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. 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 :)

  2. 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!

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

    Love the office! Enjoyed your post on Effortless Style.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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

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

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

    where did you get the AUDREY metal?!

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

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

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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?

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

    I love it! You have such amazing tastes!

  20. 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.

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

    As always….. inspiring.

  22. 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.

  23. Nuha January 24, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    great job! I love the back to back desks… and the little birdies are so cute!

  24. Joy January 24, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    Oh… no… I wanted to know where you got the desk also… I have been looking for something like that for so long.

  25. Kim January 24, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    Your new arrangement looks great – and what a treat to look at your sweetie while you work away the day!! You should do a tutorial on the twirl print or offer ne in your shop maybe?? Thanks for the peek at your space.

  26. kelly January 24, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    Such a beautiful work space! I love your lamp print! Did you make it yourself or purchase it somewhere? Very pretty!

  27. Elaine January 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    A beautiful space. I’d love to just sit in there for a while, forget doing any work! :)

  28. Kim January 24, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    I love the old and the new way :) So lovely Emily! So, where did you get those desks and the blue bird on the books? Love!

    • emily January 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

      The desks are from a friend and I have no idea where they came from. There aren’t any markings from the manufacturer … so sorry!

  29. jenny collier January 24, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    So great. Where did you find the gorgeous desks?

  30. Beth January 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    I LOVE the twirl collage sign (loved Captivating and think that sign is such a sweet reminder)… did you free-hand it or is it traced with a font? Please share the font name if you traced it somehow–so cute!

  31. janet January 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Smitten……and drooling.
    Your creativity is endless.
    Thanks for sharing.

  32. Leslie January 24, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    You are so crafty and clever. I only wish I had 1/2 of your creativeness, organizational skills. Oh, and also the know-how of doing all this with your kids at home. I only have 1 child, I’m a stay at home mom, and my house is total disarray all the time.

  33. Abby January 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Wow! It amazes me that you are so creative. I love the way you changed the feel of the room just by moving the furniture. I love the art wall. It looks like it has been layered over the years. I’m loving this re-do.

  34. Pam January 24, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    Wow, Emily – you did a great job, it’s stylish, unique and so functional!!

  35. pam January 24, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    OMG! How do you manage to take all the same stuff and move it around to look amazing in a whole new way! I loved it before and I love it even more now. Don’t you love being able to move a piece of furniture from somewhere else and make it look great and work for you? I just did that with a bookcase from my daughter’s room. I almost sold it but then walked around and found the perfect spot for it. Now I love it in a new way.
    Your desks are beautiful. How did you manage to find two of them?
    Great job. Enjoy!

  36. vickie January 24, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    love it! love it!! love it!!!

  37. Jill Leaming January 24, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    I would love to know where you found your desks!? I am in the market for one

  38. Michelle January 24, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    Fabulous! I love it!!

  39. Ashley January 24, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    I love it all!!! I really like that car/picture holder hanging on the wall. Where did you get that?? I am from your area so I would LOVE to get one.

  40. Collette January 24, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    I wanted to grab a spoon and eat up your entire chalkboard painted wall! My heart leaped at the sight! How liberating it must be to have a big, blank, black canvas greeting you each day! I adore the placement of the low sconces adjacent to your hulking armoire–truly unique and yet so classic! You are a dreamer and an inspirer~~ <3 Collette

  41. Matina January 24, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    Absolutely love the back to back desks and your memories hung! It’s always nice to have a space where hubby can help!

  42. Shelley Heck January 24, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    Omg…so great! It look amazing and my favorite part of your newly rearranged room is the art wall. Once again, I am inspired!! Now just how to file all this inspiration in a finely organized manner in my brain. {yeah, right}

  43. michelle @ this little light January 24, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    Ooooh, I love the wall hanging card holder and I’m thrilled to see your lamp print up close! Thinking that might make a nice Happy-Valentine’s-Day-To-Me gift!

  44. Diane January 24, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    Love. Love. Love. You are amazingly creative and talented. Thanks for the inspiration!

  45. Lisa @ Shine Your Light January 24, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    Gorgeous – love the Twirl decoupaged painting the most.

  46. Stefanie January 24, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    I LOVE those desks!!!! Where did you get them?

  47. valerie January 24, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    WOW! That is a gorgeous space and functional too…I lvoe the wall above your face to face desks! And I have always loved your beige and white patterned wall….it is wonderful…you have a gift Emily. I love to see photos of your home. It inspires…..

  48. Faith Wise January 24, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Would you be willing to share where you got the wire notecard holder? I have been trying to find something like it for months. The one you found is so beautiful.
    Love, love, love the way you have redone your work space. It seems quite inspiring.

  49. Tina January 24, 2011 at 10:35 am #


  50. Kayla January 24, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    I adore your office! It looks like a space that’s conducive to creative thinking! Beautiful!

  51. Natalie January 24, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    I simply adore your decorating style. Love the desks…where did you find those?

  52. corrie January 24, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    Love the new office! Where did you find another desk that was the same? love it!

  53. Nancy January 24, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    I would love to know where you got the wire card holder on the wall of artwork…the one holding cards and pictures. It is SO cute! I’d love to know!
    Thanks :) Nancy

  54. cailan January 24, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Well, it’s absolutely lovely. Your artwork wall is just wonderful.

  55. Rebecca January 24, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Drop dead beautiful!

  56. Tracy January 24, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    I love the new desks and the twirl sign.

  57. pat allen January 24, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    Emily, I love it so much! You have such beautiful things and you arrange them so perfectly.

  58. Meg January 24, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    I’m about halfway through my painted wallpaper in my corner of the house. This was just the inspiration that I needed to finish the other half!

  59. Jenny K. January 24, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    I absolutely love your work space. I’m in the process of working on making my office what I want it to be but it’s definitely a slow go. Thanks for sharing.

  60. katy January 24, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    How big is your office? I’m building a house and am still not sure what size my office needs to be. Thanks!

  61. Nikki Venable January 24, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    Oh, Emily…absolute perfection. So delightful to look at. I so wish I had your “eye” for design. Thank you for creating such beauty. All beauty is a reflection of our Creator.

  62. Stacie January 24, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    Cute! I loved your office before and didn’t think it could get any better. But it did.

  63. Amanda M. January 24, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    It looks absolutely fantastic. I love the desks facing eachother in that way. Everything looks fantastic….it’s such a pretty and calm workspace!

  64. Melissa January 24, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    Wow your office is amazing.

  65. Jen January 24, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    love the desks together so you are face to face. that is perfect and the desks are beautiful :)

  66. Melanie January 24, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    Love the desks! By chance would you share your source? Where did you get them?

  67. Andrea January 24, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    Beautiful and functional. Once again, love your style!

  68. I Live in an Antbed January 24, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    So elegant and lovely, but functional, too. You have struck a perfect balance.

  69. Michelle January 24, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    You have my dream office! This is fabulous!! Thanks for sharing!

  70. paige January 24, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    it’s official, i’m completely smitten. two desk tables facing each other? how cute are ya’ll?
    & the lamp print? where have i been. i’ll be ordering that one & thankful & majesty this very week.
    wow…can i move in?

  71. Bethany January 24, 2011 at 5:33 am #

    I found the print on your shop and purchased. So excited!! Thank you…

  72. Bethany January 24, 2011 at 5:25 am #

    Your office is beautiful. Thanks for sharing! Your creativity is so inspiring. I love, love the Lamp print. Where can I get a copy!?


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