My New Office Space!

HI, friends, I’m back today with, let’s hear a drumroll please….an actual room reveal!  Yep, it seems like forever coming, but I finally have one finished room to show you all.  My office space has evolved once again over the last 10 years.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a number of years, you saw me start my office in a small nook space in Birmingham, then a full fledged green office in my fixer upper house and now another office space here in the new house, using all the things I’ve had before.

I pulled things from other parts of the house that I wasn’t using elsewhere and it all came together quite nicely.  It’s not really a huge WOW magazine worthy room.  I hardly ever feel like I can pull off magazine worthy these days, with all the talent out there that I scroll through on a daily basis, I never feel like it’s ALL that, but it’s making a pretty room with what I have, so here you go.  And I know that you all enjoy watching me use what I have. It’s not all about going out and buying all new, although it’s fun to add things here and there when you move in a new home. We have several holes to fill and I’ll be filling them in time!

I happen to think it’s pretty cute and feminine and it makes me happy to see all my things reinvented in a new way.  I even got out the spray paint for a few things that I updated with new colors.

I had these black botanicals in my old office, 4 of them, but decided to only use 2 in here and I sprayed the frames with coral pink spray paint.

The wall color in here is Magnolia Home Paint in the color Emmie’s Room, a soft blue shade. It’s hard to photograph and actually is a bit less gray than it looks here. It’s a nice backdrop to my colors in the office.  Thanks to Kilz and Magnolia Home Paint for supplying us with the interior paint for our house.

Here’s the view as you walk in the room.  Desk facing the double windows so I can look at the pretty trees outside in our backyard.  My black desk is the same one I’ve had for years, from Target.  White desk chair I got years ago at Homegoods.

That pretty landscape print came from Minted  (affiliate link) and I had it on my screened porch, but decided it would look great in here and I love it.

I had room for one pair of the drapes I had made for my den space a couple of years ago. I still love this floral material,  it’s by Richloom and called Lucy Eden. I still see it online so I think it’s still available. With those bold flowers and birds, it’s such a happy fabric.

That console table was a find from a thriftstore, an old Bombay piece that I painted coral a few years ago to blend in with my chair. I pulled the coral shade from the curtains.

And that cute coral pink velvet chair and ottoman that I got from Ballards a few years ago looks really at home in my new office space.  This chair was by the bookcase in  my downstairs den in the old house, as was this black and white houndstooth rug.

I kept it pretty simple in here and wanted the room to breathe so didn’t add a lot of accessories. Here’s a good look at our wood floors from Shaw Floors too. These are called Pebble Hill in Warm Sunset and we absolutely love them in our upper level spaces.  Such a warm color and texture.

These dogs were an estate sale find years ago and I love them in their black and white.

Aren’t they the cutest?  Every room needs a little black and white.

I posted this bunny weather vane from Target on my Facebook page awhile back, saying that I just couldn’t get rid of it and wondered who still had one and got so many comments.  Many of you still have this thing from years ago and it is still with me too.  I love it on top of the bookcase.  It’s from 2005 or 06.

That bookcase was a yardsale find in Birmingham that I’m still using.  I paid $50 for it and it started off natural, I painted it black and then it ended up white.  Adding the beadboard backing myself was the best thing I did to update it and it’s solid wood, so a nice sturdy piece.

The bookcase holds my decorating books and I spray painted a few baskets to better fit with my colors.

Baskets hold a lot of things out of sight, so this area is storage and trying to stay organized.

Ballard Designs shelves I have had for years now still look great over my console table, so up they went again.  I love having them for display space.

I got a new wireless printer over on the console table.

I’m trying to keep this office space more organized and clutter free, so I’m keeping it simple.

I’ve had these 3 black tole trays for years now and couldn’t let them go, so decided it was time they came out again and with the florals in here, they look just right once again, adding some fun vintage details to the shelves.

A couple of family pictures and a few accessories round it out.  The white framed oil painting was a gift from a sweet reader.

I hope you enjoyed a peek at my new office!  I’m really loving it and it feels so nice to have the house coming together.  We’re still working on other rooms, but I’ll be sharing those with you as we get things more finished around here.  It’s really feeling like home now and we are so enjoying our new space and yard!

