Disclaimer: We have partnered with Porch and hayneedle.com to bring you this post. All opinions and photography are our own and not influenced by these companies. Thank you for supporting the businesses that support this blog! So last week I shared how I was feeling uninspired in my office. Some of the pieces were used in Maggie’s condo makeover, some were moved to different parts of the house, and I eventually realized the rug felt too loud for such a small space. Long story short, the office was left looking a little sad and I was finally feeling inspired to give it the love it so deserves. My goal: bring it back to a place I’m excited to spend time in; a place that’s cozy, functional and is “so me”. Enter lots of inspiration that eventually led to a game plan.
Inspiration image via Porch.comWhat I really love about finding images of inspiration is that you don’t always have to mimic exactly what you see. When I try to translate exactly what I see, I always feel like I come up short because very rarely are you going to get the exact look. Instead, I love collecting these inspiration images and then reflecting on the specifics of the image that caught my eye. I used this strategy with the Porch inspiration photo above. Things that caught my eye that I wanted to incorporate into my office: 1. Mix & Matched furniture 2. Plenty of seating for the space (my space is smaller and won’t fit all of that seating, but having plenty of seating makes the space cozy and inviting) 3. Rustic, Cozy, Warmth (Unfortunately, I do not have a fireplace to create literal warmth in my office. However, I could bring in a tad more wood + warm tones to create a feeling of warmth to the space). 4. Hints of PINK! <– incorporating pink into my space is such an unexpected move since I’m not a huge fan of PINK, but something about these hints of pink caught my eye. And if I’m going to incorporate a touch of pink, the office seems like the perfect place. Plus, the wood mixed with the pinks makes it less feminine and more of a design compromise. #winwin 5. A bold coffee table: that wood table picture is such a conversation starter, I love that! 6. Gallery Wall: I’m a sucker for a gallery wall and I already have one in my office, which helped me see a little bit of the existing space in this inspiration. So after taking these 5 areas of inspiration into account, I went to work mixing & matching furniture, adding pink + wood + warm tones, reworking my existing gallery wall, and was eventually left with an updated office that I’m in LOVEEEEEE with.