I’m super excited to say that I’m finally ready to reveal photos of my home office!! It’s technically my dining room, but I do more working than eating anyway…

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It’s been a super fun project and I’m so much more happier in my small space.

Here’s what the space looked like initially:

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before-2
 

I couldn’t find ANYTHING!! I actually did most of my work (except sewing) from my sofa, because I seriously got tired of moving stuff to make room for my laptop or trying to figure out where I last put a folder. It was just easier to keep all my important stuff on my coffee table.

This space has a whole new look, I’ve got my dining room back! Check it out here!

I had tons of clutter everywhere and no permanent place to put anything. I really wanted a space that was organized, stylish, and provided enough space for a worktable that I can use for sewing – that could also be cleared for eating.

Then, I did my 10 Days to an Organized Home challenge and had no choice but to organize and get rid of most of the clutter, old paperwork, fabric books, and anything else that I knew I wouldn’t need.

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I couldn’t find the photos of the other side, but trust me… it was 100% better and I felt FREE!! Shortly after my organization challenge, I shared my plan for this space. I was so tired of trying to blog, work on design projects, sew, and craft without a dedicated space for all my equipment and supplies. I couldn’t even use the space for eating, because I just didn’t have enough space to fit a table. The one I had was super tiny and really tall. Definitely not ideal for everyday eating.

When I discovered Organized Living on Twitter, I KNEW I had to have their FreedomRail system for my office. It was the perfect system to help get myself on track.

I was able to design my system with Organized Living’s super easy design tool and once it was all ordered, I painted my space the same color as in my living room. Once I received the product, it was super easy to install (I’ll share more about the installation process in a future post), so I had the entire system up within 2 hours. 2 hours! In 2 hours I seriously got my life together!

I chose baskets for one end of the system, a desk in the center, and shelves and a few drawers (including a file cabinet) on the other end.

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These baskets are extremely convenient, because I’m literally going through these fabric samples everyday. But, I’m a bit torn on whether or not I want to sew some sort of fabric liner for the inside of the baskets to keep from seeing the samples from the outside. I’d love to know what you guys think about that. Sometimes it looks a bit cluttered and sometimes it doesn’t bother me at all.

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These were plain, brown cardboard boxes from Hobby Lobby that I covered with leopard print scrapbook paper and attached cross knobs. Aren’t they cute??? Gah!!

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This view is probably my favorite, because it really reflects just how much more organized I am. The shelves are perfect. The drawers are perfect. Each and every single thing I use each day (or items I don’t use as often) has its own home.

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I’m in LOVE with this vase from Etsy! Since I’ve gotten it, I’ve moved it all around my apartment. For now, it’s going to stay here. That’s an air plant inside. It doesn’tt need soil, just a mist of water every couple of days (or even less). Easy peasy!

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These black and white magazine files from Office Depot are where I store all the crap important stuff I use daily. It’s so much easier to have it all here, than sprawled around on my sofa, floor, or desk.

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I just had to have this blue tray and lucite box (from Hobby Lobby). All of my little pink accessories have a spot to stay organized that I can easily get to. And, yes, I use them ALL THE TIME.

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These marquee letters came from Target. On clearance! I think they were $1.50 per letter and came with the lights and bulbs. I used this arrow scrapbook paper to jazz them up a bit.

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I’m still working on my gallery wall and made sure to mostly use pieces that I love – which I’m a strong advocate of. I often talk on Periscope (download the app and follow me!) about how to decorate your home and one of the things I always mention is:

I use my worktable for sewing and crafting, but I can also use it for small dinner parties. I bought these cute chairs in the perfect color, bringing in the blue from my living room.

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Some of these pieces used to be in my living room, but I’m making some changes there for the holiday season. The zebra art with leopard matting is probably my favorite item in my home.

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I was given this black candle a couple years ago in my first gift swap. I’ve always loved it. The wooden figure is a gift from a friend’s father. He bought it when he worked in Africa.

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I placed more air plants on top of some rocks in my cute pink bowl.

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I made this cork board with wood, cork drawer liner, and white fabric. I then used decorative nailheads to swag it out a bit. I LOVE how it turned out. I’m one of those people that absolutely have to have some sort of corkboard (or magnetic board). If not, I’m a total mess.

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My super cute Whitney J Decor mug. I’ve cracked it, but always keep it close to me. Now, I use it for just about whatever: pens, paperclips, and just random little items.