Some of you have been with me since my very first little office and it’s so nice to have you all along on this journey of ours!

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- Rhoda

Comments

  1. I love your office! Such a happy, colorful place to park yourself whether for work or a cup of tea! I think it takes more talent to pull things together as you have. Love the vintage tole trays and the black and white accent rug on the floor!

  2. love the trays on the wall; I’ve done the same thing at my house with mine. glad to not see any chevrons!

  3. Beautiful! Love love those black trays and were you put them.

  4. Love your new space. I’m working on a new home office space myself and planning to add some touches of pink too.

  5. I can’t imagine every parting with my bunny; still love it as much as when I purchased it. I scored it deeply discounted, always a plus. Pat (Back Porch Musings) shared hers on G.I. and I simply had to have one!

    • That bunny sure made the rounds with all of us decorating girls, didn’t it? Pat was such a lovely lady and very much missed.

  6. I love Rhoda, very pretty!

  7. oops I love the ROOM Rhoda. very pretty. but hey your pretty too.

  8. Such a pretty space to work in. I for one appreciate the use of things you already have, and just reworking or repurposing them in your new space. Not everyone can go out and buy buy buy constantly redoing rooms for the sake of new blog content. I love that with a little imagination, elbow grease and spray paint you created a lovely room that is warm and inviting. It looks lived in, not staged.

    • Thank you, Lauren, you’re so right, can’t go out and buy all new. I’m having to wait on some things I want until the budget allows.

  9. Your office is charming! Such pretty colors – very fresh looking.

    Thanks for sharing it with us!

  10. Sandra Mosolgo says:

    Love your creative use of things you already have, with a little updating with paint. Your drapery fabric is so fresh and lively.

  11. Defiantly magazine worthy and I love that you use things you already have, like us normal folks. Can’t wait to see more!!!!

  12. I loved your other office spaces, but this is the best one by far! Pretty, fun colors and you’ve got a view! Nice and bright, and a sweet little corner to curl up in and contemplate life : ) Yay, the bunny is back and looks great up there!

    • Thank you, Nanci, I think I have to agree, my office spaces keep getting better and better. I think I’m evolving! And the bunny, another thing I just could not let go, still with me.

  13. This is just fabulous! The colors are so much fun together. I think my favorite detail besides all the pink is the use of the tole trays. That looks so good!

    • Thank you, Stacey, it was really fun to pull all these things together and make a new office space. I knew I wanted those floral curtains in here, as well as the pink chair and it just so happened the black and white rug really worked with my black office furniture. Those tole trays I’ve had for years and just could not get rid of them so I’m so glad my hoarding tendencies paid off in this case!

  14. Hi Rhoda,you office is very pretty. Love all your stuff you pulled together that makes it so you. Where did you purchase the black organizer on the corner of the desk?

    • HI, Sue, thank you so much. That little organizer I think came from Pottery Barn and I found it at a long ago yard sale. I keep things forever it seems!

  15. Been with you since the office nook & laundry room, & been hooked ever since. Love your new space. ❤❤❤

    • Hi, Pat, and you too, thank you for hanging out with me for 10 years, it just amazes me that y’all are still here!

  16. Lol Rhoda , I remember your first office. It was so tiny but so cute. This looks very serene and orderly.

    • Carole, I loved that little office nook too, but glad to have this new life and new space. Thank you for hanging with me all these years!

  17. Chris Carter says:

    Cute, girly and sophisticated all In one room!

  18. Based on your taste in decorating, I think you might be my long-lost sister. Your office is one great room.

  19. Your “new” office is just perfect! I love the accents of coral and how you included some of your collected treasures! Very well done!!!

  20. I Loooooooooooove your new office! I think it’s my favorite of any room you’ve done.

    • Hi Arli,
      I’m Vicki, Rhoda’s life long friend. I just had to say hello to you because you are the only other person I’ve “met” with your name! My first granddaughter is named Arli Kathryn! She’s 5 years old and of course beautiful, sweet and smart! I’ve met some named Arleigh but not Arli. Just had to comment. Thanks! Vicki

  21. Your office looks wonderful and is the epitome of happiness❤️

  22. What a great space in which to work. I love your draperies and the tole trays look great!

  23. I love the colors in your new office! The floral trays really pop in the space as well. I can’t wait to see your next room unveiling.

