About a week ago, I shared some office updates & also gave you an itemized list of all of these office treasures. I also left you with a coffee table teaser, and finally… the waiting game is o-va. With no further ado, I formally introduce you to the most recent addition to our office:
When I laid eyes on this CLEARANCE HomeGoods table, I knew she would be perfect for this space. The table costs a little over $100 and in my opinion, totally completes the nook… on a budget! Talk about #HomeGoodsHappy!
I knew I wanted a table that was a little non-traditional for this room and I was also dead set on an “airy” table that wouldn’t block the gorgeous couch. So many of the tables I saw were gorgeous but too bulky and wouldn’t give the couch (our recent splurge) enough of the spotlight.
I toyed with the idea of buying two mini tables to sit side-by-side in front of the couch (and even brought a few home to “try on”), but couldn’t seem to find the perfect combo. So when I saw this airy table that incorporated some industrial hints, I knew she was a keeper! This gem fit all of my must-haves, and it also made the space a touch less girly (a must-have on my hubby’s list).
The texture up close is probably my favorite part! So charming, or shall I say “so masculine and tough”. Those were my choice of words when I was trying to convince Matt that this table was meant to be and would totally add some toughness to the room.
I especially love the geometric pattern on the table. It seemed like the perfect way to tie in some of the other geometric design elements within the room. Hopefully I can keep this look going as I tackle what’s left.
I definitely love how it’s all coming together and am far more motivated to keep on plugging away!
But until then, you can probably find me cozied up in this little space with a good magazine, a cup of coffee, and growing to-do list!
Office To-Do List:
Desk (possibly for 2)
I’m sure there’s more, that’s all I can think of so far…
We bought our home almost a year and a half ago (how time flies!) and I have left one space in our house, completely untouched & u-gly. Don’t judge me…
YIKES! I’m embarrassed to even let you see this awful space. Randomness everywhere, and when there’s not randomness taking up space… nothing is. Not a good look! You’d think a DIY blogger would be better than this, but nope. The truth of the matter is that I have a catch-all room that is completely ugly, empty, and full of embarrassment inside of my house… almost 18 months later. If you too have a catch-all space you’re not super proud of…. it’s okay, I give you permission to stop beating up on yourself and come to peace with this ugliness. Life is not perfect, the home is always “in progress” and if takes you 15+ months to even think twice about what to do with your secretly unkempt space…. THAT’S OKAY!! Life happens and no one is judging.
After 15 months of nothingness, I am finally steering this space in a new direction and finally giving it the attention it deserves. This empty space that has been known to house an air mattress or two has a swanky little number that is way outside of my comfort zone & I couldn’t be more excited!
Isn’t she adorable?! This West Elm love seat is VELVET and just what the doctor prescribed for the neglected room.
Here’s a little background – When I started to brainstorm the look of our office, I decided I wanted to step slightly outside of my comfort zone, and I think the velvet blue allowed me to do just that. To be completely honest, the final decision was pretty easy because it was fairly challenging trying to find a “couch” that fit under the window without being too large & bulky. When the dimensions of this darling love-seat fit the ticket, I was SOLD!
I love, love, love the color & am totally diggin’ the texture it brings to the room so far. The price-tag was slightly out of my league, but I received a super generous gift card to West Elm as a wedding gift, so I didn’t feel as guilty splurging (thanks Colleen!).
So far, I have found a few other staples to accent the West Elm love-seat. I scored this adorable wood side table from Goodwill for $10! I think the table is originally from Target though. The black and white rug is from World Market for around $100 on sale.
The space of course isn’t complete without my favorite part – some fabulous accessories! I think I’m running with the black and white contrast, only because it is so different from the rest of the house. The pillows are from IKEA (amazing!), the crate was a $2 Goodwill find, the jug was my dad’s old change holder, and the throw is from HomeGoods.
I love that I was able to sneak in a few hints of nautical into the room so far. I know that’s nothing new, but I thought these items will help this nontraditional look flow with the rest of the house and not completely stick out like a sore thumb.
The other side table has some nautical touches as well. The coral was an old piece I found at Kohl’s awhile back, the gold lantern is from a local thrift shop, the white marble container is a HomeGoods treasure ($2!) and the book was from a garage sale.
