Finishing the Upstairs Office {Finally!}

Do you remember the amazing built in bookshelves that Mr. Pax built recently forever ago?  And all my grand promises to finish an amazing office for him right away?  Well, it may be almost two years late, but here it is.

Gray and white office with the wood desk and floors... and those built-in bookshelves! maisondepax.com

This room started with an uneven laminate floor.  After leveling the subfloor, laying hardwoods, building bookcases, and finally decorating, I am so pleased with the relaxed yet crisp and clean result (just in time to move, naturally 😉 ).

Gray and white office with the wood desk and floors... and those built-in bookshelves! maisondepax.com

The final push (other than staging the house to sell) was the Carson Forge Writing Desk from Sauder.

When it arrived, I couldn’t resist putting in in front of the gorgeous built-ins….  I love how the rustic/industrial wood color contrasts the bright white bookcases.

Gray and white office with the wood desk and floors... and those built-in bookshelves! maisondepax.com

And the simplicity of the desk juxtaposes the busy-ness of the shelves.

Gray and white office with the wood desk and floors... and those built-in bookshelves! maisondepax.com

But it just wasn’t totally functional in the middle of the room, so I found a new spot for it (oh, and please ignore the photo bomber in the bottom left corner… I just noticed.  Ha!).

Gray and white office with the wood desk and floors... and those built-in bookshelves! maisondepax.com

Under the window, next to our vintage file cabinet.

Gray and white office with the wood desk and floors... and those built-in bookshelves! maisondepax.com

I think it’s the perfect place.

Gray and white office with the wood desk and floors... and those built-in bookshelves! maisondepax.com

I love the industrial black accents…

Gray and white office with the wood desk and floors... and those built-in bookshelves! maisondepax.com

And I think the wood tones are a lovely balance for all the white.

Office Reveal (wide)

The whole space has a kind of vintage vibe: with the file cabinet…

Gray and white office with the wood desk and floors... and those built-in bookshelves! maisondepax.com

And this piece that belonged to my husband’s grandparents.

Gray and white office with the wood desk and floors... and those built-in bookshelves! maisondepax.com

I feel like the office has character but still feels crisp and clean.

Gray and white office with the wood desk and floors... and those built-in bookshelves! maisondepax.com

What do you think?  Please tell me I’m not the only one who has taken a two year break while decorating a room!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Comments

  1. Marlene Stephenson says:

    That is a wonderful old piece from your husband’s family it adds to the homey atmosphere of an office. Office’s always needs something personal in it besides your desk and computer,i think. What was that to the left of the picture!!! lol

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Hehe. It was the baby! I knew she was crawling around while I was photographing, but I thought I managed to keep her out of the pictures… Obviously, I was wrong! Thanks so much, Marlene. :)

  2. gorgeous! Mr. Pax is one lucky dog.

  3. The office looks great, and that desk is the perfect fit!

  4. Amazing desk! It looks great with that chair too, Rachel. And yes, HUGE breaks all the time. :)

  5. I just found your site and LOVE it…we closed on our vintage home TODAY! The task is almost overwhelming with how much work has to be done….
    Could you tell me the gray paint color used here??

    Thanks!

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