Sometimes you’ve just gotta wait for the perfect piece to complete a space.
For my home office that I share with my PhD student husband, that piece was a mounted deer head. His name is Hector, he sits above my husband’s desk, and this room is definitely more interesting with a stoic deer face greeting me every time I turn around in my chair.
Anyway. Now that Hector has finally made his appearance (after a 22-hour car trek from Minnesota, no less!), on with the tour of my home office makeover. You may remember what the space looked like before. We transformed what was the home’s formal dining room into a dual (triple, if you count the little desk area we included for my toddler) workspace with a wall of built-in bookcases. It’s a dynamic mix of masculine and feminine, pattern and solids, neutrals and color.
It’s subtle, but the painted ceiling is one of my favorite parts of the room. With white walls and neutral curtains, we needed a little pop to keep the space from falling flat. The ceiling color is Sherwin Williams Rainwashed, a pretty blue-green with a lot of grey in it. It’s just a whisper of color, the perfect amount for a room with 8′ ceilings. If the ceilings were higher, I would’ve gone bolder and more jewel-toned – but for this space, a softer ceiling color allowed the room to stay bright and airy. The beadboard walls are painted in Sherwin Williams Downy, a creamy white that contrasts nicely with the crisp white trim and bookshelves.
The Lesley Myrick Art + Design half of the office is all about making space for creativity. The white built-ins, desk, filing cabinet, and pedestal table allows me a blank canvas for the colorful books, fabric swatches, and tear sheets that are always layered on top and within the shelves. There’s a ton of pattern making an appearance, but keeping it all in a neutral palette makes it chic, not crazy.
I designed the giant floor-to-ceiling bulletin board behind my desk to tack up swatches and inspiration for client projects. The space is always transforming depending on what I’m working on, and it’s nice to be able to clear everything off and give my senses a rest in between design sessions.
And OMG I’m totally psyched about the DIY built-ins. Gorgeous moldings from Metrie transformed stock bookshelves into something super custom. (I’ll be sharing a how-to post next week if you’re curious about how to do it.) You’ll notice my bookshelf styling is pretty relaxed – when you’re married to an academic, books come and go frequently, so it’s best not to get attached to a rigid book arrangement. Everyone’s got their own opinion about how to style shelves, but for me, it’s ALWAYS BOOKS BY COLOR.
Nate’s half of the office definitely has an industrial vibe with a masculine edge, which I dig. I love the contrast between our two halves of this shared space.
And of course, we had to make a workspace for our kiddo in the office too. He’s got his own desk, a surface for alphabet magnets, and a custom corkboard for displaying daycare arts and crafts. (How cute is that crooked little Texas flag he made? I die.)
Thanks for checking out my rad new home office. I’m grateful to create design awesomeness for my clients in here every day. If you’d like to see more of my home, check it out here.