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.
Homeowner: Julia of Lemon Stripes
Location: Stamford, CT
Room: Home Office
Her Style: Chic Collector
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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