Home Office Makeover Reveal

I feel like I say this about every project but truly this home office makeover reveal was a long time coming. It gave me a fit. And by fit, I mean, it really challenged my nerves. And by challenged my nerves, I mean, there were tears involved. Several. Times.

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It’s not that I didn’t have confidence in my abilities. I knew I could make the place special. It was because I wanted to make it SO special that I got off track some how.

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I thought for sure I would “take the ‘net by storm” with my ideas and “wow ‘em” with my grand visions of reclaimed wood paneled walls.

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But the more spun up I got over a window that was not centered, a treadmill that only made it out of the room because we took the side covers off and a cable hook up that threatened to “ruin the entire operation” the more I lost track of who I was really building this space around.

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I know. I feel awful for even writing it much less saying it out loud.

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I was walking out of the room in a fit of frustration when I caught a glimpse of the bushes right outside the window. They were blowing in the wind and it was in that moment I got back on track. The bushes, normally well manicured, had taken a back seat to address the growing demands of this blogger’s life.

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I went back in the room with a fresh perspective and renewed sense of creativity.  I incorporated cherished family favorites with thrift store finds.  I was intentional about using pieces that recalled days spent playing tennis, kayaking down the Colorado River, snowboarding in Whistler and a love of pottery and trees.

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In the end, it all came together in one afternoon.  So far, the treadmill has not found a new home and the filing cabinets have yet to arrive.  I’ve learned it’s not about creating a “perfect” space but creating an environment that crafts a sense of freedom and builds an appreciation for the person that fills this space.

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Many blessings for a happy weekend,




  1. says

    Dearest CoCo-

    You have created a thoughtful, special room. I love how you managed to incorporate your vintage style and vision all the while keeping the room owners personal life and style in mind.

    Your antique furniture selections are beautiful. I really like the geese on the wall.
    Well done!

  2. says

    Coco, what a beautiful and inspiring post. It moved me to tears (in a good way). Sometimes we become so focused on creating a room that others are going to pin and like on social media that we forget about who we are creating the room for. This room is beautiful because it is a respresentation of you and your family. I love all the special touches, the styling and the crendenza makeover that you have made in this room. Wonderful and beautiful job my friend. I am so very proud of you. Thank you so much for sharing. Love and Prayers. Renee

  3. Liz Bonin says

    CoCo, it’s awesome. Just as I knew it would be. Hugs to you for overcoming both fears and tears and finding the true path you needed to take. Love it. (But, just have to say, I would have loved reclaimed wood paneled walls for myself 😉 )❤️Liz

    • CoCo says

      Oh Liz, how I grieve that reclaimed wood paneled wall idea, you know I do. Thank you for being my cheerleader and friend! Thinking of you in NYC!

  4. says

    CoCo, your post beautifully written and the room is beautifully designed. It resonated with me when you said you saw the bushes outside the window had taken a backseat…wow. Yes, for me to. So glad you pushed through the challenges because the room is beautiful! Love the pieces you selected for it! Hugs!

    • CoCo says

      Angie, thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate them! It’s hard to push through things when you’re waiting on perfection but through this process I’ve realized that it’s not about perfection at all. It’s about creating a warm and functional space. Hugs right back to you sweet friend.

  5. says

    Coco, WOW I love your office and the vintage finds you incorporated into it. I was giggling because that happens to me sometimes (getting frustrated) and sometimes you have to walk away and come back, like you said. It looks amazing. have a great week, Lisa

    • CoCo says

      Lisa, walking away when you’re frustrated is one of my best decorating “tips” sometimes you just need a totally different perspective. Thanks so much for your sweet comments. I hope you have a great week as well!

    • CoCo says

      I really appreciate that, Kelly, thank you. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the craziness of perfection sometimes. I’m glad we give ourselves lots of grace!

  6. says

    I too love those geese! Your comment about wondering who you were building this space for rang a bell for me. I have been working on my office since returning from Atlanta, I started out painting it grey as that is such a popular color right now and I drool over other bloggers use of grey in their homes. I kept tweaking, and rearranging and just wasn’t happy with the room. I finally realized that I am a blue person!!! And I painted the room navy blue… and I love it.

    • CoCo says

      I love the geese too Jody! As soon as I saw them I knew they were coming home with me. I love navy blue too. I bet your room looks amazing because you kept tweaking it until your heart sang. I do that too 🙂