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This post and room makeover are sponsored by Nautica At Home Paint at Menard’s. All opinions, photos and designs are my own. 

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We just wrapped up the fastest room makeover in blog history and it’s a good one! My office has been a mess for years. We threw some dark bookshelves, a cheap desk and junk everywhere when we moved in. And while we did get some good photos of it one day, it rarely looked good. It was dark, dingy and not ideal. The office was our unofficial junk room for longer than I care to admit and unfortunately, it’s the first room you see when you walk into our home.

Office before, during, after

And yet, I somehow needed to work and be productive in this space. I avoided the room like the plague and chose to work at our dining room table for the past six months or so. That creates other challenges including a messy dining room table and having my work too close to the kids for comfort. Not having a true space to work has been a struggle and since my career requires creativity constantly, I yearned for a space that was inspiring.

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Now I have just that.

The room was painted last Wednesday in a gorgeous soft Nautica At Home Paint color from Menard’s that is a mix between a creamy white and a soft soft grey.  The color is called Arctic Tern and is a part of their Sail Whites. So much beauty in this palette.

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I knew I wanted the room brighter than the grey we had put in when we built and I wanted to try a white room. So that’s what we did! We didn’t do a room mock-up like we typically do before picking paint. The timeline was too tight thanks to a fun vacation coming up. But seeing the Nautica At Home Paint line made me way less nervous. Every color in the collection is beautiful.

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We used a soft minty green color on the back of our bookcases. The color is called Mooring Line and is a part of the Beach House collection.

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I also got rid of a lot of things I kept around for years and never used. It made our storage needs significantly less, allowed me to have a smaller desk and a space to sit, enjoy a cup of coffee and relax or brainstorm.

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It gives the boys lots of floor space to play when needed and the room just generally feels really open and large now.

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I created one little corner that is my hard work corner. It includes drawers loaded with office supplies, a printer, hooks for my camera equipment and other items and my pinboard and magazine file for my portfolio and inspiring publications. This may not be the most beautiful corner in the office, but it is the workhorse of the room besides the desk.

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We used a professional painter because of the tight turnaround and the walls are amazing. While the Nautica At Home Paint collection reflects the brand’s natural heritage and passion for water, it is also a specially-formulated interior paint and primer in one that offers maximum coverage, excellent adhesion, hiding power and a mildew-resistant coating. This is everything you want in a paint.

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Besides the overall look of the room, I’ve added some pretty details that help keep the room functional as well.

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Live the Fancy Life home office makeover

Having an inspiring, bright, beautiful space to work in has been so lovely. I sit at a desk often as a writer and blogger and this space inspires me and feels great.

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The gallery wall is one of my favorite elements in the room. It includes a phrase I love, pretty pieces, a canvas of Bodhi and I walking on the beach at Captiva Island when he was two, art by Bodhi, a postcard from our honeymoon and more. I plan to grow the gallery wall to cover the entire space and to include many meaningful elements over time.

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Lastly, I did something kind of strange. With a desk floating in the middle of the room, you can run into cord problems with the computer and a desk lamp. I attached an extension cord to the desk on the side not visible from the door using plastic tightening straps. I then cut a tiny hole in our rug (I know, I know!) and ran the cord under the rug and to an outlet behind the bookcases. When I was done, I sewed the rug back up as tight as I could and it’s almost as good as new.

How to hide desk cords in a home office

Here is the hole before I stitched it back up.

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Friends, this room makes me so happy! We may do a phase two which would include added storage on top of the bookcases (there is an addition for it), new organization boxes on the shelf and the extended gallery wall. We’ll keep you posted.

I hope you’ve found some inspiration here. I’ll be sharing more on the space and where things were purchased soon but feel free to ask in the comments. And be sure to pin any images that inspire you. Cheers!

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This post was sponsored by Nautica At Home Paint at Menards. All opinions are my own. Thank you for sponsoring the beautiful brands that make Live the Fancy Life possible.