Before & After: French Canadian Home Office Beautification

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Maryse Coziol works from home as a project manager for a publishing house. Her goal is to become a young adult novelist, so her work space needs to inspire. Her main issue with her original home office is the piles of books, manuscripts, and loose papers that take over her space just minutes after cleaning it. She decided it was time to gut the place and come up with a system that not only helped keep her organized, but did it in a way that would help inspire her work...

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Her office was a bit drab before. For her new space, Maryse writes on her blog, Rock, Paper, Ciseaux, she was looking for optimal storage for books, papers, and personal affairs; a large and clean work surface so she can spread out the documents she's working on; and a space that's easy to clean up.

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She found some inspiration on Ikea Hacker and used it to build a 3D imagination of her space using Ikea's new Home Planner software. She used the UK version, "because it includes more collections than the US or Canadian IKEA home planner. However, the BESTA system is not included, so I used kitchen cabinets with similar shapes and sizes, just to do a mock up. It was more to have a general visual idea than a real and precise plan."

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She made her desk out of two hollow doors, cut and assembled with dowels and wood glue. The finished piece was veneered with an affordable maple wood veneer and contact glue, then stained and varnished.

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She updated a lot of her Ikea purchases by adding wallpaper to their exteriors. This creates a really unique look.

You can see a full breakdown of Maryse's space at Decor8. Thanks Maryse!

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