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***Organized Living sent me the FreedomRail system to review, but opinions and photos are 100% mine. I am IN LOVE with my new office and recommend the FreedomRail system to anyone looking to organized their home (not just the office).***

So, what do you think? 100% improvement from before, right? Would the FreedomRail system work in your home office? I’d love to know! Drop me a comment below!

 

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114 Comments on My Apartment: Small Home Office/Dining Room Reveal

    • Whitney
      September 18, 2015 at 2:49 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you doll!!

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  1. Denetra
    September 19, 2015 at 1:27 pm (2 years ago)

    OMG!!! I’m in LOVE!!! I love it all! So creative and gorgeous!!

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    • Whitney
      September 20, 2015 at 10:50 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Denetra!

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  2. Tesha
    September 21, 2015 at 7:22 pm (2 years ago)

    I would love to have a separate workspace in my home. Lovely space and great tips!

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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 3:12 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Tesha!

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  3. Yolanda Rooney
    September 23, 2015 at 6:49 am (2 years ago)

    That looks amazing! I bet you love being in there now! I love seeing small space transformations as I have a small space myself 😉

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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Yolanda!

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  4. Erin@liveprettyonapenny
    September 23, 2015 at 11:19 am (2 years ago)

    You office looks great. I love looking at pretty organized spaces. I bet you love being able to find everything you need so much easier. It definitely reduces stress levels.

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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm (1 year ago)

      For sure, Erin! I’m so much more organized, I can’t even describe the feeling I get when it’s time to work. Thanks so much for dropping by!

      Reply
  5. Shashi at RunninSrilankan
    September 23, 2015 at 1:46 pm (2 years ago)

    You did a phenomenal job organizing your home office! Love how clean and open everything looks in the “after” pics! I think I need you to come help me with mine – I’ll even bake you cookies! 🙂
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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 3:10 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Shashi!! I’d gladly help! It’s funny, because I am baking cookies RIGHT NOW! I’ll gladly have yours, too, so let me know when you’re ready! LOL

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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 3:09 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Anne!

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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 3:09 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Amanda!

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  6. Zoe
    September 23, 2015 at 6:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this and definitely 100% better!
    Hope your super proud of yourself!
    I’d probably see liners in the basket (if I knew how!) as I like less clutter but my friends like that look- it inspires them.
    Well done you! You’ve inspired me to have a good old sort through too 🙂

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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 3:09 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you, Zoe!! Having the baskets are definitely inspiring for design projects, I can simple see what the fabrics from the outside. And, it’s so great with a fabric “jumps out at me” and can be the starting point for a color scheme. Thanks for dropping by!

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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 3:07 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Monica!!

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  7. Bryce Rae
    September 23, 2015 at 9:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Well Done.
    Looks like things are very well organised now with the likes of your baskets.
    I’m sure it will now be a better place to work. Better than the Sofa as well.

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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 3:06 pm (1 year ago)

      Yes, so much better! But, to be honest, I’m still doing some work on the sofa, I guess my body has to get used to being back at a desk. But, at least I still have an organized place to keep all my files and daily tasks sheets. Don’t have to drag them in my living room as before!

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  8. Tenacious Little Terrier
    September 24, 2015 at 12:25 am (2 years ago)

    Your office looks amazing after the makeover and I love that vase and plant you have.

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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 3:05 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much!

      Reply
  9. jacqulyn Munns
    September 24, 2015 at 1:33 pm (2 years ago)

    I am in the midst of a similar project with my craft room. I really love the baskets. I may have to borrow a few ideas from you. Looks like a fabulous place to work.
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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 3:04 pm (1 year ago)

      Hey Jacqulyn! Thanks for your lovely comment. It’s 100% better to work here than before. I know where everything is and it just looks a whole lot prettier. Thanks for dropping by! Good luck with your craft room!

      Reply
  10. Jen
    September 24, 2015 at 4:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow! You’ve inspired me to get off my booty & clean up my office space too! I LOVE what you did! Creative & organized – perfection! 🙂

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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 3:03 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much, Jen!

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  11. Mary Etta McCurdy
    September 24, 2015 at 4:38 pm (2 years ago)

    You knocked it out of the park. Talk about living up to the Organized Living challenge. I’m impressed. And, I think fabric liners would be a nice touch. Something with black would calm all of the fabric color swatches down a bit. Beautiful office.

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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 3:03 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Mary! I was initially thinking the same thing about the fabric liners, but now I’m thinking about going with a very light, white linen. I thought I would be okay with seeing the fabrics all the time, but now they’re starting to irk me a bit! Thanks for dropping by!

