My Office in Ladies’ Home Journal

My office is in the July ’12 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal! It was great to see my space featured along with the offices of two fellow bloggers: The Nester and I Heart Organizing.

You can read portions the article online (Dress Up Your Desk), or pick up the July 2012 issue. You can also enter to win a design consultation from me, which will later be featured on Ladies’ Home Journal’s website. (Good luck!)

Making it Lovely's Office in Ladies' Home Journal

The magazine used my photographs (yikes), and they had me rearrange the furniture slightly so that it would work for their layout. I kept it that way for a good six months before finally changing it back yesterday. Now I’m not so sure which way I like it better. Here’s another shot of it arranged the way the magazine’s art director requested it.

Making it Lovely's Home Office

What do you think? It does free up some space for the kids’ easel, but I felt a little boxed in, having the storage at my back. Also? Whoops, there’s a bit of a functionality problem.

Hello, big secret gaping hole!

Yep. Let that be your friendly reminder that sometimes things in magazines look fantastic from certain angles. Trickery!

My office originally looked like this, and mostly does again, but maybe a little less photo-ready.

Thanks again, Ladies’ Home Journal! It’s an honor. Now, if only you hadn’t confused me about the best layout for the room…

My Office in Ladies’ Home Journal

38 Responses to “My Office in Ladies’ Home Journal”

  1. Janae @ Bring-Joy July 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Congrats Nicole! That’s such an honor, you definitely deserve it. You always create bright, welcoming spaces.

    I think it’s funny that LHJ points to the kid’s table & says: “kids play at the table while Balch blogs.” If only it were that easy! I know my kids don’t just happily play for hours on end while I blog. Your kids are probably much more content to sit & draw for awhile, than my kids are :).

  2. SINEAD July 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Congratulations on being published!It looks great both ways.

  3. NancyO July 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    What’s the color of your walls?

  4. Ronda July 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Congrats Nicole! I’m excited to see your office in the print edition of the magazine. You’re so fancy! :)

  5. Kathryn Humphreys July 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    I like the way the angle looks in pictures, but I’m sure it takes up a lot of floor space. Although the secret hole would be great when the kids play hide and seek.

    • Making it Lovely July 6, 2012 at 11:37 am #

      Oh, they can’t access it unless they climbed over top and shimmied down. Possible, but unlikely.

  6. Jacklyn (Ohbygolly) July 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Fancy Pants! I love it! Congrats!

  7. Jen @ RamblingRenovators July 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    Congratulations on the feature! And great photos too.

    I’d feel a little boxed in too with the L-shaped cabinets. Are those Ikea storage units? You could always go to the As Is section and cut down a matching top to fill in that hole. I know my little one would have toys, tea cups and legos stuffed in that spot in no time ;)

    • Making it Lovely July 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

      Yes, they’re IKEA. If I put them back in an L shape, I’ll either fill in that gap or put some sort of countertop-like thing on top.

  8. Little Gray Pixel July 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    I prefer your original layout. It flows better to me. Also, did they photoshop out your electrical outlet and cords? I always suspected design magazines did this.

    • Making it Lovely July 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

      They didn’t do anything to my shots, though magazines often do.

  9. jbhat July 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    I very much prefer your layout. And congrats on the feature!

    jbhat

  10. laura parke July 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    congrats on the feature, nicole!! you have a beautiful, tranquil office space. i loved seeing the “behind the scenes” a little bit in what magazines will do to make rooms look perfect. :)

  11. Kimberly Jones July 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    Congrats on having your office featured! I love the office both ways, and I am coveting those Ikeas shelves!

  12. Sanja July 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    Congratulations on your feature! A question: what’s the toy on the table (last image)? Thanks :)

    • Making it Lovely July 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

      Classic Lincoln Logs. Eleanor gets really frustrated with them sometimes though because she wants to build tall things, but they aren’t very stable. And then August comes and dismantles everything.

  13. kim July 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    For what it’s worth, I like your original way best too.

  14. Natalie July 5, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    I like your set-up better! It seems much more open AND user-friendly. :)

  15. the domestic fringe July 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    You have a gorgeous office space. I love it! I like your way better too. Seems more practical. Congrats on being featured. That’s really super-cool.
    ~FringeGirl

  16. Cherie July 5, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    Your original plan seems to include the children in your side of the room where all the fun is taking place. It seems more receptive to them belonging in your world! Eventually they can have eleanorpink blogs and gusbrown blogs, write about the little train world and make their own
    suitcases. Children are such a gift! They are mirrors of us and they want to do what we are doing. May God bless your family.

    • Making it Lovely July 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

      I wonder about what creative endeavors they’ll take. I like your idea of their future blogs!

  17. Anna July 6, 2012 at 1:46 am #

    I prefer the way you designed the room layout. I love the way you arrange things! We want to see how you do it. After all, we read your blog to inspire us to have your style. Leave it the way you did it.

  18. carol jane July 6, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    Wow. Beautiful office, and congrats for being in LHJ. Where is the rug from? I love it!

  19. becca July 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    good for you & your sweet little space! I love the wall color so much, and the way it feels so clean and bright.
    you’re famous!

  20. sarah perry July 6, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    Hi! I was wondering how I submit my essay for the Boost my Roost contest? I have my written part and pictures all ready to go. I may even include a video on my blog. :) But I’m not sure how I send it to you.

  21. Kamini July 7, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    Oh I’m with all the others…I prefer your original layout. Looks cleaner and way more spacious. And like someone mentioned above, it includes your kids in your area.

  22. Alisha E July 8, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    Congrats, Nicole! This was a fun read. I’ve admired your office since your sweet desk chair post.
    I missed your round-up this week, I look forward to your Friday links.

  23. callie grayson July 8, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Congratulations Nicole!
    I love the photo layout, it looks fabulous but the function & effect of not feeling boxed in, I am with you there….. I like how you had the layout, and would prefer to feel comfortable when working.
    xx
    callie

  24. Chelsea Anne July 12, 2012 at 2:24 am #

    Oh how I wish I could have the space for my own Home Office. :( Any ideas how to fix my small bedroom so I can fit a small office-friendly space?

  25. Janelle September 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    where did you get that dreamy fabric for your office chair. MUST KNOW!

    • Making it Lovely September 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

      It’s not so dreamy close-up! It’s the original eighties dusty rose fabric that was on the chair.

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