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office space switcheroo

Until last week, my “office” was here…in the back area of our family room.

I like to be “in the mix” so the family room seemed like the logical place for my “command central.”

But then it occurred to me. We have this beautiful light and bright office/library that was unused.

Sure, it had stuff in it, but served no real purpose other than to house the IKEA sofa that didn’t work out and an overflow of other miscellaneous crappola.

Time for a little switcheroo.

For the color palette, I knew I wanted my favorite color…pale blue. You know, I can still remember being in my third grade classroom and coloring with a friend. We had the big box of 64 Crayola crayons (there was nothing like a new box of crayons back then…no better smell in the world) and were discussing out of all 64 colors which one was our most favorite. The equivalent of world peace discussion for 9 year olds. 🙂 I declared mine to be “sky blue” and to this day, it’s still my favorite.


{image via flickr}

I wanted pops of green and yellow to round out my “sunny” palette.

To frame the windows, I chose panels from Pottery Barn. The pattern is “Vanessa.”

After much searching, I found this “Morocco I” rug from Home Decorators in gold. The price was great and I’m super pleased with the quality.

There are two blank areas on the walls across from the desk which flank the french doors. I wanted functional pieces that could accommodate lamps and settled on the “Preston 5 drawer table” from World Market. (It’s in stores, but not on the website).

And I used a several of my favorite IKEA baskets for storage.

So those were the “purchases” for the room. The rest I pulled from “stock.” 😉

So here’s my new office space.

The oil paintings above my desk make me happy. The top one was a find from the Arboretum sale back in the fall and the bottom one came from my most favorite consignment shop ever, The Pink Geranium.

Maybe mixing silver and gold is considered a decorating faux pas…but it doesn’t bother me one bit.

I always collect souvenirs from nature when we travel. It’s a beautiful way to bring back memories of fun times. The sea glass is from Barbados.

The rocks are from the beach in Washington State collected on our “Twilight” Trip.

Yellow tulips make me smile.

Although I did not want a vintage vibe for this space, I still gave a subtle nod to my love of vintage with a few pieces here and there.

So there you have it. My office space switcheroo. I’m really happy with it and kicking myself for not doing it sooner.

Have a marvy Monday!

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  1. I’m LOVING this space. It’s absolutely perfect. You have such a talent for pulling together all the little details. 🙂

    March 12, 2012
  2. Ok. I am literally soooooo impressed! Please make sure you share this at Meet Me Monday. It WILL be featured! You did such a great job! OMG! I so want to find a place to hang pictures like that! I am getting ready to share this on Facebook. Such a great job. Love, Me ps. I like mixing silver and gold too! Love, Me again…….

    March 12, 2012
  3. Shawne #

    Absolutely beautiful! I did like the before too though, very pretty! I have the same Pottery Barn pillow covers as yours on the window seat (the green/blue in the forefront of the photo). I love them! They wash so wonderfully and right back on, no ironing! Thank you for sharing!

    March 12, 2012
  4. Kim #

    OMG, this is straight out of a magazine. Simply beautiful. Love the art hanging behind the desk and I say silver and gold work perfectly together. Love the way you styled all the shelves. This looks like it was done by a professional for big bucks.

    March 12, 2012
  5. Cheri Berry #

    Wow, that’s a beautiful office! Congratulations on finding the right space. 🙂

    March 12, 2012
  6. way, way, way better….you were just a few miles from me on your twilight trip, gave me an idea with mixing the wood bowl, rocks and starfish..thanks again so much as always for the inspiration.

    March 12, 2012
  7. Larissa@In the Purple Zone #

    Oh wow!! It’s is BEAUTIFUL!! Looks like a magazine! I love all of the vintage touches.

    March 12, 2012
  8. Brenda #

    That is lovely. I have admired those curtains from Pottery Barn many times. So, where is the sofa now?

    March 12, 2012
  9. Gorgeous, can’t believe that a room with such character was being unused…until now. Enjoy 🙂

    March 12, 2012
  10. Eva #

    Susan, Like evrything you put together, it looks fantastic. Love it!!!

