I’m an introverted homebody, and I’ve been known to call my bed my favorite place in the world. (My husband refers to it as The Swamp, and me, The Swamp Monster.) And though I love getting outside and exploring and going on out-of-town adventures, there’s nothing quite like snuggling up on the couch.
This can be a bit of a detriment to my productivity, especially when I work from home. While I can sometimes thrive in a world of comfort—cuddled up in sweatpants and several layers of blankets, laying across my love seat—there are times when it’s too easy to close my email and surf social media instead.
Recently, I found out that my work-from-home days will increase by 100%. This summer, my physical work office will not be renewing its lease. All of us at the firm will be working from home, with an in-person meeting about once a week.
I’m thrilled about this. However, I also recognize that I need to make a few adjustments at home before I’m ready to spend all of my time working, rather than lounging.
Home Office Renovation
Luckily, my husband and I have a dedicated office space already. Typically Chad spends the most time in here, usually after work as he relaxes with his desktop computer. Because of this, the space has become functional-only, a little messy, and void of my style or presence. I decided to change things up a bit. I’m determined to make this space one that I want to spend time in, to boost my productivity and overall enjoyment.
After scouring Pinterest up and down into the late hours of the night, I decided to go with a home office style that is a mix of modern and mid-century modern. I’m partial toward white shaggy rugs, plastic-y chairs, and a comfortable accent chair in the corner. I want to make the decor more purposeful and chic, rather than a splatter of personal effects.
If that means pairing down all of my pig-related decor, so be it. It’s time.
Since we’re doing our best to be ballers on a budget, I sourced all of my new materials from affordable vendors. Almost everything came from Amazon and Target, with some boxes from Michaels and accent pieces from Wayfair (only after they were heavily discounted on their “Way Day” sale!).
World Market Items
Photo Storage Boxes (for files, supplies, etc.)
There were three do-it-yourself projects in the office space.
1. The bookshelf
This lofty vision involved taking our erect secondhand picture-board bookshelf and painting it white, then laying it horizontal in the room. I was able to free up a lot of space and put the new accent chair in that area, as well as doubled the storage space with the horizontal change.
2. The re-purposed baskets
We stained a few cheap wooden baskets to use in our wedding, and they’ve been taking up random spaces in our house since then. I decided to paint two of them white, and use them in the office as an extra bookcase and office supply area, since my books desperately needed a new home.
3. The rolling paper dispenser
Though I haven’t put it up yet, I left a space for a wall-mounted note scroll. This was my inspiration. I bought a mountable paper towel dispenser and craft paper. Super easy and simple!
The Final Result
Now, the office is a functional space, but most importantly, I want to spend time in here. It’s cute and trendy and comfy and, best of all, designed with my own taste in mind. My favorite part is the reading nook corner space, where I can now escape to in between bursts of productivity at the desk.
It was a bit of a lengthy project, but such a great upgrade. I’m super happy about my new sunshine space.