Family home office makeover

Our attic room was used as a storage space since we moved in – boxes and boxes of just STUFF. Seriously, it is mind-boggling just how much stuff we can accumulate over the years. So my main resolution this year was to reduce all this – give to charity, sell, recycle or bin anything that was surplus to our needs. As the boxes reduced, I saw more and more of the magnolia covering the walls and ceilings of this space. I’ll be honest, I have such a loathing for magnolia. It’s insipid and deadens anything placed against it. Utterly uninspiring. The previous owners just loved it πŸ™„.

Family Office Makeover - Before
Before: sea of magnolia

It was time to get rid of it. For the walls, I wanted a colour in the blue-green-grey spectrum, with white (Dulux Pure Brilliant White) on the sloping ceilings to keep the room feeling light and bright. If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember me deliberating between my final two paint choices –

Paint samples Livid and Prussian
paint samples on a sunny day (left) vs paint samples on a grey day (right)

I landed on Zoffany Prussian, a gorgeous colour rather similar to Farrow & Ball Inchyra Blue except a couple of shades lighter. Serendipitously, a paint company sent me a Β£25 voucher for filling in a survey and they also had a sale on at the time on their Zoffany paints so I was able to buy a 2.5 litre pot of Prussian for Β£11! Result!

Progress: so happy with my paint choice!

We already had office furniture – 2 white desks with drawers from the IKEA ALEX/LINNMON range and swivel office chairs bought nearly a decade ago and still going strong. It’s all super-practical so we have no reason to think about replacing it. The desks went side by side along one wall – one for me, one for my husband.

Home Office Makeover - Arty Home
What a difference a pot of paint and a few pretty accessories can make!

The only new purchases here were the lovely mint desk lamp from Made.comΒ and a roll of cheap and cheerful floral sticky back plastic from SΓΈstrene Grene which I used to cover my magazine folders. Everything else I already had. (Let’s not worry about fully showing my husband’s desk as I may have shoved all the mess from my desk onto his for the photos. 😬)

Desk corner - Arty Home
Hands up if you’re also a sucker for pretty stationeryΒ πŸ‘‹


Now for the fun part – the kids’ side! There’s a funny thing about young kids – they have to be where you are. It doesn’t matter if they have cool playrooms or bedrooms, THEY HAVE TO BE WHERE YOU ARE. So for us to have a chance of getting any kind of work done up here, we needed to provide a little setup for them to do their colouring. Their space is along the opposite wall, which looked like this just before I got the Prussian on it –

Kid's wall - before
Kids’ side – before

And now it looks like this –

Kids work space - Arty Home.jpg
Kids’ work space in the shared family office

The desks are fromΒ IKEAΒ and kid-sized Eames style chairs are from P&N Homewares. How cute are these chairs?! I adore them! More importantly, so do my kids. I’m decorating for them here, not me. Ahem.

I also bought aΒ MOSSLANDA picture ledgeΒ and aΒ SPONTAN magnetic boardΒ from IKEA. The kids have lots of brightly coloured stuff, so to reduce the visual noise, I painted these two items to match the walls. (I used this method to prime, paint and varnish them.) For task lighting, I went withΒ JANSJΓ– copper clamp lights on either side. Gotta love IKEA.Β πŸ˜€

Kids workspace details
A gentle reminder for the kids βœ‚. Never too young for a bit of Anthony Burrill wisdom, right?Β πŸ˜€
Kids workspace details 2
Major mum points for me for buying these adorable littleΒ dinosaur magnets by Midori.

Quick note: small magnets are not recommended for children under 3 years old as they are a choking hazard, but my toddler doesn’t put objects in his mouth so it’s not a concern for me.

I’m so happy with the transformation! The wall colour is really beautiful and totally makes the space. It makes me smile every time I go up there. The kids love ‘working’ up here too. Here’s hoping that lasts so I can start to be more productive!


nominatedP. S. Dear reader, please may I ask you for a favour? Arty Home has been nominated in the 2017 Amara Interior Blog Awards (Best Colour Inspiration category) and I would be so grateful for your vote! If you’ve found anything inspiring or useful in these colourful pages, pleaseΒ pretty-pleaseΒ would you vote for me? Your support would mean so very much to me.Β πŸ™Β It’ll only take a few seconds, all you need to do is clickΒ HERE or on the badge, enter your name and email, and click on the β€œVOTE NOW!” button.Β Thank you so very much!! ❀️️


16 thoughts on “Family home office makeover

  1. Oh, Meera! This is perfect. I absolutely love the colour. I never think to paint the skirting boards but I love that you have. The crisp white of the desks really works well with the Prussian paint colour and the chairs really finish off the look. Just lovely. #HOMEETC

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    • Thanks very much for your very lovely comment Jane! Re: skirting – when I started painting, I wasn’t sure whether to paint the skirting (extra work with priming etc!) but when I painted part of the wall with the skirting staying white, it looked wrong somehow. So the skirting had to be painted and it was totally worth the extra work. πŸ˜€

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  2. Such a great transformation Meera, I love it! And that colour is just perfect. Thanks so much for linking up to #HomeEtc, we hope to see you again next week X

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