April 12, 2011

hundred dollar study

Welcome to my study!

This little room is a combo library/office. Yes, we have a million books! The bookshelves had to stay, but as soon as I straightened up and cleaned the rest of the room out, I had a nice little space for my desk. I'm really excited to finally have a bright, clean workspace... especially after what it looked like before.

 This is what the study looked like at its lowest low. A disaster straight out of an episode of Hoarders. (I can't believe I am showing anyone this room, let alone posting it online!) Almost the entire space where my office is now was taken up by my husband's gargantuan LoveSac: his last bachelor pad holdout. He finally agreed to part with it, as we never used it and it took up like half our house.

Here's a picture of the After again, so you don't cry and give up on life:
 I spent like 6 hours making the drapery panels on Saturday, so they are now my pride and joy. I don't trust my sewing skills, so I used Stitch Witchery and spent the better part of my Saturday ironing. The fabric is Robert Allen's Basquiat in the Patina colorway. I am obsessed with it.

I had this little stack of books sitting on my desk--I love the colors, and they happen to look good with the curtains. I moved the acrylic ball lamp from my bedroom and put it on the book stack for a little added height.

 My dad bought the Kokeshi doll for me in Japan. I don't have a ton of knick-knacks around my house, but she is one of my favorites. I have used this same tin to hold my pens for at least a decade. The tea cup and saucers are a recent thrift store find. They serve no purpose, as I don't drink tea, but they're so pretty!

 The desk was a $30 Craigslist buy. It's actually a vanity--the center panel flips up to reveal a mirror and storage space. I'm thinking of repainting it, but haven't decided what color. The chair was a Goodwill score-- $5! I loved the lines of the back and legs. I spray painted it champagne gold and reupholstered the seat in foam, batting, and a piece of leftover drop cloth. It was meant to be the under layer, but I liked it so I left it.

The pin board was a total last minute decision. I found this IKEA fabric in my stash, and I planned to cover the chair cushion in it. But it turned out to be the exact size I needed to wrap my cork board, so I went for it on a whim. I'll probably switch it out for a black and white stripe.

 Overall, I am really happy with how my office looks, especially considering the only things I bought specifically for this room are the materials for the drapery panels and the chair. I am already planning so many changes and improvements... but for about $100, it's not bad!

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13 comments:

Janna McCalley said...

Looks great, I especially love the champagne color on the chair. I need to get my act together and finish my little office too! Thanks for the inspiration!

Aaron said...

Looks great! Love those colors.

Kirsten Krason said...

It looks SOOOOOO good. I love love love everything about the curtains. I love how high they are hung and how they puddle at the floor. So pretty.

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Marissa, it looks fantastic. I love it. That fabric is so pretty. What a special space to get some work done.

Heather said...

This is a great, cheerful space! Great job!

Megan said...

Looks so cool!! I love how cozy yet bright it seems. Love it

dBR said...

I love this!!! It looks so cute!

Kat said...

Great job on the curtains! They're stunning. I love the bolt of color they bring to this space.

Mallory Camille said...

Looks amazing, especially love the fabric and the shelves. Awesome job.

Kristen Sheranian said...

Wow I love those curtains. They turned out so well. You did such a good job with the space. Love it!!!

pve design said...

Stunning!!!!
pve

emily said...

Fabulous! You did a great job on the curtains! And what a great Goodwill find with that pretty chair.

JoAnna of re-U creating new spaces said...

I LOVE this room. Featured it on my blog's "room of the week" today. http://www.re-ublog.com/2012/01/re-ufeatures-room-of-week.html