Earlier this week I shared a snap of my home office on Instastories and got lots of questions about my home office. I didn’t realize so many of you hadn’t seen it before, so I figured I’d share it here again, along with some updates that have been done since the room was originally designed last summer. I haven’t tired of it and still pinch myself that I get to work here! I’ve worked in some pretty drab offices in my day, so this is a heavenly place for me to get to sit at and write to you each day!
My home office redo was part of the One Room Challenge where bloggers and designers had just 6 weeks to make over a space in their home. I was lucky to have my friend Sita Montgomery help me with this design and I love collaborating with her. She helped pull together in 6 weeks what would have taken me months! And Jordan was still a baby when we did this office, so I was still going on minimal sleep!
We started with this soothing color palette of blush pink, black, gold and soft greenish-olive. The abstract art over my desk set the tone for the space and everything else compliments it.
I loved the big surfaced desk I had originally in the room- it was actually one of the first things I bought when we moved into our house 7 years ago- but, I was always bumping my shins on that part underneath the desk.
When the Sugar Paper desk came out, I immediately knew it would be a great replacement. The gold plays nice with all the other gold accents in the room. *Update: Thanks to my reader Jeannie for finding this identical desk on Overstock! Good eye for catching that!
See, nothing underneath to bump my legs into!
When I’m blogging, my desktop isn’t always so neat, but I do try to tidy it up at the end of the week so I can start Monday all fresh.
James got into my labeler one day and made me “I love you” labels. I keep one here and on my bathroom mirror.
Inside the drawers, I zhushed them up with some paper from Paper Source that I cut to fit the drawer as a liner. It just adds a pop of color and makes the inside of the drawer prettier.
I still have tons of washi tape, although I haven’t been using it that much lately. I usually use it in my calendar to mark of vacation dates or appointment and to seal envelops I’m sending to friends or on birthday cards, etc. You might find it hard to believe, but this is actually my whittled down supply! I’ve given lots to my little nieces!
I try to only keep on hand the kinds of pens and pencils I like to write with. I just ordered more of these erasable colored pens– I love using those in my paper blog calendar. I like these fine point colored markers too. Are you particular about your pens too??
I work on a Mac, and love having a larger monitor, but it does obscure the amazing abstract art. I originally ordered the art with a matte brass frame, but it was backordered, so I went with the next closest option, “champagne”, and it ended up being very pretty. This lamp is old from Target, but this copper desk lamp is so stylish.
Speaking of lights, let’s talk about the wowza chandelier! As soon as I opened it from the box, I knew it was gonna be a stunner. It reminds me of a flirty peacock, spreading her wings and it’s a unique focal point in the room. The chains come longer, so you can fit it to spec, I have mine hanging down about 20 inches from the 8-foot ceilings, but it doesn’t feel too low since the sides slope up. It’s really one of my favorite parts of the room.
On either side of the desk are a pair of brass and glass etageres. Styling these babies gave me a run for my money because each shelf is so tall and there are no sides to lean anything against. After multiple attempts moving and rearranging things, I found combo that finally worked. I’m sure I’ll be messing with it in the future since musical decor is a game that gets played often here. I do have them secured to the wall to make sure they can’t topple over.
The rug was one of the first things to arrive and it really grounds everything. It’s super soft and the black and grey leans in a silvery-green direction. It is so pretty in person and rugs are hard to judge online!
Having this little white bench under the window fills the space and provided a place to bring in softness and color with the pillows. I’m crazy for the quality and luxuriousness of Arianna Belle’s pillows. I’ve never had such fancy pillows in my home until I ordered hers, but I definitely recognize the difference now.
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The drapes are hung from a stunning, custom cut lucite and brass drapery rod. Because my rod length was so long, they made two rods and provided extra support brackets to ensure the rod would stay in place and not bow. It’s the best kind of jewelry for a room!
