Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Guest Blogger: Crystal from The Weekend Homemaker

Hi, I'm Crystal, from The Weekend Homemaker, and I am delighted to be a guest blogger today at House of Turquoise (somebody pinch me!) Erin asked me to share my new home office and I'm really excited to give you the low down on how I turned a rarely used (and poorly decorated) dining room into a space that me and my husband use every day.


We're a family of four living in a smidge less than 2,000 square foot home, meaning space is at a premium. I calculated that in the last two years, our dining room was used maybe three times. In the meantime, my husband and I were taking turns sharing a desk. Hmmm, what's not right about that picture? We finally decided to give up the notion that we were formal dining room kinda people and make use of a great space.

I got busy selling our old dining chairs, desk, desk chair and some bookcases to build up a new office fund. Then, scouring Craigslist, Ikea, Overstock.com, Walmart, and even my own house, I was able to create a great work space for both me and my husband for only an extra $105 out of pocket (in addition to the $740 we made selling our old stuff).

There are so many things I like about this space, I can't choose just one. The curtain fabric was the first thing I bought. I originally had something else in mind but saw this fabric on Young House Love (http://www.younghouselove.com/2011/06/my-babies/) and really loved it.



I was even more thrilled when my go-to paint guy chose Benjamin Moore's Palladian Blue as the perfect complement. I can't tell you how much I love this color. The Palladian Blue paired with the crisp white trim really sets the mood for the space and is a great backdrop for the stark white desks and chairs.


I couldn't be happier with how this room turned out and that it is no longer wasted space. And of course my husband loves that we were able to do it for less than $105 (+ the proceeds from the sale of our old stuff).

Visit my blog, The Weekend Homemaker, to read more about how this space came together and to see my plans for the adjoining 'formal' living room.

30 comments:

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

Wow! No wonder you're here! Look at your space! I'm honestly very, very impressed by your creativity and for how you achieved this great look, saving money in mind! Good for you!!!


xo


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Designwali said...

what a great transformation!

Jenny D said...

Yes! The Palladian blue and the Ikat curtains are winners! Great job!

Leslie's Day said...

Haha! The first thing I thought was that I was seeing double. It looks so much like YHL's office with the curtains, globe, and double desk. Even the wall colors seem similar through the computer. What a great space!

Musette said...

that curtain fabric is gorgeous! Great re-purposing of the space.

Luiza Mallmann said...

You did a great job! WOW! Congratulations! The home office is beautiful!

Maury said...

OK, so somehow out of the 6 gillion times I've visited your blog, I haven't managed to actually follow you! AH! I dont know how that happend, but it's been corrected.

Pier Days Blogger said...

Wow ... I wish I did not live in an apartment so I could make over a room like this. Very impressed =)

Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse said...

FABulous makeover. Love seeing the YHL curtain fabric re-interpreted. So fresh and modern!

Merlin said...

"Snazzy!" franki

mustang said...

Whoa! Those chairs came from Lampsplus.com? Amazing. I am on the hunt for something similar but the ones I have found are way more expensive. Good find. Good job all around and a great use of space.

p-l-a-i-d said...

You are so lucky that you now have a space to share with your husband and also get some work done! Love the transformation!

unifiedspace said...

Ooh, I absolutely love before & after pics. Brilliant work space.

natalie said...

fabulous idea!! i have a dining room that never gets any use too so thanks for the inspiration! perhaps i will make it a music room...

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Judy said...

I just love this home office. Those drapes are gorgeous.

Something Gorgeous said...

That looks great Crystal, I'm also doing some home renovations so I'll pop over to your blog and check out your progress. Feel free to visit my blog to see my Beach Apartment renovation here in Australia. x

www.somethinggorgeous.blogspot.com

Katie said...

Oh my goodness, we got rid of our dining room and turned it into an office, too, and I could not be happier!!! Some of our family gave us the side eye but I couldn't care less!I think my mom was just mad that by nixing the dining room, I, in turn, unofficially scratched my name off of the list to host Thanksgiving dinner (bonus!)

Home said...

I just love this home office

Interior said...

Great inspiration!

Affordable Medical Insurance said...

Those drapes are gorgeous.

La casa con encanto said...

Fabulous home office!! Great pics!
kiss,
Cristina

Owatrol Paint Conditioner said...

Really cool and dramatic changes. Just wondering where did the old furniture go? Do you also reconstruct them?

Kelley said...

The office looks fantastic! Great job!

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Karen said...

Love this room! Trying to find the parts for the desk at IKEA but am having trouble figuring out which table top you used. All the ones I see are either too deep and will give a substantial overhang or are not wide enough to accommodate office chairs after the bases are added. Your help would be greatly appreciated!

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