my office

When you walk in the front of our home, to the right is this room.  It started as my office, then we switched it to be Ryan’s office, then a sitting room and now back to my office {can you tell we’re a little fickle about decorating?}

Anyway, here is the room when we first moved into our home.

office before

And, after hours of painting and a little fluffing, here it is now.


I wrote about the start of the project here & about the chalkboard wall here.









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The self-induced motivation seemed to do the trick {albeit a few hours late}.

I’m working on a tutorial for the painted ‘wallpaper’ so stay tuned for that.

Anything you want more details on? I’d love to share : ask away and I’ll post answers this week.

{I’ve linked with Centsational Girl’s “where do you blog party”}

104 Responses to my office

  1. Blair June 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    love the paper rack you’ve got next to the dresser, any ideas where i could find one for my studio? thanks!

  2. Angela June 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    I love this all so much, it’s painful!

  3. Jessica Watkins April 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    WOW. I have been looking at the cost of stencils and they are crazy expensive. I love this idea and it is so easy to do. I am going home and starting to stencil!

  4. Jaelyn March 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    love it!!

  5. Heather Mullin March 2, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    Oh my goodness, I love this! It inspires me to get my office finished!

  6. Kennedy February 28, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    I just came across your blog via Simply Seleta. I love everything you do! I just got done looking at your shop and I will be ordering prints soon :)

    Do you do customized orders? I love the wording you have on the chalkboard in your office and I would love to order a print that says that!

  7. Nancy Reed February 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Saw all of your great dressers, do you use those for scrapbook supplies. Looking or something great to put all that stuff in that’s not plastic……would love to hear your thoughts.

  8. Amy Pires February 19, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    So beautiful! I was wondering what color you used on the dresser in your office? I have an old bookcase I would like to paint the same color. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Julia Smith February 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    I love the office! I have been looking for inspiration for my workroom. I bet you never want to leave!


  10. Allison Marie February 2, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    My painted wallpaper project is complete! Thank you for your inspiration and tutorial!

  11. Ranin Z February 2, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    I am in love with your office! So beautiful, so fresh, so unique & creative…the list of words can go on & on. Thank you for making my Wednesday a little bit brighter!!

  12. Aly Willard January 30, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Seriously the most inspiring design I have seen for an office space! I have been looking for some ideas for planning my own office/crafting space and I am so excited to come upon yours. I love the painted wallpaper design and the chalkboard wall. thank you so much!

  13. Jennine Lupo January 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    I love that little collection of wrapping paper tied with ribbon. It completely elevates and displays what would be an eyesore. I can see adding them to a brushed aluminum or white galvanized steel bucket. Cute!

  14. Tanya Hulbert January 13, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    This office inspires me to re-do my entire office! I love the chalkboard wall. I have the paint but have never thought about doing an entire wall.

  15. Tracy WAldrop December 22, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    I love your quote above your desk – Can you tell me where you purchased this or did you do yourself?

  16. Emily Lauren December 8, 2010 at 7:29 am #

    What amazing inspiration this office is! My husband, Ryan (so weird that my name is Emily and my Hubby’s name is Ryan just like y’all), and I just bought a new house and we each got a room to make into whatever we want…I have been struggling with a vision for mine…Ryan, not so much…it’s all things MAN! I never enter his man cave out of sheer fear. I’m really gonna try to tackle my office this weekend with my new found inspiration! Thanks!!

  17. Katie Hanchinamani November 12, 2010 at 1:41 pm #


  18. Jenn Kemper November 6, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    i am DYING over your office. i can’t wait to look around your blog more…i found you via younghouselove, then bower power, then mckevitts.blogspot.com, and now i am in love. I MUST see more. :) I sell Stella & Dot jewelry and work from home. We close on our house tomorrow and I’ve been looking everywhere for office inspiration. that’s the highest priority room for us, since i need a pretty & functional space to make my business work best.

  19. Jane October 27, 2010 at 5:43 am #

    LOVE the chalkboard wall with the great scripture verse at the top! I also love your box of tags with ribbons. You’re inspiring me to go down to my “dungeon” and work on the craft room/office in the house we just moved into.

