How To Turn A Dark Basement Into A Dreamy Home Office

Minted Pinboards // Quinton Rug from Lulu & Georgia // Vintage Mirror and Stool // IKEA ‘Tarva’ Dresser with vintage knobs painted in Setting Plaster

Here’s a few ‘before’ photos of the office space…

There are definite pros and cons to working at home, and over the past four years, I’ve learned that if I don’t have a dedicated, organized working space, I’m far less productive. Because we bought our home a year ago, my office has been pretty neglected. I use it to run my floral business, so it’s pretty much always in disarray and it also holds all the props for my shoots. I teamed up with Havenly to bring a little order to the space—sticking with a mostly neutral palette to allow my creative projects the ability to come to life.

For the most part, we worked with pieces I had—opting to update only the rug and desk chairs. That’s one thing I really love about working with Havenly—you don’t need a massive budget for all new furniture. I gave my old dresser a fresh coat of paint and made the most out of the large space by creating a little reading nook with my late grandmother’s chair in a space that wasn’t being utilized prior.

All Modern ‘Peggy ‘ Lamp // Vintage Chair // IKEA ‘Vittsjo’ Bookcase // Kip&Co Round Pillow // Quinton Rug from Lulu & Georgia

Instead of having all of my trinkets displayed like I have in the past, I re-organized my shelves using boxes I previously had and large baskets from Target to contain the clutter.

Minted ‘Shining Statement’ Print // Minted ‘Provence’ Print

One of the most drastic transformations was replacing the carpet with laminate flooring from Home Depot. I dream of having wood floors throughout our home, but right now it’s just not in our budget. We picked these Pergo Outlast laminate wood planks that look like the real deal and are great for basements! I really feel like this affordable upgrade makes my office feel much less like a dingy basement.

Minted Pinboards

I finally parted ways with my DIY pinboards and upgraded to these pretty wooden framed ones that Minted recently launched. They look a bit more sophisticated and finished! We’ve had this IKEA dresser for years and I gave it a fresh coat of paint and picked up new knobs at an antique store. I previously had this open credenza in this area, which I loved, but it just wasn’t practical. I’m able to store a ton of my props and office supplies in these drawers and made room for all the boxes and baskets from my credenza on the shelves! Talk about maximizing space! I love this Setting Plaster paint color from Farrow & Ball and want to paint just about everything in my home with it—it’s the perfect blush that’s not too pink and has a little hint of peach.

Lamps Plus Lamp // Amazon Desks // Windsor Chairs // Quinton Rug from Lulu & Georgia // Vintage Mirror

This area still needs a little styling (and we have a chandelier to hang), but I’m taking the less is more approach for my workspace right now. Because I’m constantly pushing myself to come up with creative shoot ideas and concepts for clients, it’s easy to get distracted by unnecessary ‘noise.’ Instead, I’ve enjoyed rotating the images on my mood boards each month to coordinate with my shoots and projects.

See how to style these desks three different ways here!

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Author: Caitlin Kruse

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