  24. TRACY G CERVANTES says:

    I love everything about this room!! It’s perfect in every way!

  25. Phyllis Limiero says:

    Your new office is lovely. I really like that you use what you have and don’t run out and buy the latest and greatest. Most of us can’t afford to change our decor and this gives me encouragement to follow my heart and use what I own and love. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you, Phyllis, I’m so glad you enjoyed this. I can’t go out and buy all new stuff either, so it makes me happy to share my redesigned spaces with all of you.

  26. Congrats on ur new office. It’s very prett.

  27. Dear Rhoda,

    I wish you documenting great memories in this office!

    From sunny Athens, Greece

    Sophia

  28. Love how your office came together!

  29. Dear Roda: I’m relatively new to your blog, but love your style and info. Thank you. What is the Blackpool and white box on the console in front of the window? I adore black and white.

  30. What a pretty office space, Rhoda!! Glad you took your pretty drapes with you and I LOVE the idea of using what we have in a new space!! It all looks fresh and new and I’m sure you’ll enjoy spending time in there!!
    Celia

  31. Just WOW! Love this so much. I love pink so much so the pops of pink here make me so happy! The tole trays look fabulous. I am pretty sure this will be my favorite room in your house but time will tell. Oh, I love what you and a commenter said…that you shopped your house to decorate. That is what I believe in wholeheartedly and am so glad you are doing that.

    • Thank you, Melanie, I’m so glad you like it too! Yep, we have to repurpose and use things in all different ways when moving, that’s just the way it is. Since everything doesn’t fit the same way, we have to fill in some holes with new things, but that’s fun too. I still have so many accessories I won’t be able to use in this house and that’s fine too.

  32. Very nice, Rhoda. I bet you feel so accomplished with everything you’ve been able to get checked off your list lately. Your office looks both utilitarian and comfortable. Love your accessories too, and that bookcase!

    • Thank you, Rita, yes it finally feels like we’re making lots of progress now. We have one more room downstairs to get finished and then I can really get that floor together. It’s been fun to get settled in and it’s really feeling like home now.

  33. grammy goodwill says:

    I loved that little office nook. It inspired me to start trying to decorate my rooms and I’m still trying. There’s so much in this one that I like. The drapes are so bright and cheerful. I love how you placed the desk in the center of the room, facing the window. I love your coral accents and how well your chair fits in. The room looks wonderful. I know you will enjoy working in it.

    • Thank you, Grammy, that little office nook kicked off my blog 10 years ago and I think I’ve grown and evolved so much since then. I love this new office so much too!

  34. This is all so very pretty. That pink velvet chair is gorgeous!! So much color and black and white, I love this. Some rooms nowadays are so white I feel I might be in an operating room.
    When you said you were trying to keep the clutter down, it made me laugh. We live in Seattle WA now, and looking to move to Louisiana. I look at homes here for ideas for selling and homes in LA to buy. Southern homes are often decorated to the gills, but much warmer looking. The styles and colors are definitely very different.

    • Thank you, Nancy, I do love color and this room will probably be the most colorful space in the whole house, but I definitely have to have some color. This house just seems to call for less “stuff” so that is what I’m working on paring down. When I get started on the downstairs adding all the accessories and artwork, I want to keep that more simple too. I’ve been way over the top with accessorizing in the past and maybe it’s age, I don’t know, but I just want less this time.

  35. Love that you kept it simpler…and the pops of coral are awesome. It’s a wonderful room and I hope you love being in there even when “working”. 🙂

  36. Rhoda, I love your new office space! It looks magazine worthy to me! I love the coral and black and white together. It’s so pretty. Love the dogs, the chair and ottoman and the toletrays. That hounds tooth rug really adds the final wow factor! It’s amazing what can be done using whatse already have.

  37. Your new office definitely is magazine worthy! “Real” people can’t afford to start over every time, so we appreciate you showing fresh approaches with what you already own. Besides, I am sentimental about my possessions and wouldn’t want to get rid of them. You created such a happy room, I love the arrangement of toile trays and the pops of coral!

