Lake House | Home Office "Before" Photos…

home office before photos

I shot a few photos the other day of my office decor progress and was editing them to share with you when I realized I never posted any “before” shots. So I went through my archives and found a few photos I took before we moved in, some while we were on a quick overnight visit, and then the day we moved in when it was full of boxes.

It was originally painted “Sandstone” like the rest of the house, but the ceiling beams were a darker taupe/peachy color {as you can see above and in a few below}… it was not great, but livable. I brought the vintage cowhide my stepdad gave me from his collection and my Warhol “Shoes” print on one of our trips up just to make it feel homey. It’s really sort of difficult to get a feeling for the room or the size without any furniture in it. But here goes…

home office before photos

This is the far end, where my desk, work table, dressers & closet are. You can see it a little here

home office before photos

Wood door is to my closet… The open door is to the bathroom…

home office before photos

Sliding glass door to the deck…

home office before photos

I face this area when sitting at my desk.

This house happened to have two master bedrooms, one upstairs and one down. The downstairs master bedroom off of the living room/great room and what you see here has the major walk in closet and larger bathroom and would make for a nice master bedroom, however it’s downstairs. And since there was another room upstairs, a little bigger in size but lacking the walk-in and with a smaller bathroom, it was an easy decision to make this the sort-of …love Maegan headquarters and keep the personal stuff upstairs. This is also nice if I have a crew over working or shooting in my office, as well as keeps work downstairs and sleeping upstairs. Finding a working home balance is not always easy.

What’s great about my job{s} is that they all include style, fashion, and/or beauty, so to have my closet and wardrobe right here next to my desk, as well as my bathroom and beauty essentials, makes it really really really functional. And I’m so lucky to have the space to work in as well.

In our last house, I kind of had no choice but to share an office with my closet/dressing room because there was really no other space for it. It was a much smaller house with small closets. {see my old home office/closet/dressing room here which I loved nonetheless} But whenever I was working on a project I’d have to drag all my supplies from the hall closet into the kitchen or dining room to work at a table, meanwhile spreading the mess throughout the house. Again, I’m so lucky to have this space now which houses everything from my shoes and underwear to my DIY supplies and fabric, as well as my desk and the old kitchen table to work on.

Here’s the walkway to my office from the living room/great room…

home office before photos

On a quick visit up and after beginning to paint the paneled walls in my closet {which looked like the wall above but 10 times darker} and complaining about how many coats of primer I was going to have to use {I’ll show you photos of that too, I can’t believe I haven’t actually!} my husband went out to get us food and randomly found a painter {Mike Zweber ~ Z Painting 909-273-0466}, who popped by the house 20 minutes later, gave us a quote, and we hired him to paint this room, the beams, and finish the closet I started {among other rooms in the house}. I had him paint the entire ceiling and beams white and chose Dunn Edwards “Silver City” for my office walls, which reads like a light gray with a hint of blue… unexpected but loved it.

home office before photos

We left Mike with the house keys to finish the work and didn’t see the house again until moving day a few weeks later. We packed our cars full and brought the dogs up and slept on an air mattress in the living room, watching DVD’s on my old computer. It was really sweet actually. When I look out the living room windows early in the mornings now, I get that same feeling I had that night.

Here’s what my office looked like after the new paint…

home office before photos

This random shelving unit was in my closet and I had the painters remove it for me because it was useless in there. Since it’s stained the same color as the trimwork in our living room, I’m now using it there as a console of sorts… You can see it here in the living room now

home office before photos

The movers arrived with our stuff the following morning and by the end of the day my office {and the rest of the house} looked a little like this…

home office before photos

home office before photos

home office before photos

Such a ginormous mess… it took me a few days to get started on this space, I honestly was like WTF do I even begin? But it has come together nicely and though not complete yet, I can’t wait to share it with you. It’s crazy to look back on these photos which seem like centuries ago but were only 5 months ago.

I’ll share my most recent “after” photos in a day or so 😉


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.



    May 9, 2013 |

    What a spread! Can’t wait to see what happens next. Something gorgeous I’ll bet.

    PS: Love seeing pictures of BeBop in his wheels. Everytime I see that I have to go back and watch the Roller skate song video. Such a sweetheart, that one 🙂

  • Emma Finlayson

    May 9, 2013 |

    I love before and after house photos!


  • fashion cadet

    May 9, 2013 |

    you’re office is so spacious, I love how it looks after the painting

  • jenn~the stylish housewife

    May 9, 2013 |

    Can’t wait to see the after pics! I have a wardrobe room/closet/office space that I BEGGED my husband to make for me. I promised to keep all of my clothes off the floor in our bedroom if he did that for me. Well, now I just have a room full of clothes/shoes/bags all over the place. In addition to the clothes still all over our bedroom. I WISH you could organize my closet room for me. Seriously. =)

    XOXO, Jenn
    The Stylish Housewife

  • Chris

    May 9, 2013 |

    I can’t wait to see what your space looks like now. I’ve always been interested in looking at layouts because they give me ideas on how else I can use my space better.

  • Anonymous

    May 9, 2013 |

    Love your carpeting, too! Is it slightly speckled? I’m looking for carpeting…..Also love all of the natural daylight in your space. So very refreshing….Thanks again for letting us post/comment! Have a beautiful day, Sunshine!

  • Holly

    May 10, 2013 |

    cant wait for the reveal! the space feels so light and clean.

  • Sagebrush Gazette

    May 11, 2013 |

    Wow! The difference between the before and after photos is amazing! Nice work. I’m so happy I found your blog!

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