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14 Amazing Office Makeovers

14 Amazing Office Makeovers

Trend: 14 Amazing Office Makeovers

School is right around the corner and it might be time to makeover that old office. If you don’t already have an office, maybe you need to make space for one? Below you’ll find 14 inspiring office spaces from around the blog world. Some are complete room makeovers, and the others are office spaces for small spaces (that would be my category).


Amazing home office room makeovers:

1) This home office makeover is so amazing! I love how it turned out, from Centsational Girl.

This home office makeover is so amazing! I love how it turned out, from Centsational Girl.

2) I love everything about this office makeover, on Oh, I Design.

I love everything about this office makeover, on Oh, I Design.

3) The change in the paint color really made a difference in this makeover, from Style Girlfriend.

The change in the paint color really made a difference in this makeover, from Style Girlfriend.

4) A catchall room was turned into the perfect office, on Design Sponge.

This catchall room was turned into the perfect office, on Design Sponge.

This catchall room was turned into the perfect office, on Design Sponge.

5) A colorful makeover turned this office into a beautiful and inspiring space, from The Crafted Life.

This colorful makeover turned this office into a beautiful and inspiring space, from The Crafted Life.

6) This room really needed some love and storage, from Better Homes and Gardens.

This room really needed some love and storage, from Better Homes and Gardens.

7) A total office makeover might be what you need. This one is pretty darn amazing, from Curbly.

This total office makeover is pretty darn amazing, from Curbly.


Are you lacking space to actually put an office? Check out these small space office makeovers:

8) I love the idea of turning a tiny closet into the perfect mini office, from Sew Dang Cute Crafts.

This tiny closet is the perfect mini office, from Sew Dang Cute Crafts.

9) Give a gloomy computer armoire a makeover and you’ll have a little contained office, from Centsational Girl.

Makeover a computer armoire and you have a little contained office, from Centsational Girl.

Makeover a computer armoire and you have a little contained office, from Centsational Girl.

10) Another amazing closet turned beautiful tiny office. I love that they kept the door on this closet office, from Design Sponge.

Another amazing closet turned tiny office, from Design Sponge.

11) All you need to create this small office space: a bookcase, two table legs, and a tabletop, from At The Picket Fence.

All you need to create this small office space: a bookcase, two table legs, and a tabletop, from At The Picket Fence.

All you need to create this small office space: a bookcase, two table legs, and a tabletop, from At The Picket Fence.

12) If you’re really short on space, this wall mounted desk could be for you, from A Beautiful Mess.

If you're really short on space, this wall mounted desk could be for you, from A Beautiful Mess.

13) This might just look like a wall mirror, but it will fold down and turn into the perfect desk, from Home Story.

This wall mirror will fold down and turn into the perfect desk, from Home Story.

This wall mirror will fold down and turn into the perfect desk, from Home Story.

14) I’m really inspired by this small closet space turned office, it has seating! Found on Remodelaholic.

I'm really inspired by this small closet space turned office, it has seating! Found on Remodelaholic

I hope you are very inspired by all the offices I shared. Have a wonderful Thursday!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. the images in the first photo are from: Home Story, Centsational Girl, and The Crafted Life.


Building a Dream House: Studio Inspiration

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Something exciting is happening in the basement of the Dream House! We have a friend who is a construction genius, and he’s been finishing our basement for us over the past few months! We’re currently in the drywall stage, and when we’re done taping, texturing, and painting the walls, we’ll leave most of the rooms alone for a while–except for my studio! I wasn’t planning on having my studio finished for a long time. I wasn’t even really planning on having it finished this year; I was resigned to working out of a somewhat dusty room with a few spiderwebs here and there and a space heater for the cold, Winter months. But it looks like I’ll have my very own creative space by Spring, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. In our old house, my office consisted of our old kitchen table shoved into the corner of our computer room. I outgrew that corner really quickly and started doing projects on our dining room table, which made it hard to use the table for eating or entertaining. I’m so excited at the prospect of having my own space where I can leave works-in-progress out on the counter without having to worry about buttons being swallowed by babies or little hands touching wet paint, where I can actually set up photo shoots and store props (like my enormous collection of cake plates) without being in anyone’s way. I was stumped for a while about which direction I wanted to go in with the decor and layout, but here’s where I’m at right now:

