Category Archives: Home Office

Design Crush: Suellen Gregory

I love running across amazing Richmond-based interior designers.  I stumbled upon Suellen Gregory on Pinterest and was giddy to find that she is based a few miles down the road.  I really like her traditional, timeless aesthetic mixed with a few impactful and unexpected modern details.

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Isn’t she wonderfully talented?  All of the pictures are from her website — go check out her entire portfolio for some serious inspiration!

P.S. Are you on Pinterest?  Come find me there!

Affordable Adler

Jonathan Adler, of course!  You can’t help but have a crush on the happy, colorful, cheery designs of Jonathan Adler. 

Have you seen his 10 Commandments for a Happy Chic Home?  

1. Thou shalt embrace maximalism.
2. Thous shalt not deny thyself hotelish comfort at home. 
3. Thou shalt buy an X bench.
4. If thy nest needest zest, consider thy crest!
5. Thou shalt mix fancy with frisky. 
6. Thou shalt honor the funsters of yore.
7. Thou shalt not commit murder (unless thou art murdering for a decorative accessory). 
8. Thou shalt not be afraid of orange.
9. Thou shalt play ping pong.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.

Go check out the narratives that go along with each commandment – so clever!

Anyway, I love all of the affordable Jonathan Adler that is popping up this holiday season.  Here are some of my favorites, all under $40!

{Jonathan Adler Picture Frames, The Company Store, $11.99 each}

{These bookends have been around for a while and I have posted about them before, but I received them as a gift and just love them so much, that I can’t resist: Jonathan Adler Dachshund Resin Book Ends, Barnes & Noble, $39.95}


{Jonathan Adler Laptop Sleeve, Barnes & Noble, $28.95} 

{Jonthan Adler Thermal Mug, The Company Store, $11.99 each}

{Jonathan Adler Mini Notebook, Barnes & Noble, $9.95}

{Jonathan Adler Fancy Pens, The Company Store, $15.99 each}{Jonathan Adler Magnetic Board w/ 6 magnets, Barnes & Noble, $16.95}

{Jonathan Adler Photo Album, Barnes & Noble, $11.95}

Go check it out!  Great for holiday gifts for you (oh, and others too). 

Closets as Rooms

As part of Project Big Girl Room, I was thinking about turning one of my daughter’s two CAVERNOUS closets into a little room.  The room would function as a reading nook/play space.  I am envisioning comfortable chairs, floor mats, and/or bean bag chairs, a little bookshelf and a small table, with lots of wall art and maybe some horizontal stripes on the walls and doors? 

So, as far as inspiration goes, I am inspired by closets turned into home offices and reading nooks.  Home offices are a stretch for my not-yet 3 year-old, but that seems to be what a lot of people turn closets into!   The creativity below will knock your Ferragamos off….

Closets as Home Offices:  

{I die for that acrylic “ghost” desk chair….}

{I love the use of wallpaper on the back wall of the closet above and below.}

{I like the use of the curtains instead of the closet door in the picture above and below, but I think I am going to keep the closet doors for symmetry with the other closet in the room.}

{I like the little peg boards above.}

Closets as Reading Nooks/Daybeds:

{The horizontal stripes here look fabulous and I like that they used a twin bed that doubles as a reading nook and an extra bed for guests.  I don’t think our closet is big enough for that, but it’s perfect for this space.}

{Another closet turned reading nook that doubles as an extra bed.}

{Love this floor seating, simple book case and clip-on light.}

{This nook would have been my dream as a kid.  I love everything about it — the hanging bookshelf, the wall art and the little table with that sweet yellow lamp!}

What do you think?  Can I pull it off?

{Images via: 1. Rita Konig via New York Times Blog, 2. Country Living, 3. Thankfully Thrifty, 4. Decor Kel, 5. Design*Sponge, 6. Casa Sugar, 7. Making This Home, 8.  Flickr via Design*Sponge, 9. HGTV Blog, 10. Coastal Living via Room Remix, 11-12. Design Dazzle}

Design Crush: Skye Kirby

I fell in love with Skye Kirby’s design aesthetic while leafing through thie month’s issue of Traditional Home.  May we have a moment of silence for one of the most perfect rooms ever?

