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Little Office Design

June 15, 2015 — 4 Comments

Well, hello blog. It’s been a long time.

While this blog may have been dormant, I certainly have not been. I’ve done a few projects around my house and hopefully I’ll catch a second wind one of these days and write about them, but for now here’s a project I did outside of my house.

The company I work for recently moved to a new building and I now have my very own office. I have a door! And windows! And a super random fireplace! As you can imagine, getting my own office is a big deal, not just because I got my own office, but because I got to decorate it as well. Considering I have this blog, you can imagine how exciting it is for me to have a new space to decorate.

Here’s my office pre-makeover. Well, technically I did already have some influence on the space prior to these photos. The owner was repainting anyway so I was able to choose the paint color, it’s Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray. It’s a great dark gray (grey???).

IMG_7124_1024 IMG_7126_1024 Why yes that is a random fireplace in my office. This office was at one point an apartment so I got what, I can only assume, used to be the living room.  IMG_7129_1024 Here she is post me getting my grimy hands on it: thumb_IMG_8205_1024 Anyone else weirdly obsessed with taking pano photos on iPhone? They are so weird and useless and also look sort of distorted, but I still take them because sometimes you just can’t get the whole scene in a frame. thumb_IMG_8199_1024 I love the free ‘Dress Your Tech’ wallpapers from Design Love Fest, I highly recommend checking them out. thumb_IMG_8189_1024 The desk and rug are World Market. The desk is probably too small for an office desk, but I couldn’t handle the idea of having a big boring (albeit super functional) desk. Of course, lots of cords because, you know, it’s a functioning workspace. thumb_IMG_8058_1024 The painting is from an auction and I’m obsessed with it. Soooo beautiful. It’s by a local artist and was painted in the ’30s. I got it for $50! Chairs are from the Container Store.

IMG_7280_1024 2 Two boxes of Pantone postcards from Amazon and a lot of tape and I got this super cool (and super affordable) wall art. IMG_7186_1024 For my birthday last year my two best friends got me this awesome Rifle Paper travel calendar. When I was trying to come up with something to put on the walls in my new office, this calendar came to mind. Frames are from Hobby Lobby and I spray painted them gold (naturally). One of my brothers said it looks like a travel agent’s office, but I’m okay with that. The long white bookshelves in the background are actually metal ones I found on craigslist (obviously). $30 for both of them! They were a total b to paint though. I tried spray painting them but that got out of control so I used a roller to paint and seal them. A total hassle, but overall a very affordable solution. Most of the stuff on them is stolen from my house. It was kinda fun to “shop” my house for things to bring to my office.

I’m sure I’ll continue to tweak it because that’s just what I do, but for now I love it.

This was just announced…

I bet you are so excited! Okay, maybe this means nothing to you but apparently it is a big deal when they announce the color every year. What is interesting about this to me is that Pantone isn’t announcing the color that was all the rage in 2012 it is predicting that emerald will be the color of the new year. Interesting right? I guess only time will tell if they are right or not. Personally, I love emerald green so I’m happy.

If you don’t already know Pantone is “the standard language of color communication.” What that means is that if a fabric manufacturer makes fabric that is “Pantone 17-5641 Emerald” then everyone knows exactly what color that fabric will be. I love Pantone because they have these really cool accessories:

Such cool posters, mugs, storage boxes, ornaments, and postcards.

Working off the premise that emerald will be the color of 2013 here are some super cool emerald(ish) things to make your house the talk of Pantone lovers world wide (okay, so some of these things aren’t officially ’emerald’ but they are close enough for us amateurs). For more emerald/green things check out my post from a few months ago where I totally predicted that green was a trending color.

I love this gorilla pillow from Design Public. It is seriously adorable even thought it is a little expensive at $28.00.

I love this print by Leah Giberson titled ‘Approaching Print.’ It looks like a storm is about to hit at any second. It is sold by Little Paper Planes for $35.00.

