The Office!

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Here’s a little peek into my office! I took these photos weeks ago, and now it’s a total disaster area again, but today I can live vicariously through what it should look like! 

I love it. It’s so much different than my original office in our other house. And I’m very grateful that I have an entire room to work in! 

I love having a separate desk for jewelry making and other crafts. And having a BIG table means I can have a lot going on at once, which is how I like it! 
I found this table on Craigslist, and it was painted white. My mom and I roughed up the surface a bit with some sandpaper, painted it grey, and it was perfect!
The rug is from Ikea, and I love it, but it has taken forever to “lay flat”. I’ve since moved it from how it looks in this photo to help it along, but it may just be a little wrinkled forever. After all, it was a whopping $19.99. What can I expect! 

The white table used to be my sister’s dining room table, however it was originally owned by my parents. We do a lot of furniture sharing in this family! 

Interested in anything specific? I’ve labeled as much as I can in the photos below:


Hope you enjoyed a little peek into my office! 

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Comments (128)

  1. Lauren says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    lurve!

  2. Posted July 19, 2012

    I love how clean and fresh your color palet and line are!
    I am moving and FOR SURE using both you and lauren’s places for a little inspiration!

    xo

  3. Amy says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Wow Kate, looks so serene! Love it!

    http://coffeebeansandbobbypins.blogspot.com/

  4. SB says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Oh! This makes me so jealous! I’m in the process of creating a little area for my writing but I’m have the worst time finding a desk. Love your’s though!

  5. JT says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Totally love everything!! Sorry to ask…but where did you get the grey owl??

    • Kate says
      Posted July 19, 2012

      The grey owl knob on the desk? Anthro!

    • Kate says
      Posted July 19, 2012

      Or the stuffed animal? Pier 1. My mom bought it for me. šŸ™‚

  6. Shannon says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    I love the colors you have picked out. I’m currently designing my entire house (in my head lol) and love how you put everything together, it looks like everything has it’s own spot.

  7. Morgan says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Kate, did you say you got the linen labeled boxes from Ikea?

  8. Rebecca says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Kate, put some heavy books or boxes on your rug for several days and see if that helps “iron” it flat. Hate it when rugs do that…love it when you can get a rug that cheap! šŸ™‚

  9. Posted July 19, 2012

    What is the name of your wall color?

    • Kate says
      Posted July 19, 2012

      Not sure, it was already painted when we moved in!

  10. Posted July 19, 2012

    I love it!! Looks great with all of the greys… Looks like it could be Lauren’s office with her grey desk. šŸ™‚
    aHeapeofLove.com/

  11. Posted July 19, 2012

    Could you please tell me what color gray you painted your desk? Thanks.

    • Kate says
      Posted July 19, 2012

      It was painted that color when we moved in, so I’m not sure! Sorry!

    • Kate says
      Posted July 19, 2012

      Apparently I can’t read. Let me try to find the color!

    • bpurdie says
      Posted July 23, 2012

      Any luck finding out the name of the colour you painted the desk?!

    • Posted July 23, 2012

      My fingers are crossed she found the paint color for the desk…

  12. Trish says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    It looks awesome! I’m trying to convert an odd little room in our basement to an office. It’s slow-going, but now I feel a little more inspired after seeing how awesome yours is šŸ™‚

  13. Renee says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Ditto Emily – do you remember what color you used on your walls? Been looking for a shade similar to that.

    Also, the linen boxes where you labeling those IKEA, or the bookshelf they are sitting on? I’d love to find boxes like that. Did you put the label things on the front of them yourself? I love how some are centered and some are offset.

    • Kate says
      Posted July 19, 2012

      The boxes and the shelf is from Ikea. And yep, the labels came with the boxes!

      It was painted that color when we moved in, so I’m not sure! Sorry!

  14. Renee says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    sorry, apparently I can’t type or spell very well this morning. šŸ™‚

  15. Genna says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Love all of this. I can’t wait to have an office in our new apartment! You don’t realize how nice the space/quiet is until you don’t have it!

  16. Posted July 19, 2012

    You have such a gorgeous office. It’s calming and inspiring all at the same time! As for the rug, have you tried ironing it? Maybe turn it upside down, iron it to “loosen” the material and then lay heavy books or an upside down table on it for a while? Also, try rolling it up the opposite way and leaving it for a few days.

    Meg
    @missmegasaurus
    http://www.glamoroushustle.com

  17. Posted July 19, 2012

    I would love to have an office or even just a space like this! Gorgeous!

