Pottery Barn Bedford Office Renovation

Welcome to the 109th Metamorphosis Monday!

How was your weekend? It’s been unbelievably gorgeous weather here in Georgia. I should have been out working in the yard but instead I’ve been inside working on the office.

Office Changes:
There have been a lot changes in the office this week. I’m working on removing the rest of the wallpaper a little at the time. My arms get tired from scraping so I’ve decided to just do a little each day. I think I’ll be done after just another couple of sessions. Yay! Then it will be time to repair the damage done earlier before I found Safe and Simple.

This week, I shopped the house and stole two things from the upstairs family room. One was the sisal rug you can just barely see in the pic below…

And the other was the floor lamp beside the sofa…

I wanted to get a feel for how the office would look with a natural fiber rug. I sort of like this look, so I may just go with a natural fiber rug. I found a velvet cushion cover in a pretty green color for only $4 at the local Ballards Outlet. I bought some foam cushion “stuff” at Hancocks and cut it to fit…but it isn’t firm enough. After shopping both Hancocks and JoAnns and not finding anything firm enough to work as a good cushion, I guess I’ll have to have an upholstery shop cut one for me. I need foam that is really, really dense and won’t squish down. If I eventually put drapes in here, I may have a cushion made at that time, but this one will do for now.

The glass was delivered for the top of the desk and apparently it met with Max’s approval. It looks great…much better than I expected. I wasn’t sure I’d like having glass on top but I really wanted to protect the top from ink marks, etc… If you have this PB layout and you’re thinking about this for your own desk, it was $257.00, including delivery. I didn’t shop around…just went with a local glass company, so you may be able to do better than that.

When I first moved my computer down the hall to this new office, I tried to go wireless and leave the modem and router in the old office. Despite having a very good router and good equipment, I saw a significant drop in speed. Plus, when my computer slept, upon awakening, I’d have to “reconnect” because it kept dropping. Super annoying. So, this past week, the Cable guy had to come out and move the wireless router and modem to the new office so I’m directly wired in again. I just have wireless for my laptop now, which also improved after moving the router and modem. Just sharing this info in case you run into a similar situation.

I had planned to hang the TV on the wall to the left of the shutters, but the cable guy didn’t want to fish an outside wall. Plus, I would have to move the shutters over to watch the TV. I rarely turn on the TV but I do like having one in the office. So I decided to just let it sit on the hutch there on the left. So, that isn’t a third monitor, although it’s about the same size. 😉

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what I do and do not want in the office. One feature I knew I wanted was a place to just sit and read…a cozy reading nook. This past week I was out shopping for a rug for the office and I stopped by Pier 1. Isn’t it funny how you’ll be out shopping for one thing and you end up finding something else? Earlier in the week, I shared this sneak preview of a chair I found for the office. (Not sure why the fabric looks like it has ridges here. It doesn’t, it’s actually smooth.)

So, at last…here’s the chair…the chair that stole my heart in Pier 1 last week. 🙂 I love English Cottage style and I wanted a cottage feel for the office, so this chair was perfect for what I’m trying to achieve in here. And it is super comfortable.

I love, love, love the pleated skirt around the bottom. It goes all the way around, even across the back. 🙂 Green is my favorite color so the fabric totally stole my heart. I placed it against the wall where I’ve been removing the wallpaper today so you could see it against a neutral background.

But it’s really going to go over here against this wall…the one that currently has a mural on it. (I hung one of the drop cloths behind it just for this pic since the mural is really distracting.) Ultimately, I’ll place a round table beside it with a table lamp. The floor lamp is just temporary and will go back to the family room once I find a table for this spot. I’ve been shopping the thrift stores this weekend in search of one, but haven’t found one, yet.

By the way, if you really like this chair and think you may want one, go NOW to Pier 1 and buy it. The clerk who helped me told me it came in on Friday. I saw it and bought it on Monday. It was piled high with cushions so no one could really see it or I don’t think it would have still been there. They only have 6 in their warehouse here, so I don’t think they will be getting a lot of them in. It’s called, “Rosalie.”

So, those are the changes that have been going on around here lately. If you haven’t seen the “Before” posts about this room, click HERE, HERE and HERE. Hopefully by next week, the wallpaper will be gone and I’ll be well on the way to repairing the walls and painting them.

Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week!

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Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting! Everything is coming together go nicely! Have a good week!

  2. Your new office is coming together nicely. I love your new chair, the color and pattern are so pretty and it looks so comfy! I also love the skirt, such a soft touch!