If you want in on the trend for cheap how about this $7.99 Lack table from IKEA? I mean seriously, it’s $7.99.
I love this lomography print by Debuisser Benoit entitled “Dans la piscine.” (Anybody else see Life of Pi? If you did then you’d know ‘piscine’ is ‘swimming pool’ in French 🙂 It sells for 39 Euros at L’Affiche Moderne.
This is such a cute coat rack. Especially if you hang it low for kids. Prec. From CB2 for $19.95.
I love this pillow that is on clearance on Target for $12.48. Obviously, this is more teal than emerald but it’s the same idea, plus I just love how art deco the pattern is.
I love this tortoise shell from Nate Berkus’ collection for Target. It is a major eye catcher for only $39.99.
What do you think, is emerald going to be the trendy color of year?

Paint.

September 13, 2012 — Leave a comment

Painting is the single most effective interior design tool, it also happens to be one of the cheapest. A gallon of paint runs around $30 and after an initial investment in a roller, pan, painter’s tape, and a set of paint brushes it’s basically only the cost of a few very cheap disposable items for the rest of your life. I won’t go so far as to say I love painting but I do so much of it that it’s like no big thing anymore. In the past 12 months I have painted 10 rooms. Yes, 10! Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean I’ve gotten any better, in fact I think I’ve gotten sloppier but oh well, it’s just paint! Here are few of the things I consider when choosing paint colors and doing the actual painting.

1) Consider your trim. There are two basic types of rooms: rooms with white trim and rooms with natural wood trim. I have lived with both and in my current house I have an almost equal mixture of both. It’s important to consider what trim color you have because it will affect the paint color you paint next to it. A common misconception about wall and trim color is that ‘if the trim is dark the wall should be light, and if the trim is light the wall can be more saturated.’ I don’t subscribe to that thought. I think it is more about tones and light… let me explain.

Rule Keeping Rooms

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Rule Breaking Rooms

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In the first image you can see that the light walls compliment that lovely woodwork and in the second room that deep brown looks great against that crisp white trim. I think the rule does hold up but I don’t think it’s unbreakable. Take for example the third room, the wall color and trim are both very light but it looks lovely. In my living room I chose a darker shade of grey but because the room has lots of light it doesn’t feel like a cave. Light plays a big part in this rule. If your room has dark trim and limited sunlight than a dark paint color probably won’t work. All that to say… don’t worry about rules when you are picking a wall color.

2) Choose a great color. Choosing the color of your walls can be overwhelming since it can really affect the overall look and feel of a room. I tend to be pretty bold in my wall color choices but that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. If your nervous about color I would suggest picking a neutral (tans, browns, greys, creams) and then picking a shade or two darker than you are comfortable with.

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For example, these two rooms are both shades of grey. The first room is a very safe neutral color and the second room took a similar color a few shades darker and pow! Look at the difference! Both rooms look great, but I personally like the second room more.

Go big or go home! This may be my life motto. Life is short and paint is cheap you should paint your hallway hot pink or your bedroom kelly green. Here are some of my favorite ‘go big or go home’ rooms:

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If you get the courage up to go crazy with color my advice is to find a room inspiration picture and color match their paint color. When I decided I wanted to paint my room blue I looked around for inspiration and when I saw the second image above I knew it was my blue. The room was done by Emily Henderson and thankfully she shared the color of paint she used, Loyal Blue by Sherwin Williams. So I went to Home Depot and told them I wanted to color match. Hardware stores can look up the specific color of any paint and match it without a paint chip or picture. If you are smart you can also buy a sample of the color before you buy a whole gallon (I really need to start taking my own advice).

3) Be creative! It’s easy to just paint your walls but if you take a little more time you may be able to create something truly amazing.

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I feel so inspired looking at all these images! There is so much you can do with a measuring tape, a level, and painter’s tape. Hopefully you feel inspired too 🙂