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Week 1: Home Office Makeover – Vibrant, Bright, and Bold With a Touch of Farmhouse

When E and I were house hunting, one of our musts was to have a minimum of 4 bedrooms.  Nope, not so that when our families came to visit us they would have somewhere to stay, but because we had plans for each of those rooms.  Our Realtor did a wonderful job and found a house with 5 bedrooms and it’s perfect! 

One of these bedrooms is being used for my home office.  Y’all I’ve been pee piddlin’ with that room now for almost a year!  Yes, I know, it’s ridiculous!  I do one thing and move on to another part of the house, but no more.  I need y’all to help hold me accountable.  I’m giving myself the next 4 weeks to get this room done. Yep, 4 weeks. I know those 4 weeks are going to go fast and we have family coming into town, but I’m bound and determined to have this room completely finished!

Each week for the next 4 weeks, I’ll post about my progress and on week 4, I’ll reveal my home office makeover!  Having you on this makeover journey with me is going to be so much fun.  I’m excited!

The Room

So my home office is a bedroom across the hall from our guest bedroom.  I chose this room because it has the most light.  I take a lot of pictures and natural lighting is always the best.  Plus, when I’m working on a project, I need as much light as I can get.

It’s a good sized room at 12 x 14 giving me plenty of room for all the furniture and craft areas.  There’s is nothing special or spectacular about this room right now.  It’s a very pale yellow, has 2 windows, a closet and that’s about it!  But what I have planned for this room is going to bring it to life!

Home Office Makeover Decor Plans

The first thing I do when it comes to decorating a room is to come up with 3-5 words to describe that room.  I call them my Room Words. Everything involving the decor of that room has to fit those words.  If it doesn’t, it’s not happening!

Next is a mood board.  You can’t just start throwing a room together!  To start the decorating process, I create a secret board on Pinterest and just start pinning anything I see that I like.  When you do this, eventually, you’ll start to see patterns and it’s from there that you can create your mood board.  If your ideas and styles change, that’s okay, but it’s a good idea to have a guide and that’s where your mood board comes in handy.  It keeps you on track!

Things on your mood board don’t have to be the exact decor you want in your room.  It can be on your board because you like the colors, the concept, or the piece so don’t limit yourself based on that.

Home Office Makeover Mood Board

You can see my mood board below with my colors.  As you can see, I’m going for bold, vibrant colors.  I love color and since this is going to be my room, I’m going to make it just as I would like!

Home office mood board

Thank you to the Pinterest boards of The Zoe Report, Decoration for House, DIY Joy, Love Create Celebrate, Home Lovr, and Centsational Girl for the inspiration!


  • Since this room is going to be so full of color, I’m going to do the reverse and have pops of white accessories.  I think that will be so much fun!
  • All furniture will be colored and modern 
  • I ‘ll have some type of wall decal lettering, but not sure what at this time.
  • An accent wall..either painted or wallpaper
  • The main wall color will be gold
  • A seating area with 2 oversized chairs with pillows of different textures

So that’s my plan for my home office makeover!  Thanks so much for joining me and I’ll see you next week with my progress report!

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81 Comments… add one
  • Vanessa 07/26/2017, 7:28 AM

    Awesome! I love a good office makeover! The inspiration board is great and I can’t wait to see the results!

    • Lynn 07/26/2017, 4:26 PM

      Thanks, Vanessa! When I was looking for inspiration I saw so many amazing offices.

  • Andrea Schwartz 07/26/2017, 8:49 AM

    That will be so cute! My home office is a cluttered train wreck. I can’t wait to see your progress. Have fun!

    • Lynn 07/26/2017, 4:26 PM

      Andrea, that’s how I feel mine is too! Thanks for helping to keep me accountable!

  • Leighann 07/26/2017, 9:13 AM

    I love the mood board, I can’t wait to see how it turns out! THe pops of white will look great!

    • Lynn 07/26/2017, 4:25 PM

      Thanks, Leighann. I was a bit hesitant at first, about the pops of white and then decided I would go for it. I think it’s what the room will need to break up all of those colors.

  • Rose 07/26/2017, 10:17 AM

    Your mood board looks great! I’m all about color, too. I look forward to seeing your progress with the office.

    • Lynn 07/26/2017, 4:24 PM

      Thanks! I just love colors, Rose (although, sometimes I can go a bit overboard). πŸ™‚

  • Lisa 07/26/2017, 11:06 AM

    Can’t wait to see what you do with your office. A workspace that we love is so important for our productivity too so I know you are going to just love it after the makeover is complete. I have just started working on my office and your Room makeover checklist is just what I need!

    • Lynn 07/26/2017, 4:23 PM

      Good luck with your makeover, Lisa! I can’t wait to see it!

  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries 07/26/2017, 12:20 PM

    Can’t wait to see how the office turns out. This looks like it’s going to be so happy, organized, and cheerful!

