I’ve s-l-o-w-l-y been redecorating my home office into a space that most reflects my current design style. I am very thankful and fortunate to have a room to call my own where I can blog, answer emails, make schedules, craft, write letters, and wrap gifts. I have enjoyed having this room to retreat to, but something felt “off” with the decor and it was never quite right, but it’s much better now. 🙂 I wanted to transform the office into a more sophisticated space and I think the black and white accomplishes that. I still have punchy pops of color, just in smaller doses.
When we first moved into our home in 2010, I had a pale yellow, grey and white color scheme
going on in my office, but I quickly grew tired of it. Painting the walls white
(Diving White by Sherwin Williams) the same color as the trim and ceiling made the room feel fresh and clean. Then, I turned my Z Gallerie Jett desk
to face the windows and really enjoy this view
as I work. The room is on the second floor of our home, so I see beautiful trees and sky when I look outside.
Bringing in this large, live plant and putting it in an Ikea woven basket made a huge difference in the look and feel of the room too. (You should’ve seen me bringing it home in my car- through the sunroof!) Having something living and green feels very natural and was just what the space needed. The Ikea Rens sheepskin rug thrown over my desk chair also brings in more texture.
I tend to shop everywhere and this small desk lamp is from Wal-Mart (but I couldn’t find it on their website anymore- if you see it, please send me the link so I can share it). If I’m up in my office late, I prefer a dim light as opposed to the bright ceiling lights. I changed out the chandelier for a simple flush mount ceiling light.
The horizontal striped black and white drapes
were an almost-fail DIY project, but ended up being a nice focal point in the room. I just about gave up painting them because the white paint wasn’t adhering to the black polyester fabric, but after 4 coats, it finally worked!
This Homegoods garden stool is currently styled with a Homegoods polka dot journal, Target frame, and candle, but I often have stacks of magazines on it for inspiration or relaxation.
It took a long time to get the look of the Ikea Expedit bookshelves to a place of not too much going on, but still collected and interesting. I have mostly all books in there now and removed some of the art that was previously above the bookshelf.
I debated over the style and color of the table chairs for awhile too, using temporary plastic folding chairs at first and ruling out these chairs
as too much white. Finally, I opted for a pair of stackable ballroom chairs
and they go perfectly with the black and white color palette. The website says they are out of stock now, but you can leave your email to be notified if they become available again. I did that with the chairs in our sitting room.
I’m a big fan of layering rugs over carpet and I found this leopard print rug at Jersey Road, but don’t see it on their website any longer.
This mood board set the tone for my office and new blog design with black, white, pink and coral. I DIYed this
by wrapping a cork board with polka dot fabric and added nailhead trim.
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Although I moved my aqua wrapping cart
s to the closet because they were too candy-colored, I kept the top dividers out because I love having stationery and cardstock out for impromptu note writing and letter sending. I have found that I’m more apt to send a note when I keep my cards out. I have a nice supply of greeting cards that I switch out from time to time. My other supplies are kept in my tall chest of drawers
or desk drawers
And I love to keep one of my favorite framed photos of my son (he’s 2 months here) on my desk. Sweet boy!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this office tour! I looked back and realized it was October 2012 when I painted the walls from pale yellow to white. Talk about taking a long time to pull this room together! But, sometimes that how decor evolves. It was really just recently when I brought the plant in that I thought, “Yeah, that’s it!”
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