Time to take a final look at the office I recently designed for a North Carolina couple. If you missed the earlier posts with before photos, click here (part 1) and here for part 2. Yesterday in part two I shared a peak at the new paint job. Scott from Still Perfection Painting Company did the painting and I was quite impressed. He showed up on time, and was in and out in a matter of a couple of hours, and did a terrific job. So much so that I looked forward to working with him again (and in fact I already have). I didn’t share a lot of photos of the room with the new paint because the new area carpet was on the floor and I kind of wanted to show that with the full reveal. So here we go. First some more of the room with new paint. We ordered a carpet from Ballards, and while it was lovely, and the color online appeared to be perfect for the room, but when it arrived, it wasn’t even close to the presented color. BW & SW decided to use it on their enclosed porch and it looks great there. That left us without a rug. Fortunately, when they were at a place I love in Greensboro, called Garden Ridge, they found the perfect rug, and I mean perfect. They sent an iphone photo and I agreed it was the perfect stroke of luck to have found not just pattern and color, but the size. Home it came and you can see it below.
Remember the BEFORE:
I worked on various floor plans at home but because of the placement of power and cable outlets and switches and the doors and the double window, and because BW preferred to float the desk, my options were pretty limited. For a brief time we considered putting the antique oak cabinet in the closet, taking off the doors, but BW keeps his seasonal clothes there, so that would have left them needing storage for them. In the end it worked out, and we purchased the new TV stand and a file/cabinet stand for behind the desk where he could place the copier. The room needed additional and better lighting, and we were able to do this as well.
BW agreed with his wife and me that the recliner in the room previously had to go. First, it was too big, and second, it had to go!!! I found what I thought to be the perfect recliner by La-Z-Boy. It was the perfect size and offered many leather and fabric choices. Wouldn’t you know………although it was advertised still, and with Brooke Shields sitting in it I might add, when they got to the store to try it out, they had discontinued it! Grrrrr. It was in their on-line catalog, so I felt baited and switched!
They saw this one, but I wasn’t wild about it, even with different fabric options. I felt it wasn’t masculine enough, and I thought we could do better price wise.
I sent them over to Furnitureland South in High Point, NC., and put them in contact with a design rep there that I have worked with a lot. I was on the phone with them as well. Lo and behold, in the outlet we found this chair, and it was perfect. Initially when I suggested white, and/or possibly leather they were reluctant, but this recliner was comfortable and on sale. Sold! Unfortunately it couldn’t be delivered by the next weekend when I was to come and put the room together, but we went ahead and put the room together without the chair. First we all went shopping at Pottery Barn and a few other places to select a few more items to include in the room, like a shelf, and lighting, and frames. Another fun day. Here is the chair, in white leather and it looks terrific in the finished room.
This is the fan we decided on. KBJ & BW put it up so we could now place all the furniture permanently, and decorate. The original fan was plain white, without a light, and while functional, it really did not fit the style of the room. This fan also provides some overhead light.
This was the art that first inspired my approach for the office, especially the colors, and the ability to mix antiques with an industrial look.
One last before………
And the New Office……
The pelmet has been added and finishes off the window. It is mounted above the top of the window and gives the illusion of a bit taller window.
Shortly after we finished the room, BW & SW went to an estate auction and were fortunate enough to win the bid on this beautiful antique box. It is now on top of the antique file cabinet and finishes the room.
Well, there you have it. I really enjoyed this project. They have now asked me to completely redo their master bedroom and bath and I look forward to sharing that project with you, and working with them again. We sure laughed a lot!!! Thanks for stopping by. Laters, charisse