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Home Office Makeover: The Reveal {Everyday Elements}

by | Jun 23, 2011 | Decorating Inspiration, Organization

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Home Office Makeover: The Reveal {Everyday Elements}

Let’s welcome Amanda back to The Inspired Room today to show us her Home Office Makeover Reveal!! Woo hoo!!

This is not a makeover I was involved in, it is totally her own project which she was planning to complete top to bottom in a TWO WEEK period of time on a $1000 budget. Let’s see how she did!


Hello Inspired Room friends!!

This is Amanda from Everyday Elements, back to reveal the finished product from my home office remodeling endeavor. If you missed the first post in this series, you might want to stop and see the “before” pictures so you can really appreciate the drastic change this room went through.

Since it has been so long since my last post, let me take a moment to restate what my goals for the office were:

  • To create a modern, traditional style home office where I can not only work on my business but I can invite friends in to talk, have a place to put my feet up and read.
  • To have the office feel like a sanctuary as well as a functioning home office.
  • To complete the remodel in two weeks with a $1000 budget.


Home Office Makeover: The Reveal {Everyday Elements}

How did I do? Well, I would have to say that I hit two and a half out of the three. Which goal do you think did NOT get met?

If you guessed the $1000 budget, you are correct. I went about $500 over. My initial bill at IKEA was about $1127, but I have about $140 in stuff to return (frames and drapes), but the rug and new drapes cost around $350, then add in the paint, a new phone and the big picture over the credenza and the total went up to $1500.

This office is definitely modern, well organized and a lovely sanctuary for me. It is everything I dreamed it would be and more!! My husband is even drawn to it and now “hangs” out with me often as I work.

The two week goal was actually met also, just in time for my first in-person group photography and editing workshop on April 30th.

We had only the drapes to finish and planned to do that the week after the workshop, but on May 2nd life changed drastically when my niece was critically injured in a car accident that took the lives of my next door neighbor and her 6 year old son.

Home Office Makeover: The Reveal {Everyday Elements}

Here is a run-down of where I found what:

  • All furniture comes from IKEA (except for piano stool doubling as side table, that is a family antique)
  • Rug from Lowers
  • Shelving system cut to fit closet came from Lowes
  • Curtain rods came from Lowes
  • Drapes (108′) came from CurtainWorks
  • Large picture over credenza came from Bed, Bath and Beyond

Big thanks goes out to my husband who worked hard on the wire and cord system. Notice that you do not see any wires hanging out and in the way. He worked to get everything organized in the closet, and to get me on as many wireless items, so that just essential wires were running over to the desk. And then he did a fabulous job of making those as unobtrusive as possible.

For a more in-depth look at the office, you can watch my video tour of the office at YouTube. Pardon my craziness; that’s just me. ;-)
Home Office Makeover: The Reveal {Everyday Elements}


Home Office Makeover: The Reveal {Everyday Elements}
Home Office Makeover: The Reveal {Everyday Elements}


Home Office Makeover: The Reveal {Everyday Elements}



Thank you Amanda!! Our hearts go out to you for the tragedy you and your neighbor’s family all suffered. Life is so fragile and precious.

Thank you for coming back to share your your room. It looks amazing and I’m so inspired to see what an organized office looks like! WOW! That is a project that is definitely on my to do list, HOPEFULLY later this summer. Thank you for sharing your makeover and inspiring us to GET IT DONE!!

It really looks like a serene place to get away to work and create!
Let’s give Amanda THREE CHEERS for finishing her Home Office Makeover in TWO WEEKS, that is so inspiring!!


  1. kelly

    Looks great! and 2 weeks is a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!!

  2. Kirstie

    I love it! Thanks for sharing it on The Inspired Room. All you got accomplished in two weeks motivates me to get busy on my own projects.

  3. Jackie K

    A wonderful combination of calm order and feels energizing!

    I am truly inspired!

  4. Nella

    Very nice! You can never go wrong with IKEA furniture LOL, this is what I am mostly having in my home.

  5. Heidi

    Awesome job! You must have a new sense of calm when you’re working in there… thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Andrea Thomas

    Wow! It looks amazing! Great job, Amanda! And thanks to the Inspired Room for sharing it!

  7. ingrid

    Looks wonderful! Love all the light. I can’t wait ’til I have my own space.

  8. TidyMom

    Fabulous job Amanda!!!……this new office is so YOU!!!

  9. Amy

    This turned out amazing!!! Great job Amanda!!

  10. Lorrie

    Wonderful transformation. So calm – a great place to work.

  11. Franki Parde

    Looks great! I have that same picture you got from BB&B although, I got mine at Ballards. It just ties everything together. franki

  12. Erin

    Great job, Amanda! I’m in the midst of our office/husband’s dressing room too, but definitely have gotten distracted by other projects. It’s beautiful and kudos to have a complete space in record time. Keeping you, your family and neighbors in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. angie {the arthur clan}

    You did an amazing job Amanda…you truly have the perfect space to work in now. Awesome job!!

  14. angela

    I love your new office look so much that I’d like to incorporate some elements into my office. Thank you for sharing with us where you got everything. Would you mind sharing the make and color of the walls? It’s very warm yet still professional and I love it. thank you!

  15. Leslie

    What a great transformation and under budget nonetheless! Very impressive and you did such an amazing job!

  16. Sarah

    That is an absolutely jaw-dropping transformation! I can’t say how impressed I am. We did a major rejig of our office at Natural History this week, but being rather limited in terms of furniture and having absolutely no budget, the change was a bit less dramatic.

    It’s a great feeling though – very energising, to rearrange a workspace like that.


  17. jen

    It’s so beautiful! I love the colors – so warm and cozy! Great job Amanda!!



    It looks great! The color scheme is one of my favorites. Congratulations.


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