Our House | Before and Afters

The Study/Pantry/Spare Bedroom/Office/Music Room/Closet

Well this

week may win the “Most Random Weekly Blog Posts Ever” award. Seriously! Between McDonalds, Christmas decor and Bokeh, I’m sure some people are thinking “Wait… I thought this girl was a photographer“!  I am, but this is just one of those random blogging weeks where I’m just doing what I want! I’m in the mood for decorating ya’ll! Christmas is here and after Monday’s post I realized that I had ONE last “Before and After” post to share! I totally forgot about this little room! ….. That’s because it’s pretty forgettable. It’s one of those rooms that has a bunch of different titles and somehow seems to attract JUNK.

When we have people coming over and the island in the kitchen is covered in junk… it goes in THIS room.  If we bought too much at Costco and it won’t fit in the kitchen (because we don’t have a pantry)… it gets stuffed in this closet. When laundry doesn’t get folded right away… it gets throw on this bed. Needless to say, this room NEVER looks like this. The one day it was EVER this clean was the day I took these pictures. I’m just being honest! This is our “junk room”….. but even a “junk” room can be prettified!  You’ve heard me say before that we’re IKEA fans…. HUGE IKEA FANS! Why? Because as newlyweds, we were able to furnish our whole house with wedding money. Now, our guests will agree that this bed feels like you’re sleeping on cardboard but hey! It’s cute! We can always get a new matress!


This is called the “Study”…. but no one has EVER “studied” in it… I don’t think we’ve even used the DESK… but it’s a much needed room. We have a tiny house and while we love it, we desperately needed a room like this to catch all of our extra “stuff”.  We don’t have a pantry in our kitchen and so the closet in this room is our food pantry! And our bedroom closet only holds 2/3rds of my clothing and so Michael’s clothes are stored above the food in this little closet. Michael surprised me with a keyboard that I LOVE and so naturally it had to go in this room… along with all of our personal files and records that are stored in black filing folders on the shelves. Whew! You see, this room is a life saver! So it deserves a little blog love!! Enjoy a few “Before and Afters” of this baby space!  And ps. Please understand that I take ALL of my “home” pictures with the 24 1.4 lens… which means everything looks twice as big as reality because of the wide angle!! :)



Comments (20)


  1. Diana from BloomsByTheBox: ( )

    This is adorable! Great job and GREAT color scheme! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Melissa Kate: ( )

    I LOVE this random post week and that room is so cute!!

  3. Natasha: ( )

    beautiful!! Love the colors :)

  4. Amanda: ( )

    *sigh* I LOVE it! Especially your accents in mustard. I love mustard as much as you love your teal!

  5. Mallory: ( )

    Your decorating is just so phenomenal! I love your before and after posts! :)

  6. Jayme: ( )

    So cute! You could definitely have a career in decorating!!

  7. Katie Nesbitt: ( )

    Oh man our spare bedroom looks a lot like your before, but worse lol. I really need to get on that! Yours looks so good!

  8. Annetta: ( )

    Sleeping on cardboard…funny!! But I love that bed! We have junk rooms in our house too and I’m pretty sure my house is bigger then yours.

  9. Katie: ( )

    So cute!!!!

  10. Annamarie: ( )

    ahhh can we talk about where that tan studded chair is from?? So cute! I need one! This looks so good. You are a decorating genius. You should also offer home decorating coaching sessions where you come and look at my house and tell me how to make it look like this;)

  11. Kristin: ( )

    So cute…and I love the random blog posts, I have been writing some as well now that wedding season is over and the work load slows down a bit.

  12. Sarah Syhakhoun: ( )

    I love your decorating posts! We have lots of Ikea in our apartment as well, and our office is the hub where every piece of furniture is from Ikea. We have the same Expedit in there! It has become our catch-all room as well even though we try to keep it as organized as possible. How is it that these rooms can only stay tidy for a day?!

  13. Kristina W.: ( )

    I love how you have a light over the large canvas! You’re SO GOOD at interior decorating!

  14. ashley link: ( )

    i LOVE your random posts! don’t get me wrong, i love your wedding posts. there is just something so personal about these posts. i love getting to know you! can we hang out again? the workshop wasn’t long enough. ;) haha. seriously, these posts are great! LOVE the zebra pillow too! ;)

  15. ashlyn: ( )

    you are amazing when it comes to interior designing!

  16. ashley barnett: ( )

    Cute room! I love all the canvases! I need to stop being a slacker and order more! Thanks for the reminder haha!

  17. Michelle: ( )

    I have that bedspread in my bedroom. Never thought of mixing mustard/yellow with it. I think that must be done in my room. :)

  18. Karin: ( )

    Dear Katie, I found your blog through Jasmine*’s, and I am amazed! You are such a gifted photographer! I mean, I have read (stalked!) your blog the last few days, and even at the very first beginning of your photography business you have amazing pictures! It is very inspiring for me, because I am pursuing my dream to be a wedding photographer some day. I still work part-time in the office, but one day I will have my phtography business. :)
    But what I love even more are your makeover posts. I mean, you are better than so many IKEA designer (and I really admire IKEA designers – sometimes I go to IKEA only to take a look at the designed rooms). Thank you so much for all this inspiration!!!

  19. Katie: ( )

    Stumbled upon you in Pinterest! Where is the daybed from? And is it a full sized bed?

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