Alright, it’s week four and we are in the home stretch to get this little office makeover finished. The walls, windows, trim and floor have been painted! And a few months back, my mom-in-law helped me make roman shades from a flea market table cloth find (more on that below). I thought I would focus on organizing your home office this week, as I know lots of my clients struggle with clutter. I struggle too! Especially when it comes to interior design resources. It’s hard to let go of items you may need in the future, right?
I focused on purging the office this week. Fabric swatches, boxes of props, rugs, etc…had been building up. See exhibit A right here. It’s not terrible, but I feel so much better working in a clean and organized space. That closet with the door shut was also overflowing and needed some assistance too.
Here are some of the things I did to organize the office. I think you can apply similar steps to any room in your home:
A note about making roman shades. I can’t claim I did this project on my own! My mother-in-law is a great seamstress and did a lot of the finishing work. What I can tell you is that neither of us had done this before, and we used a kit a lot like this one that came with almost everything you need. The hardest part was really doing all the cutting, and making sure your measurements are accurate and match (if you’re making two). I suggest buying your fabric and a matching lining. The other challenging part is sewing the dowels between the fabric. You need to make sure you have enough fabric on either side of the dowel to sew them into the shade, and we had to cut our dowels down a little bit to be able to sew next to them without any issues. I don’t recommend the no-sew roman shade kit. You can also avoid dowels altogether and use a cord tape. I highly recommend this set from ROWLEY DIY. I think if we made another set, we’d buy this kit! It also comes with all the sewing instructions. This is a great beginner project for sewing, because it’s all straight lines.
See you next week with one last update before the big reveal!
XO – CLAIRE
Claire’s creative energy comes from her unique perspective on the world as both a trained interior designer and a passionate yoga teacher. Her affinity for kitchen design, timeless style and eclectic decorating are shared here, along with lots of interior design education and tips. Thanks for being here, please enjoy!