My good friend works from home. She has a wonderful job in sales and a great historic house in an awesome neighborhood. But her home office is severely lacking any sort of design aesthetic. It is in dire need of an overhaul to match how fabulous she is.
Let’s start with the before pictures (click to get more details)…
Clearly it is time–time for new, bright and uncluttered. The plan for the home office is a simple one since the the compact space is only around 71 square feet.
First things first, we are ripping out those bookshelves to give us an extra foot of space. In order to make up for some of that lost storage, I decided to flank the desk on each side with freestanding bookcases. The desk will come off the wall as a peninsula and a 5×8 rug will ground the room and add some character. Again, simple but practical.
Below is the mood board for the home office. We are using cool and light colors to brighten up the space. All white furniture plays into that as well, and it will be a complete 180 from where the space was before. Let’s talk details.
Wayfair Single Peony in Water Cube – Real flowers are always better, but sometimes you just can’t keep up.
IKEA Linnmon Table Top – This simple table top will jet out from the wall and be supported by two decorative legs on one end and secured to the wall on the other with a simple piece of plywood. Coming in at $70 with the legs (below), you can’t go wrong!
West Elm Mid Century Bookshelf Wide Tower in White – This gorgeous bookcases will give my client the needed storage with the two file drawers at the base but with a lighter feel than the current bookshelf situation from the 1900s (I am exaggerating here).
Caitlin Wilson Kismet Rug in Steel – This rug is the show stopper. Both my client and I LOVE it but it was definitely a splurge but well worth it because it will make the room!
I am so excited to see this room come together. We’ve got painters coming later this month and all the products ordered. You know what this means? A reveal is coming your way and we can all feel better about my client’s updated working conditions. Stay tuned!!!
If you’re like me, you can’t resist the “quick Target run” that concludes with spending no less than $200 dollars. There is something about walking through the aisles and convincing yourself that you NEED that cute little insert anything you don’t really need here. Yes, I have Amazon prime and appreciate the efficiency – but I work from home, so sometimes a jaunt to Target is me “getting out” – I know, thrilling life I lead here in Columbus, Ohio. My trips do make me remember my Nana who would hit up the local grocery store every day just because. Man, I’m getting old. Read more
Alright, folks…I’m baaaaack. I’ve taken the last several months off to take care of some personal things…but oh how I’ve missed this creative outlet and sharing design ideas with all of you fine people. And I’d be remiss not to formerly thank my partner-in-crime, Vanessa, for keeping this little side gig of ours up and going. #love.
Way back in November, I had a pretty comprehensive plan for my youngest daughter’s bedroom, which just had to be pink. To refresh your memory, here are the before shots and design board: Read more
Is it me, or is there an official / unofficial house walk season that takes place every April and May? There is for sure one in Chicagoland, with the Oak Park River Forest and Hinsdale Kitchen Walks (and I am SURE so many others. If you know of more, please tell me in the comments, we can go together). I know the San Francisco Decorator Showcase House is happening right now and it is usually an epic house in Pacific Heights that appears to be the most unattainable thing in the world, but SO PRETTY to look at.
If you live in Chicago/Midwest, can we quickly talk about how amazing the past two weekends have been? With temps in the 70s and 80s, you can’t help but be in a good mood. We spent one weekend night just out on our street with almost every neighbor socializing and having some beers while the kids played. It was the perfect taste of summer and I really want some more.
The amazing weather also meant that the screens went back on the windows and the patio furniture was pulled out from the shed. However every year around this time, I’m left longing for the patio that has the cute outdoor rug, adorable throw pillows, a fire pit, a movie screen and enough space to host every one of my friends. Since the latter three wishes aren’t happening for some time, let’s talk about the more attainable goods–outdoor accessories–and not a backyard overhaul.
Here are a few items that have caught my eye, easy to attain and will really spruce-up your backyard…just in time for summer:
I’ve been doing a decent amount of sourcing this week for some clients and for myself (actually, a moment doesn’t go by that I am not sourcing in my head). There is some really great stuff on the everyday sites like Target (did you get their spring catalogue in the mail this week? If not, well you are losing…sorry!), Crate & Barrel and Ballard Designs. Below are a few of my favorites from the past few weeks of web surfing.
Recently, a friend and I were staring at our phones while scrolling through Instagram like two teenage girls at the mall on a Saturday. We started exchanging our favorite interior bloggers, Insta-ers, and designers to follow on the popular eye candy app.
“Do you follow so and so?”
“No! What’s the handle?” -or- “YES! Isn’t he/she amazing?!”
…and repeat about 20 times over.
Instagram has quickly turned into an amazing venue for the design community to show their stuff, a place to be inspired, challenged and, like Pinterest, become completely deflated by the incredible talent out there. There are so many magazines and publications with lists of their favorite designers who post regularly on Insta and it changes yearly and sometimes weekly. Here are some recent lists from BuzzFeed, Harper’s Bazaar, Design Sponge, Vogue and Domino.
As these lists demonstrate, it’s easy to understand why Instagram has become my go to for inspiration and new trends. So, I thought I’d take a moment to mimic the above publications and quickly share some of my favorite accounts that we stalk on a daily basis. Use the above lists and this to really find some serious home design awesomeness.
em_henderson: The go-to, it girl of blogging, interiors and Instagram if you ask me. I love Emily’s colorful style, which shines in her feed. I also like that she is a mom of young kids and understands that we are all just doing the best that we can.
I am still on a bathroom kick over here as I continue to refine concepts for my clients, who I spoke about two weeks ago. They are looking to redo their powder room–a small but impactful space. These tiny rooms offer the freedom to go bold, pack a punch and make a statement. Below are just a few bathrooms trends and looks that gave me heart eyes over the past few months.
High Impact Floors: I am completely loving the cement tile craze and the resulting patterns. If you take this route, plan to keep other elements simple.
I spent the last week+ in California. A warm welcome from the Chicago winter I’ve been knee-deep in for what feels like a decade. Between the Bay Area, Los Angeles and wine country, I was fortunate enough to visit family, see friends, work the day job, drink too much wine and laugh a lot. My killer time there left me in sort of a daze and post-less for this week.
However, I spent the last few days of my trip in Sonoma County for a girls’ weekend. The place is chock-full of great scenery, restaurants, wineries (duh), inspiration and so much more…perfect for a post. So, I snapped a few pictures along the way of things that caught my eye. Grab a glass of vino, click on the above pictures and pretend you were there with me (and not sitting at your desk on a Tuesday). Cheers!
I am helping a client out with their powder room and I’ve been asked to stay under $1,500 for the entire room. It’s a small room, but as most of you probably know, things can add up quickly. For the room, we will need a new vanity, light fixture(s), wall covering (we are unsure if that will be paint or wallpaper), mirror and possibly some wainscoting or board and batten on the lower half of the walls. We plan to keep the current toilet, so that saves us some money as well.
The great thing about some of the vanities out there now, especially when you are on a tight budget, is that they come with the fixtures. Yes, they are a little bland, but you can always buy the vanity and then swap out the fixtures when your wallet becomes padded again.
There will be more to share on this cute room in the coming months, but for the time being, I thought I’d round-up some really great vanities under $1,000. I’ve kept most of the finds small (between 30 and 36 inches) since that is what I am working with for this particular project.