Home Office Reno

Oh friends…i cannot tell you just how happy i am that my home office reno is DONE! I’ve been moving at a snail’s pace to transform it from its former pitiful self into a room that i can feel inspired and creative in. Doing the happy dance!


I posted awhile back on all my unfinished projects in the hopes that it would light the fire that i needed to get ‘er done. It worked. Everytime i’d settle into complacency, one of you would ask where i was at. Kick!

Just to remind you, here’s what the office looked like pre-reno. Argg..don’t judge ok? It was the literal catch-all in our house. Why did i question the cluttered, unsettled feeling i had everytime i went to sit down at the computer? Duhhh.


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Terrible. On my part. How i found anything in that room mystifies me.

Dark walls, dark furniture, and odds and sods that were never used, but i didn’t know where else to house them. Project “Purge” was done in one sitting…and i’ll just say it got worse before it got better!

The next step was to rip out the old carpet, replace it with a porcelain tile floor (i love this floor…it still exudes warmth and character despite its hard surface) and paint the walls a warm white to give a blank canvas on which i could personalize.



A clean workspace with only items i need keeps things unfussy…physically, but also in my head! The desk, console and cubicle shelving (all from Haute Look) provide ample storage so everything has a home. And who says filing cabinets need to be boring? This lime green one keeps my paperwork close at hand, but out of sight.





 A little original art by Melina was a perfect fit for the little corner of colour…













One project down and two more coming to the blog shortly. I’m taking my house by storm!




  • Renee

    I LOVE it! Great job. Very inspiring.

  • Jessica

    So in love with this room! Awesome job:)

  • Nice job! I love how light and bright everything is.

    Ps. It was lovely meeting you and your sister at Alt Summit!

    • Thanks so much, Christine!! I feel like the skies open every time I walk in the room:) so great to meet at Alt as well… SLC next?? 🙂

  • Brenda

    Doesn’t it feel so good Laurel to get this done?!?! I know the feeling 😉 Love the before and after photos – what a difference – oh my!!! Well done!

    • Pretty scary that I let my office get that grim before hey?? It feels sooo good to have completed the transformation so I can finally just enjoy it!!

  • Jody

    Looks rad!

  • Nancy

    Great job, very inspiring! Really love the desk, chair and shelving. Such happy colours 🙂

    • Thanks Nancy, jessica, renee and jody!! i know I feel so much more inspired in here than I did before it was reno’d… No excuses for lame blog posts:)

  • Prudence

    Did I just saw a Vogue Book?. That totally Rocks! <3

  • Oh my gorgeous! I love everything about this!! I have an @ sign above my desk too. So so fun!

    • Thanks so much Whitney! I am so happy to have a colorful space like this… The “before” scheme wasn’t very inspiring ha!

  • Carrie Ruble

    What a stunning transformation! I want this room…LOL…and everything just as is. I LOVE it!

  • Wow…thanks for the compliment, Carrie! I am thrilled to finally have a space to work in that doesn’t make my mind a jumbled mess:) I’m glad others find it fun, too:) Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Olivia

    I love your desk, looks awesome. What store did you buy it from?!

    • Hi there! I actually found the desk on Haute Look (www.hautelook.com) Ironically, i was just checking out the site yesterday and saw that it’s back on for sale..under the Home category! I love mine:)

  • I realize this is an older post, but can I ask what the bulletin board is wrapped with? Is it a frame or material? I’d like to repeat this in my office.

    Great blog!

    • Thanks so much Melissa! The bulletin board is made by wrapping a couple of layers of cork over a light piece of plywood backing that came with the frame. The frame was an old mirror frame, made of a lightweight metal. A couple coats of spray paint did the job! Hope this helps:)