Our Study Redesign Before With Photos

Our study redesign is finally finished!  But before I show you the new study, I wanted to give you a peek at the before photos of the old study before I do a reveal of the after photos.

solid wood bookshelves

Our study was perfectly lovely before the current redesign, but awfully brown, on brown, on brown, on BROWN and I was ready for some light.

study redesign

We put the study together on a major budget, as we did most of the house, when we first moved in 13 years ago, and it has evolved over the years as our family has evolved.

study before

And when I say budget, I mean this:  we majorly splurged on the bookcases at Costco for $600 (that was a lot of money for us 13 years ago.  it still is.), bought the mid-century modern desk at a garage sale for $30, the rolling office chair for $5 at a different yard sale, inherited the sofa from a rental unit we manage, bought the lamp at Costco and the light fixture (not pictured) at IKEA.  Even the carpet was a remnant piece given to us by our neighbors who have a flooring business.

comfortable sofa

Legit budget, for real.

study redesign before

All the random decor and sofa pillows were purchased on sale at Target, TJ Maxx, Ross, and various thrift stores or garage sales, and most of the picture frames are from IKEA.


The study worked out really well for more than a decade, until I got used to the glorious grey of our newly redesigned master bedroom and remodeled master bath, and now I want grey everywhere.  Grey is so serene and calm, and is the perfect backdrop color for almost any design.  And because I’m obsessed with it now, we’re re-painting several rooms in our house grey, one room at a time.

It’s kind of a problem, wanting to re-do your house all the darn time.

organize books by color

But! But. Once you see the after photos of the study redesign, you’ll totally be with me.  It’s sophisticated and calm and, well.  I’ll just leave this here for now and tomorrow you can see what I mean about the redesign.  I can’t wait!

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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. Amy Zhang :

    Thanks for share!
    The new interior, looks great, especially the carpet, makes people feel very energetic and lively.