desk. It was meant to be placed against a wall but my intentions were to have it floating and while working be able to see the door and the pretty view out her front window. Plus it was better feng shui to see the door while you work. The back side of the desk was unfinished so It was an opportunity for me to do a simple DIY project adding color, pattern and interest. I measured the inside panel and cut a piece of foam core to its width and height. I simply wrapped the foam core with a fun patterned fabric form JoAnne’s. I attached the panel with double sided stick squares. It was that simple. I spent the day shopping for accessories for the long gallery wall behind Andre’s desk. Earlier in the month she found this fabulous concrete and brushed steel open bookcase at HomeGoods. I told her to buy it! I purchased, patterned organic storage boxes and files to hide all her papers and supplies. A large graphic blue egg vase with silver painted tip sticks, mercury glass votives and a frames picture of Andrea and Bob’s second date sits on the the top shelf.
A collection of wooden and metal office cork boards, clipboards, and bulletins are scatter in with initial letters, mirrors, shadow boxes, and family black and white photos. I played around with the arranging on the floor before putting any nails in the walls. I measured the height and width of the gallery grouping. I started with the middle piece and hung that first and worked out. Taking a photo of the arrangement is helpful before you start hanging.
Turquoise desk accessories, lucite initial letter A and supplies sit onto top of Andrea’s desk. A white and turquoise mini locker houses all her cords, modems, and phone caddies and keep the floor clean and uncluttered. All found at HomeGoods.
I felt like this three day makeover was a HGTV show reveal. Andrea almost cried when she saw her finished office. Now she can start to absorb the idea that her girls are going to school and her work space will be both pretty and functional. She later texted me “I just sit in there and stare. I can’t believe its mine!” Words to my ears.
Enjoy Andrea! xoxo Amie
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