Over the last couple months, we’ve been working on the girls’ office/homework/art room and we’re excited to share some after photos with you today!! We get a lot of interesting comments when we say it’s the “kids’ office” because it’s pretty grand of a space. But it’s actually just the home office (very common in our neck of the woods) that we have designated for our girls’ use. When we first bought this home, it looked like this:
And it was one of those nice-to-have spaces at the time, right on the main level of the house, with a wide open doorway, so we could peek in and help when needed. (No, we have no plans to add a door–our office is elsewhere and it does have a door). It was the perfect spot for all of the papers that come with kids and they did their homework in there, too. But it also has become a spot for creating! We keep the cabinets stocked with art supplies and paper and crafty things. But at the end of last school year, when everything went virtual, I realized we hit the lottery with not only having this space, but also being able to dedicate it to the girls for use…but it definitely started with serious serious home office for an executive (??) vibes.
Over the last couple months, we lightened and brightened it up. Added a little whimsy and personality while still making it fit into our modern cottage–it’s one of the first rooms you pass when you walk in the front door and it’s such a delight to see now. Here’s how it looks now!
We mostly worked with the major players in place (with exception of a new window that went along with our exterior renovation and new floors installed last year).
But the cabinets, countertops, molding, coffered ceiling–they just got fresh paint and new hardware in the last couple months. And then, of course, the wallpaper made all the difference! It brought LIFE into this room.
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As much as I wanted the space to look good and feel good, we also made sure it was filled to the brim with function and functional decor. Instead of art, we went for a big pin board so they could hang their own art!
Hooks in the corner for backpacks!
And as much as I love a good shelfie, these shelves are filled with everything they use often! Below, markers and pins (in the little wooden box) sit atop the girls’ secret stash of collectables. (It’s an old Boll & Branch box they cherish!). And next to a bin of coloring books.
I corralled notebooks and crayons and a stapler in a pretty and big basket on the right. A basket or tray is the easiest way to make things that would normally look like clutter feel intentional instead.
Let’s do one last walk down memory lane:
Here’s another fun angle:
The girls spend a lot of time in here and we spend a lot of time in here as a family, too! And it’s so nice that it now feels so much lighter and refreshing and like our family and a part of our home! All the sources below!
Paint Color: Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams
Window: Pella Architect Series
Floors: Ingrid by Stuga Studio
Pom Pom Throw Pillow
Cream/Rust Throw Pillow
Gray Checkered Throw Pillow
Cabinet Bin Pulls
Paper Magazine Holders
Faux Fig Stems
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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