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From Music Room to Office –


So it occurred to  me that I had started my office ‘project’ just about a year ago, and aside from curtains, I am close to done.  However, knowing me, I’m sure I will be rearranging a few things.

I had decided to move our beloved piano from the ‘music room’ to the livingroom, giving myself an office.  If you are interested in reading more about the actual piano move- you can go HERE.   ( I know you will be hitting  that link b/c my life is just soooo interesting!  lol)

Withing this past year, we painted this room,  (a huge THANK YOU to my cleaning lady’s handy husband, he painted this room in addition to nearly the entire house for a VERY good price,) adopted two retired racing greyhounds, took a well needed break from the photography business and got my sanity back.  🙂


May, 2011.  The End of a ‘music room’ that was never used.


May 10th, 2011.  The beginning of my new office and the beginning of that Gallery Wall.



So fast forward a year, we repainted the inset a grey color and the main walls a lighter white/cream.  ‘Cooled’ down the color temperatures, and finally finished that wall.  Sorry about the pile of cords on the side.  I’m not perfect.  🙂



These are all 1.5 inch canvasses from CanvasOnDemand.   If you are interested in sizes and how I arranged them – Please go HERE

PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGESo after the wall was finished, a got that chair from Pier 1.  And my boys have ‘their’ office upstairs with Ikea chairs.  Some day I may paint those cabinets.



Table (that I use as a desk) and bookcase are from Nadeau.



Knowing me,  I will most likely find a new home for those canvasses some day.  I tend to do that a lot – rearrange things.   That chest of drawers is from my grandparents house and I just love it!PINIMAGE


What’s really nice about this transformation, is we now have a nice bright room in the front of the house that not only gets used A LOT, but it allows me to be with my family more.  I used to work in a room in the back of the house (the dungeon) and that just wasn’t good.


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  • Jen - Can you tell me the size of your wall space? The height and length. thanks!

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  • Tracy H - I’d LOVE to know what color the paint colors were for the gray and the light cream color! It’s beautiful!!!

  • Jayme - Your office is so inspiring! Makes me want to put more on my walls!

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  • Jess - I love this! What size are the three photos on the bottom left?

  • Breanna - it looks like the perfect office space- love the colors & decorating, congratulations!

  • Sarah Albert - Wow!! I love this. Thank you for the inspiration. 🙂

  • Christina - What an amazing space! That wall of images took my breath away.

  • Mary Schannen - Thank you so much everyone – This post is actually getting a lot of attention – (which doesn’t happen to me very much – I really do not ‘put myself out there’). I’m flattered!

    Ok – Angela/Janet – I will measure and will get back to you – but to give you a frame of reference – the middle closeup is a 35×25, above it is a 30×40 (superman jump). I had those two first – put them against the wall and decided to fill up the space with more canvasses. I ordered the canvasses based on the space I had available. It took a while – there was a good amount of time the wall was half done – that bothers me. I feel much better when a project that I am staring at actually gets done!

    Kelly/Matt – The desk – which yes – is a table I got from Nadeau – A national store located in many cities across the US. The link is above the image with both the table and bookcase. I love that store!

  • Matt Davis - Hi there,

    I happened across this blog/site after seeing your great looking gallery wall on Pintrestl. Fab photos, you’ve got some sweet looking kids. Most of all though totally lovin’ your desk.

    Hope you don’t mind I also pinned it to my ‘wall art’ inspiration collection.

    >off to get my son to jump across the sofa ‘superman style’ and photograph him too!<

  • hope - in love!! jealous of your artistry and your home!!! you are amazing mary!

  • Kelly Woofter - Where did you find your desk (table)?! I have searched antique stores, flea markets etc. for the same table and can’t find one! I’m a little picky 🙂

    Your room is beautiful!!

  • Leslie - Umm… let me pick my jaw up off the floor! Your office is stunning! Every single canvas is amazing and I love the color you chose!

  • Janet - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!! I am actually thinking about doing something very similar! I have a very similar room in my house that doesn’t get used, but I need an office. How did you decide on the sizes of the canvases? Did you measure the walls and then figure? What are the measurements of your canvases? Thanks!!!


  • Beth Ross | Tyler TX Photographer - LOVE that wall of pictures!!! It is amazing. I love your office, too. The colors are so soft and soothing. You get gorgeous light in your house.

  • Angela - Totally gorgeous. I love the canvas behind your desk. Do you mind sharing the sizes. Thanks

  • Mary Schannen - Thank you Everyone!

    Natasha – that color is Web Grey from Shermin Williams. But be careful – in some rooms it looks more blue.

    And I apologize if you get an error message – I usually do get all the comments, even though my blog may tell you it’s an error. Kind of frustrating.

  • natasha klein - Hi I’m in the with your gallery/wall. love the look of the b&w on the grey walls! beautiful
    would love to know the name of the grey paint color. please. thanks

  • Stephanie Moore {Tucson AZ Photographer} - Oh no now I have MAJOR house envy. I love your house so much, it’s perfect. The color in the office is so classy and fun and the rest of your house is just gorgeous, beautiful job!!

  • Sabreena K - So beautiful! What I wouldn’t give for a space like this!

  • Krista Lund - what a wonderful space you created. love your photo wall!!

  • tabitha - OMG..that wall! Insanely insanely gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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