Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Our {new} Home Office: A Tour

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Do you have a room in your house that bugs you?  Well, mine was our home office.  It never looked the way I wanted it to!

I had a lot of autumn-ish colors going on.  I was sick of perpetual fall in our office.  

I wanted light and airy-more of a gray/yellow/white combo.  These fabrics were my inspiration:

Don't you looooove them?  I do! 

I started with paint.  Ahhhhh yes.  The easiest way to transform a room.   I decided to go with gray. 

If you've ever tried to choose the perfect gray, you feel my pain!

After several samples of paint on our wall, we finally chose the perfect gray.....or so I thought!

 I went with Valspar's Polar Star.

I painted mostly at night, when the kiddos were asleep...and I'm 7 months pregnant.  Imagine my surprise the next day when I wake up to discover that my perfect gray was gray-BLUE!  I almost started crying!
There was NO way I was going to re-paint the whole room, so I decided to live with it.  And you know what?  I love it now! 

I found the perfect rug that is gray-blue to accent the room. 
Here it is:

Modern, and not floral.  Those were my requirements.

 The area above our desk was looking a little bare after painting....

So I jazzed it up with black frames, my favorite B&W prints of our family, and some vinyl.

Much better, right?
I did the vinyl myself on my Cricut. 
It's the biggest project I've ever done with vinyl.  
The monogram measures about 36 inches across.

Next, I found some fun frames to add to the desk.

One of my fave pics of me and the hubster.

 I found this frame at Home Goods. 
I love the swirls...it's a good contrast to the stark black/white/gray in the room.

I found this little vase at IKEA, and thought it added a nice pop of yellow.

Found this lamp at Home Goods also.  We've had it for a few years, but I still really like it.

Here's the desk side of the room:

Opposite of the desk is the bookcase wall:

I love my little nook in between the bookcases-

The vases are all from IKEA.

The mirror is my FAVORITE part of the room.  I love it!!!
(from Home Goods)

I used some of my inspiration fabric to frame a quote:

We have really lovely bay windows in our office, and they let in tons of natural light.

Close up of vinyl above windows:

I realllllly wanted to do window treatments on these windows in a fun yellow/gray fabric, but the hubby says no.  He likes the uncluttered, minimalist look we have going on.  I must admit, it's growing on me.  So for now, bare windows :)

I think that's about it! Hope you enjoyed our home office tour!

Linking up here! 
and @ Under the Table and Dreaming


  1. It's beautiful! I love the gray and yellow! I wish I had a room I could do in that color, but I don't!! Great job!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  2. Very nice Sarah. Next time you visit Utah you will have to come decorate my house!! I am at a lose and it still has mostly bare walls and decor! The only room I have even come close to attempting is the girls rooms!

  3. BEAUTIFUL! I also need massive help in the decorating area! LOL Love your nook as well....I have been dreaming of having one of those!

  4. Love the colors, and especially love the photo wall. Great job! Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

  5. Looks so great! I would love to replicate the monogram above the desk. Would you post a little tutorial on how you did that?

  6. Wow your office looks so pretty - I love love love the vinyl above the frames :D

  7. So pretty and the gray is very subtle and calming - your first impression was spot-on!

  8. Beautiful and calming! Great for the office.

    The window area does need something though. Maybe a large steamer trunk by the plant or a small cafe table and a couple of chairs?

  9. Love the colors! I am redoing one of my favorite rooms in our house with gray, yellow, and a pale green. I'm loving it already. Thanks for even more inspiration.

  10. Where to begin?! I LOVE the gray/black/white and the added little "pops" of yellow! That picture wall is stunning -- such a clever idea!

  11. Love it!!
    Those are the exact same fabrics I want to buy for my guest bedroom for pillows!! :)

  12. I'm slightly obsessed with gray and yellow, so I LOVE this office. Great job.

  13. Looks beautiful! I love it!


  14. it looks great! I love the grey and yellow color combo and those fabrics.... luve them just picked those exact ones out for an apron for myself!

  15. Gorgeous gray office! I love all the details you added - gotta love homegoods! I'm putting you in the Spotlight this week at the PoPP. Thanks for linking up!

  16. LOVE it! My craft area paint is a less "blue" version of that darkest gray you have there, and I love it too! I love your vinyl too!
    Thank you for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  17. That looks like the same shade my den is... I love it... it actually brings light into the room. LOVE your fabric choices AND how you used it to frame the quote. RUG is gorgeous! Good job.

  18. The room turned out beautiful. I love the photo wall and the monogram is perfect. I love the color choices too. Thanks for linking to the party. I hope to see you again next time.

  19. The mirror was a great choice. Love it!

  20. Your office is looking great. Do you mind me asking where you found you desk, file cabinet and book shelves? I'm in search for a black desk and I really like the one you have.

  21. I am loving it! I just painted our DR grey and am using yellow accents, so I appreciate the inspiration. The fabrics are TDF.

  22. Hi Sarah, Love what you have done with your office. The color combos are simply fabulous and I love the photo wall too. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today. Enjoy the rest of your week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  23. Coming over from Stephanie Lynn's. love your space here with the pops of yellow. I also love your gallery wall. nice job!

  24. You did a great job! I really like this!

  25. Hey Sarah,

    Your new office is amazing. I never thought grey could be so pretty, you did such a good job making the room pop, even though there is hardly any color, that is sooooo cool.

    Your monogrammed photo wall, is just incredible, and I LOVE it!! You had a vision, and you brought it to life, way to go on your beautiful new room.

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  26. I love this office. Where did you get the desk? I would like to recreate the desk side of this office as my house is VERY small and I do not have room to do it all.

  27. Jennifer

    I bought our desk at Haverty's furniture here in Dallas. I don't know if they are a national chain or not. Good luck!!

  28. Absolutely beautiful and creative, eh. Gray is indeed great to look at in a house. :)

    Cathy@landau scrub

  29. Bare windows are indeed pleasant to look at, but once in a while, you might want to continue your plans to place some curtains on your window. There is a way to put treatments without making them look cluttered. Solid colors are one option. You can also try colored window blinds

  30. The black and white colours really do not become out of style even in home office interiors! Looks pretty professional and classy!

  31. Hi! I love your office and absolutely love the fabric!!! Can you please tell me the name of the fabric, they are exactly what I've been looking for! I've searched the hawthorn website but it's like finding a needle in a haystack :-/

  32. I love your office and absolutely love the fabric, it's exactly what I've been looking for!!! Can you please tell me the name of them. I've tried searching hawthorne but it's like finding a needle in a haystack :-/

  33. Love that pretty amazing photo frames arranged in grid & especially the combination of yellow and gray, it plainly looks majestic. <3 it.

  34. The photo is beautiful! Do you mind sharing what Cricut cartridge you used for the design and what font you used for the letter?

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