    • Lynn 07/26/2017, 4:23 PM

      Thanks, Corey! That’s definitely my goal.

  • Joline 07/26/2017, 3:56 PM

    I look around at my own home office as I sit here reading this and I realize this space needs a makeover too! Looking forward to seeing how yours go πŸ™‚

    • Lynn 07/26/2017, 4:22 PM

      Thanks, Joline. I got so tired of seeing pieces of it done here and there. You should go for it! πŸ™‚

  • Gloria Harvley 07/26/2017, 5:09 PM

    I love the ideas for your Home Office! I’m trying to decorate mine now and your ideas are awesome!

    • Lynn 07/27/2017, 4:20 PM

      Oh fun, Gloria! Please share when you’re done. πŸ™‚

  • Lauren 07/26/2017, 5:52 PM

    Ohhh yessss! I’m loving this. I can’t wait to see how this turns out. This is giving me major inspo. I need to do an office makeover too. πŸ™‚

    • Lynn 07/27/2017, 4:20 PM

      Thanks, Lauren! Having one thing done here and there was driving me crazy!

  • Elise Cohen Ho 07/26/2017, 6:07 PM

    I love your mood board. I think I will do that for some areas we are redecorating
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    • Lynn 07/27/2017, 4:21 PM

      Great, Elise! Good luck with your decorating.

  • Shevoneese McFarlane 07/26/2017, 6:39 PM

    Can’t wait to see the results. I’m in the process of decorating mine as well.

    • Lynn 07/27/2017, 4:21 PM

      Shevoneese, good luck! Please share when you’re done. Would love to see!

  • Naomi 07/26/2017, 6:49 PM

    I love the layout of this post, and your charismatic personality in your writing made my day reading about your home makeover!!

    • Lynn 07/27/2017, 4:22 PM

      Awwww, thanks so much Naomi. And thanks for stopping by!

  • Michele 07/26/2017, 7:06 PM

    Those are some great ideas. I cannot wait to have my own house with a room so I can have a productive room to write in. Good luck with your office.
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    • Lynn 07/27/2017, 4:22 PM

      Thanks so much, Michele!

  • Deena 07/26/2017, 7:12 PM

    How fun! I am still in process of making over my office. I love that you have so much light for picture taking! It’s good that you have a deadline for finishing it, I need to give myself a deadline as well!

    • Lynn 07/27/2017, 4:23 PM

      Deena, it’s been almost a year. I had to make myself stay focused and stop working on other rooms! lol. Good luck with your office and I’d love to see it once you’re done!

  • Kelsee Reed 07/26/2017, 7:23 PM

    Love all the color!

    • Lynn 07/27/2017, 4:23 PM

      Thanks, Kelsee!

  • Jenn 07/26/2017, 7:26 PM

    I like that you’ll have your own space other than your bedroom. I also like you’re going to make it colorful and modern!

    • Lynn 07/27/2017, 4:24 PM

      Yes, I was so glad we were able to find a house that would allow us to each have our own offices. Can you imagine sharing an office like this with my husband? It would have never worked! lol

  • Robin 07/26/2017, 8:20 PM

    So exciting! I wish I had thought about light more when I was choosing which room to turn into an office. We took the two brightest rooms and made them into bedrooms, and the office is a little dark. That, plus the clutter that always accumulates on the desk, and the lack of comfy seating keep me from working in there much. I need to get on that–you have me inspired!

    • Lynn 07/27/2017, 4:25 PM

      Robin, I’m so bad about the clutter on the desk. I’m hoping once I’m done with the makeover, I’ll be better about that!

  • ananda 07/27/2017, 1:25 AM

    great looking mood board! i love that desk! looking forward to the makeover!

    • Lynn 07/27/2017, 4:25 PM

      Thanks, Ananda!

  • Jen 07/27/2017, 9:54 AM

    I love your idea board! Looking forward to the reveal!

    • Lynn 07/27/2017, 4:25 PM

      Thanks, Jen!

  • Terri Steffes 07/27/2017, 11:03 AM

    I love the mood board. I need to give that a try. Loving your choices!
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    • Lynn 07/27/2017, 4:25 PM

      Thaks, Terri!

  • Claire - StartACraftBlog 07/27/2017, 12:10 PM

    That’s a great colour choice and I’m totally obsessed with those bright, colourful storage boxes in your moodboard! Can’t wait to see the finished room πŸ™‚

    • Lynn 07/27/2017, 4:26 PM

      Yes, aren’t those wonderful, Claire? I loved them too!

  • Jessica 07/27/2017, 12:15 PM

    Love this, the colors and whole plan look great!

    • Lynn 07/27/2017, 4:26 PM

      Thanks, Jessica!

  • Bianca 07/27/2017, 3:44 PM

    It’s refreshing to see rooms with color in it! Everything is so minimalistic now.