  38. Oh, Rhoda, I just LOVE your new office! So happy and feminine, and it fits well, I think, with the classic vibe of your home! Beautiful!!

  39. Barbara Moore says:

    I LOOOOVE it all!! Especially that precious sign to the right of your window. Says it all, right?? Still crushing on your drapes. So happy you have this lovely space just for yourself. As always, well done!

  40. Love the room! The pink chair is my favorite with the black & white rug.

  41. That room is gorgeous. Love the pinky coral, those drapes, and the tole trays. What a wonderful atmosphere to work in. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

  42. what a cheerful, fun office space. I love me some botanicals, weather vanes and houndstooth! I think my favorite moment is the trio of toille trays…I had some that I sold with a furnished cottage last year and miss their drama added to a room. the drapes are beautiful and since I sew ours and know the work and love that goes into draperies, I think I’d add the second pair to these unless you have them earmarked for another window.

  43. Love it!!! And that’s a great spot for the weather vane!!! 🙂

  44. What a wonderfully feminine and chic room for you to spend your days in! I absolutely love that pink chair and ottoman! What a wonderful set. And you can never go wrong with pink/white and black…the perfect combination.

    Enjoy your new space.

    Hugs, Lynn

  45. Rhoda, I love what you have done with your office space in your new home! The coral is so cheerful and your selection of accessories is just right. The drapes you made look right at home in their new place.

  46. Jennifer Weaver says:

    The pink velvet chair…I think I am in love. I love, love girlie spaces. Beautiful.

  47. Happy and colorful! You have certainly been a busy girl!! Lots of energy you and Mark have, and know it has been so much fun decorating your new home together!!!

  48. I love your style. I love that pink chair. I love the drapes. And I have already googled the rug. My office is pitiful but doesn’t have to be. Really beautiful.

  49. Definitely magazine worthy! I LOVE your happy office, I think just about anyone can decorate with all new, but it takes a real designer to use things they already have. I also agree that every room needs a touch of black (and most of my rooms also have a bunny or two).

    • Thank you, Faith, I appreciate the words of encouragement! Sometimes I really feel like I can’t keep up with so many beautiful homes out there, but I know that normal down to earth is what most folks are looking for.

  50. I adore your new creative space, so bright and welcoming!

  51. Donna Pike says:

    I love it. It’s just beautiful. Is it possible to get all your paint colors listed starting from the outside and all the inside. I know that’s a lot of work, but I love the colors you have used and would like to know exactly what you used and by whom. You have outdone yourself, and to think you’re just beginning. It is going to be fabulous in every area. Can’t wait to see. Thank you sweet lady for sharing your paint colors and I love it all.

    • HI, Donna, yes I’ll do a whole post on paint colors when I can get to it, but that’s a great idea. I did one for my last house too and it’s nice to have it all in one spot. Thank you so much! So glad you are enjoying it all so far.

  52. I”m not sure I would ever leave this room!

  53. Brenda Dodd Smith Swindall says:

    Rhoda, love how bright and cheerful your office looks. The colors are so inspiring. Using the things you have and pulling them together. I vote you magazine worthy ❤❤❤.

  54. Stylish and chic for sure, and I agree the curtains are fab!

  55. Your new office is perfect! I love the colors and LOVE those curtains! It really IS a happy space! Wish I could find an organizer like the one on your desk. I also wish I could turn my desk around to face my windows but worry about tripping over cords. LOVE your space!

    • Thank you, Pinky, I have cords too and they are all on the far side of the desk so they don’t show too bad. I can’t ever figure out how to get rid of all the cords, so they are there.

  56. Heather Ferris says:

    Absolutely love it! The colors are right up my ally & the fact that you kept things so clear & clutter free make it such a welcoming room. Rhoda, I have been reading your blog for years now, since Birmingham, & I’m so often cheered & uplifted by the posts. It just warms my heart to see you find a wonderful man to share your life with. You both are very fortunate. Also, My prayers are with your dad concerning the issues he’s been having, actually my prayers are with the entire family.
    All the very best.

