Sunday, October 25, 2009

My Office Transformation...

A few weeks ago I posted some photos of my new work space HERE. So many of you took the time to comment about my "small space" transformation. The computer armoire got a new face lift, and some of you wanted to know what the rest of my office looks like, so here it is.
Well, not really...
This photo is the original office. When we originally moved in, we moved my husband's "MAN DESK" into the room. Well that didn't work out very well. The office is right off the foyer and does not have ANY doors. He likes to leave all his work laying out on the desk. Because it's the first room you see as you enter our house, I like the room to have that "Not so lived in look". I'm more the decorator, not very practical at times. So his office moved up to the unused forth bedroom.
I knew I wanted the room to have some color that picked up on the rest of the colors I used in the house. It also had to have a bit of BLING & GLAM.
The room already had the dental crown molding. I decided to paint the walls a brick red color and the ceiling color a gold tone. Adding a ceiling color really draws attention to the crown molding. My decorator friend Ann, suggested that I hang the four mirrors on the wall . I found the frames at Michaels, when they were half off and I inserted some pre-cut mirrors. The mirrors reflect the lamp on the top of the armoire and the lamp that Ann found for the desk. She knew it was perfect for me. It has crystals on it. Which I LOVE.
Here's the view from my desk. It helps that I have a custom window treatment business. I designed and made the window treatment. The drapery panels have are pulled back with this tassel. A great find at Home Goods Store. Another close-up.... I love using drapery trims and when it has beads it all the better! This chair was a thrift store find about 18 years ago. I had bought it for $50.00 with the good intention of taking an upholstery class and recovering it. Originally it was an aqua blue velvet. Just recently I decided to tackle the project on my own. I was happy with the finished chair. I don't know if I will every do it again. It was a lot of work! A view looking out into the room. Here's my new computer amoire makeover. I am really pleased with this new small space. Small little details that finish off the top of the armoire. One of my favorite things to accessorise with, are lamps. I usually wind up embellishing the shades. A beaded trim adds just a bit of GLAM. My desk is just the perfect size for me. It is one of my favorite things in the office. The mirrors do a great job of reflecting all the light. Here's the detail on the legs of the desk. The desk chair came with an off white fabric. I spotted this fabric and decide that I would tackle recovering the chair. This one was much easier that the other chair. The lamp shines down upon a family photo that sits on the desk.
Each year we take a Christmas photo, which I proudly display on my desk.
Can a girl ever have to many crystal bobbles?
My very favorite piece in the room is this cabinet. Originally I got it from the "Naked Furniture Shop". It's a store that carries unfinished oak furniture. My good friend and faux painter extraordinaire Sharon, helped me to bring it life!
This is a view into the dining room, which is connected to my office. Originally my office was meant to be a formal living room. Well, we are not that formal around here. A formal living room would have just been an unused room. I made these drapery panels to separate the two rooms. This style of drapery is call a parterre.
Here's a close-up of the wonderful free hand art work that Sharon did....
When I bought this print, I didn't know exactly where to hang it on the wall. I rested it on the cabinet trying to decide, and it's been there ever since. Who said you had to hand a picture directly to the wall?
This was one of my dollar store frames that I embellished and printed out some words. It's important to remember to praise HIM under all circumstances. I need to remember that more often!
This beaded garland has to be one of my favorite things to use. I have it on candlesticks, lamps and chandeliers.
The beads add that extra Sparkle!
These photos are some of my treasures. The one photo is a picture of my husband with his grandparents. The middle photo is of his great-grandparents in Russia, and the smallest photo is his other grandparents.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of my office remodel. When you are planning your decorating remember to surround yourself with things that make your heart smile. What more creative inspiration? Stop by these links...
Wishing you a week filled with happiness.

45 comments:

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Sherry. I am just amazed at the difference in the makeover. It is gorgeous. The furniture is a much better fit. I love the new colors and every accent and detail is perfect. Great job.
Have a great Monday...Tracy :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Sherry ~ That looks fantastic! I love everything, from the paint color to the mirrors to the window treatments. I am drooling {and envious} of this great office space. You must get many of the visitors to your home walking into the room, not realizing it's your office.

Stacey said...

Sherry, your office is stunning! You made every single detail just come alive. Your drapes are gorgeous. I also am in love with that mirror idea. Do you think it was less expensive than buying a huge mirror? What a wonderful room to work in.

Mayhem and Moxie said...

You are simply amazing! I found your link through A Soft Place to Land last week and have been addicted to your site ever since. Hard to believe that so many different and absolutely wonderful blogs link up in one place every week.

I have so much to learn. :)

-Francesca

Atelier de Charo said...

Hello Sherry, it's a great transformation, love your new decoration, you have pretty furniture also.

tales from an oc cottage said...

Just gorgeous!!!


m ^..^

deborah said...

So-o-o elegant. I would never get anything done, I would sit, admire the view & daydream to my hearts content! Beautiful...thanks for sharing! Deborah

Lindsay said...

WOW! Just gorgeous! You did a wonderful job & took such good photos of it all ~thanks for sharing!

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

Very pretty! I love all of the little details.

Suzan said...

