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Colorful Home Office Reveal

It’s done! Hooray!

Sheesh, this room took the longest (from start to complete) just because I wanted it to perfectly represent MY personality because it is MY room. When we had just one computer, it was more of a family room, but since we moved into this home 3 years ago (when this room held our only computer) we’ve acquired a laptop, iphones, ipads, chrome book, etc. So, it’s no longer the place for everyone to gather, it’s become my space, which I’m grateful to have because I know this is not the norm.  I never thought I’d have an office for myself….I never thought I’d need one!

We could never decide on what to call this room, either. In my family growing up, it was the study. In my husbands home, it was the den. We went back and forth, and I finally honed in on calling it the office (not even a craft room), a place to store my business related stuff and the big computer, too. So welcome to my Colorful Home Office Reveal!  I love the turquoise, pink, green, yellow, and teal colors–so happy!

Colorful Home Office Reveal

The color palate was inspired by this room I saw quite a while ago.

If you remember, my husband build the yellow desk (for under $50) over a year ago.  My green armoire used to hold our old school television, then we upgraded and my husband  made our Sliding Barn Door TV cover, so the armoire found a home in my office.

That’s also when I covered a table in tin foil, and repurposed a giant frame (the “before” is hilarious!). A year ago!

tin foil table and giant frame

Here is a snippet of what it looked like 2 years ago, an armoire to hold my computer, with my papers and stuff often all over the phone (got a pic on a good day).

Office Before Shot

I repurposed the fabric I used at my daughters LaLaloopsey Party two years ago to drape on the fence/shutter window treatment as well as the whimsical hot air balloon craft in the left corner. Just finished the giant pink art canvas a few hours ago…love the pop it adds to the top of the armoire.

DIY office makeover

I’ve got my name on a mouse pad, working on my new photo session packaging, and I always have my hand written calendar out and open on my desk!

In the right corner (as you walk in) my sister in law made a dream catcher out of the same fabric, a vintage doily, feathers, and felt beads. I love it so much! Her etsy shop is Lumabluma Handmade, (custom orders with any fabric) but she also does a lot of sales through her Instagram account if you want to follow along.

picture collage

If you can’t tell from some of my recent posts, I’m slightly obsessed with shopping at World Market. I found this white metal 3 tier rolling cart there, and it was JUST the right piece I needed for that gaping hole of a space to the right of my green shelves (pssst, 25% off all furniture at World Market through 11/28, this cart included). I got this lamp at Target on clearance (it was dark orange) and covered it with white fabric, then a teal ruffle with my trusty glue gun! I’ve also got my hot pink camera bag hanging out below.  A girls gotta have a few…

World Market metal cart

Also found that hour glass sand timer there (on the shelf) and the bike (a while ago, spray painted white) and yellow vintage magnet clock below.  Do you love that kissy pic of Mr. Duke and I on our wedding day?

world market clock and bike

To the left of the shelves, is a drawer/file system I found at Ikea. It holds my supplies quite nicely!  I also transformed my kids baby crib spring into a photo and memorabilia holder! Spray painted the IKEA mirror frame yellow, and made a washi tape “K” because…it’s my room….remember?

ikea storage

I have lots and lots of albums and scrapbooks. More recently, I’ve used BLURB to create my digital albums, and very happy with the quality and programs. (affiliate link)

computer office

Look at this cute poem my (#2) son wrote last year, it stays close to me, too.

mom poem

I filled the room with colors, pictures, and knick knacks that make me happy.

austin bridge and pictures

Though it’s my goal to spend minimal time in here when my kids are home and awake, but when I am tapping away at the computer, I have incentives for my kids to hang around and chat with me. This candy jar is an example. Treats can only be taken when I’m in here, and they have to eat it in here and tell me something happy while they eat it. And don’t you just LOVE the Tootsie Roll colors?? My clients also get them with their packaging.  I’m not a candy lover, so it isn’t tempting to me.

tootsie roll candy jar

diy home office

Blue corner chair, I found that way at Good Will, globe from a garage sale years ago, spray painted an old camera white, and one of my favorite quotes available as a free printable.

globe and good will chair

I love this space so much, and really, it’ll never stay this clean, that’s not my reality, but I can try!  Here I am filming a little bit 6 months ago, you can tell I’ve added a few things since then.

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office makeover

I have my computer faced towards the door, so my back isn’t towards the fam, and the giant frame of my kids–reminding me to not spend too much time on the computer!  We all need reminders…

Any questions? I’m sure I didn’t cover everything…

Do you have a favorite part/element of the room? I’d love to hear!

See more of my home decor on my HOME TOUR.

Here are a few rooms:

 Master Bedroom MakeoverMaster-Bedroom-Makeover

Family Room Makeover

Family-Room-Makeover

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  1. Raelene Hill says:

    I LOVE IT! Love the colors, all the details and collectibles! It would make me very happy too to be working in this room. Love your creativity blossoming here!

