11/6/12

New Office REVEAL! ...Decor on a Budget

Those that know me personally know that I'm a bit compulsive when it comes to decorating. Not compulsive as in choosing strange things I regret, but compulsive as in when I get an idea in my head, I do it. In less than a day.

 So in less than 24 hours, my home office went to this...
BRIGHT AND HAPPY :)


...from this.
dark and gloomy... and purple?

The only new items? Black curtains. That's IT. The paint was found in (what my husband calls), the "paint department" in our garage and all the furniture is the same, but rearranged. The lamp was in our attic. Shop what ya got, baby.

Ok, so I know it wasn't horrible before. The main issue was that the old office didn't make me feel good, which is what decorating and interior design is all about. I originally went with the dark gray because, well, I wanted a dark gray room. Why not the office?? Looking back, I love the color, but that shade wasn't what I wanted to work within during the day, you know? It was just too dark and gloomy in there. Grays are SO tricky. To me, that one looked very purple. So instead of my chic gray office, I saw a purple mistake every single time.  So if you're ever in a gray-paint-choosing situation, make sure to take the purple/blue level into consideration and go for a more true gray.

Another issue with the old office? It was cramped. Rearranging the existing furniture in the room seriously made it feel like the space has tripled. It's insane. Don't get me wrong, I love a floating desk, but I like open space more.
Check out all the rolling around space! ...for Waylon I mean. It goes back several more feet to the opposite wall beyond the edge of the photo.


 This is the only "stark" white room in our home, but it works. Don't think white is easy or boring. It actually takes more to make white work. My decor style usually is more neutral walls (warm grays or taupe) and accessorizing with color.  Color for the sake of color is no bueno. You've got to have your own style and do what makes you feel good in your own home, always.

Anyway, this white is Vanilla Milkshake by Benjamin Moore in a semi-gloss finish, which I would usually avoid for walls. I always go with eggshell. But this works! Is it bad that when we moved in I forgot what exactly I even had this paint mixed for?? It's almost iridescent. The existing mini chandelier light fixture casts a mega glamorous glow against the finish.


The biggest change other than the color is the furniture arrangement. I took my existing 3-piece book shelves/cabinet from the Ikea Hemnes line and divided those babies. I replaced the glass center cabinet with my Ikea Liatorp desk. I love the look of these three pieces together.

(the little striped pillow was a lucky Target clearance find, for $5!)
On the opposite wall, which in the original office was furniture-free, is now home to the center cabinet. I keep a lot of office/craft supplies in this big guy, as well as some cutesy trinkets and assorted tchotchkes. :)



Bookshelf styling is my favorite. In the open shelves surrounding the desk, my favorite books, photo boxes, framed photos, and pretty knickknacks hang out.


The chair above is a random dining chair I picked up from Pier 1 on clearance a while back. The pillow is from Target and my little inspiration pin board was a super cheap-o find from Hobby Lobby that I covered with fabric. Super easy way to update a plain cork board, by the way.

Some more bookshelf styling...


 gold urchin: Nate Berkus for Target (moved from our family room), black vase: clearance find from Target (only $5!) ... and also moved from our family room. When you redecorate, shop your house and use what ya got!

The desk itself is super fun because before, I didn't keep much on the desktop.  I love that now, I can add more to it without looking cluttered since it's against the wall.

mirror: Home Decorators, mirrored tray: Target, jeweled calculator & Paris sign: Z. Gallerie, gold frame: Target, lamp shade: Target, lamp: (really old) from Home Goods


chevron print cups: Mikasa (from my matching dish set) 
Again, use what ya got!

I replaced the boring knobs on the desk with these that used to be in a bathroom! I luckily had a whole drawer full of them. I believe they were originally from Anthropologie.

My light gray tufted chair I'm using at the desk was another lucky find from the Frontgate Outlet. It's super comfortable at the desk and just the right height.


The 95-inch curtains were an awesome find at Target. They were the ONLY thing I bought specifically for this office re-do. A huge tip for cheaper panel curtains... You can easily make them look super expensive by adding some clip rings to the back side of the top and hanging them that way. Makes the fabric hang nicer rather than using the pre-sewn pole pocket at the top which never looks good. I chose an antiqued brass (which I had in a bag in our attic, leftover from our old place), to go with the gold/brass accents in the room.


