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.

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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.

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!

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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.

 

Life Lately In 5 Photos {designing, shopping & reading}

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend and were able to stay cool with the summer heat that’s plaguing the country.  It was hot as blazes here in Atlanta and I feel like I drank about 10 gallons of water every day just to stay cool and hydrated.

 My life has been a fast-moving train the last few weeks and I feel like a juggler with lots of balls in the air.  But it’s all good stuff including a little secret I’ll be sharing on Thursday.  For now, let me get you up to speed on some of the things that have been going on in my world and keeping me so busy.

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Life lately…

No. 1–This is the beginnings of a design plan that I’ve been working on and one that is very personal to me.  The main floor of this home is an open concept with hardwood floors, white walls and a soft grey ceilings. The goal is to create a space that is sophisticated with traditional undertones and pops of color.  I’m love where the design plan is going with grey and black as the foundation and a little animal print and brass to jazz things up.


No. 2–This fabric is for furniture for client who wants to spruce up her living room.  The client found a sofa she loved at Haverty’s so we went shopping there the other night to pull together the fabric plan.  The natural fabric will be used on the sofa and the navy will go on two accent chairs.  And the abstract fabric is for pillows for the sofa.  The iron side table with black granite top below will sit between the chairs.

 p.s.  Haverty’s has some nice accent furniture pieces at good prices if you’re doing some decorating.  

 

No. 3–In route to an appointment the other day, I popped into one of my favorite consignment stores.  It’s been a while since I’ve been thrifting and the thrill of the hunt hit me the minute I walked in the door.  Right off the bat I found these two beautiful urns which were only $7.50 each. This was a major score because the urns are about 14″ tall and are in great condition.  I also picked up this pretty brass bowl for $5.00.

Life Lately in 5 Photos--Thrift Shopping

No. 4–I’m sure you all have been seeing this bamboo purse on every fashion bloggers blog.  I’ve wanted one ever since I first saw it but didn’t want to pay the over $100 price that most people were paying.  After a little research, I found a great source on Ebay that sells both the small and the large size. And you won’t believe the price…the small is $32.99 and the medium is $34.99.

I have to tell you that I had never ordered from Ebay before so I was a little nervous about ordering this bag.  And because the purse was shipping from China, I was nervous about the quality.  The shop and the product had good reviews so I went ahead and placed the order and when it arrived, I jumped for joy.  The quality is great and the purse is exactly as described.  I love it so much that I just ordered the larger size in black.

p.s.  I place my order on July 8th and my package arrived on Saturday, 7/21.  Pretty fast coming from China and getting through customs.

Life Lately in 5 Photos--Bamboo Purse

No. 5–After an exhausting weekend, I took some time last night to flip through the July issue of BH&G.  So many inspiring ideas starting with the cover image.  I want those chairs, that coffee table and that ottoman. #ilovebamboo

Those are  just a few highlights of my life lately.  I’m off to shop for carpeting and then I’ll be back at my desk tackling my mile long to-do list.

I’m wishing you all a fantastic week.  I’ll be back here tomorrow with my take on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale since it’s the talk of the town.

Shopping For Your Home: 4th of July Sales

Is there anything better than a long weekend?  I’m looking forward to getting caught up on my magazine stack, celebrating the 4th and watching the fireworks.  I’m also  looking forward to doing some shopping and taking advantage of some of the great sales that are going on this weekend.  If you’re in the market for new decor for your home, here’s a roundup of my top 4th of July sale events.  Happy shopping and cheers to the weekend!

4TH OF JULY HOME DECOR SALES

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Save 20% off site wide at Serena & Lily including sale items.

 

Take an additional 30% off sales items at Anthropologie.

 

Up to 70% off at H and M Home.  This cute bird candleholder is on sale for $7.99.

 

Save up to 30% off on home, patio and furniture at Target. Plus clothing and accessories are on sale too!

 

Mega End-Of-Season Sale Up to 70% off at Pottery Barn.

 

Extra 30% off Summer Clearance at Williams Sonoma Home.

 

20% off furniture and an additional 20% off sale items at West Elm.

 

15% off at World Market and an extra 10% off already reduced sale items atGallerie.


 

Up to 60% off Outdoor Furniture at World Market.  

 

Save 20% off at Joss and Main.

 

The already great prices at RugsUSA are reduced even further with an additional 20% off sale + free shipping.

And while you’re shopping, you might want to check out Dillard’s for their annual 4th of July sale– additional 30% off sale prices!

