Before & After: A Granny Office Goes Modern

Before & After: A Granny Office Goes Modern

Claire Bock
Feb 1, 2012

My grandmother's house has some great bones, but it also had lots of, yes, granny colors and trims. This home office project is a great example of how with simple organization and renovation techniques you can completely change the style and give a space a fresh and modern makeover. See the transformation after the jump...

This project involved first taking off the gingerbread trim on the bookshelves to reveal the accent lights and straight, modern lines beneath. A fresh coat of crisp white paint (I used Benjamin Moore's Cool December) was the perfect neutral palette to work off of which allowed for the addition of a good a pop of color into the room. Switching out the knobs from old crusty brass to satin nickel egg shaped ones also brightened up the cabinet doors. I wanted to stick with all white office supplies so that they would transition into any office space as I tend to move frequently. I painted the backs of the bookshelves in Benjamin Moore's Richmond Green in order to highlight the white storage boxes and magazine files from IKEA and The Container Store.

As for the furniture, this room would have worked with traditional furnishings, however I wanted to get far away from the original style of the room and chose to go for modern office furniture using the West Elm Parsons desk in shiny white paired up with a Philippe Starck Louis Ghost Chair. To finish off the look colorful artwork from Jen Bekman's 20x200 as well as the Conde Nast art store give interest to stark white walls.

(Images: Claire Bock)

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