5.31.2011

My New Office Loft Space--Before and After

At the top of the stairs, we carved out a small home office/retreat area during 
our recent home renovation.  I LOVE IT!  It's light and a bit feminine.

Before, the upstairs was one big master bedroom (below). 
My friend, Debbie suggested we put up a wall and door 
where the half wall was (she's so brilliant). 

The pendant light was a bargain from Overstock.com.  To the right of this door is a cabinet 
with more office storage...a shambles right now.  Perhaps another post someday.

This is the space before.  

Here it is now...


Desk Accessories
On my desk is a Limoges plate that was my maternal grandmother's.
The personalized pencils also make nice gifts.
They come in lots of colors from Oriental Trading. 
The round box is from a Paris flea market and holds paper clips.
Splurge on interesting file folders (sometimes you can find them at TJ Maxx).
It makes getting organized more fun.

My friend, Claire made this custom clip board for me. 
I order notepads you design yourself

This is the corner where I am now.  "Feet up blogging mode."

Thanks for visiting my new office.  Guess I should get back to work 
(right after I finish my tea and check out some other blogs).

Best wishes,
Mary Ann

for great tour of pantries (and a mention of ours).   

Participating in Friday Remodelaholic

96 comments:

  1. Mary Ann, what a gorgeous office. So bright and feminine. Love your chair fabric and your blogging space looks very comfy.

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  2. I love this spot! The light looks wonderful and you have managed to carve out a really comfy and usable office from a small unused space. Gorgeous!

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  3. Love this space and the outer porch area too!
    Your new railing is gorgeous.
    Love it all.

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  4. Wow Mary Ann, I love it!!!
    I will always picture you in your comfy chair in feet up blogging mode now!!
    You really have turned your abode into a jewel box!
    Every detail is perfection :)
    xo

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  5. Oh Mary Ann, It's beautiful!!

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  6. I can't find that pendant on overstock... per chance do you remember the name? Again, really wonderful space.

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  7. Love the space - and that porch area too. I think I would be wandering out there all day! There seems to be so much light in your office. What an inspiring place to work!

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  8. That really was a great idea from your girlfriend. It came out great. So cozy looking!

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  9. Brillant Mary Ann!
    I love this office and love your chair!

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  10. Mary Ann, what a perfect idea for a perfect little hideaway office. You have great light and a view and a comfy chair, It doesn't get any better than that. Kathysue

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  11. Fantastic, Mary Ann. Love your new office. The clip board is perfect.
    Don't you love Overstock.com?
    You have really fixed it up cute. Love your outdoors space too.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  12. I am so inspired by this! Great office, and fun accessories, too.

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  13. Beautiful space! Nicely done. :)
    Karen

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  14. *** This turned out sooooo DELIGHTFULL, Mary Ann! I just love the lightness of it all, and having a lil' balcony makes it TRULY "YOUR" "special spot"!!

    *** KUDOS times ten, my friend!!! ABSOLUTELY CHARMING! (The again, EVERYTHING you do turns out soooo wonderfully!!!) ***

    Warmest,
    Linda in AZ *
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  15. Love what you've done to make it an office and you are so lucky that you have a patio right outside!

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  16. Okay, Mary Ann, honestly... is there one tiny spot in your home that isn't just beautifully and perfectly decorated?? I love this space! Please tell me about your hardwood floors. I'm trying to pick some out, and I am losing my mind over prefinished vs. unfinished, engineered vs. solid... would love to hear what you've got going on, because they are fabulous :)

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  17. This space is definately classic & casual! Great job and wonderful use of an unused space.

    XOXO!
    Judy

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  18. what a lovely space!! and i am in love with that clipboard and i always get excited when i see beautiful rooms that use items from overstock.

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  19. Wow, Mary Ann! What a gorgeous office and great use of space. I love all of your details you have put into it. Your corner chair and ottoman look so comfy, I wouldn't want to get out of it! xo

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  20. What a beautiful space! I love the desk area and the chair to prop your feet up! Just lovely!

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  21. That is a stunning space. I think your friend is a genius. I love all your finishing touches as well:)

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  22. Sweet space. i am officially jealous! It looks glamourous!

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  23. Way to use that space! It's beautiful and cozy! Love all the little details that personalized the space just for you. I officially want personalized pencils in hot pink! Thanks for sharing!
    Kelle
    xoxo

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  24. Mary Ann,

    It doesn't take a lot to "wow" us just a little slice of working space with lots of light and we're hooked. It's really great and the organizational touch is perfect to keep a focus and stay motivated to work just a bit longer during the day.