DESIGN PLAN: Tuscan Dining Room

I had the pleasure of creating a design plan for a young couple who have just purchased their first home.  The goal for the dining space was to merge his traditional style with her love for rustic yet refined decor.  They both love natural rooms with pops of color and wanted the overall feel of the dining room to be warm and inviting.

After dissecting their design styles, I came up with the theme, Tuscan Dining.  My vision was rich, warm colors with a mix of dark and light wood tones.  I also envisioned a mix of classic and transitional furniture, colorful textiles and lots of texture.

 

Tuscan Themed Dining Room Design Plan by ConfettiStyle

TUSCAN DINING ROOM:  Design Details

No.1 & No. 5–A traditional dining room set will work best for this couple who loves to entertain.  The oval table maximizing seating and helps with the traffic flow in and out of the room. The dark wood stain on the table adds depth and contrast against the lighter tones in the room.

No.2–To bring in a more modern touch, I suggested an upholstered settee for one side of the dining table.  This larger piece of furniture will add softness to the room and can easily be moved to other areas of the home when needed.

No. 3–All of the lighting for this dining room is in a bronze finish which adds even more warmth to the space.  The chandelier has lots of curves to it which create visual movement for the eye.   And if the couple wants an even more traditional feel they could add shades to each arm.

No. 4–These patterned drapes are the wow factor in the room.  The all-over damask pattern have a traditional vibe but the bold colors will help the room maintain a sense of playfulness.  I also like that the drapery pattern/colors will give the couple lots of options when it comes to accessorizing.

No.6–A sleek round mirror over the rustic sideboard keeps the wall decor statement simple.  Plus a round mirror has a more modern feel than a rectangular design.

No.7–Instead of lamps, wall sconces are another way to add lighting to a dining room and expand the wall decor statement above a buffet. These double arm sconces will provide ample lighting and visually draw the eye up.

No.8–I love a neutral colored rug with lots of texture.  The subtle diamond pattern of this sisal rug adds a cozy and relaxed feel plus lots of visual interest.

No.9–A good way to create dimension and depth within a room is by mixing furniture with different finishes.  The blonde wood finish on this sideboard ties into the lighter tones in the drapes and the rustic finish adds the dimension.

 No.10–I wanted to pull in some navy to coordinate with the drapes and a pair of ceramic garden stools flanking the sideboard will do the trick.  Plus I love the raised vine design which adds more visual interest.

 

 

Fab Finds at HomeGoods (Budget Friendly Decor)

I’ve spent a lot of time in my local HomeGoods stores lately looking for accessories for several clients.  HomeGoods is such a great source for shelf fillers, tabletop decor and general accent decor.  HomeGoods is usually picked over when I go shopping but on a my most recent trip I hit the timing just right.  The shelves and aisles were over-flowing and I spotted so many great items.

HomeGoods Happy Finds

Let’s start with the furniture….

I loved this garden stool/side table.  At first glance it looks like its made of concrete but it’s actually a resin materials so it’s not too heavy.  If you’re into neutral decor, this would look great between a pair or chairs or next to a sofa.

I’ve seen the cube ottomans at several stores and thought they would look cute in a play room or nursery.


HomeGoods has some super cute chairs but they aren’t always comfortable.  This animal print chair would be a great accent chair in a bedroom or kitchen desk.

The acrylic trend is alive a well at HomeGoods and this tiered side table was fun.  The only down side about buying acrylic from HomeGoods is finding a piece that isn’t all scratched up.

I really liked this tufted bench.  It was actually really comfortable and would be perfect at the foot of a bed.

tip:  don’t overlook upholstered furniture pieces at HomeGoods.  Their prices are so go you could have a piece re-upholstered and still spend less than buy a higher end piece.

This brass and marble-look side table was really cute.  The top is made of a composite material that looks like a piece of marble.  This table would be perfect between two club chairs.

This dining table caught my eye mostly because of the legs.  This mid-century style would look great in a loft and because it’s so big, it could even be used as conference table in an office.

tip:  if you see surface scratches or dings in a piece you like, ask for a discount.  

This chest of drawers had a really great texture to it and I loved the clean lines of the design.

tip:  if you’re considering a large furniture piece from HomeGoods, make sure to look it over.  I often see scratches and missing pieces (note the missing drawer pull below).

