Office Design Plans

Last week I told you guys why I’m in the process of swapping our guest room and office, and we briefly chatted about the major problems with the current space (you can catch up here). Today, I’m sharing the design plans for our “new office” with a mood board and a few notes about my plans.neutral_office_inspo-07-pm

I love putting together a mood board before I start painting, buying furniture, or making any changes in the space.  It’s great to see a snapshot of the entire space before taking any action. Putting all of the pieces that I’m loving together gives me a clear direction and far more confidence to start the space. If you’re tackling a new space, I would HIGHLY recommend doing this if you’re having trouble visualizing the look. We shared this tutorial on making a mood board last year to help walk you through the process. <— The best part is that it’s super EASY and you don’t need to have any special software on your computer or any photoshop-like skills.

Once I had the mood board together (and I tested out a few different items), I was really loving the look and was super excited to get started. Here are my thoughts for this space:

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via Minimal Desks

  • White Paint: You guys know we’re all about neutral paint around here but I’ve never experimented with WHITE and I’m actually really excited to try. I’ve seen so many white rooms I’ve been loving lately and thought this bright space could be the perfect opportunity to test out the look for myself. (And see if I just love the look online or if I really love living with it too).
  • Neutral Decor: I really want to focus on neutral decor and incorporate some greenery as color. Since this is a place where I’ll be working, I want it to be calm and minimal. I don’t want a lot of clutter, but instead a space where all of our office essentials (including mail and paperwork) have a specific place to call home. When everything in our house has a place to call home, I find that I don’t feel like our space is cluttered… which really helps me feel calm and ready to work. workhardvia School House Electric
  • Meaningful Art: I’ve been eyeing this “WORK HARD & BE NICE TO PEOPLE” Art for YEARS… yes YEARS! It may be my all time favorite piece of art on the internet and I knew that it was finally time to splurge on it since I love it so much (and the message is so meaningful to me). The art is more than I usually spend but like I’ve been mentioning all year, I want quality over quantity and would rather spend more money on one thing I love than a lot of little pieces on sale. guest-room-fauxdenza-minted
  • Fauxdenza: I love both Casey’s fauxdenza and the fauxdenza we built for the Lowe’s Fall Makeover. Ever since Casey installed hers, I knew I wanted to try one in our home but wasn’t sure where to make it work. Now that this space is a blank slate, I think a fauxdenza will be the stylish storage we need. But I definitely want to put my own spin on this DIY, so it’s not exactly the same as the others.
  • Tall Desk for 2: I’ve been intrigued about a standing desk for a while. I have some neck problems (aka too much time on the computer not enough time at the gym) and thought that working towards a standing desk could be a fun… and a healthy challenge in 2017. Plus, I liked this taller table because it could fit both Matt and I (or me and Casey) so we can work together in the office without having a huge footprint in the room.

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  • DIY Barn Door: This is the component of the room that I’m most excited about but also most nervous about. I have to do a lot of research before tackling this project but I do love the idea of getting rid of the two current doors and replacing them with one large sliding door. We have access to our crawl space in this closet and the current setup is not working out too well. I think the large door will look great while offering more room for access into this space.
Office Floor Plan
Office Floor Plan

These are my ideas for now. Of course this room will definitely be a work in process but now that I have more of a plan, I’m excited to get started. First on the to-do list? Paint!! If all goes as planned, stay tuned some time next week with white paint updates! bridget_sig


  • Erin

    ooh i’m excited! any chance you can kinda show the floor plan so we can get a better idea of how the room is set up?

    • Thanks Erin! Oh my goodness, that’s a great point. I’m so sorry I didn’t include one sooner. I’m going to add it to next week’s office update post.

  • Trang

    I cannot wait to get a tutorial on the DIY sliding barn door! I have bought the sliding kit for my door, but have not actually constructed the door yet. My door will need to be customized because it’s way larger than a standard door size, but smaller than a double door.

    • We’re thinking we will have to build a door too, so hopefully we’ll learn a few things along the way and share with you!

  • Heather

    I am curious where you find the tall desk for two! I am about to tackle our new home office and my husband and I want a desk we can easily share and he likes having a tall desk but Im not really seeing anything out there that isn’t ridiculously expensive

    • Right?! I feel the same way, Heather. We actually found the one pictured at West Elm. I like that it’s higher but it is very slim and obviously doesn’t offer a ton of storage. You should check out Chris Loves Julia’s recent posts on a double standing desk (with storage!). I think you would really like it. =)

  • I love the mood board and the vibe you got going on with this space! It is going to be sooooooo awesome! You touched on two things I have been strongly considering in my master bedroom, barn doors and white paint. I will eagerly await your feedback on these two design elements! #yougofirst

    • Hahaha Thanks Kerri!! Your hashtag #yougofirst literally made me laugh out loud. =)

  • Lucy

    THAT PRINT. it’s pretty much our family motto. we tell our kids all the time: you don’t have to be the best; we just want you to be hard-workers and kind, courteous people. i think i’m going to bypass permission from the husband and just buy it, like now.

    • Lucy, I could not agree more! I feel the EXACT same way… it’s the message I heard growing up and hopefully the same message I share someday with my kids. As long as you try your best and are a good person a long the way, you are very successful (at least in my eyes). =) So happy to hear you share that same belief!

  • I love this! I’ve been really into white walls on pinterest lately too but don’t know if I would like it in my own home, so hard to know the difference without trying it! Also, you girls have reallllly convinced me I need to do mood boards…

  • Janeska Canuelas Olivieri

    Love it!!! is any website to help you with the floor plan? to make sure your furniture fit.
    Thanks hope to see and update soon!

    • I don’t have a specific website in mind, but I will keep you updated when I find one! Great idea =)

  • Katie

    Not to create a spoiler…but did you purchase the rug for your office yet? I was looking at one very similar (if not the same) as the one in the first mood board and wanted to see how you liked it.

    • Unfortunately I have not chosen a rug yet, but I did LOVE the look of that rug (and the price!).

    • Katie

      Dang, ok. Rugs are such scary purchases!!! YHL just did a great post on rug shopping that I’m trying to use as guidance too.