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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My Man's Cave

Otherwise known as his office.  My big surprise plan to update and organize the hubs office while he was out of town on business may have been a big fat failure, but even if it did take longer than a weekend to complete I think the end result was worth the wait!  So, he may not have gotten the "move that bus" moment that I was hoping for, but he still got a great new and improved space to work, lounge, and relax.  I still haven't painted the ceiling which was one of the things I had planned for this space.  I've decided to hold off on that for now because tomorrow the contractor is coming to rip out the carpet and install hardwood flooring!  Woot!  (Since we have to have the kitchen floor replaced, we've decided to divert our "enclose the deck" savings fund to the "replace as much old white carpet with hardwood" fund.  If it's going to get tore up from the floor up in here, we might as well make the hassle of it all worth it.)  So, I think I'm going to wait until after the floor is in to make a final decision on the ceiling color.  On to the good stuff.

Here's how this room looked before he left for his trip on Friday morning (almost 2 weeks ago).


Here's how it looked upon his arrival home on Sunday evening.  Awesome right?!


Here's how it looks now!


In a small room the best thing you can do to maximize storage and create the illusion of space is to work up.  Use your vertical space as much as possible.  In came 2 matching bookshelves (Target $29/each).  I chose this natural honey color over white because I like the way a mix of wood tones gives this room a masculine feel.  I used a grasscloth wallpaper from Lowe's ($19.99 a roll - I have a ton left over) to line the back of the bookcase for texture and to dress these laminate babies up just a bit (easy peasy tutorial on that coming soon).



The gallery wall is my favorite new addition to this room.  I shopped the house and used things that we already had, except for the clock (Target $3.99).


I used fabric scraps to cover canvases and created a few memo boards. 


I measured the inside of this black frame and cut a piece of chalkboard vinyl to size.  Then I placed the vinyl directly on the wall and hung the frame right over.


I applied 2 coats of satin poly to give this old desk a nice shine.


I used 2 1/2 yds of fabric (The Rag Peddler about $20/yd) and some stitch witchery to make drapes.  I fell in love with this plaid fabric.  I like the look of this traditional plaid with the modern pieces in the room.


The majority of what I used in this room came from shopping the house.  However, I did make a few purchases.

I found this chest at a furniture store here in Lex called Another Man's Treasure.  It was $140 and it was calling my name!  I had to have it for this room.  It was perfect to use as a coffee table in here.  It adds tones of extra storage and it's a piece that I could use in any room in our home.  I was crossing my fingers that the hubs would love it too because I kind of broke the rules.  Our house rule is that you're not allowed to purchase anything over $100 for the house unless the other person agrees.  Thank goodness he loves it too!  Otherwise, I guess I'd be trying to Craig's List this baby because I wouldn't have been able to do a return - final purchase!


This same store had an $18 office chair.  The chair screams BRAD!  Did you hear that?!  I told you it was yelling his name.  It's so his style.  All I had to do was bust out the windex and wipe him down!


I created this sunburst mirror by defacing what was a mid century modern clock that no longer worked.  It was also $18!  I even tried to haggle that price down :)  I was like, "But this clock doesn't work and this wiring looks really bad."  It was a no go - I paid a firm $18.  A girl had to try right?!  Besides the gallery wall, this is my FAVORITE PIECE in the room!  I big fat love it!  It adds just the right amount of glam without being too much for this masculine space.  (I'll give all the deets on the creation of this girl later!)


Oh, I almost forgot to mention these lamps.  They were purchased at Target ($39 a piece).  I already had the shades.  I wasn't crazy about the price, but I did love the lamps.  This room doesn't have an overhead light and the lighting situation in here needed to be improved.  We'd have to hire out to have an overhead light put in this room and that would probably cost more than what I paid for the lamps.

The most important element needed in this room was better organization.  I purchased 4 of these bins ($5.99 from Target).  I put my label maker to use and sorted out the office clutter.


The magazine files are also from you guessed it Target ($4.99).


The biggest change in this room is the furniture arrangement.  Moving the desk over to the window created 2 different zones.  A work space and a lounge space which is exactly what I was hoping to achieve.  I bought these Thomas O'brien pillows (Target) a while ago when I was just starting to draft my master plan :)  I'm a big fan of his vintage modern style.


Using unexpected accessories we already had to add some organization to the desk saved money and added personality.





I kept the old cigarette machine in here (even though I wanted to move it down to the basement) because the hubs loves this thing.  I just worked it right in to the gallery wall display on the other side of the room.  It's his space and I think he should be surrounded by what he loves.


