3.14.2011

Come On In

I've been putting off showing you all this space because it was such a mess.  When we moved in, it became the room where we put everything we didn't know what to do with.  It's still not quite finished, but what the heck, I'll show you anyway.  But first, a little background.  The new office/den was originally a long narrow sunroom on the side of our house.  When we did the renovations, we split the room into two. One end became the mudroom and one end became the office/den.  My husband works from home on occasion and so this space was originally intended to be his home office. He got into a habit of setting up shop at the kitchen island when he was working, and so it sat empty for almost a year.  That's when I decided to move on in. Soon after I moved into the space, a TV, a couch, three kids and a husband moved in right behind me.  So much for having the space all to myself.  I really don't mind, just glad the room is now getting used.

What are you waiting for?


Come on in.


I haven't yet decided what to hang over the couch. 
I'm kicking around the idea of hanging a large framed map of Kentucky here.
Embrace your roots, right?


Painting the bookshelves and desktop white really brightened up the space.


To the left of the couch was some dead space, so we added 
a recessed shelf here to store board games and books. 


More organizational storage.


I got this cute little thing at the thrift store last week.  
(not the cute little thing in the green shirt, I've had him for about seven years). 


Here is what the space looked like before we bought the house. 


This is a view of the long narrow sunroom.  The far end is now the mudroom. 
We got rid of most of the windows and the closet to the left. 


Wow, I had forgotten how ugly that room was. 
Thanks for taking the tour.  
Also, thanks to all the new followers. I really appreciate all the comments. It makes my day!

I am linking to:
Savvy Southern Style
Elements Interiors
No Minimalist Here
The Shabby Chic Cottage
Between Naps on the Porch
Making the World Cuter

30 comments:

  1. What a pretty and functional space. Isn't it funny how once you stake your claim to a space that it becomes a hot property? The same thing is happening with my Mom Cave. Is there a lock on the door? ;-)

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  2. Almost forgot - what is the paint color on the walls in there? I really like it!

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  3. Very Pretty!! Those built-ins are fabulous! Martina

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  4. very very nice like the colors you picked and a map sounds very fitting

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  5. It looks so lovely! Love all the colors and it's so nice and bright in there!

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  6. Andrea, you are a girl after my own heart with that before and after! Wow - - that was a sweet carpet before!! :) I love your transformed room and that desk space/built in area is awesome!
    I'm so glad to meet you and your blog! Look forward to visiting you again soon. Hope you have a great week ahead :) -Lisa

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  7. Looks so pretty! what a transformation. Built-ins are just so nice in a room.

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  8. Are you kidding me?! I LOOOOVE it!! The rug, the gray walls and the bright white trim... really, really gorgeous. Great job, Andrea!! xo

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  9. what a fabulous space! I would love to have that desk.

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  10. That room is awesome. I have the problem where I never think anything is good enough to call it finished so I end up never showing anything...but you have inspired me to post more as no room is ever really done and even if it is theres always room for improvement haha. Frances

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  11. Andrea, thanks for joining the party this week.

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  12. Andrea, this room is gorgeous! I LOVE the color and the built ins. Fabulous job! So glad I came across your blog. I'm a new follower.

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  13. love the new office, it's gorgeous. i would love it if you shared this at my party today! http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/

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  14. LOVE THIS! Come on ova' and link up to my Linky Party! xoxokara


    *ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

    Such a transformation!!! Come share! :0)

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  15. Wow! This is awesome. So nice, clean and crisp! Beautiful space.

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  16. I just love transformations like this. The room is great. Love the wall color against the white desk area. I'm new to your blog, visiting from Kara's party. I'm also a new follower, & I hope you'll take a peek at my blog & follow back if you find it interesting.
    CAS

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  17. What a transformation. Love it! The paint color is awesome, and I love your desk area ... so bright and refreshing! I'm your newest follower. Becca

    www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com

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  18. Wow! What a fabulous transformation! It looks so crisp and fresh and just lovely! :-)
    Vanessa

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  19. Andrea, Love the built-ins and what a fabulous space! The paint color is wonderful. Thank you for sharing this at my new party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  20. Sooo much better! I love that work space! And that chair is to die for!

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  21. Very nice! Looks inviting now!
    dreaming-n-color.blogspot.com

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  22. What a beautiful transformation! You did a great job! Would love if you would share this at Feathered Nest Friday at my blog sometime! Stopping by from Kara's party today! :)

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  23. I just LOVE this transformation!!! Its a BEAUTIFUL space...Well done! You just got a new follower!

    Thank you for linking this up to Whassup Wednesday! Hope to see you this week at my
    Par-Taaaay!

    xoxokara
    I would LOVE to have you as a Follower :)

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  24. Beautiful room, what a transformation from the before :) The sofa looks so cozy while the desktop and bookshelves look so functional. Love the new paint.

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  25. Very well done! I love how pretty and organized everything is now.

    Visiting from Met Monday and your newest follower. I hope you'll come visit me too!

    Have a great day.
    Pam

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  26. you are so organized!
    and that cute little thing in the green shirt is so adorable!
    love the room
    and your blog!

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  27. OMG. You did such an amazing job. The desk area is my favorite. I can't believe what it looked like before. Now it is perfect. You have an amazing eye for design. Now following. :)

    I recently started a celebrity style and fashion blog. I would love if you could take a second to stop by and follow it! xoxo
    www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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  28. I love how simple clean and organized this space is. Understated elegance for sure. Well done!

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