Monday, February 3, 2014

BEFORE AND AFTER - FROM GUEST ROOM TO OFFICE

I went back and forth on if I should make the larger of the extra bedrooms into an office. On one hand, the size is much better suited to a guest room, but on the other, we have guests maybe ten nights total out of the year. I ultimately decided that it was a waste of the sunniest room in the house to only have someone in there .02% of the year and set about flipping it into an office. Let's look at where we started:

lol forever at picture

Originally, the spare room was kind of a catch-all garbage can, and if someone was coming into town, we'd clear the boxes and crap off the bed and hope that when they fell asleep they were too drunk to care that it was a bonafide disaster. After having lived in the apartment for a few months, I flipped it around into something slightly more habitable:

Which was much better. A little boring, but it was just the guest room after all, and I didn't mind the serene feel to it. But again, it was more a matter of how often it was being used rather than any design aspect or anything. Without further ado, this is where the room is at now...


PINK!

All of the walls in the house are pretty neutral, but then last week I painted the bedroom black so I figured this could be the room for cheer. I do love serene, blank office spaces but I definitely feel most creative in spaces with color and pattern. I wanted to do this room on a budget, so the only new things I brought in were the table ($69 from Ikea), the engineering print mugshots ($4 at Staples) and the paint ($22, in Benjamin Moore's Cool Lava). The rug is from the living room, the chair has always been in there, and the art is either made for the room or pages out of magazines I framed for the wall. 


Can I talk about this gallery wall for a second? I have talked before about how I am TERRIBLE at gallery walls, they just make me mad and I hate them. Well, I like the look of them, but I hate doing them, so I am IMMENSELY proud that this wall is not that terrible. I followed this Emily Henderson tutorial to balance things out, and it helped so, so, so much. (You have to click through to that video, Emily and Orlando are so adorable, thank god because I literally had to watch the video 30 times.) I'll do more of a rundown on the art later, but that framed text is the same art-in-a-pinch technique I used in the foyer, where you just flip over the paper that comes in the frame and write lyrics on it. This iteration is "Rich Girl" by Hall & Oates. The other black frame is also a diy creation (tutorial coming this week!) and the canvas is one that has followed me through six apartments, and in each one it just gets a new layer of gesso and I just paint over it. Haha its not even that canvases are all that expensive, but for some reason I just keep toting this one around and giving it new life.


I set a color family of black, white, and gold which helped me bring the gallery wall some cohesion, since willy-nilly never works for me.


I moved an old Ikea bookcase out of the bedroom closet and into here to store my cameras, paints, and various other art supplies. While I left the majority of the books on the large Expedit shelving in the back room, I brought any creative, colorful or inspiring books in here for when I hit a wall. Like, don't let the Intel 2-in-1 on the desk fool you into thinking I was working, I was definitely just watching Netflix. This is why I need to have inspiring things within arms reach, otherwise I'll just watch ten episodes of Pretty Little Liars. 


This closet is pretty deep, and I still needed the back of it for storage of items that I don't ever really need to access, but still need to hold onto. (For instance, I have a lot of childhood mementos back there, crap I'm not ready to get rid of but never access, Christmas decorations, etc). However, I lost the back of the bookcases when I moved last, so I still needed to find a way to block them off so you couldn't see all the ugly storage. I saved all the Stendig pages from last year, and two of them are almost the exact size of each bookcase panel, so I attached January and May to this old Ikea Billy.

For once, I bought a piece of furniture from Ikea and had no urge to hack it. I just love how simple the light wood grain is in an otherwise vibrant (possibly crazy) room. 

This corner also stayed fairly similar, with the chair, the mobile, and an addition of some clipboards. 

The pipe clothing rack stayed, even though its not a guest room anymore, just because I love it so.


And just because Lucille is the neediest photo assistant ever lately, who will not let me take pictures without jumping in, because it means I'm doing something besides paying attention to her. So enjoy Lucille working very hard on the latest r/p TPS reports. 


xo,
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18 comments:

  1. Meg this is super fucking cute! what color is that pink, cause I'm trying to find a good one for my living room right now.

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    1. thanks! and its benjamin moore's cool lava!

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  2. MEG can you link me to where you found the images of the mugshots that are such high qual? I wanna do the engineer mugshot prints. I was looking at some on etsy but they are small/ I'm cashpoor

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  3. MEG can you link me to where you found the high res photos for the mugshots? I want to do engineer prints! I was looking at some on etsy but they are small and pricey :( and I am cash poor

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    1. lololol amazingly enough, the one i used i printed from your tumblr! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/287878601153562927/

      you can see from that pin how small the original picture was, if that helps! engineering prints turn out in really high quality, even if the picture is small! its just that the paper is not super fancy. i found a ton more just searching 'vintage mugshot' on pinterest, but you can definitely use a smaller size photo!

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  4. Looks great! Love the transformation!

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  5. This is amazing! We have a back room that is shaped very similar and my boyfriend uses it as his "office" lol (though it is currently most like the first pic, but with a desk/computer jammed in there) I wish I could convince him to paint that room and get a desk that's NOT jammed in the corner/against a wall but i might just have to take matters into my own hands. thank you for the inspo :)

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  6. Oh oh oh....I'm hyperventilating and having a lady boner at the same time. This is ah-ma-zing! Sometimes a room needs several iterations of use until you find the the perfect layout. AND THIS IS IT! Love the color, the pattern, the artwork, everything. (The cans of spray paint, ok, I'll stop now)

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  7. What a fun space! I've been working on a gallery wall in my office room, too, but I left the walls beige. And I'm really regretting that choice now! I thought the framed stuff would be enough to brighten up the room, and it's working to a certain extent, but now that I see that pink wall, I'm inspired to try to pick a color I actually enjoy, instead of boring old beige. Plus the bonus Lucille photo is perfect~

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  8. holy shit, this is soooo good. APARTMENT THERAPY TOUR PART 2!!!! the use of stendig is brilliant (why do i always lag on purchasing it) and those pink walls. great choice.

    *am clapping silently in my head*

    xx, valerie at lily on fillmore

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  9. LOVE this, especially the mugshots. Never tried engineering prints before but I've been intrigued since I've been seeing them pop up on blogs. This might be the tipping point for me though, I think I might steal that idea!

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  10. LOVE this. I have never tried the engineering prints, but I've been intrigued for a while now. Think this might be the tipping point -- may need to try it soon!

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  11. Looks so good! In college, my roommate and I painted our living room pink - almost this exact same shade, but the Behr equivalent called Pink Adobe (I never forget my paint color names!). I always loved that living room, it felt so warm and inviting.

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  12. LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing the creative transformation of your room - it looks amazing! I love the photography too, I was wondering what camera and editing program you use (if you don't mind sharing!)

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  13. Beautiful! I have a hard time with gallery walls, too. I'm struggling with one in my house now, so I'll definitely check out the video. I love that Lucille is making more appearances these days!

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  14. Freaking love this blog! Just bought a house and looking at all your DIY's is really inspiring since I have no money left to splurge on!
    Grace from graceknit.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Random Question: is that rug soft-ish? I've been obsessing over it on the IKEA website and finally scraped up enough to buy it and I just don't want one that feels plastic and weird.

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