Peeping Penelope: Home Office Before and After by Centsational Girl

April 7, 2010

You’re all reading Centsational Girl, right? If not, do. It’s author, Kate, does the most beautiful interior design projects, and does them on the cheap.

Even better? She spills her secrets and gives us each the sense maybe we could do this stuff, too. You know, if we all had impeccable taste and never slept, both of which describe Kate, I think.

A little while ago, Kate posted her own home office design before and after and the result is unspeakably gorgeous. The kicker is that she spent just $995 on the makeover (not including accessories.) What a feat from such a talented woman.

Here’s the office before the makeover.

Centsational Girl's Home Office: Before Centsational Girl’s Home Office: Before

And, after. Cue the “Hallelujah Chorus”.

Centsational Girl's Home Office: After Centsational Girl’s Home Office: After

I love the how the natural light works so well with her color choices. But, my favorite item: the blue Mason Jar. What a pretty place to keep your pens.


Centsational Girl's Desk Centsational Girl’s New Desk

Uber-pretty and super organized bookcases make this space perfect.


So now you’ve got two assignments:

1) Click here to see many more images of the makeover, including more “before” photos. Go get inspired to zotch up your own home work space in a thrifty way.

2) While you’re over at the Centsational Girl site, subscribe to Kate’s RSS feed so you can stay up on all the DIY excellence she’s churning out.

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Emily April 7, 2010 at 10:37 am

What a beautiful office. Her site is so inspiring . . . subscribing now! Thanks for sharing it.

Kimberly April 7, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I feel that I most definitely NEED to have a sewing table just like hers. No question about it!! How fabulous are those doors?!? Ging over there now to see more photos!!

Natalie April 7, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Oooh this room is gorgeous! What a lovely makeover. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Melissa @ Monday Morning Knits April 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm

So inspiring…the light, airy feel is invigorating! I love the color palette with the bright blue accents like the mason jar/pen holder. Plus, you can change your accent color so easily with a design like this to keep things vibrant, dynamic and fresh!

lou April 7, 2010 at 11:53 pm

i love before and after projects. the result is always something you didn’t expect and beyond your imagination. this room enhanced big time. it’s gorgeous. the colors are perfect for a working space. love it!

Meredith April 8, 2010 at 11:22 am

I love the recurring “starfish” theme Kate uses in her home. She doesn’t over-do it, it’s just a light, consistent theme.

Melanie April 8, 2010 at 4:46 pm

The bookcases are great aren’t they?

Centsational Girl April 9, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Oh, how delightful ! I’m so honored you would post about this project ! Yes, this room is so wonderful and I’m enjoying all the hard work every day. Plotting and planning on more spaces soon. My boy’s room is next. Surf’s up is all I can say. :-)

Thanks again for the linky love.

Sandy April 9, 2010 at 3:05 pm

this is soo soo beautiful! i love the grey, white, blue color palette and all the fun patterns on the rug, curtain and chair!! this room has a lot of light too which is GREAT! i wish my house had more light!!!

Marie April 9, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Ohhh yes I saw this on her site I love it!!! Sigh, one day I’ll have my dream home office instead of making due at my kitchen table :)

laura @ hollywood housewife May 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm

This is amazing! I love all the different shades of blue. Chic and calming.

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