Mix & Match Metallic Office Reveal

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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.

hayneedle porch inspirationInspiration image via Porch.com

What 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.

First a little reminder of the before….
office progressAnd now….Bridget full verticalGold Office Makeover Trunk

I’m really diggin’ the new look, like literally, so excited about this new space! And I’m glad I was able to incorporate the design elements that originally caught my eye from that Porch photo.

1. Mix & Matched furniture — check.
2. Plenty of seating for the space — check.
3. Rustic, Cozy, Warmth — Added wood shelves + warm tones + gold — check.
4. Hints of PINK! — check.
5. Bold coffee table — check!
6. Gallery Wall — check.

trunkI scored this amazing gold trunk from a garage sale recently for $10 (specific details coming in a separate post next week)!! I I’m obsessed with how it fits into the room and reflects the gorgeous, yet subtle design from this wool rug. I looked for a long time to find the perfect rug for this space, and am so happy with this one, which I found on hayneedle.com. I think it’s the perfect mix of neutral colors + texture + subtle pattern.

office box storage

Storage is always at a premium in our small home, so adding extra storage space in this room was a priority. I found these rustic/industrial/functional shelves on hayneedle.com too; they were mailed right to our doorstep and they took me less than 20 minutes to put together (all by myself!).

printerThe shelves allowed us to finally add a printer into our office (more details + printer basket tutorial coming soon)! I am pretty obsessed with the fact that it’s hidden in this DIY basket and seamlessly blends into the decor.IMG_7900I store all of our electronic wires/cords in this drawer system and love how it’s paired with this garage sale elephant and hayneedle.com vase.
office storage box jewelry These decorative boxes offer even more secret storage for jewelry (gold box) and ink cartridges (pink box).

This $4.99 DIY table from yesterday’s post adds to that mix & match inspiration. <– I still can’t believe it was less than $5 either!! full verticalGold Office Makeover Trunk

office rugtrunkI can’t believe that just a few new items can make such a difference in creating a whole new look. I definitely achieved my goal of rejuvenating this space into a place I’m excited to work in again. Bring on the to-do lists, I can sit in here all day!
BridgetGold Office Makeover TrunkCrazy to think what a journey this space has been on so far. Looking back makes me appreciate the progress of our home sweet home even more.

Bridget Signature

PS. To see how two other bloggers used this same inspiration photo to refresh their spaces, click here! 

  • Emily Dunham

    This space looks great! Between the rug and all the shelving and accessories, you really get a cozy and inviting vibe from the space!

  • Nikki Simmerson

    Fantastic job! The bookshelf is amazing and I can’t wait to hear about the printer storage. It’s always nice when we can store things that are a little less than aesthetically pleasing.

    • Totally agree Nikki! It’s super easy too. Tutorial next Friday on the blog

  • Fantastic job! Looks very cozy and welcoming!

  • It looks so pretty! Very well designed but still cozy. I love it.

  • Kat

    Here;’s everything you need to know…
    1- I am obsessed with the inspiration photo. Everything about it is so right!
    2- Then I got to hidden printer and my mind exploded. I’ve been inconveniently hiding my printer in the closet, because that makes sense. But I am totally inspired to wait for your how to and then go buy a basket.

    Serious LOVE today!

    • You are the sweetest Kat. And yes…you’re gonna love the printer post. Seriously so easy, but makes a huge difference! No more eye sore!

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay Weighs In

    This space is GORGEOUS!!! The offer still stands to come to PA and design J & I’s new place 😉 Seriously though, I’m in love. And, OMG, tell me everything about that pineapple. I need details. Please and thank you 🙂

    • Hahaha I’m literally laughing out loud, Lindsay. Thank you for the vote of confidence.

      White Ceramic Pineapple — HomeGoods for $9.99!!!!! They even had larger ones for $14.99 (and yes, they still have them at the few HomeGoods I have been in lately). HURRY!

  • Delighted Dwelling

    So HomeGoods posted your printer project on Instagram yesterday and I totally freaked out! I ran to my husband with my phone shouting OMG we have to do this!! I didn’t even realize it was yours!! #ishouldhaveknown

    • hahaha that is awesome! Tutorial on the blog next week. Get that hubby to work 😉

  • Colleen Bansley

    LOVE this space! OK obsessed with a few things I need some more info on please! The basket for the printer- genius! How the heck did you do that? And I love the little white card catalog storage system- where did you find that? The side table painted white on top looks amazing!!

    • You’re so sweet, Colleen!
      — Printer: Detailed tutorial next week
      — White Card Catalog: HomeGoods

  • Janeska Canuelas Olivieri

    Beautiful can’t wait to see the tutorial for the printer

    • Thanks Janeska, you won’t believe how EASY it is!!

  • Heather

    Swoon!! This looks incredible!

  • Amanda Risius

    Where is the gorg light fixture from??!!


    • It’s from Lowe’s! –> (Allen + Roth’s line @Lowe’s)