Home Office Reveal–FINALLY!


I feel like this was the longest before and after ever!  The problem wasn’t getting it done.  The problem was getting Prince Charming to tidy it up enough so that I could photograph it!  He is a clutter bug.  He’ll never admit it, but he is.  He leaves piles everywhere.  Just piles of paper or business cards or mail.

All. Over. The. House.

I was hoping that this office would force him to be more organized, but so far things haven’t changed.

But I love him anyway. (I don’t love the piles!)  At least the piles have a prettier space!

Just to jog your memory, here is the before (from the previous owners):


Here is when we first moved in:


This is the inspiration behind the room and the design scheme:


We decided to have book cases built in along the entire side wall.  This would allow for storage of all my hubby’s books and office supplies.  The room already had a beautiful coffered ceiling so we thought the book cases would just enhance that.


We chose to have the desk top done in a stain grade wood instead of solid white.  It would match the regular desk we had chosen.  The bookcases and trim are all painted White Sand by Benjamin Moore.  The walls are Refuge by Sherwin Williams.


So, after the built-ins were done I could begin to see the room take shape.  I had curtains that previously hung in our old kitchen, taken down to the right height.


I found a beautiful Berg`ere chair on Craigslist for only $100!  It matched the colors perfectly!  The lamp is from Home Goods.


I also found a storage bench at Home Goods for $120!  Don’t you love the nailhead trim?!  The rug was a Joss and Main purchase and once resided in the foyer.


We purchased the Hendrix desk from Pottery Barn.


I purchased cute little accessories and baskets from Home Goods and World Market.


And this is how the room came together!  Several folks, including Prince Charming, were skeptical about the color scheme, but I think it works.  I love it!  That rusty orange is just the right pop of color, don’t you think?




All of the woodwork was done by our wonderful carpenter, Yerif, of YGM Xtrim Carpentry in Charlotte.

All of the piles were expertly hidden.  You may see some evidence of them in those baskets! Smile

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Breakfast Area–Before & After


I redid my breakfast area at the same time as the kitchen and keeping room.  I have been waiting on some finishing touches – curtains, accessories and the like.  Now I am ready to share.

This is the before:


Just look at all that brown and the light fixture.  I think NASA is missing a satellite!  The space felt very dark and heavy even though there are windows along 2 walls.

And the during:


I had the built in buffet area spray lacquered in black.  The cabinets are glass front so I left those.  The inside of the cabinets were left alone as well.  The kitchen table I had bought was the same tone and I thought they would look great together.  I had also purchased a light fixture so I could get rid of that behemoth!  It was soooo overpowering for that small space.

Now my breakfast area looks like this:



I just love it!!!  The mixed chairs make it feel casual and comfortable.  The curtains are a great pop of color and tie in nicely with the keeping room.  The table is from Bramble Co.  The wicker chairs are from IKEA, although I haven’t seen them in a while.  The x-back chairs are from a local store called the Brass Exchange.


This beauty is the new chandelier.  It is the Lourdes chandelier from Ballard Designs.  It matches well with the Lucas pendant over the kitchen island.


I am thrilled with the way it turned out.  The space is so bright and cheerful.  It suits my family so well.  And the Food and Friends sign, from Pottery Barn years ago, is exactly what my kitchen is all about.  Family, too!


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Breakfast Area–Before & After

I have been reminiscing about my old house.  I think about all the little projects I did there.  It was a new home when we moved in so there weren’t odd spaces or old DIY stuff for me to tackle.  It was exactly the way we wanted it.  So most of the stuff I did to the house was decoration.  Adding this and that, painting, etc. 

This was our breakfast area when we first moved in:


This was a homemade cornice above the window.  It added the much needed color to the space.  And the table and chairs were from World Market and took a lot of abuse from a toddler and infant.  But I loved the rug, which I got at Target and still have today.


This is the breakfast area after the kiddos had grown up a bit.  They had destroyed the table and it never matched anyway so I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Emperor’s Silk.  I bought a very ugly bench for around $50 and painted the legs the same color and upholstered it with a gorgeous fabric I found.  I think the fabric cost more than the bench!


Isn’t it amazing what window treatments can do to a space?!  Prince Charming let me get rid of the boring white blinds and put in bamboo.  I didn’t tell him about the custom curtains until I brought them home.  He was upset until they went up, at that point he “got it”.  He’s coming around on the whole home decorating thing. Smile  The planters on the wall were purchased at HomeGoods.

A little sprucing made a big difference!  What have you done to your house lately?