    E x

    http://Www.seastonejournal.blogspot.com.au

  18. Posted July 19, 2012

    Fabulous space! My kids take up all our spare rooms now ! Try laying the rug upside down for a few days to settle it..sounds crazy,looks a bit odd, but works! X

  19. Posted July 19, 2012

    This is so cute. I love your office šŸ™‚

  20. Posted July 19, 2012

    Hi there,

    I just came across your blog and have to tell you your hair styles and tips are amazing!! I’m going to try to have one done for our engagement photo’s. Fingers crossed it will look half as good.

    Beautiful office!

  21. Karen says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Adorable, love al of the storage!

  22. WIANAW says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    I have the exact same rug in my entry way. For $20 I am so in love….I rolled it up the opposite direction of how it was when I bought it, just for a day, and it has been flat since. The first day the corners did start to come up and I put some of the hubby’s heavy shoes on them for a day or two.

    • Posted July 19, 2012

      Could you share where you got the rug from? Especially for $20! I love it!

    • Posted July 19, 2012

      Oops! Blonde Moment! I see she got it from Ikea!

  23. Liliana says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Looks awesome! I love the color tones too, so nice clean and fresh .

  24. Posted July 19, 2012

    Your office looks great! So cute!

  25. Jess says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Your office looks great! I love your organization (I’m a big labeler too) and the gray color scheme is so pretty! You have inspired me to re-do my bedroom and bathroom using gray – it’s so versitile! Great work

  26. Anonymous says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Hi Kate! So cute! Can you share how you made the DIY art with the different shades of grey circles? I have a general idea, but would love to know all of the steps. Love your blog!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Missy

  27. Posted July 19, 2012

    Awww, as I look at your computer screen clock display (it say’s 3:16), all I can think about is John 3:16. šŸ™‚ Love that…. Beautiful office!

  28. Posted July 19, 2012

    So pretty!!

  29. Posted July 19, 2012

    This is such a beautiful space! great environment to work in šŸ™‚

  30. Tiffany says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Oooh la la…this work space intimidates me! Its so pretty!!!

  31. Posted July 19, 2012

    WOWOWOWO! This looks amazing! I have ZERO grey in my house, but seeing it in this office is so light and fresh! It looks great! I may be inspired to try some grey in our new home! You did a great job!

  32. Posted July 19, 2012

    This is such a fantastic office space! It gives me lots of inspiration to set up my new space – it’s a lot smaller but I like what you have done with the book shelves and the storage bins. Very pretty and usable! Thanks for sharing these!!

  33. Anonymous says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Kate, your roomis beautiful! I have the same rug and eventually it does lay down flat.

  34. Rissy says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    OBSESSED! how long did it take you to complete this? Because it’s basically fantastic

    My mom just painted a room in our house gray, and I keep telling her how much I love it because I’m afraid she doesn’t : (

    CarissaExplainsItAll

  35. Posted July 19, 2012

    Fab office. Love it. It looks a calming space.

  36. Jasmin says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Kate, you did a great job on your office. Wouldn´t every girl want to have one like this?
    I´m, actually in love with your Mac. Just looks so great even if it isn´t an acessoir. One day I will get one myself. The hubs is always trying to convince me to get one anyways…first saving then buying ;o)

  37. Laura says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    I’ve been working on my office/closet (it’s our spare bedroom) since we moved in; I love all the relaxing neutral colors of your creative space! šŸ™‚

    -Laura
    http://caffeinatedpinkaholic.blogspot.com

  38. Marie says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    It really looks quiet to work with those soft colors…it’s very beautiful
    And I like the owl!…

  39. Posted July 19, 2012

    Ahh love it! You worked so many personal touches into it… it’s fun, but still feels clean and organized šŸ™‚ Especially love the Target vases (of course, haha!) and the Anthro knob on the desk!

  40. Pamela says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Love it – I have never been into gray – but you are totally changing my views on that!

  41. Posted July 19, 2012

    Gosh, I just love your style!! I recently repainted my computer room and have no inspiration on where to go from there. I love the simplicity and function your room has! THANKS! šŸ™‚

  42. Ash says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    I have the same Ikea shelves and I love them! Everything looks great! šŸ™‚

  43. Hannah says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    I love your office and your style! It is so cute! It looks great šŸ™‚

  44. Posted July 19, 2012

    …I’m kind of in office / home decor jealousy. It doesn’t help that we don’t have enough space for me to have my own per say but really. I don’t get the decorating skills as I have none of my own but I do adore what what you’ve done with them!

  45. emmaliz15 says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Thank you for posting this! I’m in the middle of trying to spiff up our office and this is great inspiration!