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  12. Kirsten @ Treat Yourself Sweeter
    September 24, 2015 at 6:20 pm (2 years ago)

    You’ve got some beautiful pieces! I love that little easel. You have done a fab job… it looks so organised!!

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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 3:01 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you, Kirsten! The easel came from Home Depot. Thanks for dropping by!

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  13. Carla A
    September 24, 2015 at 8:22 pm (2 years ago)

    What an impressive “after” you should be proud of a job well, well done!

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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 3:01 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you, Carla!

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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 3:01 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you, April! A well-organized home office certainly motivates you to get more work done, so I’m glad to have been able to redo my space! Thanks for dropping in!

      Reply
    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much, Reelika! It was so hard getting good photos, because the lighting in my apartment is pretty bad. But, nothing my umbrella lights couldn’t help out with! Thanks for dropping by!

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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 2:59 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Jessica!

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  14. Alexa Jones
    September 25, 2015 at 9:19 am (2 years ago)

    I love the office space it’s very modern and crisp. Love all the white and the pops of color.

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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 2:58 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks sissy!!

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  15. Jebbica
    September 25, 2015 at 11:15 am (2 years ago)

    Looks so great! I love the decorations! I wish I could do stuff like that…I just have no decorating sense whatsoever. I live for functional but when it comes time to make something pretty? No clues! It basically looks like a college radio DJ and a college gamer live at my house, lol. And both of those imaginary people are boys.
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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 2:58 pm (1 year ago)

      LOL, thanks so much Jebbica! If you need help, I’d love to give you some ideas to fit your space. Thanks for dropping by!!

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  16. Grace
    September 25, 2015 at 2:45 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, what a difference! It looks so bright and organized and inviting now! I love all the art and inspiration you’ve got as well. My “home office” is just a computer desk in the living room, haha. I may have to do some redecorating now as well.
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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 2:37 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Grace! I love my new space and always look forward to working in it! There are ways to make your area work for you. Even though you’re in a small spot in your living room, you can use the wall space above your computer desk or even build a small 4′ system similar to mine with the FreedomRail components. If you need some help brainstorming, let me know! Thanks for dropping by!

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  17. Pam
    September 26, 2015 at 8:33 am (1 year ago)

    Wow you really transformed that space. I love everything about it. What a difference. I am an organized person to a fault and so things like this, excite me, lol. You have so many clever little ideas to make this space your own and to show your personality. And yes, I would use the FreedomRail system.

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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 2:33 pm (1 year ago)

      Awesome! What I love most about the FreedomRail system is the versatility. I love that I can switch things without having to actually make additional holes in the wall. Just rearrange the components that I already have or buy more to add to the system. Easy peasy. Thank you so much for dropping by!

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  18. Melody
    September 26, 2015 at 11:25 am (1 year ago)

    Your home office is my office goals.I’m moving out with my other half in a month and the first thing I want to do is decorate my home office yes not the bedroom bathroom or kitchen my home office lol thanks for the good pointers.I’m going to pin this so I can look back and figure it out thanks.

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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm (1 year ago)

      I can definitely understand wanting to start with your home office. I mean, it’s the room I spend the most time in, so I had to make sure it was comfy and organized! Thanks for pinning this post!

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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 2:29 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Shalama!

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  19. Val
    September 26, 2015 at 9:53 pm (1 year ago)

    Your workspace is gorgeous!

    In fact, this makes me want to put it on the blog list for rehab in November. I love the wire drawers.
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    • Whitney
      September 27, 2015 at 2:28 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Val!! I LOVE the wire drawers, too! They’re so much more convenient for my fabric and tile samples. Thanks for dropping by!

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  20. Pam McCormick
    September 28, 2015 at 7:14 am (1 year ago)

    Wow! I’d love to work there. 🙂 I particularly like the leopard print cardboard boxes with attachments. You have inspired me to create a space that I can truly thrive in. 🙂
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    • Whitney
      September 28, 2015 at 10:23 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Pam. It means so much to know that my space inspires others as much as it inspires me! Thanks for dropping by!

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  21. Rachel
    September 28, 2015 at 1:14 pm (1 year ago)

    I like the open baskets with the fabric. It mixes up your color scheme. You created a nice mix of office with dining space.
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    • Whitney
      September 28, 2015 at 7:03 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Rachel!

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  22. Lana
    September 28, 2015 at 7:55 pm (1 year ago)

    Love what you’ve done the to space! Now as I am looking around me I realized the time has come for me to attack my living space. And I mean, attack! So much stuff needs to go, so much to declutter! I am bookmarking your 10 Days to an Organized Home, and starting now! Thank you for giving me a gentle push 🙂
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    • Whitney
      September 28, 2015 at 8:05 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Lana!! Please tweet me (@whitneyjdecor) when you start on the #10DaysOH challenge. I’d love to know how it goes for you!

