A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

My office is in need of some love. Since I work from home (my company is in Northern California and I’m lucky enough to not have to make that commute from San Diego more than every couple of months), I spend a good portion of my day there. It is my work-craft-play space. It holds equal amounts of company paperwork/portfolios (I’m the marketing director) as well as bolts of fabric, sewing supplies, balls of yarn, boxes of paints, you name it… so storage is a constant necessity.

I have this little corner in the office that was previously underutilized, and now boasts of a bit more storage for all of my random knick knacks.

New Office Floating Shelves | PepperDesignBlog.com

I love the look of floating shelves! The shelves don’t feel too ‘grounded’ in the space because they lack legs and a backing. It’s open, light and airy – perfect for a room that is currently overloaded with furniture on all sides (namely, two mid century dressers, bookcases and an oversized desk - a dining table that we cut down).

Styling and color inspiration from Pinterest (I couldn’t find the sourcing for any of these links which is such a bummer… but you can see the original pins on my Office pin board).

Office Shelving Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

I initially had plans to build these floating shelves myself since I couldn’t find anything in price range for the unique wall size of this corner. But then as I was inspecting a LACK unit from Ikea, I wondered about cutting down the long shelf to the correct size.

New Office Floating Shelves | PepperDesignBlog.com

I experimented with one, and it worked! Next came installation:

New Office Floating Shelves | PepperDesignBlog.com

For these to be even somewhat stable they must be connected to the wall through studs, so the trial and error took a bit. But all was finally finished and I had a new set of wall shelves.

New Office Floating Shelves | PepperDesignBlog.com

I noticed right away that these shelves weren’t going to be book holding, heavy basket toting shelves – it’s part the Ikea particle board from which they’re built, part the fact that they are bolted into just one wall (when exterior, below-the-shelf brackets would have possibly allowed for stabilizing from two walls), and part that we cut them down by about a foot, but they hold baskets of computer cords, balls of yarn and fabric swatches just fine.

New Office Floating Shelves | PepperDesignBlog.com

New Office Floating Shelves | PepperDesignBlog.com

I moved my gold lettering project in from the living room too. I think this is a great new home for my H O M E.

The baskets, magazine butlers and white stacking containers are from Ikea, the brown boxes from See Jane Work, the black and while sailing print a thrift store find, plants and containers from Green Your Air, wooden hand sculpture from TYPO.

New Office Floating Shelves | PepperDesignBlog.com

Here’s the other side of the office. We need some bright pops of color up in here!

Office-In-Progress | PepperDesignBlog.com

Next up, a newly covered office chair (in velvet, ooooooo so soft), some pretty art and a better filing system.

PS More Office Makeover posts (from the point that we tore those walls down to convert the space from an old kitchen into an office) here.

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