Tour of Homes: The Office

We've been working on our "new" house for a little while now, but the office is the closest to being finished, so I thought we'd share!

Here's the office two weeks ago when we moved in. 

We think this room was originally a formal living room.  I've never had a "formal" living room in my life, so I wouldn't know what to do with one.  I'm not into fancying up a room that we won't use, so we decided to turn it into our office.  

The office has to look nice because it's right beside the front door (with no door of it's own) so it's almost the first thing you see when you walk in the house.  The paint we chose was Guacamole by Olympic.  We had it mixed in their low VOC base and loved it!  It was so nice not to have the house filled with paint fumes!

Of course we have our computer and desk in here, and we also brought in this cabinet.  It was Justin's great-grandmother's so we were excited about having a place to use it.  It's holding our printer and some other large things that aren't so pretty.  To try to hide some of the not-so-pretty supplies, we covered the glass doors with two $1.99 placemats from Target.  It has that frosted glass look going on now so it does a much better job at hiding things than it did.

We're in need of some things on the walls in here.  Our plan is to put  some white floating shelves on the wall above the desk.  It's a little bare right now, but we'll get it completely finished eventually.

We made this message board from an old frame we had that we spray painted white.  We'll eventually put some magnetic paint on the glass, but this will work for now.  Behind the glass we put two more of those $1.99 placemats from Target for a little visual interest.

This bookshelf was recycled from our old living room and painted white.  The boxes and basket store all of the office necessities.   (Like thousands of sticky notes.  Yeah, it's a problem.  But I'm a teacher, so that makes it ok.  :)

We hung long white curtains on the window and brought in the chair we had in the living room at our old house.  After about a day and a half the room is finished!  The first one in the house!  (Kind of a sore subject since the living room was pretty much finished until I decided that I didn't like the color.  Have I ever mentioned that I love my husband? ;)

Anyway, pretty much everything that we used in this room was something that we already had.   We bought curtains, paint, and spray paint.  Not bad, huh?  

And because I know some of you are wondering what Derrick has been doing while we've been painting...
He's been practicing for Halloween.


  1. I love what you have done with this room. The color is just fabulous and fresh! Nice job!

  2. Love it! it is inspiring me to get motivated and start decorating our house.

  3. Love it, soooo creative! I wish I had some of your talents! I wouldn't even mind working if I had a home office that looked like that ;)

  4. Hi, Thanks for stopping by!! I love your ability to make everything coordinate-I wish I had that knack. I am terrible at the accessorizing in my home!!

  5. What a sweet office - I love the color of the walls against the white furniture and window treatments - so warm and welcoming!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog - hope you come back and visit!

  6. Hi Shannon! You have a very clean office, too! Your wood floors are beautiful! I like everything little detail of your office. You've done a great job decorating. =)
    Have a blessed weekend,

  7. Love it Shannon! I love the dining room in the background too! Great job decorating!

  8. I love the color -- our den/office/playroom is about the same color, with white trim & black furniture too. Love the pop.

  9. I love the color. Your office looks great!

  10. What a great job and I love the paint color you've chosen! Your son is SO CUTE! Love his cookie face. :o)

  11. You've done a wonderful job! It's looks so nice and your creative ways of making your home look this nice are much envied :) Of course, Derrick's help in your projects is always too cute. If it helps any, my boys are older and have also been practicing for Halloween, so you've got lots to look forward to~

    Kati, Rocky, Evan & Brycen

  12. Just popping by from Kelly's Korner....

    Wow, what a transformation! It's amazing the difference a little paint can make. Love the Guacamole color....so fresh and happy! Thanks for sharing your office.

  13. I love the look of the green and white together! So streamlined and in perfect order! Great space!

  14. I could lick the walls! Oh, I love me some Guacamole & the paint is right on! Way to go Justin! Y'all got busy fast! Love it! Can't wait to see what you'll do next! :)

  15. This is beyond adorable!! I'm IN LOVE!!!!! :-)


  16. Seriously loving this space!! It's just amazing...and that little smile at the end is just priceless!!! AWWWW :D I'm visiting from Kelly's Korner and I'm so excited to be your newest follower of your sweet blog! I would love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! Have a beautiful day!!
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

  17. It looks wonderful! Such a fun transformation! I love the fresh white against the green (:

  18. It looks great! I really like how you used placemats for visual interest and to hide things a little better. Great idea.

    Elisabeth @ Treasuring the Moments.net

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