Office Makeover: the “after” photos ~ Colorado Springs baby photographer

July 22, 2010

This was no easy task.  I had to take everything out of the office and then start from scratch.  My goal was to make it look clean, fresh, happy, pretty and functional.  It was difficult to do because not only do I work in there but my husband & kids like to be on the other computer AND I needed space for my Presentation Artist to package orders and frame prints.  This is a tiny room so I had to utilize EVERY square  inch. We are also renting this home for now so I could not paint the walls or build anything onto the room. However, I knew that if I made it pretty, I would be more likely to keep it clean and organized…regardless of my right-brain tendencies.

So here it is. My clean-fresh-pretty-and-functional (and no longer crap-tastic) OFFICE:

When my Presentation Artist saw the office for the first time, she gasped and asked, “Has it always been this big??”  See what I mean by feeling like the walls were crowding in.

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  1. ang

    July 22nd, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    kelli this is amazing! i love every, single, detail!!

  2. Erica

    July 22nd, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Oh I love it! I would love to know where you got your stuff at. I have had to put my office in mine and my husbands room and I am working out of a very tiny space and need some shelves and these look perfect.

  3. Linsey Stuckey

    July 22nd, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Wow Kelli!!!! Your office looks AWESOME!!! It’s totally inspiring!!! I love it!

  4. Brianne

    July 22nd, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Kelli, this is so awesome! It looks AMAZING, and I’m sure you will get more done there now that it’s so organized and inviting! Kind of funny, I almost bought that same exact poster…”keep calm and carry on” I think I might go back and get it! So did you boot your husband or is he still in there too? I would love to know about how much your makeover cost. My office looks about like your did before, same plastic table and dingy organizers.

  5. Deanna

    July 22nd, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    It’s so pretty! Where did you get the curtain for the closet? It’s adorable!

  6. Brianne

    July 22nd, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Ixnay on the husband comment, I see where he is now 😉

  7. Jules

    July 22nd, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    stunning! love the organization … so cute!

  8. Irene Waltz

    July 22nd, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Kelli,Wow! I’ve looked at the before pictures and…dark. After: bright and beautiful! Great job.

  9. brittanylane

    July 22nd, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    You continue to amaze me! Truly a stunning makeover. Wanna do my house next?

  10. Marissa Nicole

    July 22nd, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    That is gorgeous. You did a great job. I am in the process of makin over my office. I got about 25% of the way and stalled. I will finish one day.

  11. Melis

    July 22nd, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Agreed! Looks fantastic! I would also love to know where you found that curtain, I’m obsessed!

  12. Dawn Cooper

    July 22nd, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    LOVE IT!!!!! Great work Kelli!

  13. Kelli France

    July 23rd, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Thank you for all your nice words. The curtain is a shower curtain that was ordered online at Urban Outfitters. I just love it!

  14. devon

    July 23rd, 2010 at 5:24 am

    oooh! i love it! i want someone to come and make my room over now 🙂 do you mind sharing where you got that LOVE print?? its amazing! fabulous job!

  15. admin

    July 23rd, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you Devon! I got the LOVE print from

  16. Kerrie

    July 23rd, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Your office looks fabulous! I love how clean and bright it looks.

  17. julie overstreet

    July 24th, 2010 at 4:14 am

    I need to do this to my office – I feel the same way – uninspired and unorganized! I’m sending this to my husband as well. Great job! 🙂

  18. Raquel Lehman

    July 24th, 2010 at 4:28 am

    It looks so beautiful! I know exactly what you mean about clutter clouding the brain too…
    Can i ask what size the canvas of the baby is on the wall?

  19. admin

    July 24th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    That baby is my little man and the canvas size is 20×24. Love that size!

  20. haley b

    July 24th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    love it, kelli! great job – very inspiring….

  21. haley b

    July 24th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    love it, kelli! so inspiring….

  22. colby evans

    July 24th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    my goodness! what an inspiration! wow! i love the bright white space with the fun pops of color. where did you get your “a place for pending papers”? that thing would really help the corner of my desk! love your transformation!colby

  23. admin

    July 24th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Colby,I got the place for papers at Target then I added the label clips (that I purchased from Walmart) to it.

  24. Colleen

    July 24th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    what a beautiful transformation! Love it!!!Where did you get the desk/chair???
    I’m in the process in trying to set up my work space at home –
    got kicked off the dining room table! 🙂

  25. Lisa

    July 24th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    LOVE!! Can I ask where you got your desk and the shelf w/the drawers?

  26. admin

    July 25th, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Lisa,The desk is from It’s the Parsons desk and it’s on SALE! The shelf with drawers is from Michaels.

  27. jennifer

    July 24th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Love it. Will you come do mine next???

  28. Nicki

    July 24th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    So inspiring that I have already chucked everything out of my office/dining room and half painted the walls! Love all the little storage bits for papers, ribbons etc, I feel a little shopping spree coming on ;o)

  29. Beth Benoit

    July 25th, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Kelli-Congrats, LOVE the office makeover! I see you found a great table too! 😉

  30. Beth Benoit

    July 25th, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Kelli-Congrats, LOVE the office makeover! I see you found a great table too! 😉

  31. admin

    July 25th, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Thanks Beth! Your office was a big inspiration.

  32. jess

    July 25th, 2010 at 3:02 am

    wow, i LOVE the makeover. your expandable table would be the perfect wrapping station for my small space…would you mind sharing where you found it? thanks!!!

  33. admin

    July 25th, 2010 at 3:55 am

    The expanding table is a cutting table (for sewing) from JoAnne’s Fabrics.

  34. Kati

    August 6th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    saw your makeover at the Savvay Photographer and wanted to leave you some comment love. Your new office space looks devine! You’ve inspired me to take the bull my the horns and tackle my own space. Thanks and Happy creating! ~Kati

  35. jessica marchetti

    August 7th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    kelli where did you find the white stacked letter tray on your desk? “a place for pending papers” i’ve been looking for a unit JUST like that and have had zero luck. everyone i find is industrial and gross.

  36. admin

    August 10th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Jessica,I got it at Target in the Scrapbooking section. I had to stack 2 of them on top of each other.

  37. Rachel

    August 9th, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Ok so I have a dream to be organized! SO NOT HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. Can you confirm that having a beautiful space like this really helps with being organized and keeping things tidy? I’ve always wondered if it was really true…Love your blog 🙂


  38. admin

    August 10th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Rachel,I can totally confirm that having a beautiful space is a huge motivator to keeping things tidy. Of course, I have to work at it everyday but my office is still clean! That’s a miracle & testament itself!

  39. Gloria Meredith

    August 19th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    WOW WOW WOW!!!

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  43. Chelsea

    December 20th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I know this post is from a while back, but I’m re-doing my office and remembered this post. I am trying to find a wrapping paper station. Do you mind sharing where you found your wrapping paper holder?

  44. admin

    December 21st, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Chelsea,I got it at Michaels.