My cubicle at work has some homey touches and pictures from friends’ weddings, showers, etc. but there’s only so much you can do with corporate carpets and fluorescent lighting! I get to work from home every so often and had been doing 99% of my blog writing and editing in my bedroom so I knew I wanted a dedicated space (other than my kitchen) in which to exercise my creativity and work comfortably. This room is my favorite in the house as of now because it’s so bright. Thanks to two big windows, it room gets a lot of natural light with the most beautiful golden wash of light in the morning. It also houses most of my clothes since it happens to have the largest closet in the house (#olderhomeproblems). I haven’t quite decided on storage solutions and the closet layout yet, so you won’t see pictures of it but I’ll be sure to share once I do. This room came together rather quickly as I already had most of the key pieces such as my desk and chair, and shelving when I moved. The gallery wall above my desk was the most time-consuming aspect because I had to find the fabric I wanted, spray-paint the frames gold, and hang everything just right. Measure twice, cut once really rang true during that part of the process. I’ll share a how-to on creating the gallery wall soon but for now, here’s my home office tour.
I was a little worried about clashing and tackiness in this room (hello, cow-print chair!) because I didn’t set a specific color palette or theme for it. I just had ideas of the feel I wanted and added pieces I liked as I found them. The giant pink rug is a departure from the “neutral foundation” I’ve tried to set in the rest of my home. Large pieces of furniture and things like curtains and rugs are generally neutral in every other room (for now) but I wanted a big pop of color somewhere and the home office seemed like the place to do it. It worked out perfectly and really pulled the entire room together almost instantly. I also caught a really good sale on it through Joss & Main. To know me is to know I love bargains.
Since this is my first home and a bachelorette pad of sorts, I haven’t shied away from feminine touches but I don’t feel that my overall decor just screams girly-girl. For this reason, I didn’t mind going a little overboard in this room. I let my freak flag fly, so to speak. 🙂 Glam metallic accents, feminine hatboxes, and sorority paraphernalia abound! I also placed a lot of the personal pieces that make a house more of a home in this room–things like a picture of my mom, my first gele (Nigerian head-tie), and a stretched canvas I painted myself. Even though a home’s decor is an ever-evolving thing and I know I’ll add or take away pieces here and there, I’m quite pleased with the current result. Start scrolling for all the photos and details of where I sourced each piece!
Picture Frames (I painted them gold) | Business Cards | Desk Plant | Mug (Ross find), similar | Candle | Candle Pedestal (sold out), similar | Rug | Desk Chair (clearance find), similar | Furry Fabric | Desk | Bookcases | Agate Bookends (clearance find), similar | Storage Bench (clearance find), similar | Throw Pillow | Curtains (clearance find), similar | Curtain Rods (I painted them gold) | Dress (sold out), similar
Let me know below if you have questions about any of the pieces or something you want to see me write about next. Today is my Friday and I plan on doing a lot around the house this weekend to the sounds of Jidenna’s The Chief. Let me know what you’re listening to lately and if you’ll be doing any house hunting over the weekend, check out the tips in this post. Thanks for reading!