Lemon Stripes X Modsy: Julia’s New Home Office Reveal

When Lemon Stirpes blogger Julia moved into her new home she knew exactly where her office would go. She just needed a little help putting it together.


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Homeowner: Julia of Lemon Stripes

Location: Stamford, CT

Room: Home Office

Her Style: Chic Collector

The Backstory

When Julia, of Lemon Stripes, and her husband were looking for a new home, she says that she immediately fell in love with the sun-drenched room off the front entrance of the house that is now their home. She knew that if they ended up with that house, that that little room, separated by French doors, would be her office. “It was a perfect size—and the light! Oh the light,” she says.

The Design Dilemma

Well, they did get that house, and Julia started out strong with decorating her home office. She found a few key pieces she wanted to include, as well as a few pieces she already had but didn’t know what to do from there.

“The room is long and very thin, so laying it out felt like a major challenge and I didn’t know how to fit my large filing cabinet into it.”

“I picked out this pretty blue rug and show-stopping coral grasscloth wallpaper pretty quickly, but then I felt totally stuck,” Julia says. “The room is long and very thin, so laying it out felt like a major challenge and I didn’t know how to fit my large filing cabinet into it.”

The Modsy Moment

Julia and her husband had worked with Modsy before, on their family room design a few months prior. So, when she told us about her layout dilemma, we were happy to help again! She sent us photos of the space, along with her design preferences.

“My designer came back with different layout options and two totally different designs using the furniture that I already had. Ultimately, I chose the layout with my desk in the middle because this position makes me feel like such a boss!” Julia says.

The Real Results: Tour Julia’s Office

Ready to see how Julia’s home office turned out? Keep reading!

As she said above, one of the designs we gave her included “floating” her desk in the middle of the space. Pulling it away from the walls, especially in such a long and narrow space, felt like the right move—and gave her those boss-lady vibes.

“I love that they added bookshelves so I can display photos and some of the pieces I inherited from my grandmother in the room that I spend most of my day in,”

We wanted to keep her necessary paperwork within reach, so we tucked her file credenza behind the desk—which also created a perfect surface for propping her inspiration board and a plant! We also added shelving in her office, where she could display some of her favorite objects and store some additional organizational boxes.

“I love that they added bookshelves so I can display photos and some of the pieces I inherited from my grandmother in the room that I spend most of my day in,” says Julia.

And, since Julia had already picked out a stunning, textural wallpaper, we wanted to make sure that nothing took away from that. We also used that wallpaper as the foundation of the color palette and kept everything else more neutral and bright.

“I decided not to hang a lot of artwork in here. Instead, I’m treating the wallpaper like art and keep it really simple,” says Julia. “I tend to go overboard on wall art and then regret it so, for now, it’s staying this way and it feels very calm and serene without too much going on.”

“This is the most ‘me’ room of all time. It is bright and cheerful and truly makes me motivated to work hard every day!”

And, of course, you can’t forget the large mirror! It’s not only perfect for selfies that show off Julia’s stunning outfits, but it helps reflect light and make the small space feel larger.


“This is the most ‘me’ room of all time. It is bright and cheerful and truly makes me motivated to work hard every day,” says Julia. “Before the space was done, I would find myself working from the kitchen counter or the living room couch quite often, but now I get excited to ‘go to work’ with my mug of tea and spend all day in this beautiful office. The finishing touches pulled it together and made it mine.”

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6 Fall Updates to Instantly Cozy-ify Your Home

cozy decorNow that we’re fully settled into the chillier months, it’s the perfect time to make some cozy fall decor updates that instantly warm up every room in the home. And there’s no need for a complete overhaul. All you need are a few simple refreshes that will get your rooms ready for sweater weather and the colder months to come. Think a nice layering of natural textures, inviting hues, and, of course, a pop of warmth. Read on for our stylish tips for a quick autumn refresh that’s bound to keep you snug all through fall and the winter months.

cozy bedroom decor1. Warm Up With Natural Textures

When it comes to easy cozy decor updates that lend huge comfort to your spaces, natural textures are a no-brainer.

Consider working in rustic woods accents and decor, such as a side table or a pair of chairs, adding a plush wool rug, hanging linen drapers, or even filling a vase with dried pampas grass. These tactile elements have a cozy feel that, when layered all together as in this inviting bedroom, can play up a majorly welcoming vibe.

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cozy office2. Get Bold With Brass Accents

A great way to add warmth is through metallic accents that exude a cozy shine, such as brass and gold accessories.

Consider switching out your vases for ones in brass and gold or adding in a few decorative objects to your table surfaces. Another easy and stylish way to work these warm touches? We love swapping out old hardware for these cozy metals. Whether it’s updating the drawer pulls on a side table or the kitchen cabinets or pulling in an accent chair that has leg caps, these metals will instantly warm up your space.

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cozy decor living room3. Pile on the Luxe Layers

We don’t have to tell you that fall and winter call for lots of layering! The more tactile accents you pile and layer together, the more luxurious and cozy your home will feel. Plus, they’ll give you the perfect place to snuggle on all those fall and winter nights.

Consider layering a sheepskin on top of a warm-hued traditional rug and piling velvet, hide, and furry pillows along with plush throw blankets on your sofa. And speaking of sofa, if you’re ready for a major fall update, a leather sofa will help to play up an extra rustic cabin vibe. Or if your style leans luxe, go for a velvet sofa, which has a way of retaining heat while still giving off a super chic look.

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cozy decor ideas4. Opt for a Warm Palette

When you’re switching up your furnishings and accents, keep the palette in mind. With fall, you can’t go wrong with autumnal hues that naturally play up a super cozy and inviting mood.

Consider mixing reds, oranges, and browns alongside your brass and gold accents for a warm and lavish palette. If you prefer a more soothing, grounded feel for your rooms, go with earth tones that are a warm visual contrast to the crisp coolness of the weather outdoors. It will help make you feel especially snuggly in your home.

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cozy decor5. Add Plush Bedroom Accents

Your bedroom is probably one of the most important spaces to curl up during fall and winter. Make sure your bed is cozy and warm by switching up your bedding for colder weather.

Consider piling on plush pillows and blankets. Sateen sheets can feel luxurious and are incredibly warm, perfect for chilly nights. Meanwhile, a few supremely soft and cloud-like pillows can truly transform your sleep for the better during the seasons.

Beyond the bed, make sure to warm up the rest of your bedroom with equally cozy layers. Add a rug under your bed to make sure you have a warm foundation, pull in pillows and throws for a reading chair, and add a nice brass bedside lamp, all of which will round out your bedroom and make it feel fuller and all the more cozy.

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cozy fall updates6. Create Moody Contrasts

Try a new coat of paint in a darker, moodier hue. A deep color can turn any room into a cozy retreat instantly, whether you paint the whole room or one accent wall.

Consider painting your living spaces a moody gray or charcoal to play up an intimate vibe. It’ll turn these spaces into rooms you’ll want to hibernate in all winter long. Another way to add coziness is to contrast your dark walls with warm woods and brass tones. Not ready for dark walls? Opt for a statement piece in dark wood and mix it with lighter hues for the same effect.

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