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. 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.

  2. 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.

    • Thank you, Pamela, I love all those things too so it was fun to use them all in my office space.

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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Jennifer Weaver says

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

  7. 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!!!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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 ❤❤❤.

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says

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

    Blessings!

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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