I tweeted yesterday that we were having some work done in my home office, forcing me to work in the kitchen for the day. Which really meant, I was forced to stare at Nutella frosting for a day. Not the best environment for work productivity – or my waistline!

But, the good news is, the work in my office is finished, making us one room closer to the house renovation being completely finished.

Here are some before photos:

This one is mid-construction:

The room had previously been used for a family room, with the built-ins holding the TV and other entertainment equipment.

The actual office was a small room tucked away in the back of the house. Knowing I would spend the majority of my day and time working, I wanted my office to be more centrally located, bigger, and full of natural light. So, I took over the former family room.

For me, it’s the perfect spot.

Click here for info on the fireplace remodel and the chair makeover.

Natural light floods from almost every direction, and I don’t feel claustrophobic at all. I love being in the middle of the house, instead of being isolated.

But, being in the great room, means I can’t be too messy – which if any of my coworkers from DC are reading this, they KNOW I’m very messy. I had these additional drawers built to hide some of my mess, while keeping office supplies handy.

I originally planned for the center cubby to hold papers and mail, but it turns out it’s the perfect house for my work phone.

One of my very favorite features is the shelf on which I can set bulletin boards, my calendar, and my zen photo. It’s easy for me to look up from my computer to see what’s going on next week, what my to do list looks like, read a sweet note from Russell, or – my fav – look at a wedding photo that instantly relaxes me.

And if I need it to look cleaner or more formal, I can easily hide those away in a closet.

All in all, it turned out to be a great way to keep my office in the middle of our main living areas, combining functionality for work with simple ways to stay neat and organized.


4 Comments on House Renovation: Home Office

  1. elizabeth-flourishinprogress
    August 31, 2011 at 11:54 AM (6 years ago)

    WOW. This is absolutely fabulous and I am DY-ING right now with envy. But not the envy that makes you dislike people. I still like you. A lot. I’m just green around the gills right now. =)

    • Julia
      September 1, 2011 at 9:38 PM (6 years ago)

      Thanks y’all! 🙂

  2. Kat
    August 31, 2011 at 8:38 PM (6 years ago)

    I love the way you re-purposed that built-in area 11/10! Our office is in absolute shambles right now – we moved in and Hurricane Marcus settled-in, never to leave. I’m looking for inspiration anywhere I can find it.

  3. Kristin Murdock
    September 1, 2011 at 7:29 PM (6 years ago)

    Let’s talk about how you have THE BEST DESIGN STYLE EVER and this is honestly good enough to be in a magazine. Love it Julia!


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