A peaceful, pretty home centers me. We just moved to our new place (guys – we got the rental house!), but I wanted to share some snippets of the design I created in our old apartment. First up, my office: the true hub of the home.
This is where I spend sometimes over 80 hours a week. My office needs to be functional, comfortable and beautiful. I am a real estate marketing and business development consultant, which is a lot of fun for me. Working in a field that requires both analytical and creative capabilities, I need my office space to offer both focus and inspiration.
Seeing these pictures has me antsy to settle into our new home! I value a lovely living space above any other luxury. As stated by the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright, “If you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.”
All-white desk furniture keeps things simple and chic, letting me easily add pops of color and edit the palette in an instant.
This magnetic mood board makes it easy to change out my inspirational pieces. Just before our move, I had a sketch I’d drawn, a test Polaroid, my feature in the San Francisco Chronicle from last year and a personal #getitgirl quote I love.
A simple picture rail from IKEA displays my favorite pictures, sketches and books of the moment. There is also a box from favorite candy bar – strawberries & champagne – that I purchased at Dylan’s Candy Bar on a trip to LA.
The definition of a #getitgirl.
My husband gave me this book of “Pep Talks & Picker-Uppers” when I launched my marketing career, just after moving to California. I kept it in my first office desk, and it’s a happy reminder of how hard I’ve worked and how far I’ve come.
Having a chaise lounge next to the balcony window creates a perfect spot for the puppies to nap (and stockpile toys). This is a must-have for my new space and I can’t wait to style it.
I added a touch of green just inside the balcony with these fake plants and used this as an opportunity to display a family heirloom, the rolling pin my grandma used in the parish kitchen where she raised her eleven children in rural Minnesota. It makes me feel like I have a little piece of my heritage with me.
Since the chaise lounge provided a perfect viewing perch for my puppies to see over the balcony and catch a glimpse of “intruders!!!” in the parking lot across the street, I used a tension rod and café curtains halfway up the window to keep us all safe and still sunlit.
These are a few of my favorite things: this dresser is half client samples and half art supplies, stationery and photography equipment.
These custom Bow & Drape sweatshirts for Coco and Chanel are so perfect I almost can’t. I pinned these tiny tops to the wall with some of my sewing pins – smaller holes that are easier to fill upon move-out
Now that we are starting to settle into our new place, I can’t wait to incorporate some of my favorite décor pieces and add personalized touches. My office still has all of the non-essentials in boxes, but my desk and the puppies’ chaise lounge are obviously in place.
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Stay tuned for more interior style! Now that we have an entire home to decorate, I am so excited to dive into design.