  46. Posted July 19, 2012

    Kate, can you PLEASE tell me how you got that clock/time format on your Mac? I have been trying forever to find it (I’m assuming it’s an app), and I can’t figure it out! Thanks so much!

  47. Posted July 19, 2012

    Kate, can you PLEASE tell me how you got that clock/time format on your Mac? I have been trying forever to find it (I’m assuming it’s an app), and I can’t figure it out! Thanks so much!

  48. Posted July 19, 2012

    Love the new office Kate! I think I need that stuffed owl on your chair, he is so darn cute!

    Lindsay @
    LindsayJEveryday.blogspot.com

  49. Posted July 19, 2012

    I LOVE IT!!!!! You did an awesome job!!!

  50. Christy says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Beautiful office. Love the color gray! I might will paint that on my desk in the future. šŸ™‚

  51. Krista says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Love the white and gray combo, so soothing!

  52. Anonymous says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    How do you like your Mac computer? I’m looking to upgrade to a Mac, a laptop for sure, but no idea which one to go with!!! Thanks Kate! Office looks awesome!-Erin

  53. Lucy says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    I like it – looks smooth, calm and an area where one can be productive.

  54. Kristen says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    I love your this!! Wonderful job! Want to decorate my office/craft room?? šŸ˜‰

  55. Posted July 19, 2012

    I love it….lots of wonderful ideas for my new office!

  56. Anonymous says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    I think your office is absolutely beautiful, but does your husband have a seperate office? It’s just so pretty and feminine that I can’t imagine a man “going to work” in there! I’m interested in what is reserved for his work/play space!

    Melanie

  57. Linda says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Kate, if that Ikea rug has a rubber backing try taking it outside for a bit of warm sunshine. It might help with the wrinkles:)

  58. Posted July 19, 2012

    oh! i love the idea of two desks!!! i think i might have to set mine up that way!!! thanks for the great ideas!

  59. Beth says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Love it! I have been following your for a while and love your style (personally and professionally!)

    Tell me where did you get the starburst rub on that is hung above your bookshelf? i would love to put that over my daughter’s bed in her room.

    Thanks

    • Kate says
      Posted July 19, 2012

      wallums.com šŸ™‚

  60. Posted July 19, 2012

    It looks beautiful and I love the color scheme.

    Xo

  61. Ashley says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Um. wow!!! love your office. Everything about it. The colors especially.

  62. Posted July 19, 2012

    looks GORGEOUS! i love it!

  63. Erin Lynn says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Hi Kate!

    Beautiful office – my boyfriend and & I just moved in together, and I finally get my own office space as well šŸ™‚

    Could you tell me where you got the little “stamps” & “odds&ends” holders? Also, the containers with the chalkboard labels on them (like the one labeled flowers)? And that tiny little chalkboard on the desk, as well.

    Thanks so much for your help!

    • Kate says
      Posted July 19, 2012

      They came from Kirklands!

  64. debbies says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    I’ve just discovered your blog & really enjoy it! I, too, would like to know where the containers holding stamps/ribbon are from?

  65. Anonymous says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Yes, love this. Would love to know the paint color you used on your desk and if it is spray paint or regular paint.

    Love the wall color. Wish that people you buy a house from would be sure to leave behind the leftover paint in the garage and that it would be labeled with the brand and color. There is always a need for touch up paint!!

  66. Posted July 19, 2012

    I absolutely love this! And, I just bought that rug a few weeks ago. It does tend to curl, but I promise it’ll lay flat very soon. Congrats on the gorgeous office…hope you don’t mind me tweeting about it.

    lawmoda.blogspot.com

  67. Posted July 19, 2012

    I really love the framed chalk board – I sense a DIY project coming on…

    Sarah
    http://acatlikecuriosity.blogspot.co.uk

  68. Posted July 19, 2012

    ooo… really luv it!
    jennimystyle.blogspot.com

  69. sarahg says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    I have that same rug and have the same problem! I thought it was just me but now I know it’s the rug. Oh well, even if it never seems as completely flat, I still love it!

  70. Christina Brunk says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    I love your office, esepcially the hanging over your desk. It says Pier 1 – how long ago did you purchase it?

    • Kate says
      Posted July 19, 2012

      about 3 years ago

  71. Andrea says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    beautiful office space. love all the gray.

  72. Posted July 19, 2012

    I’m in desperate need of re-vamping my boring bedroom, I wish I had an eye for design like this!

