One of my favorite installs from this summer and a follower favorite as well was this modern farmhouse office project! We started with a pretty empty space but in a day transformed it into a bright + cozy office space that is much more functional and welcoming. We mostly stuck to neutrals in the room but I wanted to add warmth with lots of textures and different materials. There are lots of wood tones throughout, as well as pops of dark metal, and then we pulled in some cozy texture and pattern with the pillows, throw, curtains, and rug.Read More
Today I had one of my first design appointments for the upcoming holiday season and it happened to be one of my favorite projects: shelf styling! The project was also extra special because it was for another local business owner and blogger, Deanna of Mirabelle Creations. I met Deanna through the Market 301 and she reached out to me about helping to spruce up her bookshelves in her office. This space is used by the entire family and the bookshelves are really the focal piece of the entire room. They also housed all of Deanna's supplies, files, and work materials. The challenge was to keep everything on the shelves contained in this area but make it look clean + organized. This is also the first room you see when you walk in the front door, so we wanted to be sure it looked tidy and had a little Christmas cheer.
Deanna's home is beautiful and she already had a lot of great items to work with. Most of her supplies and papers were contained within baskets or containers, which is key for having nice looking shelves. I added a few more crates and trays and rearranged and straightened her existing organizers.
One key to styling shelves in a work space is to put the least appealing looking items at the bottom and corners. That is the last place your eye will travel and you want to keep your prettiest items at the top and center. Baskets and crates always look better than stacks or piles, it creates a clean look and makes everything seem organized.
Deanna also had a lot of books on these shelves and I loved how she had organized them by color. I kept this theme going but separated them a bit, and stacked them both horizontally and vertically on many of the shelves to create more interest.
Here is the final result! All of Deanna's work supplies are contained on the bottom 3-4 shelves: easy access and everything has a place. I tried to place matching/similar shaped containers side by side for a cleaner look and I mixed in some books with some of them. The most exciting part was adding some holiday trims! When I saw the shelves, I knew instantly I wanted to hang wreaths on the outside on each side of the mirror. Hanging pictures or items on the outsides of your shelves is a great way to add depth and create a focal point.
While shopping for this project, I kept an eye out for smaller items I could mix in easily. I found several little trees, candle holders, and accessories that added a little color + Christmas cheer to the shelves. Our gold spikes are one of my must-haves for shelf styling and I used several on these shelves (stacked on books or alone). These are perfect year 'round and always add a chic touch to any space. I also noticed Deanna had several glass vases/bowls, so I brought some gold ornaments to fill them.
Finally, I always try to layer pieces when styling shelves, so I picked up some holiday-themed framed pictures and signs too. Flat pieces like this can lean on the back of the shelves (and also stack on top of books) and then you can place smaller items in front to create depth and interest.
The finished shelves look completely organized and holiday ready. Every shelf is being used and the entire space is practical and functional, but still beautiful! I love the mix of colors, textures, and timeless style. I've linked all the new items I purchased for this project at the end of this post for you to shop! If you would like more information on our design services or to sign up for our own consultation, click here. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work on this project for such a sweet family and I hope they enjoy it!
Wreaths: Marshall's (similar here)
Wooden letter holder: Target
JOY sign: Hobby Lobby
Gold spikes: Miss Molly Vintage
Small sparkle trees: Target (from the Dollar Spot- similar here)
White pinecone candle holders: Hobby Lobby
Wooden crates: Marshall's
Gold ornament fillers: thrifted/ Hobby Lobby
Red trees in gold pots: Target
Dried Christmas tree with berries: Target
Mini glass cloche: Marshall's
When we began our renovation on such a tight timeline, we had to prioritize all the spaces. Necessary rooms like the kitchen and bathrooms were most important and also required the most time and work. There were a couple of rooms in the house that were not touched during the renovation that I'm just beginning to work on. One of those is my office/studio, which I am super excited about designing. Thankfully this room didn't require any major work as far as construction- take a look at the before photos below:
The only thing that has been done in this space so far is a fresh coat of white paint on the walls and floors. The wood floors had already been painted white and I really liked them, especially since I will be doing a lot of photography in this space. My painter added a fresh coat of white oil based porch paint to them that will be more durable and show less dirt. Other than that all the furniture is kind of a mash-up of leftover pieces I had and the closets have just been filled with random inventory and supplies (not organized at all yet!). I do not want to keep the shelf in between the closet doors because I eventually want to do a fun wallpaper on this wall and inside the closets and I don't want it to be completely blocked! These barn door closets are an original feature of the house that I just love and they provide me with so much extra storage. I'm hoping I can set up my TV inside one of the closets so that it isn't such a large eyesore in the middle of the room and can be closed away. I am so torn between styles for this space, so I keep on delaying decorating- check out my favorite inspiration photos below:
via Britta Nickel
I LOVE this open shelving concept for above my desk- standard bracket shelving that has been painted gold. I even already have a lot of this shelving that was left in the house when we bought it! I think this is a must to fill the space on the white open walls and give me room to keep supplies close by.
I really like the pop of color on the ceiling in this room. Since the entire room is white this might be a nice touch for this space.
I always love a cowhide rug and I also really like how they painted the top of this old table and left the bottom wood. The table I'm using in the center of the room is very similar to this style. I'm not sure it's exactly what I want for the space but if I decide to keep it, painting it would definitely add a modern touch.
via New Darlings
What I REALLY want in the center of the room is a cool, old round table (maybe a wood pedestal table?). I'm envisioning lots of mismatched stools and chairs around it, so the room really feels like a studio/workspace.
I think this DIY hanging paper roll is a must! A Pair and a Spare always has the best DIYs!
I love this chalkboard statement wall and the super long desk idea with multiple work stations!
Wallpaper! I decided almost immediately that I wanted a statement wall of wallpaper. I want to do the wall with the closets, wallpapering inside each closet and the wall area in between them. I also may paint the closets a coordinating color so that they really pop. See more of my wallpaper options + top picks at the end of this post.
I really love this super clean and modern workspace with the pops of yellow! I have contemplated throwing out all the furniture I have and go with something super sleek like this instead.
via House of Hackney
Option number one for wallpaper: London Rose by House of Hackney. I really like the antique look of this floral print, plus it's neutral enough that I could style it several different ways. I could definitely go super sleek and modern for a really cool contrast or really girly and luxe a la Claire Brody's design below. I love how she mixes in all these unexpected colors and jewel tones and I think that could be really fun for an office.
Option number 2: Yellow Peonies by Hygee & West/ Rifle Paper Co. I'm so torn! I know this is kind of a polar opposite from the other wallpaper, super whimsical and vintage, while the other is more mature. I have not really done a fun, bright super-girly room in any space in the house so that makes me lean towards this print. It will just be on one wall (with everything else white) so it will not be too overpowering or overwhelming. If I chose this print I would definitely keep the furniture/style of the rest of the space super sleek and modern to keep it from looking like a children's room.
via Hygee & West
via My Domaine
Which wallpaper is your favorite and which coordinating decor style do you think I should go with for this space? I can't wait to hear what you think!