My Home Office Design Plan | The Vision

One of the rooms I need to get pulled together as soon as we return from our vacation is my office.  I am going to be turning the bedroom on the lower level or our townhouse in my office and creative space. The room is fairly large and has a wall of windows that I love. When we bought the house, the room was painted an admiral blue and had carpeting that was in desperate need of changing. Here’s a before photo I snapped with my iPhone.

Home Office Design Plan by ConfettiStyle

Before we began moving in, I had the entire house painted and choose a soft color palette for this room. I haven’t been able to take any after photos yet because the room is filled with boxes but I’ll share those when I start decorating this space.

 The walls were painted Benjamin Moore Whisper and I freshened up the trim with BM Simply White and I used Black Satin for the doors.  The biggest change came when we removed the carpet and had hardwood floors put in.

 

When I started thinking about how I wanted to decorate my office, I had several things to consider.  In addition to providing ample space to work on design projects, I also need storage for my Etsy shop inventory.  And I wanted the space to feel more like a living space and less like a traditional office.

I started looking around for inspiration and came upon several office space images that spoke to me.

Ballard designs

decor pad

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HOME OFFICE DESIGN PLAN

After finding my inspiration I’ve come with a design plan that I’m excited about.  The general feel for the space will be sophisticated and elegant with lots of black and brass.  I’m also planning to infuse pink and blue & white into the space to add pops of color.

A lot of the furniture I’m looking at is from Ikea and most of the accent pieces are items I already own.  Here are some of the pieces I’m considering…

Ikea Ingatorp Table

Billy Bookcase with Glass Doors–Ikea

Brass Desk Lamp from Target (also available in black)

Black and White Herringbone Rug–Rugs USA

Home Office Design Plan by ConfettiStyle

I’m looking forward to getting started decorating this space.  Because I’ll be spending lots of time in my office, I’m making sure it is the perfect blend of style and function.

Chair Crush: Spool Chairs & where to shop for them

Spool Chairs

My favorite chair style at the moment is the Spool Chair. Spool furniture dates back to the 18th century with small tables and stool being the first design crafted in this style.  Spool furniture is making comeback today with this iconic chair becoming a in-demand design item.

When it comes to shopping for spool chairs, there are several great sources with pricing ranging from very affordable to pretty expensive.  I’ve done some online shopping and rounded up what I think are the best sources for high-quality, affordable Spool Chairs.

SHOPPING FOR SPOOL CHAIRS

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No. 1–Ballard Designs

The Shiloh Spool Chair  from Ballard Designs is the most expensive option I’ve found. The upside is that you have lots of fabrics and 5 finish options to select from so you can really customize this chair to fit your design needs.  Pricing starts at $1099 and goes up from their based on the fabric and finish your select.   And they have free swatches available to order although you will pay a shipping charge.

Ballard Designs Spool Chair

No. 2–Wayfair

This is a very affordable option produced by Birch Lane.  The Henderson Armchair is available in a variety of pattern and solid fabric options and there are two finish colors to choose from–white and walnut.  Pricing ranges from $391.99 to around $550 for the most expensive fabric and finish option I found. A big positive is that Wayfair has free fabric swatches available to order so you can see the fabric before your order.

Wayfair Spool Chair

No. 3–Joss & Main

I found another affordable option at Joss and Main.  The Balalan Spindle chair is a traditional spool chair design and is priced at just $349.99. This chair is only available in this black/brown espresso color finish and grey fabric as shown.

Joss and Main Spool Chair

No.4 –Z Gallerie

If you’re looking for a white finish, Z Gallerie sells a Spool Chair priced at $599.  The fabric is a natural colored rayon and linen blend which makes it perfect for cottage, farm-house or beach decor.

Z Gallerie Spool Chair

 

No. 5–Pottery Barn

The Loralie Upholstered Armchair is a custom order piece from Pottery Barn so it can take 6 to 8 weeks to receive once order.  And the sale is final so there are not returns or exchanges.. Pricing starts at $699 and can go over $1000 based on the fabric you select. The only finish option is a stained walnut which is a classic finish for this chair style.  One of my favorite fabric options available form PB is this black and white buffalo check.Pottery Barn Spool Chair

When I shared my living room design plan a few weeks ago I had a spool chair as part of my plans.  The hubby is not sure about this choice so we’ll hitting up a few stores so he can test our the design.  Hopefully he’ll fall in love with this chair design like I have.  Stay tuned…

top image via VT Interiors

Inspiration Notebook | September 2017


September–A Season Of Change

September is a magical time of year!  Summer is winding down and the pace of life seems to slow a bit. Vacation getaways are replaced by lazy Saturday mornings and weekend road trips.  The days are still warm but there is a recognizable chill in the morning air because fall is fast approaching.

