Thursday

And Now, I'd Like You to Meet: My New Home Office

Our house is definitely not big, but it's right for us. We use every spare inch of it, except for one room: our formal dining room. We just aren't formal kind of people, but even rarely used, it holds an old table and thrift store chairs. And dust.

I've been itching for a home office for months. We can't justify moving and I simply don't want the expense or headache of one.

[I couldn't find a lot of inspiration for such a transformation. I googled and asked friend's opinions, I made my hubby move furniture in and out and was actually unsure of this idea.]

But I finally got up the courage! So. I talked my hubby into letting me change our formal dining room into a home office. (He was very agreeable, he just didn't think it would look that great).

Before:


(Yes, that's the table that got hung in the doorway at midnight. It was hilarious, but only to me. My hubby did not laugh one bit).

After:


This is now the busiest room in the house! My hubby included (yes, he loves it!)

What I did:

I kept the paint, curtains, rug the same and two of my dining room chairs. I just didn't want to spend more money than needed. I also kept my dining room hutch.

Nearly everything else came from Ikea! You can really stretch a dollar in that store. We bought the gorgeous chair, shelves, desk (which is really a $69 dining room table!), and storage boxes. I got the desk lamp and skirt around the desk (which is actually one curtain panel I cut and velcro'd) at Target.

This room inspires me.

Who knows, I might even write a book in it!

110 comments:

Vicky said...

It looks great!

melissa said...

GORGEOUS!!!

Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free said...

I LOVE it!

Tammy said...

Bee-YOO-tea-ful!!!!

Kat @ Inspired To Action.com said...

That is brilliant! I love it...

Cassie said...

Beautiful! Great job!

Skooks said...

It looks great! Now if only I had a formal dining room I could turn into a sewing room I'd be all set. My current office shares a room with the playroom and guest room. No room left for more stuff!

Superchikk said...

It looks awesome! I'm so glad you did away with the formal dining in favor of the office. You will love it and your family will too.

Melanie said...

It's breathtaking!!!! Please come do the same to my formal dining room that I use probably once a year ;) LOVE IT!!!! GREAT JOB!!!

Mandi @ It's come to this said...

It's beautiful!!! I lost my formal dining room last year ... to a play room:( Definitely worth it but still makes me a tad sad!

Amanda said...

I think it looks amazing!!! Excellent job!

shana said...

nice work, it looks great!
blessings,
shana

The Activity Mom said...

Wow! Looks great! Love it!

Jennifer said...

Now that's an office!!

Tina said...

That is AWESOME!!!

WhitePineLane said...

Fabulous! My sister actually did the same thing with their teeny formal living room - since they do all their "living" in their bigger, comfier family room. Without seeing the results (yours and my sister's) I would think the idea sounds really weird, but it's really a great use of space. Families are living differently these days than when some of our houses were built, so you might as well change the rooms to suit the way you really live. Brava!

Shoofly Mama said...

Oh, wow! WOW! LOVE. IT! Need to show my hubby to see if I can do the same with my "you walk into the front door and this is what you see" room in my house. We can't make up our minds what to do with it, but I think he might go for something as put together as that!

Sherry said...

This room is fabulous! I know you will get a lot of use out of your new office. Great job.

Janet said...

He doubted you?

You outdid yourself!!

Janet

RLR said...

Oh, it's LOVELY! We made our DR into a "kid office" but it's not nearly so cozy and inviting!

Merrie said...

Very pretty room! Looks like a wonderful room to feel inspired in.

Crysm said...

That is a fabulous transformation!! Great work!

Jessica said...

Oh, wow! Looks great!

Carri said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I love your new home office truly inspiring and so calming.

Henley on the Horn said...

Gorgeous! Will you come and find room for one in my house? I love it!

Henley on the Horn said...

Gorgeous! Will you come and find room for one in my house? I love it!

Joy said...

Haven't been by in awhile! That looks sweeeeeeeeet!

Bennett Family said...

Love it, you did a great job!
We just turned our formal living room into a home office, even put doors on the open doorway. We Love it and it gives my husband more privacy and quiet when he works from home.

Michelle said...

That came out great!

bridget {bake at 350} said...

Love it, love it, love it! Love the skirted table...and the shelves...and the chair. I was waiting to see that hutch on the curb, though! ;) If it starts to feel too crowded in there, I know someone who will take it off your hands!

Jessica said...

I like it! And I recognize that chair as the backdrop for your hubby's He Said videos!

Laryssa Herbert said...

Ahh...reclaimed space...so wonderful. It looks lovely! Great job.

MaryBeth said...

That's an incredibly cool transformation for use of space!! I wish someone would come and do that to my entire house... I haven't any creative genes whatsoever!

Jackie said...

Love it, love it! What a great use of space!

carikaufm said...