    Bette

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  25. Thanks everyone. I can't find the pendant on Overstock.com anymore. I just bought it a couple weeks ago. They have others....

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  26. how great to carve out a little quiet space for yourself. and with a great view and patio as well. thanks for stopping by the other day to comment on my file cabinet!
    andiejaye

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  27. This has to be the perfect home office. Desk, a place to recline and your own little balcony! Just perfect!! I would spend far too much time blogging if I had this! x Sharon

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  28. a lovely home office...love the stationary!
    thanks for your lovely comment on my blog!
    cheryl x

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  29. what a fantastic space! I would love to work in there and your blogging corner looks so comfy and inviting! :)

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  30. What a wonderful space...love all the details! So nice to have a cozy stylish place to blog and surf! Also love that you have a balcony there with light and fresh air..enjoy!

    stylishserendipity.blogspot.com

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  31. Love your new office! The fabric on the chair is great, the room has great light...love all the little details from the personalized pencils to the gorgeous holder they are in, everything about it is perfect. I personally love smaller home offices, they just feel that much more cozy and intimate. Enjoy it!!

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  32. What a gorgeous office! I love all your decorating! The fabric on the chair is amazing, and I love the pin board too! You must love working there now! X

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  33. I love how you utilized the space! It's so nice to have a little spot just for yourself too! xo

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  34. I have yet to see a room in your house that I didn't fall in love with. This is so you! Impeccable taste. Gorgeous! Saving this to my pinterest board! You inspire me!

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  35. It's just perfect. Great way to maximize extra space in your home.

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  36. Absolutely gorgeous!! And such a brilliant use of space. :)

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  37. What a beautiful office space! What a great idea it was, carving out the space at the top of the stairs! I love the comfy blogging corner! Beautiful job all around. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. I love your office space! What an amazing transformation. You have made the space so much more functional, and it looks bigger now! Very well done. :) The personalized clipboard and pretty file folders make organizing fun!!

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  39. brilliant! it looks gorgeous...great transformation!!

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  40. Oh, what a beautiful space! How smart to put up the wall. Your desk area looks wonderful. I'm looking for a similar desk!
    Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  41. Wow, that looks awesome & converting that unused space into a functional office was a great idea. Love it!!!

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  42. Also, love your adorable office chair!

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  43. Mary Ann, this is absolutely gorgeous, just like the rest of your home! Great job!

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  44. I love that little balcony off the office room, perfect!

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  45. Mary Ann,
    Where did you get the holder for your files? I have cute files in my new office, but they are just stashed in a drawer, and it isn't working very well. Thanks.
    Janette

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  46. All I can say is WOW!!!!!!!
    Smiles~
    Cricket @ gypsea nurse

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  47. Great office space! Cool clipboard and I love the idea of using pretty folders!

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  48. It is so fabulous - I could get a ton of work done in that divine space. It is so gorgeous it should be featured in a magazine.

    Hope you're having a great week & Happy "Good Life" Wednesday :O)

    Hugs,
    Marie

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  49. I love this little space! Personalized pencils are so awesome, I thought it was such a treat to get those when I was younger.

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  50. Perfect office space! Love it!

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  51. Hello,

    What a beautiful working / retreat space...love the fabric on the chair and the cafe table set outside. I would be sipping cappuccinos out there. Lots of sunshine.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Claudia

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  52. How fabulous that you created an entire office/retreat out of space that you really didn't need. It's amazing what you've done and how great is it that you have outdoor space too. Love the little succulent box in your outdoor space and the personalized pencils...what a great idea! Love every detail!

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  53. Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I hope to have the "studio" done soon! I LOVE this little office nook. The wall and door was an excellent idea. What a cozy, yet airy space. The floor and stair railing is amazing!

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  54. Dear Mary Ann,

    Enjoy!

    Best,

    Coastal Blue Ocean

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  55. Thanks for sharing your new office with BC Good Life Wednesdays party. It looks lovely, an ideal place to get some work done. Love the balcony too.

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  56. Can you tell us where you got that desk chair? It's lovely!

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  57. Beautiful space! I love the colors and the "feel" of the space.

    Please come and link this post up to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday Link party, if you get a chance.

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  58. lOVELY! The desk chair is super cute! :)))

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  59. OH WHAT A GORGEOUS RENO...I love that quaint space..so inviting! A writer's retreat, that's what that is! May I rent the space out from you sometime...? I'll need lots of coffee and some of those white gorgeous pencils!

