Home Office REVEAL!

Good morning, you guys! I am so so so excited to reveal my HOME OFFICE today. This is a long post, so make sure you’re in a comfy chair, grab your coffee and prepare to hang out a little bit this morning. First, I’d like to introduce you to one of my very best friends and also one of the most talented interior designers I know, Kelsey Hymel of Kelsey Lee Interiors!

I am so lucky because Kelsey is one of my childhood best friends and also happens to be an incredibly talented interior designer based out of Raleigh. Although I can style an outfit all day long, I am not very confident when it comes to interiors. When I decided to turn one of our spare bedrooms into an office space, I knew I needed professional help – and Kelsey was the perfect person for the job! (Fun fact about us: we have been best friends since the third grade and were both in each other’s weddings! I remember going over to Kelsey’s house in the third grade and thinking that her bedroom was the cutest bedroom I’d ever seen – she had a knack for decorating all the way back then hahah!)

I don’t think words can even describe how in love I am with my office space. Before we started this process, I told Kelsey I wanted my office to look like me, but “grown up.” I wanted a sophisticated look, but still wanted the room to feel cozy and comfortable and be completely functional. Not only did it turn out better than I could ever have imagined, but let me tell you guys – having a designer makes the entire process of decorating a room virtually stress-free. Kelsey handled all of the little details that would normally stress me out. For example, the office door was a big project, and Kelsey handled it all, from finding someone to make the door, then a separate contractor to paint and install it. She even came to my house the day the contractor came to make sure everything was done correctly, all I did was say “hello!” and she took care of the rest. So not only am I head over heels in love with the space, but having Kelsey design the room made my life 100,000 times easier.

Without further ado, here is the big reveal!

I’ll let Kelsey take it from here and tell you guys about the process!

We started with the main items first – desk, rug & seating. Caitlin already had the white open shelves, so I wanted a desk with a good bit of weight to ground the space in the center of the room. We used a vendor who builds only custom pieces, all made in the USA. It was a long lead time, but so worth it! The design is actually for a dining table, so we scaled it down to a size that fits the room, but still gives Caitlin plenty of surface space to work.

Custom desk, starting at $4,240. Desk chair, starting at $1,500.
Shagreen & acrylic boxes, set of 2: $495.
Loveseat, starting at $2,700. Pillows, custom.
Rug, starting at $1,610.

Caitlin loves neutrals, so we knew we would use only solids on the upholstery. A creamy white on the desk chair contrasts beautifully with the dark gray stain we selected for the desk. We went with the softest light blue on the loveseat, which we both knew had to be a velvet when we landed on that Louis XVI frame.

Acrylic chair, $830. Marble bowl, $370.

Minimizing cords and equipment is always an issue in an office. Caitlin made it easy on me – no printer required in here and a cordless keyboard and mouse! The only cord we had to work around was her monitor cord. With my furniture vendor, we were able to add a grommet hole to the surface of the desk exactly where we specified, as well as a power strip mounted underneath the top. The monitor cord plugs into the power strip, and that power cord runs through a leg of the desk and comes out at the base. We actually cut a small hole in the *brand new* rug, so that the cord runs underneath the rug to the wall outlet and is seen as little as possible!

The acrylic guest chair takes up almost no visual space, and on casters it is so easy to pull up for a second pair of eyes on the monitor. We needed a tall mirror in one corner, and I knew I wanted a tree in another, so in came the massive 7’ tall mirror and coincidentally, 7’ tall fiddle-leaf-fig on either side of the windows!

Crystal chandelier, starting at $1,540.
Bird & flowers artwork, starting at $475 per piece.

Our next layer was the most time-consuming. This room is a bedroom on the second floor of the house, and I wanted it to feel like a real office for Caitlin, not just a bedroom she was using an office. To set it apart, we had the bedroom door replaced with a French door painted a soft blue-green and installed with heavy brass hardware. We also took down the ceiling fan and had a large crystal chandelier installed in its place, which immediately elevated the space. In the adjoining bathroom, we replaced the fan/light combo with a gold flush-mount fixture.

I think the artwork over the loveseat was one of the easiest decisions for us – we saw the paintings in person and bought them the same day. They had all the colors in our palette, almost as if they had been our starting point!

Next we added the marble side table and raffia stool, the clothing rack, a new shower curtain and our first round of accessories.

Raffia ottoman, $395.

Using accessories from a variety of places is so important for a good look on bookshelves where you have lots of items in close proximity. You don’t want everything old or everything new, and you should feel freedom to span a huge price range. A few of the accessories here are from high-end vendors, but most are a mix from HomeGoods, West Elm, Hobby Lobby and Target. The snow leopard, sea-foam ginger jar, Roman bust and brass “@” are from Raleigh consignment shops, and the stacks of used books came from local bookstores on a couple of my trips this year.

Art: “Woman Walking in an Exotic Forest,” Rousseau.

We made a couple more changes in the bathroom, switching out the existing mirror for a gold framed one, updating the hardware on the vanity and hanging the Rousseau print over the toilet.

In this final layer we also added some essential personal touches. We had a photo Caitlin’s brother took on a trip to Telluride printed on a large canvas, framed some wedding photos of Caitlin & Chris, and of course included a picture of Winnie! We added the matte white floor lamp in the corner for a bit more height and the snake plant because it’s a live plant Caitlin can’t kill 🙂

White floor lamp, $600.

