Steph’s Office Overhaul

Rich’s office isn’t the only one that’s gotten a makeover recently.  I’ve got myself a fancy new job (the cause of some of my recent gaps in posting) that will require me to do a little work at home occasionally, so I decided it was high time I got my office into shape as well.  I actually bought paint for this room way back in December, when we stocked up with supplies for the snowstorm.  But we never got beyond painting our bedroom at that time, and the paint was just sitting around waiting to be cracked open.

Finally one Sunday, when Rich was off rehearsing with his band, I decided I would take charge and paint the room myself.  After all, it was a small room, and I could throw a movie on the laptop to entertain myself while I painted.  Well, I chose Gone with the Wind, and good thing I did because no other movie would have lasted the four-plus hours I spent turning my office from boring white to Martha Stewart’s Tidewater blue.

There’s no photos of the painting process, since I was working alone, but here’s a glimpse of things right after I finished up.

After I finished painting, things hit a standstill while I embarked on a rug hunt.  I wanted a fun rug in this space, but didn’t want to totally blow my budget either.  After a few days of emailing and IMing links back and forth with my friend Claire, one of my top decor consultants, I decided on this 5’x8′ floral print rug from Overstock.

After clicking the “order” button, I anxiously waited for it to show up so I could see it in the room.  And although the color on the website was definitely not accurately represented, I adore the way it looks in the room.  Fun and girly and whimsical, just how I want my office to be.

One of my favorite things about this rug is the difference in pile from color to color.  The darker beige has an almost jute texture to it.

With the rug in place, the only other big item I was searching for was curtains.  When we went out searching for fabric to make curtains for Rich’s office, I was also looking for some for my own office.  I even snagged this sample of a striped fabric that I thought would be perfect color wise, but even at 12.50 a yard on sale, I couldn’t pull the trigger.

After we purchased Rich’s fabric, we headed to JCPenney to check out curtains rods.  And there I manged to find these sheers, a pretty close approximation to the fabric I fell in love with at Joann’s.  And on sale for 50% to boot!

Here’s a side by side of the two fabrics, other than the difference in opacity they could be twins.  Or at least siblings or cousins.

Here they are hanging in their new home.

Even though things are looking great in there so far, there’s still a few tweaks I have in mind.  I need to recover the seat of my desk chair and slipcover a pink armchair that lives in the corner diagonal from the window.  I also need to hunt down some artwork and accesories to dress up the place.  But for now, it’s a great place for me to hang out and get some work done.
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3 Responses to Steph’s Office Overhaul

  1. Erin says:

    Gorgeous! I actually like the JCP curtains you ended up with better than the first fabric. It all came together beautifully!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I love it! I love it. That blue is so nice and the curtains and rug are great finds!

    I’ve been eyeing this magnetic bulletin board on container store for like a year. Now its on sale, I think I should pull the trigger! And I bet it would look good in your office!

  3. Claire says:

    Love seeing it all together! It’s gorgeous and so so YOU! I think I use too many exclamation points in blog comments!

    (had to sneak that last one in there)

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