We call this the home office, but it's more like my makeup room/occasional guest overflow room. It still suffers from the original paint color, which is a green-toned beige (vom), and a half-hearted attempt at decorating (yours truly).
My new job has me working overtime at home occasionally and I'm finding that the living room couch just isn't cutting it. I need this room to become a real home office (slash makeup room...I just love the natural light for putting my face on in the morning). Apartment Therapy just started their monthly call-to-action this month called the "Style Cure". From their website:
"Step-by-step, day-by-day, we'll work together to makeover a room in each of our homes. Whether you choose your living room, bedroom, kitchen, entryway or bath, by the end of the month it will have a fresh, renewed look for you to show off and enjoy."
So yeah...that's happening. I don't plan on sticking each and every assignment but I know this will be a good way to keep myself accountable. Today's assignment was to take "before" photos. Enjoy:
Not sure if anything will happen with this closet, but here's a picture anyway.
I painted this file cabinet and have another one waiting in the wings. We'll see how the color goes with the new style.
The makeup station. God, I hate this IKEA Micke desk. It started sagging within the first year (of light use!), what a POS.
Some cable management is also on the list. Especially when I add a laptop, monitor, tv, etc.
The difficult part will be doing something about this view since I plan to face my desk this way. The window looks into our neighbors yard, which features a moldy tarp (seriously, there is greenery growing on that).
The best thing this room has going for it is the office chair. I custom-ordered it for Boyfriend's birthday a couple years ago (thanks to a lovely friend in the interior design business) and it is still the sexiest office chair I've seen. Not to mention, comfortable!
Now for a to-do list (boring I know, sorry, it's just for me).
- Paint walls (possible accent wall)
- Build custom desk
- Buy/hang new curtains
- Dye daybed covers
- Paint other file cabinet
- Figure out more storage
- Replace light fixture
- Replace light switches and outlets
- Manage cables
- Set up printer/shredder station (preferably hidden)
- Set up monitor
- Hang art
- Improve window view somehow
- Bonus: Install more 3-prong outlets
- Bonus: Organize closet
- Bonus: New rug
- Bonus: Replace daybed if dye-job goes poorly >_>
I don't anticipate this being a very expensive project. I'm giving myself a budget of $300 (not including bonus items) which I can hopefully come in at way below.
Anyone else doing a "Style Cure" of their own? Do tell!
And now I shall leave you with a little teaser. Get excited :)