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Sharing the latest updates to our simple, modern and rustic home office. [post contains affiliate links, which means we may make a small commission, at NO additional cost to you, if a purchase is made. thanks for supporting north country nest!]

floating shelves in home office

Oh hi there! If you’ve been around here for a little bit, you may remember that one time we told you about a home office renovation.

As we expected, once August (really, about mid-July) rolled around, our minds went to all things garage.

And while the garage has gotten all of our attention, we didn’t completely forget about the office. Mainly because I work from home three days a week, so it gets used quite a bit.

Since the last time we checked in, not too much has changed… at least from what the pictures show.

You see, this office has been like that book ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.’ One simple doesn’t just ‘do a quick project’ in this room and be done with it. Why? Because it always leads to one more thing.

office vanity and white closet door

As you can see, I rolled over this vanity for the printer. What you can’t see is the two weekends of organizing the guest bedroom files that are now living in said vanity. My hope was to get a file cabinet and transfer everything over at once but I haven’t been able to find one that I both like and is within our budget. So, until I either make a cabinet or score the deal of the century, this vanity is the stand-in.

The closet? It’s the same exact door as last time except what’s behind it is a lot different. Last time it was empty except for a few possible items that might go on the wall for decoration. After organizing the files for the vanity, some things were better fit for a closet. Which lead to cleaning and organizing all my books, all my camera equipment and supplies and all our old electronics. Everything is now neatly(-ish) organized behind closet door #1.

floating shelves and desk in home office

Last, but surely not least, is the desk. You probably noticed the giant computer screen. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? 🙂 Brett got this computer several years ago and since we didn’t have a desk or good spot to have it sit, it’s been hanging out in the guest bedroom. After uncovering all. the. things. for the vanity and closet, this beautiful computer emerged and I thought, no time like the present to get it going.

floating shelves and floating desk in home office

Making sure it worked was the first hurdle – spoiler alert, it does! Then, I had to (and am still in the process of) transfer over or download all the relevant files from my laptop to said computer. Think passwords, design software, calendar information and client files.

So, where does that leave us?

There are a few small updates that we need to do to the actual room like:

  • Paint and install baseboards
  • Touch up paint on shiplap and white doorway trim
  • Install light switch covers above desk
  • Touch up floor stain

flowers in home office

In terms of the decor, it’s a bit of a toss up. The shelves are pretty much done, we scored an awesome deal on a lovely rug and I picked up a desk lamp at Target. What we’re still waiting on:

  • A desk chair. I bought one, set it up, hated it and returned it.
  • A lateral file cabinet. As I mentioned above, I haven’t been able to find one that’s within our budget so we’ll probably end up making one. I found some plans that I like so stay tuned for a tutorial on that!
  • The closet. Although it’s all neatly organized, everything is on the floor. Shelves are the first priority and then organizing things, maybe similar to the guest bedroom closet with all the fun boxes?

As for timeline, I’m hoping we can wrap this thing up by the end of the year. There isn’t TOO much that needs to be done and I’d really, really love a finished space to work in. We’ve mentioned this before, but those little projects are usually what get us – we’re already moving onto the next thing and have such a hard time wrapping up what we started. Here’s to finally getting this one checked off the list and 100% completed!

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