We moved into our house in 2009, when I was 7 months pregnant. Moving from a 2 bedroom apartment to a 3 bedroom house seemed like such an expansion. We had all these additional rooms to furnish and a REAL living room and dining room. Just three short years later, I feel like we have already outgrown our house. It really happened in the past year when we had to give up the office / guestroom and turn it into a room for our baby girl. I had hopes of having my kids share a room, but then the fear of them waking each other up and me never sleeping again seeped in and here I am … with an office in my bedroom.
Below are a few images of the progression. I started out with selecting what I think is a “dressier” desk to make the idea of a desk in our bedroom less depressing. I got my desk from Home Decorators, but checking on-line now, they don’t seem to carry it anymore. I also had a REALLY hideous chair that we just had on hand and were too lazy to replace.
I then added some large wall art by 1) buying a large frame at a thrift store for $40, then 2) selecting a fabric that I thought would look good framed and 3) spray painting the picture frame in high gloss black. I used a thin piece of wood that I bought at a lumber store then stretched the fabric around it and stapled and taped the fabric down. The whole thing cost about $125 (with custom cut glass) but for a framed piece that size, it’s a deal !
I then added this snazzy chair that I found at Room Service furniture in LA. Comparatively, this chair was the big splurge but I think it adds such a fun wink to the entire set up and the colorful chevron plays well off our chevron rug from Dwell Studio.
Since we have both a desk and file cabinet that are rather wide across the wall, I also dug up two old photos I took of flowers. One is a pic I took while on a trip to Santa Fe, NM. The other is a pic of some gorgeous bougainvillea that was in full bloom on our street when we lived in an apartment. I thought the saturated pink of these two flowers would play well against the fabric on the larger framed piece. So I sized the two flowers to 5X5, then went to Aaron Bros. to buy some 10″ square frames and ready-made mats. This cost an additional $30-$40, so for less than $200 I decorated a very large wall with some DIY art.
Here we are with the final product. Dressy regency style desk, some DIY wall art, and a fabulous desk chair. If you feel like you need to dress up your home office, I have listed some helpful sources below.
Shades of Light for some unique and colorful chairs
Dwell Studio for large art work
Same desk as picture above on Alibaba.com