Before & After: Office Reveal

As I sit here writing this post in my now tranquil and serene office, I find it hard to believe the transformation this space has undergone. Let me take you back to the begin, so you can truly appreciate the transformation. When we first bought the house, we had a dance studio and of course we had changing rooms. The pictures below are of the changing rooms. Gross does not even begin to describe the condition of this space. Never in a million years would I have wanted to get changed in this space to get into my little tutu

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As you can see there was a small window and a door so that the young girls could get to their dance lessons directly using the side stairs, rather than coming through the front door. The flooring was some kind of linoleum tile.

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During construction we ripped it ALL out. The cement wall you see above is part of the foundation as our house is built into a hill.

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We got rid of the side stairs, the door and the little window and replaced it with the biggest window we could get away with.

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We rerouted the plumbing pipe and contained it in a simple bulkhead and… voilà!

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I was inspired to have a black and white palette, but warmed things up here and there with a touch of brass and wood.

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I’ve been wanting to do a picture ledge display area and felt that this wall in my office was the perfect place.  I don’t have pictures of us everywhere around the house, but this felt like the right place to bring them in. Breaking them up with a few art prints and an old drawing of mine.

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Here’s another view of my photo wall and below are a few more pictures of details around the office like the pendant light, the flowers, the vintage camera collection, the stool in case someone wants to pull up and sit next to me while I’m at the computer.  (BTW- I love having flowers in the office, I feel like they add just enough femininity and color to my black and white office).

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However, for a long time the space didn’t feel quite finished because I face a HUGE empty wall and wasn’t sure how I would fill it since I already had one wall full of images. Then a lightning bolt went off and I knew I had to break up the vast expanse of emptiness with a bit of dark gray paint. See below for the full transformation of the wall, from before, to empty, to painted.

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Painting the bottom dark gray meant I only had to fill the space above the paint and I decided to balance out the gallery ledges by placing just one print.

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The print is actually a free printable I came across on pinterest. The words are inspiring as I find myself at a turning point in my life and have to remind myself that I can set out on a new path.

Just as a reminder, here’s a before and after shot.  What a difference!

Source list below.  If you like what you see, don’t forget to “like” my facebook page and do leave a comment.  I’d love to know what you think.

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Source List:

Paint – light gray almost white paint, Calm by Benjamin Moore.  Dark gray paint left over from the powder room makeover, Gunmetal by Benjamin Moore.

Desk – Vintage, thrifted for $40!

White storage units –  Besta by Ikea

Hardware for storage units – Amerock pulls and knobs from the Rochdale Collection in Graphite

Desk Chair – Aeron chair by Herman Miller (free 13 years ago from an start up gone bust in the early days of the internet)

Picture Ledge – Ribba by Ikea

Frames –  assortment from Ikea, Aaron Brothers, Target

Pendant – Turin pendant from Ballard designs, no longer for sale. Similar to this.

Stool – Adjustable zinc stool from West Elm, no longer for sale.  Similar to this.

Vintage Cameras – Thrifted

Chalkboard quote – Free printable from here

Black wastbasket – Ikea, though I covet the one from Fern Living seen here.  Strange to covet a wastebasket.  Seems wrong.

Vintage Perpetual brass calendar – Ebay

Vintage Inspired clock – Pottery Barn, many years ago.

Black and White Art prints – Society 6



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Pia - I love love love everything you’ve done with your home and will likely be stealing a lot of your brilliant ideas as we re-do our main floor and basement. Bravo!

isadorag - Hi Pia,
Thanks for stopping by! Happy to hear that I was able to inspire you. Good luck on your reno.

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