Brooke’s Office Basics
January 7, 2013
Brooke wrote to me a few weeks ago asking for suggestions on what to do with her catchall office space and looking for a few tips on how to pull a look together in an affordable way. Here’s Brooke’s summarized email:
“The room is 11 x 10 with 8 foot ceilings and the only thing that has to stay is my grandmother’s desk, a family heirloom. As far as my style, I prefer light colors, whites, creams, warm grays, some navy blue and punches of color. I’m not a huge floral print person, but I’m obsessed with stripes. I love minimalistic, simple non cluttered, but you probably couldn’t tell from the photos. LOL! Oh, and I love texture.”
Here’s Brooke’s catchall space that she can’t wait to clean up and organize and turn into a functional and comfortable home office, once she has a style plan in place. Ignore the mess she says!
And here are a few of the images Brooke sent me for inspiration:
She loves whites and texture and pops of navy, so here’s a basic plan for including all of those elements:
How fantastic would white plank walls be in this space like the ceiling in the first image? With Shelley’s DIY instructions, Brooke could install them herself. I love the idea of an accent chair in a corner to plop into to read or have a conversation with someone else in the space.
Texture is easy to add with accessories – any basic chandelier can be wrapped in rope , or consider Ashley’s jute wrapped pendant as an alternative to the ceiling fan. A stool wrapped in rope can become perch too – or the Crate + Barrel Samar ottoman is another option for a textural accent.
Pottery Barn’s desk chair is a little pricey, but the idea is to keep an eye out for a nice wood desk to pair with the white desk for contrast, or continue to use the farmhouse version shown. Billy bookcases are affordable, add necessary storage, and they’re easy to personalize – add fabric or paint to the back and crown molding to the top like we did in this playroom. The dark wood desk will stay in the space and be placed under the window or on the opposite wall next to the closet.
A pair of geometric window panels would add a welcome pattern and Brooke loves stripes so this Dash & Albert striped rug brings the look and since it’s indoor/outdoor, it cleans up easy.
With the basics in place, all Brooke needs to do is layer with more colorful and meaningful accessories like a cool lamp and some artwork. Brooke wrote that she loves globes so I can see a collection of them up on top of the bookcases. Add more textural accents and perhaps a few pieces in gold or antique brass for warmth and this would be one fine office!
What say you readers? Any ideas for Brooke you can think up to help her spruce up her space?