This is my favorite time of year to go thrifting, visit the farmers market and take walks in the park.  I’m hoping to do all of these things in abundance and enjoy each day as it comes.   We still have a lot to do to get settled into your new house  into our new house but my focus this month will be to get my office together.  I’ll be sharing my design plan for this space later this week so stay tuned.

While I’m enjoying the beauty of September and the coming of fall, I also have the holidays on my mind.  I’ve starting flushing out my holiday decorating plans and a sneak peek of my color theme is included in the images below.

It’s going to be a busy month but I plan on making the most of the glorious month.

 

September 2017 Inspiration Notebook by ConfettiStyle

September 2017 Inspiration Notebook by ConfettiStyle
September 2017 Inspiration Notebook by ConfettiStyle

 

While we’re easing into a new month, here are some fun facts about September that I thought you might enjoy.  Cheers to the month ahead and the adventures that await.

Fun Facts About September

♦ The 9th month of the year marks the beginning of autumn in the Northern hemisphere and the start of spring in the Southern hemisphere.

♦ September starts on the same day of the week as December each year, but does not end on the same day of the week as any other month in the year.

♦ This month has three birth flowers: the forget-me-not, the morning-glory and the aster. Forget-me-nots represent love and memories, asters represent love as well, and the morning-glory represents unrequited love. These are all very passionate flowers.

♦  In the northern hemisphere, the Autumn Equinox occurs and fall begins. This takes place on September 22nd or 23rd, depending on the year.

♦  Fun days to celebrate this month:  9/5: National Cheese Pizza Day,  9/9: National Teddy Bear Day, 9/16: National Play-Doh Day, 9/19: International “Talk Like A Pirate Day”.

 

Favorites Of The Week { A Little Of This & That}

Hi friends.  I hope everyone had a great weekend and have fun plans for the long weekend ahead.  Crazy is the only word I can use to describe the last two weeks of my life.  I was ‘crazy busy’ packing for the move to our new house.  And once we got all the boxes and furniture moved in there was craziness with new flooring being installed.  And add in a little ‘kitchen crazy’ since we haven’t been able to use the dishwasher in two weeks and having to cancel our order with Lowes. #servicefail  And did I mention the hubby had to re-wire the dyer with a new electrical cord.

Things are finally settling down and good things are happening. We purchased a new dishwasher from Home Depot and had an awesome buying experience.  It’s being delivered today and I can’t wait.  We’ve unpacked some of our boxes and are finally getting settled into the kitchen and bedroom.  And the best news of all…we are heading to the Caribbean tomorrow for a little rest, relaxation & rejuvenation.

Even though I skipped out on blogging last week, I’ve been working hard to get back on schedule and have a line-up of new blog post to share with you next week.  Until then, enjoy a few favorites from the week and the long weekend ahead.

Favorites:  Design & Style…

Great advice for decorating at any age.

I shared this gorgeous tablescape on Instagram and immediately went on the hunt for black plates.  H and M has these black plates which are a great price.

I loved taking a look inside Erin Gates’ design studio.

15 ways to layout your living room.  If you study these images you’ll find lots of design inspiration.

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Favorites:  Shopping list…

There are lots of great new design, entertaining and style books coming out this fall.  I’m looking forward to this fun book all about styling your bar cart. {affiliate link}

Have you noticed that Amazon is really stepping it up when it comes to their clothing selections?  I’ve seen lots of bloggers posting about items they’ve purchased.  I spotted this cute ruffle sleeve sweater and I’m considering it.  I can’t believe it’s less than $25! {affiliate link}

 

I’m still searching for the perfect bar cart.  This one might be a good option.

Favorites:  Pins

This table setting image led me to my new favorite Instagram site, The Chinoiserie Collective.  So many gorgeous images.

