This post is sponsored by Soft Surroundings.
Have you ever had a room that you just couldn’t get right?
It had a weird angle or a window that was too small or too big or it went all middle school awkward with an unfortunate paint color.
You’d move the furniture this way and that way and over and around and after all that re-arranging it still wasn’t right.
The Mt. Everest of rooms.
No matter how hard you tried to climb it, you ran out of water and your nose got cold and the next summit was too far away.
That’s exactly how I felt with this office.
Here’s another before so you can understand what I’m talking about.
That fireplace is amazing–but it has a hearth that sticks into the room at an angle which makes rug placement a little tricky.
And there’s a built-in on one wall that isn’t centered.
Or it might have been centered before the fireplace showed up.
On the other wall there’s a bay window with built-in closets.
See what I mean?
It’s like someone long ago built this room for their furniture and didn’t understand that I might show up a hundred years later with mine.
Here’s the first evolution of the room at Christmas.
We painted the room SW Sandbar and the trim SW Extra White.
I bought this cute rug at Overstock and turned it on an angle to try and accommodate the fireplace.
The desk is now centered between the windows with chairs on either side of it.
The tree is between the bay windows.
But that is a LOT OF SPACE ON THAT FLOOR.
So next I tried this.
I moved the desk over by the bay window and found this chair at a yard sale.
And placed a bookshelf behind the desk with a small lamp.
And added these upholstered chairs in front of the television with a thrift store table in between.
A little more filled up.
But I was still climbing the room arranging mountain.
And then last week a rug showed up at my house.
The one with the cute dog.
Soft Surroundings sent it to me as a housewarming present.
I opened it up and got inspired and ideas started running through my head.
I started climbing.
THE ROOM LOOKS LIKE THIS.
Can you even?
I still have a few things to add and a few changes I need to make like a new light fixture and adding roman shades in a buffalo check and lower shutters to the windows.
But just between us?
DOESN’T IT LOOK SO MUCH BETTER.
Here’s the glimpse of it through the hallway.
It looks so welcoming.
Every time I go to walk into the room my heart smiles.
I moved the desk back where it was under the windows.
And I straightened the rug.
And added new drop cloth curtains in the space.
There’s only one chair at the desk now.
It’s this one that I found at a yard sale.
I didn’t have to do anything to it because the wood worked perfectly in the space.
Here’s another view of the space.
That tall desk on the left balances out the built-in and gives me a place to work.
That’s where I’m sitting right now.
The fireplace makes more sense now.
I love the black against the painted brick.
This piece is original to the house.
I also just added the tobacco basket on the desk to my curated collection over on Painted Fox.
It comes in a set of two—one larger than this and this size.
It’s long instead of square and the possibilities are endless.
I think I’m going to hang the other one on the wall.
Here’s the before and after one more time.
Just because I wanted to smile.
Just because I wanted to look at that sunshine dancing across the room.
Just because I wanted to see what the view looks like…
…from the top of the mountain. 🙂
Wall map—Hobby Lobby
Desk chair—yard sale
Basket on floor—Target
Baskets on top of white hutch—Birch Lane
Tobacco basket on desk—Painted Fox Collection
disclosure: A giant thank you to Soft Surroundings for sending me the rug for the room.
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