Now let’s check out the accessories and other decor I spotted…

You can find spheres like these at several big box stores but they are usually in a gold finish.  I love these in black with a touch of gold on the end of each prong.  You can use these a tabletop decor or hang them on the wall.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

The faux boxwood topiary at HomeGoods look pretty realistic and the ceramic containers make them look more expensive than they are.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

This acrylic and gold-rimmed tray almost came home with me (tray hoarder)!  If I remember correctly, it was less than $20 and it came in several colors including the champagne below.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

This copper mailbox was really chic and a great size.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

This metal stool is perfect to tuck away in a closet or kitchen to reach those high shelves.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

These glass lanterns were really pretty and would look great on a covered porch, sunroom or indoors.

tip:  unless glass is tempered, you don’t want to expose it to prolonged periods of hot sun or changing temperatures.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

This artwork would have been perfect for a clients powder room but the frame was busted up.  Hopefully I’ll run across it at another store.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

HomeGoods has started to sell more abstract art.  This piece had lots of texture and looked more expensive than it was.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

Decorative and patterned lampshades seem to be a trend and there were plenty the day I was shopping.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

It’s always challenging to find small lamps that can work on a bathroom vanity or on the kitchen counter.  HomeGoods has lots including this pierced ceramic lamp.

tip:  don’t pass up a lamp you like because of the lampshade.  Changing the shade is an easy and inexpensive fix.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

My collection of teacups from Anthropologie is growing.  But now I have a new source because I saw several Anthropologie inspired styles at HomeGoods for a lot less.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

The pillow section looked like a tornado had gone through it so I didn’t spend much time looking .  I did see this beautiful needlework lumbar pillow which would look great on a bed or sofa.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

One other thing you should keep your eye out for at HomeGoods–design books.  I needed 9 coffee table books for a client and found some great titles for less than $20 each.Decor finds from HomeGoods

I follow lots of folks on Instagram so I know I’m not the only one spending time at HomeGoods.

 Have you found any great items there lately?

 

Design Idea: Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

Years ago when we bought our first house in Seattle, I wanted a cohesive and consistent look with my decor.  I hadn’t really defined my design style and fell into the trap of buying an entire room grouping from a local furniture store.  I thought the furniture group would give me the consistency I was looking for and I could then use accessories to add the personality.  Over the years my style has evolved, my design skills have been honed and  today I would never think of purchasing a package group of furniture.  It’s also something I steer my design clients away from because there are so many other ways to create a cohesive design statement in your home.

The point I’m trying to make is that your decor should be just as multi-dimensional as you are.  It should be a combination of things that give your home its personality.

There are lots of ways to add unique flair to your decor and one of my favorites is with mixing up your dining room chairs. If your style in eclectic and whimsical you can use a mix of different chairs around the table.  Or you can replace your king & queen chairs with pieces that make a statement.

DESIGN PERSONALITY USING KING & QUEEN DINING CHAIRS

I love the look of this dining room with oversized king & queen chairs in a neutral fabric that works with the wallpaper and other textiles in the room.

Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

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Contrasting king & queen chairs are an easy way to introduce bold patternwrok into the dining room.  Using a similar chair shape as the side chairs creates a sense of balance and symmetry around the table.

Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

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Upholstered end chairs help to anchor a dining table especially when the table is oversized or the side chairs are sleek and see-thru.

Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

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These dining spaces just ooze personality with a mix of chair styles and banquette seating.  If you’re considering switching out your king & queen chairs, upholstered club chairs are always a good choice.

Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

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Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

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Just like drapes, upholstered end chairs will help to visually soften the hard surfaces within a dining room.

Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

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Here are a few other inspiring spaces with contrasting king & queen dining chairs…

Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

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Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

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I love the look for contrasting dining chairs. It’s a great way to put a personal stamp on your gathering space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design Chat: Sectional Styling & A Family Room Refresh

 

 

I continue to get emails from people who have read my blog post or found my pin How To Style A Sectional Sofa. I wrote the original blog in 2014 and there are over 25,000 re-pins on Pinterest.  And when I wrote the post, I didn’t realize so many people are challenged with decorating around a sectional sofa.

My most recent email was from MJ who is looking to update her family room.  She wants to trade in her current sofa and loveseat for a new sectional with chaise.  And she wants to  replace the recliner with two accent chairs.  Here’s how MJ posed her design challenge to me…

“Hello, I came across your article on Pinterest and was hoping to get your advice.  I have attached two pics of my great room as I want to purchase a new sectional (would love a chaise), but with a corner fireplace, I am not sure how or if that would even work. Also get confused on how to determine if I need a right arm facing or left arm facing chaise. One picture shows the wall across from the stairs where the chaise portion of a sectional would be placed with the longer sofa portion obviously along the area across from stairway. My plan is to purchase two complementary accent chairs to be placed in front of window wall. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!

