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This post can be summed up in four little words…I LOVE MY OFFICE!

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Way back in March (I know, this post is WAY overdue) Mike and I decided to renovate our home office space. This room used to be our formal dining room, but I have used it as an office for my photography business for a few years now. I was never in love with the space, particularly the formal wainscoting and the hand-me-down furniture. I’m always reading home decor magazines – and Pinterest, of course – and I had formed a true vision of what I wanted. I almost didn’t even want to bring it up to Mike because I figured he’d call me crazy and brush me off.


He said yes! Best husband ever!

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The horizontal planking was pretty much a pain the ass. An awesomely worth it pain, but regardless, a big job. The cutting down of all the wood, the sanding, the nailing, the spacing. He did all of it, and without complaint.

(For the record, I did contribute! First, we discovered I have a hidden talent for caulking – who knew? I actually liked doing it, too. Oh, and I also did all of the priming and painting of the planks and trim.)

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I still can’t believe I get to work here every day. Seriously, I am not cool enough to work in an office this cool. I am no interior decorator, but putting my vision onto paper and then bringing it to life was amazing.

My favorite things in the space -besides the planked walls of course – are the neutral color palette and all of the textures, from the bamboo shades to the wood chandelier to the seagrass rug. And my little glass bottle collection and the striped bins and my plants and on and on, haha. My least favorite are Ikea desk tops (too easily damaged) and the desk chairs. At least the white chairs kind of disappear into the room – they don’t stick out like a sore thumb. (Where did that expression ever come from, anyway?!)

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It’s really a perfect fit for our whole family. On days that Mike works from home, it’s almost like I have a co-worker.

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The kids can hang out with me when I’m working, playing games on their laptop (they’re partial to, and Macy does her homework here as well. Even my 4-legged kid likes it – she’s constantly under my feet in here!

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I’m so glad to finally have gotten around to photographing and posting this place. Next up will be 4-year old photos of Claire. Since her birthday was in February, I figure I better get on that one too! (That gorgeous dress I just bought for her is a good motivator though!)

P.S. I did do a before picture to share, but I can’t find it! Just picture sage green walls with a white chair rail and picture frame wainscoting. And mismatched ugly old furniture.

P.P.S. I have gotten a lot of emails and comments wondering about a few things in the room, so here’s a short little source list:

Desk tops/Drawer units/Cube bookshelves/Desk lamps – hers/Wall shelves – all from IKEA
Desk chairs/Rug/Window shades –
Pendant light – West Elm
Gray striped bins – The Container Store
Gray paint color – Eagle Rock by Benjamin Moore (I originally posted that it was BM’s Granite, my apologies!)
White paint color – color matched to existing trim by Sherwin Williams
Planks – 1/8″ plywood from Home Depot cut into 5 3/4″ strips (don’t let Home Depot cut them!)

Update:  We have moved to a new home, so this home office is no more. I can’t provide any measurements or details anymore, sorry!

Before you go, check out my newborn and baby photography portfolios. If you or someone you know is expecting or has a new baby in the Raleigh area, get in touch!


  • Your space looks amazing!!!!!! I love how it fits 100% with your entire brand and all the details are totally you. Rock on sista!ReplyCancel

  • Hi, I coming from the Vend Raleigh facebook link and LOVE what you did. We’re about to renovate our house and converting the dining room to a shared office space. I worried about sharing the space with my husband but am hopeful after seeing your pictures. But I’m curious where your desks came from? It’s a great set-up.ReplyCancel

    • Hi Lindsey! Thanks so much! We got the desks from Ikea. The actual desktops were not my first choice, but we needed pieces that would fit that wall exactly. We love sharing an office so much…although at least one of you might want to invest in some decent headphones if you don’t share the same taste in music! Haha!ReplyCancel

  • Monica

    Beautiful space! Where did you find your striped bins?ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Monica! I found the striped bins at the Container Store. I love them!ReplyCancel

  • I love it! So cute! We are about to do some planked walls too and I’m a little scared…!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Tania! It was definitely a little rough actually doing all the work, but dreaming it up and then finishing it off was just amazing! Go for it!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    Amazing room! Where did you find your white desk chairs?ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    Amazing room! Where did you buy the desk chairs from?ReplyCancel

  • Janet stoker

    Where is the chandelier from? I love this whole room!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Janet! The chandelier is from West Elm. We love it too!ReplyCancel

