Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Transformed Office & Guest Room - Before and After

This is the end result of an utterly transformed office space and
guest room. Feast your eyes on this room and take in all of the
rich details.

The shelves with the natural branches are rustic
and give the room some real organic flavor.

Why waste the space on the back a door?

Here's a before picture of the closet.

The after is totally fab. I really studied the way
they organized all of the office supplies in this
closet - just brilliant! There's even enough room
to store the luggage rack.

Here's a great little DIY project you can
do with any framed cork board.

Once you tape the edges, you can stain or paint
the base color you want onto the frame.

Follow up with gold leafing. You can usually get
gold leafing kits at your local craft store (you don't
necessarily need real gold leaf - a substitute will do).
The kit should come with a glue like paste you can
brush onto your surface which you let dry for 20-30
minutes until it becomes sticky or tacky. You then
carefully lay each piece of foil or leaf onto the tacky
surface one by one and smooth it out. Once it has
dried, you can seal it for a smooth surface.

And Voila, here's the finished product!

Here's a great before picture of the office.

And after of the desk area. A world of a difference!

Organization is key. A place for everything.


A clever use of a cabinet to store extra
linens, pillows and amenities for guests.

I just love the color of this chair, the gorgeous pattern
on the rug, and the really fun pom-pom balls on the
pillow.

Hope this post has given you some
inspiration to redo your office or guest room.

All photos from Country Living

90 comments:

DesignTies said...

I love it!! It's elegant, pretty, vibrant, happy, fun, whimsical.... a little bit of everything :-)

The green & pink & brown colour scheme is great -- for some reason, the word "juicy" pops into my head when I see the bright green and jewel pink tones. And the pompom cushion is too cute ;-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Zelda said...

that is very challenging colors and wall paper ! it turn pretty good .

Yoli said...

What a change, very opulent!

Miss Aimee said...

what great wallpaper. amazing what a little work can do. great job...

wide open spaces said...

oh. my. goodness. I was even salivating over the closet & cupboard interiors. really phenomenal.

Jan said...

I could bury myself in there for a whole day (wouldn't get any work done though)

Jess said...

I absolutely love the magazine rack on the back of the door!

Down Comforter said...

Wow - amazing transformation!

Fabulously french said...

It looks fabulous, I love the wallpaper!

maureen said...

the deep magenta hue is so bold!

Ann said...

Hmmm... I never thought I would appreciate an office space with that kind of wallpaper...ever...but I loved it in this office space...it compliments the rich colors splashed all over in this fab and lovely space.

craftYARD posted this said...

i love it! such great colors i'd never think to use! off to work on my room now...

xoxo,
craftYARD

kate said...

what a beautiful, beautiful,make over, can you come do my House???
Kate

Estrella said...

The color combination is great, you usually dont see this toghether bt definetly works, i wa surprised about all the stuff in the walls and i the closet, its a lot but it actually complimets the place, great desing

www.designfabulous.com said...

I love this office transformation. An office is the hardest room to do for me. Has to include function and style, and with a husband that think the most functional thing to do is leave papers in stacks all over the room (AHHH! venting) it is even harder. This is a great inspiration for me to reclaim my office and make a beautiful space.

Lucinda said...

What a fantastic make over! My problem is I would never get anything accomplished in a room like that, I would just want to relax and enjoy everything.

melissa davis said...

Doesn't wallpaper make ALL the difference?? And LOVE that print!! ;)

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