Because the etageres are open shelving, they are more decorative in nature and I wanted something that would be functional as additional hidden storage. This white and gold chest was a great size and the two drawers are nice and deep. We originally planned to go with a black chest and gold mirror, but that combo didn’t end up working out, so this black mirror ended up being the chosen one.
I had fun styling the top of the chest and started with the two decorative canisters that I’d been eyeing since I first saw them in the catalog. I’m happy to have found them a good home after lusting over them for so long! I did my best to practice restraint in decorating this surface. I like the white, gold and black combo with a live ferm to bring in that organic touch of nature. I would have liked to have found a better planter, but I ran out of time! The simplicity of this one works.
Since we kept the walls white (Sherwin-Williams Divine White), I knew I wanted to paint the trim and Farrow & Ball’s Lichen in high gloss worked perfectly! To say I love how it turned out would be an understatement. I love the color so much that I contemplated painting the doors also, but ultimately decided that keeping the three doors white allows the trim to really pop and be the star.
And how fun are the decorative wall vases?! I currently have faux succulents in them, but can easily change them out when I’m ready for something different. When I first showed my home office reveal, the brass metz chairs hadn’t yet arrived, but now they’re here and go perfectly in the room.
Minted artists never disappoint with their beautiful art. These pieces are stunning in the room and go so well together. I’ve always loved palm tree art since it reminds me of the couple summers I spent in Hawaii with my grandma as a young girl. Art is so much more meaningful when it speaks to you in that way.
Thanks for posting your office. Absolutely to die for. What is the source for your new desk, the Sugar Paper Desk? I looked on Z Gallerie but wasn’t successful in finding it. I have to have it! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us.
It was sold at Target, but unfortunately I don’t think it’s available any more. 🙁
Overstock carries a lot of the stuff that Target sells, but under a different name 🙂 Here’s a desk that I think looks identical: https://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Park-Avenue-Writing-Desk-in-White-and-Gold/15284346/product.html?recset=5320d045-d494-4356-8839-782c4dc9c0be&refccid=FJIYG5JZALDJGSKA7OWCB4GUUY&recalg=872,873,839&recidx=1&keywords=white%20lacquer%20desk%20brass&refinement=
And here’s a 2-drawer version: https://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Acme-Furniture-Coleen-Desk-White-Brass/14573912/product.html?refccid=YSWIPR3CQPPLKC2F3VTIC7SHJI&searchidx=1&keywords=white%20lacquer%20desk%20brass&refinement=
Oh wow! Thanks for finding that desk- it looks almost exactly the same!! Great price too!
I love how you have the books turned with their spines in. It looks even tidier that way. What a great idea!
XO Ellen from Ask Away
What a beautiful space! Love all of it. : )
An organized space makes me feel so much better! Thanks for sharing!
Me too! Hope you’re having a great week Alexis!
I love your office and loved that your painted the trim! I had never thought about that before, but it gives the perfect pop without painting walls. I’m always curious at what/how others put in their drawers. What do you put in that chest?
Thanks Sophia! I love how that turned out too and the color is so pretty and super glossy! I need to do a post on those chest drawers too! Right now they have some random things like computer cords, cards, more paper things and remote controls/old phones. 😉
What a beautiful space to work every day! Love the soothing neutral touches.
Thanks so much Sydnee!
Your home office is gorgeous! It would motivate me to go in there and get work done 🙂 This is just a thought, as i am no decorator, but have you thought about turning your picture above the desk horizontal above your monitor? If the computer sits there the majority of the time, it might be worth trying it out to see what it looks like? Not sure if it would be too high, but just a thought! Love your blog and stop by here everyday!
So funny! I did try that when I first hung it! #greatminds! I think I ended up keeping it long ways for the pics without the monitor, but maybe I should switch it up now!
Your office is amazing! All of the details are beyond! Question…where is that mirror from? Love!
I was trying to remember, I think All Modern but I couldn’t find it on the site! I’ll update the post if I find it!
You have some really beautiful & simple elements in your office.
I hate how the male peacock is the one with all the beautiful feathers. I guess they do their job because ladies tend to like them.