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How to Design a Beautiful Home Office (Case Study)

By Amitha Verma

Welcome to Part 1 of my multi-part office makeover series.

If you are like me, you’re office is cluttered, stressful, and completely unorganized.

But not for long.

Because I’m going to walk you through — step-by-step — how to take back control of your space as I document every step of my home office makeover.

If you follow along, by the end of this series you’ll have a pristine, relaxing, organized, and most of all, beautiful home office that’s to die for!

So get ready.

You’re about to see some truly amazing tips, tricks, and techniques that will give you the gorgeous office you deserve.

Part 1:

Here’s a before picture of my office.

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Now, it can be challenging to design a room like this for a few reasons:

  1. I’m working with a small space
  2. I need a lot of work surface area
  3. I also need tons of storage for files, binders and samples
  4. I’m dealing with a huge window on the main wall of the space (a very typical and hard problem to deal with!)

But we’re going to take it step-by-step, and I promise the results will be amazing

Step 1 — The Layout

First I started with the layout. Like I always recommend you to do, we’ve been exploring a few options.

When we first designed this room years ago, we didn’t really put too much thought into the pieces – I just based the layout on what would fit in the space and what I needed to make the office function for me.

The first step is to start laying out the space. After doing this exercise a few times, I know exactly what can (AND CANNOT) fit in my office.

The first step is to start laying out the space. After doing this exercise a few times, I know exactly what can (AND CANNOT) fit in my office.

Layout option 1

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Layout option 2

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Which one do you like better?

Initially, I entertained the notion of using a few pieces from IKEA.

I really liked the white file cabinets in this desk and how easy it is to rearrange the pieces.

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Plus, the dimensions fit my office really well.

But alas, being the lover of antiques that I am, I just couldn’t stand it — so we swapped out the IKEA for some gorgeous antiques.

Here are the ones that truly captured my heart:

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The desk will go in between two storage pieces as seen below.

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Step 2 — The Window

Next, I had to figure out what to do with that big, huge window.

I’m going to treat it like a wall.

Here are some window treatments I’m considering for my new office space.

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I actually love the sunlight that trickles in through the glass so I put one of my desks right in front of it.

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That’s as far as I’ve gotten so far.

Here is a quick sketch of what I’m thinking it would look like. Love it!

But stay tuned. I’ve committed to completing the entire project by May 15.

Which means I’ll post a new blog post very, very soon. Because there’s still A LOT to do.

Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

And don’t forget, to get the perfect antique style for your home head over to Village Antiques.

And be sure to share this post with at least two friends today!

Talk soon!

P.S. We’re hosting a number of upcoming paint classes that will help you take your design projects from zero to pro in no time. Check them out here:

Furniture Makeover Workshops:

1. Beginners Hands-On Workshop- Are you new to chalk painting? Would you love expert feedback while you work hands-on on a smaller project before you dive into that piece of furniture or your kitchen? Then this class is for you!

We’ll dive into beginner and advanced techniques that will give your furniture the professional POP and finishes to set it apart from the hobbyists and the amateur look.

You’ll learn how to paint like a pro, seal for long lasting finishes, and use our antiquing glazes to create furniture that looks antique and expensive…even if it’s brand new or a bargain find. You will learn how to master all our tools and our must have tips throughout the process.

You’ll also be shown the fundamentals of distressing. If you truly want to give your furniture that classic vintage style, then it’s absolutely VITAL you learn how to distress your paint.

You’ll leave the class with samples, your very own painted decorative object and the confidence to tackle those bigger projects and know how to do “right”.

Plus, you’ll learn 2 bonus tips that we don’t teach any other class!

Click here to Register or the image below:

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2. Advanced Hands-On Workshop- Get ready to skyrocket your painting skills to the professional level. In the pro class, you’ll learn 6 never before taught complicated designer paint finishes!

You will learn:

  • Pro distressing techniques and the fail-proof Amitha Verma Antiquing System to create an authentic finish
  • How to layer colors to add depth and brilliance to your furniture. You will learn not just one but TWO techniques the pros use
  • Whitewashing techniques and Amitha’s secret dilution formulations
  • Wet distressing
  • The secret to signature finishes like dry-brushing
  • Amitha’s treasure trove of favorite techniques to make an ordinary, flat piece come alive with detail (this should be its own class)
  • How to recreate the beautiful French Country Style on your own furniture.

* It is highly recommended you take the Beyond Basics or the Happy Hour course before enrolling for the Advanced Pro Class. We will jump right into several Advanced Techniques. Plus, you’ll get to leave with samples you can keep referring back to for years to come.

Click here to Register or the image below:

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3. Register for the FREE Fundamentals DeminarNew to the world of chalk furniture paint and want to see what is all about? Then this is the demonstration for you.

*Please note this is a demonstration only. If you want a hands-on experience we recommend the next workshop, The Beginners Hands-On Workshop.

You’ll learn the fundamentals about our products—everything from our step-by-step process to applying the paint, drying times, how to select colors that work best together, mistakes to avoid, and additional pro secrets and tips.

We guarantee that this workshop will let you recreate your favorite designer looks in under 2 HOURS (versus weeks). It’s our most popular option, and what we recommend to beginners.

Click here to Register or the image below:

4. Paint-a-Piece Happy Hour Workshop. Just want to have some fun but still learn a thing or two? Then come in with the piece you want to paint and a certified Amitha Verma teacher will show you how to paint the right way. You’ll learn how to avoid costly mistakes, we’ll help you with color suggestions, show you how to apply sealer and antiquing glazes like a pro, and give you expert tips and guidance. Bring a friend, make it a ladies afternoon or personalized party event! Perfect for private parties or fundraising events!

What’s more, you’ll leave with a finished product!

All of our classes are small, with only a handful of people. This means you get personal attention no matter which class you choose.

But they fill up fast, so sign up now before your spot is gone! Click here to register:

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