The Home Office Revealed

Eight weeks of living and breathing this home office and here we are.

Let’s be clear it’s closer to six weeks since it took me two weeks to come to grips with the fact that I signed up for the One Room Challenge and was being forced (haha, fine, forced due to my own decisions) to work on my home office – the room I’ve been talking about since mid-2020. I spend far too much time in here so I was clearly avoiding spending any extra time I had working IN my office yet again. But, I am so beyond grateful that I took the leap and signed up to do this. I work best when I’m on a deadline and have something tangible to work towards. Needless to say, this One Room Challenge was exactly what I needed for my home office.

PS – I have a cost breakdown and sources list here

In Love With My New Home Office

I had so much inspiration for this home office – different elements and styles from different pictures. Eventually, I knew the direction I wanted to go in and had to turn-off the inspiration – so to speak. I was nervous. What if I started to use too many elements from the inspiration photos I was drawing from? This room would turn into a hodge-podge-y mess. But just going with my gut could result in a worse than hodge-podge-y mess!!!!!

built in home office set up in a deep mossy green with shiplap and lighting at the back, bookshelves on either side and neutral decor throughout.

I eventually convinced myself that either way, the worst that could happen with my home office is that I would hate it and would need to sign up for the spring one room challenge for the exact same space.

In that moment, I made a decision and I opted to fly by the seat of my pants. Create a vision thats 100% my own. I am so glad. This home office is my exactly what I drew brought to life. There are several amazing parts of this process but I do think the best part for me is the fact that my daughter watched it transform before her eyes. She wanted to help and  be part of every moment of it – she was amazed at every stage. I only hope exposing her to all of these projects teaches her she can truly take on anything she puts her mind to.

What’s Missing and Gone Wrong in My Home Office

built in home office set up in a deep mossy green with shiplap and lighting at the back, bookshelves on either side and neutral decor throughout. A little nook in the corner with a chair and a end table are present.

Absolutely no project runs smoothly and this one is included in that. I had a lot of challenges to overcome and problem solving to navigate. However, my biggest hiccups as part of this home office renovation were things that are out of my control.

See that cute boucle chair in the corner above?! It was purchased to be my desk chair. The dimensions indicate its 19″ high to the seat – lies it’s 16″ and therefore VERY short to be my desk chair. I still love the chair so I’ve turned it into a little corner for office visitors (mostly Sloane LOL).

I’m also waiting for a beautiful new rug to arrive for this space – classic me, picking things that are back ordered. Once it’s here I will post it on Instagram.

built in home office set up in a deep mossy green with shiplap and lighting at the back, bookshelves on either side and neutral decor throughout.

All of My One Room Challenge Home Office Projects

Several projects took place in this home office renovation: 

built in home office set up in a deep mossy green with shiplap and lighting at the back, bookshelves on either side and neutral decor throughout.

The Distance This Home Office Has Come

When I write it out, it’s a lot. It’s an incredible transformation. If you need a reminder, we started here with the home office and it only got worse at Week 1 of the one room challenge.

built in home office set up in a deep mossy green with shiplap and lighting at the back, bookshelves on either side and neutral decor throughout.

Each element in here was curated with detail and care. I also learned a great deal during this project. I do know that never have I ever transformed a room quite as drastically as I transformed this home office. It was my biggest one yet and I’m beyond thrilled for how it turned out. 

built in home office set up in a deep mossy green with shiplap and lighting at the back, bookshelves on either side and neutral decor throughout. Signed Samantha is standing fixing the blanket on the office chair.

Thanks to all of the incredible people (you included!) who have been cheering me on throughout this whole process. I’m already thinking of what room I’ll be doing for the spring one room challenge!

built in home office set up in a deep mossy green with shiplap and lighting at the back, bookshelves on either side and neutral decor throughout.

There are SO many amazing rooms that have been transformed – go have a look on the One Room Challenge Blog.

If you wanted to check it out, here’s how the Fall 2021 One Room Challenge progressed for me:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

I’ll leave you with a few more images to enjoy. I know I can’t stop staring.

DIY Built-In Bookshelf in a green colour with shelves stained in a darker wood tone. The built-in bookshelf is sitting on top of a wood desktop. Decorated with baskets on the lowest shelf, bowls, books, plants, and pictures above.
built in home office set up in a deep mossy green with shiplap and lighting at the back, bookshelves on either side and neutral decor throughout.
built in home office set up in a deep mossy green with shiplap and lighting at the back, bookshelves on either side and neutral decor throughout.

Comments

  • Brooke

    Your room turned out so good, it’s gorgeous!

  • Alison Catalli

    So, so beautiful! Great job!

    • Samantha

      Thank you so much, Alison! I just had a look at yours – its stunning! I can’t seem to comment directly on your blog though. Perhaps I’m doing something wrong?

  • Amber

    The built-in is incredible! It adds such a strong focal point and seems like such a pleasant place to work. The comfortable corner chair is so nice too, even if it’s a result of bad info on a product listing. I’d say it’s a happy accident! You did such a beautiful job creating this space.

    • Samantha

      Amber, this is such a lovely and thoughtful comment. Thank you so much! I agree, the chair is a happy accident. My daughter has dubbed it her “cozy chair” so in the office it stays!

  • Christin

    It’s so pretty!! Great job!!

  • Angela | @midmodernmama

    Such a wonderful office! I love the green particularly. Well done!

    • Samantha

      The green is my favourite part! Thank you so much!!

      • Linda hewett

        Adore your green paint color and can’t find what you used in your comments – can you share?!

  • Nicole Q-Schmitz

    I really like that bouclé chair in the corner – it could also be a nice break spot 🙂

    • Samantha

      That’s exactly what it’s been a perfect break spot and a zone for my daughter to hangout!

  • Molly

    Love this! What color is the green?

  • Lauren

    This is absolutely amazing! My husband and I are about to use your post ot build our own so thank you! I had one quick question. What lamps did you go with and did you wire them in through the wall to the switch?

    Thank you!

    • Samantha

      Oh I’m so happy to hear this!!! I didn’t wire anything in – I used rechargeable light bulbs (you just need to pop them into a lamp that is plugged in to charge them!). Here’s the link: https://amzn.to/3BZqNFQ

  • Ken

    How do you charge your laptop, phone etc? It looks like you’ve covered up the outlet behind the right lower cabinet?

    • Samantha

      Great question – I used a jigsaw and made a cut-out in the back of my Ivar cabinet so the outlet was accessible. Then I cut a small hole using a hole saw in the side of the cabinet so cords could get through. I used the hole saw again and put a hole in the desk close to where my monitor sits – that way I could run the cord pretty seamlessly from my charging needs into the cabinet. Hopefully that helps!

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