October 1, 2009

Formal living room turned home office!

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Do you have a formal living room?  And does anyone really use this space? 

 We did and the answer was NO!  So we recently got rid of our sofa in the living room, ditched the formal living room and made it a Home Office!  After all our great room is leads right into this room and this is where we spend most of our time.

The first piece of furniture we needed was a large desk to for our computer, lamp and other office supplies.  I looked everywhere and all I found were bulky, executive desks that cost at least $2,000 or more!


Here's the desk I found! Well technically it's not a desk, it's actually a Dining Room table from World Market with clean modern lines.   And the price compared to those other desks I had seen...far less than half!


The only downside with this new table is the lack of storage. So the Hubby and I devised a plan, putting file boxes in the hallway closet, and keeping clutter to a minimum. So far, we love it!

So a fabulous find inspires a thrifty home office makeover, without breakin' the bank.  We love this space and haven't missed the formal living room one bit!



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30 comments:

  1. I love that last picture, Jane, showing the whole area! I love that you rethought the use of the dining room table from World Market as a desk. It makes sense because I like a large work surface too. The prints are great! Did your hubby just print them out on regular copy paper? They really look good over the desk, too. Love prints like that.

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  2. Love your botanical prints and the table/desk is fantastic. I've linked up friend! Thanks for hosting.

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  3. I love your botanical prints. Thanks so much for linking us to the Vintage Printables website, I can't wait to go explore!

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  4. I love those prints! I wish we had more of a 'home office' but, alas, it's turned into a 'guest room in progress' and the 'office' has moved to the living room. :| Oh well, These prints would look good anywhere! (and I giggled at the diet coke.... I can't help it, I get my all my powers from diet coke!) haha... :P

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  5. I love Vintage Printables, I have found great stuff on their site. Yours botanical prints look great framed. Thanks for hosting, this is my first time joining Frugalicious Friday.

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  6. You have impecible taste. Thanks for sharing it. Great blog. Keri

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  7. Those prints were great finds!
    Also, I love dining tables as desks. I'm a girl who love to spread out while I work :).

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  8. Using the table as a desk is a great idea! We are currently looking for a new desk and that definitely gives us more options.

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  9. Love your office space! I wish I could keep mine so organized and clean. I'm glad I found you and you can be sure I will be back next Friday!

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  10. Thanks soooo much for sharing Vintage Printables...I didn't know about it...will be checking it out!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  11. Your botanical artwork looks great. Thanks for sharing the link!

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  12. I finally made it over here! Whew...what a crazy day. I linked and I posted your link on my blog. I hope everyone shares their fab fall style over here! Looking good so far! Go Jane with those awesome prints!!! LOVE Them!

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  13. ooooh - i am so excited to participate! my husband gets tired of hearing about my deals so it will be fun to share it with all these frugal women who actually care! ha!

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  14. Congratulations on a successful link party! And I definitely need to check out Vintage Printables... thank you!

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  15. Just found your wonderful site... thanks so much for the vintage art link... I can think of 3 projects already that I will be using that for... I baven't bought new in so long I can't remember what the inside of a mall looks like...

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  16. This is the first time I have heard of Vintage Printables. I have already bookmarked it. Thanks!

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  17. What wonderful artwork and then I note the word "FREE" and am stunned. Of course, you had a hand in this -- the framing was also very important. You ended up with a WONDERFUL wall grouping. I absolutely love it, and I'm so glad that you linked it to the boardwalk bragfest. I am going to be following you and bragging about you all day long. You are amazing!

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  18. I love the table as a desk and I love out of the box solutions like that.

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  19. The framed botanicals really work with your new desk. The space looks great! Thanks for the link to Vintage Printables too.
    Jane

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  20. Wow. Thanks for the heads up on the vintage printable site. Your office space looks great. laura@the mansion

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  21. those prints are so pretty. Scrolling through your pics, i thought "she's gonna decoupage those hutch doors..." just a thought - it might turn out really cute :)

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  22. oops! now i see that you sold it - oh well.

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  23. The prints are fabulous!!! And I love that you used a table for a desk. I think it looks better too.

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  24. I've recommended Vintage Printable many times, but have never used them myself. I plan on printing off some images now that I've seen this great arrangement.

    I'm your newest follower!

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  25. I have been wanting to do this. Just found 4 bamboo frames at Re-store for $1 each. Can't wait!

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  26. Hi,
    I just found your site and I really like it. I am becoming a follower!
    Bonnie

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  27. Jane I just found your site from Kathy's site. Thanx for sharing abt the printables. I am looking for some pics to frame in the living room!

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  28. Love this! Featured it today on my blog -- http://scrimpalicious.blogspot.com/2010/02/five-dollar-decor-framed-art.html

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  29. You're botanical print-outs are absolutely beautiful. I wish I could also do this to my home office. It was quite a while since I made some makeover. Thanks for the share. You're ideas are very well appreciated. Keep it up! Good Luck!

    Ellie

    furnished offices

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  30. I really enjoy the the color combination you use in your office. They compliment to each other and delivery a very soothing feeling.

    New York Office space

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