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Office Reveal + 3 Ways to Get the Look

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We just finished the last room in our home renovation and I’ve been eager to share the office reveal with you! Click through to see where it started and how it has evolved over the course of two years. In hindsight, I wish this would’ve been the very first room we tackled- I love the way it functions and looks. Selfishly, I want to spend more time working in this gorgeous space. Emmett has promised me the home office will be the first thing on our to-do list for our next renovation. Ha! We’ll see how it plays out. First we have to find a house.

If you’re only interested in sources- feel free to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post. Otherwise, enjoy lots of beautiful images! I’m really proud of this space.

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Can you believe the difference? The room was very basic when we moved in. Part of the window was busted out and taped up, but aside from that- it just felt boring and gross. I’m happy to report, that’s no longer the case.

Office Reveal + 3 Ways to Get the Look - roomfortuesday.comAdding the built-ins to this room was the best idea ever. Not only did they add a TON of storage, but it also gave the room some much needed character. I also designed the niche to fit a full size bed, should the people who inhabit this home next want to make it a bedroom rather than an office.

In case you missed the DIY built-in tutorial, check out that post here. Another thing I’m happy I added was grasscloth to the back of the shelving (that DIY can be found here). It added a ton of texture and depth! I also welcomed the opportunity to style the built-ins in a more textural way. Are you liking it?

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Office Reveal + 3 Ways to Get the Look - roomfortuesday.comAdjacent to the desk and built-ins, I added a tiny console table to balance my organization board. I actually ended up spray painting the piece black after realizing it needed to have more visual weight in the room. I love the dramatic shape!

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Office Reveal + 3 Ways to Get the Look - roomfortuesday.comDid you catch Jacqueline’s DIY office organization board on the blog a couple weeks ago? The linen upholstered board is a softer, feminine alternative if you’re not digging the industrial grid that feels a bit more masculine.

Office Reveal + 3 Ways to Get the Look - roomfortuesday.comI’ve loved having a place to clip up fabrics, ideas, notes, and inspiration. I’m a very tactile person and I order samples for every single design project. This creates a nice place to see how they work together.

Office Reveal + 3 Ways to Get the Look - roomfortuesday.comI also added a simple ceiling medallion to the semi-flush mount light fixture to dress up the room. It seemed like a shame to spend so much time on millwork and not give the light fixture the attention it deserves. I’m really happy with the way it turned out!

Office Reveal + 3 Ways to Get the Look - roomfortuesday.comAlthough the space is small, the wall across from the console table felt empty. I stumbled across this bench and I’m glad I did! I love the timeless silhoeutte and those brass casters on the legs. I’m notorious for stacking books, papers, and other items while working throughout the day. It’s the perfect dumping spot for all of my files and papers that accumulate.

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Office Reveal + 3 Ways to Get the Look - roomfortuesday.comI paired the bench alongside a small marble accent table. I’ve been getting into the habit of keeping fresh flowers because they brighten my day and make me smile. This seemed like the perfect little table for a fresh arrangement.

Office Reveal + 3 Ways to Get the Look - roomfortuesday.comHere’s another before and after… just for fun! After new windows, doors, hardware, millwork, refinished floors, and a whole lot of paint- this room is barely recognizable.

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Office Reveal + 3 Ways to Get the Look - roomfortuesday.comFor the window treatment in this space, I didn’t want a heavy roman shade, like the rest of the house. I do a lot of shooting in my office and I like to work in a bright space. However, that poses a challenge when sitting behind the computer screen. To avoid the glare and keep the space bright and inviting, I opted for a light filtering, Levolor roller shade. We installed a simple valance to hide the roll, and it retracts easily as needed. I bought the “seashell” color online and took it to my local Lowe’s store to have them cut it to size- free of charge.

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Office Reveal + 3 Ways to Get the Look - roomfortuesday.comIn between the closet doors and the office entry door, lives the murphy dog bed. If you missed that DIY, click here… it might be my favorite DIY project of the year!

Office Reveal + 3 Ways to Get the Look - roomfortuesday.comWhen it’s closed, you’d never guess that two wild dogs also inhabit my home office during weekdays. In all seriousness, it’s far better than looking at a bed shoved into the corner of the room. When they boys aren’t using it, it’s nice to be able to fold it up out of sight.

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Office Reveal + 3 Ways to Get the Look - roomfortuesday.comThe table lamp is another one of my budget buys for the space. Would you have guessed that?! I love the gold shade lining and mid century shape. I think it looks much more expensive than it actually is.

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Office Reveal + 3 Ways to Get the Look - roomfortuesday.comI have to say, I’ve never felt more organized. As soon as the office was finished, I felt my stress melt away. I know that sounds crazy, but I have a very type-A personality… and given my workspace has been chaotic (to say the least) the past year or two, has really taken a toll. I’m stoked that everything has a place and I know exactly where it is.

Office Reveal + 3 Ways to Get the Look - roomfortuesday.comI think shelving and office spaces go hand-in-hand. I love the “library” look and I’m going to go ahead and say- my next office will also most likely have some form of bookcases or built-ins. I just adore the way they look!

