Making Room for A Home Business (flooring before)

Making Room for A Home Business (flooring before)

This post is sponsored by Mohawk

Remember when I promised to show you my office? The photo above is a corner of my last office in our old house. But tomorrow I’ll be posting a progress report “after” post of my new office, with the brand new flooring! Yahoo! This basement makeover has been a long time coming.

Sometimes our house changes or ideas pop up (or we move to a new house, ha) faster than I can keep up. In fact, we already have a newly expanded vision for how we’ll use our new office and lower level for our business. Today I’ll give a little recap of what our current office looked like before and share a little bit about our need for expanding creative space so you can see the vision :)

As you probably know if you’ve been hanging out here at The Inspired Room for awhile, I run my own business out of my home. So what exactly do I do and what does it have to do with this makeover?

In case you are new or haven’t really thought about what I do before, in a nutshell, my business is called The Inspired Room. I am the creator of this blog :) But The Inspired Room isn’t just a blog (although that would be enough as a full time job, ha!). I am also an author of five published books on the home (and have three more in the works and coming up). I write articles for other sites, I create things, decorate rooms and take photos to use on the blog and for other projects. I partner with brands on projects and also lead a fast growing team for our recently launched home and wellness brand called Pure & Lovely.

My girls are also very involved in our business so I don’t have to do everything myself. BLESS. We could use about ten more employees to be honest, but my middle daughter has been my only other full time employee of The Inspired Room for the past three years. Employee doesn’t sound like the right word for her; she’s a self-starter, go-getter, and a creative and brilliant leader (as is her sister!), so I’m grateful to have such great support!

Making Room for A Home Business (flooring before)

Over the years as our business has expanded and dreams started to come to life, we’ve had an ever growing need to make more room for creativity. In our old house, we had a small office plus an adjoining garage we used for our storage and projects. The new hardwood flooring we installed in that office to replace the original carpet really improved the space, and we loved working in there (see that flooring transformation here).

Now that we are in our new house, we’ve continued to dream about our future business plans. As new ideas came up, we realized we could need more room than we’ve ever had before. We have started to eye more of our lower level as a potential place for our growing “headquarters” :) Our first goal was to create a dedicated office.

Here’s a look back at the space we had to work with:

Making Room for A Home Business (flooring before)

As you might recall, this space in our basement was previously just a large open room. It was perfect for doing cartwheels but would not be as helpful for my need for quiet productivity (which thankfully doesn’t require gymnastics). The carpet was old and had seen better days.

I’m so easily distracted by everything (sounds! smells! sights! squirrels!) that it’s essential to my business and sense of well-being to have peace, quiet and beauty in my world. However, as I’ve shared before, the boys and dogs I share our home with are very loud and cook smelly things all day long (well, the boys do, the dogs don’t know how to cook, unfortunately). They live here, too, so I’m patient but you can imagine how distracting it is for me as an introvert trying to concentrate.

Home business challenges, yes?

That back corner to the left of the stairs (above) seemed like the perfect spot to create a new quieter prettier office space. With a couple of walls, a new door and fresh new flooring, we’d be happy as clams.

Making Room for A Home Business (flooring before)

It was such a nice sized room, I was a little worried that walling off a corner of it would make the lower level feel too dark or choppy. As an experiment, we started with some tape to the floor so we could visualize better what each space would feel like. I could tell right away it was going to feel not only natural to have a separate room down here, but it would actually make the whole lower level feel bigger and more useful than it was before.

We absolutely LOVED the Mohawk flooring in our previous home, so we were excited to use Mohawk flooring here as well. To complement our style and what seemed to suit our new house and the type of flooring we wanted for our lower level, we selected a beautiful laminate called Concertina in Smokey Chestnut.

Making Room for A Home Business (flooring before)

You might remember the reveal of our new flooring in the family room side of our basement. You can check out the transformation here. Once we saw how this flooring warmed up our family room and transformed how our entire lower level felt, it got us thinking about how we really wanted to use our space.

