This spring I’ve decided to show you around a few rooms of my house post-by-post rather than doing a full Spring Home Tour. Last week I gave you a tour of my living room, so I thought it’d make sense to now take a look at the adjoining room, my home office. (As always, all of my home’s paint colors can be found here.)
Come on in and let me show you around.
First, this past winter, I decided to swap out the large wood island and stools for this white mid-century modern table and chairs. As I explained, the large island wasn’t serving my needs any longer. It also felt too heavy for the space.
Even though I stressed over making the switch, I can’t began to tell you how happy I am with the change. Not only does the room feel bigger and brighter, but I’ve come to use the table much more frequently. The natural light in this room is great for photography. And, as you will see later this week, it’s a beautiful space for shooting entertaining / party-style posts.
This is the Sierra Paddle Rug in Ivory from RugsUSA (7’6″ x 9’6″) and it has made a world of difference.
As much as I loved the pop of color from the previous rug, I had a few issues with it. First, the blue made the space feel darker instead of brighter. Also, as in the living room, I’m trying to limit the number of colors in each room. This new rug balances out the space nicely and brightens everything up. It’s also a bit larger than the previous rug, so the table and chairs don’t looked cramped on it.
Beyond that, the quality and style of this rug is wonderful. It’s a blend of 80% wool and 20% cotton. It’s comfy on the feet, and I’ve had no issues with shedding. I love the subtle pattern, too. It’s just enough to give it a bit of interest. Another successful change, if I do say so myself. I’m still amazed at how a rug can affect a room. (I should also note that this rug is currently 70% off. At just under $250, it’s a great price.)
I’ve also added a large arch floor lamp to hang above the table. I’d been trying to figure out a way to get a light above this table without drilling into the wall or ceiling, and this was the ideal solution. The best thing? I got this lamp for just over $80 including shipping. I picked it up at on Target.com. With two sales and 5% off with my red card, it was a steal.
Also, for those that have asked, most (if not all) of the blinds in my home are from Select Blinds. While they are expensive (wait for the 35% off sale, plus buy 3 get 1 free), the quality is amazing. This particular color is no longer available. However, it’s very similar to Montego Umber. They are custom cut to fit my windows. I also opt for the privacy liner so that you can’t see through them. In my bedrooms, I add on the blackout liner which blocks the light really well and also helps to regulate the temperature.
I wanted to keep the light very dim, so I’m using a 7.5 watt bulb which is working out nicely. It’s just enough light in the evenings.
The only other change is the bench under the window next to the table. The bench might look familiar as it used to be in my kitchen. I’m not sure if this is where I’m going to keep it, but it works for now. Plus, the cats love this bench. From it, they can peek out the window at the birds.
In addition to all of that, a few accessories around the room have changed. I reorganized my bulletin board (which you can learn how to DIY here) and swapped out my art for a new Lindsay Letters print.
My clipboards are still keeping my organizing. Well, keeping the illusion that I’m organized.
A couple new office organizers and an orchid for my entryway (complete with gnome) finish off the space.
Thanks to a beautiful new rug, this room is feeling refreshed for spring. Some plants and silver dollar eucalyptus (which I found for a great deal at this Etsy shop) also help it feel springified!
And that’s a wrap, friends. I hope you enjoyed looking into another room and seeing my latest decorating tweaks.