DIY – Office on a Budget

Office Brown Pink

It was love at first sight when I saw this office, designed by Ashley Whittaker, in the September 2012 issue of House Beautiful. Unfortunately, with grass cloth walls and custom cabinetry, it is a look that is completely out of my budget.

I decided to recreate this office on a budget. I even made my own artwork.


Here is the finished product:

Holly Desk

When creating the budget look I used some odds and ends, for example I had some orange lamps and spray painted them pink, but I wanted it to be easy for you to recreate this look, so the links below are for similar items available online.

Laura Ashley Table Lamp, Pink, Home Depot $106.20

Expedit Shelving Unit, Ikea, $89.99

Expedit Insert with Door, Ikea $20 (4)

Expedit Set of Casters, Ikea $15.00 (3)

Expedit Drawer Insert, Ikea $25 (4)

Faux Glass Knobs, Hobby Lobby, $3 (12)

Cindy Crawford Curtains, JCPenney, $45

or Zig Zag Fabric, Warehouse Fabrics

Brown Paint instead of grass cloth wall paper

White Josephine Desk, World Market $199.99

or Easily change the fabric on a used Parsons Chair from a thrift or second hand store

Anything White Stapler

Anything White Scissors

Pink Pencils

Mint Julep Pencil Cup

Silver Revere Bowl

Chevron Canvas Tote

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  1. Liz Chandler

    LOVE IT!! Thank you for the inspiration! I’d love to see more posts like this!

  2. hanahula

    As I am now trying to get my career off the ground, I cannot afford to spend a lot on my home office space but it is so important to work in a place that keeps you inspired. This office is such a great inspiration . . . and it just so happens that pink is my favorite color, so I can pull ideas directly from this color scheme. Merci!

  3. Irene Macias

    I think yours is a million times prettier and stylish as the one HG !!!! In fact, I’m going to try to do yours instead !!!! Thanks and keep up the great DIY ideas !!!! ;-)

    1. Holly (Post author)

      Thank you! That’s so nice. Post photos of your finished office on Facebook or email them to us so we can post them. I would love to see it!

  4. mindy

    I love the pink! Where did you get the butterfly picture? I love it! Kudos to u! M

    1. Holly (Post author)

      We made the butterfly artwork. Here is the link to the post showing how we did it. artwork

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