I recently updated my home office. I had 3 goals- 1) create enclosed storage for samples 2) make as big a desk as possible 3) Not break the bank!
I knew I wanted crisp white cabinets, to make the 12×11 room feel as large as possible, I chose Simply White by Benjamin Moore and paired them with Matte Black edge pulls from Marathon Hardware along with 3 knobs on the cupboards.
Living Kitchens Cabinetry and Carmen especially, helped deliver these on semi-short notice and worked with my budget-Thank you! Visit them here: https://www.livingkitchens.ca/
Because I had a budget of $15,000, I opted not to go with a stone countertop on the cabinets- I rarely write on these surfaces so I had the tops finished in the same material as the cabinets. The file cabinet and my printer area have a bulkhead above so instead of highlighting that with white cabinets against my wall color, Kendall Charcoal from Benjamin Moore I opted to do the tower in a dark melamine, Tete Tete from Tafisa. https://tafisa.ca/en
I created a workstation for an assistant to work when needed and took the main storage cabinets to 44” H to use the vertical space as much as possible. I didn’t splurge on solid wood drawers but did upgrade to soft close drawer functionality and that saved me a few hundred dollars.
I found this amazing light from Kichler via Essence Lighting that has moveable blades, perfect for when I need more focused light when pouring over plans or working early early in am. Next up lighting wise was this fun Neon light off Etsy, it’s a nod to my fun side while also introducing another pink to my black, white and gray palette. It does not hardwire so I had the cabinets cut to allow for the cord…normally something like this would send me over the edge…but the point of the light is that it is kitschy and fun, it isn’t supposed to be perfect so I kind of find that charming. Visit Tara and the girls at Essence Lighting here: https://www.essenceld.com/
One of the first items I purchased is the large floral print from Style in Form. My nana loved her rose garden and she definitely passed along her love of entertaining and decorating to me, so it is a nice nod to my memories with her. Many clients think of art as an afterthought, but I like to have a good handle on our themes as we begin a project. Art should be enjoyed or at least bring some sense of personality to a space, and I always love 1 big piece minimum for a room. I see so many different things, colors, materials day to day that I cannot live with too much of anything- I opted to add 2 metal wall rails to showcase current project samples and to play around with mood boards.
My next mission was to find the perfect desk, what I really wanted was a table but with some key features such as ability to hide unsightly cords, be completely smooth and be exact dimensions I wanted…. this was hard. I also had it in my mind that I wanted the legs to remind me of an airplane……to signify Ideas Taking Flight & as a reminder I work hard so I can Fly away on vacation as needed😊
Everything was just too small…. desks tended to max out at 5’ and tables didn’t really have those key features I needed. Enter my insanely talented cousin Ronnie. A skilled welder by trade he makes incredible pieces with wood and resin…I sent him my specs for size and style, and he built this gorgeous 70” desk I will love for decades!
The only thing that I didn’t do was update my flooring…. I am intending to rip up the carpet in here and my entry- these areas are connected but it is a big task that I want to do with some other tile replacing so I will do that and run heated flooring here in a year or so. The kicks come off my cabinets and this change will be easy to do and not affect my cabinets.
The Office Overhaul Cost Breakdown:
Light & Neon Light $525
**electrician to come and move my outlets to allow access for new cabinetry & install new light $250
Painting & Paint $200
Rose Art $300
Rug $100- my cats destroy all rugs, so I never splurge on these in my home, also I am a notorious klutz and spill frequently
Carpenter to put new baseboards on $200
Metal Sample Ledges & Wall file Folders $150
Office Chair $220
Acrylic Organizers for Interior of Drawers $350
Accessories $575- Tray, Bowl, 3 Picture Frames, Phone Holder etc.
That is right! The first time I have been underbudget on anything! Had I done the flooring and replaced my blind I would have been over. Also, I did receive discounts of 5-15% on everything except labor due to my trade discounts so do keep that in mind for budgeting a similar space for yourself. But in the meantime, I have purported that savings to a new walk in closet😊Stay Tuned!