In early July, just two weeks after I gave birth, I had the opportunity to turn Angelo’s office into my own office as he moved his office downstairs. As a reminder, my old office turned into a nursery, which was always the plan when we bought our house.
“I just had a baby and should keep things simple. Fresh paint, a rug, and a desk will do” is what I told myself and my newfound therapist whom I frantically hunted for on Psychology Today during the early postpartum whirlwind.
But in the spirit of spiraling, I found myself dreaming & scheming during nap times and 3 am feeds. I did not sleep when the baby slept. My “me” time was instead spent pondering rugs and wallpaper and desk configurations. The “what if…” ideas crept in during those isolated moments as a new mom where I longed to feel like myself again.
Now, more than 7 months postpartum and after hemming and hawing over every single detail, this layered, pattern-filled, Grandmillennialial -esque room contains far more than fresh paint, a rug, and a desk; and I’m excited to share it with you today.
With my last office, I put a few thousand miles on my car while traveling around the tri-state area to pick up secondhand furniture and decor from strangers. But since having a baby, the convenience of secondhand items being delivered and shipped to me is more appealing than ever. My goal of sourcing at least half of the pieces secondhand was accomplished, and I’ll share a list of everything I sourced (plus pricing) in addition to all of the wonderful brands I had the pleasure of partnering with at the end of this post.
Let’s dive in, shall we?!
When we bought our home…
While it was Angelo’s office…
Let’s talk details
You know that fresh & exciting feeling you get when you’ve just painted a room and you’re swooning over the color? That feeling is significantly amplified with newly installed wallpaper that you’ve dreamt about for years.
The walls are covered in my dream wallpaper, Sister Parish Dolly, and each time I open the door feels more magical than the next.
A quintessential feminine pattern that’s both classic and fresh, Dolly turned the previously black walls into a garden-chic jewel box.
The ceiling color is Farrow and Ball White Tie (one of my favorite creamy whites), which matches the white background in Dolly. The green paint color on the trim and doors is Farrow and Ball Yeabridge Green semi-gloss lightened by 50% (color matched at my local Benjamin Moore).
Angelo installed Metrie crown throughout while my contractor installed new doors and casing.
Can you spot the switch?
While I had the wallpaper professionally installed, I DIY wallpapered the switchplate, outlet covers, and vent, and the way they disappear into the wall makes me giddy.
The old, drafty windows were replaced and new Metrie window casing was installed by my contractor. I’m always blown away by what a difference new windows make (even if they’re builder-grade).
A friend found 11 yards of Sister Parish Dolly Flower fabric at a secondhand discount fabric store and shipped to me, which I had made into drapes.
I was worried the floral on floral would be too loud, but now that everything is installed, I actually think the layered pattern gently moves your eye around the room.
The desk chair, corner chair, and footstool are all Facebook Marketplace finds that were reupholstered.
The desk chair was painted white and recovered in this STUNNING Kravet performance fabric by Christine of Nouvelle Vie. Seriously, I love this shade of green velvet so much that I now want to recover a sofa in it. And did I mention it’s performance?!
It’s no secret that Althea sparks a great amount of joy for me, so I was ecstatic when Christine brought my dream chair to life. There’s something about a roll arm and ruffle that’s so laid back and cozy!
I made over the tiny antique English foot stool myself with some leftover Althea fabric – you can find the process in my “2: OFFICE” IG story highlight.
While I was browsing FB MP in San Francisco, I found this VC Soleil flush mount and knew it’d be perfect for this space – I thought the sun could be the ultimate nod to the floral theme. The seller was willing to ship it and to my surprise, it arrived in one piece *and* turned on after install.
The floor lamp was an open box eBay find and the Fermoie shade is really the cherry on top. A good shade will make any lamp base shine.
The experience I had with the Hwang Bishop team was incredible every step of the way. They really created my dream lamp!
The chic Annie Selke hand-woven sand jute rug is a lovely contrast to the curves in Dolly and provides an extra layer of warm texture while also making the room feel cozy. It feels softer underfoot than other jute rugs I’ve owned, too.
THE ART & DECOR
Each piece of mini cursive art in the symmetrical gallery wall was made by Liz of Pretty Your Room and framed by Framebridge. The 16″x16′ Georgetown frames do a great job of breaking up the wallpaper pattern and filling visual space without taking up square footage.
I love how the horizontal cursive lines in the art create tension with the vertical lines in the wallpaper.
The Carver’s Guild mirror was an auction find from Virginia that I had picked up and delivered via uShip.
My Papier Fleurs will be filling desk and chest space once my plants inevitably kick the bucket LOL.
When Angelo was like three weeks old, I found my dream Louis XVI desk on FB MP and the thought of driving anywhere farther than 5 minutes away at the time made me so anxious. Luckily, the seller was willing to deliver it to me for an extra fee.
While I tried different layout configurations, floating the desk in the center of the room was definitely the right choice and also good feng shui.
This cheap, simple DIY pinboard tutorial can be found here. The Made Goods burl chest was a FB MP find from a Hamptons Designer Showhouse and I had it delivered to me via uShip!
I replaced the knobs with my favorite Emtek unlacquered brass Providence knobs (also seen in our bathroom). The door knobs are also Emtek.
The view into our bedroom!
- Flush mount: $250 shipping $80 // retail $819
- Desk: $420 + $140 for delivery
- Made Goods Burl chest: $1,400 + $195 uShip delivery // retail $4,000
- Carver’s Guild Bow Top Dressing Mirror: $360 + $150 uShip delivery // retail $2,670
- Antique foot stool: $60 (local pickup)
- Hickory chair: $150 (local pickup)
- Desk chair: $25 (local pickup)
- Lamp Base: $200 open box eBay // retail $400
- Dolly Flower drapery fabric: $35 yd (needed 11 yds needed for drapes // retail $197 yd
- Side table: $40 (has been in every room because it’s perfect wherever it goes) // similar sell at auction for $1,400+
SHOP THIS ROOM
Click an item directly (not all are clickable) or use the links below to shop
DOLLY WALLPAPER // RUG // WICKER URN + PEDESTAL // TABLE LAMP // MADE GOODS BURL CHEST // DOLLY FLOWER FABRIC // LUCITE ROD // END TABLE // DOLLY FLOWER FABRIC // GALLERY WALL FRAMES // SCALLOPED FRAME// LEE JOFA ALTHEA CITRON LINEN // TOPIARY BERGS POT // ROSES BERGS POT // SOLEIL FLUSH MOUNT // DESK (SIMILAR) // MIRROR // MYRTLE TOPIARY // DESK CHAIR FABRIC // FOOT STOOL (SIMILAR) // FLOOR LAMP // FLOOR LAMP SHADE // PAPIER FLEURS // BAMBOO BLINDS