My Home Office Refresh

I have a little confession to make. If you follow my work, you know I often talk about how important it is to create a home that you enjoy spending time in. But the truth is, I haven’t taken my own advice for every area in my own home. I’ve been avoiding my home office for months and prefer to do my work in other places (literally anywhere else but the room that we have designated for the office). You’d think that I’d make it priority to have an area that I can go to be productive in, but I just haven't felt like dealing with it. And that's ok! Very few people have the time, money, and energy to tackle every room at once--everyone has different priorities and reasons for investing more in one room over another. 

Sadie Road Office

For me, I had major guilt that the current office furniture was not even three years old, and I was ready to get rid of it. All of it. So of course, I was avoiding having that conversation with my husband. :) The thing is, I picked out the office furniture when we moved in thinking it would primarily be my husband’s office. We bought neutral furniture but it all had a masculine feel to it as you can see from the before pictures below. Fast forward a year later, and I’m the one who works from home and am using the office more than my husband. The existing decor just wasn’t me and I couldn’t help but feeling blah and uninspired when I worked in there. I knew I had to do something about the room so I made a plan, talked it over with my husband (fortunately, I married a very patient man) and slowly started to refresh the room piece by piece. I wanted to lighten the space up, have a few feminine details and not spend much money. So here was my plan:

+ PURGE. We had a ton of old books that needed to go. I kept the classics, the ones we would re-read, and any that looked cool (i.e had a black or white spine when I removed the paper cover).

+ PAINT. I’d paint the room a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Simply White. My local Sherwin Williams has 40% off sales pretty regularly so I just waited for the next sale to buy my paint.

+ SELL FURNITURE. The furniture we had was nice, just not my taste. So I sold the desk, shelf, accent chair and desk chair.

+ SOURCE NEW ITEMS. I purchased a new desk, shelf, chair and light.

+ ACCESSORIZE. I pulled out some of the office supplies I was storing in the closet (white photo boxes and magazine file holders) and DIY'd a gray linen pinboard with inspiring photos/clippings.

And here is how it all came together:

BEFORE

Sadie Road office before

AFTER

Sadie Road Office

BEFORE:

Sadie Road Shelf before

AFTER:

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Sadie Road Office
Sadie Road Office
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I still like work in different areas around the house or at the coffee shop once in a while, but most of the time I'm here in my office. And now that I finished my refresh, I'm feeling way more inspired and productive. Do you have a home office that you spend a lot of time in? Do you feel motivated when you’re in it? Tell me a little about it!

Beautiful Blush + Gray Nursery Reveal

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I have a very special room reveal to share with you all today! I was absolutely thrilled when Erica (creator of the fantastic food blog Everything Ericaasked me to design her nursery! And when Erica said she wanted a blush + gray nursery for her baby girl (my favorite colors!), I instantly knew the project was a match made in design heaven.

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The goal was to create a nursery that felt serene, sweet and feminine place for baby Elia and her parents to spend time in. I always recommend going with light neutral colors for the larger furniture to create a tranquil vibe, and that way they can be used again for any future babies. For this nursery, we went with gray + cream furniture and then added blush as the primary accent color with smaller touches of white and gold. Here is the design board I created as a guide for the room: 

Sadie Road Nursery Design Board

I also put together a checklist that we used to make sure baby Elia had everything she needed in her new nursery. Any parent-to-be can use the list as a design guide--you can grab it here

Just to give you an idea of what the room looked like before we started, take a look at these BEFORE pictures:

And now, for the AFTER!

Sadie Road nursery
Sadie Road nursery

The crib and changing table were the first two items purchased and were the inspiration for the rest of the space. The tufted crib from Restoration Hardware is a show stopper (I love it SO much) and was the perfect piece to build a room around--it's classic with beautiful detail and has the sweet, romantic look we were going for.  I always recommend picking one piece to be the focal point and then selecting other design elements that complement it.  

Sadie Road nursery
Sadie Road nursery

With the crib as the focal point, we created an accent wall behind it by painting the perfect shade of blush on the wall and adding little touches of blush in the crib skirt and bedding. This wall needed a little something extra, but nothing too heavy or busy that would take away from the crib. This wall decal is one of my favorites and has such a lovely, whimsical look and message. It’s subtle, simple and so sweet--I love how it turned out!

