Thursday, January 12, 2012

French Home Office

 More pictures of my home office that recently underwent a makeover. 
The makeover involved a change of wall color,
 painting of furniture was involved, some inexpensive 
drop cloth curtains were created and then rearranging the layout. 
 This space is serene and sophisticated and is a great place to create.
 The large country hutch is great for displaying pretty things. 
This hutch was made over by changing the green color to this fantastic neutral.
I used Caromal Colours in Putty and Parchment.
If you order anything from Caromal colours, 
enter MaisonD at checkout to get a discount on shipping!

Behind the lace curtain is a trunk filled with fabric remnants and pillows.
Next to the former closet is a niche that I made into a display area.
 An artsy fabric inspiration board I created  displays
 vintage swatches of Shabby Chic couture fabrics.
Oh the mess that had grown over time~the overflow of creativity on full disfunctional display here. Take notes people! You can change your space by editing, and using lots of paint on walls and furniture.  The large bonnet top piece was just picked up at auction and it was the catalyst that spurred the makeover.  I switched out the rug for an inexpensive sisal style rug from Home Decorators Catalogue.
Ahhhhh~so much nicer! 
But where did I put all the stuff that I need? 
A work space can't be just about pretty!
 The work stuff is kept in this area of the room shown below.
I cloaked my old drafting table in drop cloths and added a plank board top.
 I painted the plank boards with the same Caromal Colour,
 Putty, but I watered it down to create a wash. 
To create more storage I stacked these pine cubbies hubs 
picked up at a work site that were being tossed. 
Hubs was going to use them for tools, 
but I politely asked if I could have them~
 They are perfect for keeping my magazine collection
and helpful in organizing my things.
Under the skirt are baskets that hold sewing supplies.
The wire baskets were found at Home Goods in the pet department for $7.99 each.
They came with painted on words like "kitty", so I just painted over the tags.
  Always check the baby and pet sections of these shops 
as they have items you can use like these awesome wire baskets. 
The finished result is a room I love spending time in~
its what I call my little french home office!
PS A while back my old "Marie Antoinette" office was featured 
at the Office Stylist~click to view it!
My, how my tastes have changed!!

linking to
Funky Junk Donna's SNS Junk Project


  1. Amy this is fabulous, magazine chic!! you did an amazing job bringing it all togerher!! love it!

  2. Amy, this is gorgeous. I love that wonderful long hutch and I love all the colors you chose from walls to furniture. I must find this paint. I think this is what I need to use on my kitchen cabinets (black ones only).

  3. Magnificent, fabulous, terrific! What a change!

  4. Oh My Frickin' Gosh -- this is stunning! So elegant and inspiring. My favorite thing is the golden chair frame in the niche ... no, the gold trefoil adornment on the wire basket ... no, the animal print desk chair ... oh, heck, I'll take it all! (Is Mr Maison Decor included?)

  5. Stunning~~~The fabric inspiration board is to die for. I may need to copy that idea. I LOVE fabric and this is a great way to have it. The rest of the space is fantastic too.
    Have a great day
    Fresh Vanilla For C

  6. What a great space, the size alone is great! I love the way you displayed fabric, I always like to leave some out to look at, just lovely!

  7. Absolutely STUNNING Amy!! I love the new desk area you created!

  8. Stunning makeover! An incredible space to be creative.

  9. Gorgeous and totally drool worthy. I would LOVE to work in a room so pretty! Enjoy!!

  10. where did those curtains come from? they are gorgeous! or did you make them?! :)

  11. Hi Mom of 3~~I made those curtains out of Lowes Drop cloths. I bought the one that cost $10.99 and split it in half and so I got one pair of curtains for each drop cloth. I washed them in the machine with a little bleach to soften them even more, and then hung them up after a tumble dry with clip on rings~so simple.

  12. And to Kim~if you are interested in using the Caromal Colours products check out their website by clicking on the link in the post. Enter MaisonD at the check out Promo code for a discount on shipping if you decide to order~

  13. It looks great, Amy! I've always liked your office anyway! : ) I do love how you unified everything with color and I have to say that your large hutch piece looks great in this color. It looks very calming and you've got everything organized so well.

  14. This is such a beautiful room!!! I love what you've created in here :)
    Happy Weekend!!


  15. OH Amy that is one beautiful room! I am sure it too will be a feature in an upcoming issue of a magazine. I am so envious. I am trying to redo my office but it not coming any where near yours!! You are so talented.

  16. Amy, this is INCREDIBLE LOOKING! Looks like the cover of a magazine, seriously! You must be sooooooooo enjoying this room. I am in the throes of packing, and the real moving starts in next 2 days so taking a quick break here in blogland and whata beautiful thing to come and visit and what a sight to behold! That is one dreamy office!!

  17. And never ever ever get rid of the animal print chair.

  18. Just beautiful Amy. All the changes you made were for the better! I just went to a more neutral palette and have found it to be so relaxing. Hope you can still get something done without dozing off!

  19. What a pretty home office, think I would be much more productive if I had a space like that to work in. Its beautiful!

  20. I love the changes and the room is a perfect place to create!


  21. Wow, This is a beautiful office! You did an amazing job creating this space. Amy, Thank you for linking to my party this week.

  22. WooHooo! Wow! It is WONDERFUL. That's a crazy good makeover... the whole place is calmed down and peaceful now. I love love your colors, and your chandy really shows so much better! I really like the baskets in there too. I know you're just loving this room now...


  23. Wow, Amy! What a wonderful space in which to work an create!!! I love it, especially the pretty inspirations you have displayed. Great storage solutions in your office, too. But I don't really think you should call it a home office. I think you should call it l'atelier!


  24. Absolutely wonderful Amy!!! You are so uber talented and I love the new space.


  25. Oh to create in such a beautiful room!! Love it just love it!!


  26. I love the way your office looks now. All that serene cream on cream. What is the color on the walls? I am seriously considering painting the living and dining rooms. Thanks for your nice comment about Henry Franklin. He is really a dream of a puppy. He is fascinated with Sally. He is constantly following her aroudn and jumping on her and she is being so patient. I feel so bad for her...I think he thinks she is his mother!

  27. Fabulous!! Amazing!! Could go on and on with the superlatives.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  28. Morning Amy,

    This space is so calm and relaxing...great for getting the creative juices flowing. You must really love working there now. I really need to revamp my studio, which is not nearly as huge as's really teeny tiny. You have in spired me...thank you!

    Janet xox

  29. You've created a perfect space for creativity! Oh, those cubbies....I must admit a twinge of jealousy.

    I've found many little treasures in the pet and baby dept. at Home Goods!


  30. I love what you've done with your office!!! And thanks for showing the 'before' ~ WOW! What a big change, and so GORGEOUS!!!

    ~ Violet

  31. Your office is going to make it into a magazine....I just know it!!

  32. Love the makeover, everything looks great.

  33. Awesome makeover. Love the hutch and colors. Great evolution.
    Blessings, Ginger

  34. What a dreamy make over, absolutely looks like a magazine lay out. I love everything about this space, the curtains, the desk with the fabulous hutch and OMG, the big hutch. I love it! If only I had a spare room this is what it would like. A girl can dream……….
    Fabulous blog, great post.

    The French Hutch

  35. Wow, what an amazing makeover. I would love to work in a space like this - I don't think I'd ever leave it !

  36. Wonderful changes! Much airier, and so pretty.

  37. This is such a beautiful space. If I had an award, I would award it to you!!

  38. This is just stunning! I'm seeing another magazine feature in your future :)

    Have a lovely week!


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