Monday, January 28, 2013

A little closer to finished...dream office update

After 2 weeks of working to create my dream office I am happy to say that I am 90% finished.  And...I could not be happier.  I finished assembling my Martha Stewart Craft furniture last week and finally got it organized and I am just waiting on one more piece of furniture and then....I am totally done.

Now of course it wouldn't be normal if I didn't make myself absolutely crazy in the process.  I have a knack for doing that to myself, but I'm glad that I did because my neurosis seems to have paid off :)   I had a vision in my head of exactly what I wanted this dream office to be and I clearly couldn't quit until I had it.

I have spent the last week shopping for the accessories and small details to make the space come together.  Here is the color scheme that I ended up going with...

Grey and white striped walls on 2 walls (which I shared a tutorial for HERE) and 2 solid grey walls at the opposite ends.

I kept my old office furniture which is a warm brownish grey can see the  bookcase and desk that are super messy while I was painting, but you get the picture.

And I went with these pieces from Martha's line in white...

In case you don't have a clue...this is a thread holder for the wall.

So now I had grey, white, and the brownish furniture so I kept it simple with my accent pieces and colors.  Well, mostly that is.  I went into TJMaxx one day and fell in love with this.

It is grey and white and they had two of them, but I decided to only take one that day to try it out.  Big mistake.  I went back for the other one the following day and it was gone.  I was crushed.    I decided to use this one at my desk and then went on the neurotic hunt for another chair for my new craft table.

That's when I found her....yes HER because she is so pretty.  It is a distressed light wood finish with tan upholstery, but it totally compliments the table and walls. is the same exact chair as the zebra I showed you with a different finish and fabric.   I like the mix and match thing.

So again (remember I said I make myself crazy), I only took one home thinking I wouldn't want two exact same chairs at my craft table and then after I re-thought that....guess what?  You guessed it, the other one was gone when I went back.  I never learn.

The accent colors I am adding to the room to warm it up a bit are navy and gold...not metallic gold, more of a goldenrod.   As I mentioned in my last post, I have always had a love of golden colors from early on and had a yellow room as a little girl.  Navy to me is just such a great color and it works so well with so many other colors. tie the two colors in a bit and add a little comfort, I made these two pillows for my new chairs.

Very simple, but just a touch of color and comfort too!

And what does this craft table I keep referring to look like you ask?   Well it's actually 2 of Martha's tables put together to allow me to not only have tons of space, but to have one side for sewing and one side for cutting.  I tend to take up a great deal of space when I'm working on a project.  Here are a few pictures....

It may be hard to tell in pictures, but it's HUGE and I adore that about it.   This side is for the sewing and I can fit both of my machines side by side at the table when I need to.

And the other side is for cutting as I mentioned earlier.  But...I had no seating as of a few days ago.  Remember my stupidity in never taking 2 chairs home.  Argh....silly me.   But, I found this the other day online at Home Decorators and I think it will be perfect.  

It's a warm grey rubbed wood with a cushion in a light greyish color.   I tend to prefer to stand when cutting even though my chiropractor husband gets mad, but it's easier for me.   So this bench can push right under the table or I can push it against the wall and add pillows so the kids can sit in my office with me to do crafts or homework. So excited to get it tomorrow!

It will go on the left side of the table.

Besides the yellow pillow, I found these great lamps and shades at Target that are perfect.  Truth be told, I actually bought the lamps before I even started painting.  Ha!  I loved the base with the glass stacked balls so much and then found the shades and was sold!  I have one of my desk and one on my craft table.   Other than these two lamps my office has high hat overhead lighting and I like to dim that and use the lamps.   It warms the room up so much.

On to the desk.  As I mentioned, I am keeping my bookcases and desk from years ago that I got at Ikea.  I love both of them and they work perfectly in the room space wise, so they stay.  

I added some fun navy chevron fabric under the glass on my desk and added some mercury glass accessories and I am very happy with it.  I also ordered this mousepad in this pattern but with blue cursive writing.  The big black one I have now is just not working for me.

The desk sits right in front of the window so it's very peaceful.   I also found the PERFECT folders at Target to compliment my color scheme and I just need a warm day so I can spray paint the file holder silver.

For the floor I had originally bought this rug super cheap.

While I love it, it was just too much in the room.  So I went on a hunt and found this warm shag.  My kids are obsessed with it.  They come in multiple times a day to lay on it because it is so cozy.   Hopefully it will stay

As for the other rug, it is now my inspiration to re-do my Master Bedroom.   

Here are the other pieces in the room starting with the Martha hutch.  It has sooo much storage space and I'm working on figuring out what I want in it versus in my closet.

I love the corkboard on the left side to hang pictures.
And there is a chalkboard on the other side which will soon have something on it too.

And the bookcases house fabric and the books.

On the top I added some great picture frames in gray and navy that I got at a local store.  I plan to add some additional paint to both of them.  

Here is what I am aiming for....I adore these, but didn't want to spend so much on them.

She is so incredibly talented, but out of my price range for my office re-do.

And here are a few panoramics of the finished product...or very close to finished.  Did I mention that I love it?

I need something fun for over the craft table, but I'm just not sure what yet.  

It is so my happy place now.   I'm working on a few more fun things to add and organizing the closet as well, but I'm so relieved that's it's almost done!!  I hope you enjoyed the "tour".

Poshed Up


  1. I love this! You're style is so cute and I'm going to take some inspiration for my daughters room redo that needs to take place very very soon! I love it! x

  2. I love how your desk faces out of the window. I love a great office with a window. :) Erin

  3. That's a dainty work space! I've no doubt you never have dull moments while working in there. In cases like this, it's perfectly justifiable to spend a lot on getting that perfect work office set up because the work you get to finish in it pays it all off!

    Hubert Cole @ Pear Workplace Solution