Oh my goodness, I have been so anxious to reveal my new home office! I am thrilled to show you my new work space. It’s dreamy isn’t it? Light, bright and perfect for creativity. Join me on the blog as I show you around and let you know every single detail including links to everything.
First of all, a HUGE thank you to Amy Berry Design for all her help with my blogger headquarters design. She is an amazing designer based in Dallas and just totally gets it. She’s a hometown girl – graduated from Highland Park High School and was a Highland Belle so I knew immediately that she would be perfect for me. I’m always the first one to tell anyone that home decorating and decor is not my thing. I don’t know shi$ from shinola and I’m happy to admit it. But I do know that I need to hire someone to help me and if you get a great decorator, it pays off in spades. Amy is that gal! Sharp, smart and she comes with a team of “get it done” staff members. You know how someone tells you that your sofa will be gone for 2-3 weeks while being recovered at the upholsterer? Amy’s vendors and sources are on warp speed. My sofa got picked up, recovered and was back in my home after 10 days. WOW!
Amy and I met and planned out this room conversion project. It is the former children’s playroom, teenager hangout, video game room and man cave. Once we became empty nesters it slowly became the room where all the junk went. I have a theory, if you have a room where all the crap can collect, guess what? You collect crap. We emptied it (donated/thew away tons of stuff), had my painter repainted it to this bright color and we started to plan. The only thing that remained in the room is the large Avanti wall unit that Pete has had forever. Even though I wanted to get rid of it, we made it work. Amy does an excellent job of space planning and I told her that I wanted to have a room that was all mine. And one where I could have someone join me for a meeting. My previous home office was the sitting room off the master bedroom. It’s a little hard to have someone join you for a meeting as you say “please follow me through my bedroom to my office”.
A few important notes about the selections and vendors I chose to work with on this project. Crypton Fabric: This is the fabric I used to recover my sofa. Even though I don’t have little kids at home any more, I have dogs. Crypton offers built-in stain repellent and soil release make cleaning easy so I was not worried at all about choosing this light fabric. It also has built-in odor resistance, enhanced abrasion resistance and its processed in the USA. Sparky and Max were used to laying on this sofa in my old office and I wanted to recover in a “pet friendly” fabric. It’s beautiful for guests to sit on whether they have two or four legs.
Gray Malin: I met Gray a while back at his book signing and got to interview him (blog post here). Again, he is a Dallas native and I love his amazing fine art photography. The hardest part was making a decision about what to feature in my new office. I’m going to cover that in a separate blog post next week but I’m linking you to both pieces below. I have this book but I’m anxious for his second one to come out. You can get ESCAPE here on presale. Be sure to check the site often because he runs specials all the time (free framing for example). A little birdie told me that there might be a Prade Marfa SALE from September 19-21…
Scout Design Studio: This is another local source in Dallas with fantastic furniture. Amy picked out my chairs from their Scout Label Exclusive Collection. They also have amazing things in their Vintage Collection. Shop at their beautiful location in the design district or online. Either way, you will find something you love!
But what happened to the sitting room once I moved my office out of there? I gave Amy Berry a second design challenge. I asked her to rearrange the room and make it functional without spending any money. You’ll see that in a separate blog post. In case you are wondering what my office looked like BEFORE we did this room conversion just scroll to the bottom of this blog post. HUGE difference right? I am thrilled with the results and highly recommend Amy. In fact we are working on a few more rooms right now. Stay tuned.
All sources and product links are referenced below. If I didn’t cite something it’s because I’ve had it for a while. Feel free to leave me a comment and ask questions. Do you like it?
Who’s ready to come over and meet with me in my new office? xoxo – Tanya
Photo: Mary Hafner
Desk: Mine, lacquered in Hermes orange by Amy Berry Design
Matching white chairs: Scout Design- Cary Chair in white velvet with black piping
Office chair behind desk: Scout Design Chapin Chair c/o (sold out) similar style here
Pillows on sofa are custom-made. Fabric: Bob Collins, Bamboo Grove in Hibiscus Pink
Coffee table (two end tables) – Wayfair
Brass floor lamps: old; similar here
Wallpaper in wet bar area: Y Not – Pushpop
Purse on desk: Officina del Poggio
Brass Hola : West Elm (on SALE!)
Thielo Gold Round Vases : Global Views
Natural Woven Waste Basket : Wayfair
Throw Blanket : Brahams Mount
Petite Brass and Lacquer Drink Table : Chairish
Three Section Server : Antique; similar here
Scalloped Vases : Suzanne Kasler
Rattan Tea Tray : Houzz
Light Fixture : Circa Lighting Hampton Chandelier in plaster white
Dog Bed : Custom Amy Berry Home Dog Bed (shop her site for lots of choices)
Clutch bag acrylic holder: Glamboxes
shop the post
This is the couch that was recovered in Crypton fabric.