Here are the photos of MJ’s family room now. As you can see, MJ’s family room is not large and the brown/beige color palette that takes it cues from the carpet and wall color.

After studying the room layout, I created an inspiration board and outlined a few suggestions that will help MJ execute a new look for her home.

  The Inspiration

 

Design Cha with ConfettiStyle: Family Room Refresh featuring a Sectional Sofa

 

Family Room Refresh:  Design Suggestions

FIND FURNITURE THAT FITS:  With the size of MJ’s family room, a large sectional will fit with ease.  I recommend a left arm sectional which will position the sectional on the long wall opposite the TV.  Selecting the right size sectional will allow for side tables and lamps on each end creating a cozy sitting arrangement.

tip: When looking at sectionals, left facing and right facing refers to the arm placement when looking at the sectional sofa head on (not when sitting on it).

CREATE A COLOR STORY:  The foundation of every room is its color palette. The current color scheme in MJ’s family room is somewhat flat.  The main color in the room is brown with a little deviation in tones form one brown to another.  What I recommend is combining more shades and variation of tan and brown which will give the room depth, dimension and visual interest.  Since the sectional will be the largest piece in the room, a lighter color fabric will provide a contrast against the walls and carpet.

PUMP UP THE COLOR:  I also recommend pumping up the use of accent colors in the room.  Right now the only significant accent color is the teal lamp shades o n the table lamps.  Using the teal as the accent color I would bring in more of this color with patterned pillows and drapes.  Curtains will add softness to the room and  define and create a focal point around the windows.

tip:  when adding patternwork to a room, combine patterns in different in scale so they don’t fight with each other and each individual design stands out.

tip:  hang your drapery rod as high as possible to maximize the visual effect of taller ceilings and a more open space.

MIX UP THE MATERIALS AND FINISHES:  Another way to add depth and dimension to a room is by using pieces that are made of different materials and/or  finishes.  My suggestion is to replace with wood side tables with tables made of iron and glass.  The glass will not take up any visual space and the iron will keep the tables from looking whimsy.  For additional contrast, I’d place a painted wood accent table between the chairs in front of the window.  Painted furniture will introduce even more color and another finish in the room.

ADD STYLE WITH SHAPE:  Having little to no variation in the shape of furniture within a room is a common decorating mistake. Having too many elements in one shape (i.e. square or rectangular) can result in a room that feels heavy and overloaded.  A combination of square, round and other shapes creates visual interest and movement for the eye.  In MJ’s room I’ve suggested round side tables to add that needed contrast.

PERSONALIZE YOUR STYLE:  In addition to new furniture and a pumped up color palette, here are the other suggestions I had for MJ…

  • Hang the mirror over the mantel versus leaning it.  Hanging the mirror will balance the fireplace and create separation between the mantel and the mirror.
  • Hang a larger piece of artwork on the long wall facing the TV.  A larger piece of art will add color, visual interest and create a secondary focal point within the room.
  • Replace the lamps with a style that has more substance and shape.  Your lamp base and shade should feel proportion to the scale of the furniture in the room  Lamps are also an easy way to introduce more color into a room.  Note how the lamp shade color in my recommended style picks up the lighter neutral in the pillows and curtains.
  • Upsize the TV cabinet with a larger piece.  The current TV console is a bit small and makes the entire TV arrangement feel diminutive.  A larger tv cabinet will work better with the scale of the fireplace and furniture within the room.
  • Paint the inside of the front door an accent color.  Painting MJ’s door will add so much visual interest within the entire entrance/family room space.  And the color will visually link the two areas together. The inspiration photo for the door is below.

One other thing I wanted to point out is that while MJ’s room could benefit from a patterned area rug, I wouldn’t recommend it because of the plush wall to wall carpeting.  It’s fine to layer a rug over a low pile carpet with plush carpeting an area rug tends to crawl.

Do you have a design challenge?  Leave me a comment and your space just might be featured here on ConfettiStyle.

SHOP THE INSPIRATION BOARD:

Sectional Sofa // Round Pedestal Table //  Floral Pillow // Teal Velvet Pillow // Plaid Tattersall Pillow 

Abstract Art // Brown Accent Chair // Glass Table Lamps 

Geometric Blackout Curtains // Round Glass and Iron Side Table // Black TV Cabinet

 

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