  20. Sonya October 26, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    Thank you for showing us this inspiring space! I’m in love with so many aspects of your room from the little blue tool box to the FUN FUN FUN chalkboard wall and everything in between!

  21. Denise Rhoden October 22, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    What a beautiful room! You are truly a gifted designer! Come to my house and design away!!

  22. robyn September 2, 2010 at 4:41 am #

    OH. MY! I am so incredibly in LOVE with your space! I adore the color with the POPS of black, the chalkboard wall the chest with the goodies on it and the way it draws your eye up to the lamp and art then the fab little shelf! It’s just all PERFECTION!

  23. Erin @ Frundy September 1, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    This is amazing! That’s about all I can say. Oh, and also that I’m totally jealous!! :)

  24. DeAnna September 1, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    Truly beautiful! Understated, elegant and creative! Thank yo for sharing! I have a room that is similar in design as far as space, NOW I have so many ideas!

  25. kate blue August 31, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    simply me! Love the chalkboard wall…wish I was so bold :)

  26. Rene August 31, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    I have been admiring your office from a distance and am just going to come out and say it…I want it all! Seriously, everything about this space is wonderful. Love.


  27. Katy August 31, 2010 at 5:52 am #

    LOVE!! Beautiful – can’t wait for the tutorial on the walls.

  28. Kristen @ More Than Mulberries August 30, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    I am in love with this space!! Can’t wait to read how you did the walls – they are gorgeous!

  29. Beth@A2Z August 30, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    Absolutely perfect! I love everything about it!

  30. angela | the painted house August 30, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    Yes, indeed, I love this room! Gorgeous!

  31. RJ August 30, 2010 at 11:10 am #

    What a fabulous space, and the chalk wall – love it!

  32. Megan {Honey We're Home} August 30, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    Holy gorgeousness! I never get tired of looking at pictures of your office- or your home for that matter- so much to enjoy!

  33. Wendy @ the Shabby Nest August 30, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    oh. my. goodness. i am in love!! can i come move in? pretty please? seriuosly, everything about this office is me….to a “T”. great job!!

  34. Centsational Girl August 30, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    I am so in love with this space ! I saw Ms. Limestone featured your wall last week, and I’ve been meaning to pop over and tell you how FANTASTIC you are !!!

    Such an incredible space! I swoon !!

  35. L.Duncan August 30, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    OMG, I love this space! Love the ‘painted wall paper too! the chalkboard was brilliant!

    Thanks for sharing!

  36. Janell Beals August 30, 2010 at 8:24 am #

    Simply fabulous!! Love the chalkboard wall, I did one in my husband’s office, and the “wallpaper”…oh, and the light fixture! So much to love, enjoy this space! Janell

  37. Donna August 30, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    What a beautiful and elegant workspace!


  38. Kristi August 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    Is that wrapping paper in the corner? If so, I’m in love with the red! Where did you get it at?

  39. Kelly August 15, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    I just found your blog- incredible! A new favorite of mine! I LOVE your room- the chalkboard wall is amazing! Can’t wait to see more from you- you are so inspiring!

  40. Michelle Marsh August 12, 2010 at 9:04 pm #

    Wow! This turned out fabulous, really gorgeous. I can’t wait for you to post the tutorial on the wallpaper. I’m so doing this in my master bedroom. So pretty! Thank you!

  41. Jessi August 11, 2010 at 5:58 am #

    Love love it!!

  42. Kristal August 10, 2010 at 5:58 am #

    Oh, WOW! This is amazing! The whole room is just yummy, but I can’t get over that you painted the wallpaper! Fabulous! I’ll be off to peek at your other great transformations. Thanks so much for sharing!


  43. teresa August 8, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    Oh my goodness I love this…can’t wait to see how you painted the walls…
    make sure to share.
    Happy Day

  44. Helen Ellis August 7, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    I love that chalkboard! What a marvelous idea.