    • Lynn 07/27/2017, 4:27 PM

      I like minimalism in certain rooms, but in my office, I love color so much I needed it to be bold. Thanks for stopping by, Bianca!

  • rachel 07/27/2017, 3:50 PM

    good luck with the decorating i reckon it’s going to look great!

    • Lynn 07/27/2017, 4:27 PM

      Thanks, Rachel!

  • Christine C 07/27/2017, 3:53 PM

    You’re off to a great start! That room is definitely going to be bright and cheerful! I loved making over my office a few years ago.
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    • Lynn 07/27/2017, 4:27 PM

      Thanks, Christine!

  • The Crumby Vegan 07/27/2017, 4:12 PM

    Oh I love your mood board! That yellow is so fantastic… And bold. You’re so brave when it comes to colour
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    • Lynn 07/27/2017, 4:28 PM

      Thank you! Yes, that yellow is so happy. You just can’t be in a room with that color and not be happy! πŸ™‚

  • Neelie 07/27/2017, 6:43 PM

    Love this idea for a post and a big fan of the mood board! Can’t wait to see the next steps!

  • Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms 07/27/2017, 8:06 PM

    Love those colors! This will look fantastic!

  • Melissa 07/27/2017, 9:24 PM

    I’m most looking forward to seeing what paint colors you choose Lynn! It’s going to be fabulous I’m sure!

  • Leanna 07/28/2017, 12:51 AM

    Really like the idea of lots of colour with pops of white. So different. I look forward to your posts as you go along.

  • D'Ana Joi 07/28/2017, 2:09 AM

    Hi Lyn! I have a whole Pintrest board dedicated to my desire to have a home office one day. I’m in a one bedroom apartment right now that I share with my boyfriend, but one day I hope we have a home big enough for me to have a bright beautiful room like yours to work (and play) in!

  • Ophelia Tang 07/28/2017, 2:32 AM

    The bright color is very warm and a great choice to use in a office. I love the makeover. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anchal 07/28/2017, 7:55 AM

    Love the interiors. Best of luck πŸ™‚

  • Emy 07/28/2017, 9:01 AM

    I love all of the color you’re using! Can’t wait to see how your room turns out!

  • Nicole 07/28/2017, 8:10 PM

    I love your mood board color choices! This is going to look fabulous, can’t wait to see your room once it’s done.
    Thanks for sharing your home office makeover ideas at the #HomeMattersParty this week!

    • Lynn 07/31/2017, 4:35 PM

      Thanks, Nicole! I can’t wait for the reveal. It’s a lot of work, but I’m excited for it to be finished.

  • Louann Kristy 07/29/2017, 12:52 PM

    I must keep checking back to see how it comes out ! How exciting ! I love the reverse with white accessories !
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    • Lynn 07/31/2017, 4:37 PM

      Thanks, Louann!

  • Shelby @Fitasamamabear 07/29/2017, 1:28 PM

    Ah I love it! So exciting to have a whole new style to work in- you’ll be so refreshed and ready to jump in.
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  • Shell 07/29/2017, 4:56 PM

    I love room makeovers!! So much fun and everything feels new again!!

  • Megan @ Ginger Mom 07/29/2017, 9:23 PM

    I love your ideas! A home office has been on my wishlist for a long time. I can’t wait to see what you do with yours!
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    • Lynn 07/31/2017, 4:43 PM

      Thanks, Megan!

  • Chevelle 07/31/2017, 12:43 AM

    I love your inspiration board! You are going to put together a beautiful room!

    • Lynn 07/31/2017, 4:41 PM

      Thanks so much, Chevelle!

  • Emily @DomesticDeadline.com 07/31/2017, 9:53 AM

    Can’t wait to see your progress. I find blogging about it helps me stay on track for my projects too! Speaking of which, I need to write an update for my kitchen project now, lol! #HomeMattersParty
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    • Lynn 07/31/2017, 4:41 PM

      LOL….It does help you stay on track. When I think about running off to work on another project, I can’t because I’ve made this public and now people know! LOL. Can’t wait to see your kitchen update.

  • Donna @ Modern on Monticello 07/31/2017, 3:47 PM

    I am so excited to see what you do with YOUR space! The mood board is such a great start. #HomeMattersParty

  • Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai 07/31/2017, 4:47 PM

    Love that yellow! Rory’s bedroom is yellow, and it is so cheerful. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty πŸ™‚

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  • Kate Evans 08/03/2017, 2:28 AM

    Hello Lynn, I was looking for an inspiration for my new home and I found it finally. I loved this post. This is looking so cute. I can’t wait to turn my home and office. This is a helpful post for me. Thanks and keep posting with us.

    • Lynn 08/04/2017, 4:02 PM

      Thanks, Kate. I’m so happy to hear it was helpful!

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