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20.9.07

office suggestions?

d*s reader mk has what i think is a pretty adorable office. but after seeing yesterday's pink and black office she wanted to see if you guys had any ideas for her to help jazz things up a bit. i think it would be fun to paint the walls, reupholster the chair and find a funky chandelier to add some flair. i'd love to see some of these pieces in the room (i'm still really into yellow right now), but what do you guys think? mk is all ears!

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Anonymous MK said...

Yay! How exciting! Can't wait to see what people say and what fab ideas they have! -MK

7:58 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I agree with you on your suggestions! My first impression is that this is a very lovely room; it is just a little too "neutral." Perhaps the walls need a more saturated color to add some oomph. Or the curtains could have more color to them...just something to give colorful punches throughout to break up the neutrality. I think the idea to reupholster the chair and add a chandelier are perfect ways to just that. I'd love an office like this, though!

8:14 AM  
Anonymous Raven said...

I agree with your suggestions. Maybe add a shaggy fabric on the pillow or small shag rug on the floor for some texture?

I'd also suggest wrapping her bulletin boards in pretty fabrics.

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say do the walls in the blue dot or paint them a nice shade of medium dark gray, paint all of your storage boxes, CPU holder and the frames of your ribbon boards the bright yellow. Reupholster the chair in the yellow or do a pillow on your chair in the yellow wood grain and get the DWR light. The draperies would be cool in a bright yellow as well. Yellow is a temporary color and may be too overwhelming on the walls or in huge doses and may make you not want to stay in your office for a long period of time. (if you need to work out of the office...may not be a good thing) So, I suggest not painting the walls a solid yellow...eventhough it might look cool.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about some of the more colorful doors for your effectiv units?

9:03 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

I disagree on the yellow... i think yellow on the walls is very liveable and lasting. I like greens in neutral natural shades (like the green?on the wall. Maybe one wall yellow and the other green and then a patterned fabric on the chair in purple or orange. And then use complimentary accents in the shelves or on the walls / pillows etc.

9:05 AM  
Blogger MK said...

Wow! Great ideas! Gotta soak it all in! If you need more pics of my office... they are on my blog- mk2weddings.blogspot.com

9:22 AM  
Anonymous des said...

um, how about hiring a design consultant or asking a designer for advice.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Meagan said...

i am loving gray and yellow together right now. definitely more a darker yellow like the hable bead fabric. i have that same paris chair from crate and barrel and had it custom upholstered in a fabulous chocolate brown/cream linen damask and its amazing! so the chair would really make the room. maybe the walls a gorgeous dove gray or light gray with yellow and black and charcoal gray?

9:52 AM  
Blogger the antibride said...

definitely colorful window treatments in some eye popping color!!! and a hanging lamp from the ceiling... good luck!

10:35 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Okay I had a good look at your other apartment photo's and you seem to like cools & neutrals. I don't think the yellow would be quite right in this room with the color of the desk (I've got the same one!) but perhaps a warm yellow green would look nice with some blue/aqua accents and some Dark brown or Dark Grey? I think the chandelier would be nice too and some graphic dots or wallpaper on one wall or bold patterned curtains would be a nice punch. Then you could pick that accent up in the chair with some decorative pillows that could also work with your lr. sofa since this room is open to the other? Good luck, you have a great eye and we all want to see what you do in the end!

10:38 AM  
Blogger GablesGirl said...

+ The print and color of your editing chair are fab! I would use that as an inspiration and jumping off point.
+ Wall in same color as chair or chocolate brown complement since it looks like you don't see much wallcolor and a chocolate wouldn't drag down the vibe but rather make the maple and the chair really pop?
+ Chandelier definitiely.
+ Unify the postboards into one long one that is the length of the desk.
+ Unify all storage boxes/magazine holder into one color or a neutral (white? gray?). You could paint or cover with fabric/paper. Or at least edit out the bright ones (I think there's an orange/blue set) and unify the magazine holders.
+ Could the opposite side of the room hold a bookcase that can handle the storage boxes so that you can edit out the shelves above you? I think seeing wall color around the desk and having room for a piece or two of artwork would really up the style quotient (I know it's hard to edit storage, though, I love having all my things around me!).
+ Change out the green pillow on the chair for another ... or maybe use that green more consistently (wall, window treats, etc) if it's a color you love?
GOOD LUCK!! REALLY FUN GREAT PIECES TO START WITH -- Post pics of what you do in the end. Molly

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm thinking where is the "pop" of color? Way to bland...can't get my creativity going there!

