There’s something about the start of summer that makes me want to refresh the house. It starts with just wanting to declutter everywhere, but it usually ends up with a mini room redo. This year it was the home office’s turn to get redone. My home office has been a source of annoyance since we moved in. It’s a great space because it gets lots of natural morning light. But, it has just never felt right. You can see how the office looked earlier this year.
The amazing Emily of Miss Molly Vintage rearranged our home office décor for the holidays. She brought in some beautiful accessories and pieces to work with the items I already had in the office. Emily has such a great idea and was so fantastic to work with. I loved the office during the holidays, but I just kept feeling like I needed to change up the color scheme.
The first thing I did to refresh the space was paint it a light grey color. The grey I chose has a slightly blue undertone. Probably the biggest reason I didn’t love the previous version of the office was the fact that it was a warm color scheme of red, yellow and green. Honestly, the only reason that it was those colors was that we had a painting and chairs that incorporated those colors from our previous house. Since most everything in this house incorporated more blues and greys and cool colors, the color scheme of the office just didn’t fit. Painting the room and taking out the red, yellow and green chairs was a great start.
The second step in refreshing the office was clearing out the shelves. We use our office on a daily basis, so it has to be functional. But, it’s also the first room you see when you walk into our house. Basically, I took everything off the shelves. Then, I only put back what we really needed or items that looks pretty on the shelves. I removed about 3 boxes of books from the shelves that we weren’t using or reading.
Another issue we had with the office was that there were 2 chairs in there, so one of the chairs was blocking the opening of closing of the French doors leading into the space. Instead of putting 2 chairs back into space, I just placed one in the far corner.
Replacing the art in the room also made it feel more like our style. I chose items that had meaning to us, like the oil paining of our first dog. Including my hand lettered signs also make it a more inspiring space that feels more like home.
The final piece to making the office more functional was switching out the desk. The desk we had in the office before was just too large for the space. It was great to have so much table space to work with, but really it just became a large dumping spot. And, no matter how we placed the desk in the office, it was just too cumbersome. I pulled a desk out of my son’s room to see if that dimensions worked better. I will likely get a new desk at some point, but the size of this one works so much better in here.
Navy & White Rug – Target
Cheers Y’all Pillow, Choose Joy Art Print, Hello Gorgeous Art Print – Mirabelle Creations Shop
Wooden letter holder: Target
Gold spikes: Miss Molly Vintage
White pinecone candle holders: Hobby Lobby
Mini glass cloche: Marshall’s
Gold Wall Frames – Target
Gold Pineapple Candle – Target
Assorted Frames on Shelves – Home Goods
Buffalo Check Pillow – Target