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  23. Caitlin
    September 28, 2015 at 10:14 pm (1 year ago)

    This looks fantastic! So pretty AND functional. I just LOVE containers and enjoyed seeing how you used various kinds. ALSO, the little easel chalkboard is adorable! 🙂
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    • Whitney
      September 29, 2015 at 12:32 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much!! The easel came from the Home Depot!

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    • Whitney
      September 29, 2015 at 12:32 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Karissa!

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    • Whitney
      September 29, 2015 at 1:09 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Dena!

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  24. Karen
    September 29, 2015 at 10:03 am (1 year ago)

    I Love the changes, my office is in desperate need of some organization, I bookmarked this to A) keep me motivated and B) give me ideas 🙂
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    • Whitney
      September 29, 2015 at 1:09 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks for saving, Karen!!

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    • Whitney
      September 29, 2015 at 1:10 pm (1 year ago)

      Your comment made my day, Kimberly!! Thank you!

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    • Whitney
      September 29, 2015 at 11:56 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Angela!!

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  25. April Ockerman
    September 29, 2015 at 2:57 pm (1 year ago)

    I can completely relate with the before office photo, in fact yours is no where need as bad as mine is at the moment. Can you come do my office just like yours! I dig your style
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    • Whitney
      September 29, 2015 at 11:57 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you, April!! I would so love to come do your office! LOL

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  26. Jill
    September 29, 2015 at 5:05 pm (1 year ago)

    Love this!!! Your space is so pretty!!! I need to steal your idea to put scrapbook paper on cardboard boxes, how clever!!
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    • Whitney
      September 30, 2015 at 12:00 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you, Jill!! Scrapbook on the cardboard boxes is also very cheap!

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  27. Natalie
    September 29, 2015 at 8:03 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow, what a change! Your office area looks fantastic, and I love your style! I am totally void of any decorating talents, these are such cute ideas. I will have to implement some of these in my own space 🙂
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    • Whitney
      September 30, 2015 at 12:01 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Natalie!

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  28. The Levantess
    September 29, 2015 at 8:39 pm (1 year ago)

    That is a complete transformation. Those ropey handles would have given me anxiety, whereas the new system is so calming. Enjoy 🙂
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    • Whitney
      September 30, 2015 at 12:02 am (1 year ago)

      LOL, you’re so right! That bookcase was one of the reasons why I hated to work in the previous space. Thanks for dropping by!

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    • Whitney
      September 30, 2015 at 12:03 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Erica! So far, I have been having some really productive days. I hope I can keep it up. Thanks for dropping by!

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  29. Sam Sly
    September 29, 2015 at 10:21 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow! What a transformation! I need to make over my home office (a desk and shelf in a corner of my living room).
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    • Whitney
      September 30, 2015 at 12:05 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks for dropping by, Sam! You can definitely make your small corner work with the right systems and a plan.

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    • Whitney
      September 30, 2015 at 12:06 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Maria!

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  30. Lindi Mogale
    September 30, 2015 at 9:47 am (1 year ago)

    A lovely transformation , I just moved house and need to setup my home office but have not been inspired enough thank you for this

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    • Whitney
      October 3, 2015 at 12:18 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Lindi! So, glad to know that you’re inspired!

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  31. Debbie Thompson
    September 30, 2015 at 12:28 pm (1 year ago)

    That looks fantastic! My son recently left for college and I’ve got my eyes on his room for my office 🙂 I’ll be remembering some of your ideas! I really like the wire drawers, the plants, and the furs…. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Whitney
      October 3, 2015 at 12:18 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you, Debbie!

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  32. Malorie
    September 30, 2015 at 4:12 pm (1 year ago)

    What a huge difference!!! I love your office & I really love your chair. It looks so comfy.

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    • Whitney
      October 3, 2015 at 12:17 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Malorie!

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  33. Jere'
    September 30, 2015 at 6:49 pm (1 year ago)

    It’s crazy that we let things get so cluttered, but I think you have to get to that point and then do that complete makeover like you did to know what you need and where to put stuff. You office is amazing.

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    • Whitney
      October 3, 2015 at 12:16 am (1 year ago)

      You’re very sweet, Jere! Thank you!

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    • Whitney
      October 3, 2015 at 12:15 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Aimee! I’d definitely come and do yours next!

