Dressing our Fresh Office

Remember a few weeks ago when we painted our office? Now that that’s out of the way, it’s time for us to start dressing it up, you know, making it feel like a cool place to work/blog/hang out. So far – mission accomplished.

What do you get when you take two film and TV production nerds and task them with home improvement and DIY projects? Flawless lighting design; perfectly balanced color temperatures, customized for each individual room. Oh yea, and a whole lot of light bulbs. So you better believe we were going to alter the lighting mood in the office. There’s a dated ceiling fan/light combo in this room that we’d probably like to replace someday, and although it puts out A LOT of light, it’s not always setting the best mood for the office.

Old ceiling fan

Thus, we went on a search for some lamps that would add practical, subtle light. We went to Target (naturally) and after some thinking, we chose these desk lamps to bookend either side of the desk.

Office lighting with desk lamps

These lamps are awesome because they are adjustable, allowing you to direct the light down or out, depending on what you’re working on.

Unique desk lamp

These were right up our alley.

We also worked our beloved pig art back into our lives…

Kohler's Pig

Ah yes, “Kohler’s Pig.” The most popular question about this one: “is that a pig diving into a pond?” Most popular response from us: “Yep, sure is!” It’s SO SILLY yet so sophisticated somehow. Ya dig?

I guess we don’t really have any further plans for this room, other than hanging some more pics. I got a Groupon deal on decals from Dali Decals last month, so maybe we will get some sweet decals for the walls. We’d like to put a futon in here at some point so we don’t have to keep subjecting guests to the floor and/or air mattresses. Andrew keeps one of his guitars in the office, so we brought the keyboard up from the basement so it’s more accessible (ie: I will play it more if it’s upstairs). We need to try out my new Christmas presents!

She & Him song books

So while we’re on the subject…enjoy a little She & Him. It just might brighten your day.

The Office

The Office

No, not that office. Although we do love the show, we’re talking about our office. Just a few days ago, what we’ve been calling “the office” was a room to throw our junk in until we figured out where it was going. After some serious cleaning up and organizing, we were ready to tackle the last of the brown-lined ceiling tiles (you may remember these babies from our living room and our bedroom).

Here’s “the office” as pictured in the listing photos for our house:

Listing photo

Creepy, eh?

With a lack of closet space in our bedroom, we knew we needed to add some storage space to the office, so we installed Closet Maid shelving into this little alcove right after we moved into the house.

Closet with Closet Maid Shelves

Take note of all our junk too. This is pretty much what the office has looked like for the past 4 months.

We took off from work the entire week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day, so we had plenty of time to see friends and family and time to work on a few things around the house. Naturally, we wanted to make another big dent in our house progress, so we decided to tackle this messy room.

We organized everything, removed all the junk and prepped the room for a serious paint job. We also removed that ugly scalloped wood hanging over what we have turned into a closet.

Closet with scalloped woodScalloped wood removed

It was a rough removal because the piece of wood had been painted over a few times, but it wasn’t anything a little spackle and fresh paint couldn’t fix!

Scalloped wood removed

Once we got this hunk of junk out of the way, it was time to get to painting. We pretty much hate painting at this point. We have painted just about anything that can be painted in our house – a little color updating goes a LONG way! As I said before, you may remember our ugly brown-lined ceiling tiles from our living room and bedroom. Of course, we had to tackle these bad boys one last time in the office.

Ceiling tiles

Yuck. Filling in the lines requires A LOT of paint, but once that’s finished, all you have to do is roll!

Painting ceiling tiles

Then it was onto the walls. We knew we wanted to paint the room yellow, but we really had no idea that Olympic One’s “Sunbeam” was going to be this bright!

Yellow office

Here’s a look at the room after we removed the painter’s tape and started to get our stuff back into place:

Remodeled officeRemodeled office

What do you think? Too bright? I’m afraid we may have turned our house into a rainbow, but I think we are just really drawn to color. Stay tuned for my next update to see what we did to spruce the space up a bit more!