Makeover Monday: Office Reveal

We’re fast forwarding a little over here.

When it comes to our office, so far I have shared my office plan, my lamp revamp and the dollarstore file holders.

What you have yet to see is the “finished” office space.  Well for those of you that have been keeping up with my design ADD {or have read “where’s your head at“} you know that when it comes to the office, I am already planning a redo!

So without further ado here is the before “finished” {for now} office space.











Simply Style - Navy and Orange Home Office

Simply Style - Navy and Orange Home Office

Simply Style - Navy and Orange Home Office

Simply Style - Navy and Orange Home Office

Simply Style - Navy and Orange Home Office

Simply Style - Navy and Orange Home Office

It’s very orange, and very navy and all together very not-me, so expect a NEW office inspiration board in the near future!


Where’s Your Head At?!

It’s happened again…

I know what you’re thinking….

It’s inevitable…

It’s true…

But I haven’t even shared the {partially} finished product with you!

If you are thinking “what the h-e-double hockey sticks is this babbling blogger up to now, you are likely not alone!


I saw this e-card while wasting consciously dedicating several hours to Pinterest the other day.  And I couldn’t help but laugh this morning, while brushing my teeth when my mind felt just like that…

“what should I make for lunch, do we have any food, where did I leave that book, I wonder if I washed the guest room sheets, where’s Shaq, I have to blow dry my hair, I’m hungry, what time is it, oh I made my lunch,am I late for work, I think I’ll wear that maxi skirt, what time is it, I’m tired, I should have ran this morning, I wonder if I will ever find coral fabric, I should go thrifting after work, what will we have for dinner, is Patrick home tonight, I love this chevron bathmat, I’m bored of our office … I should re-do it”

sound the screeching tires, halting brakes and alarm sirens

“hey babe, I kind of wanna re-do the office”

If you have never heard the sound of rolling eyes before, had you been anywhere within a 100km radius of the City of Peterborough this morning around 7:42 am you most certainly would have heard my husband’s!


As I walk toward our bedroom I realize this “pitch” may not be greeted with the same joyous response my spare bedroom pitch was and maybe I should turn around before I push my DIYing home decor luck but instead…

“hey, did you hear me?  I’m bored of the office, I want to re-do it”

silence. still silence.

And that my friends brings us here, to a break for the coral and gold mania I have been putting you through, to a post about a room that has been {sort of} done for nearly 6 months that I now want to re-decorate, THE OFFICE!

I shared my office inspiration a while back, but what I failed to mention was aside from some little decor additions, my office was basically done. Over.  No more.  Well not quite, those few unfinished projects have been holding me back from sharing the “big {for now} reveal” but this weekend one of these projects was saved by none other than Homesense!

You will recall that the colour palette for the office is Navy and Orange, because way back when I was given the no-go on a coral and navy office.  Well I had picked up these cardboard file holders at Dollarama for something like $1.25 {for those of you who haven’t set foot in a dollar store recently, sadly, everything is no longer a dollar at the dollar store} for two.  Which I can’t really complain about.  They had tons of bright colours and different patterns but I settled on these grey one for no reason in particular.


The plan was to cover them in wrapping paper to co-ordiante them with the colour scheme and voila, easy peasy DIY project {my fav}!

Not so fast.  APPARENTLY navy and/or orange wrapping paper was not hip and happening back in November 2012 except for a sweet orange and white stripe I stumbled upon at Marshalls.  Knowing that covering all six of these folders that were to sit on top of the shelving unit in the office in orange stripes would make me sad {and likely seasick} I covered two and the others stayed in their natural state, leaving the office in a complete state of incompletion.

That is until Friday, when I took my therapeutic week-end trip to Homesense for a wander about and as I was leaving saw not one but TWO rolls of the most perfect answer to my navy and orange office prayers.


What’up navy chevron and orange geometric wrapping paper for $3.99 where have you been my whole for the last 6 months of my life?!

I quickly snagged them up since it was the last roll of BOTH patterns {what!?} and was likely the happiest wrapping paper shopper that cashier has seen in her whole career! And after a whole 15 minutes {while watching resale royalty} BAM!


This should have been a tutorial shouldn’t it…. just wrap ’em like a present!


Those are some good looking file holders if I do say so myself.  Not to say the grey and white wasn’t beautiful {they will totally look great in my office when I finally convince Patrick a makeover is in order} but for now I’ve got to get these last few office projects finished so I can share the final reveal!

Office Makeover Phase I – the plan

I have been working on our downstairs office in stages.  I knew when we moved in that the 5th bedroom that is on our lower level would not be a bedroom and that we would rather have a designated office/craft/project space.  I am not big on traditional desks.  We have a laptop and don’t need that drawer {I always smash my knee into} that is meant to hold a keyboard and I often find desks small and limiting.  I had a vision of two large tables forming an L that would allow both Patrick and I to be working in the space at the same time if need be, but that would also allow for plenty of room for studying, working, crafts and other projects.

One weekend when we were on an Ikea visit {after being run over and trampled on by the $1 breakfast crowd} we were in the dinning area and I saw this:


{ikea melltorp table}

She’s not pretty, she’s pretty basic, you may even say she’s ugly but she was EXACTLY what I was picturing and for the price of $59 she was sold.  No we didn’t buy her right away, Patrick wasn’t exactly getting my vision so we waited until we moved into the house {and until after the ikea breakfast crowd runs the morning stampede} before heading back to ikea because we are actually insane to pick them up.

I knew I wanted two to form an “L” shape and at the time this particular table came in three sizes. We contemplated getting the largest and the medium sized but in the end opted to go for two of the largest size.

We inherited {and are ever so thankful we did} these ikea Billy Bookcase shelving units from my parents when they moved.  With a collection of the different Billy Bookcase units and doors we were able to create a unit in both the office and the family room.

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{ikea billy bookcases}

So we had our workspace and our storage, but alas workspace and storage alone does not an office make.  And … instead of an office, what we had instead was a giant storage room while we puttered away at other house projects and I tried to decide on a colour palette.

You may not know this but, I have an unhealthy love for the colour navy, which I not only incorporated into our wedding but also into our family room in a BIG way {family room reveal to come}.

Tori & Patrick Wedding-782

{irrelevant wedding picture just for fun, taken by the very talented Amanda Shepard of BackRoad Photography}

I was kind of in love with the navy and coral colour combo we were seeing everywhere from home decor to fashion but Patrick wasn’t in love with having a “pink” {he just wouldn’t accept it as coral} office, and since this was intended to be a shared space, I sacrificed my love of the coral and navy colour combination and jumped on board with the slightly more masculine option of navy and orange.

The Inspiration 

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What do you think of this colour palette choice?  It is definitely a bold option but I thought it would be fun for a room we are not in as much.  I will be sharing bits and pieces of our office makeover all week!!!