  2. So fun! I wish my office space was that organized and colorful. My favorite, though, is the poem your son wrote. Simply the best. I also really like the chalkboard frame by the crib spring. It’s fun!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Trust me, it won’t stay this clean! I took some behind the scenes pictures of the mess I moved out into the hall–I hope to post that “keepin it real” post soon! I love that poem, too! I just found it, and thought it was a great spot to remind me of who how he see’s me, and hopefully keep it that way!

  3. Kristen! I love how bright and happy this room is! How could you not enjoy yourself sitting in such a pretty space? I love the candy idea for the kids too… Genius!

  4. Jacqueline says:

    No, I don’t have a favorite part. Seriously, there are way too many things that I love about this office to just pick out one. So bright and cheerful, and I love all the little details!

  5. I am officially obsessed with your office. GORG. Such a classic way to use all the color. It looks so put together.

  6. Kelsey Hill says:

    It looks fantastic Kristen! Love all the colors so much!!

  7. There is a lot to love about this space you’ve created for yourself. What I love most about it is the intentional approach you used to define it (i.e. reminders of your kids to remind you to be present with them, repurpose things that would work and the candy jar as a means to connect with your kids). Beautifully done all the way around!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I try so hard, often I fall short, but I need those constant reminders. I try to mother with intention every day, thanks for noticing;)

  8. Such a fun space! Who wouldn’t love to work in an environment like that?! It would never feel like work because the colors are just so happy! Really love it 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      You know, I love coming into this room for many reasons, because I love the work I do in here, now I love whats all around me, too!

  9. I LOVE< LOVE<LOVE your office!!!! THose colors are amazing!!! Do you happen to know the name/brand of the green paint on your armoir and shelves. That is my dream green! Also, paint color on the walls???? I have a heck of a time deciding on colors. Thank you for sharing your space. I am off to tour more of your home…. 🙂

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I realized later I didn’t put any paint colors, and I need to look it up! I know the green was a featured Benjamin Moore shade from a Pottery Barn catalog a few years ago, the blue, I need to find the paint can. Check back on the post, I’ll add them in!

  10. I LOVE it! The paint color that room is very similar to the new paint color in our master bedroom. We have similar tastes! Love the bright colors and that you have a space to yourself. So awesome!

  11. I love the colors in there! Also, what type of day planner do you use? That calendar page was pretty!

  12. Beautiful place to work in.. Love each and every color choice and my favorite is your wall art.. 🙂
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  13. Stunning room and the envy of all crafters! Great job, Kristen!

  14. It is beautiful, Kristen! All of that color seems to be perfect for you from the colors or your blog to your cheerful photography style to your sunny personality!
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  15. OH MY GOODNESS! i am so envious right now, this space is so fabulous! thanks so much for sharing, now i have something to aspire to 🙂 http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com/
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  16. I just LOVE it Kristen! What a gorgeous, creative space – it fits you perfectly!
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  17. Where do you get your USB’s from?

  18. You do such a great job with color! It looks so good!
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  19. Love the colors you used! Beautiful! 🙂

  20. What a bright and cheery room, definitely a place I know I could be productive.
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  21. Featuring you as my favorite project of the week during our link party! Love this space my friend!
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  22. I love almost everything about your office! Oddly, though, the part I’m most drawn to is the super cute colorful wastebasket. I want one just like it! Where did you find it?
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  23. Daralynn says:

    Once I read How to Start A Photography Business. I knew I’d subscribe to your newsletter/blog.
    It’s the best how to I’ve ever read! I’ve read many. It was so personal and realistic. You brought the human side of the story where people could relate. Then I saw your home office and knew I was in the right place for sure! You love green and aqua. My two favorite colors… No lie.

  24. I am using your room as inspiration for my craft room. I have not been able to find the perfect green. Do you recall what the paint color was for your armoire?

  25. Wow! The colors in my branding are nearly identical to yours! So, obviously I LOVE everything about this. I don’t have my own office yet because we have too many kids (haha), but this is certainly what I’ll be aspiring to! Where did you get the pink USB’s?! I have some that I like now, but they’re white with my logo on them, but those pink ones are so cute. My favorite thing is definitely the crib springs–what a beautiful reminder of how little your kids used to be. I will be stealing that one for sure!

  26. I want my room in the house to look like this!! This has enough storage and it beautiful! Thank you for sharing and for inspiration!
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  27. Andrea Bundy says:

    I would also like to know the paint brand and name for the wall paint . Love it!

  28. I wish my office was brilliant as that. I definitely love the entire space of your office and its colors. I want to resemble my house like this, so beautiful. This such an inspiration, thank you.

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