Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My home office redo

The home office redecoration of My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki #office #redo #renovation #after

I have, from time to time, showcased my house in this blog. You've seen my living room in a few occasions, my bedroom, my dining spot, my outdoor (if you can call it this way) but not my office whatsoever (I guess this shot doesn't really count). Truth is I disliked my workspace. No, I actually hated it. And, funny enough, that's the exact space I spent the most time of my day in. 

The home office redecoration of My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki #office #redo #renovation #after
The home office redecoration of My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki #office #redo #renovation #after
The home office redecoration of My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki #office #redo #renovation #after

When I first moved into my current apartment I did some renovations and decorations but that was a pre-blogging phase of mine. That means that I spent little or no time thinking about interiors or, to be more precise, the kind of interiors I'd like to inhabit. So, I decided to have my home office painted a deep, muted orange and I picked dark wenge furniture. I ended up, as you can tell, working in a dark and moody room that even the strong Cretan sun couldn't do any favors.

The home office redecoration of My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki #office #redo #renovation #after
The home office redecoration of My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki #office #redo #renovation #after
The home office redecoration of My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki #office #redo #renovation #after

As time went by, and after hundreds of amazing offices I came across in the vast blogoshpere, I started to form an idea of what my perfect workspace design would be like. Staying a moment longer in my old office hurt as I just hated my surroundings so even more. How could a interior design blogger and architect work from an office that sparkles no inspiration and creativity whatsoever? The time for a change had come.

The home office redecoration of My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki #office #redo #renovation #after
The home office redecoration of My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki #office #redo #renovation #after
The home office redecoration of My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki #office #redo #renovation #after

First thing that had to be done was to get rid of the depressing orange. My dear B. spent a few good days painting over and over the dark hue until the walls shone a pure and refreshing white. I did a furniture rearrangement as well. I kept my old dark wood desk and my black leather chair (to comfy to miss) which looked completely new in their new environment. I placed them right next to the large window so I can finally see some sky when I look up (reminder: I live in a first floor apartment in the center of the city). I also restyled my bookcase thoroughly. I tried to decorate with neutral, black and white hues mostly and, of course, my necessary greens. Storage boxes and folders are the easiest way to stay within a color palette. My vintage type drawer finally found its place too! 

The home office redecoration of My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki #office #redo #renovation #after
The home office redecoration of My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki #office #redo #renovation #after

There are still plenty of things missing to call it a day. The white walls are empty and I'm considering of framing some favorite art prints or drawing something myself over the wall behind my back. I also need a floor lamp (or sconce?) next to the bookcase and a carpet. And, I guess, whatever comes in my mind (ahem, needs) in due time. 

The home office redecoration of My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki #office #redo #renovation #after
The home office redecoration of My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki #office #redo #renovation #after

These are two shots of the before situation, just to justify my position. So, what do you think? I'd love to hear some feedback from you =)

 The home office redecoration of My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki #office #redo #renovation #before


P.s. Yes, I know, you have still to see my kitchen and bathroom. Hopefully, the come next ;) Stay tuned.


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15 comments :

  1. Love it! evwn with the missing art & lamp. where was all this light before??
    Wishes for ''bright'' work from now on..

    P.s. : Kitchen first!! and please soon!

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  2. I'm really in love with your new office space, Eleni! What an inspiring place to work! I love the color coordinating of books and the plants you have going on - so perfect!! Love it!

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  3. ελενη, πολυ ωραια τα νεα, ωραια ομως ηταν και τα παλια!! αυτο το πορτοκαλοκαφε πολυ ζεστο. περισσοτερο νομιζω ηταν το οτι το χες βαρεθει παρα το οτι δεν ηταν ωραιο... με γεια!

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  4. Elini, your office became very cozy but I would recommend to remove the cactus with the stings. You should never have plants in your room with stings.

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  5. Really nice shots! Much better without the 'annoying orange' hue. Love the colour-gradient-book-organization!

    May I ask what font did you use in this post? It's just so pretty I couldn't resist asking!

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    1. Thanks Anna!
      The font you ask is called Dawning of a New Day.
      E.

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  6. What a beautiful Home Office!! We're a german business-magazin an promoted your Blogpost on our Facebook-Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/RoterReiterMagazin. Hope you like it! :-)

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  7. Very excited to see and read the new book! I know it will be brilliant!
    Best of Luck!
    Linda Shapiro

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  8. Hello! Ypor blog is the best. Look at this homes office. I hope you like them.
    http://larapitachic.blogspot.com.es/2013/09/el-teu-espai.html
    Thank you!!

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  9. I am also planning to change my office look and thus thinking to redecorate it. The ideas you have shared are wonderful and thus they will help me in my office room decoration. Thanks for the informative write up.

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  10. Two words: crisp and clean. Love how you have utilised a tin can and transform it into a pen and pencil storage. You took great photos, by the way.

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  11. I really liked your home office. This is quite impressive I would say. I am planning a similar one for myself as well.

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  12. Thanks for sharing this! I am actually in the middle of redoing my home office and I have been looking for some ideas to make it nice as possible. I have been looking at an adjustable desk that I can fit into my space since my old one is really getting beat up, so I am just going to replace it. How long did it take you to do all of the renovations?

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  13. Great work Eleni this is indeed a nice piece of art from you! I love how that opened can, can possibly be a useful one. I like the minimalist design of your hoe office! I have been searching for inspiration and I think this one will serve us well.

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  14. i like it! i am desperate to do the same for my newly bought unit at newest @ west coast in Singapore. I love the interior and all arrangements this will soothes my mood working while at my own place.

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