Wow! This is awesome! Can you come do this for our dining room!

christa elyce said...

yes this room rocks! Write a book. I'd read it! lol! congrats! Just hit ikea today myself and came out with some great finds!

do you shop the As Is section ever?

Elizabeth said...

I love it! It totally looks like a picture from a magazine. I bet your house feels a little bigger, now that you've got a "new" room to use!

Gramma 2 Many said...

Just doing a little blog surfing tonight and hit upon your blog. Love the new "office." Great transformation.
I also appreciate your candor and honest testimony in He said She said.
It is a blessing to others to see you work through this and continue on in Faith and Trust. What the devil means for evil, God transforms into good. Paraphrased by me:)
I also hope your trip to Kenya is one of great reward. I went to Tanzania in '08. A trip I will never forget, and hope to be able to repeat in the time I have left here on earth.

Jo said...

What a lovely space - I would love to work at that desk:) Jo

sevenalstons said...

So gorgeous! And so organized... I appreciate the inspiration :)

Tonia said...

IT is wonderful! Do you want to come help me at my house?

SkylarKD said...

Oooh, I love the fabric!
Congrats on a great room renovation!

Tammy said...

I love it!! Now maybe I'll go work on my craftroom.

Sue said...

Looks great! Nice to picture you there composing your fun posts!

CraftGirlAlli said...

can I hire you to redecorate my house? lol. I love what you did with it!

Emily E. said...

wow- that's fabulous! I LOVE it! I may have to bookmark this one for inspiration later. :D

Plus, it looks like the perfect place for sipping sweet tea!

homebody0404 said...

Kristin,

Very nice! If I lived there, that room would inspire me too!!!

everyday mom of one said...

Great Idea,we would never use a formal dining area either. We like our shared kitchen/dining space.

Kara said...

Wow! Great looking room! Now I want a home office!

Courtney said...

I love love love how this turned out!! We didnt build a dining room in our house for the same reason, it wouldnt get used but wish I did just so I could do what you did :) very very very jealous of ikea though, closet to me is about 9 hours away!

Nancy said...

I have no doubt you'll write a book in there! It's gorgeous! Great job!!

MommaJen said...

great job! I too was skeptical, but it's lovely - no crazy cords or "cheap looking" furniture!

Tawna said...

Oh that looks WONDERFUL!!!

nicole said...

Fantastic! It doesn't look too much like an office with the hutch still there and the cozy chair. I would want to be in that room all the time. :)

Jenny said...

Wow, this looks amazing. Can you come decorate my house?

These Are The Days said...

Adorable. Good job. We made our formal dining room into an office too. Get's way more use!

The Nester said...

I bet that room is feeling so happy and loved right now!! Good for you and it looks so beautiful. Oh, and um, manly too for your husband.

We are using our tiny dining room space for a sitting room and I'm so happy with it. Although, really, we still never use it. Sad.

Kay said...

I love it! So wish we had an extra room to convert. I would do it in a heartbeat! : )

TidyMom said...

I LOVE it Kristen!! I've been looking for a hutch in my office...love yours!!

Wifeof1Momof4 said...

Wow.. great transformation! I use our living as an office, but it looks NUTHIN like this! You have great creative skills.

I might have to steal the shelving, I KNOW that is what is missing here. And to think I was gonna use a cork board, but this looks so much better!

Great job!

Jendeis said...

So beautiful! I absolutely love the colors. Will be saving the pics in my ideas file. :)

jodi @ back40life said...

great job - love all the black and white! know you'll super enjoy it!

Jaden Paige said...

I love it! It came out absolutely gorgeous, the colors are FANTASTIC!!

Crystal said...

Oh my lands, I love it. So does my husband.

After seeing this we spent 20 minutes staring at our dining room- we could do this, and this, or that....

I love how you use things like curtains from Target my fav store too, and re-purpose them.

You are talented, woman!

Staci said...

Beautiful! We are getting ready to move back to Houston and I can't wait to decorate my new house. Where did you get the chandelier?

Tina said...

I found SO. MUCH. STUFF. at Hobby Lobby today that would look fabu in your new office - I thought of you when I saw it :)

Erin @ Closing Time said...

WOW!! It is truly a thing of beauty!! I love it!! :)

Janet said...

Hey! I found these frames that would look great in your new room. They are part of a giveaway!

Check it out:
http://littlebgcg.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-very-first.html

Janet

Kimberly said...

I would buy and read any book you wrote! :) Great room! :)

happygal said...

Looks fabulous! Love it.

Melissa R said...

It's perfect. I know it's nice to turn an unused space into something that gets LOTS of use!!

just the four of us said...

Wow! That looks great. You've inspired me to reclaim and redo my home office space. I've already got those Ikea shelves too!!

