Office Makeover Planning

Office Makeover The Before Housewife Confidential

I have achieved the impossible in our cramped home: a room of my own in which to work. I feel like Virginia Woolf would pat me on the back.

In the last five years I have gone from the sofa to the attic to the bedroom and finally took over half of the playroom. And while I am happiest with the space in here the children were not impressed. My equipment made it impossible for them to get at their toys and having them play in here while I work is less than ideal.

Given that they haven’t been able to get to most of their toys over the last few years I knew this had to change so over the Christmas break we began the process of making a change. I lacked storage for my equipment and they lacked access to their toys while upstairs we had and Expedit shelving unit filled with all sorts of bits and bobs.

Tackling the Expedit was the first task and surprisingly easy to cull. Books and videos which hadn’t been touched in years went along with a fibreglass bust of Julius Caesar (why?) and other detritus we were hanging onto through lack of consideration rather than any need. There is still much to be done here but with the bottom half now empty we moved the toys and games upstairs. Having been paired down to just the items which are played with over and over along with a few extras for visiting babies, everything fit easily. If you’ve been following my vlogs you will have seen this whole process play out.

Which now leaves me with a whole room to myself, shelving to take my equipment, the Blogtacular Shop and more. I feel quite giddy at the prospect!

My next step is rethinking the space I have. Currently everything is a bit topsy turvy and in piles over every available surface, as you can see, it’s not pretty.

Office Makeover The Before Housewife Confidential


Firstly, the layout needs to change. My desk wasn’t always facing into the room but it works quite well for Skype calls and I do a lot of them.


Office Floor Plan



Going to keep the decor super simple and go for white floors, ceiling and walls. Despite it being one of the coldest rooms in the house I love the impact of white floor boards so much that I’m going for it.

My decorator informs me that painting over yellow is going to take several coats so I’m glad I’ll be out of the country and not drumming my finger to get back in the room! I’ll be heading down to B&Q for the materials and leaving him to it for a week.

I have so much colour in my room accessories I think the white won’t feel too stark but it will provide a neutral canvass when I’m shooting. I’m adding a rug (more on that in a moment) so there’s warmth, texture and importantly a soft surface for sound purposes when I record my podcast.



I am keeping the majority of the room the same. My amazing pink Sofa isn’t going anywhere and neither is the bureau which houses all of our paper goods. The space either side of the chimney are already shelved and will be used for storage.

The large dining table is going. I am a bit gutted about this because it is so beautiful but it attracts clutter and has a large footprint. The little formica kitchen table I use as a desk will stay to be used as a shooting table when needed.

The big changes here will be the desk and chair. I’m looking for something a little more simple which will sit nicely in the space. This is my desk mood board:

Desk Mood Board West Elm Ikea

1. IKEA LILLÅSEN £115 2. West Elm Mid-Century Desk £499  3. IKEA Alex Desk £120

I’m still not sure which way I’m going to go on a desk. Ideally I’d have a large one across the back wall which I could zone but experience tells me this will just become a new place to dump stuff so I’m sticking with something on the small side.

If I didn’t buy new my first choice would be a Mid-Century desk with drawers and visible legs. I actually have a desk from this era with two solid pedestals but I feel it would be a bit dominating in the space. Perhaps I should try it once the room is settled. Lots to think about, I’d be interested to know what you think would work.

Office Accessories Mood Board

1. West Elm Ashik Wool Rug £499 2. West Elm Helvetica Chair £349

3. John Lewis May Office Chair £199 4. IKEA Erik Drawers £35

I’m far more certain about the accessories. In fact I bought the Ashik rug this morning as it’s on special. I’ve been hankering after it since I saw it in store a few months ago and it hasn’t been helped by my friend Rachel buying one and posting the prettiest pictures. I actually only went to the page to link it this morning and seeing it on special made up my mind.

My old office chair is beginning to come apart at the seams. Considering I snagged it for a fiver it’s done pretty well but it’s time for a fresh look. I’m torn over whether to white or for something with a little more colour. My instincts tell me white could look worn quite quickly. I’m even considering if I need wheels on my chair at all (I quite fancy the West Elm Saddle Chair).

One decision I’m not in confusion over is the need to put a filing system in place. Currently it’s as haphazard as the rest of the room but not for long. I’m determined to get myself organised so there are places to put everything which is currently towering over me.

Office Makeover The Before

That’s the overview of my plan. I’m hoping the now cleared shelving will take care of the general storage issues. What do you think I’ve missed? What would you do in the space?

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  • Reply Oldfashionedsus January 23, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Looks great Kat! Have you thought about lighting? I love that rug too

    • Reply Kat February 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      I have a single statement pendant light.

  • Reply Julia January 23, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Soo know what you mean about keeping the desk small so as not to collect clutter! The hubby was saying exactly the same thing recently ‘you see a pile, you add to it’! Can’t wait to see it all come together :) X

    • Reply Kat February 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      When we did the kitchen and sitting room we could date piles to over two years old!

  • Reply Carie January 24, 2017 at 9:29 am

    It all sounds very exciting (and yes very Virginia Woolf!) I think the desk decision could come down to whether you have things you know you’ll want to leave set up but have space around. When we eventually move house I know I want a long trestle table to set up my sewing machine and still have room to work on my laptop or just stretch out longhand without having to take it down. If you know you’re only ever going to use the desk for your computer then small is probably better :)

    • Reply Kat February 16, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      I still sew at the kitchen table so happy with a small desk!

  • Reply Kim Dellow January 24, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Oh amazing! It will be fab! I really need to sort my space too! Desperately!

    • Reply Kat February 16, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      It has been so worth taking time to strip it all back and start fresh. Good luck with yours x

  • Reply Amy February 7, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I’m moving soon and can’t wait to have a new office of a decent size to plan out! Love the idea of having a sofa in there, it’ll probably be a sofa bed so it doubles as a space for guests. Currently I have the Ikea Linnmon desk – it’s basic and small but you can substitute the legs for a cupboard or drawers for storage.
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    • Reply Kat February 16, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      It’s so much fun having a whole room to play with. The sofa works well as a focal point for the children and it would definitely help having a bed under it!

  • Reply Jessica February 22, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Instead of a normal sofa bed, you could use a backless sofa to add some character and can look very cute. Otherwise, I think you thought of everything perfectly. Maybe a nice wooden or aluminium monitor stand for your desk instead of your big 1000 pages book :)
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    • Reply Kat March 7, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      I think my pink sofa has heaps of character :) deffo replacing the German dictionary!

      • Reply Jessica April 5, 2017 at 9:30 pm

        That I definitely agree – I’m a little bit jealous actually :)

  • Reply Lizzie Woodman February 24, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    We’ve just turned our playroom into a study too! It’s such a positive change and the children can enjoy using it too. Love how your room looked on your vlog.

    • Reply Kat March 7, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      YES – reclaim our homes! Thanks Lizzie x

  • Reply Hannah March 9, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    I’m thinking of painting my desk but I need to get far enough ahead that I can actually decamp from my desk for long enough to remove the computer from it. In an ideal world I would get round to clearing out the summerhouse/shed/dump and be able to make that into my own little office but while I have to occupy a toddler and work keeping it in the house is better for us all!

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