Work From Home Office Makeover
Last Updated on December 2, 2022
It’s Week 5 of the One Room Challenge, and right now, I feel like my entire life revolves around this project. Nothing else matters. I’m okay with being seven blog posts behind and staying up until midnight. It’s crunch time, and next week is the final reveal. If you’re new here and wondering what on Earth is this One Room Challenge, well, check out Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4.
Last week I left you in a state of impatience. I was cursing the lack of immediate gratification and online shopping in general. Well, low and behold, most everything arrived. Vases, pillows, and throws oh my. It’s crazy how quickly a few hundred dollars can disappear when shopping for home decor.
I decided to poke around Chairish, Etsy, and Instagram. Again I needed to channel my vintage roots. Since thrifting takes time and patience…for which I have neither…basically every waking hour has been spent scouring the interwebs for thrifted treasures. I did hit the jackpot, but that again means waiting for a delivery; however, I’ll have a whole bunch of new awesomeness to share with you on reveal week…plus, I have the Grayslake Flea this weekend as my backup plan…no napping this Saturday.
Every night I’ve been reading the best interior design book, Styled by Emily Henderson. For me, styling can be tricky. I don’t like it too posed, a la straight out of a catalog. I like it to look lived it. Well-loved. And that my friend can be easier said than done. So I’ve been taking notes from my guru. Sometimes even hopping outta bed and running downstairs just to move a pillow or add a book when I get an idea. The whole room is turning out pretty darn beautiful. See if you notice the subtle styling changes from last week to this week. There are actually quite a few.
If you remember a couple of weeks ago, I made the heartbreaking decision to remove the indigo and rattan from the space. Confession time, a little bit kinda sorta snuck back in. I couldn’t help myself. I needed something to fill the space under this table. Originally this side table was part of a nesting table set, but since I already had the waterfall lucite nesting tables acting as a coffee table, I removed the smaller of the two glam-boo sides. Besides, two sets of nesting tables in the same space can look plain old weird, and awkward. A basket filled with vintage wedding indigo seems to fit the bill. Phew! All is right with the world, and these hits of blue with the seagrass basket are really working the Loloi Anastasia rug.
Speaking of the other set of fancy nesting tables. Let’s take a gander, shall we? They are vintage. They are lucite. And they are fabulous. I don’t know about you, but I’m really crushing on the whole mix of masculine and feminine and vintage and glam going on in this space. It’s looking rather amazing.
Desk Styling For The One Room Challenge
I’ve also been styling my desk and workspace area. The plain white wall behind my computer needs to stay simple and minimal. On many occasions, I use this space for shooting, so instead of adding more nails to the wall, I use washi tape to hang personal photographs. Each photo can easily be removed and replaced after a shoot.
Now that my lighting is back in working order, (last week’s post was shot on an iPhone and I was crying in my yellow-tinged soup) here’s a better look at my new favorite chair from West Elm. She’s a favorite right now.
Reading Nook In My Home Office
This beauty and I have had a long-standing love affair. When the indigo left the building and blush entered the color palette, I knew I had to have her. When she went on sale with an extra 20% off, well that just sealed the deal. It also helped she sings beautifully with the Loloi Anastasia rug. She’s also mid-century and brass.
Can’t we just take a moment to talk about this artwork? I’m in love with this palm print from Minted. Just looking at it gives me the warm and fuzzies and transports me back to my vacations in Maui. Oh how I miss Maui right now. I went through a lot of back and forth in my shopping cart to finally make this guy my final selection. Minted just has so many great picks to choose from. But this one, well, it’s perfect for me.
So that’s about it…oh, I am having one dilemma. Remember the wedding blanket I dressed the Chesterfield sofa in? Well after pinning like crazy the other night, I took a step back to see what I was attracted to. Everything and I mean every single pin, was cozy and warm and zero boho. So I ran upstairs and swapped out the handira for this cable knit Serena and Lily cream throw. What do you think? Do you agree? Am I crazy for ridding a room of a wedding blanket? I already considered committing myself to ban indigo and rattan. This decision might just put me over the edge…but I’m kinda loving it! It just looks so inviting and comfy. And that faux plant really softens that corner.
Be sure to check back next week (Week 6) for the final reveal. See you soon.
I love that brass side table, the white pot behind the sofa and how everything is coming together!! Also, that tassel thing on the vase – gorgeous!
Carol @ CAD INTERIORS
Gah!!! Adding back the indigo was a good move – brings contrast and pulls the blue from the rug. The blush accent chair and leather ottoman are gorgeous, just like everything else in the room!
kylaCarol @ CAD INTERIORS
I just couldn’t fully let go of the indigo. It’s just sooooo pretty! Glad to hear you agree as well. Phew! This challenge is a killer!
Cheryl Singleton Interiors
Well done girl, it looks amazing. The textures and colours all work so well together. It looks styled but with a lived in feel that tells little stories. Just how a home should look.
kylaCheryl Singleton Interiors
Thanks Cheryl! That means so much to me coming from you! Sorry for the late reply…this challenge is not joke! I finally feel like I can breath again.
This whole color story is just gorgeous! All the blue are singing for me, and together with the soft pinks, they are perfection! I love the cable knit throw on the sofa! Your choices so far are totally inspired. Can’t wait to see EVERYTHING next week!
Your black floors are amazing! I can’t wait to see your reveal!
I am so loving this room! Can’t wait to see the reveal next week. I’m not sure if I am going to make it to the finish line with my challenge, but oh well! (can we add a few more weeks, please!?!?) looks great!
Thanks for stopping by Lori! You can make it! I know you can!
