Sometimes you work on a room, making huge improvements in style and function, and then you come to a standstill.  You know you aren’t done, but you aren’t sure what the next step should be or what’s missing.  You just know it doesn’t feel complete.
That is the case with many rooms in my house, but today I am focusing on my office.
It is a small bedroom that sits right across the hall from the master bedroom and measures 10′ x 10′. 
After my older son moved out to his first apartment I gradually converted his bedroom into my office.  I just moved a desk in at first.  I wanted him to feel that this was still his home, so I didn’t want to do away with his bedroom entirely.  I think the gradual approach was good for both of us.

And then, my husband and I did a renovation and addition that added bedrooms to the basement.  By then my son had been out of the house awhile and I moved his bed downstairs.  So I had an entire room for an office!  It was time to make it my own.
  I still love how painting this desk modernized and updated it.  See the before, below.

Here is the first iteration of the office.

After painting the desk, I wanted to make the space look more updated and modern rather than the vintage cast-off look going on here.  When I found an old black etagere at a thrift store I had an inspiration.

I spray painted it gold for a totally new look.
At first, I was excited about the storage possibilities, and I do put some books, magazines and notebooks here.  It’s more decorative though, and I love that.

For the area over my computer desk I really wanted shelves or some type of wall-mounted shelving unit.  You can always use more storage, right?  But after studying many offices on the internet and in magazines, I decided that shelves would be too heavy and perhaps seem cluttered in my tiny office.  And I had many items that would look good on a gallery wall.

I collected all the things I love (and couldn’t find another place for) and started arranging.
I keep changing it up though.  There are a lot of nail holes in that wall.

This is how the wall looks now.
I have had several chairs in the corner by my computer desk.  This chair I recovered to go in my family room, but it seemed out of place there.  Then I realized the colors were perfect for my office.  Sometimes I think I have an unconscious decorator inside me doing things, waiting for my conscious side to notice the obvious. Ha!

This is how the chair looked when it came home with me.

So that’s where things stand for now.  But in going through this process (with you) some improvements have jumped out at me.   One thing you can see above.  I  put only one coat of paint on these wood file cabinets and they just don’t look good. A good coat of semi-gloss will fix that up. Two, the bulletin board is blah.  I’m not sure what to do with that, but I do need a pin board.  Three, a new rug might be just the thing to really amp up this space.

This picture gives a small glimpse of the rug which is a neutral sisal with plenty of texture.  I am trying to decide if I should go with a traditional style oriental or a more modern cowhide or stripe?
It feels good to be at a point where I finally know what needs to be addressed.  Now I can start looking for inspiration and ideas to move forward.
Let me know what you think! 

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