    March 12, 2012
  11. It’s a beautiful space! Are you still in the fray? Did I mention that it’s beautiful? 🙂

    March 12, 2012
  12. Holy cow, that is absolutely stunning! You’re amazing.

    March 12, 2012
  13. tracy a #

    looks great! would you ever consider doing a cost breakdown? it would be great to see how we could make changes like that and for what price!

    March 12, 2012
  14. Looks amazing!!! LOVE those curtains!! Great job:)

    March 12, 2012
  15. What an inspiration! I love the use of shorter curtain rods, instead of the obligatory long curtain rod when you have no intention of ever closing them. Isn’t it funny how we get locked into using rooms without thinking outside the box. Great job!

    March 12, 2012
  16. Vicki K #

    Wow – the office space looks great!! I like the short-rod curtains and how the colors pull everything together. So, how do you use the old office space now?

    March 12, 2012
  17. What a beautiful space. A great place for working and dreaming.

    March 12, 2012
  18. gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

    March 12, 2012
  19. fantastic, thanks for sharing the details too….love all the little vintage touches, looks so inviting!

    March 12, 2012
  20. Carrie #

    Loved what you did! Good choice my dear!

    March 12, 2012
  21. The room is beautiful! I love the new rug, the drapes, and the vintage touches you added. And the window seat… I have to ask, though…how did you tame your cords/cables for the computer?

    March 12, 2012
  22. Love the switcheroo! How do you like the rug? The reviews were not all great.

    March 12, 2012
  23. It looks great! What a lovely room you’ve put together. 🙂

    March 12, 2012
  24. I love it! I think the scale is my favorite. And my husband and I used that typewriter at our wedding for our guest book.

    March 12, 2012
  25. Kim #

    Don’t you just love it when that ‘light bulb’ goes off in your head? And the iceing on the cake is you shopped the house to make that space yours. Beautifully done lady, beautifully done!!!!

    March 12, 2012
  26. Ellen Hunt #

    I loved walking through every step of your transformation. Thank you for sharing in such a fun relaxing way!

    March 12, 2012
  27. Linda S. #

    Good heavens, just how many extra, unused rooms do you have in your home?? You do a magnificent job of putting rooms together. Truly, I am saying you could work as a “stager” type person for people trying to sell their homes. I doubt you see it, but we do!! Linda S. in NE

    March 12, 2012
  28. Michele #

    Magnificent!!! I would adore working in that spot! Well done.


    March 12, 2012
  29. Connie #

    Absolutely Stunning!! You did an amazing job as you always do. It really is pretty and I bet you are so inspired when you are in there.

    March 12, 2012
  30. It amazes me how you pull together a space so perfectly and you make it sound so easy. I am always filled with anguish trying to make things look the way I’ve envisioned. You make it seem like a piece of cake! You are so talented and your home is goreous!

    March 12, 2012
    • Aw, thank you Stacey. Just so you know, it doesn’t always work out that way. I’ve got rooms right now that just aren’t coming together!

      March 13, 2012
  31. Nana #

    Beautiful. You never cease to amaze..

    March 13, 2012
  32. Your new office space is just gorgeous! Such a sunny beautiful place to work!

    March 13, 2012
  33. HOW BIG IS THIS HOUSE?!! When you started with “there is this unused ….” I thought we were heading for the sun room. But no! There is yet another room to be amazingly beautified.

    Seriously, that truly looks stunning. It’s like something out of a magazine. Every detail is just beautiful! I’m very happy for you and, of course, deeply jealous.

    March 14, 2012
  34. OMG, I love every inch of this gorgeous space! All of the details are just perfect, and it’s just the picture of perfection for a classic office space. I would be hard-pressed to leave a beautiful room like that! Thanks for sharing – I am a smitten kitten!

    March 14, 2012
  35. I saw this on Pinterest, and I must say it is really beautiful! I can’t decide which is my favorite part about it, it just works together really well! Those curtains are great!

    March 14, 2012

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