Creating a place to work {Mini office makeover}

For those of you who don’t already know, I spend a large amount of my time at home, in our study. With a combination of being an art student and constantly either Instagraming or Blogging my life and home, you need a space you can spend 8 hours a day in. Previously, we had re-worked this space quite a few times. Maybe a new desk or restoring the original wood flooring, yet we’ve never stripped everything back and started again. Enough was enough. This room needed a revamp and I’m here to show you what I created.

The before

Basing this on the last time we updated the room, we had two desks. One shoved in the corner which you guys have seen a lot on Instagram and one as you enter the room. The reason for this was because being an art student is messy. I needed a cheap desk, we didn’t mind getting damaged that still looked good. However we didn’t have the space to move out this beautiful rustic style desk from Made.com. It was also far too narrow to work on.

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We picked up a cheap Ikea white desk top and legs for around £20. Which meant this could easily be replaced when it was damaged.

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For the other parts, we had a simple Ikea set of draws which I had painted greys and pinks and trolly for more storage. Not forgetting the beautiful Stendig calendar and shelves for various storage/styling. All which I felt became lost in the space. The room lacked storage and just didn’t work.

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The during

I knew I wanted to keep the white Ikea desk, as this was brilliant to work on. Using this as a basis alongside all our other accessories, I wanted to keep this very neutral in colour. Lots of soft greys, white and black to create a calming space to work in. I find when I’m trying to be creative, having a room which is really busy is just too overwhelming. This space also needed to be somewhere I can fully work from when studying my Interior Design degree next year, so I wanted a little corner to read in. The ability to shut the door and work is finished, was also key.

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Keeping the floorboards white, we decided to add a warm shade of grey to the walls. Testing Farrow & Ball colours, Lamp Room Gray, Manor House Gray but Pavilion Gray was the winner.

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The after

After a week of painting, two trips to Ikea and a husband on hand to re paint everything, the room was finished. This is in no way a sponsored post, but pretty much everything we picked up for the room was Ikea. Their IVAR range was the perfect mix of shelving, draws and cupboards. Which was easily customisable depending on the size of the room. You can shop the range here.

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We picked up a comfy accent chair, again from IKEA and this three spot floor lamp was the perfect shade of grey next to the chair. Everyone makes these joke, but I seriously think there is more than 50 shades of grey going on in this room. Nevertheless, I love it.

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Everything else was a switch around. The white desk moved to where the Made.com desk was. The supplies trolly is now in easy reach and everything is just neatly organised and has a place.

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Its incredible how just a simple switch up of a space, for very little money can truly make all the difference. Now I write this blog today from a space I am proud of and enjoy spending time in (as so does the Cat!).

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Have you any mini makeovers you are proud of? Whats your secret to restyling a space? Let us know in the comments.

Until next time.

Author: Emma White

Welcome to Apogee Interiors, a blog all about Interior Styling and Lifestyle written by Emma White. I'm beyond passionate about all things home. Interiors is what I love and this shines through my site. My taste ranges from scandi to raw industrial, so don't fear to challenge me. I want to show people how to enjoy designing and decorating your home. With hints and tips along the way. So far, I have learnt everything through trial and error, fellow bloggers and the odd book. My motto is be brave and embrace your creativity. If you love what you've done, it will look good to everyone through your passion. I hope you enjoy reading. Please get in touch about anything in the world of interiors!

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