Welcome to my brand new space! Okay yes, I have been here awhile but I have anxiously been awaiting to reveal our renovation because projects have still been in full swing...yes, about 7 months later. When I first started blogging here at Emma Rose Company I wrote a post on all the before images of our home, you can check that out right here. Our home has been a labor of love and I'm so excited that this DIY home renovation project is finally wrapping up. The last thing on the to do list (in the other rooms) is to finish hanging light fixtures. But I am going to reveal room by room with a renovation series of what is done...starting with my new cozy office space. I've been set up in my office for several months but I was waiting on the guys to finish the electrical work so that I could have my computer where I always wanted it to be. Before now it was on the other side of the room but today I'm excited to share it all with you!
I knew if I wanted to work from home as a creative entrepreneur I needed a space that inspires me.
I'd like to point out that our entire renovation (besides the sheetrock taping and laying carpet) was done by us. This house has been a total labor of love and I'm so proud of what it is now. When we first moved to South Bend, Washington we lived with my Husband's parents for 7 months while we figured out our living situation. Well, this house came on the market and after looking past the poopy brown carpets, musty smells and outdated everything, all I could focus on were the huge windows throughout the home. I knew with some hard work and love, this space would be amazing. My office is my sanctuary. It is a space that inspires me to design, write, and do all the things required of me as a creative entrepreneur. When we lived with my Husband's family we were in a dark basement while I was trying to get my business where it is now. Let's just say that was extremely difficult. I need light, I need fresh air and I need a space that is my own to do what I do. The moment we moved in here my creative juices started flowing once again and for that I will always be grateful to this home. This is essentially the only extra room in our house so yes, it could have been a guest room but the reality of our lives is that guests do come, but it's not every week, and not even every month. I did not want to trek up and down stairs all day with a baby so we decided that the extra room would house my office. When we do have guests we get creative and there have not been any issues so far. We also have a loft space upstairs that holds an incredibly comfortable futon that everyone loves to sleep on when they visit! We make a smaller space work and it's been perfect.
Let's look at the before picture of the office.
I wish I had more pictures of this room, but this is it. This room was basically a replica of the exterior of the home with yellow walls and blue trim. I believe I put 2-3 coats on these walls because it was so hard to cover up. And that carpet, yeah, it was yummy green. That was definitely not going to work for my space of inspiration. After painting everything it was time to rip up the old carpet.
I liked the floors below the carpet but they were in bad shape. Chips everywhere and white stained paint. We would have had to do a lot more work to get these floors in working condition. You know what I love about these pictures? I did that. I ripped that nasty carpet out and pulled every single staple from the floor. Actually, I did this to every single room. My back was a hot mess after this but it was one of those jobs I couldn't stop. Once you start something like this it is impossible to just stop. I had to see it completed.
The new carpet was put in and I was able to start bringing some things to the space. See that chandelier there? I love love love it and the best part is that it was free! I have no idea where it came from but it's definitely old and just needed a little rewiring to make it work again. That little chandelier pulls the whole room together and I'm so grateful to a dear family friend who gave it to me for free! Before this renovation I'd never been to Ikea. What an experience. A little bit overwhelming but I found some serious gems for my office, including that clock.
diy home office reveal after pictures
I'm a fan of cozy seating. When I saw this chair over four years ago at Ross I had to grab it. It was no more than $50 and I found a cute pillow and throw blanket to go with it from TJ MAXX. Don't judge the missing handles on my adorable dresser, I blame the 1 year old but this little gem was found at Vintage Hardware in Astoria, OR. The lamp was a wedding gift from Macy's and the mint can is from Ikea.
This is not just a can of wheat, this wheat is from the centerpieces at our wedding in Cle Elum, Washington at Ritter Farms. That day was so special and amazing I love getting to look at a piece of it every single day.
I made this wood sign a few years ago for our home we purchased in Ephrata, WA. I love the quote because every time I look at it I remember that yesterday is just that, it's yesterday. It's in the past and all I can do is keep looking toward the future. While my past is part of my story, it does not define me, or my future. I believe that my success so far has a lot to do with forgiveness and compassion for myself. The moment I realized that I am worthy and capable all the pieces fell into place. I think it is important to have little reminders in an inspirational space so that you continue to feel that inspiration and encouragement every single day.
I am a big fan of details. The file organizers are from Ikea and the white little vase is from Goodwill. Have you every picked through Goodwill? Gems, friends. Gems. Oh and those awesome little prints? Those are from our recent family photo session by Joe & Patience out of Bellingham, WA. They are amazing and I'm so grateful to have found them!
