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An “Office” Room Makeover

Living in an apartment has it’s perks, but when it comes to decorating, it totally sucks! When we moved into our current apartment, we didn’t use our dining room or kitchen table for three months. We opted to eat from our coffee table in the living room, and I hate to say it, but we did this so we could watch our favorite TV shows. How’s that for family time?!

Since neither of us stepped foot into this room for heaven-knows how long, I mentioned the idea to Eric about turning it into a temporary “office” space for me to work from. Although he gave me the thumbs up, the only thing I’ve managed to do is move the kitchen table to the back wall for more room and setup the printer.

It’s time to get down to business. Here are some things I would like to do:

  1. Hate the mirror. Sure, it’s nice, but my inner design style wants to trash it. I am thinking I will save on costs by re-doing the frame myself. Any color ideas?
  2. I would love get rid of the kitchen table and place a desk in here, however, that’s just not in the deck of cards for us right now (we don’t want to purchase anything until we are in our own place). So, I will use the table as my desktop and instead find creative ways to organize my clutter and change out the decor.
  3. This wall makes me yawn! It’s a lot larger than the picture gives off, and it screams stark white. I have thought about adding simple-printed fabric to the entire wall or tape up wallpaper. Thoughts? Trashy or classy?
  4. I’ve also toyed with the idea of flanking some chairs, hanging a shelf, or finding a drink cart to help define the space of the office.
  5. Would a rug be too much? Decisions, decisions. I may hold out on this idea since a rug is a more permanent, expensive item.
  6. I hate the plastic blinds in apartments. They do nothing aesthetically and break every time they are touched. Should I add some curtain panels to hide them? I’m thinking I will get some textiles from Ikea and try to rework the window treatments.

Now I need to narrow down these ideas so I can execute my plan. What would you do to make this dining room feel more like an office? Keep in mind that I cannot make any permanent changes since it is an apartment. I’d love to hear your input!

  • January 10, 2012 - 12:54 am

    Maria @ CheekyPinkTulip - When you track down that tape-up wallpaper please let me know where you find it as I too live in a rented apartment and can’t make any permanent changes. I am also currently obsessed with wall art and want to cover our home in it. Although that would mean making a lot of holes in the walls.

    Maria xx

  • January 10, 2012 - 4:33 pm

    Kiersten - Maria! Thank you for your comment! I was beginning to feel bad about myself because no one was commenting ;) So, thank you!

    I will let you know if I track some down, and you do the same for me. I’ve been known to hammer a lot of holes into walls– you should see our place now. They are every where. It would be nice to cover them up and make things look nice.

  • January 11, 2012 - 8:50 am

    BeccaMarie - Your own office space! How exciting! Ah, if only I were a decorator. The only advice I can think of is to pick some sort of theme (like a color, or a shape, or design) so that when you start assembling non-permanent things it comes together and hides the fact that you are trying your best with the space available. And I think the window would be lovely with a sheer or lighter fabric to mask the plastic blinds, but still let in the amazing light.
    As a plus, I love the flowers! Your table as well.
    Have you seen those large square shelves from ikea that you can fill with baskets? I only bring it up because they are lovely ways to hide office clutter and since you are working with a small space it might be nice not to fight that war.
    Oh, I’m so excited to see how it goes!
    Thanks for sharing!

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