I wish that Traditional Home had the digital image of the sweeping view featured in the magazine.  I love the soothing colors, the symmetry, the layers, the casual yet refined vibe, her choice of artwork, the sisal rug and the floor cushions…I could go on and on.  This project was designed for the pool house for the 2009 Hampton Desigher Showhouse.  Skye (I feel like we should be on a first name basis!) envisioned this space as a summer studio for an artistic couple. 

So, I searched high and low for more rooms designed by my BFF Skye.  Here is what I found (I hope you are sitting down!):

Holy gorgeousness!  In addition to being a kick-butt designer, Skye is the vice president of stores and marketing for Lillian August.  I absolutely love her work and can’t wait to see more! 

I will leave you with one of Skye’s 10 “Must Have” design elements that I really identify (and struggle) with: “Over-accessorizing can take away from the calming nature of a room and become distracting.”  Loves!

{Image Credits: 1. Design My Way, 2. Can’t Find Source, 3. Elle Decor, 4. DecorPad, 5. Elle Decor, 6. Elle Decor, 7. Can’t Find Source, 8. Elle Decor, 9. Elle Decor}

Random Things I Am Liking Lately

It’s been a while since my last random likings post, so here’s what’s on my radar these days:

The Lily Mirror from  Ballard Designs would look great above a dresser in a girl’s room (or my room, whatever!):

I am looking for any excuse to purchase one of these amazing Bogart Flat Weave Wool Rugs from Garnet Hill.  Using one of these as a runner in a hallway would be perfect.

Currently coveting this amazing Scallop Trim Coat from Boden for the transition to Spring.

I am head-over-heels in love with these Nest and Egg Prints from Wisteria.  I could design an entire nursery around these babies. 

This clean-lined Apex Bookcase from West Elm would fit perfectly against a short wall that would otherwise be wasted space.

These quatrefoil design Firenze Embroidered Panels from Ballard Designs are gorgeous.

Imagine the vignettes you could create on mantels, consoles and bookshelves with these adorable Hear No, See No, Speak No Owls from At West End.

These fresh and feminine desk accessories from PB Teen would look fabulous in both my daughter’s play room and my home office!

Have a fabulous weekend, y’all!

 

Home Office “Make-under”

Thanks to the snowstorm, I finished my home office make-under.  Let me explain.  When we moved into our current house 3 1/2 years ago, my office was in a great room with lots of natural light.  The room is off our front hall and does not have a close-able door.  So, when baby spark! came along and we decided to have a part-time nanny, I moved my office upstairs in the corner of our large rectangular master bedroom.  Needless to say, I have a much smaller home office than I used to!

So, this “make-under” has been going on since November of 2007!  First, I bought a corner desk because my traditional desk looked very misplaced in the corner of the bedroom.  Then, I got stuck.  (This is why people hire decorators — to get you unstuck and push you along so that an easy project does not take 2 years!)  I also like referring to is as a make-under because I didn’t spend much to transform the space.

Here is the before:

And taaaaaaaaaaa-daaaaaaaaah, here is the after:

Here is the run-down:

The lamps are the same, and I purchased them from a Target in Bluffton, South Carolina years ago.

I replaced my cute repainted and recovered (but way uncomfortable ) wooden chair, with the comfy white leather office chair from Overstock.

I painted the two boring baskets on the desk and under the printer using white Rustoleum from Lowes.

I got the silver bordered white frames for $4 each from Target.  The new white pen holder is also from Target.

The shelves were quite a find — the West Elm in Richmond is closing (sniffle) and I stumbled upon an amazing sale.  The shelves were 50% off, and then I got an additional 15% off of the total (paid $25 for 2 shelves!).

My beloved doggie book ends are Jonathan Adler for Barnes & Noble.  The silver Jefferson cups were given in college and law school as honors and gifts (I think it is a Virginia thing?), and I use them to hold my paper clips, rubber bands and push pins.

I covered my reference books in brown paper bags!  Remember back in high school and middle school when you were required to cover your books?  I like the cleaner look, and it’s kind of mysterious, no?  :)

And finally, I have always wanted my very own inspiration board.  My mom brought me this white bulletin board from her house and I found some fun colorful push pins at, where else?, Target!

I would love to replace my blotter and mousepad, so I will keep looking.  Also, I would love to have a white monitor, keyboard, and printer, but work sends them to me (fo’ free!), so I can’t really complain, right?

