If you’re wondering why office is in quotations… then check out this post. Last year, we turned an old beat up camper into my home office. And it has worked out perfectly. It is my little get-a-way sometimes. I really love that it’s not actually inside the home where I am constantly reminded of the piles of laundry and the projects that need to be done around here. Having an outside office forces me to walk out the door and into my “work environment” so that I can focus solely on work.
So here is where we started… you can see all the before pictures in the original post. It was disgusting. But it was free, so with a couple hundred bucks and a lot of elbow grease, it is now an awesome little room!
Now, for the after pictures of the inside…
When you first walk in, this is what you see
Up until about a month ago, it looked like this… and then my amazing hubby surprised me with a new flat screen and wireless accessories to replace the 3 monitors I had and all those messy wires and speakers. (He rocks, huh?)
to the right of the door, is my make shift bookshelf. It and the desk are both part of Elizabeth’s Pottery Barn bedroom set, and the bookshelf is technically suppose to hang on the wall (the side against the wall has a beveled edge), but I’m all about making due.
Since this space also doubles as our guest bedroom, I wanted to add a mirror and some welcoming accessories. The mirror came from a local thrift store. It was gold, but after a little spray paint I love it so much more. The picture frame came from Charming Charlies and the flowers were clipped off my bush (these were actually taken last summer).
to the left of the door, and if you’re sitting at my desk, this is the view:
This is a futon that pulls out into a full size bed. It is actually pretty comfy. We added a humungous memory foam mattress pad, and no bed is complete without a nice down comforter. There is room under the bed for storage or small suitcases as well. And I left 2 of the baskets on my bookshelf empty for guests.
I know my colors don’t all mesh very well together. The blue baskets on the shelf are too blue instead of a turquoise for the quilt and “YAY” banner (from one of my favorite etsy shops), but for now, they work. Truth be told, they won’t have to work for much longer, and I’m dying to tell you why, but I can’t just yet…
To give you perspective of how small this space is, here’s Bean visiting… you can see where the doorway, the shelf, and part of my desk chair is in this photo
Can you believe it once looked like this though? Skeevy… (yes, that’s the same corner, looking in from the door).
Having a dedicated home office is one of the most important parts of working from home. Before hand, I was working from the kitchen table, or couch, and let’s be honest… it is not very effective. There are too many distractions in our homes and to be successful we need to FOCUS! Or at least I do.
So what do you think? Do you have a creative home office you can share with us? Feel free to leave a link below or post a picture on our facebook page to see and be inspired!