Demo is well underway in my home office and Emmett has been tackling it most nights after work. I thought it would be fun to share an update, as things are progressing! At this stage in the process, we’re still doing a lot of planning, ordering, tackling demo, and are waiting for fixtures and supplies to arrive. Curious to see what my office looks like today? Remember- it always gets worse before it gets better. Click through for the latest renovation update!
Crosby is being the best boy and won’t even go near the plastic doorway, but Cash on the other hand… every time I come into this space, he sticks his head through the zipper. It’s equal parts hilarious & adorable, but also infuriating because his face gets covered in dust, and he tracks it through the house. Anyway, ignore his little face in all of these photos (or don’t, because it’s kind of funny)!
Emmett is almost ready to rework electrical and begin framing this wall for our pocket doors. I designed our doors, which will have pretty traditional look- glass with grid mullions. I’ll show you the elevation below (we ordered these from a local company who specializes in custom)…
I liked the idea of allowing the natural light from our entry to flood in from that direction through the glass pocket doors. They should help with sound, while allowing the light to filter, so this design felt aesthetically pleasing and functional. This room has pretty great light, which is why I claimed it as my workspace immediately after moving it. It just felt good!
This phase is very much about the structural elements, planning electrical, planning millwork, making decisions, and stripping everything down to the bare bones before building it back up. It’s not pretty and it’s not the most fun stage (in my opinion), but it’s definitely necessary. Despite the dust, I’m a details person and achieving those little details I always love takes a LOT of planning and patience in advance…
This is the elevation of my built-in. I ended up adjusting some dimensions and adding a row of panels (because you know I love odd numbers, ha!). If you missed the initial built-in design stage, you can check it out here. They’ll live on the wall pictured below…
Emmett has to address some duct work and electrical over here, which is why he has cut an odd sized rectangle in the wall. Fun fact… on the other side of those 2x4s is our formal living room built-in. We’ve been getting organized and planning all the pieces that need cut for this architectural feature. It may look daunting, but having these plans really helps ensure precision and accuracy when it comes time to build. In our current house, I’ve tried to treat all of our projects like I would a clients…. covering all of our bases and not skipping any steps (even the boring elevations).
It’s hard to believe just last month, the window wall (pictured below) was boasting my beautiful new drapery. Oh, how things have changed in a matter of days. Haha! I’m excited to see them installed for good once we wrap this room up.
Speaking of drapery, I decided to keep this space light, bright, and monochromatic with my panels. I’m almost certain we will be painting the walls Taupe of the Morning by Sherwin-Williams. Here it is against the cornice board… it’s actually kind of similar to the existing wall color (which was here when we moved in).
Emmett is also in the process of planning my custom credenza build, so I had to choose a stain color for that project. I landed on Heirloom Oak, which works beautifully with our herringbone floors. Thankfully the flooring is already crossed off the to-do list, and is being protected underneath heavy ram board.
I also picked up my beloved white marble tang horse! Remember it from my thrifting trip a few weeks ago? It’s going to live on a pedestal in my office! I’m very excited about that big guy and can’t wait to see him styled. I can’t believe he’s under our roof! Ignore the crappy phone photo- it really doesn’t do it justice. The pair wasn’t in my budget, so I convinced my friend Emily (who is also an interior designer) to buy the match. We each have one. She said they’re far superior to friendship bracelets. Ha!
That’s the complete office update as of now! We’re working hard to cross things off the list. I know this isn’t the most fun part of renovating, but I feel good knowing things are progressing and we’re doing it the right way. Did this post bore you to death? I hope not. Do you want to continue to see my office renovation updates, or would you rather just wait for a pretty reveal at the end of all of this? No hard feelings, either way! I never know how much of this stuff to share. Leave me any questions or thoughts you have in the comment section below! I hope you have a fantastic weekend ahead. I’ll see you back here on Monday!