Office Reveal + 3 Ways to Get the Look - roomfortuesday.comThat’s pretty much the room tour… it’s a really tiny room, but there is a TON of function and style packed into it! I’m breaking down the space and sources using three different budget tiers below.

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I wanted to use the “Good, Better, Best” model, in case you’re also trying to achieve a similar look. Check out what I would sacrifice for varying budgets. Everything is linked below…

Office Reveal + 3 Ways to Get the Look - roomfortuesday.combuilt-ins // amerock cabinet hardware // semi-flush mount livex light fixture // safavieh upholstered bench

I think the built-ins really make this space, but if you’re on a budget, the above shows my must-have items! You could totally go without the grasscloth or small details- like the ceiling medallion, for a similar look.

Office Reveal + 3 Ways to Get the Look - roomfortuesday.combuilt-ins // amerock cabinet hardware // semi-flush mount livex light fixture // safavieh upholstered bench // safavieh console table // brewster grasscloth wallpaper

Next, I’d add in the grasscloth wallpaper and console table- they begin to round out the space and add character.

Office Reveal + 3 Ways to Get the Look - roomfortuesday.combuilt-ins // amerock cabinet hardware // semi-flush mount livex light fixture // safavieh upholstered bench // safavieh console table // brewster grasscloth wallpaper // ceiling medallion // sconces // safavieh table lamp // safavieh marble accent table

Above you’ll see the space exactly as I have it. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the room reveal in the comments below! This space has been a long time coming and I hope it was worth the wait. It’s weird to have a totally finished house. Emmett and I were talking about what we should do with our free-time, other than house hunt? Haha! For more home sources, click here!

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    Peggi
    November 1, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Truly amazing that you could get this sophisticated, beautiful look from items stocked at Lowe’s! (and a ton of hard work) Your office absolutely needs to be the first item on your next house agenda (unless there’s a wildly horrible bathroom situation😱)! Too many more beautiful built-ins, and you might make me a shelf-styling convert.
    As to the free time, might I suggest more of your recently discovered naps? Also, puppy wrestling, cocktails on the veranda, time with a good book, cooking in your beautiful kitchen…I think you got this. (I hope you are fully recovered from your medical sojourn.) Again, bravo on the lovely office!!

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      Sarah
      November 1, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you so much Peggi! I agree- office first unless the bathroom is absolutely terrible. I really love your ideas for free time- I vote yes to all of those! Sign me up. Haha! I’m feeling much better today, thanks! xoxx

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    Marti
    November 1, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Looks great! If a future owner has a baby, that nook would look really sweet with a crib instead of the desk.

    I’m curious about the sconces – are they hardwired or just decorative?

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      Sarah
      November 1, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      Thank you Marti! That’s what I thought as well… a crib would be so darling- or even a small kids bed. The sconces are hardwired. xox

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    sarah
    November 1, 2018 at 10:48 am

    How did you turn the sliding closet doors into french doors? I would love to see a tutorial on that!

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      Sarah
      November 1, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      We replaced the doors and closet system completely… we just ordered custom french doors for the opening. Maybe during our next renovation, I can cover a post on that, if it’d be helpful? :) xox

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    Kathy Roberson
    November 1, 2018 at 11:23 am

    I’’m curious to know how you installed the sconces…I see no cords!

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      Sarah
      November 1, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      Hardwired!

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    Kathy
    November 1, 2018 at 11:28 am

    The rug was vintage, right? Etsy?

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    Jeanette C.
    November 1, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I didn’t see the source for the office chair?

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    Lauren
    November 1, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    I like it, although I’m wondering why you chose to go with a light grey desk, as opposed to a white desk, or one with more contrast? Just a personal preference thing, but I think I’d prefer white, but to each their own. Is it a desk from Ikea? It doesn’t look like you linked it above.

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      Sarah
      November 1, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks Lauren! It is an Ikea desk (you can find it linked here)… I really liked the soft beige tone to compliment the vintage rug and add some warmth to the space. It is available in white as well, if you’re trying to recreate the look! xo

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    Erika
    November 1, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Your entire house is beautiful. I have a question regarding the office wall color and the sheen.

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      Sarah
      November 1, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      The wall color is Origami White by Sherwin Williams in matte… it’s actually the same wall color we have in the bathroom :) xo

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    Anne
    November 1, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    The wooden valance to hide the roller blinds is just brilliant!

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      Anne
      November 1, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      Did you install the blinds first and then install? Trying to figure it out so I can copy it ^__^. Thanks!

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      Sarah
      November 2, 2018 at 11:34 am

      Thanks Anne!! :)

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    Diana
    November 1, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Stunning! I am interested to know more about how you refinished floors – would you have more info? Thanks!

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    Laura
    November 3, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Hi! What a lovely space! I really like these sconces but didn’t see them sourced. Where did you get them?

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      Sarah
      November 5, 2018 at 8:38 am

      They’re linked at the bottom of the post, Laura… from Lowes! xo

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    Anette
    November 4, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Hey Sarah,

    I just wanted to say a big thank you for all the inspirational posts, i like your blog very much :)

    xo

    Anette

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      Sarah
      November 5, 2018 at 8:40 am

      Thank you so much Anette! Really happy you’re here :) Have a great week! xox

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