the farm: my office update

Finally! I’ve made some progress on decorating my home office. Still much left to do but I think I’ve come to a point where I can at least post a notice to myself on what needs to change in here.

I’ll post two before images and for those that want to see in better detail the mastery caulking work I performed, check out the original blog post. I’m sure you wouldn’t want to miss that fun 🙂 .

Before paint:

Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

After paint:

Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

Now, with a bit of frosting:

Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

Left to do:

  • Get a new desk. Something romantic that doesn’t take up as much space.
  • Get a new chair.
  • Paint antique telephone stand next to old chairs (which will need to be completely redone – paint and reupholster – I already have some ideas).
  • Figure out what I’m hanging where.
  • The carpet is a very light wool shag meant as a temporary cover until we get new flooring. Need to make sure with 2 kids it will stay clean and fresh. So far, so good. Feels great on the feet!
  • Get tension rods to close off that walkway when needed. Figure out what kind of curtain I want there.
  • Finish wall with mirror on it (which is unfinished sheet rock).

The hunt for the desk started a few months ago. I’m still looking. Haven’t found anything remotely close to what I like at the price range I like, still undecided about what I really want…

French provincial? Farmtable with antique white finish? I’m starting to scour the Antique District in Red Bank – found a few keepers for my new bathroom, but that’s for another post.

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  • Looking lovely. I especially like the chandelier 🙂ReplyCancel

  • That looks SO great. I’m going to buck convention and say that you need something totally minimalist for your desk. But yet something with weight and an organic presence. Something like these:

    or a laquered white parsons desk.ReplyCancel

  • LOL…I was going to recommend Mrs. Limestone’s desk in her recent post. And here she is! 🙂

    I can NOT believe how great your office looks, and wow those shears open the room up so much. It almost makes me want to work! I also like the idea of something minimal since you have some fancy pieces already — I just checked and the “Spotlight” desk is on sale and Crate & Barrel…I like the “crossed legs” design but just not sure this particular desk will work with those very regal chairs! When we closed on our house, our lawyer had very similar — and said he found them IN THE TRASH at a Mason’s Temple outside of Red Bank (Fair Haven) several years ago.ReplyCancel

  • Mrs. Limestone – Nothing like a little bit of sparkle in your day 😉 I want to hang chandeliers in every room lately.

    Becky – I’m surprised. Clean lines, open. I’m surprised because I like it – it probably does need something like that.

    Shore-Chic Laura – Ah, Mrs. Limestone has indeed fabulous taste 😉 ! You know, I think I’m just now getting used to the main elements in the room, I’m not particularly sold on any of the furniture in this room right now. The chairs need to be painted *something* – and since I have such a play on whites (3 whites, 3 finishes), I need to have something cheery. The finish of these chairs is too dark for my taste. If they are to work in here they must be changed. I need to start doing some fabric research but based on my current work/life schedule that won’t be happening anytime soon. Another great recommendation in the Spotlight Desk.

    I really appreciate everyone’s input, this place can become a bit overwhelming to say the least.ReplyCancel

  • Um, ok. This might be the most fantastic office I’ve ever seen. To say that I’m jealous would be an understatement! You’ve got fantastic taste.ReplyCancel