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before and after

Before & After: Jacqueline’s Home Office

by Grace Bonney


Today’s first before & after is all about home offices. Despite working from home for eight years, I never set up a proper office and I regret it to this day. I think I probably would have been a lot more productive. But thankfully Jacqueline is smarter than I am and decided to change over her room to create a colorful place to work. The room’s previous life as a nursery changed is now long-gone and the space doubles as both a great place for Jacqueline to work on her wedding photography business and a room to house visiting guests. Thanks to Jacqueline for sharing with us! xo, grace

More photos and details from Jacqueline on the process after the jump…



When we bought our 1920’s craftsman in San Diego last summer, the wood floors appeared to be original and were worn down to the final layer, so our first move was to put in new red oak flooring throughout the entire house. A big step, but totally worthwhile! With the shiny new floor in place in my new office, we painted over the large tree mural left over from the previous owner’s nursery, which instantly brightened the space. My tall desk, which allows me to work at the computer while both standing and sitting, fit well along the wall nearest the door and the rest of the room came together around that.







I went with lots of white shelving to serve as storage and a way to display my camera gear, books, and other knickknacks without cluttering up the room. The low, neutral light gray couch was a great Ikea find and it adds some texture and comfy spot to think things over or read when I take a break from editing. Since it pulls out into a queen bed, complete with slats for support, it also allows the room to double as a guest bedroom when friends are in town. My favorite part was adding the art and pops of color like the strings of polaroids, the bright yellow chevron carpet, patterned pillows, a sheepskin throw, a large canvas print of one of my images, a lamp, hammered brass bowl, and a brass sea urchin from Nate Berkus by Target, and some pretty magazines, etc. to make the space my own.




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