Speaking of his loves.



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32 comments:

  1. You must be so excited to have it finished! And him too! I love the vintage desk and chair. So cool!

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  2. Carmel.. GREAT JOB girlie!! love how you turned the space from more 'sterile' to homey home office! :) {don't ya just love the target locker bins!}

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  3. Your hubby's office looks amazing!! Good job girl! I love that zebra rug!!

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  4. Yay! I've been anxiously awaiting "after" pics :-). Looks like you did a great job in there Carmel! Warm, inviting, organized, and manly. I'm sure your guy LOVES spending time in there now...

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  5. Great looking office. You have thought of every detail and that starburst mirror from an old clock is perfect.

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  6. Love it! It is so vintage modern looking, great job!

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  7. OMG, I love the office! Your gallery walls are gorgeous and all that furniture goes together so well! Great redo, I really hope he likes it!

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  8. Carmel--the room looks great! I love all the vintage stuff! (my daughter jamie might be rubbing off on me)
    gail

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  9. Thanks everyone! He loves it! His favorite part is the new desk chair - he says it's really comfy! Something about it being the right height for typing - or blah, blah, blah :) I'm just glad he likes it!

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  10. What a great room! I like that it is masculine and modern/vintage all at once. That rug really caught my eye. I really like the brown as opposed to the black.

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  11. LOVE....LOVE...LOVE...did I say Love? You did an amazing job and he is lucky to have you :) Or you him....something like that!

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  12. What a gorgeous room!!! The rug is so perfect in there and I love the gallery that you put up! You did a wonderful job and your hubby must be loving his man cave!!

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  13. Gorgeous! I love all of the texture in this room! I have spent many a day in KY! Parents still have a farm down there. GO CATS!!

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  14. The office turned out amazing!! Love it :)

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  15. I love how the desk turned out -- it looks well sorta like carmel :) Good job!!!!

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  16. I'm certain your husband appreciates all your hard work because the office looks great! I'm about to embark on the same project soon and am really looking forward to de-cluttering the office.

    Jan @ Mavrik Lane

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  17. Carmel - I posted on the picture on su casa, but omigosh, I love it! It looks amazing - I need a tutorial on that wall clock/sunburst mirror! Link this up with the Saturday Spotlight party this weekend pretty please! :)

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  18. Carmel! I love it. It's so great...especially loving the sunburst mirror and gallery wall you've created. Awesome job!

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  19. Wow, his office should be in a magazine spread! It's looks great! You did an outstanding job Girl!

    xoxo,
    Ellen

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  20. I love what you did here. You added your touch while incorporating his stuff. I am a bargain shopper like you and you did so well.

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  21. Wow! It looks amazing. I love everything about it! The sunburst mirror is fabulous and the gallery wall looks great! You did such a wonderful job! What a lucky husband! My husband totally needs that Makers pen cup!

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  22. love the new office! Looks amazing ! I'm visiting from Saturday Spotlight at Green Door Designs-

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  23. Carmel, the office came out great! Your husband is a lucky man to be married to you! First you were so sweet to try and surprise him and second that you put all that effort into making a space that he would really enjoy being in. I love the eclectic gallery wall and how you shopped the house!

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  24. Every itty bit is fabulous! {sigh} It looks like the desk is facing the door? Have heard this is an awesome feng-shui position for success in business! :)

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  25. What a great office!! Job well done!! Hopping over from Circle of Bliss!

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  26. great job Carmel!! It's so reminiscent of Mad Men! ♥♥ Loving all the details- the wood bowl, the lamps, the radio....all fabulous! thanks for linking this up! Hope your hubby is enjoying it :)

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  27. Hey girl! I adore your man-cave makeover! It's definitely going to be the inspiration for my man's office if I ever get around to fixing it up.

    I linked up to you this weekend.

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  28. Wow... I came across your blog from today's post on Emily Clark... adding you to my blogroll and off to check out if you gave the details of your sunburst mirror somewhere. I rarely comment and think many decor blogs are tacky, but wow, you have great style!

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  29. Love it! sometimes more really is more, and that small space is maxed out. Looks great. I'm new to your blog, having fun poking around!

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  30. So wait, is this a real room in your house?!?!? WOW!!! My husband would just about die if he had this space all to himself! Love the quote in the framed chalkboard!

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  31. Great job! looking for inspiration for my husband's man cave . . . found you through google. New follower here!

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  32. Popped over here from today's post to get a closer look at the desk.

    I bought the exact same one at a garage sale for $7 and haven't been able to did anything like it on the web.

    Do you happen to know anything about it?

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