Before & After: Home Office Gets a Light & Lively Makeover

published Oct 23, 2013
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Wendy from Designed to Dwell had a perfectly nice formal study, yet she came to a realization I think we’ve all had at some point: sometimes what we think we like isn’t our style after all. Check out how Wendy lightened and brightened to create a completely fresh new room that’s much more her.

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After living with the formal study for a few years, Wendy realized her study needed a makeover. There wasn’t anything wrong with the old room, but as Wendy writes, “I realized this was not ‘us’. We are definitely not formal people! I decided a lighter, happier look would fit our personalities a little better.”

Using their existing furniture, Wendy and her husband created a bright new look by painting the pieces a crisp white, making an X-base desk using the original L-shaped desk, and adding a sleek new office chair. Wendy’s husband also built new frames for their portraits and Wendy updated the smaller touches to add vibrant notes of color around the room. I’m a huge fan of their new study!

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Have you ever tried a style only to realize it wasn’t really ‘you’? I just did that with the purchase of some Troopa Boots. A fashion choice that was cool in theory, but not working for me at all in practice (womp womp). In the words of my 2-year old daughter, “You look silly, mama”. Too true, my friends, too true. Now if only Wendy could work her magic and turn my trooper boots into some rain boots…

Head on over to Designed to Dwell for all the details on this makeover.