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The day has finally arrived! The big office reveal is finally here! For the first time in my 5 year blogging career, I have a beautiful and functional space in which to work. I feel like I should celebrate somehow!  Due to circumstances out of my control (I’m looking at you, backordered credenza!!) this makeover did take a lot longer to get photographed than I had originally planned. The space has been mostly finished for about a month but I was stuck waiting on one single piece of furniture that was pretty essential to the final product.

Before we look at all the pretty “after” photos, let’s quickly recap on what the office looked like and how I arrived on my final design.

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Yeah. Enough of that. My office space was uninspiring, dull and a dumping ground for random junk.I’m not sure why, maybe it’s because the room is so small that it seemed daunting to me to figure out furniture placement and just how to generally make my the space function the way I needed it to. So when Modsy offered to work with me to design the space, I instantly jumped at the chance.

Working with Modsy has been a dream. If you need help on a full room makeover or even something as simple as where to put your new couch, they will help. They can completely model your room in 3D (even including items you already own!) and offer you different designs to fit your needs. It’s not expensive either: Their basic package starts at only $59 per room. That’s a steal if you factor in how long it may take you to buy a myriad of items only to realize some or  none of them work. This way you get to skip all the hassle and have a designer do it for you.

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You can read all about the initial process I went through with Modsy here but for now just know that we ended up settling on a combination of the two designs that they created for me. I had originally decided on one of the designs, but due to the shelves in that design being backordered, a combination of both designs seemed like a good idea. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason and I just love the end result.

Here’s the final 3D rendering that Modsy created of the two designs merged:

small home office design by Modsy

And here’s the finished office in real life:

A room with mostly white, wooden furniture (desk, side table and shelf in rear), a black desk chair and brown rug on wood flooring, with a large plant in the corner

You guys – this was the best and easiest makeover ever for two major reasons.

  1. It turned out amazing;
  2. I did not have to use even the tiniest bit of brainpower since the design was done for me. All I had to do was click “add to cart” within Modsy and they coordinated all my purchases for me.

With 2 kids under the age of 4, my brain power and energy levels don’t go very far these days.

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The fact that I could order everything from Modsy was amazing. Now, in true Jenna style, I did find some similar items in other stores at a cheaper price point. For instance, the rattan baskets I picked up at HomeGoods as well as the pretty desk lamp. BUT I kept the look exactly the same was what had been designed for me. So all I had to do was find something that looked similar and I knew it would work in the design!

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I hope you agree that the space turned out beautifully. It has a certain modern coastal feel about it that I’m really digging. I already had the desk chair with has a mid century vibe to it plus the rug which is kinda coastal so I love how the Modsy designers brought two distinct design styles together and make it all perfectly cohesive.

A white jug with painted dark blue line patterns, resting on a circular blue tray, holding a single palm frond near large framed art

My signature pop of blue is of course represented!

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This credenza that I patiently waited for was certainly worth the weight. It’s the perfect size for my small office but has a ton of storage. I was finally able to get our wireless router and my silhouette off the floor and behind doors. This unit also holds all my fabric, card stock and craft paper. The wall shelves hold my printer, magazine holders and even the very top shelf has been utilized for throw pillow storage.

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Every little detail was thought out and every inch of space used to create both function and beauty.

The edge of a desk, holding a potted plant and tall, white jug, with a large, white clock with gold handles nearby, and the door in the background
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Can you tell how thrilled I am with how it all turned out? If you’re looking for me, you’ll find me sitting at my desk brainstorming other rooms that could use the Modsy treatment! ;-)

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  1. Nancy Davies says:

    What a beautiful room. I am quite envious!

  2. Hello Jenna
    Your home has turned out amazingly. We are in the process of refinishing our daughters 1929 home floors. I came across your post on provincial stain as that is the colour we are leaning towards for her red oak and upper floor fir. We are hoping to cut the pink undertones out and not be too dark. Your article was very informative and your thought process on the other color options were the same as mine. I have a question regarding trim color. What trim color did you use in your home? I am curious. We are looking at cloud white and simply white by BM. What are your thoughts? Since it is a historical home we want it to maintain some classic integrity but be fresh as well. Any help would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Angela! We used BM Decorators White for trim but Simoly White would be a great choice, too!

  3. Chelsea @ Making Home Base says:

    Jenna! It looks amazing! This is exactly the space I’d design – love the coastal vibes and all the beautiful details. You did such a great job!

    1. Thank you so much, Chelsea!