I think flooring is one of the most transforming aspects of a room. Even if you don’t have any new furniture, flooring makes everything look and feel SO much fresher. I think the right flooring sets the stage and makes it all the more fun to design the rest of the room. It might even have sparked an idea or two for how to reimagine our space, too.

But I’m getting ahead of myself :)

Here are some of our progress pics as a refresher, so you will remember the rough beginnings of the office and our lower level …

Making Room for A Home Business (flooring before)
Making Room for A Home Business (flooring before)

Making Room for A Home Business (flooring before)

Making Room for A Home Business (flooring before)

Pretty rough progress shots, but it was fun to see the room starting to come together. The flooring was still looking crazy the last time you saw the office, but tomorrow I’ll have a brand new office progress report to share! I can’t wait to show you the after shots of our new office flooring. Plus I’ll give you another hint as to our next steps in expanding our creative space.

Our Sectional – Interior Define

Our Sectional - Interior DefineThe sectional in this post was provided by Interior Define

When we moved here from our old house, we left our sectional behind for the new owners. Even though I knew I was going to miss it, it was a win-win to leave it. We loved the sofa, but we were downsizing and knew it just wasn’t going to work to move it to our new home. When the time was right we hoped to find something smaller, but in a similar fabric and color.

You probably saw some of the sofa we found in my flooring reveal, but today I want to show you more and tell you about it!

Our Sectional - Interior Define

We ended up finding the perfect sectional with a chaise through Interior Define last summer. It was just as I had pictured. The fabric is a performance fabric and it’s a super soft and cozy velvet. The color is GORGEOUS! It’s a deep charcoal with a hint of blue that at certain angles has a lovely silvery sheen that brings light to the dark velvety fabric.

Our Sectional - Interior Define

I promise I didn’t pose the dogs in all these pics. HA! They were determined to be featured in every photo. Every time I get out my camera, there they are. They always want to be where I am, especially Jack…he’s very much a people dog. Those of you who have pups probably know what I mean. They just like to be with their humans. 

Anyway, back to the sectional :) I love the piping details and the slender, slightly sloped arms. This sectional is called the Caitlin and is a part of the Everygirl Collection. It’s available as a regular sofa as well. It has a comfortable but refined look about it, which is a combination I really like.

Our Sectional - Interior Define

The bench cushion is reversible, filled with high-resilience foam wrapped in down. The back cushions have a soft down fill, so you really do want to sprawl out and relax (no matter what side you sit on.) Jack thinks this end is an ottoman, which he of course tries to claim as his own (he has this thing with ottomans). I personally find it perfect for sprawling out and binge watching Fixer Upper.

Our Sectional - Interior Define

Our Sectional - Interior Define

The back pillows can be easily fluffed and adjusted for comfort, or removed completely if we want more room to take a nap!

Our Sectional - Interior Define

Lol…Jack.

Our Sectional - Interior Define

Another great thing about Interior Define is that their furniture is hand-crafted and made-to-order. That means you have options! If you needed a special size or customization, just let them know! Need a different fill option, custom legs or a different fabric? They offer tons of choices and are very accommodating.

But their high quality made-to-order pieces doesn’t mean they are more expensive. Because you order online, the prices can be more affordable than what you might find in a showroom.

If you are wondering about Interior Define’s return policy, it’s super generous. They want you to love your furniture. You have 14 days to return it for a full refund and free shipping or 365 days to return with just a modest restocking fee.

I recommend getting their complimentary fabric swatches to help with your decision process!

Our Sectional - Interior Define

We really love having this cozy space downstairs to gather and relax. And obviously, our pups do, too. :)

Our Sectional - Interior Define

Sofa Sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

Our sectional is the 110″ Caitlin Chaise Sectional (the last one shown in the graphic above). We chose the fabric Mod Velvet (Color: Narwhal) with Oiled Walnut Legs.

Thank you to Interior Define for providing this sectional!

Ps. You can find our pups on Instagram here or on Jack’s Instagram here. :)

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