We started working on this room in the fall of 2018 and it’s now summer of 2019, so it’s been almost a full year. What is so great about working slowly is that you have the chance to weigh your options and make the best choices for the space. Clients often want an entire room completed at once, even down to the accessories. It can certainly be done, but I so prefer the gradual, layered approach. It allowed us to come back and thoughtfully fill in holes when we weren’t burned out. For example, Caitlin found the cool acrylic calendar, but we weren’t quite sure where we would use it. The wall space next to the door was empty, so the floating calendar needed something to visually anchor it here. A skirted table did the trick and is a delightful view from the hallway through the glass door!

Custom table skirt: fabric, Kravet; trim, Stout. Door color: Niebla Azul SW 9137.

I wanted this room to feel like an escape from the rest of the house so Caitlin can fully focus on work when she is not traveling, and I think we accomplished that!

Marble side table, $830.

Several of the items seen in this post are available only to the trade, so we have listed starting prices in the captions above. If you are interested in ordering any of these pieces, please contact Kelsey! Some of these items may be available online through other sellers, but Kelsey can ensure you get a better price + coordinate shipping and handling to your home! Feel free to contact Kelsey for any information not listed in this post. Also, if you’re interested in having Kelsey design a room in your house, she has experience working with all budgets! 🙂

You can contact Kelsey at kelsey@kelseyleeinteriors.com or DM her on Instagram @kelseyleeinteriors – and tell her I sent you! xoxo

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27 Comments

  1. I love it!! It turned out so, so good! <3

    Blondie in the City

    6.20.19Reply
  2. Wooow, what a gorgeous room, this actually looks like my dream home office! Kelsey really is super talented, I am not really gifted in the interior design department haha, but this looks stunning. I love how overall the room looks clear and structured (as you said, you wanted it to be functional), but then the little details and most importantly that amazingly decorated bookshelf really add personality and a fun and creative perspective – so inspiring!
    Thank you for sharing this 🙂
    xx Janine
    https://walkinmysneaks.blogspot.com

    6.20.19Reply
  3. Kelsey did a stunning job with your office! It turned out so beautifully and so you!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    6.20.19Reply
    • Wow! I love the reveal Caitlin! This truly looks like your style, Kelsey did an incredible job!

      6.20.19Reply
  4. Sydney

    100% in love with this space! 💙 I’ve always wondered about your bookshelves. The pics on their link confuse me- did you order 2 or just 1? I see they can be split up but I’m not sure if that’s just one shelf or not. I hope this makes sense, lol!

    6.20.19Reply
  5. Karen R

    It is absolutely beautiful!

    6.20.19Reply
  6. Patty McDonald

    What is the paint color?? Love it!!!

    6.20.19Reply
  7. Christine Frankel

    Soooooooooooo Pretty! You never disappoint when it comes to your reveals!

    6.20.19Reply
  8. Cat

    LOVE 😍 the office and your super cute dress. Could you leave the link for it please. Thanks much

    6.20.19Reply
  9. Sarah

    Love it! So so cute! Just make sure Winnie doesn’t get into the snake plant. They are toxic to dogs.

    6.20.19Reply
  10. Carly

    Love this style! Need dress details!

    6.20.19Reply
  11. Your home office looks amazing! Every detail is beautiful. Kelsey definitely did an incredible job!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    6.20.19Reply
  12. Oh my goodness! I love your new office! The door makes the room so special…I think I’m going to copy for my office! Your bookshelves/files would be so perfect also in my office. They’re a little out of my price range, but I know what to search for.

    6.20.19Reply
  13. Julie

    Beautiful office. Just an observation – the room divider from Horchow looks so much nicer in your office than it does on Horchow’s website. They should ask to post your photos!!!!

    6.20.19Reply
  14. Sharon Pittman

    It’s beautiful! Great job!

    6.20.19Reply
  15. I love how this turned out! So chic, professional, and feminine at the same time!

    6.20.19Reply
  16. Kelly

    As beautiful as it is, I could never spend $15,000 on one room so it can be hard to relate to your content sometimes :/

    6.20.19Reply
  17. Amanda

    Absolutely lovely!! Chic, comfy, sophisticated, welcoming: Caitlin, May God richly bless your work.
    Amanda Gibson

    6.20.19Reply
  18. Love every single detail of the room 🙂 It’s really gorgeous!
    http://www.aimforglam.com

    6.20.19Reply
  19. Barbara

    Where is the mirror from?

    6.21.19Reply
  20. Laura Leigh

    Looks so amazing! I love the color scheme – beautiful!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

    6.21.19Reply
  21. Tiffany

    Like such a DREAM office! as is the rest of your home though. LOVE it all! Amazing. Thank you for sharing with us. Your friend did an amazing job, just WOW!

    6.21.19Reply
  22. Your office turned out amazing! The door is so pretty. Can’t wait to see what you do next to your house!

    6.22.19Reply
  23. Ahhh! This is stunning!! Thanks for the inspo as always! ❤️🥰❤️

    6.22.19Reply
  24. Your home office is stunning- what a perfect place to get work done!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com 

    6.24.19Reply
  25. This room is absolutely gorgeous. I will be revisiting this post multiple times as I work on making my dream office too! #goals Thanks for sharing!

    6.26.19Reply