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Feb032009

Kim's home office

One of the few rooms in my house that is somewhat finished is my home office. Back in May I posted about painting the floors and the frame of the door. Before I began the kitchen renovation I had managed to complete the space with some revamped furnishings and lots of vintage finds. I think it's about time I share the progress.

It's a pretty small room - 10 ft long by 11.5 ft wide, with a 5ft square bathroom in one corner, making the room L-shaped. One part of the L is my office, and the other part is an entrance from the back deck. Here is what it looked like right after I moved in.


It was awful. Pale blue walls, unpainted trim (the entire house had unpainted trim - WHY???), and the hardwood was totally uninspiring. It was a really fun room to redo and since it gets alot of sun I wanted it to be cheerful and bright. First thing I did was paint the floors, trim, walls and ceiling white. My pink laptop should be on the desk in the photos below but it's a cold room in the winter so I've been working on the dining table since the kitchen was completed.


Below is in the left corner as soon as you walk in the room.


I love piles of fabric. I love piles of anything really. Fabric, books, magazines... (the 2 beaded boxes on top of the books hold the ashes of 2 of my cats that have passed away in the last few years)


The desk is an Ikea table top wrapped in vintage retro fabric, and topped with a piece of glass (some photos were taken before the glass was bought). The inspiration board over my desk is made from some trim I found at Home Depot that I spray painted and made into a frame and I nailed a large piece of cork to the wall behind it.


The chair is a vintage Herman Miller Eames that came upholstered in green fabric, that I found at a local antique market for $160. The souvenir pillow cover I found on eBay. It is now in the trash, as Felix, gawd love him, peed all over it. The lamp I found at a local mid-century shop for $40.


Below are some tchotchkes I have on my desk. The grapes I found on eBay, the dog letter holder in Etsy, and the clock I bought several years ago at an antique fair. I write with markers as often as I can.


Next is an armoire I spent alot of time reworking. I found it at a flea market in a town about an hour from here for $159. It was a darkish brown wood (see here), so I dry-brushed it with the teal paint I used in my dressing room. I removed the door and built shelves for the section that you would ordinarily hang clothes in. I bought some vintage wrapping paper on Etsy and mod-podged it to the shelves. It stores my copier/scanner on the bottom shelf, and behind that is my modem/router and all that fun stuff hidden away. Everything you see is either from eBay, Etsy, local vintage shops and an Asian shop in the Byward Market.


I walk through Chinatown and Little Italy on my way home from work. I stopped in a shop in Chinatown one day, found the pot below and another one, and carried them home (HEAVY!). The yellow Eames shell chair I bought on eBay from the same shop where I bought the green lamp. The curtain fabric I found on Etsy, and since I don't sew I used that iron-on tape to make a hem and used curtain clips to attach them to the rod. Easy peasy.


Jo had suggested I paint the frame of the back door yellow, and it is one of my favourite touches in the room. When the kitchen was renovated I tore out the only closet on the main floor, so this back corner is where I stash my outerwear. Below is also a photo I took standing against the window, looking into the (new) kitchen. (I haven't gotten around to painting that little ramp into the office yet).


So that's my office in it's current state. It's an addition to the house and since it's not very well insulated, ideally I'd love to tear it down and rebuild it bigger and properly insulated. I may settle for making the powder room smaller, and building a closet where the coat hooks are (it's currently not wide enough there to have a closet where coats could hang). The powder room is hideous, hence the lack of photos. So there's still work to do. The list somehow seems to keep growing no matter what I get done...

Reader Comments (68)

L.O.V.E.L.Y.!

5 Feb 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatrine Ny

Thanks Melanie! This room always brings a smile to my face.

Thanks Katrine Ny!

5 Feb 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

HELLO KIM! I finally stopped by your blog today,.....and I must say I am very impressed with your office. I love everything about it. You did a great job! My favorite thing is the painted deco piece. I work at an antique mall and see pieces like that everyday, and I would of never thought to do that!!!! Now I will be looking for a piece like that to paint pink or somehing! lol ;)

5 Feb 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

Jessie!!! Nice to see you around! Thank you for the office love and you should totally revamp an art deco piece - and of course send us over pics! Thanks for stopping by!

5 Feb 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

this is so great! thanks for the inspiration. maybe now i will (finally) redo my home office. (bookmarking!)

6 Feb 2009 | Unregistered Commenterquelle

Hi it's Marcia from LagunaLane.etsy
I love the curtain you made from the fabric from my shop.
I found your blog in a round about way and remember the fabric.
I LOVE your blog and your style-
Great work!

6 Feb 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarcia

Hi Marcia! Your fabric turned out to be PERFECT for my office, and it's one of my favourite fabric finds EVER! Thanks so much!!!

And thank you quelle!

7 Feb 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

I adore the transformation !!!

10 Feb 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBoDy anD SouL

WHat a cute, fun, bright, cozy place you've made!!!!
Love all the fun colors so smartly mixed!!! lol...
Thanks so much for sharing, it has broguht me ideas! many ideas!

11 Feb 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCelia

Thanks Body and Soul and Celia!!

11 Feb 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

I just noticed the Hot Springs AR pillow! Love.

STUNNING FABULOUS and lovely.....i loved everything here...its my kind....

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVasudha.dilip

This is so cheerful. Congrats!

19 Jul 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSimko

Hi. I've been hunting all over for cute coat hooks. Would you mind telling me where you find yours? I love your house:) Thanks!

8 Sep 2009 | Unregistered Commenterabbey

Thanks abbey! I got the coat hooks for a couple bucks each at Ikea. They also have a matching shelf (with hooks on it I think) and shoe rack. Not sure if they still carry this line or not though.

8 Sep 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

Ok, we are kindred design spirits. We both love colour, pattern and we are NOT afraid of painting wood! Thank you. Oh, and we are both Canadians. ;)

Ok, So where did you get the large storage drawers that are white with all the fabric stacked on them? I've been looking for something like that for a while. Thanks. And I love this space! I'm working on my office now.

17 Jun 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMuffin G.

Thanks Muffin G.! That is the Alex drawer unit from Ikea

17 Jun 2011 | Registered Commenterkim

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