  45. Sheri Barnes August 6, 2010 at 8:16 am #


  46. Funky Junk Interiors August 5, 2010 at 11:19 pm #

    Wow… what a stunning environment! Gorgeous! I love the blue metal lunch kit for storage. Cool little quirky idea. :)


  47. Jennifer August 5, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    K this room has to be the coolest office I’ve ever seen. Seriously, I see them online and there are cute ones but I could not picture them being mine. Yours is Amazing !!! If I ever get my own office I am totally going to copy: ) hope you don’t mind. I promise u would get all the credit. Also your painted/stenciled/wallpaper walls are by far my favorite design yet. I’ve seen tons thru blogs and want to do some walls in my home but haven’t found a pattern I just love. Yours rocks!! I could so see That in my home. Can’t wait to see how to’s.

  48. Leanne August 5, 2010 at 12:24 am #

    This room is amazing. I love all the little details. I’m hosting We’re Organized Wednesday and would love for you to join the party. There’s a giveaway too. Hope to see you there.

  49. Genevieve August 4, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    Really darling!! I have just begun to create a writing office for myself… I’m full of ideas now. Though my definite style is a rather booky old British look, I am enchanted by (and may use) your spontaneous wall writings and neat paper organizer/magazine rack. Useful and pretty! Plus, I LOVE that desk and have been perusing craigslist for one similar since April! Did you refinish it yourself?

    Thanks for sharing!

  50. Robin August 4, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    * W O W !!!! *
    Those are THE BEST before and after shots … EVERRRRR! Absolutely stunning, warm, inviting, simply fabulous! Love, love, LOVE the chalkboard wall. Outstanding and inspiring! What else can I say? What’s not to like about this room? Great job! Kudos!

  51. Sue Christianson August 4, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    ummm…..Can I work there? I LOVE it Emily! I have been thinking about a home office now that the kids are slowly leaving! Ugh!

    Great Job!

  52. tara August 4, 2010 at 7:37 am #

    Emily you did a fabulous job with this room, I love all of the little touches and how functional it is for your to work…the colors are so calming and pretty and so organized!! Great job, amazing!!!

  53. Amoreena August 3, 2010 at 11:32 pm #

    How beautiful! I’m so impressed at your creativity. I LOVE the painted “wallpaper.” I definitely want to learn how to do that (although it looks a little advanced for me). I’m so glad that Reagan showed me your site.

  54. Karen Rodriguez aka Mrs. Rubbish August 3, 2010 at 8:31 pm #

    Beautiful! Where did you get the stencil for the walls? The colors work together beautifully! I am a new follower to your blog and I love it!!!

  55. Holly August 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    No friggin way… This is a brilliant space!!! I have that same location in my house… wonder if I should take it over ;-)

  56. Susan August 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm #

    Oh my, I just love that office! Great colors.

  57. diXymiss August 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    What a lovely workspace you’ve created ~ the perfect balance of classy sophistication and creative whimsy! My favorite part is the lightswitch (love those small details best). Now where did I put my can of chalkboard paint…?

  58. jen August 3, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    Emily this room is gorgeous! So inviting, must make for great creative sessions! What font did you use for the “Before” and “After”, I love it. Am about to paint my daughter’s name on a painting and would love to use that font.

  59. Tiffany August 3, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    Wow…this office space is just gorgeous and inspiring. Thank you for sharing it. And I adore the chalkboard wall! I desire to have one in my office someday!

  60. amanda August 3, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    Stunning…I would love to know about the sconces on the cb wall?..Were they hard to install? And I would love to know more about what you have stashed in the closet…weird I know, I just love to see all the little things, ribbons, buttons, glitz, etc…so fun!