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With the crib area complete, we focused on pulling together the other pieces to add functional storage and a few pretty accessories. Erica and I collaborated and found the perfect pieces to make a cohesive design that fits her exact needs and tastes. Erica was a real joy to work with--a client who knows what they want, is open to new ideas and makes decisions quickly! 

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The wall opposite the blush accent wall needed a little something to tie in the blush and gold, but I wanted to keep it very minimal. This was the perfect space to add some stylish storage with floating shelves to hold books, toys and a little decor. And a few more subtle wall decals introduced a bit more blush to the cream corner!

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Sadie Road nursery
Sadie Road nursery

Erica is obsessed with elephants and one of her other requests was to incorporate a couple cute elephants around the room. How adorable are these little guys?!

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I like to add a few personal items to every space I work on--it can be family photos, mementos or custom pieces, something personalized for that client. For this project, I wanted to do something tasteful, subtle and girly to go with the overall theme of the room. We went with a gold "E" for a small wall and a custom pillow with her name on it:

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I had so much fun on this project that I'm thinking I may want to focus on designing more nurseries in the future. What do you think of the room? 

Are you or someone you know getting ready for baby? For the month of September, I’m offering 15% off all design + styling services.
 Send me a note if you’d like more info.

And don't forget to grab your free nursery design checklist to use as a guide for preparing your baby's nursery!


Xo
Danielle

Sources:

Crib & Changing Table/Crib Skirt/Rocker/Chandelier/Rug/Storage Ottoman/Hamper/Animal Prints/Wall Decal/Heart Wall Decal/Side Table/Shelves and Gold "E" are custom

Photos by Lindsey Kay Photography

A Glamorous Living Room Refresh: Before + After

I'm so excited to share my latest living room project with you! This space was a dream to work on-- so large and open with tons and tons of natural light. And my client was ready to purge, purge, purge (and you know I love a good purge!) so we essentially started with a blank slate. The goal was to create a living space that was light, open and chic, while keeping it comfortable so that it would be a good place to spend family time and entertain friends and family. The project was not going to be easy, but I had help==my client and I collaborated to make her vision happen. We had a plan and design concept for the space and then both found pieces and accessories that lined up with the vision for the room. The end result is stunning!

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Here is a quick glimpse of the space before to give you an idea of the dark, bulky furniture that needed to be cleared out.

BEFORE:

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Sadie Road
Sadie Road

After clearing items out, the first priority was to order a new sofa that maximized seating without overwhelming the space. If you're thinking about ordering new furniture, I always recommend taking care of ordering the biggest pieces as soon as possible. You can often wait more than 12 weeks for furniture like a sofa to arrive. When it comes to selecting a sofa, my best advice is to go light and neutral with a fabric that is easy to wipe up. Stains are inevitable, so try to pick a fabric that cleans well you won't sweat spills. And a neutral sofa doesn't make for a neutral room--you should definitely play with color in the accent pillows or area rug. 

AFTER:

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Sadie Road

The next priority was to create a space for a dining room table. A small tulip table works great in the space--it's simple, fits perfectly in a tight spot, and brings in a new shape among the many square and rectangular pieces in the room. 

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Sadie Road

With the couch and dining room table taken care of, there was a little empty nook that needed something fun. With all the great sunlight and a client who loved plants, a fiddle leaf fig was a no brainer. Adding a bar cart is ideal for a small space--they're great for entertaining guests and look beautiful the rest of the time. I was so excited when my client agreed that this rose gold bar cart was a must!

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Sadie Road

And of course no room refresh is complete without some styling.

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Sadie Road
Sadie Road

Thanks to my client for choosing me to work on a such a beautiful room! Let me know if any questions on the process or sources for items shown.

xo
Danielle

Photos by Lindsey Kay Photography

5 Desks under $150

I'm working on a few office refresh projects for clients who have asked for affordable white desks that will last for years. I have been so happy with the options I've found! If you have a home office or a nook in one of your rooms that could be used as a work space, consider giving it an instant refresh with a simple white desk. They're classic and look good in any office! These 5 desks are at the top of my list for stylish options without having to spend a ton:

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Be on the lookout for the upcoming room reveals of the office space featuring a few of these desks in the coming weeks! 

xo
Danielle