  73. Posted July 19, 2012

    Looks like the ideal space to be creative. Thinking I need a space like that. Not thinking it’ll happen anytime soon. Oh well, enjoy your space for me!
    Jenny Leigh

    jennyleighsblog.blogspot.com
    Hair*Beauty*Inspiration

  74. Posted July 19, 2012

    I have that same IKEA rug! I love it too but I know what you mean about it not laying flat!

  75. Posted July 19, 2012

    Too cute!

  76. Anonymous says
    Posted July 20, 2012

    I would love to know where the white chairs are from! The one at the gray desk and in the corner. We’ve been looking for chairs like that for our kitchen table. Thanks!

  77. Pamela says
    Posted July 20, 2012

    oh my gosh, LOVE! Gorgeous! I have the same ‘odds & ends’ box! šŸ™‚

  78. Posted July 20, 2012

    Your office is amazing! It’s so serene and stylish. I’m jealous of you having the entire room. You’ve done a great job decorating and accessorizing it!

  79. Brenda says
    Posted July 20, 2012

    In relation to your rug grab a damp cloth like a face cloth and the iron – flip over your rug and get ironing (this will hopefully fix the problem). Your office looks great…..B:)

  80. Kate says
    Posted July 20, 2012

    How lovely! It looks like a space that would be easy to be inspired and productive in šŸ™‚

  81. Anonymous says
    Posted July 20, 2012

    Hi Kate! I was just wondering what color the walls are? I’m looking for the perfect color for our living room… and that sorta looks like what I’m looking for! I think šŸ˜‰
    I know you said you rent and the rooms were already painted, but just wondering if you knew what it was called!

    Thanks! xo

  82. Elyse says
    Posted July 20, 2012

    Hi Kate! I LOVE the 2 white wood chairs in the room! Can you tell me where those are from?

  83. Posted July 20, 2012

    Love having two tables and especially the round one for your computer! I can’t remember, did you paint the room too? What color is it?

  84. Posted July 20, 2012

    I love your round desk area with your desktop.

  85. Posted July 20, 2012

    You have such lovely office! I’m sure that i will be *just a little* more productive in a working space like that. šŸ˜‰

    Natasha
    http://picablocks.blogspot.com

  86. Anonymous says
    Posted July 20, 2012

    Great job!! I can’t get over how everything looks so well put together! And I thing I just found me some diy project for the weekend šŸ™‚ Love it all!

  87. Dana says
    Posted July 20, 2012

    I absolutely love it! I am so into Greys right now! I would die to have an office like this!

  88. Posted July 20, 2012

    Okay, you’re a girl after my own heart! LOVE the grey on grey. AND a pop of coral too! love it.

  89. Brittany says
    Posted July 20, 2012

    GIIIIMMMMMEEEEEEEE

  90. Posted July 20, 2012

    Wow, this looks great! Love it so much. Thanks for sharing!

  91. Anonymous says
    Posted July 20, 2012

    What an amazing office! I wish I knew how to decorate that well.

    -Claudia

  92. Posted July 20, 2012

    We too have the same rug from Ikea. We just laid the rug upside down for a couple of weeks and just walked on it like normal. Since we flipped it back over, the entire thing, corners included, have laid completely flat.
    Love, love your office decor!

  93. Posted July 20, 2012
  94. Posted July 20, 2012

    I love that you used the round table for your desk. Such a fun idea for the space you have.

  95. Anonymous says
    Posted July 20, 2012

    Very cute!!

  96. Cindy says
    Posted July 20, 2012

    I was going to ask you what the wall color you used is, but having read previous comments, I see that it was that color when you moved in!!! What a great color grey!!! I am planning on doing a girls nursery in the same color scheme as your office – grey and coral – so pretty šŸ™‚ P.S. your office looks amazing!!

  97. Jill says
    Posted July 21, 2012

    I DO adore your office (and your blog)…but I have a completely un-office related question! What computer program do you use to do the text/arrows on your pictures? I love it and can’t find anything similar.

  98. Lindsey says
    Posted July 24, 2012

    So cute!!! I am inspired!

  99. Posted July 24, 2012

    Hey Kate!
    I was wondering if you could explain how you did the tassle garland? I want to make one for my new (first!!!) apartment. šŸ™‚
    Thanks!

  100. Posted August 29, 2012

    The transformation is just perfect! And nice work in putting those lovely images with corresponding labels in place! šŸ™‚

  101. nomzam says
    Posted March 13, 2013

    Your office is so nice. Specially the furniture is handsome, You chose very decent things for your office and half credit goes to your mom too he gave you that grey stuffed animal lol

  102. Posted October 14, 2013

    I would love to have my own office at home. I liked the leather boxes and the round table. It gives you flexibility to move your chair and position it wherever you need.
    anyclean

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