Mr. Magpie’s Office (aka “The Study”)

Mr. Magpie's Office via Cottage Magpie

Mr. Magpie's Office via Cottage Magpie

Like I I told you the other day, we’ve been playing “musical rooms” since last fall, and we’re still sort of getting situation to move forward. It’s really exciting, of course. The best part is that with the changes we’re making, I feel like the house is finally falling into place like it hasn’t in the 5 1/2 years we’ve been here. I actually think this is the end of the constant changes.

The downside is that despite our vow to not do the “whole house project” method, we’re doing it anyway. Not that we weren’t going to do projects in all the rooms, we totally were. But I had had this fantasy after the pain and suffering of the last house (I’ll be sharing more on that story soon) that I would do things one room at a time. It’s very popular to do things that way and I can see why — it makes for great reveals and great rooms to live in!! But I think I’m going to have to accept the fact that my brain just doesn’t work that way. I tend to do a little here and a little there, and slowly the whole house gets better. C’est la vie!

Anyway, that’s not why we’re here. We’re here to talk about Mr. Magpie’s office. So, to recap, last fall, we (well, Mr. Magpie), did a whole lot of this:

Building in Cabinets via Cottage Magpie

But then we decided it was better for it to be my office, like this (totally not finished yet):

Craft Room Office in Living Room via Cottage Magpie

Which meant that Mr. Magpie’s office ended up in the bonus room, which works out better for him, too. It’s kind of like this:

Mr. Magpie's Office via Cottage Magpie

There’s basically three “zones” or areas in this room, and I’ll probably work on them one at a time. I’m sorry to say that is in the “eventually” category, because one of the side effects of this switcheroo is that the main bathroom has become a major priority. I’ll explain more about that soon, but meanwhile, here’s what will eventually be the “before’s” of Mr. Magpie’s office.

First up is the “guest” area, with the daybed. It’s the daybed from IKEA and it makes into a King sized bed with real mattresses. It’s really comfortable, unlike every folded couch bed I’ve ever tried.

Daybed in the Office via Cottage Magpie

You may recognize this, because it has been in many rooms in our house, most recently in the family room:

Daybed in Family Room via Cottage Magpie

That’s the family room before I started painting the hutches green.

Then there’s Mr. Magpie’s work area, which features the awesome old desk that a friend gave us. I really really love this desk!!

Vintage Wood Desk via Cottage Magpie

The last area is this feature / display wall. Now you know what happened to the salvaged wood! 🙂 It’s here. Clearly we need to go back to ReStore and get more.

Salvaged Wood Wall in Progress via Cottage Magpie


Actually there’s five zones because I missed two!!

The little vestibule that leads to his office:

Office Entry in Progress via Cottage Magpie

And the office bathroom:

Office Mathroom in Progress via Cottage Magpie

That photo is from when we were touring the house! I looked and can’t find one newer, but trust me, there’s not much to see.

BUT, can you see the potential? I can totally see the potential. It’s going to be red, blue, black and wood, with silver accents. Kind of old barn meats 30’s Hollywood meets geek love meets industrial chic. Does that make sense?? What should we call that? Industrial Hollywood Geek Barn? I don’t know. But I’m excited. It doesn’t look like much now, but I can totally see it in my mind. More on that soon, too!

Do you have a project that you just *know* is going to be amazing, but nobody else can “see” it? Does that happen to you frequently, like me?

~Angela :-)

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  1. Oh, I so love the wall with the salvaged wood. How cool is that! Can’t wait to see the final reveal! So glad you are doing things in the order that work for you. I think that’s when I find my decorating mojo…. when I do things in the way that is right for me instead of how I think I “should” do them. Exciting things going on at your home!

    • Thank you Melinda! I feel bad sometimes because I never have big room reveals, so it’s not super “wow” but it *is* the way I work so I’ve decided to just go with it. At least it’s realistic!! Fortunately the salvage wood is really really cheap, so it’ll be no problem to get more. I’m excited to keep chugging along and see how it turns out. ~Angela~

  2. I just finished, but am still tweaking, a room that no one else could “see”. Thankfully I have a loving husband that was on board and helped me even though his thoughts were different. Can’t wait to see your finished space! Stop by and let me know what you think of my new room!

    • Oh, that is so cool! Mr. Magpie sometimes puts up a fuss, but, like yours, he helps me anyway — and he always (so far, anyway) comes around in the end! I’m going to come see your room right now! Fun! ~Angela~

  3. Laura Donnovan says:

    The display room looks great…I’m waiting to see your project finished..and yes sometimes I also have great ideas in my head and no one else can see it… Like when I’ve decided to paint my living room in lemon yellow and left one of the walls in lillac…My husband thought that it’ll look strange but finally he loved it. Good luck with the project!

    • Laura, you are very lucky to have a supportive husband! I would love to see that lemon yellow and lilac room — it sounds really pretty! Thanks for stopping by! ~Angela~

  4. In the pic of hubby putting that wood up, I thought…what???? But seeing the whole wall, and hearing your ideas….BAM! I love it!!!

    • Hahahaha! I know! I think most people react that way. I wish I could say I came up with that idea myself, but I’ve seen it on other sites. I really do love the salvage wood — IF you are going for that kind of look. You notice I don’t have it in *my* office! 🙂 But I think it’s going to look great in Mr. Magpie’s office. I am thinking I might do a post showing more of what I have in mind, too, along with some of the artwork and fabric I already have to use. Thanks for coming by! ~Angela~

  5. Ohhh this room is going to be great. I can see your vision. That wall with the repurposed wood oh my how great is that. I can’t wait to see it finished. I get you and get what you are doing here. It will be wonderful as it unfolds. I am excited for you.

    • Thank you so much, Kris!! It’s kind of fun to work on a room with a different style — I think it’ll really suit him and still blend with the rest of the house. I hope!!! ~Angela~

  6. I love that wall! What a great focal point.

  7. The wall is going to be amazing when you are done! Love the direction you are going and look forward to seeing it all revealed!

  8. Thirkellgirl says:

    I don’t see it. But that’s why I like your blog, because I can’t see things that aren’t there, and you show me things that ARE there and then I know that I like them. 🙂 I can copy something I’ve seen, and even tweak it afterwards, but I truly don’t have the ability to picture it when it isn’t there yet. So at this point it looks like a mess to me, but if you say it’s going to be awesome, I have faith that it will be!

    • Hee hee! That is the coolest thing ever! You are the best, Nancy. Now I’m totally inspired to make it happen so you can see it! 🙂 I think that might have just been the motivation I needed! ~Angela~

  9. The desk looks so good in that room – and I love the salvage wood wall. I miss seeing all the changes in your house. It’s looking great.

    • Thank you! I hope we can finally get to that room soon — we have so much going on and so much to do, that everything moves at a glacial pace. But I’m sure we’ll get there eventually! ~Angela~

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