  3. I'm in love, already, with your new space. Great new chair. Way to do!

  4. inspiredhousewife says:

    I love that chair! Is it stationary, or does it rock or glide? It would look so cute in a baby nursery!

  5. Brenda Kula says:

    Oh Susan, I love the office! And that chair: I'm in LOVE with the Pier 1 chair! I was in there about a week or so ago and they didn't have it then. Don't know where on earth I'd put it. But it's gorgeous with those pleats. This looks to me to be a tranquil place for you to have your office space. As usual, beautiful job. And thank for hosting!
    Brenda

  6. How darling is the skirt on that chair? I don't think I have ever seen such a nice full one. What a great piece to build your room around. Do you know of a place to get table coverings for those little round tables? I thrifted one not long ago, and I can't find a round cover small enough, want to hang an old square lace topper over it. Keep up the good work!
    Hugs, Lisa

  7. On Crooked Creek says:

    Susan,
    I adore what you're doing with you home office! I just re~read your checklist on the left side bar. . .what an amazing amount you've accomplished! The reading chair is adorable and gives me a feel for what the finished outcome "might" be. Keep working. . .your goal is in sight!Thanks for hosting Metamorphosis Monday!
    Fondly,
    Pat

  8. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Hi Inspired,
    No, afraid the chair doesn't rock…it's just stationary.

  9. ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com says:

    Your office is looking great!! I adore that chair and it's color and pattern!

  10. Hi Susan your office is really coming together and I totally LOVE your new chair!! Thanks for hosting, Martina

  11. Susan, your office is looking fantastic! I love the PB desk and that fabulous chair from Pier 1!

    Scraping off old wallpaper is a tough job. The last time I did it, I used my clothing steamer. It worked like a charm!

    Thanks for hosting MM.

    Jane
    frugalfineliving.com

  12. Southgateresidential says:

    This is my first time participating in Met Monday! Look forward to joining you for many more. (You can tell the newby–I messed up onthe title of my metamorphosis and put the name of my blog in instead!)

  13. Confessions of a Plate Addict says:

    Hi Susan! Looks like it's really coming along…and glad to see that Max approves! That always helps! lol Love the chair! Happy week!…hugs…Debbie

  14. Amy of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie says:

    It's all coming together perfectly! That chair is gorgeous!!

  15. The Polka Dot Closet says:

    You are going to love this office! Can't wait to see more.

    I linked up and wanted to thank you again for hosting this wonderful party!!!

    Carol

  16. The chair is perfect and I love it!

    I think your office is really beautiful!

    Mary

  17. Your office is awesome! I wish I had the space to have one just like it. And that chair stole my heart also! Everything looks great.

  18. Susan I love that chair in fact I sat on it and thought about it the day I bought my little elephant table there. It is a great looking chair for the price. I think it looks amazing in your office!!! You are moving right along!!! Fun to watch,Kathysue

  19. http://www.diyupholsterysupply.com/

    this is where i get my foam, and it is really well priced and quality stuff. cheers.

  20. Handy Man, Crafty Woman says:

    Thanks for hosting. That chair is so cute! it does look very comfy!

  21. Like every single room in your beautiful home, I know that the office will be fabulous! I love everything you've done so far! Can't wait to see the finished room! Thanks for sharing…

  22. Love,love,love the chair! Thanks for hosting today!

  23. Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop says:

    Well hello there my sweet friend!!! Wow what a great office,I so love that chair…what a find!!! Hope this finds you well,all the best! Chrissy x0

  24. This space is really shaping up beautifully. I LOVE that chair, it's perfect. And thanks for the tip on the wallpaper remover, I have one room left to do and I've been dreading it. Kat

  25. Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien says:

    I really like the sisal rug in the space and the green chair is gorgeous!!!!!!

  26. Donna~One Simple Country Girl says:

    OMG ~ you upstairs family room is divine! I could live there!! LOL! I also love the green chair you've chosen for your new office. It's beautiful! Can't wait to see your office all finished, it's coming along nicely!

  27. Love your new chair! The color is beautiful and I love the pleats!

  28. Heaven's Walk - says:

    Wow, Susan! Your office looks like something right out of the Ballard catalog! Beautiful job! That chair is soooooo adorable. I can see how she stole your heart. 🙂 Can hardly wait to see the entire room reveal!

    xoxo laurie

  29. This is has been so fun to watch the room coming together. Learning from your pitfalls with removing wallpaper, you've probably saved alot of us hours of work!!
    Your taste is immecable… Put it a frig and a murphy bed and I'd move in!!

