Lake Cottage Study Reveal

About a year ago we remodeled our study.

This room is the old master bedroom and actually serves as a pass through to the family room and/or the new master bedroom now.

We spend tons of time in this room.

It  has high ceilings, skylights that fill it with light and the floor to ceiling bookshelves that serve as great storage.

French doors open one side to the family room while another glass door leads to our master.

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When we moved in it really lacked character.

It was painted a icky lavender color and needed to be warmed up for sure.

The old office furniture from our previous home did not work in the space so we sold it before we moved.

We lived in the space a bit to decide what configuration would work for our needs.

Don’t you love the old file cabinet and folding table look with cardboard accessories?

Very Stylish!

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First I shopped for furniture.

I settled on the Pottery Barn Bedford corner desk with file cabinet and small desk to form our custom unit.

The reason I chose this was because I could configure the desk specifically for our needs.

We have had it now almost three years….do I love it? It does serve its purpose very nicely but I am a bit disappointed on how it has held up. We are not very hard on furniture and this desk set shows every ding and scratch, which is a bummer.

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We received the desk and then time went on….other things took priority, like the kitchen remodel. For a good year the space looked like this….

But I had plans!

I wanted to  try Board and Batten on the walls and paint the room Navy.

This is a lake cottage and I want to keep it nautical without making it look cheesy.

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I chose Starless Night by Behr as my wall color.

With such a dark color we knew we needed to add the Board and Batten to lighten up the room.

Unfortunately, the skylights do get covered with snow in the winter which,  can make the room a bit dark.

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So, I researched all sorts of Board and Batten tutorials on the web but, stuck to Thrifty Decor Chick’s advice pretty consistently.

Thank you Thrifty Decor Chick! I absolutely love your blog!

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We bought lots and lots of primed 1×4’s and started constructing a pattern on the wall. The room seemed to come alive with character immediately.

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Then I tackled the huge task of caulking and repainting the built in shelves.

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I could not be happier with the finished product! It’s Nautical with the navy walls and orange accents but could really fit into any space.

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The sisal rug is fluffy enough for us to sit on and play a game. My collection on vintage globes fit in just fine.

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My daughters favorite place to read a book is in the leather chair.

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My husband can be working at the main computer while I work on client projects along side him.

This home office is the busiest room in our house these days and we love to be in it!

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