Home Office…Before and After! (Oh boy, Oh boy!)

Home Office…Before

Office Before

Home Office…After!

Office After

Can I get an AMEN????!!!!  This makeover is, to quote my husband, “bad to the bone!”…and that’s a good thing!  Let’s take a closer look at this home office makeover, shall we?

The office space is small…a 10′ x 10′ cube…however, this cube has a twin on the adjacent side and is divided by an entry hallway…office on the right, sitting/media room on the left.  So…it is actually 10′ x 23′ in total space (you’ll see the sitting room in the next photos).


  1. Create a masculine office for the husband (wife’s office is upstairs) that is a functional home office (he works from home), music/writing room for him and front entry to home.
  2. Keep as much of the existing furniture as possible.
  3. Keep it budget friendly.
  4. Make it gorgeous!


  1.  Remove credenza and lamp from the room.  (Too cramped)
  2. Reposition desk to the center of the room looking out toward the middle of the entire space.
  3. Move book shelves from sitting room to the back office wall.
  4. Start shopping!  The windows are empty, the walls are bare, the floor is naked and style needs to be infused everywhere!

…Moving to the opposite side of the space, let’s take a look at the existing sitting room before the makeover.  The room includes pretty pieces from Ethan Allen, a flat screen and a media shelving unit…that’s it! Sitting Room Before  Those shelves were moved to the office side to provide much needed functioning storage.  The sitting room furniture was reconfigured to the middle of the room and I added a mirrored side table between the chairs, removing the one you see pictured here.  The flat screen was also installed onto the wall.


New view from the center of the sitting room into the office..

Masculine Office

View from the center of office into sitting room…

Sitting Room - Front
Contemporary and Clean Sitting/Media room…

…Playing off the beautiful fabrics found on the homeowners’ furnishings, the space became an open and airy office that is sophisticated without being too formal or stuffy.  I LOVE the masculine window pane plaid on the arm chair and the linen tweed of the desk chair!…all providing the cues I needed to pull the rooms together into one cohesive and stylish space that not only he would love…but one the wife would love too!  The velvet drapes in Fog Grey add just the right amount of luxury needed for an office which resides in the front of the home.  The artwork is bold and resonating, taking up the entirety of one office wall.  This is a wonderful trick for small spaces…placing something very large in a small space creates the illusion of having a much grander space.  The background art is a personal composition by the homeowner who is also a songwriter and piano vocalist.  Adding unique touches to the home like this one is a must in my design work.  A home should reflect the homeowner’s life, interests and dreams.

A closer look at the details…


The media/sitting room design is clean and contemporary as represented in the artwork and furnishings.  Art was chosen as a starting point for a gallery wall which will evolve as the collection grows.

Sitting Room Sideview