I love the color palette and design details in this kitchen.

 

Pattern mixing perfection!  I never thought of mixing different chinoiserie patterns until now.

via One Kings Lane

In Other News…

Voting ends Sept. 15th for the Interior Blog Awards.  If you haven’t voted yet, I’d love for you to cast your vote for ConfettiStyle here. #IBA17

Four Overhead Lights I’m Loving {plus where I shop for lighting}

 

I’ve been sourcing a lot of lighting lately and one of my go to sources for affordable and stylish lighting is Ballard Designs.  Ballard’s mix of lighting ranges from
 traditional styles to trendy pieces.  I came across 4 awesome overhead lights while shopping their site recently and wanted to share them with you.

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Four Overhead Lights To Love

1 //  The Gigi Pendant from Ballard Designs is such a fun take on a traditional quatrefoil design and the brass and cream color combination is just stunning.  I would hang this in a dining room, bedroom or office space.  And it would look great in a small foyer space too. On sale for $246.75.
My Favorite Sources for Affordable Lights by ConfettiStyle

2 // Gone are the days of the flush mount ‘boob light”.  Now you can find super chic flush mount lights to fit any decor style.  I am especially fond of this Starburst Ceiling Mount Light  and think it would look fabulous in a powder room, kids room or hallway? On sale for $ 261.75.
My Favorite Sources for Affordable Lights by ConfettiStyle

3 //  If you’re looking for a causal lighting style, the Kiki Pendant with its bohemian vibe would be a great option.  A pair of these wold look stunning in a sunroom, over a kitchen island or in a causal breakfast eating space. On sale for $111.74.

tip: you could probably paint this if you wanted a more colorful statement. 
My Favorite Sources for Affordable Lights by ConfettiStyle4 // The Urchin 12 Light Pendant is one of my favorite takes on this popular Sputnik design trend.  I love the slender arms and antique gold finish and would hang it in a foyer, office space or large bedroom.  On sale for $ 674.25 which is a savings of over $220.
My Favorite Sources for Affordable Lights by ConfettiStyle

My Favorite Sources for Affordable Lighting by ConfettiStyle

 

Lamp Plus is the nation’s largest lighting retailer.  They carry a wide range of lighting from all of the top brands in the country.  I love shopping them for chandeliers, table lamps and outdoor lighting.  In addition to lighting, they also sell home decor and  furnishings.

Wayfair carries a large variety of lighting brands with looks to fit every decor style and they have a great selection of outdoor lighting.  I love the look and price of this outdoor wall lantern.

Overstock is one of the best sources for affordable and stylish interior lighting.  And this is a great place to shop If you like crystal lights. This gorgeous chandelier would look awesome in a walk-in closet or over a garden tub.

HomeGoods  has always been a great source for affordable table lamps and the last two years they have really upped their style game. Their assortment is constantly changing so if you see something you love, buy it.

Crate and Barrel is our source for lighting with a modern, contemporary design aesthetic. By hovering over the lighting image on their website, you can also see what the light looks like lit up. This brass desk lamp is one of my all time favorites.

Pottery Barn has a good selection of moderate-priced, transitional lighting that will work with just about any design style     This tapered metal flush mount light is a classic design that would look great in a hallway or mud room.

Rejuvenation has an online store as well as several retail stores across the country.  Their speciality is reproduction antique, Victorian and period-authentic lighting.   The story of how the company was started is pretty interesting–you can read it here.

School House Electric is much more than a lighting company.  Their portfolio of products include furniture, decorative accessories, kitchen & bath products and hardware.  The Satellite Sconce is one of my favorites from their lighting collection.

Target really does have it all when it comes to lighting, from table lamps and floor lamps to outdoor lighting and desk lamps.  In addition to selling their private label Threshold collection, Target also sells popular brands like Uttermost and Safavieh.  tip:  always check their pricing on-line because I’ve noticed several styles that are cheaper on-line than in-store.

Shades of Light is another online source with a vast array of lighting options. Their contemporary collection is my favorites and I’ve got my eye on this light fixture.

Ballard Designs has a nice collection of lights and their price points are very affordable. They have a great selection of glass and ceramic table lamps and  I also like their lantern styles.  Ballard’s is also my source lighting accessories like cord covers and chandelier chain sleeves.