    What a beautiful blog...off to browse around some more!
    Come by anytime...I'd love to have you visit with me.


    ciao bella


    CREATIVE CARMELINA

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  60. Salut Mary Ann, that space is so lovely and feminine. I can imagine you spending a lot of time there and all those little touches are just beautiful. Love from London xo

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  61. What a lovely work (hiding) space! The wall was a great idea. I'm sure you'll be very inspired there!

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  62. The chair is the Durham tufted from Home Decorator's. Decent quality.

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  63. What a lovely space!! With your own little terrace to boot!! Love your tufted also - would never have guessed Home Decorator's. A room of one's own is such a wonderful thing!!

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  64. Wow!!!

    Put my name on the "I love it" list too! This is soooo adorable, so stylish and pretty.

    You're so talented, Mary Ann. So proud of you!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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  65. Hi Mary Ann, This is such a wonderful office space you have created. I love that you closed off the loft style bedroom. The blue and white chair and accessories are lovely. Thank you for joining my party this week.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  66. Happy Pink Saturday!

    Love your new office!


    ~ Gabriela ~

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  67. Mary Ann that is the most awesome office space. Every little detail is just perfect.
    Love it!!!! Happy Pink Saturday..xo Tami

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  68. How lovely! And it's right by a beautiful small patio. So nice! Have a delightful weekend, Kellie xx

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  69. What a lovely setting, inside & out.

    Have a beautiful PS week.
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

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  70. It looks great, I love the black chair and ottoman, I would curl up on there all day at the moment!

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  71. It looks fabulous Mary Ann, and what a wonderful use of space!!

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  72. What a beautiful space Id love a working space like this its so relaxed, i love the chair in the corner where you can sit & relax & read through paper work in comfort & the lovely patio space that it leads to. What a wonderful transformation

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  73. Happy Pink Saturday
    A stunning makeover.
    You have inspired me.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  74. So glad I didn't miss this post. Great job on your office. What a wonderful space to work in. I love that you have the little patio area that it opens up to. A really cozy functional space now. I know you're thrilled. Mona

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  75. Brilliant! Everything works so perfectly right out to the patio.

    Happy Pink Saturday! (PS 3rd Birthday giveaway ends tonight.)

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  76. I am loving the stair rail! It is so different and fab! M.

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  77. Your little corner of the world is just perfect. Love your clipboard jewels!

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  78. OK...where do I start. The little vignette on the little balcony? Or the Desk area....I am so in love with your whole space....you lucky girl. By the way, I am in love with the statue and the beautiful beads on it. I have seen those somewhere before but I can not remember where. I hate getting old :)

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  79. You inspire me! such a wonderful space. love all the details! Have a beautiful week.

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  80. Love it!! What a wonderful, peaceful space ~

    xo
    Pat

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  81. What a beautiful little space with all that natural light, your pretty desk area and the reading corner!! Your desk chair is fabulous!

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  82. What a beautiful space! I love it!

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  83. Wow, what a great space! So nice and bright ... and I especially LOVE your floors!

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  84. Your office space is so pretty. Love the desk, chair, and lamp. The touches are just perfect in every way. Thanks for linking this up to HSH!
    Sherry

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  85. Hi there! New follower here. I love your office space. Very appealing and inviting. I especially love how you have access to the balcony - so great for fresh air and stretching breaks. Off to browse some more =)

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  86. What great lil accents items u have in the office - i love it!!!

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  87. Coming over from Remodelaholic to say how much I LOVE your beautiful space! The addition of the wall was so smart. What a sweet little nook!

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  88. New follower from Remodelaholic! that looks great!

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  89. Visiting from Remodelaholic...I love this room, looks like a place I would like to be right now! Inspires me to get to work on my "office space" great job!

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  90. I'm so jealous of your space... what a wonderful place to work!

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  91. I saw your post when it was featured at Remodelaholic awhile back. You guys did an awesome job! I loved the hanging fixture you chose and gave you a shout out in my post today, when I made my own DIY version.
    Here's the link if you're interested:
    http://gardenberger.blogspot.com/2011/10/diy-drum-shade.html
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Becca

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  92. As per my view the most important thing about the office space is that it must contain a good environment to live in and to work according to that environment also a good office space or a open office space which makes our work much more frequently and easily. The only thong if our office environment will be good than we can perform our work with great efficient and honestly.
    Melbourne Meeting Rooms

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  93. Love this space and the outer porch area too!

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  94. Absolutely gorgeous!! And such a great use of space. :)

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