Wow, all so pretty! Love that artwork and I have also reading Styled at night.
Thanks for stopping by Julia! I just read your kitty has been ill. I really hope sweetness is feeling better. Hugs!
Amy @ Love On Sunday
Aaaah! I just love the colours and textures you’ve pulled together. That little blush vase is adorable and I could totally see something like that in my own office 🙂 I love that you didn’t hang anything permanent on your walls! I also was thinking washi or twine across my desk to put up inspiration photos. I always change my mind and will definitely be shooting a whole lot in my new space as well! Looking forward to your reveal next week 🙂
kylaAmy @ Love On Sunday
Thanks so much Amy! I’m really digging the washi tape too! It’s so easy and great for someone like me who has commitment issues.
Looking great as always! And well done on the styling – I always worry about looking too precious when I style, so maybe I’ll need to pick up Styled for some inspiration.
Every single thing is looking absolutely amazing! I haven’t been able to get that gorgeous rug out of my head since first seeing it on Insta! Cannot wait to see how this all comes together next week!!!
Thanks so much Kristi! I’ve been dying to see your reveal!
Heather @ The Deans List Blog
I’m obsessed with your space. SO BEAUTIFUL.
kylaHeather @ The Deans List Blog
Girl! You and me both! I keep asking my husband if he wants to come downstairs and hang in my office instead of the couch. He just looks at me like I’m a weirdo =) HAHAHA! Thanks so much for stopping over!
Such a beautiful, relaxing space! Can’t wait for the reveal next week 🙂
Thanks so much!
Casey @ House by the Bay
I love everything about this! I can’t wait until the final reveal!!
kylaCasey @ House by the Bay
Thanks so much Casey! This challenge has been sooooooo much fun!
I LOVE the dusty blush velvet! It’s a forerunner in the fabric to reupholster some vintage chairs in. You’re space is looking very cozy and beautiful.
Thank you sooooo much! I’m so late on responding to everyone’s comments. I feel like such a jerk. I’m LOVING the blush chair. It’s so soft and feminine yet not overly girlie…does that even make sense? Maybe because the MCM look is so masculine.
Emily, Our house now a home
This is a gorgeous room! I love the colors and accessories in here. I am also doing the One room challenge and am no where near as done as you. Here I thought we were all a hot mess with a long to-do list. This room is stunning and I am excited to see the reveal next week!
kylaEmily, Our house now a home
Hey Emily! Girl! You can do it! I can’t wait to see the bedroom. I love that hot air balloon DIY!
OOOO!!! Where are the vases from? Pink? Gold/brass? Must have!!! I’m also ordering some of your decorating books! Yay
Ahhh! Sorry for the Late reply Christina! I feel like I’ve been chasing my tail =) OK! Vases…the little pink guy is from Wolves Within. The feather tray thing is Jayson Home And Garden. The gold one on the white desk with the white peonies is Nate Berkus for Target and unfortunately it’s no longer available =( Which stinks because it’s an awesome one. And yes on all those decor books, but Styled is by far my fav right now.
Lindsey @ The O'Donnell Collective
I feel like you are in pretty damn good shape here, girl! Your styling is so on point. Can’t wait to see the rest of it next week!
kylaLindsey @ The O’Donnell Collective
Phew! Finally coming up for air today! Yowza! Today…the day I say I’ve completed the project…now I can say I’m in pretty damn good shape! Ha! This challenge is no joke!
omg love that chair. I sat in it last night at West Elm and really had to restrain myself from buying. (On sale for $499!) Well, I love me some boho, but I’m really digging that cableknit. I bet it’s more cozy than the wedding blanket. Besides, its just decor. You can switch it out next season if you miss it 🙂
Hey Naomi! Thanks so much for stopping by! I did wind up keeping the cable knit on the Chester, but I placed a rattan chair draped in the wedding blanket outside my door =) Ha! I couldn’t totally give it up. Now I’m off to read about your final reveal. =)
Beautiful! I love how you created a beautiful, classy yet comfortable space. Well, it looks really comfy, lived in. I love it.
Thank you! Thank you my dear! I feel like I”m finally coming up for air today!
I adore how your space is coming together. I’ve added Emily’s book to my christmas wish list, I’m sure it is filled with so much goodness. Looking forward to your reveal next week!
It’s such a fabulous book! The way she breaks it down and explains everything with visuals is perfection! I hope Santa brings it to you! You’re going to love it!
Gah…this is just all TOO FABULOUS!!!! I love how layered and visually interesting every nook of this room is. So so pretty!!!!
You are the sweetest for stopping by doll! I’m so happy with how it turned out. I finally feel like it’s a space to work and relax in versus stacks of chaos =)
[email protected] Decor Happy
You are a styling queen! Love how you put everything together and I have that pink chair – love it. Can’t wait to see your reveal!
kyla[email protected] Decor Happy
Ha! Sometime I feel more like a styling apprentice! I always have to remind myself to tone it back.
This looks beautiful! I can’t believe this isn’t the reveal because it looks stunning!!
Thank you so much Teresa. Ya know, after I posted it I was kinda like hmmmm…am I done? I did wind up finding a bunch of new vintage treasures though, so today it is final, final. Full reveal is up =)
Stephanie @ Casa Watkins
Stunning!!!! I can’t wait to see the entire room. Your styling is great. I am working on that aspect tomorrow so hopefully it doesn’t take me too long. I still have a way to go to finish my room. Looking forward to seeing your room reveal on Thursday!!!!
kylaStephanie @ Casa Watkins
Ha! Stephanie, your comment popped up on my phone and I suddenly realized that I hit publish immediately. Whoops.
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