  30. glimpse of my world says:

    love your room coming together…. pop over and see my makeover of the living area…. thanks for letting me link to your party!!

  31. Traci@ Beneath My Heart says:

    Susan,
    I am loving your new office. It looks amazing! And that chair is the cutest thing EVER! Love the color and the pleats.:)
    Can't wait to see the rest of the makeover.
    Thanks for hosting the party!

  32. Girl with the Curlz says:

    The new office looks amazing and I am LOVING that adorable chair.

  33. ~K @ VintageSkye says:

    Your office is going to be fabulous by the time you are done! That chair is awesome too! I have a den that it would look wonderful in. Do you think I could convince them to give it to me for free? Just kidding! I'm just gonna have to look at it and dream cuz I need to buy a new washing machine! Washing machines are not fun to buy:(

  34. The office is really turning out wonderful!

  35. Enchanted Rose Studio says:

    That chair is fabulous, Susan! I love your new office! It's really coming along beautifully! The desk hutch is looks command central! ha! Two monitors AND a telly! Beam me up Scotty…oops I mean Susan! 😉

    Thanks for hosting!

    Cheers!
    Tina

  36. Susan, it all looks super. I not only wish I had a spacious office with sunlight streaming in, but I wish my desk were as roomy and looked as clutter free as yours does. You are going to enjoy this room! ~ Sarah

  37. It's coming together very nicely, Susan. I love that chair, it does look comfy and the color and pattern gives more life to the room….Christine

  38. classic • casual • home says:

    I think you will be spending lots of time in your lovely office.
    Mary Ann

  39. I have been a rather passive reader of your blog for more than a year. Started reading in Ohio and continued after we moved to Villa Rica last year. I so admire your energy and creativity. You do things the way I would if I had as much vision as you do. Now that we are in Lithuania for 5 months, I continue to check in on you. I don't have to go to the University today, and at -9 degrees F. windchill temp., I am certainly not going out just because, so I am visiting "friends" like you. All my Skyping buddies are busily sleeping.
    Thanks again for your hard work.

  40. Mel's Cabin says:

    I featured your plaid living room in Mel's Cabin on plaid pillows.
    Thanks for sharing! I enjoy your blog very much.
    Mel

  41. Your changes are AMAZING! I've really been enjoying watching this transformation, well done! XOXO ~Liz

  42. Morning girl…the office is looking great and I LOVE THAT NEW CHAIR!!!!! I was in Pier 1 the other day and saw nothing like that down here! lol It is gorgeous! Hope you have a great week sweetie! Picket

  43. Susan things are really looking great…love the lookout perch for Max.
    You might try getting your foam from an upholstery supply place. We have a shop that's local here where you can take your pattern and they will cut it for you. That way you can get your good foam and not pay for a work shop to do it for you. Just check in your yellow pages.
    Have a fun week!

  44. I love how your office is coming together! It looks so crisp and fresh … the reading chair fabric is so pretty! And, clearly, Max is excited about his new spot in the sun! Thanks for hosting! Becca (www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com)

  45. Sandy, the Old Crow says:

    I just love the way the office is coming. It is so warm and inviting.

  46. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    I don't have a link up today, Susan, but I did want to tell you how nicely your office is coming along. The glass is a great idea; I'd probably do the same especially with white. When my daughter was a teen I took my son's old desk (that was obsolete with a new furniture purchase) and made it into a vanity for her. It was white and I had a piece of glass cut for the top and did a fabric skirt around the bottom. Saved a lot on make-up and nail polish messes!

    Love the chair from Pier 1! They have such nice chairs there, too. I always look at them even though I'm not buying one. I did buy a chair from them last year that was going quick and had to go to a second store to get it.

  47. Sweetened by Kagi says:

    Thank you for hosting such a fab party! I have linked your page to my blog post.
    P.S I am your newest follower, I hope you will follow me too 🙂
    I look forward to reading your future blog posts!

    http://sweetenedbykagi.blogspot.com/

  48. Creative Escapes says:

    I love how your office is coming along! I want to move in there! What a great space it is turning out to be! Thanks for hosting, I just posted #184 a thrift store makeover.
    Carrie
    @mycreativeescapes

  49. Susan, the home office/play/blog station is coming along very nice.
    Lookin' good lady! And so classy too.,but what else could we expect!
    ~Jo
    LazyonLoblolly

  50. ohiofarmgirl says:

    I am enjoying following along on your make-over. The chair is fabulous. Your office looks like it was a rather large room in your home. What are the size? Dianntha

  51. Love the chair with the pleated skirt—adorable!

  52. Your room is coming together beautifully!

  53. It's going to look lovely when you get it completed. I love that chair!
    I feel for you over the wallpaper issue, we had the sme problem in our kitchen…hang in there! I keep checking in to see the progress!

