Almost two years ago, I finally got around to "decorating" our home office. That meant a fresh coat of paint (blue), a nice linen skirt and glass top for our computer table and a few framed photos:
I painted the little dresser that came with the room (and added new knobs):
I also painted my old bookcase and added a soft wool rug from Ikea (which has held up beautifully):
I painted the built-ins white and started transferring photos into silver and wood frames for a consistent look. I covered two bulletin boards in linen so I'd have a place to collect paper ephemera:
We moved in our big wooden table, giving us a nice work surface and staging area for projects (and a place to hide boxes beneath). The basket is for electronics:
Since then, however, I'm afraid to say that nothing more has happened in this room! It is still tidy, but I never got around to adding curtains, reupholstering my old grey armchair, adding more storage, nor getting a new office chair.
I have a list of projects as long as my arm for 2011, but one of the main projects is to finish the office.
Window coverings are number one. I'm trying to decide if I should repaint the room white and use soft brown linen curtains, or leave it blue and do white curtains. I love these linen curtains from Restoration Hardware:
I also want to add some storage. Ideally I'd find an amazing antique cabinet, but my searches have left me empty-handed (for now). So I'm considering budget options.
I like this little Hemnes cabinet from Ikea, with its mix of open and closed storage. Don't you think the grey-brown cabinet would be nice with the white-wall-and-brown-curtain option? I do!:
The white version is nice too and would work with the blue-wall-and-white-curtain scheme. I would add interesting knobs.
I also like the all-glass version. I think two of these cabinets would be very nice side-by-side:
I also have four antique pressback chairs from my grandmother. I think one of these chairs (which are much darker than the photo below) might make a nice office chair:
Now, I'm on the hunt for light fixtures...
So...do you think I should leave the office blue and do white accents, or should I paint it white and do the soft browns that I love? The room faces south, so a nice white would be in its best light. Thoughts?