My Office, Reimagined

I came across these floral curtains, and was instantly smitten. Same goes for the card catalog style dressers. So I started thinking about where I would use them, and I decided to put together an alternative version of my office.

My Office, Reimagined

I painted my walls that minty gray/green a couple of years ago. I wasn’t completely sure about it at the time, but now that color is everywhere and I love it. Besides the wall color, I also have the ‘Non’ print; everything else is on the wish list.

I have more ideas than I do spaces/budget/time to use them.

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  • Yelle
    February 4, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I am totally smitten with that chest! Would be perfect for any office or studio for organization!

  • Chelsea C.
    February 4, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Gah, I love all of this! That chair is totally doing it for me! What do you think — would you ever use it somewhere other than an office? Maybe as an accent chair somewhere?

    • Making it Lovely
      February 6, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Sure, why not? It’s pretty fantastic.

  • Chris
    February 4, 2013 at 10:04 am

    The desk is what really does it for me. I LOVE that shape and pop of color!

  • Heather B
    February 4, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Don’t we all have more ideas than budget/space/time? I know I do! If a project is taking a long time I have great difficulty not changing my mind completely halfway though :-) I love this office! I love your current one too. It’s the downside of being both creative and design-y, you could re-do a whole house every six months with the right help and budget!

  • Natasha
    February 4, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Thankyou for this post! I’ve been keeping an eye on a very similar rug I saw on a UK site, and have wondered where else I can get it!! Perfect timing, and shipping to Canada!

  • Jennie
    February 4, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Oh man that chest is cute! I wish it were mine . . .

  • jbhat
    February 4, 2013 at 11:53 am

    That would be a fun space. Et pardon moi, mais I believe you have a typo in the link to the Non print.


  • Kristina
    February 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I love those curtains, they’re so pretty! I’ve been wanting that “Non” print.

  • Paige
    February 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    The circulation chest is a great piece! Love it. I also love the curtains. So very pretty!

  • Catherine
    February 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Such pretty ideas, and I especially love those curtains! Thank you for the link to the Etsy store! I have something new to obsess over. :)

  • Lynell
    February 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Have you seen these red rose detailed desks? Seems like it would be great in your office. You are inspiring me to finally put together a mood board for my bedroom which hasn’t been touched since I moved in a year ago. Just an empty room with a bed and a dresser. Dismal.

    • Making it Lovely
      February 6, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Go you! And those desks are interesting. I’m sure my desk will be fine for years to come, but it’s always nice to imagine what else one can do.

  • Miss B.
    February 4, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Love that card catalog dresser, always fun to see your vision. I would never have thought of these combo’s you are so good!

  • Chloe Moon
    February 4, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I have always dreamed of having a card catalog in my future office!! I love that hanging lamp too!! =)

  • Genie
    February 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I am smitten with that chest too. Whenever we go to Chinese stores, I always rush over to their furniture section. They have the coolest dusty looking old chests. I don’t know what I’d put in them, but I’m sure I’d find a use.

  • Heather P.
    February 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I know what you mean! I have a million ideas rattling around in my head about what I want to do to my office space, but not time, money, or desire to do any of them just yet! Living in an apartment is making me a bit gun-shy about doing any major changes to what we already have. Maybe in the next place, things will be easier!

    • Making it Lovely
      February 6, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Don’t wait until you’re out of an apartment though! I still decorated the heck out of my apartments, before Brandon and I bought this house.

  • Richelle
    February 4, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I was just on Etsy checking out the Black Apple and fell in love with that Shirley Poppy Print. So sweet. Emily’s work is wonderful. What a sweet little office you have planned.

    February 4, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I am running to Sherwin Williams this week for that paint color. I think it might be just what I needs. I also like the lighter color next to it on the paint strip. I’ve been looking for a aqua or mint with gray undertones. This is a little more muted (on my computer anyway) but it looks very soothing. I’m having a hard time finding what I want that isn’t bright for my daughter’s big girl room makeover. Thanks for posting your alt. office ideas! I die for that ceiling fixture!

    • Making it Lovely
      February 6, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      It’s a fantastic color. They have it categorized as a gray. I wouldn’t go that far (it’s definitely green/blue), but it is muted.

  • Megan @ Two Live Colorfully
    February 4, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I just love how you put things together! The color and pattern combos; you’ve got skills!! I can’t wait to see the updates to your office!

  • Audrey
    February 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    I love it!

  • Alysia
    February 4, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    awesome! I could buy every single one of these things for my dream office.

  • Svetlana
    February 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I have the same desk in my master bedroom! And I totally love it!

  • KMP Modern
    February 4, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Maybe its the spring in the air, but I too have been attracted to florals lately. And I’m not a girly girl at all. I think its the sense of being close to nature. I just love the Lotus Flower Lamp. It would go well in a new traditional setting or modern or crazy contemporary. Thanks for posting.

  • Laura Gaskill
    February 5, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Oh my heavens, I love both of those prints! And the library chests & floral curtains…swoon!

  • Teri
    February 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    This is my favorite thing you do! Interior decorating! I just want you to design my whole house! And my wardrobe! And my hairdo! Your blog is like… like Kate Spade gone girly! J’adore!

    • Making it Lovely
      February 6, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Because Kate Spade is normally just so masculine… ;)

  • Teri
    February 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Ha! Ha! Good point! :)

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  • Kayleigh
    February 8, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Katie Bower just put that rug in her sitting area of her bedroom – LOVE. Perfect fit for your office, too! xo

  • Rose
    February 10, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Nicole, I just love your design style! I wish you can come on over to San Diego and re-decorate my space (although the hubby doesn’t like pink – but I think he would probably let me do at least one room more feminine).