My kids made sure to give their mom all of their candy rejects — specifically, their Almond Joys which also happen to be my favorite. I know coconut can be polarizing, but I’m a sucker for those little coconut-almond bites of deliciousness. Don’t yuck the yum until you give it a fair chance — or just give all your coconut candy to me!
Now, onto less-caloric business — a renovation house design update!
Two years ago when my family made the migration from NY to Cleveland, OH we were fortunate enough to find and purchase our dream home- great neighborhood, lots of space, a more modern aesthetic and of course, room for some personalized renovations. One of the last rooms to get TLC has been the office/library. It was a great blank slate to work with- good size, dramatic cathedral ceiling, floor to ceiling library shelves and cherry wood wainscoting and trim throughout. Unfortunately, this blank slate came with a bevvy of obstacles:
1) How to marry the traditional “library” look with our own personal tastes (which tend to skew way more modern).
2) How to make this space work not only for adults, but be kid friendly as well.
3) How to make this space multitask as additional guest quarters.
So for two years, the room sat pretty much untouched. It evolved into a dumping ground of books, toys and office supplies. The door remained permanently closed to keep our disaster zone under wraps. Well, the door is finally open and I can’t help from constantly sneaking peeks at my new space. All it took was some inspiration (thank you, Marshalls home department), some savvy internet shopping and some grunt work.
Below are the “Office Reveal” shots for you, followed by my “How-To”:
The New Office/Library
Day Bed Detail
Desk & Shelving
Greyson Console & Cicero Silva Art
1) A few weeks ago, on a trip to Marshalls (to buy my son some new mesh shorts), I happened to catch a glimpse of some artwork behind the registers as I was checking out. After initially balking at the $199 price tag, I pulled out my trusty iPhone and ran a search on the artist that was listed on the certificate of authenticity attached. Turns out, that $199 art was worth WAY more than the price tag and the same artist and similar work can be found in galleries worldwide (Cicero Silva, check him out– his work is AMAZING). I quickly scooped up my new art baby and brought her home.
The combination of geometric shapes and multiple wood tones inspired me to think outside my “cherry wood” box of an office. I came to the conclusion that there is nothing wrong with mixing and matching wood tones as long as the general theme of the room remains cohesive. In the case of my office, the theme being geometry, lines and angles- in the art, in the desk I selected, in the grid of bookshelves, etc. Problem #1 SOLVED!
2) Over time, my kids have started to accumulate a rather large collection of Lego sets and board games that we kept upstairs for fear of total destruction in their basement playroom. Since all my shelving in the office was open, I needed a mid-sized storage console that would still be stylish while accommodating toys. Enter Overstock.com. I lucked out and found the perfect solution- the Greyson Multi-drawer Console (here). It’s large, has multiple compartments, it’s angular/geometric and as icing on the decorating cake, it is comprised of multiple tones of wood unifying everything in the room. Problem #2 SOLVED!
3) Lastly, I knew I needed some sort of day-bed or convertible couch to make the office a second guest room in a pinch. West Elm was my go-to for this purchase. The second I saw the Tillary Sofa(here), I knew it would work. The beauty of this sofa is that it can be converted from sofa, chaise, lounger to bed in seconds flat. The low height and the angular lines of the piece also matched well with the design of the rest of the room. Done and done. Problem #3 SOLVED!
So there you go! From dumping ground, to multifunctional home office/library/guestroom in no time. Obviously, there are still some finishing touches to make- staging the bookshelves, window treatments, etc. but it’s nice to finally have a space that I can work in and more importantly, works for me!