      • Allison

        Did you have any problems with the pendant? We just bought it for our office (thanks for the inspiration!) It only comes with a plug in electrical set, nothing to hard wire it to the ceiling! Did you have this same issue?ReplyCancel

        • Hey Allison, that’s kinda weird! It’s been a few years, but ours came with the wiring that we had to cut to length!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    Love the Ikea furniture!! What exactly did you buy? I like the expedit book shelve but cant seem to find the same set up on the website. Do you remember? It looks fabulous together!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Hannah! We have the 2×4 expedit, but two of the cubes are hard to see under the desk. We customized this setup ourselves, with the expedit and two Galant desk tops. I don’t actually recommend the Galant tops, because they are really easy to damage. If we were to do it over, we would do a real wood top like the Gerton instead. Hope that helps! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Would you mind sharing your wall paint color? Looks like exactly what I am looking for! BEAUTIFUL space!ReplyCancel

  • Amber

    I love what you did with the room. Can you share your paint colors and what kind of wood you used for the planking?ReplyCancel

    • Hi Amber, thanks! The gray paint color is Benjamin Moore Granite, and for the planking we used some 1/8″ plywood from Home Depot that we cut down to size. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Jenifer

    I am wondering what the paint color you used is? My guess is Benjamin Moore Weimaraner…:). It’s a beautiful space!ReplyCancel

  • KayLyn

    I absolutely love the layout of your office! I would love to replicate it, but I’m wondering if it would fit into the space I have. You could save me some time by telling me the dimensions of your room. You did such a great job with the layout and decor. It’s beautiful! Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks KayLyn! The room is about 12×13. We actually sketched out the layout with measurements before we started, but I can’t find that paper! We did end up cutting down the desk tops so they would fit, otherwise they were too long. Good luck, and thanks for commenting!ReplyCancel

  • Ben

    LOVE this project! It turned out fantastic. Just wondering…do you know what legs you used for the desk? Also, it looks as if there is a piece of metal running behind/under the desk to help support it…is that the case? Is it somehow attached to the wall? Or is each side just resting on a drawer unit (on one side) and a pair of legs (on the other side)? Thanks for posting this!ReplyCancel

  • Lia B

    This room is beautiful. I found it on Pinterest and I know your post is older but I’m in LOVE with this space and it’s my inspiration for my office that I’m working on. Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Christy,

    First love your work. 🙂 So soft and neutral.
    Second. Can you tell me did you go with 3 Galant table tops or is the kids workspace a different top? Also do you know the length of top you used?


    • Thank you, Rachel! All 3 table tops are the Galant. I don’t remember what the length was, but we did cut down the two against the wall so that they fit flush. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful space with such an incredibly smart and efficient use of every inch of the room. It looks wonderful as well as totally functional for everyday use.ReplyCancel

  • Inspiring space! I love the rug… where did it come from?ReplyCancel

  • Janet

    I love your office! How is the rug holding up? I’ve been looking for a jute rug for our family room and it seems like they vary a lot in terms of quality, durability, and texture. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Janet! I am thrilled with this rug – we have two kids, two cats, and two dogs (one of them a puppy!) so this rug has taken a beating but is showing no wear!ReplyCancel

  • Wei

    Could you show us how the brace under the middle desk looks like? I wonder how the middle desk attach to the shelf and other two desks so seamless.ReplyCancel

    • Wei, my husband used a little of the leftover wood (from cutting down the two outside desks) to fill the gaps. There are two filler pieces that are maybe 1″ wide on each side of the middle desk, and they are secured with a piece of 2×4 underneath. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

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  • Spotted your office over at Centsational Girl and had to drop by to tell you how much I LOVE it! It’s perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy M

    Love what you have done. If/when you come back home for a visit, please decorate my office/craft room!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nina

    Love the transformation and it reminds me so much of our office/playroom so thank you for all the inspiration! I have to ask though where you got the ceiling lamp from!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Nina! The pendant light is from West Elm. I added it to the list of sources at the bottom of the post if you want a direct link.ReplyCancel

  • seriously crushing on this space. especially the planking and wall color. beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Loooooove this space! It’s so fresh and functional, light and bright! The paint color looks so great against the planks! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • This turned out amazing! Love the planked wall and the colors. And I love how so many people in the family can use it! Great job! Pinning this!ReplyCancel

  • Salivating over your office! Keep looking and re-looking at the pics. It’s really beautiful! Nice job!!!

