It had inevitably become "that room" after we moved in where we threw all of the stuff we weren't using elsewhere. When I decided to get serious about my design business last fall, I knew this was no place to get inspired. So, I went to work creating a home office--on a budget, of course. The result:
I started by painting the walls Trout Gray by Benjamin Moore. I offset the dark color by using modern, white furniture. The one exception (and my favorite piece) was a campaign-style dresser that I found at a second-hand furniture warehouse and painted kelly green.
I (somewhat) patiently waited until it became available again and ordered the white desk from Overstock (a knock-off of the popular West Elm version at a fraction of the cost) and the bookshelves are from IKEA's Expedit series.
To give the bookshelves some height, I bought this old frame for $5 and sprayed it white:
Both chairs were also a steal. The gold one in the corner was part of a pair I found on Craigslist (pillow is from Ross). My desk chair was a $10 yard sale find. After everything else was in place, I decided to brighten things up with my window treatments. My aunt made the panels for me; the fabric is Covington "Wilmington."
I had originally planned to paint this chair but decided I liked the "distressed" finish afterall. I think a good mix of old with new and sleek with curvy makes for a more interesting overall look.
You may remember my $10 lamp project (base was found at Goodwill):
To make the space feel more personal, I created a gallery wall with some of my favorite photos (and a mirror from HomeGoods):