The redesign of the Home Office was not an overnight project. In fact, work on this room began at the end of last year! Significantly extending the time frame was the idea to get started on Max's room while I waited for the office cabinet to be striped of lead paint. He'd been patiently waiting for the day when I would get to his room and with a two week wait before the cabinet would be returned I thought, hey, why not start on the Big Boy's Bedroom? Once started, however, I didn't stop...
But, better late than never. Here is the completed office and a list of the various projects that went into its design: The Chalkboard and Art Wall combination, Making Drapery Panels, adding Nail Head Trim to the Wingback Chair, Shelving, a quick Pillow, Wall Color, Refinishing the Cabinet, Refinishing the Desk Chair, Lighting and finally...Accessories.
The design of the room started around this old cabinet, which was originally in my grandfather's woodshop. When my husband saw it sitting in my parent's garage he thought it would be a great piece for his office.
Two of Mrs. Limestone's photographs, images of Buddha at Lantau and a vintage typewriter, hang alongside photographs my husband has had for years. It was a thrilling turn of events when I won the new photos in a giveaway at the Brooklyn Limestone, since it had been my intention to purchase a photo or two of hers for this wall anyway.
The clock is from Target while the old scoop, found in one of the cabinet bins, became a perfect container to store chalk in.
A simple tray found at Target provides a spot to set a drink. Coffee while reading the morning paper and something stronger while catching up on a bit of late night reading.
The last find for the room was the Juron rug from Ikea. There are three distinct areas in this small room, the chalkboard/art wall with the cabinet placed infront, the seating corner and the shelving wall. This rug is the element that helps pull them all together into a single unit.
Nail head trim added along the vertical lines of the Atwood chair brings tailored detailing to this piece of furniture.
Handsome drapery panels are made from a striking ikat fabric found at Calico Corners, called Turkestan in Cocoa.
The Pharmacy Floor Lamp is another item from Target while a green pillow is made of fabric found at JoAnn fabrics.
This lantern fixture was practically being given away during a clearance sale at Home Depot. Luckily I saw past its original shiny brass finish, knowing a can of matte black spray paint would easily transform it.
An RA Miller wall sculpture is a favorite find of my husband's from years ago, as is the animal table. This room needed to accommodate a number of eclectic items, and that was part of the fun of working on this project.
Three Holman Shelves from Pottery Barn can handle the weight of endless stacks of magazines...
...while Roscoe can make himself at home just about anywhere.
The pull out board is a convenient surface to place a computer while the drawers and bins provide endless storage. As I said in another post...things are going to get lost in there.
What are my favorite parts of the room? The art hung on the wonderfully textured chalkboard wall, having a place to bring my grandfather's cabinet into our home, and the moodiness created by the colors and lighting.
And my husband's favorites? I just asked him and was surprised he had so much to say! "I like the chair corner, having windows on either side provides good lighting while reading. The french doors are really a nice feature which makes the room feel connected to the rest of the house...and the colors. They work well in the winter, the room feels cozy, but the cool tones of the room also create a comfortable place to be on a warm day."
You are so very welcome...