  54. They usually sell inexpensive chair cushions at Walmart, Target, etc. Perhaps you could buy one that would fit inside your desk chair cover. Love the way your office is coming along – I just know it is going to be gorgeous. Love the Pier 1 chair. http://www.lifeatwildberrycottage.com

  55. Yes! that chair is WONderful! the whole office looks terrific.

  56. This is truely a tranquil setting for an office. I particularly love your new chair.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Shel

  57. Laura Ingalls Gunn says:

    I do indeed love that chair that you found in Pier 1. You are making great progress.

    Today on my Monday Makeover my husband commandeered our kitchen table to show what HIS idea of a High Tea tablescape should look like. It is quite funny.

  58. Hi there Susan 🙂 The office is looking great! If you are looking for some thicker, firmer foam try ebay. I found some 5" thick replacement foam and the Dacron wrap for a sofa from an ebay store "The Foam Guys" They are located in High point NC. They may have what your looking for 🙂

  59. I saw that little chair at Pier One….it is just lovely! Your room is coming together and already looks great.

  60. Shelley@1510farmhousefancy says:

    I love the chair!! The ruffled skirt is adorable!! I cant wait to see the final room reveal. I'm sure it's going to be beautiful!!
    Thank you for always posting such great pictures and interesting posts!
    Shelley
    1510farmhousefancy

  61. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    I really love how it is all coming together. The desk area is wonderful. You have 2 monitors? Why is that…just curious? I've made a small off in my daughter's room, but I've also kept it "her room" even though she is only home once a year. I think she is still young enough she likes knowing it is still there…I'd rather have something that looks like yours!

  62. Susan, your office is looking so good and I'm enjoying the stages of progress. That chair has stolen my heart too. It is darling with the ruffle and I just love how fresh it looks.

    -Rene

  63. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Love your new chair and green is my favorite color, too. Thanks for sharing where you got it.

  64. Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea says:

    Hi, I gave you a shout out today, stop on by and help us celebrate.
    http://dobermans-by-the-sea.blogspot.com/2011/02/giveaway-and-thank-you.html#axzz1EcSLgIwj

  65. tales from an oc cottage says:

    As usual…Max's taste is impeccable…I think he gets that from his mom! ;}

    m ^..^

    ps…
    HOW cute is that chair! WOW!!!!!

  66. Susan,
    I love your chair so much. I didn't see that at Pier 1 when I visited recently.
    Your office is gonna look so cute!
    D

  67. Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures says:

    This is always so fun!
    Such great ideas!

    Love LOVE the chair!

  68. Liz@http://infusewithliz.blogspot.com/ says:

    Well first I wanted to say the chair from Pier 1 was quite a find! They sure are expanding what they carry these days. Your office is coming along so nicely. I'm curious why longer cable couldn't have been run to the tv in the location you wanted? Perhaps it will be easier to look at- at the level you have it now anyway. The rug looks good, I'm curious how it will handle the wheel motion from the chair. I had to put a plastic piece down on my carpet, got tired of fighting to move the chair around after it would sink in a bit.

  69. I'm as "green with envy" as the green in that wonderful chair. Just kidding, well, maybe not totally kidding! This space is truly awesome. I love the wonderful white furniture, the new chair, the floors, your lovely window with such a grand view–did I miss anything. Can't wait to see it all finished.
    CAS

  70. Your office is coming along nicely and I really love your new chair!

    Thank you for hosting,
    Carolyn

  71. At The Picket Fence says:

    Beautiful job Susan!! Thank you so much for hosting the party!

    Heather @At The Picket Fence

  72. I have so enjoyed watching the room develop. It is amazing.

  73. Susan, that chair is just beautiful. I'll brave the snow tomorrow and go to our local Pier 1 as I'm looking for a new chair for a guest room. THANKS for sharing.

  74. CherishedHearts Vintage says:

    The chair looks so comfy and cozy. I'd love to snuggle down it with my old ratty quilt and a book and get lost for a few hours.

  75. Vicki @ Curly Willow says:

    Susan, wow it's really taking shape. I'm still so jealous! Keep working hard you are making great progress! The floors are beautiful! And I recently bought a pier one chair too! A bright turquoise graphic! YUMMY!!