This deer (which isn't really a deer) was purchased at Hobby Lobby. I love the subtle pop of gold is give to my space and reminds me of my Husband so that makes me happy. My man is an avid hunter and year round we enjoy deer and elk on our plates.
I found these off blue shutters at TJ Maxx and love the texture they add to my space.
The knobs throughout this house are glass, old, and amazing. I actually picked out our kitchen hardware inspired by these knobs. It's a simple detail, but I love the door knobs in my office. I have two doors, one out to the hallway and a big closet that stores all my office goodies. While this house is smaller than the house we moved from, there has been plenty of storage.
My birdie drapes that are oh so dear to me! I had these same curtains in our old home and the buyers desperately wanted me to leave them behind, so I did. I quickly jumped on Pier One to order more because I love them oh so much. I get compliments on these curtains all the time and I'm so happy I found them. They are the perfect touch to the big windows in my office.
The corner of my office is so cozy with a rollaway Alex Drawer Unit from Ikea, cute lamp from Lowe's and of course, my doTERRA essential oil diffuser. I love diffusing my space with lavender. when I need a little clarity and zen. :)
Alright this is probably my favorite area of the office. First of all, Ikea has super affordable, large, and sturdy shelves that you can find right here. They are the LACK wall shelf unit and they give my space something special to showcase photos and other various office decor items like my fabulous silver pineapple from Wayfair.com. I get asked all the time where I got my pineapple, so there it is! I love my pineapple. It always reminds me of my pregnancy with Riley and toward the end I read somewhere that eating a bunch of pineapple will induce labor. I made my Husband bring home pineapples every day for a week when I hit 40 weeks. I didn't have her until 41 weeks and was induced so yeah, that proved to be a BS method for me, personally. That girl did NOT want to come out. I tried everything. Anyway, moving on. Can we talk about these prints from our family session one more time? They are so special to me and I get to look at them every single day.
I recently started bring a polaroid camera with me to photo sessions inspired by our recent family session. They gave us 10 little prints to take home. It was so fun to leave our family session with something in our hands. I will forever cherish the polaroids and cannot wait for my photography clients to experience it as well. I hope to eventually find an old polaroid camera but I found this cute one on Amazon that works perfectly!
"You can never have too much white."
A direct quote from my Dad. Yep, I believe it! You can never have too much white. Well, you probably can but I love all things white! White, white, white! I love to add pops of color but white makes me so happy. The walls in my office are actually light grey, Clark and Kensington "Modern Grey" actually, if you wanted to know!
I'm so happy to have my computer in the spot I initially envisioned for this room. I really love how the floating shelves make the space come together and feel so cozy and comfortable. I'm always changing things around but feel like I've finally found everything it's proper home. For the sake of a picture I almost removed the mouse and wrist pad from my desk but the reality is that my wrists rub on the desk without the pad and my skin starts to hurt. This is my real life. I'm at this desk a lot and making it pretty was important, but comfort was even more so important. I purchased my desk chair at Overstock.com and LOVE it. It is so comfortable. I highly recommend it! Also, I get asked ALL the time where I got my desk. This bad boy is 10 years old. I got it at Target when I went to college. I've since painted it white and love that it is still holding up strong after all these years!
That's it, friends. This is my office. This is the space that fuels me creatively. I try to not get caught up on materialistic things, but the truth is that all these things and details in my own space help me feel inspiration. They help me feel in touch with my business, goals, and future. It may sound silly, but this room in my home is so much more than a room. It's my future. It's the place where I get to do what I love every single day. Not long ago I left the comfort of a career to chase this dream and work from home. Today I'm doing just that, in a space I designed myself to help me reach my goals and keep chasing that dream.
I’d love you to share your thoughts with me here. Do you have dreams of making over your own office space? If you could create your own personal dream space what would you incorporate?
If you enjoyed this post, check out the other renovation posts here! I had planned on doing one big reveal but I've decided it will be much more fun to room by room! So much love went into this project I want to give each room the attention that it deserves.
Emma is fine art photographer and graphic designer for photographers who are ready to take their business to new heights. She is a dream chaser who wanted to find a way to work from home & stay home with her daughter. Her passion for photography and design has led her down an exciting road of discovering who she is as a business owner and individual. She is passionate about working with her clients, fellow entrepreneurs and making connections with new people every day. Learn more about Emma here.