I am not so great when it comes to decorating. Definitely not a strength. So I have been relying on things like Houzz, HGTV, Apartment Therapy, Young House Love, etc. for inspiration. Nonetheless, I still struggle with it. Sooooo.....would love some advice.
The home is brand new, but it was no a custom home. Just your average, run-of-the-mill tract home. 3/2 with attached 2 car garage and covered patio. Smallish yard.
As with most tract homes, you get builder beige paint in a flat finish and some crap quality lighting fixtures, faucets, etc.
So my plan is to very slowly redo the paint and fixtures. I'm hoping to focus on one room at a time for budget purposes (I.e., not a huge budget). I'm also doing all new furniture except for the couch/chair in the living room. Hubby and I have moved quite a few times in the last 5-7 years and so we just had cheap furniture. I would like something a little more grown up and furniture that will hopefully last many years (I.e., solid wood as opposed to particle board, etc.).
I don't think I really have a "style" but have drunk the Pottery Barn/Crate & Barrel kool-aid. I don't like super modern styles, but not old country style either.
Anyhow....the first room I started is my office. It's technically a formal dining room, but we don't do dinner parties or anything and I needed a home office. The room is right at the front of the house with a bench window seat. It's right off the entry way of the house.
I wanted a punch of color, so I painted it teal and plan on using orange as my accent color. White and espresso colored furniture.
I'll see what I can find in terms of a before picture and a picture of the recent painting.
Anyhow....I just wanted to use this as a spot to toss out some questions about things I am thinking of purchasing, etc.
**Shoot...all the pics are on my laptop....so I'll do a follow-up post in a quick minute**
Is the room large enough to "float" the desk? Facing a window or door is typically more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. Also, then you wouldn't have to lean over the desk to use dry erase. The colors are hip right now, sort of a Moroccan vibe, I don't care for the damask chair w/ the colors, chevron would flow better IMO.
I think the colors are great, teal, white and dark brown. I have similar colors in one room but the teal is more grey. I printed and framed three photos I got from a friend for a bright spot on the wall (pic).
Perhaps you could have the desk floating like mentioned above, with one chair on each side? Or placed with one end at the wall?
Swanky and Elle - I understand what you mean about floating....but how to you plug things in? Cords would stretch across the room. Wouldn't that look funny? I've never understood that in blog photos....they never have cords! I have the laptop cord, plus the task lamp.
I'm also unsure where I would put a few things if the desk was in the middle of the room.
The room dimensions are up in the floor plan photo...but I think about 12x12....so not huge, but a decent size.
Or floating it in the same spot, but just away from the wall and having the chair facing the doorway? That might be more visually interesting....so you don't walk int the house and see the back of a chair. But still the same cord problems!
Unfortunately HGTV does not seem to be airing how-to programs as much as they used to. If you can catch a Sarah's House or Sarah 101 marathon, you'll get a lot of tips.
It's always a challenge. That's what makes it fun. You get better as you practice. Sometimes you have to try different things in the room (like the chair) until you get the perfect look. Don't be in a hurry, and save a couple of rooms for when you get really good at it.
BTW, I would have the desk and chair facing out the window, if there is a view. It's more about how you feel while you are working in the room.
Thanks Jess! I've watched a few of her shows and really liked them. I am thinking of maybe moving the desk so it faces the window, but is still against the wall. I'll move it around later today and post a pic :)
Y'all will have to pardon the mess of books, etc. as I am waiting for the bookcase to arrive (plus frames everywhere!).
Since you don't have any other pattern in the room, I think a chair in a beautiful fabric - maybe a geomtric print or abstract design - would be great - but I love patterns and textures. I would also go for more of an armchair or lounge chair than the Target chair which to me is more of a dining/office chair. Since the extra chair is not an "essential" it might be worth taking your time looking around at sales and online for an interesting chair in a great fabric.
Thanks Lori....those cord hiding options wouldn't work at this point :) so I'll just try to move things around and see how it looks. The other option would be to flip it around so the desk is facing out to the door....would only have to deal with the laptop and lamp cord.
I'd like to get the furniture placement finalized, so that way I know what to do with artwork, etc.
Sea - I'll try to post a few more pics of some chairs I was glancing at. I was hoping to spend a low amount on the extra chair, since it really is more of a decoration than something that will actually be used often. Any suggestions for online stores to look at? Or any pics of things you would like?
I am exhausted from my run and yardwork, but I will move things around today and post later :)