Now a days, every house seems to have a designated home office or at minimum an ‘office area.’ I truly believe the home office has replaced the formal living room/dining room on most blue prints. Yet, when I think of designing or decorating a home office, I think of two scenarios: a very traditional study with dark furniture, plaid fabric and leather wing back chairs with a very country club vibe or the complete opposite, home office with movie posters, collegiate prints with mismatched, second hand furniture. I have had the latter design for the past four years while my husband finished his degree. He was allowed to to decorate and arrange the office to his liking. Well fast forward a few years, he receives a full-time job in a traditional office setting and I take a position that allows me to work from home 90% of the time.
Since the home office is my domain, for the most part, I wanted to update the look with a more polished style. Of course, my household bleeds red and black for the University of Georgia and I knew the color scheme would correspond with those colors. I also knew that I had to incorporate my husband’s collegiate prints and memorabilia but could I include all of those items with a feminine approach? An approach that included pretty lamps, a graphic bulletin board, pillows and a comfy chair for my co-workers (aka our mutts). I would at least give it my best attempt! So here is our first post in our Home Tour Series: A Modern, Mature Home Office.
Since we accumulated a lot of UGA memorabilia over the years, I really wanted a floating shelf that went around the perimeter of the room. Luckily, I have a very talented father-in-law and along with my husband’s help, they completed the project in one day. It is by far, my favorite home improvement project in our builder grade home. Here are a few detail pictures of the shelving.
Since this is not just a home office but a true work environment, the space needed real, useful furniture, not just my leftover college furniture. The more traditional black desk is from Ballard Backroom and the red credenza is the PS cabinet from Ikea. This office has a good balance of modern and traditional elements and they balance nicely. The gray occasional chair is from Storehouse but I bought it at a consignment store while the desk chair was purchased at HomeGoods.
Like I said before, my husband and I bleed red and black so here are a few of the UGA vignettes throughout the room.
The home office also has a few whimsical moments that make the space uniquely mine. I work for a regional newspaper so I decided to paper mache my initial with newspapers. When I went to photograph the “C,” I noticed an article on the wonderful home design blog, Young House Love, coincidence, I think not!
During college, I often broke out the craft supplies and one day, I made a self-portrait for each of my friends. I hope all of those wonderful girlfriends kept theirs throughout the years! I display mine because that was such a joyful, carefree time in my life.
And finally, my home office would not be complete without my trusty mason jar and the picture of my favorite person who influenced me to attend UGA. After all, I committed to the University of Tennessee and had my check ready to send! He does remind me every chance he gets, that I was a Volunteer for amount 3 months. Thanks for keeping me honest, honey.