My home office has been nearly a year in the making. I once worked in the smaller bedroom adjacent to it, but after we took over the basement and Shawn moved his office downstairs, it was time for an upgrade — but it didn’t come without a cost.
In the before photos, you’ll see the space the day I bought the house (aren’t the doily curtains kind of adorable?), and the state it got to about a year in (peeling wall hell). The room wasn’t bad those first few months: I changed out the fixtures, replaced the curtains and painted the wood trim and doors, but after a few months, the paint on the ceiling and walls started peeling and flaking off. Turns out, a quick paint job was done before selling, and acrylic was slopped on top of oil-painted plaster from the 50s, which didn’t end well.
Shawn and I spent days scraping, chipping and sanding the walls and ceiling down, and then another day priming it with an oil sealer that literally made us both sick from the fumes, but in the end, the result was well worth the elbow grease. After a splash of dark paint, furniture, plenty of plants, and a big, plush Persian rug from ECarpetGallery to anchor the space and keep my feet warm and cozy, my home office is now a place I very much enjoy working and hanging out in. Read more and scroll down to see more photos and a source list / mood board to shop similar items!
Photography by Shawn Lovering
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