Thanks for popping in! This is Chapter 4 of my office reno series. Click these links to read all about the DIY paint treatment, wall unit and butcher block countertop projects. With those stages complete, I started composing the rest of the space. The budget was tight, so you won't believe how I stretched my dollars and also infused some really personal moments into what is now one of my favorite rooms in the house. Please note that this room was not put together in a day. It evolved as I found things that spoke to me. Patience is definitely a virtue in personal design, so I encourage all of you to just keep looking when you are seeking the perfect piece. Here are the details!
Main Furnishings I'm a lover of mixing styles. While the wall unit is fairly traditional and the paint is ornate and glam, I wanted a little classic and a little modern in the mix. These three items were the perfect combination at the perfect price. The loveseat is from Target and I scored it on sale and with free shipping using my RED Card. The desk is my fave. Small, but I get twice the surface space with the bottom shelf that is easily visible because of the glass top. Only $135 from Amazon! The chair was also quite affordable and so comfy. $95 from Amazon. With my loveseat sale price, the main pieces in this room came to less than $500. Such a great deal for pieces that I love and fit the room so well.
Capiz Globe Shades This room did not have overhead lighting and I did not have the budget to hardwire, so I found plug-in bulb fixtures that I hung from the ceiling. Cord covers do a pretty good job of hiding the cords along the ceiling and walls. Not perfect, but I am ok with it. I tried several different drum shades with these fixtures, but none of them were special. And then...I stumbled upon these blingy beauties at Decorator's Outlet here in Richmond. This store offers seconds and slightly damaged goods from high end lighting company, Shades of Light, and it's a treasure box! These globe shades were $10 each!! What a score. I looked for some similarly affordable options for you, but the closest I could find was this slightly larger and more expensive version from Pottery Barn. I love the organic texture and reflective quality that they bring to the room.
IKEA Hack Coffee Table Never underestimate the power of a can of spray paint. This is a popular hack that is all over Pinterest and it was the perfect solution for my glam office. It's a small room, so I wanted something glass that wouldn't take up too much visual space. And gold. So the answer was this coffee table from IKEA and a champagne finish gold spray paint. $80 for the whole thing. Not bad! (If you prefer, you can separate the two tables and use one as a coffee table, one as an end table. I love that versatility!)
Personalized Art This may be one of my favorite things in the house, but I am not going to lie to you. It was not as easy as is advertised. It started with 2 favorite photos of my twins (yes, I know. They are obviously fraternal). I wanted to turn them into paintings, but as crafty as I am, I am not a fine art painter unless I have something to copy. So I thought "wouldn't it be great if I could have a paint by number kit of these photos"? Well. Ask and you shall receive, I guess. I searched and found this company, Easy 1-2-3 Art, that offers custom paint by number kits of your photos. I loved the modern impressionistic effect that they offered, which you can manipulate until you get the look that you want. So I ordered and was thrilled when they arrived. I got to painting right away, but was dismayed that the included paints were not at all matching the original photo colors. The entire palette was much darker than it should have been. So, I bought some white paint and set to work lightening every single color. It was a pain and the project took me months rather than weeks. However, I love love love these paintings. A little abstract, colorful and full of subject matter of my favorite things on earth. It was all worth it.
Family Travels Map Travel is a huge part of my life. I spent many years working in the entertainment industry, visiting 5 continents and some of the most amazing places on earth. I also want to infuse that wanderlust in my kids and show them how important it is to experience and appreciate different cultures. This map documents the places that I or we have been and it was a cinch to put together. I simply found a large map printed on fabric (online) and secured it to an art canvas using duck tape. Push pins represent all of the places that we have been thus far. Hoping to one day cross off the other 2 continents!
Made-it-myself macrame I have a few tried-and-true design tricks that I always recommend for clients and use in my own home. One of them is to mix up wall decor so that you don't end up with all photos or all art, etc. So my general "wall rule of 3's" is to use at least one piece of art, one mirror and one textile or organic accessory per room. This formula adds so much interest and keeps the room from looking flat and one-note. I've loved macrame since I was a kid in the 70's. It was my go-to craft of choice. So when it came back recently, I was not about to buy one already made! I found this pattern on Etsy and whipped this up while we were watching a football game. It's not a complex design, but it sure does make me happy and I love the texture that it adds to the room. And the best part is that it is a really affordable piece of large-scale art.
Hide & Seek Shredder These photos speak for themselves. Ingenious, right? Thank you, Pinterest ;)
Well, that's it for the office series! I hope you found some nuggets of inspiration that you can use in your own home.
Stay tuned for some more money-saving DIY projects, including the big reveal of my neighborhood clubhouse makeover. This was affordable transforming at its best!
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