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  • Robin O

    What a gorgeous room! I love that you incorporated a spot for the kids as well. 🙂
    Quick question – my husband and I have been eyeing those bent wood pendants from west elm for awhile now and I see you used one here! Do you find it casts weird shadows when turned on at night because of the strips of wood? I only ever find pics of them with the light off so I always wonder if it’s because the room looks weird with the light on. The possibility of weird shadows is one of the reasons I haven’t purchased one yet.ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Robin! We love that pendant light too, but yes, it does cast off some funky shadows! We don’t usually use it at night much at all, but it’s definitely a consideration for someone who would. Hope that helps! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • simply gorgeous……..hugsReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful space! And I love how there’s space for your kids to be in there with you!ReplyCancel

  • imelda

    LOVE this office! Everything is so perfect! I have to ask where you purchased the wall files and bookends?ReplyCancel

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  • Christy

    Found this through Pinterest…I don’t usually comment…I’m a “lurker”, but seriously, you have created the most serene yet functional home office I have ever seen, and I have been pinning forever! Thank you so much for providing the source information!ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    I LOVE this room, colors and everything, very well done! My comment is a little off the wall (or hanging off the wall if you will). That cute little dress you have hanging in one of the pics, where is that from? I am getting married in September and those would be SO cute on my little flower girls. If you could let me know that would be awesome! Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Erin! I love that dress so much, I used it for my daughter’s 4-year portraits last year! I found that one on last year. With Easter coming up, I bet you’ll find all sorts of options there or even in the stores!ReplyCancel

  • Can you email me where you “floating Shelves” came from? I could not find it in the comments. THANKS!!! Beautiful space!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Kelly! They’re from Ikea. The link to the actual shelves is in the source list. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel


    Wow! Your office is amazing! You have such good taste! Can you tell me a little more about your desks. I found the kids desk with the it attached? What about your other two desks? Are they from ikea too? If so, do you remember what it’s called? Love your space! Thank u!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Shree! The kids’ desk is not attached to the shelves, they are separate. We did that so that all of the desk tops would match. The desk tops and cube shelf are all from Ikea and are linked in the source list at the bottom of the post. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Shree

    Hi Christy, Is your table the Linnmon/adils table? Looks similar but your doesn’t seem to have the legs on one side, it has the draws. Thanks..ReplyCancel

  • Shree, it looks like they no longer offer the ones we have, which is probably a good thing because I don’t recommend them. They are too easily damaged!ReplyCancel

  • Shree

    Oh that’s a shame! Thank you Christy..ReplyCancel

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  • Natasha Tozzi

    Is there any way you could tell me the length of the two desks? I am trying to put a similar set up in our home office and am trying to see if it will fit. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Natasha, we measured and cut them down to fit flush with the walls on either side, so our measurements probably wouldn’t help. I suggest measuring out your space to see if will work. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha Tozzi

    I just meant for more of a visual reference type of thing. I’m trying to imagine how long the desks are in comparison to the shelves hanging above and how much space you have underneath for your legs between the cabinet and wall.ReplyCancel

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  • Jaime

    Hi! Here is my question – how is the table the girls are at secured to the bookshelf? Are there 4 legs and I only see 2?


    • Hi Jaime, the other end of the table is connected to the expedit bookshelf underneath the tabletop. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Les

    I love this office. Can you tell my what type of moulding you used at the top of the planks? Thank you:)ReplyCancel

  • I love this space!! We tried to recreate it and are having problems with the desks beginning to bow. Did you do anything to reinforce them?ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Lauren! I’m sorry you’re having trouble with bowing. Ours are supported by the drawer units and the outer legs, so we haven’t had this issue. You may try adding a wood support underneath attached to the back wall. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Elle

    Where did you get the hello sign and the its a good day sign?ReplyCancel

  • Elle

    Where did you get the “X” bookends? I like them.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks Elle, those are from Ikea.ReplyCancel

  • Such a lovely space, great inspiration for what I would like to do with our joint study/office. Thanks for posting. Also, I am super jealous!
    All the best 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Wow, this office is beautiful and so functional. I want to redo ours and I think I just found my inspiration. 😉 Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • jessica

