Ready to see the most amazing reveal ever? Like, one that has chicest wallpaper ever?!! Here’s my Farmhouse 1820 office makeover reveal!
Among all of the room makeover reveals I have shared here on my blog, I think my office makeover is my favorite. I know, I know, I say that with every reveal, but with this one, my office makeover is special. It’s transformed in a way that speaks how I’ve evolved as a designer. My office is now chic and sophisticated, yet still proves that this room is the workhorse I need it to be, with all of the requirements for me as a mom, a designer, a writer and a dreamer.
This post is in collaboration with Lick. An outstanding paint and wallpaper company that launched here in the U.S. a year ago. I’m honored to be a Brand Ambassador, and I cannot wait for you to see this reveal!
First, Let’s Recap On The Room Design
My first plan of action was to create a new floor plan. My desk was tucked back in a corner, away from the windows and the furthest away from the radiators, which in the winter, was too chilly to concentrate. Although my design table fit perfectly in its original spot, it didn’t work efficiently in that three sides of the table were up against walls, leaving me with just one side to work. I wanted to be able to walk around the table, and have it allow all four sides to be workable. I also wanted a place to chill, and thumb through design books and magazines, and perhaps zone out for a few. And last but not least, the bookcase needed to create its own moment in my office as well.
The plan: two walls to be wallpapered in a gorgeous rainforest print (Lick, Rainforest 02), and two painted a very soft pink (Lick PINK 01),with a very slight grey undertone. My office needed to have high function and high style, and I designed just that.
Farmhouse 1820 Office Makeover Reveal
The star of the show in this room is the wallpaper. Hands down. I have to say one of the best decisions I made for my office makeover, was to hire a professional wallpaper hanger. I found a true gem and he is worth is weight in gold. Cheers to Brian the Wallpaper Guy! He even wallpapered the switch plates perfectly.
It made perfect sense for the seating area to be in front of the large wall. The grey couch compliments the colorful wallpaper, and when sitting on the couch, the view on the opposite wall features a colorful Audrey Hepburn hanging above the mantle, which also houses several design books.
The design table moved out of its nook and into the center of the room. In my head, I wanted to be able to sit at my design table, and look at that gorgeous wallpaper, allowing me to constantly grab inspiration from the print and vibrant colors. Sean was able to rewire the outlet in the ceiling so I could have two fixtures hanging overhead, providing that much needed light when working. Because, I love color just as much as I love calm, I feel the two can work hand in hand if designed correctly.
My desk is now facing a window and I also have a window to my right that looks out to our barn, letting me take a breather and stare out periodically, give my eyes a break from the screen, and take a mental time out while I’m at it. The two walls by my desk are now painted the softest pink that brings that sense of calm I require when I write. I stripped the white paint off the top of my desk, and painted the bottom the same architectural grey (Lick, Grey 10) as the trim on the walls.
I found the perfect home for the bookcase, which received a new coat of gold spray paint, and I added a lamp to light up the books and give that warm glow at night. It’s its own moment full of design reference and decor. A full bookcase yet looks far from overdone.
There was/is a door that goes into the mudroom that hasn’t been opened in years, and I’d like to keep it that way. Initially, I wanted to take the door out and drywall over the opening, but the more we thought about it, the more we didn’t want to disturb the moulding and the original design of this 203-year-old house. So I did the next best thing; I removed the doorknob, and added shelves to create a smaller bookcase for trinkets and collectables, allowing me to tweak as often as I like.
This room has undergone 5 makeovers in the almost 13 years we’ve lived here, and this makeover was so worth the wait! Thoughtful inspiration and design went into this project, and I’m grateful for what I learned, and how it allowed me to grow as a designer.
I so hope that you enjoy this reveal as much as enjoyed working on it. Thank you so much for always being the loyal readers that you are. I’m forever grateful.
If you missed what my office looked like before and want to see the design plan, you can see it HERE!