1/30/13

Office Update

Last week I showed you my embarrassing 'before' pictures (along with the much nicer 'after' pics too!) of my crafty workspace. Well, after getting my craft room all cleaned up, I set my sights on my husband's office. Back in September of 2011, you may remember that this was a major project in our home.
THE BEFORE

 Since my husband actually offices from home, our 'home office' can't just be a pretty room that we use for checking email and paying bills. It really has to be practical. The room was originally designed as a 'mother in law suite'. It is a nice big bedroom downstairs, with its own private bath. Both the girls used it as a nursery when they were little, which was wonderful because it meant I didn't have to run up and down the stairs in the middle of the night.

But as the girls got a bit bigger, we moved them both upstairs. And Jeff inherited the spacious room with the pretty hardwood floors.

THE PROGRESS
Want to know about that red couch?! Hint: always buy neutral furniture. And read this post here!

 
To give the room a new look, I painted curtains (see the tutorial here), hung them correctly (see tips/tricks for curtains here) and reorganized the entire space. We pulled in the shag rug to replace the colorful striped one. And created a gallery wall to showcase personal photos and the kids art work. All the details about the office make-over can be found here.


 But after a busy year or so, the room needed a little tweaking. Mostly just tidying up. And a new piece of furniture. Can you spot it?

THE NEWEST VERSION of "AFTER"

Yes! The new office chair! I am still really happy with the look of this space. But I felt the room needed a small change. A bit of cleaning, straightening, and a new chair. I think the leather looks more masculine and cleaner than the previous burgundy upholstered one. This new office chair is from Staples.com.
Chair from Staples.com
 One new chair can make a big difference!
 Which brings me to the point of this post. 
Affordable room updates can take many forms.
In my craft room, it was the Elfa organization center. In this room, it is a new leather chair. Furniture can be a great way to update a room!  Find a piece-- like a chair, dresser, or end table--and you will quickly find yourself with a brighter room. You don't necessarily have to spend a fortune (remember sweet Maisy's thrifted bed!) and it may take little patience, but eventually you can pull that room together!

What would you like to update in your home? 

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