    I LOVE your workspace! Can you please tell me where you got the backless chairs/stools for your girls to use? It’s exactly what I’m looking for…thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Jessica! I’m pretty sure I found those on Amazon. I don’t see the exact color we have, but do a search for 24″ saddle stool and you’ll see some other options.ReplyCancel

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  • Just found your beautiful home office on Pinterest as I am getting ready to re-do my little office space. Yours is perfection! Great job! Would love to know if the chairs are comfortable? They are still available on Overstock and are even on sale. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Tiffany! We think they’re pretty comfortable. Just enough cushiness to be comfortable, and the arms are padded too, which is nice. We still love them!ReplyCancel

  • Leia

    What are the dimensions of your work spaces?ReplyCancel

  • i am pretty sure that this will be my new office set up!!!!!! Going to ATL this month! IKEA, here I come!

    I am a designer that works from home! Of course, designing for myself always proves difficult! So I’m fired up to have this as inspiration!!!ReplyCancel

  • Audra

    Any chance you know the dimension of the wall where the adults sit? I have a small office id love to be kid friendly. Wondering if this would work with a 9 foot long wall.ReplyCancel

    • Audra, it’s probably best to measure your wall and measure the desktops and see what might work. I recently did a similar setup in my photography studio, and that’s the route we took. I’ll blog the new studio office soon!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany

    Hello! FANTASTIC JOB on the office!
    Just wondering how the rug is holding up?ReplyCancel

  • Kristin

    I just ran across this amazing room!! It looks extremely functional and I am excited to do something similar. Where did you get your desk lamps and all of the storage in your shelving unit closest to the desk? Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Christy! I found your home office on Pinterest. Thank you so much for sharing! I’m really curious to know how everything has held up to your kids and furbabies.

    I would love to do something like this in our Living Room – sort of a shared homework/craft space since it’s really not being used for anything. With 4 kids, I just want to invest in something that will hold up to them and me.

    Our Living Room is the first room you see when you come into our house. This is part of why I LOVE what you’ve created. It’s very streamlined and looks easy to clean-up quickly. I need to get my kids off my kitchen island and into their own homework area.ReplyCancel

  • Meike Bradley

    Hi Christy,

    We have moved in a new house recently and I just did not know what to do with the one bedroom I need to convert to office space. I work from home, but my husband would also like a little tech station and there is just no space. The room is small and has an awkward layout. When I found your post I was thrilled! This is perfect! It uses the space so efficiently and gives room for everyone!

    I checked on Ikea, we can not use 59″ but only 47″ for the table tops to the sides. but those fit perfectly from wall to wall! I don’t have the time to the walls and since we bought a new construction, I don’t want to ‘mess’ with it quiet yet. But I love the planks and colors you choose! Very well done! Thank you so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I love your desk!! Where did you get the “legs”?ReplyCancel

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  • Jenn

    I love this office! I have a space just like this, with the windows on the side and all. I have been trying to explain to my husband an idea like this. You have done it for me!! This is exactly what I have been trying to get him to help me with. I have a question though, how wide is your room, I think mine is a bit smaller, not sure if I can do the table in the middle. But I’d really like to even of it is just for my husband and I to use. Thanks for the visual 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sheena

    This is such a great set up! But how did you attach the middle desk to the other 2? I am thinking about doing this with the Linnmon desktops. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    Hi Christy,
    My husband and I are recreating this in our office. We have our IKEA trip planned tomorrow! So excited!! 😀 I have a quick question… does your table that comes out (that the girls are sitting at) match the width of the expedit shelf exactly? The new Kallax shelf is 30 3/8″ wide and the widest Linnmon table top I can find is 29 1/2″. Just worried about how it will all look where the 3 tables come together. I am afraid there will be a slight gap on the sides of the table that comes out into the floor. Does yours have that? Thanks for your time! -HeatherReplyCancel

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    • Brittany

      I was just wondering how did you attach the long desk in the middle? I was looking on ikea and I did not see the same shelf and desk unit as yours on ikea the unit looks different and shorter. My boyfriend and I are looking for a two person work station and that long desk would also work as a place to eat.ReplyCancel

      • Hi Brittany, there’s a wood brace underneath the middle holding everything together. We built this 3 years ago, and I think Ikea has changed some things since then!ReplyCancel

  • Robin

    We love your office and are building something similar now and I am going to try to mimic some of your decorative ideas too. Where did you get your wall file holders?ReplyCancel