My office has been sadly in need of a makeover for a long, long time. When we bought our home, it had been converted into a duplex. The entire top floor was a self-contained apartment. We rented it out to a variety of people over the years, the last of which were my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. They moved out a few years ago and we converted our house back into a single-family home. While SIL has exquisite taste (well, other than the not-at-all-sage paint! Love you, Suz!)…let’s just say that my office is now in what was their bedroom.
It’s doing triple duty right now – a work office for me, my yarn/knitting storage, and my son’s schoolroom. Rather than eclectic, it feels disharmonious and cluttered. So for Mother’s Day, The Husband gamely took me shopping. He did his best not to raise his eyebrows at anything I purchased, although the copper pipe left him feeling slightly befuddled!
My game plan for the room is a nod to steampunk – that mixture of Victorian meets Industrial that only exists in fantasy. Hey, if it worked for Jules Verne, it can work for my office!! I’ve got this lovely deep red for the walls that I plan to glaze with a pearlized tint. A new rug, that looks deliciously shabby, and that won’t completely cover the floor. I plan to rip up the existing carpet and tile and leave the subflooring exposed around the edges of the rug. I’m replacing the overhead light fixture with a bronze outdoor light, and I got a great deal on a Victorian repro arm chair. I plan to create a knitting nook, and I have another outdoor lantern that I will hang on the wall beside the chair. I have a glass-fronted bookcase that I am going to convert into a standing desk for me – no more sitting on my rear end for 12-14 hour days! Add in some miscellaneous odds and ends, a great big lamp with a lovely linen and suede shade, some new curtains (my windows will be properly clothed in 3 layers!)…I can hardly wait to pull it all together. Oh – the copper pipe? What fun is it to add new wiring *behind* the walls? I’m going to have all the new wiring run through copper pipe. I have some flexible copper tubing to coil around the pipe and make it look very, very strange. 😀
With no further ado, I give you the before photos. Please note the ceramic Starbucks cup – I may not live anywhere near a Starbucks, but at least I can pretend!