Friday, February 27, 2009

House Progress - My Office / Den

Since my husband has his "Man Room", I decided I needed a space to let my inner girly-girl go crazy. The room looked like this when we moved in last Spring...

It wasn't really my taste, so I decided to paint the walls and built-ins a crisp white by Donald Kauffman (color DK67) which I absolutely love.

On the opposite side of the room from the built-ins is a niche with a skylight above. I used a table cloth as a make-shift slipcover to go over an old futon we've had for ages. I found this little area a great place for afternoon napping!

It also gets great afternoon sunlight which the plants love! The swan planter was a find from Anthropologie.

I also found the niche to be the perfect spot for the ever-so-popular west elm capiz shell chandelier that was sitting in a closet waiting for a home. The comfy lumbar pillows are from Amy Butler.

I have plenty of space for bins and storage in the built-in cubbies. I left the other desk area without a chair because my husband I are rarely in here at the same time so there is really no need.

The interiors of the upper cabinets are painted in BM Peony (with a hint of white to lighten it up a bit).

I decided to lean an oil painted that was looking for a home against the window. My husband hates the painting (he calls it"motel art"), but I like it so in my den it goes. The window has a pretty undesirable view of the neighbor's house, so I don't mind covering it up one bit. The room still needs some tweeking, but this pregnant chick is tired, so it's good enough for now. : )

16 comments:

brynalexandra said...

Oh my gosh this looks soooo good! I am swooning. Don't hate me, but I have to say I'd put that beautiful painting on the inside wall next to the daybed. Then I'd hang some thick, elegant curtains around the window. I love your office chair so much! Great job!

thestamfordwife said...

Bryn - thanks so much for the suggestions (no hatin' from me). I actually tried to hang the painting on that wall, but it was way too big for it. I really don't have much wall space in the room. But, you've definitely got me thinking about drapes now. : ) I may just leave the window as-is though to keep the space more "kid friendly" since it's right next door to the nursery. Thanks again!

SoBella Creations said...

What a great makeover! I love that you opened the cabinets up on top.

meg manion silliker said...

great choice for an office chair. so over the aeron (and i have 2!) looks like a nice calming space. enjoy!

Freckles Chick said...

White never looked so good, T!! This room totally says "A designer lives here." in that chic, effortless way. So love this room!

(I like the motel art, too, LOL.)

Joi said...

It looks great, so effortless.

: )

CoimbraHostel said...

Oh ... so nice !

Michelle said...

I am so jealous!

Suzie said...

I love this space so much! A table cloth, no freaking way? Love all the finishing touches too!

julia said...

I checked out this post before we moved and i've been thinking about your BM peony cubbies ever since... now days later i'm finally commenting. absolutely gorgeous job- i love how sophisticate and yet girly it is, if that makes any sense.

Lauren said...

it looks beautiful!!! i love all the white. It's just so pretty & organized. love it!

vanessa said...

Hi! First time poster, I believe, but I've enjoyed reading your posts for a while now. I purchased the smaller version of the West Elm Capiz Shell chandelier (on sale, yay!) but haven't taken it out of the box yet, not until I'm finished with the room. So basically I was wondering, is that the smaller size or the large one? It looks so great in that space!

thestamfordwife said...

Vanessa,

I believe it's the larger sized light fixture. It's been a long time since I originally ordered it (we're talking like 3 years ago) so I don't even know if they had a smaller sized one back then.

Tamstyles said...

cute office. I dont think i have ever been on your blog before..

Anonymous said...

I love your style and your blog!!
I am wondering about your office chair-I like the way it looks-is it comfortable? Also, do you mind sharing where you got it?
Thanks,
Beth

Anonymous said...

Thanks for post. I am planning on building in a desk very similar to this in a oddly-spaced room we have. One question: Do you find you need recessed lighting under the cabinets?