Office Decor Updates

Y’all know that I’ve been working on a few updates to my home office and I’m thrilled with the difference painting the walls made.  I went with Sherwin Williams Divine White- the same color as our trim and cabinets throughout the house.  It’s a fresh, blank canvas.

Feeling like I wanted a more sophisticated look for the room, I am going with mostly black and white, a few pops of color in flowers and in the bookcase, with animal print elements for added flair.  I originally planned to buy a leopard print rug, but ended up moving our cowhide rug up there instead.  I love the look, and think it’s more subtle than the leopard rug would have been.  But now, I’m thinking the black drapes are too much, so I’ve got a grey velvet pair on the way to see if I like them better.  Maybe this weekend we can get around to hanging the new chandelier I got from Home Depot.

I knew I wanted a black lamp and lampshade and completely stumbled upon one at Target (lamp base + drum shade).  And it happened to be part of the Nate Berkus line.  I literally had just a few minutes in the store because I was on my way to a nail appointment.  I didn’t even grab a shopping cart because I was only getting “one thing”.  Yeah, right:)  I ended up with the NB lamp, a pillow (can’t find the link), and picture frame.  Still pretty good if you ask me.  I saw the chevron vase and passed on it, but really like it.  It would look great on top of my bookshelf.  

I’m also L O V I N G my desk facing against the window!  And having some cute accessories on the desktop is fun too.

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Mikasa Chevron cups // Tory Burch paperweight // Dabney Lee calendar

West Elm owl // vase // cup (can’t find link, but similar to this) // Fog Linen Work tray
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  1. October 31, 2012 / 1:15 am

    The details in your office are lovely! I think I'd prefer the grey drapes. To be honest, your 'before' picture looked beautiful too!

  2. October 31, 2012 / 1:41 am

    I love the before and the after too! The little vases for your markers etc are sweet and all the little details! The rug is fab!

  3. October 31, 2012 / 2:00 am

    I'm digging the white paint! The black fabric behind the shelves makes your books really pop. Very cute desk accessories! I have the same owl from West Elm!

  4. October 31, 2012 / 2:18 am

    I love it! I'm definitely pinning these pics and paint color!

  5. October 31, 2012 / 2:22 am

    Loving the changes! Great details!

  6. October 31, 2012 / 2:28 am

    Love the transformation! I had the Nate Berkus chevron vase in my basket, but put it back! Maybe 'Santa' will bring it to me!

  7. October 31, 2012 / 5:00 am

    Beautiful!! I LOVE those chevron cups! So pretty! 🙂

    -Danya @

  8. Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    October 31, 2012 / 2:58 am

    OH, Megan. I love the new changes. I really like how sophisticated it is and how all of your accessories work. I passed on the little brass bowl and wish I hadn't. I am sort of digging the drama of the black drapes.

  9. October 31, 2012 / 11:35 am

    Love the change too! You did great on your accessories and I like the black drapes too. Hope your're enjoying your new job.

  10. October 31, 2012 / 11:58 am

    It all looks really sophisticated and lovely…though it was lovely before too 🙂 The black and gold touches placed around the room (love the repurposing of the Mikasa cups!) really pulls it all together.

  11. October 31, 2012 / 2:09 pm

    Love the updates to the home office – very inspiring. I think the black or dark grey curtains will look great too!

  12. October 31, 2012 / 2:21 pm

    I love both the before AND after pictures. Did you just get tired of the brighter colors?

  13. October 31, 2012 / 2:26 pm

    It looks great! That's the perfect shade of white. The details are beautiful. I agree with you on the gray curtains.

  14. October 31, 2012 / 4:23 pm

    Your office looks great! I never thought about using black and white as a color pallet in a room because I was afraid that it would be too masculine. This certainly makes me think differently. The colors make the room sophisticated, but I love how you kept the feminine feel throughout with your accessories.

  15. October 31, 2012 / 4:51 pm

    I love it! It looks more polished! Where did you get your cowhide rug? xo Kristin

  16. October 31, 2012 / 5:15 pm

    Love all your desk accessories.

  17. October 31, 2012 / 5:58 pm

    Love your office, and am glad you went with white walls–so crisp and refreshing. Looks beautiful!

  18. October 31, 2012 / 5:59 pm

    Love your office, and am glad you went with white walls–very crisp. It all looks bold and strong!

  19. October 31, 2012 / 6:09 pm

    Oh My Gosh, Megan!!! The office updates look amazing – so dramatic. I'm really loving the new velvet drapes. Excellent job!

  20. Leanne
    October 31, 2012 / 3:57 pm

    I love the update! Can't wait to see the new lamp shade when it gets in and what the grey curtains will look like!

  21. October 31, 2012 / 9:01 pm

    So pretty! I love the darker color palette — definitely gives the room more of a sophisticated look. 🙂 And your desk accessories are too fun!!

  22. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    October 31, 2012 / 5:19 pm

    I know I'm supposed to be commenting on the office, but look at baby james with all that black hair!!!!! such a cutie! love the updates and all your stylish accents. Thanks for linking them so I can grab them, too! 😉

  23. November 1, 2012 / 1:19 am

    I agree that both the before and after are great! I enjoy reading your blog and seeing all the updates you do to your home. Like you I'm forever changing things around and trying out new color schemes.
    I always wonder how others store their decor items and accessories they switch out. Do you have a particular closet/section of attic or basement that you store lamps/rugs/curtains/accessories that you aren't currently using, but still aren't ready to give away or donate because you know you'll put to use in the future? I try to keep it all corralled in one spot, but am curious as to how you organize and store all the decor items you aren't currently using.

  24. November 1, 2012 / 1:59 am

    Already it looks great! Definitely more sophisticated! Love the look of the dark charcoal greys and those chevron cups are fantastic.

  25. November 1, 2012 / 10:45 am

    QUESTION: where'd you get the hide rug? Love the update!

  26. November 4, 2012 / 3:20 pm

    Looks gorgeous, love the grey! Great Job!

  27. November 5, 2012 / 6:17 pm

    Can you please provide the seamtress contact for your curtains you had made for the living room. My email is

  28. November 5, 2012 / 6:18 pm

    Love it! Can you please send the seamtress contact for the curtains you made last year for your living room.

  29. Michaela
    November 7, 2012 / 7:31 am

    Great updates! Loving the new look!

  30. November 13, 2012 / 7:22 pm

    I loved it before but WOW! Such a difference. So clean and crisp! And I love that you now face the window! I also love how the darker accents bring in so much sophistication to the space. Simply beautiful!


  31. November 28, 2012 / 12:38 am

    I love the before too! It looks great! I wish I had an office like this 🙂

  32. August 12, 2013 / 5:22 pm

    Stumbled across your blog when I googled animal print office rug! SO GLAD I FOUND YOUR SITE – oh my goodness, I'm in love 🙂 Newest follower right here!

    Instagram: megawat

  33. August 12, 2013 / 5:24 pm

    Where is your desk from? That is the exact one I'm looking for 🙂 Thank you!


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