All together, I’m really loving the feel of this new space. I haven’t really decorated with too much gold, so I’m excited for the opportunity to add a few hints of gold into the room. I’m also SO excited to bring a more mid-century, West Elm-ish feel into the space…both elements very new to me! I find myself gravitating to this look more often these days, which makes me excited (but also a little nervous that I’ll want to change everything else in the house!).
For now, I’m not going to look that far into it and I’m going to focus on moving forward with this new space! So far, so good… but I definitely have a lot more work a head of me! I plan on adding a large desk and lots of new storage. I want the office to be comfortable yet functional for all of the blog work. I figure the couch is a nice way to add a little coziness and the chance to sit and blog on the couch instead of the desk all the time.
I’ve been on the look-out for a perfect coffee table to put in front of the couch. Again, I want something outside of my comfort zone, something airy to show off the couch, and something with an industrial feel to bring a little more masculinity in here for Matt.
For now, I’m in LOVE with this space’s progress and can’t wait to keep you updated with the new coffee table and desk plans!! Stay tuned….
PS. Since I wrote this post, I think I found the perfect coffee table!! Tune in Tuesday for the big reveal. Until then, here’s a teaser…
Oh wait, I almost forgot. For those of you who may now be beating yourself up about that neglected space you have. Don’t fret…. when I sit on these stylish cushions, this is the disaster I look at…
So as much as I’m loving half of the new space, the other half is still a disaster zone and THAT’S OKAY! And yes, that is my wedding dress rolled up in the corner… 3 months after the wedding. #dontjudgeme
Furniture shopping is___________________.
d. Full of commitment
e. All of the above
Answer: (E). All of the above.
Throughout allllllll of the adventures that come along with furniture shopping, I have felt all of these emotions and more, many, many more. Trying to pick out the perfect couch; one that has the ideal ratio of comfy to cozy, trendy to classic, colorful to neutral, while fitting into the measurements of our space was a roller coaster of emotion. It’s even more of a roller coaster for someone like me; an indecisive, scared to commit, over-thinker!
We searched everywhere.. and finally found a “maybe” match at Macy’s Furniture. At first, we liked the Devon Fabric Sectional Sofa at Macy’s, but we weren’t in looveeeee. Not only is a new couch a staple in any room, but it is also one of the priciest pieces of furniture we were buying so “like” was not going sell us our dream couch.
The Devon Sectional from the back…
As far as I was concerned, this gem was cozy and comfy, but I wasn’t loving the color and wasn’t completely sold on the size. The chase (peninsula looking part of the couch) made this sectional too large for our space. Fortunately, Macy’s has options for this size issue. Brace yourself, here is where my love for Macy’s Furniture was born….
The super helpful employees at Macy’s Furniture sat down with us and outlined the many sizes and combinations this sectional came in. After some more calculations and measurements… perfect size sectional… check! The accommodations didn’t stop here. For an additional $200, Macy’s gave us the option to choose ANY upholstery we wanted from stacks and stacks of fabric…. amazing! After some more decision making, lots of indecisiveness, and a little bit of fate, we finally decided on a fabric. We quickly learned that the fabric we chose was named “heavenly”. With a name like heavenly, how could we go wrong? My indecisiveness quickly disappeared, I was ready to commit! With a size adjustment, new upholstery and the same comfy and coziness that originally caught our attention, we placed our order!
Six weeks later…. we were busy preparing for Macy’s free delivery. Score!
Here are some before pictures…
Excuse the mess. We are mid-move.
And this is where I continue to fall more and more in love with Macy’s furniture. Something about this Macy’s truck paired with the glamorous red carpet the Macy’s movers rolled out to prepare for the big delivery left me even more head over heels for this retailer.
Ten minutes later (literally), the Macy’s truck was on it’s way out and we were left with…
…a fully assembled couch.
Not just any old couch. It’s a couch that totally fits it’s name…. Heavenly. It’s the perfect mix of comfy, cozy, classic, colorful & neutral all while fitting perfectly into our living space. And although the process of searching for the perfect couch was far from heavenly, Macy’s made it worth it in the end.
Next up, tackling some major DIY projects to spruce up our new space. Stay tuned….
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