What could you do if you could be 80% efficient in your day instead of just 20%? We’re about to find out. Welcome to a new home office makeover in coral and blue.
Wayfair is sponsoring this post that brings you a pop of color in coral and blue.
How can a home office makeover make a difference to a small business owner’s efficiency? When your office has become the family’s dumping space, and you are constantly shuttling between the kitchen table and the sofa, it can be hard to stay on top of all those little details that make a small business hum.
Please note: This office wasn’t messy. It was abandoned.
Abandoned spaces are magnets for clutter.
The homeowner didn’t feel at home in this home office, and so she ended up working elsewhere, even though her business has grown in leaps and bounds over the recent years. She deserved a home office, but this alcove off the master bedroom had become just a storage space.
The built in desk was split in two parts, his and hers, and divided by a bracket and a file cabinet on the underside, so without structural changes, she could never really use all the space. And the other side of the room, even though the ceiling sloped, had tons of potential that wasn’t being lived up to.
We’re not sure if the mustardy color was the biggest culprit, or the unframed doorway was causing it, but we agreed that the energy between the main bedroom and this office alcove was a vicious push/pull, and it wasn’t restful for the family or helpful for the business.
Even though it’s a small-ish space, this home office makeover was a relatively large project because we:
- Sorted and purged through all the papers
- Set up a business filing system
- Slimmed down the homeowner’s paper filing system
- Eliminated unwanted electronics
- Painted the walls and the file cabinets
- Created an entirely new desk area for the business owner
- Swapped in a new desk (repurposed from a bedroom) for the husband
- Created separation between the two spaces with a restful, heavy lined curtain.
- Added color and scale on the small window with a new custom valence.
Can I say, I just never want to leave this space, now.
Oh, right, we even have room for the family to practice guitar, now!
Of course, there is tons of organization. We added under shelf LED strip lights to ensure the home office work space is bright and cheery.
A couple of mason jars are painted (same custom coral color) and hold home office essentials like paper clips.
There are tons of organized spots here for projects as they come up. Books that stayed are on topic and inspiring.
No drawers? No problem. These simple plastic bins create oodles of organization.
Two ugly black (but sturdy and free!) file cabinets were painted a custom color mix Annie Sloan Decorative Chalk Paint ® color just for this client.
A new nail-head upholstered chair came from Wayfair. The Mercer Gretchen shown here doesn’t seem to be available, but I linked a similar one.
A matching chair outfits hubby’s new desk on the former storage side of the home office. Since there are no large drawers in this desk, a repurposed crate serves as file/paper storage for him.
In the makeover, the home office shelves were carefully purged to hold those things that will help move the business forward. Dollar frames (originally black plastic) were custom painted with the same chalk paint to match the file cabinets and bring in friendly faces.
It’s all about the details. We no longer needed the printer stand, but we repainted it to become a new footstool, making the home office even more comfortable and hiding some cords under the desk at the same time.
Even though we created a separation from the bedroom with some lovely, heavy curtains, she may or may not be leaving them open a bit just to peek at the pretty new home office space.
Well, the home office is different, but what about the business owner? She claimed she was only 20% efficient in her day, but now that she’s working every day in a real office that’s organized, she reports being closer to 80% efficient or better. Who wouldn’t be in an inspiring, beautiful, organized home office?
She thought she could, so she did.
I just love this home office makeover. It’s my favorite so far.
I know, I know, I say that every time.
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What’s your favorite spot in this new home office makeover?