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  34. Ayana Pitterson
    September 30, 2015 at 10:05 pm (1 year ago)

    This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! I am definitely taking some ideas from here as I do have a small office space and would love to capitalize on every inch of the room. Beautiful and congrats on this.

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    • Whitney
      October 3, 2015 at 12:14 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Ayana!! Good luck with your office space! Definitely check back and subscribe to the blog to get more office tips and ideas.

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  35. Adrienne
    September 30, 2015 at 10:50 pm (1 year ago)

    I love how you have transformed your office and eating space! I’m working on decluttering our home. It’s slow going. I’m determined to get it done. Thanks for sharing your space! ~Adrienne
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    • Whitney
      October 3, 2015 at 12:14 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Adrienne!!

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  36. Jill
    October 1, 2015 at 7:17 pm (1 year ago)

    I love your redesign and although I can’t use it in my current apartment, you’ve given me a few ideas for things I do need to do. I love the baskets without lining; gives it a more industrial feel, I think. Excellent blend of color, space use, design and personal flare! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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    • Whitney
      October 3, 2015 at 12:13 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Jill!

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  37. TootsNYC
    November 9, 2015 at 10:23 am (1 year ago)

    Lovely job! Isn’t it funny how the unorganized stuff seems to “slump” and all end up down on the floor, and then the top of the room seems so incredibly empty? And the room feels “slumpy” and the energy just bogs down.

    When i saw your “before” pic, my first thought was, “ooh, build up–you need shelves that take things *up*!”

    My one wish for you is that you could create some “visual calm” on the shelf with the fabric sample books. The top handles drape all over the place and make it look so much more messy than it is. Can you put a curtain down the front, or snip the handles, or even just fold double them over on one another so they don’t drape, a nd then secure with an extra-tight cable tie?

    Then each book would have a single tidy-ish black line across it instead of all these multiple black loops draping everywhere.

    If I’m not mistaken, the loops are mostly for hanging the books, right?

    I suppose that’s another way you could handle them; putting long hooks in the back of the bookcase. But that wouldn’t make them accessible. This structure (lying on their backs) means you can grab any one of them.

    I’m so glad you were able to get a work/dining table into the room! I’m just a home sewer and crafter, and I do all my work (and kids’ costume fabrication) on the dining-room table. I wouldn’t be able to do anything if I didn’t have that workspace!

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    • Whitney
      November 9, 2015 at 2:33 pm (1 year ago)

      Hey Toots!
      I had to take a double look at my shelves, and you’re right it does look a tad bit messy (looks a bit messier than they do on the photo, too). Thank you for all the tips, they would totally work if the loops bothered me. But, they’re not that bad, to me. I can totally see them bothering a super neat person, though. The thing is, I use these books almost every day, so it’s a lot easier to just pull them off the shelf and put them back without trying to line up the loop handles. Trying to keep them really neat would be a lot of work. That’s why I got rid of half of them. Still, I’ll probably be side-eyeing them a bit after this comment, LOL. Thanks for dropping by!

      Whitney

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  38. Amy
    November 9, 2015 at 10:56 pm (1 year ago)

    Really like the organizational changes.

    Your last shot of your dining room got me thinking it would be nice if you had some sort of effortless, curtain you could pull across during non-work hours – help your turn off and make it more of a dining room for when guests are their. Maybe gauzy curtain, metal bead chains, something that fits your style, takes no space, doesn’t intrude when not in use, etc.

    Someone might have already suggested this. Number of comments have been too many for me to read them all!!

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    • Whitney
      November 11, 2015 at 12:43 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks for your suggestions, Amy!! I thought about maybe using a light-weight linen curtain hung from the ceiling, but I prefer the openness and didn’t think it would be worth the hassle. I may revisit this idea, though, now that the holidays are among us!

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  39. Charles Bolton
    March 26, 2016 at 4:11 am (1 year ago)

    I love the overall transformation of your home office space. It is creatively design which is very conducive for working at home. I believe that office space design should be a reflection of who you are, because designing it is based on your preference and personality.

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    • Whitney
      April 2, 2016 at 5:34 pm (12 months ago)

      I definitely agree, Charles! Thanks so much!

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  40. Ijeoma Eboh
    May 13, 2016 at 7:09 pm (11 months ago)

    I’m all the way late but this is everything!!! I’m moving in the next few weeks and as I’m looking at apartments I’ve been trying to figure out how to fully sacrifice a dining room for an office, but I don’t have to. I LOVE this! #BLMGirl

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