So that's it guys! I hope you like it. I am in LOOOOVE with it. It feels so good to be blogging from a place I feel good in and really love. That's all that matters in interior design.... what makes YOU feel good and what you love.  It's all about what speaks to you.
So if something isn't quite right in a room in your home, don't spend a ton to re-do it! Use what you've got and be a little creative. You can get a dramatic result on a budget using stuff you already have and doing a quick furniture switch-a-roo. ;)


Would you guys eventually like to see a video tour on my vlog channel when it's completely done?
Have you guys re-decorated lately??



92 comments:

  1. Uhh love that chair...so french-chic...love it!!
    Wanna to do mine too...

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  2. I totally agree on the grey paint. We went through literally dozens of grey samples and all looked slightly bruised/purple.

    Finally the paint guy at SW suggested a family of slightly off white greige colors. The color that looked the whitest in the store reads the softest pale grey in our home!

    Is it possible to get stressed out over paint, because I totally did!

    Your study looks fantastic! Where did you get that flush mount chandelier? Clearly, I need it! :)

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  3. We finished our living room not too long ago. This whole house was a flat white and I HATED it. The bedroom is a nice soft eggshell baby blue with cream accents, the master bathroom is a bright blue with navy accents, the guest bathroom is yellow with brown accents and the living room is what I thought supposed to be a taupe and it ended more like a light purple, but it goes really well with all the woodwork within the living room. I'm not really good with decorating, but I always love watching what you do!

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  4. really like how it turned out! would love a tour video =)

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  5. Your office looks fantastic. I am completely inspired. I love your taste and look forward to seeing more decor related posts from you.

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  6. your office looks great! the white walls make the room so much brighter, and i'm sure it is easier to work in there as well!

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  7. Yes, I re-painted my living room, in light grey!!! During the day it's perfect but when it's dark and there is artificial warm light, all my friends tell me that it doesn't sems grey but kinda lilac or like wisteria flower colour! I don't see it, but all of them see that colour!! I must change and put a cold light!!
    Great ideas for your office!

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  8. I want see a video !!! :-))) You have so great style! Office looks really amazing ♥

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  9. Love that chair and the look overall! Beautiful! :)

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  10. Wow, I love the makeover!! Come back to MN and do my house! haha

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  11. Would love to see a video! Looks absolutely beautiful. Love your style, very inspiring!

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  12. I love the make-over. So elegant and classy, but livable.

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  13. That looks fantastic! Super productive day! The room looks so much brighter.

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  14. Looks beautiful! Wish I had an office space like this. xx
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  15. Love your style and advice :) Keep it up Tiff!

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  16. I love this! Your style is so chic but still really comfortable! I hope to have my house like that one day!

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  17. Love your style. I like the way you decorated your office. It's really and neat. I wish I have an office room like your. =)

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  18. Gorgeous styling Tiffany!! and YES to a video tour!! :D xoxo!

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  19. It looks good and I love the furniture, but wouldn't you find facing the wall everyday while you work very claustrophobic?

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  20. Tiffany you are honestly so good at interior decorating you should do it professionally! If you don`t already.. :)

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  21. I loved the room before but the new design is much "happier" and absolutely gorgeous! I really like your sense of style and how to put things together. "Shopping" from your house is a really great tip--I do it all the time and am always moving something from one room to another:-) Great post, Tiffany!

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  22. wow good job!!live the chair
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  23. I must say I loved your office before but it seems much more inspiring to work in now.

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  24. Hi tiffany, Great job!! Totally off topic but are you doing anymore blog sales in the future?

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    1. Thanks! Blog sales have gotten so difficult for me. The last time I did one I had a fraction of the audience that I do now and it was so overwhelming! I'm afraid it would get too crazy. Not only that, but the main reason I haven't been doing them is because of the products I'm sent by MAC. Now that they've started sending me a lot of stuff for each collection, I couldn't include a lot of stuff like that in the sale. So I really wouldn't have much I would feel right about selling.

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  25. This looks so loevly!

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  26. It looks so great...I love it! And how perfect for Waylon (aka Lil--I mean Big--Way). Now he'll have so much more room for all of his activities (stealing a line from Stepbrothers)!!

    Video tour??? Um, yes please!! :)

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  27. would LOVE to see the video.... decor, jewelry n hauls are my fav!!!

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  28. The light office looks better, great idea, great job :)

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  29. So bright and happy indeed!!! I love it! It makes me feel like I wanna go to work all the time!:)

    ♥,
    Shari
    The Misty Mom

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    1. Time for a grammar lesson ;) (because I used to teach it) StationAry is an adjective (incapable of moving). StationEry is a noun (writing paper). Since I was labeling a box full of "writing paper", "stationEry" was the way to go. ;)

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  31. Love you Tiff... Your videos are the best ever!
    You decorate as good as you make up. I'd love to watch a tour video!
    Many many kisses from Rio de Janeiro / Brazil.