  61. Amy R. August 3, 2010 at 8:25 am #

    Amazing! I also want to know about the difficulty wiring the sconces on the wall and where you got the “pray continually…” lettering at the top of the chalkboard wall. You are so talented – can I come and hang out with you and learn everything you know? :)

  62. Jessi August 3, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    Hello! I am a big fan of your page! I have gotten so many ideas to play around with in my new house. Thank you so much for your inspiration. I was wondering what you have in the black magazine/book holder. I have one for my classroom that I’m not using and what you’re using it for looks interesting. Do tell! :)

    Thanks! ~Jessi

  63. Restorative Living August 3, 2010 at 7:55 am #

    This took. my. breath. away!!!! You are so talented. Oh, love this room. When I saw the picture taken from the angle looking out into the rest of your house, I thought, “If I was walking through this house with a realtor, I would put an offer in IMMEDIATELY!” You’ve done an incredible job. Wow!

  64. Jessie August 3, 2010 at 7:15 am #

    It turned out Fabulously!!! You really inspired me to do this in my dining room and last week I finished…just the wall, not the whole room. I linked over to your original post so everyone could see. I would love any feedback…if you have time. Thanks!

  65. Kim A August 3, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    Could you please share the paint colors for room and dresser?
    Also, I love the tan comfy chair, where did you find it?
    Thanks for sharing.

  66. emilee August 3, 2010 at 7:09 am #

    Beautiful! Will you please share the paint colors of the wall and the darling dresser?

  67. leah peck August 3, 2010 at 6:41 am #

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE tell me how you did those walls! Did you use a stencil? I love it all but seriously, the design on the wall is breathtaking!

  68. AmyL August 3, 2010 at 6:01 am #

    The letters on the chalkboard wall… Where did they come from? Vinyl? I love that!

  69. Stacey August 3, 2010 at 5:59 am #

    Standing and clapping for mother of 4 who completed a project! It gives me great hope!

    Glorious! May God bless you as you use your gifts in this lovely space, for your family and friends!

  70. Arlene Grimm August 3, 2010 at 4:57 am #

    Just beautiful!!! I am a bit jealous of your lovely organization.

  71. abby August 3, 2010 at 4:04 am #

    Your space turned out A-mazing!! I love all the details from the painted walls, to the little messages on the chalkboard wall. If that was my office I would just sit and stair at it’s prettyness all day! :) Great job Emily!

  72. tammy August 3, 2010 at 12:30 am #

    WOW! It looks like a place that would be absolutely beautiful to work in! Good job and what a great feeling it must be to be done! I love your ways of mixing and matching!!

  73. Holly Nelson August 2, 2010 at 9:54 pm #

    I have to admit, I waited all day for the reveal! It is WONDERFUL! Can you share the paint color on the wall and on the chest?


  74. Nicola August 2, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    Wow your self induced pressure sure did the trick – this looks awesome. I can only imagine having such a wonderful space in my home.

    Congratulations on a wonderful job!

  75. Kacey August 2, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    What a fun and inspiring space! You’ve done a fabulous job with it. And that stencil wallpaper? Oh.My.Goodness. WOW!

  76. Katie@ Cowboy Phraseology August 2, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    Yum. I absolutely love it. Was it a big job to install the wall sconces (the ones on the chalkboard)? I’ve always wanted to do sconces and other lighting than overhead, and am always too chicken about the wiring. Is it as hard as it seems?

  77. nell ann August 2, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    You just knocked my socks off!!!

  78. amy jupin August 2, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    this office has to be hands-down, just like it was plucked from my dreams, exactly, precisely, ridiculously!, my most favorite ever.

    listen. can we be friends? :)

  79. Jenn @ Memoirs of a Southern Domestic Goddess August 2, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    I cannot wait for the tutorial on those walls. They are magical!! Thanks soooo much! :)

  80. gg August 2, 2010 at 7:29 pm #

    WOW!! what a great room. must have taken forever to do the walls. love the chalkboard wall and the saying at the top. great idea above a desk. also love the rack for project folders. great idea. so many great ideas. very talented!

  81. Amanda M. August 2, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    holy amazing. oh my gosh, it’s just gorgeous.

  82. Tessa August 2, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    My favorite room you’ve posted so far. Love it!! Love it!! Those sconces add so much charm on the chalkboard wall! Wondering about the paint color of the dresser? Thanks! :)

  83. Tonya August 2, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

    This is absolutely stunning! LOVE EVERYTHING! My question, would you pretty please, with a cherry on top, come decorate my house?

