Several months ago, this was my finished office:

office 1

But in true ryan-and-emily-fashion the room didn’t stay that way for long.  Because Ryan was working with me so much on my blog and business, we decided he needed a workspace in the office as well.  So we moved a few things around, changed out art on the walls and here is where we now work:


I’ve always loved the idea of two desks back to back and it is very functional for us. Ryan and I spend a lot of time at our computers and it is nice to be face to face while we work.


I added some of my favorite pictures and artwork to the wall in a semi-organized but mostly haphazard manner.

art wall

art wall left art wall right

A sample of my favorite wallpaper, bird poster, photos of my darling boys, botanicals from my mom, silhouettes of the kids, a family photo, my lamp print, linen bulletin board and wall hanging card holders. Everything on this wall has special meaning to me and I loved putting it together.

pin board


red bird

On the other side of the room is the chalkboard wall and an armoire that we brought in from another room in the house. It now houses all of my decorative paper and envelopes.

chalkboard wall 1 chalkboard wall 2white birdpaper


A while back I decoupaged sheet music to a funky Goodwill painting. My three-year-old and I watercolored over top to ‘age’ the paper, then I painted my favorite word on top.

twirl 2

And that is our rearranged office for two.

{If you are interested in details from the office, read THIS post and THIS one too.  If you want to learn more about the painted wallpaper, read THIS one.}

FYI: the desks were a gift from a family friend who no longer needed them. I don’t see any markings from the manufacturer, so I can’t give a name to them. So sorry for the lack of information!

The wall hanging card holder things are from Pottery Barn about three years ago. They no long carry them and I couldn’t find them online. I know, I’m really helpful.

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78 Responses to office–rearranged

  1. Tara January 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    LOVE your chalk wall…I’m about to chalkboard my son’s closet doors. Any tips? And what brand of paint did you purchase? Thanks…LOVE your blog :) – Tara U.

  2. Christi January 24, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    As always….. inspiring.

  3. LaDONNA January 25, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    I love this. I bought a desk similar to yours this past fall. I love the shape of it, but it needs some TLC. I love yours in black. I just may copy yours. As always- beautiful beautiful beautiful.

  4. Lisa January 25, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    I love it! You have such amazing tastes!

  5. Jennine January 25, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Looks great! Love the high gloss black on the desks…I’m inspired for sure. I have a small den off of our ‘formal’ living room that I want to convert to an office in a way that doesn’t scream mess… It looks like you do some e-consulting? Can you email me a rate quote? Or do you needs pics first?

  6. lindse pace January 25, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    I LOVE that lamp print! Did you make it and where can I get one? Oh, I hope there is more where that came from because I am in LOVE!

  7. Jane January 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    You did a beautiful job! I LOVE the “you’re here to be light” lamp wall hanging. Did you make it? If so, can you tell me how and is it all scripture? I’m back in WA now-hope we can meet someday… Jane C.

  8. Debbie Dabbs January 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    Ok, I must admit I didn’t think you could top the “first office” redo. But you have! This is great, you kept what is so special about the first room….the chalkboard wall, the sconces on that, the painted “wallpaper”…..but I love the two desks and the wall arrangement next to them. It’s beautiful Emily!

  9. Salina Beasley January 25, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    Absolutely stunning…. I’d be inspired to work harder too if I was facing my husband all day… well, perhaps I’d be inspired to do more than just work… Great post! I’m always encouraged when I see the scripture around your house. Thanks for sharing with such authenticity and candidness. I have told so many people about your blog! So happy to “meet” you here!

  10. Shannon January 26, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    I have always thought your office was amazing – but I love this re-do! What a great place to work and be inspired!

  11. Sarah January 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    Your new office makes ME happy! I love it and all the details! That is where I lack vision is the details to pull things together. I am inspired by your room and I wish I could come up with a design for my room to make it as fluffy and creative as that room makes me feel! Thanks for sharing! I Love the black desks as the accent, so classy!

  12. Maggie Nunez January 27, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    I absolutely love the silouhettes of you children, do you have a tutorial on how to make them? I would love to make some of my boys.

  13. Leslee January 28, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    My previous comment was to say that I couldn’t link. This comment is to say that I’m in love with this stuff. :) And also- that I read your blog every other day or so. (whenever you have new posts) and i love everything about your house.

  14. Morning T January 31, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    Your office is absolutely fabulous!! I love the desks back to back as well.

  15. meg duerksen January 31, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

    i just love this room.
    and your business and how you are making it work . :)

  16. sheryl February 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    where did you get the AUDREY metal?!

  17. Jamie Kutter March 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    Where is that cute polka dot pillow from? I love everything about your office!

  18. Jadie March 4, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    i LOVE your office and am always in AWE of the spaces you create. thanks for being generous with your tutorials and willing to share all of your tips and tricks! i have spruced up my house with many ideas from your blog, and direct all of the compliments i get to your site! i have a weird/random question. maybe answered somewhere before but i didn’t see it here…do you have a computer printer; where do you hide it? i find mine to be such an eyesore. i am sure you have a trick up your sleeve!

  19. Michelle Viera April 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    SILHOUETTE TUTORIAL!!!! PPPPPLLLLLEEEEEAAAASSSEEEE!!!!! I have been admiring your website, style & work. I am racking my brain to get the whole silhouette thing to work. It appears to only work (digitally) with Photoshop (which I don’t have). Is that my only option? I am exhausted from researching this. Can u help me? Thanks a million.

  20. Kristy Swain April 24, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Love the office! Enjoyed your post on Effortless Style.

  21. Amy May 31, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    I love, love , love those desks.
    Where did you purchase them at?
    Your style is so welcoming and inviting, I hope one day that my home has that same feeling as yours does.
    Thanks for sharing!

  22. Trish February 14, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    I’m totally in love with those desks! I’ve been working on an office of my own and I think if it even comes out half as nice as yours I’ll be super happy :)


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