Here is another look:

(Quick) Buy This, Not That — Bookcases and Bookends

The quest goes on for items to complete my home office update.  Bookcases and bookends are done!  Check out these finds:

LOVE THIS?

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[Bourdonnais Bookcase, Ballard Designs, $599]

BUY THIS!

 targetbookcase[Delano Bookcase, Target, $199.99]

LOVE THIS?

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[Dog Bookends, Restoration Hardware, $69]

BUY THIS!

bnbookends[Jonathan Adler Dachshund Bookends, Barnes & Noble, $39.95]

I hope to give you THE BIG REVEAL on my home office update soon, but I am still searching for the perfectly sized ledge shelf for above my desk.

Happy Bargain Hunting!


 

Bravo Brocade Home

So, I have been on the prowl for attractive and functional shelving for my home office.  Look at the swoon-worthy ledge shelves ($69) that I found at Brocade Home:

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As I looked around, I fell in love with just about everything B.H. had to offer.  And at relatively affordable prices too!  Like this UH-MAZE-ING black high gloss floor mirror ($699):

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And check out this fun metal side table ($299):

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I wish that I had a place to put this gorgeous entertainment storage console ($599) — eye candy!

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I would love to give this ceramic plate set as a hostess gift or engagement present — on sale from $49 to $19!

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This lovely headboard ($599 for queen) would look great in a girl’s bedroom, well okay, almost any  bedroom.

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And, of course, you know me and white bedding, I HEART this amazing textured duvet cover ($249) (pictured above too).  It just went on my “wish list”!

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I love these artistic chairs ($199) and one would look fabulous by itself as an accent in a bedroom, or as a set around a kitchen or casual dining room table.

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This innovative and unique ruffle shelf ($499) is adorable.  Wouldn’t it look great in a powder room with pretty jars, soaps and toiletries?

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Are you with me?  Have you fainted?  Is your jaw on the floor?  Do you die?

Which is your fave?

Bravo Brocade Home!

White Hot

In honor of Labor Day weekend, I will wear my summery white all weekend and then pack it away until Memorial Day 2010.  Bye bye Fergie wedges, see you in 8 months! 

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In honor of this underrated hue, and one of my favorite colors to decorate with, enjoy these fabulous white rooms today.  As always, thanks for reading, and wishes for a very Happy Labor Day weekend!

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[Images Courtesy of: 1. Here, 2. Here, 3. Delano Hotel, Miami, 4. Flickr, 5. Victoria Hagen kitchen via Flickr, 6. Right Bank]

Buy This, Not That — Home Office Edition!

Welcome to the 6th Edition of Buy This, Not That!  I am re-accessorizing my home office with a new chair, shelves and an inspiration board or two, and found some really great stuff out there for your bill-paying, thank-you-note-writing, internet-surfing haven.  Enjoy!

LOVE THIS?

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[Mason Glass Top Desk, Williams Sonoma Home, $1,250 + $160 shipping = $1,410]

BUY THIS!

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[Sawhorse Work Table, West Elm, $449]

OR THIS!

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[Vika Table, Ikea, $109.99]

LOVE THIS?

 

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[Studio Office Chair, CB2, $189.99]

BUY THIS!

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[Bungee Office Chair, The Container Store, $139]

LOVE THIS WASTEBASKET?

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[Iron Wire Wastebasket, West Elm,  $29]

BUY THIS!

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[Masai Wire Wastebasket, Container Store, $12.99]

LOVE THIS?

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[Eiffel Tower Bookends, Restoration Hardware, $69.99]

BUY THIS!

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[Eiffel Tower Doorstop & Bookend, Ballard Designs, $14.99 each]

LOVE THIS DESK?

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[Parsons Desk with Drawers, West Elm, $329.99 (comes in white too)]

BUY THIS!

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[Student Desk, Overstock, $149.99]

LOVE THIS TALL BOOKCASE?

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[Rolling Storage, West Elm, $599]

BUY THIS!

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[Expedit Bookcase, Ikea, $159]

LOVE THIS?

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[Personalized Magnetic Bulletin Board, Horchow, $65]

BUY THIS!

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[Brocade Magnetic Bulletin Board, Container Store, $39.99]

Happy Bargain Hunting!