    Love the chalkboard wall – is that vinyl lettering? Your painted wallpaper is super cool – I can’t imagine how long that really took you! Your style is beautiful!

  84. tracie @ {tsj} photography August 2, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

    i’m in love, i’m in love, i’m in love, i’m in love, i’m in love!!

  85. AmyL August 2, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    I love reading your blog! The chalkboard wall is my fav. I’m trying to figure out a place in my house that I can do that. I’m thinking of trying the stairwell but not sure if that would make it too dark.

  86. Megan August 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm #

    I love this room! Not sure how much work I would get done… I would be sitting in that comfy chair starring at all the details! You did a wonderful job! Did you make the desk yourself? I would love to do a wall treatment like that in my craft room but we rent so I don’t think it’s possible at the moment! So gorgeous!


  87. Julie Delamarter August 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm #


  88. Nancy August 2, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    Speechless… This room is a show room!!! What a beautiful space for you to create in. So inspirational.

  89. Holly August 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    tell us about the pendant light??

  90. Christi August 2, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    Gorgeous… just gorgeous! You should be bursting with a sense of accomplishment! So many great touches! I am anxious to see your tutorial on the painted “wallpaper”! Thank you for inspiring us… decorating, fashion, and especially your love for Christ that shines through.

    Questions… Have you shared your wall color? And do tell about that great light fixture!

  91. Marissa August 2, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    SO. SIMPLY. AMAZING. Well done…I know alot of hours went into it! Can’t wait to see the tutorial on the painting…….I think I need to go redecorate!

  92. Lindsay August 2, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    This is absolutely beautiful! I loved the painted wall from your post earlier, but seeing it all together is so inspiring. I came to your blog not that long ago from The Nester and it has quickly become one of my very favorites! I love your style and reading about your precious family and your journey of faith is an amazing bonus. Thanks for sharing everything!

  93. Carissa August 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    This is amazing! I can’t wait for the tutorial on the wall paper… I was already trying to make my own, but it didn’t come out quite right.

  94. Megan August 2, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    so so beautiful. and it looks so… comfy! very inviting to me. I would love to go in and sit and sit and sit! maybe craft a thing or two… Love it! absolutely LOVE it!!! amazing job!

  95. fancythis August 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    wow! that’s totally gorgeous. I can’t wait for the tutorial. I’m not sure what room I’ll do it in, but I want to do it! Maybe in my own office!

  96. Holly August 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    wow. girl. just amazed it is gorgeous!

  97. Chrissy August 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    Wow! It’s beautiful!! I can’t wait for the tutorial on the painted wallpaper. I will DEFINITELY be copying that … so, so pretty!

  98. Susan August 2, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    OH. SO. LOVELY!!!

  99. Lynda August 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm #

    So happy to see your reveal! It’s gorgeous! What a fantastic job you did. Such a beautiful, useful space.

  100. Michelle August 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    I am so in love with your style! I love everything about your builder grade house. I found your blog a while ago and cannot get enough of it! I am sitting in my office thinking blah… I need to get motivated to get it done. Maybe you have pushed me in the right direction! XO

  101. Pudel - design August 2, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    OMG, in my eyes this room is perfection!
    I love it!
    The glass doors, the painted walls, the chalkboard!
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    You did a great job girl;)

    Lovely greetings…

  102. Alison August 2, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    What a beautiful space to work in! I love how you have the dresser in there, and the chalkboard wall looks like so much fun. Great job!

  103. cailan August 2, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Wow, talk about a place to be inspired – and hopefully get a lot of work done! Though I really think work would feel a lot more like play in a room like that. I love how you used the chalkboard wall – the Scripture is perfect. Thank you for sharing – look forward to hearing more about the details!

  104. julie August 2, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    hey friend! wow! it turned out beautiful! i knew it would! ok, my question! can you please come visit me and help me out! hehe! i hope you dont mind that i might copy everything! loooove it!

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