The Scooper said...

Oh my! Can I come use your desk? I love it! Makes me want to drive 2 1/2 hours to the nearest idea and make a home office. Beautiful space. {I came over from the Nester's tumblr site.}

Anonymous said...

WOWSERS! That looks awesome! Way to create Kristen!
Kim in Alabama

Beth said...

That looks fabulous! Great job!

Mindy said...

I like it better as an office than a dining room. Love the skirted table. FUNctional and SO cute!

Danise Delights said...

I LOVE it!!! Great choice for color and decor! :)

Yay! A fresh new place to be creative in...

Can't wait to hear more about that book. :)

I have been working on one for about 5 years now.

Blessings

grannyann said...

You did a great job with the conversion.

Angie said...

You have such great color sense and taste! I love how you were able to use a lot of your things, and since you did, it blends right in. I love it!

Mama Bear said...

I love it! We did something very similar except instead of an office, we turned ours into a reading room. We had only used our formal dining room 3 times in 3 years and now we spend more time in this room than in any other. Check it out http://adventuresofmywonderfullife.blogspot.com/2010/01/bee-in-my-bonnet.html

Oh and I love your blog. I only recently found it and tune in every day! Thanks for sharing!

lindsey said...

love it! such a great use of otherwise wasted space!

Multi-tasking Mommy said...

Beautiful!
I love how you tied it all in together!

Table4Five said...

Color me jealous! That room is GORGEOUS!!!

~Tami said...

Oooh, I love it!

Rebecca D said...

I really, really like this! Weonly use our dining room when we have company, about 8 times a year... I don't know why I never thought to claim that space before...

Tamara B. said...

I just love it and you sure did an amazing job!

Christina said...

Just beautiful! Black and white are my absolute favorite!

Cindy said...

So pretty. Love the black and white with red. So classy. I think it would be one of my favorite rooms in the house too. Glad hubby likes it too. :)

Enjoy it!
Cindy

Lisa @ Simplified Saving said...

This is totally inspiring. We are in the process of totally redoing our house and we need to do something with our office. I love the way this turned out! Can you come do my office next?

momma24 said...

That looks amazing!! I am so jealous. :-)

Karo said...

Your new office is gorgeous. I am loving your blog so much! Just stumbled onto it a couple of days ago and watched your Chik-fil-A sweet tea vlog. Well today I found this video by Tim Hawkins singing a song called Chik-fil-A and I immediately thought of you. It is hilarious. He's a Christian comedian if you've never heard of him, so nothing to worry about there--he's just really funny. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsJHqstPuNo&feature=related

Amy Lynne said...

Looks great! I love Ikea, but unfortunately (or fortunately if you ask my hubby) we have to drive 2 hours to get to one. We've started changing our formal dining room into a project/sewing/creating area for my boys and me. I agree it is a much better use of space. GREAT JOB!

marineswife said...

It looks fabulous!

Lynn said...

Really lovely. What a great use of space. You may just be the next TLC home decorating diva.

Wander said...

It is gorgeous! I love it!
I'm inspired too!

Get busy.....write sister write!

Linda said...

It looks sooooo PRETTY...lovin' the black and white!

Blessings,
Linda

Julie said...

Kristen, I know this has been said 95 times, but it looks awesome!! Very nice. I especially love the shelves and black storage boxes!!! =)

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

jealous, jealous, jealous! that room is GORGEOUS!!!

Amy@thecircusmcgurkus.blogspot.com said...

I love, love, love it! I have always thought of offices as kind of junky looking and pretty boring. You have changed my mind completely. We do have a dedicated office that is kind of junky and boring, but I am so inspired to remedy that now! I have about 15 other projects lined up first, but I am looking foward to making our home office looke beautiful

Sarah said...

I love it! It is so pretty!!

Becca said...

WOW !! This is beautiful !! AND, functional ... excellent job !! Thanks for sharing. Beccs (Adventures in Decorating)

Rhonda said...

WOW!

Marla Taviano said...

Great job! Our dining room has been a home office for me and hubby from day one (almost 4 years ago). We LOVE it.

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Holy MOSES that turned out cool! I love it. SO practical and SO pretty! Nice work, mama.

cassandrasmom said...

What a great transformation!

Anonymous said...

Your post totally inspired me (and my husband). We had 5 (yes 5) people and 4 computers sharing our current office (formerly the formal living room). Within 24 hours, the dining room is now MY office and I can breathe again. Thanks for sharing.

Laurie said...

You did a FABULOUS job! Wow! I just looks like it was meant to be! Love it!

Cathy said...

Looks AWESOME! Um...can I come work in your office? I WISH I had a space like that!

Cathy said...

I will not covet. I will not covet. I will not covet.
;)

Kathy said...

Fabo! Love it. Good for you.