my office.

home office

With the flooding, rearranging, and new flooring in our house came a shifting of furniture.

The study, formerly only home to my desk {$30 at a yard sale} and some bookshelves, turned into a major family hub when the sofa from the family room moved in. I had to move my desk over to a blank wall and away from the front window, {a perfect eagle’s eye view to Charming’s daily activities outdoors} a move I wasn’t thrilled about, but am totally in love with now.

The wall was a little blank so I framed a piece of wrapping paper I picked up at Kate’s Paperie {$5} on my last trip to New York City with a great IKEA frame {$30} and a clock I picked up at a thrift store {$4}. The lamp is also from a thrift store {$3} and the chair was salvaged from a friend who was moving & getting rid of furniture {free!}.

I love my happy little office. At least when it’s clean.

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Melanie :

    We have an almost identical desk in our office that we refinished and I LOVE it. It has such a wonderful SUBSTANTIAL feeling. Very nice choice. :)

    Of course, I can never see mine. . . does yours really look that clean more than 10% of the time? If so, I need tips.

  2. Erin S. :

    Looks great! Love the little file folders too!

  3. Emily :

    I remember that desk rather affectionately. Enjoyed my time spent by its side throwing papers this way and that. Let me know when we can do it again, though by the looks of things you don't need my help any more! (How about my baking?!?!)

  4. likeschocolate :

    What a great space! Did you get a piece of glass cut for the top of the desk? I love the framed map paper. What a great idea!

  5. Lisa Ridgely :

    I love your chair! I think you've inspired me actually…I've been searching for a couple of new chairs for my studio. I have some older windsor chairs I could paint white, and I bet I could pick up the swivel bottoms from other chairs at a thrift store. I wonder how tricky it would be to rig it all together?

    Love the file folders too!

  6. Boston Mamas :

    Simple and LOVELY. I'm in the midst of office reno too. I have some seriously horrendous before pix that I'm trying to muster the courage to post.

  7. Anonymous :

    I beleive that I may speak with some authority here when I say that it's more of a hen's perspective than and eagle's eye. Love you.

  8. Erin :

    what a great space. i love the desk and chair and lamp and well, all of it!

  9. Camille :

    Exactly how I would picture your office to look! Except it's missing some color on the wall :)

  10. liz stanley :

    love that desk lamp!

    ps my word ver is 'pinis' he he

  11. The Dragonfly :

    I have the same piece of wrapping paper framed in my 12 year old son's room which is bedecked with vintage globes! Awesome!

  12. Heather at Happy Chippy Junk :

    I love a good deal!! I dare say the map is hung a tiny bit to high!! Center over desk (not on wall) and move down 3 or 4 inches!!

  13. Petit Elefant :


    Isn't that desk the best? I think it's circa mid 50's or so, and it's SOLID. And no, my desk is never ever that clean. Maybe once a month. :)


    Aren't those file folders darling? Office Max baby!


    Oh, those were the days alright. Since then I've managed to stay mostly upright in my organization. MOSTLY.


    I don't have a piece of glass for the top of the desk but I probably should!


    I'm so glad you like it! It wouldn't be hard at all to paint a chair and screw some swivels into the bottom, not hard at all, go for it!


    It came together pretty nicely huh? It was all happenstance, one thrifting piece at a time, of course.

    Boston Mamas,

    It's always the before pics that are hard right? I won't judge you for the before I promise.


    How have I never heard of *hens perspective*? I love that! Hen indeed.


    I've wanted to paint it about 40 different colors but keep getting vetoed by the husband. One of these days…..


    Isn't that lamp the bomb? Totally hidden at D.I. Makes me happy just thinking about it.

    The Dragonfly,

    That's AWESOME! I have about 3 other pieces of framed paper around my house and I love them. I love that you have vintage globes in your sons room too.

    Happy Chippy,

    Well, the wall is about 20 feet tall, so I put it a little higher than I might normally.

  14. ellen :

    I want to visit you in your office; it's very cool. And retro-y.

  15. Petit Elefant :


    Anytime, the door is open!

  16. Marie {Make and Takes} :

    I love your office. It's so inspiring, I need a better work space. Maybe I need a flood to help get me in shape!

  17. Kathleen :

    It looks great! Having a nice view is worth the move. And I love those file folders. I have some too. :)

  18. Petit Elefant :


    Nooooooo, no floods! It might take you 3 months to get a new floor!


    Thank you, I love it! Aren't those folders the best? So darned stylish, I can hardly handle it.

  19. Kage :

    I didn't believe it, but you DID do a nice job for under 100. And, I have that clock.

  20. Petit Elefant :


    Yes! Totally cheap, and they organize the whole desk so well, I couldn't live without them.


    Told you so. I'm a total thriftie/cheapo, so $100 was a lot for me.

  21. Cassie :

    Love This! Too pretty!

  22. jessica :

    Love those file folders! I struggle with organization. Did you get the stand (if that's what you call it) that's holding the folders at office max too?