Two posts — two days in a row? Let me get me.

I spent the weekend in my home office due to a deployment that I had to complete with my team for my client. And spending about 12 hours in the room and perusing pinterest during down time, I got a plethora of ideas and got to work.

Since I decided back when I purchased my home to leave the spare room alone, I chose the formal dining area as my office space. The bookcase that you see in the picture is built in so I’ve sort of had to work around it. And since I’ve decided not to utilize the extra room and give that to my children as their mini-entertainment room, for right now, I’m hauling everything I don’t need in there until I can sort through it all.

Here is what the room looked like before:


I think right now my office is in Phase #322 of its makeover. Every time I think I’ve decluttered, I take a picture and I see that I still have way too much going on in this tiny little room. Like this:


Then after spending so much time in here this weekend, it felt so cluttered and unorganized. So I got to work starting with the bookcase. I realized that every shelf DOES not need to be filled so I got rid of a few things. And since the books bring in so much color, I decided to neutralize the room with a lighter color.


I also decided to color-code the books so that it’ll give a more uniform appearance in my room. Or maybe I’m just OCD, who knows.. I digress.

I’ve also put in effort to try and keep a cleaner desk. Since my desk is much smaller than the one I originally had, of course it gets cluttered quicker. I painted the top and got an acrylic overlay that I also use with my dry erase markers. Eventually, I’ll paint the shelf that the printer is on and finish painting the desk white but right now, I’m only focused on its functionality.

Since I’ve pushed my desk perpendicular to my bookcase, I have more space to move around and actually sit at my make-up desk. This was also a regular desk that I got from a thrift store for about $10 and I painted white.


And yes, since I also, AGAIN, needed to have something set up quickly, I didn’t worry about painting it thoroughly. I’m saving that for the holiday break. LOL! I added a glass top that Lowe’s cut for me to the top of the desk to give it a little more appeal from the flat white paint I needed to get rid of.

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Eventually I want to swap out the curtains, but they’ll do for now. All that’s left that is absolutely needed are the doors. Still hoping for two sliding barn doors for the entry that leads to the living area and a pocket door for the entry that leads to the kitchen. Somebody go tell my lover this so he can come build them.


Not Really.

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  1. Law_Fal

    November 18, 2015 at 8:45 am

    You’re such a handy lady! Love your work space!

    1. Rae

      November 18, 2015 at 8:55 am

      And sometimes a little too handy — meaning, I’ve bitten off more than I could chew and have to just throw some things away. LOL! But, lessons were learned, nevertheless. LOL!

  2. Vaneese

    November 21, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    This is love. Oh my goodness, I love your office! It looks like you’d get a great amount of natural light through that window. And the built-ins?? I just cannot. #LoveIt

    1. Rae

      November 25, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      That’s my favorite part in here. One of the features that sold me on the house.

  3. Shannon

    November 23, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I love everything about your office! I think it looks really good.

  4. Yetti

    November 24, 2015 at 1:23 am

    OMG! Now I want to redo mine! I love the space, and the vanity!

  5. Dianna

    February 17, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Love your updated office. It looks so cute, comfy, and organized!!

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