A Virtual Office Make-Over

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Have you ever thought you could use our help but didn’t reach out because you don’t live in the tri-state area? Good news! We don’t always have to be in the room with you to help you get organized. Last week, Ann gave some long distance advice about how to get an Instagram worthy closet. You can read all about that here if you missed it.

But this week, we have a bigger project to share with you. A woman reached out to us remotely to ask for help with a unique space in her home. It was small and had become a bit of a dumping ground for random odds and ends.

unused office space in a before photo
The before photo of our clients unique space.

She told us she would love to use the space as a home office. She had some ideas but wasn’t sure where to start or what products would be best.

A Virtual Session

We set up a time for a FaceTime call and she talked us through her thoughts for the area. Also, she was able to give us a “walk through” so we could get a better idea of what we would be working with.

Not only did she need a place to work and a system for paperwork, she also wanted our advice on how to make it look like an actual office, not just a desk stuck in a corner.

Challenge Accepted

The first thing we did, as we always do, is to tell her to take everything out. The mini fridge, the random cabinets and the pet supplies all had to go. After some discussion, it was decided that a lighter, more on-trend color would be an improvement. She told us that most of the rooms in her home are light gray, so that’s what we went with.

The Design Element

We needed a way to make the space stand out, so we told her to scour Pinterest and Instagram to find a bold design for a statement wall. Look at what she found from www.thistlewoodfarms.com!

geometric wall from www.thistlewoodfarms.com
Photo: www.thistlewoodfarms.com

Now this would be something fun to work with! She and her husband were up for the DIY challenge and she liked the colors, so she stuck with the same basic color palette. Because the space is small, we suggested bringing the design all the way around the three walls to make it look cohesive.

Painting begins of the office make over
During the painting process

Pictured above is the room painted white with the design taped off with blue painters tape. She wasn’t exactly sure how she wanted the design to look, so painting the walls entirely white first was the smartest choice.

After she was satisfied with the design, she painted the soffit and the area below the tape with the light gray that she already had throughout her home. With the background complete, it was time for the fun part! She worked and reworked all of the hexagons until she was happy with the pattern.

The design for the office space coming together
Choosing the color pattern

While our (very excited) client and her husband were busy painting and making the room look amazing, we were busy ordering all the products she would need to turn this space into an office. We made sure we had all the correct measurements for the wall where the desk would be placed. Then we went to our favorite source for all things organizing…The Container Store. We knew we would be working with the Elfa system and it was just a matter of getting the right setup.

The End Result

We ordered all the parts and had them sent directly to our client. We were available throughout the process and answered all the questions she had while putting the Elfa system up. She consulted us about the right chair – we suggested white – and the rug color, which we thought would look great in a complementary color to the orange in the wall.

the completed before and after of the virtual office make over
The End Result

It Just Takes A Phone Call!

If you need help with any room in your home, we’re just a phone call away. We can help you organize any area, regardless of the size or the scope of the project. Give us the measurements and we’ll create a whole new space for you!