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A Green Home Office

by - Monday, March 10, 2008

What a doozy. It was non-stop snow Friday to Saturday night and when all was said and done, another 15cm of the white stuff had fallen. Judging by the snow in the backyard which sits almost level with the 42” fence, Mother Nature has been busy this winter. Seeing as we were housebound all Saturday, we decided to knock a few more projects off our list.

Though we’ve made plans for the kitchen, the deck, and the guest bedroom, we decided to jump right in and tackle the home office instead. We hadn’t really planned out this space yet… all I knew was I wanted to paint. And paint now! A few months ago, we had stripped off the ugly wallpaper border. This left the room a boring baby blue with exposed pink patches where the border had been. Here’s a before just as we started moving the furniture out of the room.

And here’s the after. Two walls were painted Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White and the other two were painted Brookside Moss. You’ll see my cute bird print from munieca. The green in the first pic is probably truer to the colour of the paint.

We made a little shopping trip to Ikea and planned out the rest of the room. Basically, we’ll have an L-shaped countertop that runs underneath the window wall and down the right-side wall. Above the right-side wall, we’ll place two of these bookcases. One will run horizontally attached to the wall, and the other will run vertically and sit on the countertop. It was a cheap solution – the bookcases are only $99 each and you can buy small doors and drawers to fit in the cubby holes. The countertop itself will be supported by brackets/table legs and file cabinets at either end.

Now to take this home office from “functional” to “fantastic”, we’re going to do a few things:
- back the bookcases with wallpaper! Found a green and white modern damask from the Home Depot, similar to the one pictured below.
- On the long white wall, we’ll do a picture wall inspired by this photo below. All the frames will be black and white. It’ll be a great place to display some family and honeymoon photos.
- hang a curtain with a great print, like this black & white one, in front of the window.

There you have it. Another room almost done. I’ll post some after pics once the room is finished.

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