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  • When your room is a blank canvas, it’s really hard to get started. I love looking at pictures online of creative spaces, but nothing jumped out as exactly what I wanted. I’m great at following specific directions, but I’m not always good at winging it or coming up with new home decor ideas on my own. When I saw this beautiful hardware at Anthropologie last month, it gave me a great starting point. Now I have a clear vision and can run with it! (Shelf brackets, knobs, and hooks from Anthropologie)
  • I have a little wall in my studio that is sort of awkward. It’s basically a little pop-out that’s a few feet wide and goes floor to ceiling. Since the wall is at two different depths, I didn’t want to push a table or desk against it because I thought that would look weird. So I’m going to make it my gallery wall! I’ve had my eye on this print by Yao Cheng on Minted for months, and I think it’ll go so well with everything else in the studio. (Yao Cheng print from Minted)
  • That fiddle leaf fig I said I was looking for in my last post? Well, I found it last week! It’s quite at home in a basket in our entryway, but now I’m a bit obsessed with them and want to buy another to go in my studio. (Fig photo via houzz.com)
  • When you’re building a custom home, the number of decisions you have to make is just staggering. Seriously, you have to choose e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. Where the light switches go and how they’ll work; how many power outlets in each room and where; what kinds of light fixtures here, there, and everywhere. And because you haven’t lived in the house yet, you’re really just guessing. When we were deciding on lighting in the basement, which was sooooo long ago, I really didn’t want to think too much about it, so I said, “Let’s just put in a bunch of can lights.” And that’s what we did. And the studio is plenty bright, but now all I have is can lighting instead of a cute ceiling-mounted fixture or sconces or anything decorative. Luckily, Schoolhouse Electric makes these darling little tabletop lamps, so I’ll have at least one cute light in my room. (ion C series light from Schoolhouse Electric)
  • I’m all for really utilitarian office chairs on wheels, but I’d rather have this cute little white desk chair. After spotting it at World Market in January, I’ve seen it all over the internet. I’d better hurry and buy mine before their gone! I have a habit of procrastinating until it’s too late! (chair from World Market)
  • I had some really cute floor tile all picked out for the studio for months. It was basically the only thing I knew I wanted in the room. And then our contractor friend asked me how much it was so he include it on his bid, and I bothered (for the first) time to check the price. And it was ridiculously expensive! Instead of cute (insanely pricey) floor tile, we’re going with a vinyl flooring that looks like wood. It’s the same thing we put in our mudroom and the kids’ bathrooms. It looks nice and is a breeze to clean. And now I get to cover it up with a darling rug, and I’m in love with this one. I think a great rug ties a whole room together, and this one couldn’t be better for my studio. (rug from Overstock.com)

I can’t wait to have this room finished, to get to create in it, and to show it to you!

 


Get the look: organized and stylish home offices

As a freelance designer, I’ve worked from home for nearly my entire career, which is stacking up to be over ten years. I won’t lie – it’s taken me a long time to get in my groove of working in the same space we live in while still being productive and not just taking over the dining room table or, erm, the sofa(although it’s tempting). There was one year at Christmas when the entire living room, dining room, and kitchen were consumed with all the holiday orders I was shipping out for my shop and I thought we were all going to go bonkers. By the time January rolled around, my husband and I agreed: the office had to have its own space.

I’ve finally carved out the perfect office space that meets all my needs – clean, colorful, plenty of light, and away from the main part of our living space. In our house, this is our upstairs bonus room. I’ve combined a play space for my son with a work space for me so we can be together (when he’s not in school) because I didn’t want to feel completely isolated and I wanted him to also feel like he was a part of it.  We’re over a year into this particular arrangement,  and it’s worked out beautifully. I’m able to stay focused on the work that needs to be accomplished, but I’m also able to include my child and still keep some sense of order in the other primary living spaces of the house.

When I was imagining how this space would turn out, I turned to my favorite place for inspiration: Pinterest!  And I realized from the overall collection that I needed a room that was grounded in white (white walls, white furniture) but with pops of color. I know myself – I get bored quickly and need to change things up. So by adding color through accessories, it’s a low-risk and low-cost way to try out a new look. I also needed a big huge desk space so I could spread out with my computer and a sketchbook. Bookshelves and drawer units were also a must.  And to be honest, Ikea was the perfect place to find some key pieces that fit the budget, overall look, and function that I needed.

If you’re creating your home office, think about what your specific needs will be. Do you need to store inventory, or books, or maybe lots of files? Will technology such as computers and printers need to be handy? What’s the mood you want to set for the space: calm and serene or energetic and inspiring?  Look for cute storage bins and boxes and even unconventional items such as coffee mugs to hold things like pens and pencils.

Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t come all together immediately; it takes time to create a system that works for you and your family. In the meantime, get some inspiration from some of my current faves –

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Organize This: Back To School Teen Study Space

Trend:  Romantic Grunge

It is time to start thinking school-like thoughts again and romantic grunge is popping up everywhere!  Florals, plaids and whimsey prints paired with dark neutrals, worn leather and edgy elements create this fresh back to school look.

With school days lingering in the near future, it is time to design an organized study space to set your teen up for success!  Here are a few simple tips to putting together a dedicated work zone that will keep your teen organized throughout the entire school year.

 

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Consider using a desk that offers enough surface space to double as a vanity for hair and makeup in the morning, and study sessions in the evening.  Add storage that will accommodate both functions separately; such as a cart of drawers below for beauty supplies and drawers and organizers above for office accessories.

 

 

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Let’s face it, teens don’t always do homework at their desk (sometimes the bed or couch is more appealing), so keep favorite writing supplies and homework tools within portable zippered pouches.  This keeps small items corralled within a backpack at school and ensures your child is ready to do homework no matter where they land.

