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Before & After: My Office Make-Over

Do you work from home? I've been sitting at my little desk in the corner of my bedroom for just over two years now. There are many pluses and minuses of working from home, but one of the things I truly love is having total autonomy over how my work space looks - no LED strip lights in sight! So why hadn't I done anything to spice it up (I mean, really spice it up) for over six years?! The thing is, there's nothing wrong with my office (it even appeared on the front cover of a book once upon a time!) but it began to feel well, a bit tired and I had started migrating to the kitchen table or a nearby café instead (they do serve great chocolates muffins so it's kind of understandable!). A friend of mine from Greenland told me recently that if you're not using the space for the purpose it's set out for, you need to re-think it. Wise words indeed! It was time to make a change...

Before




The Area


My home office occupies a corner in between the stairs and balcony at the far end of our bedroom on the very top floor of our house. The area I have to play with is pretty mini: approximately 3.4 metre square (36 square foot), which is open on one side. Here's a quick overview of the dimensions (as you can probably tell, I'm not a trained designer - the lines were drawn with the side of a magazine!) but I hope it gives you an idea of the area.


My Inspiration


Since changing my bedroom to warmer chestnut and blushing peach tones in the same open-plan room, I was keen to create more of a cohesive space (that's the problem with doing something new - it's exciting but has a total knock on effect - bah!). 

While I wanted the office space to blend in, I also wanted to create a distinct space where I could sit and work, store all my books and have all my bits and bobs to hand: in other words, a complete mini office where I can work on my billion dollar deals (if only!). This meant re-configuring the space and picking up some new pieces such as a smaller desk to fit the shorter side of the space and a row of shelving opposite. Here is the original moodboard (put together with the help of designer extraordinaire Genevieve Jorn who also worked with me on the design of my adjoining bedroom):


It has the warm brown, chestnut and netural tones which I love and felt earthy, calm and relaxed.  I ended up changing the artwork selection to make it more personal and swapped out the rug for a similar one I already had.  See further down the post for the final selection!

The Paint:


I can't tell you how nervous I was about the Norwegian Wood paint colour (by Jotun) - it's quite possibly the boldest I've gone - eeeek! But I loved its warm, woody notes and was willing to give it a go! I tested a sample on the wall (it's always a good idea to observe the colour over a number of days to see how it looks in various lights) and was so thrilled with it!

To the paint the entire wall I stripped away the shelving to the right too. FYI I'm absolutely no painting and decorating pro  - but I'm learning paint splodge by paint splodge! After prepping the area with a damp cloth, tape and newspaper, I used a roller for the bigger areas (long strokes and a generous amount of paint is key) and a smaller paint brush to go around the edges and tighter corners.

Oh yes, and in order to create cohesiveness with the rest of the room I painted the entire wall below in the same Norwegian Wood colour. Of course, once I finished, I realised the back wall now looked a little yellow next to my lovely new accent wall - so this required a fresh lick of white - phew!





After


With the paint finally finished it was time for the fun part. To put the furniture and all my gear back in place! Here's how it's looking...


I was so happy to finally get around to putting up a moodboard of some of the items that inspire me right now. One challenge I still have though is the radiator. While it's going to be great for keeping my toes toasty in the winter, I'd much rather it was the same colour as the wall - next project?! 


Hanging the artwork!


I didn't want to mess up my new, sparkling white wall with trillions of unnecessary holes- so I used an interior design trick I learned from Gen a while back (you may have seen it in this post). It's a really safe way to avoid making mistakes!

Here's a step by step guide: 


 

1. Take a large roll of paper and draw around each of the pictures you intend to hang. Cut out the template.
2. Stick them on the wall with blu-tac - and play around with the templates until you have a composition you're happy with. Quick tip I learned: artwork looks best if it's around two thirds of the width of the furniture beneath it (of course rules are there to be broken and this is definitely not an instruction - more a guide if you're feeling stuck!).
3. Measure the distance of the hook on the back of the picture (both vertically and horizontally)
4. Mark out the same spot on your template on the wall.
5. Hammer a nail through the marked out spot
6. Tear away the template leaving the nail in place and you're ready to rock!





I hope you like the results! It was a fun project, but best of all I've got myself a shiny new work space (I'll have to do a take-out on those muffins instead!!

I've put together a quick guide on where a few of the items are from below. If I've missed anything just give me a shout in the comment section below!
Get The Look

1. Gurilla Portrait H
2. The MANTIS lamp
3. Desk w/drawers, oak, nature
4. EKET cabinet
5. Hubsch Metal black Table lamp
6. Norwegian Wood paint by Jotun
7. Washed white linen curtains
8. Carpet with fringes
9. Black Scissors from Hubsch
10. Desk organizer

If this has given you the incentive to update your workspace you might like to have a snoop around this archive (if this pops up first just hop over as always!).

Have a lovely day all!

Photography / styling : Niki Brantmark / My Scandinavian Home. Interior Design direction: Genevieve Jorn. Thank you to all the brands that helped contribute to this make-over by gifting items. The post contains some affiliated links.



LATEST COMMENTS:

  1. It's absolutely gorgeous. Brilliant job, and you've given me new eyes to look at siennas and umbers and warm chocolatey browns.

    But the rose gold binder clips.... where did you find those?? The open but chunky design of them is really interesting.

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    1. Thank you! I've never been into browns before either but they make everything feel so warm. The rose gold clips. Hmmm. Where on earth did I pick up those? No doubt a shop in Malmö somewhere a while back, sorry, really unhelpful!

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  2. I love the desk a lot!! Well done xoxo

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    1. Thank you Andri - I'm so happy with my new desk!

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  3. This is stunning! I love the paint colour and the contrast with the fresh white wall. Great job!

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  4. Well done!!! The touch of green plants give a beautiful balance.
    Cheers)))

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    1. Thank you Clara! I love to have plants around me while I work!

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  5. Really lovely work space! Not sure about painting the radiator - it will look better and in my experience, even with the best paint, the heat causes it to bubble and peel.

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    1. Good to hear your thoughts about the radiator. I had concerns about bubbling paint as well. I was also slightly concerned that as a girl who loves to change a room every 5 minutes I'd be stuck with a brown radiator one day!

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  6. It looks just lovely! So glad that you went for it!! But, may I suggest a color for your future radiator update? I propose something a little more unusual, like a metallic color in a rusty hue!! Wouldn't it look so much more interesting if your radiator looked like CorTen? With all those indents, it would look a lot more "sculptural" too. And it would blend nicely with that earthly warm woody hue of your wall, while preserving its "steel" identity. ;)

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    1. Thank you so much for this idea - I love it! You’ve inspired me to think differently about the radiator now!

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  7. It looks great! Well done! Stepping out of the comfort zone paid off. Did your kid like the color in the end? :)

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    1. Thank you Catherine! Yes they did - phew!!

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  8. You really should get yourself a good chair to sit on. One which is adaptable in height and easy to move around (wheels). The chair you have now is not particularly ergonomic…

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    1. Funny you should say that... look out for today’s post!!

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    2. You’re absolutely right by the way!

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  9. It looks fantastic! I love the darker wall offset by the artwork. It looks like a very calming, inspiring place to work.

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