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  32. Do you think you could do a DIY/Tutorial on the cork board? The new bright office looks awesome, even though I loved the old office too. I love your decorating style Tiffany, you definatly have taste girl!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I might do a post on the cork board soon!

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  33. Hi, your office looks really nice. I have the same desk and I was wondering if you put a glass cover on top of it? If yes, how did you do that or where can you buy it? I would like something to protect the top of my desk too.

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  34. It looks awesome, really opens up the space! That tufted chair is gorgeous, and looks so comfy too.

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  35. Waahou such a good decorate! it's so beautiful. great job.
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  36. Love the new office!! Great job! Do you know where you got the 3 black mirrors that were hanging on the wall in the old office??

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  38. This is amazing! How do you stay so organized? I'm a teacher too, and I have so much trouble keep my home "office" (a.k.a. my bedroom) organized because of all my school stuff (and, admitedly, a lot of beauty stuff with limited storage). Any tips?

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  39. I love it! You really did a great job redecorating that room! I wish I was that creative! :)

    I'd love to see a video on it! :)

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  40. You did a great job! Looks comfy and inviting!

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  41. It really doesn't matter much. It's all about what you can do with very little. If you have the creativity and the inspiration, you can make it work. But when it comes to lighting, choosing fluorescent lights is a definite choice for offices and the likes.

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    1. Fluorescent lights should be against the law. lol ;)

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  42. Thanks for posting this blog....It really helpful for us.It gives lots of knowledge.
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  43. O wow i loove it!!
    So nice

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  44. Hi Tiffany, could I ask you this: are the shelves beside the desk now, originally part of the combination which has glass fronted doors, or are they new ones that match that combination? TIA! x

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    1. It's all the original furniture! I just moved the glass-front cabinet to the opposite wall and replaced it with my desk :)

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  45. It looks nice however, if your back is towards the door, it's bad feng shui. So, if you love to decorate, you should apply the principal of feng shui so you can benefit from the good "chi" (energy). And you should never face a wall either - a wall should be behind you for support - and you should always see what's coming at you, and not be surprise. I'd reconsider rearranging one more time but keep the paint bright and everything else. And consider getting a Feng Shui book for decorating guidance.

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  46. Love love love!!! I recently redecor'd my bedroom. Used all the colors from my fav place... The beach! Sand colored walls. Billowy white bedding and aqua blue accessories. Threw some mirrored furniture into the mix ( because I love to dust... Kidding) but its super glam and relaxing. Def my oasis.

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  47. This is so gorgeous! I love the colours... Fab www.AshlyLondon.blogspot.com xxx

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  48. LOVE THIS! I'm the same, when I get an idea I need it done ASAP.
    Would love to see a house tour on your blog channel. Thanks Tiffany.

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  49. I LOVE LOVE LOVE White walls. In the old house I rented we were allowed to paint and the living room was pure white walls with hot pink trim (it was gorgeous!) Unfortunately I haven't had the time or motivation to repaint my current bedroom the same way.

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  50. love your office you have great taste!

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  53. Great looking office! The white tone sets a very classy motif in your office. This is definitely a place where you can enjoy working. Everything is so primed up to perfection. Always remember to never overload your drawers because retrieving documents would obviously be difficult when the drawers are full. Kudos to you and your great design!

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  54. I love the look of both offices for different reasons. I could however see that the brighter office would function better for everyday use. The darker romm had an elegance to it though. Beautiful chandalier and desk chair!

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  55. I really like what you've done with it! The chair and chandelier are super cute!

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  62. They are really amazing! And this chairs would also work !

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  64. Did you mixed up some other paint to make purple shade or its original shade? Loos so warm and decent.

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  68. AMAZING!! That is soooo cute!!!! I am seriously in love with it! I am in the process of redesigning my office now but I am on a budget too! I found some great used office furniture and I am repurposing it. I used OSI Outlet for my stuff. Check them out if anyone needs any good stuff! http://www.osioutlet.com/clearance.html

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  73. Great design! I have the same desk and I'm having a hard time finding the right chair to go with it. I love your white chair in your original office. Any idea what it was called and who made it, please?

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  74. Hi Tiffany,

    Where did you buy the glass topper for your desk? I want to get that desk but am also scared to ruining it.

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