 

 

When it comes to organizing supplies at the desk, shop the home everyday items that can double as free storage.  The kitchen is typically a jackpot of storage solutions, everything from leftover food packaging to muffin tins and mugs can be utilized to corral paperclips, stamps, erasers and pushpins.

 

 

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Place a memo board nearby to offer your teen a place to pin up important notes, photographs and homework.  The visual reminder will ensure that important details, dates and papers are not missed during busy mornings and sports seasons.

 

 

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Add decorative hooks near the workspace to hang backpacks, handbags, hats, umbrellas and lunch totes.  Keeping all school related items near the desk will create efficiency during study time and in the morning when heading off to class.

 

 

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A simple wall pocket is another workspace storage solution that will ease the daily school routine.  Fill the pockets with the items your child uses on a daily basis, such as jewelry, lotions, journals, lip balm, etc…  By keeping favorite daily necessities corralled in a single location it reduces the risk of rummaging through drawers and slowing one down.

 

Additional quick tips:

  • Assign each class subject a specific color to use for organizing folders/notebooks.
  • Find a good wall calendar or portable planner to keep track of important dates and deadlines for tests and extra curricular activities.
  • Invest in a good task lamp to take care of the eyes during late night study sessions.
  • A good set of headphones works great in reducing noisy distractions.
  • With technology being front and center in our daily lives, take advantage of the different organizational applications available on the market.
  • Attach a USB drive to a keyring or clip it to a backpack to ensure that important data being transferred from school to home is never misplaced.

 

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My Home to Yours: A Hip Holiday Office

TREND: Bold Color

Over the past few months, I’ve been renovating the space in my home that I now use as my office. Even though the transformation is not quite complete, I’m making the transition from office to holiday office. As I put the finishing touches on styling this space, it’s been fun to inject a little added color and sparkle to mark the holiday season.

Today, I thought I’d share my space with you and show you some products for creating a hip holiday office in your own home. As you can see, I painted the walls subdued shades for a neutral backdrop that comes alive with colorful accessories.

The neutral-colored walls along with white curtains, bookcases, and desks allow the accessories to be the stars of the room. I like this because, depending on the season or project, I can have fun playing and experimenting with a variety of colors. Being a creative type, I’m constantly moving pieces around. A neutral background gives me lots of flexibiltiy.

As you can tell by my Christmas tree, I’m not afraid of color.

So as I mentioned above, I thought I’d share a few pieces for creating a hip holiday office. If you like this look, let your creativity fly and try incorporating a few of these pieces.

 

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As always, Happy Decorating! And Happy Holidays, too!

Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm


Organize With This: Acrylic!

Trend:  Acrylic Organizers!

Acrylic organizers are some of my favorite for many different tasks and for many different reasons.  They can be used in endless ways and come in a large variety of options.  Here are some of my favorites!

 

Acrylic drawer organizers do their job of keeping items separate and simple to find, but they also keep drawers looking down right chic and pretty!  I love going the extra mile and adding some pretty liner in the drawer and have it show through the acrylic dividers as well.

 

Acrylic drawer dividers come in endless shapes and sizes, and many even stack to offer up extra storage.  They can be used for anything from office drawers to jewelry sorters and when you don’t need them anymore in one space, they can easily be adapted into another.

 

Where I really love to see acrylic organizers being played with, is at the desk!

 

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Acrylic gives desk spaces both a sophisticated yet playful vibe.  You can find organizers that work for corralling business cards, desk accessories and even stacks of papers, folders and mail.

 

 

Another show stopper is the acrylic tray.  It is so gorgeous and versatile, that you see them being lined with cloth and used as jewelry holders….

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Or for corralling accessories on top of a sideboard cabinet, a dresser, coffee table, and yet again, at the workspace.

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Acrylic organizers are really wonderful for organizing beauty products, since there are some of us who may like to have a few options on hand, the clear organizers help find everything quick and easy when dolling up.

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Or even for those looking to take their makeup goodies on the go!

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The portable caddy would also look incredible center of the table with some cutlery, or on a desk with pens, pencils and a pad a paper.  I personally love it for corralling my manicure items.

 

Hosting a party or just love having a bar setup in your abode?  An acrylic bar cart boasts organization for the supplies and bottles, and looks super glam besides!

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Although I am a fan of keeping the acrylic on display, it also functions big in tucked away places.  Smaller acrylic shelves can be added to medicine cabinets to create extra storage space for little things.

 

Smaller containers are wonderful for desk accessories, or in the bathroom for itty bitties such as cotton swabs and brush holders.

 

Acrylic drawer options that stack are ideal storage for under the sink as you can see the contents and save space at the same time.

 

Acrylic is an organizational win all around for many reasons.  It is versatile enough to be used in many ways, in almost any space.  It is glam, chic, sophisticated, lovely and can be dressed up or down.  It goes with everything, is durable, simple to clean and typically is quite sturdy for even the toughest organizing jobs.  One of the reasons I crush on it the most is because you can always see the contents of what you are storing, which means less rummaging and sifting for objects you are looking for.

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