I am convinced that one of the personality traits of a DIY blogger is the super power to blindly overlook clutter.
I used to think that it was just me. I wouldn’t put away a ladder, because I needed to use it “tomorrow” to hang a curtain rod. The paint cans would sit for weeks in a room that I had just painted, because I needed to touch up paint in a few spots. Little by little, it built up because I was always moving on to the next project before I finished a previous one. My other DIY blogger friends admit to me that they have the same problem, so it’s good to know that I’m not alone. I swear, I was not like this before I jumped head first into redoing my house.
Unfortunately, that little personality trait means that we DIY bloggers all have a room in our homes that is a danger zone. Mine was in my home office, and it was anything but an inspiring place to work. In fact, if I could make it over the piles of homeless toys and wayward pieces of furniture without maiming myself, I could call it a good day. This photo shows my former office on one of my “picked up” days.
Negatory, y’all. It was painful, and it just couldn’t go on.
So, in an effort to save myself from myself, this cluttered office became the next victim as I rid my house of blah blah builder’s beige and give it some style. It’s now a far cry from it’s sad beginnings.
This transformation was my favorite yet for several reasons. First, since it is my personal space, I didn’t have to worry about pleasing anyone else in my family other than myself. And second, I did the entire thing myself – Tom only lifted a finger to help me carry the desk and dresser up our staircase and into the room.
My new eclectic home office space was entirely inspired by the little loveseat I found last summer. The washed out floral print on velvet makes it look like it has seen decades of use, but it’s actually brand new. It’s smaller than a traditional loveseat, which makes it the perfect size to add a seating area to a small, square room.
Where I used to avoid working in my cluttered office since I could just carry my laptop elsewhere in the house, I now ONLY want to work in here. The mood it creates is nothing short of inspiring. I used the rich wood tones and bold colors that I love, and I added in pops of color in unexpected places.
The rest of the room started falling into place after I finished installing the wood wall. The desk is a vintage find from Craigslist that I refinished and the dresser is a new piece that I know will move from room to room in my house for many years to come.
All along, I had planned to build a new chandelier for the room. But, once everything else was in place, I realized that what was hanging there originally was absolutely perfect. I think I’ll build the new chandelier for another room, though. The concept is awesome in my head.
As with any eclectic room, the accessories add the final layer that gives the fun style some oomph. I layered vintage and new. I mixed brushed silvers with antique golds. I didn’t shy away from adding bold colors in non-traditional ways, such as with the green overdyed rug.
I splurged on an original Tolix A chair instead of going for a knockoff version. There was something in me that really wanted that chair, and I’m so glad that I l listened to my heart. The chair is actually comfortable and so stylish – and just perfect in the room.
Next week, I’ll put together a resource list on the room (Update: Here’s my list of resources!). Until then, here’s a list of the projects I’ve already written about:
- Herringbone Wood Paneled Wall
- Updated Mid-Century Desk
- Dog Themed Paint by Numbers Gallery Wall
- Hairpin Legged Spice Cabinet
- Faux Succulent Arrangement in Vintage Dog Planter
What do you think? Could you get a lot of work done in a room like this?
Let’s hope I can keep this room uncluttered.
Linking up to Shabby Creek Cottage’s Transformation Thursday linky party.