When we bought this 1970’s Ranch home there was one large room when you walked in the front door. Part of it was an entry that stepped down to large room that was used for a formal living room and a dining room. I did like how open it was, but we really didn’t need a formal living room. What we did need was a home office. So we decided to build a wall to separate the large open room and create a dining room and an office. We have been using this home office for 3 months now and it is the MOST used room in our home!!!!! We use it as mine and Kevin’s office, along with my sister and mom who both wok with us and the kids do homework, color and often eat breakfast in here!
LIVING SPACE BEFORE-
You can see from this photo the before floor plan, it was an open room. We added the wall to create a home office. And moved the dining room in the space with the rounded window.
You can see more of the floor plan changes above. Moved stairs. Added a wall to create a separate dining room and home office.
HOME OFFICE BEFORE-
HOME OFFICE AFTER-
We had built-in bookcase custom built in the room for loads of storage. And use a dining table instead of a traditional desk. It is very much a high-functioning room. We love it so much. I was actually most excited for this room over any other room in our home. I have never had a home office, and working from home for the past 7 years, this is truly a gift.
I have been very happy with this dining table we are using as a desk. Happy I went with black to hide the everyday wear and tear.
Instant love when I saw these chairs online. Mustard Yellow is one of my favorite colors, so I knew I had to find a spot for these in our home.
We had these Industrial Pendant Lights installed over the desk. Which was actually easier said than done to plan exactly where they will hang! Tip is to do some type of mock up. Because the size of your pendants will determine how far they are apart, it isn’t a standard one size fits all. So mocking it up helped me!
Also the light is directed down on these lights, which is great for task work, but it left the rest of the room dark. I could have also added can lights. Instead I added lamps to the room on the opposite sideboard. Just wanted to mention that when you are searching for lighting!
I saw a similar pencil holder in a photo of Lindsay Letters and had to do something like it in our office! I found this candle holder (12 hole 38″) and it made for the perfect centerpiece for my office table! I ordered a box of colored pencils to bring in all the fun colors in our wallpaper!
When we hung the black and floral wallpaper it instantly felt cozy! I like how the black pulled in the black table and made the space feel very custom. We also just painted the trim and the pocket door, honestly it was the final touch that unified the space! The trim color was matched from one of the green leaves in the wallpaper at The Home Depot (see the paint can below).
Kevin closed the pocket door, drew a line with a pencil, put tape on the door frame to determine how to separate the two colors. Doesn’t bother me to see two colors!
The hanging roll of Kraft Paper has been fun to write quotes on, kids to color on and even use for wrapping paper!
My essential oil rack not only is a practical way to display the oils I use everyday but it also is so fun to see all the rainbow of colors.
Casually brining the outside in!
Speaking of color….is it obvious I am a fan?? The built-in bookcase color (Sulking Room Pink) was the start of the room, then I designed the room off of that. My inspiration for the bookcase arched style was from @vestigehome.
The bookcase has been awesome for storage. We even added a plug to a few of the bottom cabinets to use as a charging station and for our printer.
Love being able to easily access our printer and store paper etc.
In one cabinet we have wrapping paper storage, gift bags, extra gifts, ribbon etc. Nice to have it all in one place and quickly see if I need to stock up on something.
I am bugged at myself I didn’t have the electrician add strip lighting to the bookcase. We have power in the bookcase so it is something I am going to have him come take a look at. We tried some under cabinet re-charging, but the died way too fast.
Plus we got more storage! Books, paper, crafts, makers, supplies and more! Everything has a home.
The sideboard has a Frame TV over it. Which has been really nice for zoom calls, or Finn will sometimes eat breakfast in here and watch a cartoon, and the kids often pull up Art for kids Hub and follow along in an art class!
Makes me heart so happy to see the kids coloring at the table!
We hung a large dry erase wall calendar in here we write on every Sunday the plan for the week! I really liked that it looks like a vintage chalkboard!
I added other framed pieces of art around the frame tv to create a gallery wall.
- Garden Black Wallpaper
- Industrial Pendant Lights
- Table Lamp
- Glass Sideboard
- Table (we are using as desk)
- Caned Chairs
- Hanging Kraft Paper Roll
- Essential Oil Rack
- Pencil Holder
- Colored Pencils
- Wall Dry Erase Calendar
- Frame TV
- Frame for Frame TV
- Hotel Magique Art
- She Found Herself in the Wild Art
- Custom House Portrait
- Floors- Opus in Acropolis European Oak