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:
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
Mint Julep Pencil Cup
Silver Revere Bowl
Chevron Canvas Tote
Sometimes I worry that my blog posts are not interesting enough because I have a hard time committing to a big project or because I don’t want to take big risks when it comes to decorating my office.
I’ve been thinking about painting this bookshelf for many years but because it’s made out of reclaimed wood, once I paint it, I can’t go back. I would love to put wall paper on it or paint it but it’s just one of those risks I’m not willing to take with such a beautiful piece. So, while I wait to muster the courage to change it (or not), I like to play with color and different accessories.
With a little creativity I was able to transform my office style without paint, wallpaper or new furniture. Which do you prefer?