I feel like a grown-up. I have wanted my own office since forever. Jon was supportive of me having an office. But not supportive of losing our formal dining room to get it. That is, until we went to Homarama this year (a parade of new homes we cannot afford and would trash the first week of living there because we have kids and pets).
Glory be, wouldn’t you know, about half the homes there had an office where a dining room should be!
Jon didn’t know I was on the cutting edge of home decor with my dining-room-to-office conversion idea.
So, the room we used about twice a year, is now the most used room in the house, next to the kitchen. Seriously, I live in here–and the kids love it, too. Which has it’s good points and bad points.
Anyhoo, are you ready?
Notice the table for four. We moved that in here when we got the new eight-seat kitchen table.
We have a family of five. So, guess how many times we actually sat here last year?
Drum roll, please…
Let’s do it again from another angle:
The Individual Elements:
Custom French Doors, Designed and Build by Charlie Hydes. I told him I wanted as much light flooding into the room as is humanly possible. And LOOK! Windows, windows, windows!!
(Hire him. He’s outstanding)
And a matching door, separating the office from the hallway leading to the kitchen…
I like that I can shut the door. When I write and the rest of the house is not writing—shut doors are good.
(Hi kitty cat.)
I know you want this chandelier. I got it from Z Gallerie. I think it’s my favorite thing in the room.
The Desk is from Ashley Furniture–the Carlyle Collection. I’ve had the desk for a few years, but it’s been hidden in my basement. I can’t write in the basement. It’s too dark to be creative. Did I mention, I like light?
Since I converted my dining room, I needed a place to put all the dining room-ish stuff. Turns out Carlyle also has a dining room collection! So I got this matching buffet. Inside I have china and crystal. Shhhh…Don’t tell anyone. This room thinks it’s an office!
This next thing is the first item I actually purchased specifically for the new office.
Because it’s the truth.
(From a little shop in Hilton Head Island, SC)
I searched high and low for the perfect curtains. Guess where I found them. TARGET! Oh, Target, you never steer me wrong.
Oh, and that glorious paint color is called “LaFonda Mirage”
(A Valspar paint available at Lowes)
My children inspire me. So, I asked each of them to make me something for my new office. Did I say that chandelier was my favorite thing?
Because my favorite things are these pieces of artwork from my children:
From Rebekah–an original sketch of the beach. She made it in about an hour. She’s so talented.
From Elliana–an hand bouquet. Precious.
And from Elijah–he didn’t get a choice. I took something of his that he made me when he was in kindergarten.
(it says “My mom can’t be afraid.”)
It makes me feel fearless.
Remind me to tell you the story behind this picture.
Jon and the kids know how much I love the beach. So they bought me beach-scented candles and flip-flop candle holders.
A picture of us on the beach…of course.
And a picture of my 88-year-old dad with his long-time friend, Eileen.
Q4U: Do you have a space to do your thang?
Doesn’t have to be an office…
An art studio?
A workout room?
A corner chair where you devour great books?
Tell me about it!!