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Before and After: Desire to Inspire's Fabulous Home Office

Before and After: Desire to Inspire's Fabulous Home Office

Desire to Inspire's Kim Johnson recently made over her home office and the transformation is so stunning I had to share it with you. The L-shaped room began with pale blue walls, unpainted trim, and hardwood floors she calls "totally uninspiring." Since a home office is an oft-used room for a blogger, dreary was just plain unacceptable. Kim said, "Since it gets a lot of sun, I wanted it to be cheerful and bright." Luckily, she has a killer eye for design. After painting it in crisp white from head to toe, she infused it with colorful accessories and furniture. To see a photo of the transformation,


I adore her cheerful color palette, with its sunny punches of yellow, the tropical teals and greens. The fact that she used white as a background really allowed her to go wild with vibrant accessories. Everything in the room was from eBay, Etsy, Ikea, or local vintage shops; it's inspiring to see affordable furnishings make such a bold statement. My favorite piece is the brushed turquoise Art Deco armoire which she made over herself from its original dark wood form. Check out Desire to Inspire to see many more photos and hear how Kim completed this project!


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girrly girrly 8 years
I'm in love!
danixk danixk 8 years
love the bright colors!
JessieSP JessieSP 8 years
Yeah it does look a bit more like a dorm room instead of a office in your home. It's more colorful but I would have gone with a different type of touch to the room.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
i like the before pix much better. the after looks more like a dorm room than a grown woman's home. plants on stacked magazines? the before pix is very soothing. to each their own i suppose.
emalove emalove 8 years
It looks awesome!
Mashiguna Mashiguna 8 years
I love that redo of the shelf.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I agree -- I have reservations about painting a hardwood floor, too.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
It's not my style, but it is cute. I wish I didn't rent sometimes so I could do room makeovers.
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
Yikes. I would ALWAYS be hesitant to paint the wood floor in a house.. unless you are going to strip it again before you resell it, it's sort of a no-no. It's cool in loft apartments and office spaces, but in a house... eh..
Asche Asche 8 years
Ugh. I wish commenters would let the "I can't believe she did that to an Art Deco piece." The piece was hideous pre-make-over. I think she did a beautiful job!
homekeeper homekeeper 8 years
I love it! :)
bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 8 years
While she, at least, did a good job painting that blue tall chest of drawers, it still makes me want to vomit and cry that she painted that art deco beauty at all. If you go to her blog, you can see the before and after.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
That looks very nice! :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Super cute!
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