  76. Life in Rehab says:

    I am sooooooo in love with your choices for the office, and so envious of your space!

  77. Susan, let me be the 100th person to say with you, "I love, love, love that chair!" Your office is coming along beautifully! I need some of your persistance to get thigns done here! 😉

  78. The chair was a very wise impulse buy! It will add just the right amount of "Zing"!

  79. SavannahGranny says:

    Rosalie is a beautiful lady for a beautiful lady's office.
    Susan, your office is going to be so comfortable and welcoming for you. You and Max are going to have many wonderful hours making your magic from there. Hugs, Ginger

  80. Eileen @ Cottage Beach House says:

    I adore your new chair. My heart would have stopped seeing that one! Love love love the little skirt and the fabric. Thanks for another great linky party.

  81. Hi,
    I just linked to you from Maison Decor yesterday. I saw your chair and of course fell in love. I bought two for my den! I've been chair shopping for months! Thank you!

  82. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Amy, I'm sooo glad you found the chairs! The fabric really looks like it will last and hold up, too, doesn't it? I wish there was an ottoman to go with them. 🙂

  83. pier 1 still has that chair and i think you sealed the deal for me, i am off to buy it at my local pier 1 today! it looks great in your office (which i am sure is all done now since this is an old post), i just adore the skirt on that chair!!

  84. Hi Susan, I am interested buying the bedford set home office that you have, how does it work for you? there are some negative comments on the PB website about the quality of the desk, and the file cabinet drawers etc. Did you find the file drawers are hard to pull out? does the set show lots of dings ans scratches? thanks!-Gina

    • Hi Gina,
      I haven’t had any problems with dings/scratches because I had glass cut to cover the top. I noticed the desk in my local PB store had a plastic protector over the desk, so I figured a protector would be a good idea. Since I was going with the antique white color, I had a feeling the white finish would be easy to scratch and would probably show scratches more easily than a dark stain. I didn’t want to have to worry about dragging my keyboard across it or ink or pen marks, etc… so I went to the added expense of having glass cut to cover the top. PB sell a plastic protector (or they used to, not sure if they still do) but the plastic cover in the store was curling up at the edge, so that’s why I had glass cut for mine. Regarding dings, I had a desk chair for about a week and the metal arms were dinging the front edge of the desk each time I moved it forward. They stuck out pretty far. So, I returned it and went back to an armless chair. I haven’t had problems with any of the file drawers. The only drawer that sticks sometimes is the short, wide drawer in the desk hutch that’s on top of the desk. It sticks occasionally, I may need to wax the bottom edges. My desk has held up fine. It’s not fine furniture. It says that’s it “constructed of wood, MDF and veneers.” But it has worked well for my needs. If someone buys it and doesn’t like it, I would definitely return it. I think you have at least 30 days. Also, when I first ordered my desk furniture, one desk piece had a couple of imperfections in the top paint. I called PB and the ordered a new one for me and it was delivered to my local PB store. Since I really didn’t have any way to get that defective piece back down the stairs by myself, one of the guys there at the store brought the piece to my home and took the defective piece away. I don’t think they normally do that but the PB is just 2 miles away. So if you do order it, look it over well when it first arrives to make sure the paint finish is fine. I do recommend either buying the plastic protector or having glass cut for the top. I don’t know if they make plastic protectors for all the pieces, they used to for the corner desk. You just reminded me of a post I meant to write ages ago. I get email about which pieces I purchased and how I set mine up so sometime soon I’ll try to create a post about which pieces I purchased to get the arrangement I have and to have all the tops level with each other…no step downs.

      • Hi,

        Can you tell me the sizes for the corner glass protector? It looks like 3 pieces, and I just want to be sure before having a glass cut for my desk that hasn’t arrived yet. The acrylic one the PB sells is horrible, and not worth the price for that cheap mess.

        Thanks!

        • It is three pieces. The two small “side” pieces are 23 inches by 23 inches. I can’t really give you the measurements for the large center section because it’s very oddly shaped. The glass guy came to my home and made a template of it before he cut it. Yeah, the acrylic PB ones looked terrible at the PB near my home…they were curling up, so that’s why I had glass cut.

    • In case it’s helpful, here’s the post about the desk chair I had that didn’t work out. It shows the dings that chair was causing: http://betweennapsontheporch.net/the-quest-for-a-comfortable-desk-chair-take-3/

  85. hi Susan!
    thank you so much for the quick and detailed reply. it sure will help me to make decisions!
    Thanks again,
    -Gina

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