Adding an Office Space to a Guest Room
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I never really thought much about having a home office until I started my blog. I began using my laptop all the time and I got tired of seeing it on the kitchen desk counter. We have a built-in desk in the kitchen which just ends up being a catch-all for mail, bills, etc., so it wasn't really a place I could call an "office". You know how that goes, right?
The home offices I saw on Pinterest were always quite inspiring, and I believe a little seed was planted in my head that someday I would need to carve out a place for my work. While we do have an "empty" room sitting at the back of our house, it really is more like a storage room for seasonal decor, clothing and occasionally an over flow guest room with the use of a blow up mattress. Suffice it to say, it is far from empty. So, instead of completely clearing that room out, I have decided to use the extra space in our front guest room. This photo from our move in day was taken while standing in the living room, looking toward the foyer and front of the house, hence the dubbing of this room as the "front" guest room.
A fresh coat of paint did wonders in here. The propped up art is something my husband had before we met. I probably wouldn't have picked it out, but I have to admit I actually dig the faux bamboo frame in a white washed color.
Those round gold door knobs had to go. I just love the levers I found! They were a pretty great price too, of course.
I think the biggest difference-maker in this room (besides the obvious paint color switch from puke yellow to a cool light grey) is the floor to ceiling curtains. I think I better dedicate another post entirely to the curtain selection or I will end up rambling here! ;)
If you're wondering why there's a random dining chair in this room (yes, that's my dining chair), it's because I purchased 8 of them to make sure we could seat enough people around our dining table but I don't really like the look of them packed around the table 24/7. Plus it's just nice to have a place to sit if you're visiting.
Now, this chair makes even more sense.
If my "desk" looks familiar, it's probably because it's actually the console from my foyer. You can see what it looked like there by checking out my recent tour via the link below.
I love it, but I preferred to have a longer console to fill up that space and I finally found the perfect piece! I'll be revealing my foyer refresh in an upcoming collaboration with Lo Home and I can't wait to show you!
It works, doesn't it?
I switched out the plain glass vase on this accent table (technically a plant stand) for this beautiful Shell Pitcher. that I received from Vaga Bond House / Arthur Court. Yes, it's a pitcher! It's actually made from premium signature aluminum alloy, and meets FDA regulations for serveware. You can even chill it in the freezer before using to serve outdoors, OR you can even put it in the oven to mix up a hot beverage! How cool is that? When it's not being used as serveware, it fulfills a new purpose as a vase! Isn't it unique? You'll find that I do that with a lot of my items. They end up being a vase for my fronds at one time or another. ;)
I really enjoy the location of my new little office because I can see out the front window and also straight out to the backyard overlooking the pool from the living room and breakfast nook windows. I don't feel too tucked away in here, but it's still a quite place to concentrate. Mission accomplished. :)