    • Hi, Heather, thank you so much! I just love that so many of you have been following me for years, that makes me feel so happy to have you all here all this time. I appreciate all the warm thoughts and prayers for my parents too, they are dearly loved by so many and we hope to keep them going for years to come.

  57. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Rhoda, your office is so pretty! You have done a great job at organizing it! Enjoy!

    Blessings!

  58. That’s beautiful Rhoda! Love all the pink!

  59. So pretty and fun! I love “shopping” in the house. I forget what I’ve got and then make a serendipitous discovery. I really like the trays.

  60. Rhoda, your drapes are still absolutely stunning. They pull the room together so beautifully and set the tone. Your black trays are a perfect compliment, too. I have a huge one I picked up when I was in Russia many years ago, I can’t imagine ever parting with it, even if I don’t exactly know where it should go. Enjoy your new space and all the memories from the past you brought into it. These… more than anything new… are what breathes life and calm into our spaces. You are so blessed.

    • Thank you, Diane, I agree, those things we have had with us are the most favorite and really make a house feel like home.

  61. I’ve loved your decorating style in all your homes and I love this office. So feminine and pretty!!

  62. You’ve done a great job in your office, Rhoda! I love seeing some of your old, familiar pieces reused. Love the colors as well. In my opinion, your room is absolutely “magazine worthy.”

  63. Brenda Mcclurkin says:

    Your readers love you for sharing your story and your ideas! Thank you!

  64. Gee, I’m back again … admiring your office. I love it all. And those drapes, I do love the fabric. I am taking the liberty to send you a link to one my favorite favorites, hope you don’t mind. It’s so pretty I framed some for a big blank spot. It’s hard to find a good rendition online, I bought it “in person” at Hancock’s a few years ago.
    https://www.fabricguru.com/floral-vine-prints/robert-allen-sunscape-printed-cotton-drapery-fabric-spring-1.html

  65. Hey sweet friend,
    I totally agree with Faith! It takes a true designer to work with what you have rather than buying more “stuff”. You’ve always been so talented with home interiors and fashion. This room is so you! Vibrant, eclectic, fun yet purposeful. I know the rest of your beautiful new home will be just as awesome. So happy for you!

  66. Rhoda, it looks awesome! I love the way you’re using coral in this space of yours now. Isn’t it fun to have a room that’s a bit more feminine? You did a great job of pulling pieces together, and bravo on spray painting some things!

    I think my favorite things are those tole trays and the Staffordshire dogs. Well, those and the draperies and the houndstooth rug. And I love your chair in the corner. That’s too many “favorite” things, huh?

    Enjoy your space!

  67. Rhoda, your new office is lovely. I bet it makes your “work” easy and joyful. Most of it anyway. I am planning to go to Scott’s tomorrow. The chairs you got for your family room, is the vendor is the building to the L or R, as you exit 85? Thanks.

    • Carol, coming from Atlanta on I-285, when you get off the exit at Jonesboro Road, the building is on the right. There are a couple of companies that sell these chairs, so you can look at both, but Faulkner’s in NC is who I bought from. They are close to each other in the building back where the furniture is located in the left side of the building.

      • Thanks!

      • Rhoda, just wanted to thank you again for the info about your chairs. I purchased a set yesterday from Faulkner Bros. My set is COM and will be ready for pick-up in Nov. from Scott’s. Just in time for the holidays! Doug and his crew were so nice and great to work with. And, like you said, you can not find a better price for the quality. And the turn around time. My (very tall) husband was with me so I know they will be just the right size. Thanks again for sharing all about your chairs.

        • HI, Carol, I’m so glad you connected with Faulkners and got your chairs ordered. I think you will be so pleased with them, we still love ours so much and the price was so good. Enjoy them!

  68. The room looks wonderful – so fun to see you pull together pieces from your previous home and arrange them beautifully in your office. I especially love the drapes and tole platters. Keep sharing!

  69. Marvis Burdette says:

    I really like the new office. It definitely has all the perfect touches that says “her office”. I love the splashes of pink here and there without overdoing it. The office looks inviting and the pink chaise invites you to take that much needed break after a long days work. Nice job!!

  70. I find myself unable to leave your blog! I can’t stop reading it! I must say you have a very unique voice in writing, which I personally appreciate. Thanks again Rhoda!

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