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I’m so excited to reveal my husband’s masculine office makeover today! This room has come so far in such a short period of time, and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. The previous homeowners used this room as a cute nursery, but the pinkish-beige walls, popcorn ceiling, and ceiling fan needed an update.
A few days ago, I revealed my design plan for this room and the goals for the space. You can see the full design plan here and also learn more about the gorgeous barn door we installed!
In talking with my husband about how we wanted the room to flow and function here are five design goals we identified:
- Home office needs to feel cozy, masculine, and conform to a transitional style.
- Home office needs to be able to host team meetings around a table that can also be used for board games with the kids, computer work, and plenty of room for papers/projects.
- Home office needs plenty of book storage and good lighting.
- Home office needs firm, comfy, and masculine chairs.
- Home office needs barn door to add whimsy and save space in the room.
1. Home office needs to feel cozy, masculine, and conform to a transitional style.
Matt and I have very different decorating styles and admittedly it can be difficult for me to decorate outside of my own style. In creating the design plan for this space, it was important to me that his office end up feeling more like him than me. I incorporated as many masculine textures and elements into the space by choosing items I knew he’d like but still gelled with my own sense of style. Almost all of the products in the room were ordered online at Walmart. I’ll be linking to the Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart products throughout the post. For all other sources, please click here for the source page.
2. Home office needs a table.
In assessing the multiple ways we wanted to use this space, it became clear that a desk would not work as well as a work table. Matt and the boys enjoy playing board games together. Matt also wanted an additional workspace for projects and meetings. I chose the Better Homes & Gardens Maddox Crossing Dining Table for the desk and it couldn’t be more perfect! I had a campaign desk in mind for his office and this table is exactly the look I wanted but a bit larger—and at $164 it’s a fantastic price. The wood construction is durable and beautiful.
3. Home office needs plenty of book storage and good lighting.
Matt loves books. He has an office at work with several bookshelves and yet our home office is overflowing with more books! I prefer the look of built-in bookshelves but didn’t want to create built-ins in this space just in case we want to change the room back to a bedroom somewhere down the road. I loved the look of the Sauder Barrister Lane Tall Bookcases in Salt Oak. The cute catalog plates and dividers down the center of the bookshelves add interest and vintage appeal.
For the light fixture, I chose a sputnik chandelier to add a touch of drama to the room while sufficiently lighting the space. I found this one on Walmart’s website and love it! I will say that it was a beast to assemble, so consider yourself forewarned if you decide to purchase one for yourself! I was able to fully assemble and hang it on my own so know it can be done. And while we are admiring the light please take a moment to admire that beautiful smooth ceiling! I removed every square inch of the horrid popcorn ceiling and it makes such a difference in the feel of the space. I’ll do a post on how to remove popcorn ceilings soon!
4. Home office needs firm, comfy, and masculine chairs.
I admit that I often buy furniture based mostly on looks first and comfort second. Of course I want our furniture to be comfortable, but if it’s super cute and not the most comfortable thing in the world, I can deal with it. Kind of like skinny jeans, makeup, and most shoes I wear! Matt let me know up front that the chairs had to be firm and comfortable. No mushy chairs allowed! I chose the Better Homes & Gardens Faux Leather Accent Chair with Nailheads and fortunately they passed the Matt test with flying colors. They are firm but comfy and the faux leather feels very soft to the touch. I actually purchased four chairs for the table so that if we want to play a board game in here as a family we can. The cute rug is the Better Homes & Gardens Grey Diamond rug in a 5×7. For under $80 it’s a fantastic deal!
5. Home office needs barn door to add whimsy and save space in the room.
This room is very small on space, so we knew adding a barn door would free up precious square footage within the room and help the space feel more open. The barn door provides the perfect amount of privacy/noise reduction while still allowing light through into the hallway. You can read more about how we installed the door here. I love walking down the hallway and catching a glimpse of the beautiful office!
And because I know you love a good before and after as much as I do, let’s see how far this space has come in just a few short weeks!
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I love the room! Could you tell me what paint color and brand you used?
John Donovan says
Masculine offices are actually fun to decorate. Selecting the right furniture, colors, and decorations for his personality can be challenging. However, when the office is completely decorated, he’ll be happy with the result, especially if it matches his personal style.
Thanks so much Sondra!
Beth Love what you did with your husband room it lovely i sure he very happy i love ant thing that you do i sure would love to meet you some day if you every come to Newfoundland Canada please sent me a E/Mail
Thanks so much Joanie!
I love your design for your husband! I’m in the same boat when it comes to agreeing on decor. Two questions:
1) How tall are your ceilings (I’m trying to get the scale.)
2) Did you install the brick? Could you tell how you did that? I’ve been pushing for faux brick forever! This may win hubby over!
Thanks! Our ceilings upstairs are only 8 feet. The brick is wallpaper! We had original 100 yr old brick throughout our home in our last house and really miss it. My original plan was to tile brick on the back wall but I was under a time crunch so went with wallpaper. My husband kind of turned his nose up to the idea at first because he was worried it would look incredibly fake. It doesn’t. It looks great. However, I did make a mistake and order the wrong paper. The one I placed on the wall is a bit more yellow than I preferred. This is the one I had originally planned on going with here: http://amzn.to/2C9anbN I used 3 full rolls and just a tiny bit of the fourth. If I had planned better I could have gotten away with 3.