At home in my office

Hiya! Ok, here we go with another project! This one has been going on a while in the background and finally I have a couple of decent photos to show you. It’s not quite finished, maybe only 85% there, but I am really happy to say it’s coming along well!

Here’s a before…



Nice hey? hahaha… So, as you can see below, we finally have part of the home office built! My husband and I did it all…




At this stage you can see 2 work spaces. We actually have 3 on the return (photo below), and I’m really happy! The desk is a laminate benchtop. We measured the back wall (it’s big – like 3m) and then got a corner piece cut. We got it all from Masters (not sponsored!). Just walk in with your measurements, pick the laminate and they’ll cut it all. It was very heavy, but we have a ute so we could bring it home. Should have seen us trying to get it IN the house! LOL.

The filing cabinet is from Officeworks (not sponsored!). We needed that to hold the bulk of the weight. I bought cute little handles from ebay to jazz the front of it up. You’ll need to find the studs in the wall to mount brackets. We knew where most of them were and we have a stud-finder too. Wasn’t hard, you just need to have brackets that will hold the weight and attach them correctly.


Above is where you can see the 3rd work space. I need to work on that area! I’m thinking of a stool and shelving? Maybe? What do you think?



The original plan was to go with overhead shelving. But then after the desk went in I really got a feel for the space and the shelves would be too long, with brackets showing and I was afraid it would end up full of junk. So I had some cool artwork and decided to hang that and see what I thought…. yep, it’s staying. You see, this room is in the middle of my house. Right in the centre. You can see it from everywhere, so it also needed to look neat, fresh and blend in with the rest of my styling. I buy what I like, I don’t think about it too much, so it all gets mixed in together!


See the above photo – I thought I was clever with this… I can’t stand cords. I don’t think you’ll ever see a visible cord in my house. So we drilled a hole in the benchtop (you need a power drill and a hole saw bit) and tucked the cords through. I had the power points put under the bench before we moved in because I knew I’d be having a desk like this. The little white buckets are shower caddy’s. You can’t see them unless duck down! The chairs cover them too. Perfect solution to cords! Β Plus we’re pretty wireless here – wireless keyboard, mouse etc.


Here’s the storage on the right. I had that cupboard built in so it’s seamless, but holds all the office stuff you need!


See, centre of the house. We can close it off with the double doors too when it gets a little noisy or messy. The kids use this space too! It’s for them as well – that’s why we have 3 work spaces.



There is it! The start of my office! I hope to have that 3rd area finished in the next few weeks…. hmmm then what will my next project be? Ah yes, a lounge room I have been dying to get shelving in to!


PS. I already have emails about the pallet coffee table in the photo. There’s a tutorial on that here. πŸ™‚


  • Anita Vasey

    Thank you for the inspiration. I love it!

  • Karen Willems

    how about white or back floating shelves above area 3 !!

    • Katrina Chambers

      Yes, sounds good!

  • Mrs Woog

    What a lovely place to work!

    • Katrina Chambers

      Thanks Woog. No excuses now! πŸ˜‰

  • Mary

    Love this Katrina! Planning our office at the moment and think I will def copy your idea of the Masters laminate. What is holding up the laminate bench apart from the filing cabinet?

    • Katrina Chambers

      Brackets underneath attached to studs in the corners πŸ™‚

  • Chris Robinson

    Love love love everything. The cord storage is genius. Your decorating is perfect (as always) I have very similar taste, but am stuck living in an 80’s home. Slowly trying to update. My ‘office’ is my laptop on my lap, husband has claimed the study , but after seeing this it is definitely time to start the update in there. thanks for the inspiration Katrina.

  • Ingrid Nestegard Vivelid

    Looks very fresh and inspirational πŸ™‚ especially love the cupboard! I have one of those in my work office and it’s the best thing ever, keeps all the mess away from my workspace πŸ˜‰

  • Simone- honeyandfizz

    Fab space. Looks lovely and fresh. I love the position in the house, right in the centre of everything x

    • Katrina Chambers

      Thanks Simone! XX

  • Lisa Warren

    Your office nook is just perfect! I’ve been looking at redoing mine, and this is exactly the inspiration I need.

    • Katrina Chambers

      Awww thanks Lisa!

  • Jan

    Such a beautiful space. I really love your office. If ever we get to build our own home this is what I will have. Love that it is central and not tucked way in another room, away from the hub. Neat, pretty and practical, you have it covered. Love the cord storage idea, I too hate those cords everywhere.

  • Anita Lane

    Is that how it really looks day to day where are the printers extra hard drives and multitude of messy cords that I have???

  • Lauren Miller

    Wow looks fantastic! Worth the wait u have done a great job πŸ™‚

  • Anita Lane

    How do u print? Where are all your thousands of movie files and photo files. I could never fit our lot on a lap top. We even have the bulky old desktop that we deal with. My computer area is a horrid mess even after a clean up. I’ve pinched the organised housewifes idea of storing all not used cords in toilet rolls In The drawer that looks better. Maybe if I submit a photo
    Of my disaster area you could fly over here and fix it πŸ™‚ on second thoughts that wouldn’t work cos I’d want to get ur input on the whole

  • Anita Lane

    Oh now I’ve seen the post with the WHOLE set up!! 3 spaces and storage cupboard and the cords hidden!! PURE GENIUS!!!!

  • Helen Jaman

    Looks great Katrina ! Great posi !! Love it, really fresh I especially love the canvas and the Let It Be print and chairs ! The return is a great idea just for that extra workspace, perhaps some shelving could be handy for you here as you are thinking – ikea have nice neat floating shelving so you don’t see any brackets – worth checking out and I love the idea of the cupboard for all the storage – so wish I had one of them !!

    • Katrina Chambers

      Thanks lovely!! Yep I think I might look at the shelving options. X

  • Jaye McLaren

    This space is beautiful. I’m planning a similar space in my new house but I’m a bit stuck on chairs. I love the ones you have chosen but my space will be carpeted. Are office chairs with wheels totally tacky??

    • Katrina Chambers

      I don’t think they are tacky – there are some nice neat plain ones around! Matt Blatt have a few, but they seem expensive, but I’m sure you could hunt for similar. X

  • Kristy Oakley Farrugia

    Love it. Are your floors Blackbutt?

  • TheMorleyReport

    Love it Katrina! LOTS πŸ™‚

  • Karen Edwards

    Love the space great idea. Just wondering what size is the room please?

  • KL

    Perfection Katrina! Looks great and is functional too. I predict many home ‘wish lists’ will include replica areas from this time forth! Congrats! X kl

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