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I’d be careful with yelllow walls given the color of your cabinets. That yellow wood can look really off (blah) when paired with yellow . . . For fun, go with a warm pumpkin or for a darker blue with gray undertones. It looks like you chair fabric may have a bit of orange in there.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Courtney Baker said...

Could you try a wall color more like the "Uptown Office" from an earlier issue of Blueprint Magazine? :

http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=152e809dc732f010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&rsc=also_try_p3

Then maybe add a few more pops of color, like aqua, reds (like your "Make Art") card, and olives, linen curtains, and a fun rug? (Like FLOR tiles in poppy?) Oh, and maybe a pretty (big) Crate and Barrel lamp?

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Close up the storage boxes behind cabinet doors.
Reupholster the chair in a colorful pattern. Since the carpet is neutral, paint the walls something colorful like red or pumpkin. A patterned wallpaper may be fun on one wall. Definitely ditch the overhead light.

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the Ikea stuff you have, I think you could keep them natural and do something cool with the walls...you could paint a wide stripe or some design in a pop color above your desk, centered behind your postboards. It will add energy and something different then just painting everything one color. My sister and her husband did a great dimond pattern on one wall in their living room, very modern colors.
Everything on the shelves seems disconnected, keep some things there that are consistent and remove others. Add a rug, change the pillow! Have fun!

12:32 PM  
Blogger MK said...

Thanks everyone for all these great ideas. A few comments: I rent and am not allowed to change the lighting fixtures- in fact, there is a weird long tubed filament in the ceiling light which I couldn't replace anyways. Bummer. Let me know if you have thoughts on that.

I love the idea of a shaggy carpet and pillow- I really do lack texture in my office.

If I paint anything, it would have to just be the one single wall behind my desk- my office opens up into my living room, which is all the green you see, and I can't really change all of that. I can't do a red although I'd love to have a red wall... red + green = christmas. The chocolate brown and navy blue options sound good... going to look at paint chips tomorrow!

I'm going to hide away all my storage boxes that don't match and maybe this weekend get a bunch of matching ones so it all goes together.

I live in a 1 bedroom in DC so space is of the essence- I really can't give up an ounce of storage space for art. I'd love to, though!

Again, THANK YOU!!!

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you cannot have a Real Chandelier go for this : http://www.ugly-home.com/catalogue/product_info.php?products_id=536

( You might also do some colorful stickers for the cabinet doors maybe few different bright blocks of color(see fabric rec. for chair),easy to change.
And I think you should just keep the soft green color on the walls,its a nice and calm backdrop for the more colorful details.

Also, to add interest and texture-and
wonderful to get lost in when attention span is reached :) :
http://www.unicahome.com/p14687/artecnica/until-dawn-curtains-by-tord-boontje.html
In the Lime color.

And for the chair maybe some Fresh candy striped,
beach umbrella goodness:
http://www.housefabric.com/ProductDetail.asp?ProductID=16346

Good Luck !

>---little-miss-Norway---->

3:27 PM  
Anonymous diane witman said...

Do you think you could cover up/mask the light with a lamp shade? You could make a faux light fixture, how about paper? you could place it in a curvy way so that it looks modern and fluid and make sure it's a bold color!

I'm loving mint green with black and white right now. I don't know if this suits your taste since going from the current green on your walls to the mint green might not be enough of a drastic change.

Good luck!

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Raven said...

Yay! I'm glad you like the idea of the shaggy carpet & pillow. I have a shag rug in my living room from Target which is a lovely cranberry color and not expensive at all.

4:22 PM  
Anonymous charli said...

i have an idea for the chandelier... instead of changing the light, just attach a chandelier to it.

unscrew the ball, and set the globe aside. take a chandelier attachment like this one http://s7d2.scene7.com/is/image/UrbanOutfitters/12653796_00_d?$detailmain$
but remove/don't buy the light part. slip the circular chandelier ring on the light's central pole thing. use washers if you need to, then screw on the ball that held the globe. I did this in my apt hallway and it was oh so classy.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the far wall looks pretty cluttered. I would suggest getting some matching boxes or baskets to live on the top shelves. the chair is blending in, needs to be re-upholstered. it's a pretty big desk for the space, perhaps consider purchasing a smaller one with more character (to match the chair)

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Raven said...

I don't think that the chandelier actually needs to function to add some interest to the room. I have one over my window seat and it doesn't function, I love it all the same.

9:06 PM  

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