A beautiful room!

kado! said...

i love the "after" photo! The color you chose for the walls are perfect! It looks beautiful...very inviting and beautiful!

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

That brick paint color is FABULOUS! I love it. I would use that color in my home. Great job on the office!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

That is an amazing transformation! I love the paint color and the molding. All your detail pieces are beautiful too.

Jessica said...

Make sure your office furniture fits your work style. The new Office Furnature on the market these days is very functional.

Shannon said...

The before and after is quite impressive. I think it look so beautiful. Great job, and thanks for sharing it!

Shanty 2 Chic said...

Good girl!! Everything looks so well put together! Did I mention that we love that armoire??;)

~Whitney

Adrienne said...

I'm getting ready to re-do my office. This gives me lots of ideas. The new office is beautiful!!!

Delightful Dwelling said...

Wow, it looks gorgeous! I love the wall color, so warm and inviting. I also really like your armoire, it's so cute and pretty with all the accessories and storage.

Tammy@InStitches said...

It turned out so beautiful. I know you have to be enjoying it.

Jane said...

Your office is beautiful...so many gorgeous touches. I especially love the four mirrors hanging on the wall. Your window treatments were fabulous. Thanks for sharing your beautiful space.
Jane

Heidi said...

You have a beautiful office, so elegant and rich and glamorous! I love it. I really love the lamp, and the mirrors, and the fabric you used for the window treatments. (Maybe you could advise me on my bathroom window? I posted it on monday, haven't been able to figure out what to do there.)
If I had such a lovely office, I would think of all sorts of things to do in there!
Thanks for sharing your lovely space with us.
Hope you'll stop by for a visit sometime.
XO
Heidi - Heart and Home

Diann said...

Hi Sherry!

Stunning makeover! Everything has such a perfect little touch! love it all!

Have a great day!

ImagineCozy said...

What details you have brought into that room! I love that you painted the ceiling gold. I also love lamps, it makes your office very COZY.

It is a wonderful space to work in. I love it!
-Angela

jennifer said...

As gorgeous as the whole room turned out, I was the most impressed with the four mirrors placed together on the wall behind the desk. What a GREAT idea! It was very striking.

pk said...

Beautiful transformation! You put so much thought into every detail. I really like the mirror placement behind the desk.

Sarah said...

WOW. this space is so much more sophisticated!

9405018--Pat said...

You have wonderful style and beautiful taste...thanks for sharing...Pat H

Tamera said...

WOW! And that chair! I would never attempt such a makeover because I only sew straight stitches! All of your colors and accessories look great!
Thanks for sharing,
Tamera@doubledelight

Cathy said...

Wow...simply gorgeous!!! I am in awe of your design talent. The curtains are amzing and I love the warmth of the color in the room!!!

BEAUTIFUL!!!

I popped over from Kathy's blog and I am so happy that I did...I will bw back!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Hi Sherry! I recently got the Kreativ Blogger Award and I am passing it onto you. Come by my blog when you get a chance to collect it. : )

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Oh my this is a lovely and, yes, glamorous office! You have left no detail untouched! I love the idea of using 4 smaller mirror to achieve the look of those huge expensive mirrors!

Mama Kat said...

Oh my gosh, such an improvement! You can custom build me a window ANY day!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Love your office! So many details that you've given so much thought to are just perfect. Love the mirrors grouped together. I would have never thought to that. Looks fabulous!

susan said...

Sherrry-I missed the first post but am so glad I didn't miss this one! Now this is something to see when you first walk in! The mirrors look like art!! You and your friends have a WEALTH of talent going on! Beautiful!

Tardevil said...

What a pretty office you have. Love the desk, lamp, mirrors, etc. The paint colors are awesome. I can see why you like the room so much!

Its So Very Cheri said...

I love the beaded garland and those balls as well--so pretty

Cheri

Shelia said...

Hi Sherry! Your office is so beautiful! Your wall color is so elegant and so is your furnishings! Just so pretty!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Amy Kinser said...

This room is just beautiful I LOVE everything, but the frame with Praise Him Always just made it for me. I love the simple ways we can share our faith and remind us what we need to do always. And, you did it in such a pretty way. I also love the garland. Would love to know where you found it. Do you mind sharing?

Thanks for putting a smile on my face with all of your loveliness and by sharing Who is important to you.

In Him, Amy

stefanie said...

oh, my, its soooooo gorgeous, it looks like a model home...great job!

tammy said...

I love what you're done!

Shawnee said...

Your talent never fails to amaze me. Wow.

Pam said...

Hi This is my first time visiting and all I can say is WOW! This is the best tranformation, it went from 80's to 2009 in a photo..... Looking forward to wondering around your blog for awhile.
Pam

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

WOW!!! It is an absolutely beautiful room! I am in love with the 4 mirrors but I'm in bigger love with the lamp!!! I love the crystals! The whole room is beautiful!!

kaper54 said...

i just found you....via the tassels, very cute rooster...

Love your office...

Nice to meet you..

Kathy :)
jokajcomcast.net

Angie said...

IF I knew a computer armoire could look like that, I wouldn't have thrown mine away a few years ago. Oh well, it was falling to pieces anyway from being moved so much. Everything in your office was so beautiful!

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