Wednesday, January 22, 2014

My Office Space: Before and After

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Sometime last year, I mentioned in a post that I wanted to carve out a creative space in my home. I also knew that having such a space would help me be more organized and productive. For what I do, I don’t need a whole room for my office space, so I chose this closet which is on the right as you enter the foyer.  There’s another identical one to the left also.

Work space before design
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A horrible before picture. This closet also has the water shut off system(I think?).  It’s  a tiny space but based on the location, it gets lots of natural light and I can actually sit in there and close the door(though my legs would be touching the walls in front). I snapped this picture after I had an electrician wire an outlet so I would have electricity and be able to plug in a lamp and my computer.

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Next up was to have the wallpaper installed. I chose the Thibaut Tanzania pink and white spotted wallpaper from their Resort line. I went with this one because the design would pop and make an impact in such a small space.
The Desktop

Space for desktop
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This picture was taken Last Friday night. I was able to get a carpenter to install the desk top. However, he only had almond colour available, but I said that was fine and I just needed to have it installed and would paint it later on. Install day, I was able to “pretend sit” to ensure the height of the desk top would be placed right where it would be most comfortable for me and accommodate my height perfectly. It was a custom job in every way,  except I had to prep the surface for painting, plus it is formica, so not easy. I sanded with a 120 grit and I purchased a specialty white paint from Benjamin Moore so I didn’t need to prime. However, I did apply a couple coats to ensure even coverage. I also believe Rustoleum has a specialty paint for formica.

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The After with probably a finishing coat to go.

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 Workspace after decoration
Some of the items used for styling are items I already owned while others were purchased from different places. The lamp is from Target. Well, I purchased the base and shade separately(both from Target). I chose that base because it doesn’t add visual weight since it is transparent and the linen shade adds texture. The lovely diva lady called Windy was purchased from one of my favourite Fashionistas, Edwina at Fashion + Art. The write on Chesapeake chalk candle is one of my faves in the space and I found it  hidden amongst some other things at TJMaxx. The scent is eucalyptus and it smells so good! The chair is the white Scoop back chair from West Elm. The stylish and fabulous acrylic stapler was purchased from the Zhush shop. What do you think? Oh, I used washi tape to mount the pictures/art because I didn’t want to place holes in the wallpaper.

Thank you to Lea of Lea Hartman Photography for capturing the after pics.

35 comments:

  1. BRAVO BRAVO! You will not believe this, but I TOO work in a closet and I love it. Your space is gorgeous and colorful, and mine is just as I love it as well; I need to share mine space too, but I do need to paint the inside of it. Isn't it fun to downsize and see what we can do with a closet? GOOD JOB my friend! Anita

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  2. I love it so much!! It is fresh, girly and so modern...that stapler is tdf!!! Great job, hope you do many creative things on that desk!!
    xo
    Ozana

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  3. It really looks great! What a great way to repurpose an unused closet space!

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  4. I adore the space you've carved out for yourself! The wallpaper is perfection and that lamp! I can't believe it's from target. You did a wonderful job.

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  5. This is such an awesome space, I'm dying over the wallpaper in the pink colour way!

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  6. Absolutely well done! I really like the lamp and stapler.

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  7. small spaces = big design opportunities. you've done so much using very few items in this space, as always, lovely. growing up my room had 2 double-wide closets and my clothes filled about 1/4 of a single closet. my mom turned the second closet into my desk / study area. it's a great use of space if one can spare a closet. that wallpaper is one of my favorites ... the open pattern doesn't close the closet in. such a yummy pink too.

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  8. Well done Stacey- Your work space looks fab!! Reflects you also!!

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  9. What a pretty and functional space. I love all your pics. This is such a great example of how small can be so functional and beautiful.

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  10. These days with so many coming "out" of the closet, it is so refreshing to see what the closet looks like! So, what a wonderful little space you have made for yourself, going "in" the closet! Thank you for sharing with us.

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  11. You really made the most of such a small space. I love the walls and all of your accessories are so fun and colorful. Well done, Stacey!!

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  12. Spectacular!! Love the red cord on the lamp too.

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  13. oops - i was signed in under the wrong thing. Really do love what you've done w/that closet.

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  14. Absolutely fabulous like you are Stacey! SO YOU! Love, love the wall paper - totally gives this small nook a lot of pizzaz which you have girl!!!!!! Love it, enjoy and be inspired!!!!!

    Another quick tip if you want to post more things on the wall - use painters tape - cheap, no damage and excellent colors too!

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  15. Absolutely fabulous like you are Stacey! SO YOU! Love, love the wall paper - totally gives this small nook a lot of pizzaz which you have girl!!!!!! Love it, enjoy and be inspired!!!!!

    Another quick tip if you want to post more things on the wall - use painters tape - cheap, no damage and excellent colors too!

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  16. Absolutely fabulous like you are Stacey! SO YOU! Love, love the wall paper - totally gives this small nook a lot of pizzaz which you have girl!!!!!! Love it, enjoy and be inspired!!!!!

    Another quick tip if you want to post more things on the wall - use painters tape - cheap, no damage and excellent colors too!

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  17. It is very clever first of all to use a closet space that you don't need and create such lovely girly corner!! Great touch on all the details(: and the wall paper is a darling !! Xo z

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  18. OMG I love it SO MUCH! I wanna come over and work there - hehehe

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  19. Oh, I just love that wallpaper!! The office space looks amazing.

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  20. I love this!!! My sister just did this same thing with one of her closets- turned it into an office area. Such a great use of space. I'm going to show her yours- I LOVE how you wallpapered it and the paper you used!!

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  21. Now thats a smart closet!! Love when people use closets for more than just clothing!!! THat is so much fun!

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  22. Wow...I absolutely love what you did with the space. It came out fabulous! Great job!

    Paula

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  23. I think you know from IG how much I love this space. So flirty, fun and fab - yes, I can muster up an alliteration even as I sip some wine. Not understanding how it's so well lit but it'll quite the cozy corner for you to write and be creative. Love it, love it, love it.

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  24. I love it! Its so bright and cheery. Its the perfect little nook. I was considering this wallpaper for my closet coincidentally...and wasn't sure if maybe to use a stencil and save some money....but then I see your paper and it just looks amazing. Lovely! just lovely! Congrats and enjoy!

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  25. I know that scoop back chair from a mile away. I use to work at West Elm. But as for this office space...It's PERFECT! I love love love!

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  26. What a perfect idea, Stacey, and it is so pretty! xo.

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  27. So chic, Stacey! You are fabulously talented.
    xo,
    Phyllis

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  28. Love, love, love! I simply ADORE this wallpaper and will have to remember it when we can put up wallpaper some day!
    I am also obsessed with your stapler (who knew those words would come out of my mouth!) Where is it from?

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living


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  29. Oh Stacey! You are resourceful! I love what you did with this tiny space, wow, gives me total inspiration to make a corner for myself. Thanks! Mxx

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  30. I love that you made this little space for yourself, it really sings with happiness! And I am obsessed with that lucite stapler, I need to get one! Love your wallpaper choice and that you just went for it and painted the formica. It looks great Stacey!
    xo Mary Jo

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  31. I love this little office space! Very creative and fun!

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  32. I liked such type of office space and I would like to have this office space to run my business.
    The 5 Minute Office

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