 

As you think about the lighting in your home, look at it like you do jewelry to an outfit.  Stylish lighting can be the finishing touch to your decor.

 

all images via Ballard Designs

Vinyl Tiles I’d Actually Use In My Own Home

 

One of the areas I’m looking to UpStyle in our new house is the flooring in the basement bathroom. Eventually I want to replace the vinyl floor tiles with ceramic but until that happens I’m considering a quick and easy way to refresh the look.

I recently stumbled across an Etsy shop called Bleucoin that sells premium vinyl tiles that can be used on floors, walls, ceilings and furniture.  What’s so brilliant about these tiles is the easy peel and stick application and the easy removal process when you want to change the look.  Plus the tiles are water and heat-resistant and can be trimmed to fit your specific size needs.

The biggest challenge with Bleucoin tiles is picking one of the over 137 beautiful Mexican and Moroccan designs they have available.

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Affordable Decorative Vinyl Tiles

Decorative Vinyl Tiles by Bleucoin on Etsy

Encaustic Moroccan Tile

Decorative Vinyl Tiles by Bleucoin on Etsy

Earth Friendly Stair Tiles

Decorative Vinyl Tiles by Bleucoin on Etsy

Moroccan Dark Grey and Cabana Green

Decorative Vinyl Tiles by Bleucoin on Etsy

Brazilian Talavera Tile

Decorative Vinyl Tiles by Bleucoin on Etsy

Bratislava Tile

Decorative Vinyl Tiles by Bleucoin on Etsy

Turkish/Iznik Tile

Decorative Vinyl Tiles by Bleucoin on Etsy

Indian Blue Pottery Diamond Tile

Decorative Vinyl Tiles by Bleucoin on Etsy

Carmine Mexican Talavera Tile

Scandinavian Tile

Bleucoin tiles are a perfect solution for renters or areas where you need an inexpensive and temporary face-lift.  To learn more about these amazing tiles and shop the entire collection, head here.

 

Favorites Of The Week {a little of this & a little of that}

This is going to be an exciting (and stressful) weekend.  My brother is going to be setting up all of our electronic and computer stuff today (which always results in a few new gadgets) and we’ve got a little more packing to do.  And tomorrow the movers come to move all our furniture.  As of Monday we’ll officially be in our new house and the unpacking will begin.

Even though I didn’t manage to do a lot of blogging this week, I did find some down time to round-up my favorites of the week.

 Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Liz Strong Style

Enjoy a few of my favorite links from the week…

Maybe the most gorgeous laundry room I’ve ever seen.

A great tutorial on How to Style Flat Lay Photographs.  And don’t forget to pre-order KariAnn’s new book, So Close To Amazing. It’s fabulous!

Here’s a great design portfolio that will have you swooning.  So many ideas!

It’s never to early to start Christmas shopping so check out all the goodies in this sale.  I just ordered these and this.

A gorgeous dutch door.

Great tips for hanging wallpaper in a bathroom.

Are you ready for fall?  This beautiful fall tablescape and fall decor might get you in the mood.

I just discovered this new online store which has everything from home decor to fashion.

 

The Starting Point Of Design–Revisited

The Starting Point Of Design by ConfettiStyle

Happy Monday!  We made it through another weekend which included a hodge podge of tasks and projects. Most of our weekend was spent at the new house cleaning the kitchen, bathrooms and floors. We also moved all of my Christmas decor into the garage storage unit.  Yesterday we spent some time shopping for sofas and also swung by At Home to pick up a few things.  If you haven’t been to an At Home store, I highly recommend you do.  The store is massive and there are lots of basic decorative items and stylish decor and super affordable prices.

This week is going to be extra busy with client meetings, more packing and shopping for a new dishwasher.  When we were cleaning the kitchen we noticed that the dishwasher had some mold build-up which made me cringe.  So, a new dishwasher just made it to the top of the ‘must-buy’ list.

Since I’m in the beginning stages of creating a design plan for our new house, I thought I’d share a post I wrote back in 2011.  The post, entitled The Starting Point Of Design outlines things to consider when beginning to develop a design plan for a room or a whole house.  I hope you’ll find these tips valuable no matter what stage of decorating you are in.

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