Black & White Home Office

The Brunette One Home Office

Some may argue that a bright pink couch is statement enough for any room, I beg to differ. What better way to compliment a pink chaise then putting it up against a floral mural? Let me just show you the photographs of my recently made-over home office. The photographs, well, they speak  for themselves.

At the beginning of last summer I finally decided it was time to tackle my home office (I touched on it here and here). Knowing that I would soon be working remotely due to an office remodel, the pressure was on to turn a catch-all make-shift office into a fully functional, creative, and bright space.

I first heard of Walls Need Love during my time working with them for Go Blog Social. I’m all for making a bold statement in a room, especially with color. However; with a bright pink couch, color was something that wasn’t lacking. I decided to make the back wall and couch the focal point of the room.

First step, paint. I talked about my process for painting the trim in this post, and painted three of the four walls a bright white from Sherwin Williams. The last wall was a blank canvas, but not for long. In one afternoon, I was able to hang my removable wallpaper mural, with a little moral support from Lola. If I had to pick between painting and installing removable wallpaper, I’d pick the wallpaper anytime, any day. Check out the the entire install process on Instagram (and follow along with the hashtag #TBOxOffice!


Once I installed the wallpaper, the room instantly came together. In hopes of keeping the budget to the bare minimum for the room, I reused and repurposed the furniture in the space. I work for commercial interior design company and we sell Herman Miller furniture. I picked up a sit-to-stand desk at a tent sale my office had last summer and finally put it to good use! I currently keep my work computer set up at that desk, and keep my personal laptop on my original parson’s desk that I’ve had for years.


If you know me, you know I never shy a way from an opportunity to DIY. I’ve been sitting on two gold side tables we used at our wedding. I’d been itching to bring little bit of a rustic vibe to the room to break up the white, pink, and black. To recreate your own rustic side table, simply spray paint the base in matte black, I used Minwax Pecan to stain a wood round from Home Depot, and attached it to the surface using command strips.


The second DIY I tackled for the space was a collection of matte black vases. I ran to my local Goodwill and scoured the shelves for vases in varying shapes and sizes. Once again, using my go-to matte black spray paint, I gave each vase two or three coats and was able to add height and some dimension to the shelf.

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The rest of the space is sprinkled with vintage knick-knacks I inherited from my grandparents. My grandmother’s copy of Little Women and Nancy Drew, an old photograph of my grandparent’s when they were engaged, their vintage camera grace the shelves. I also refinished a slatted bench that my grandpa used to display antiques he sold at antique shows. There’s a story to just about everything in the space and that’s what I love about it, especially this type-writer Cody got me on our wedding day.


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Sources: gifted Walls Need Love Clara Mural | Herman Miller Sit-to-Stand Desk (similar) | Plastic Molded Side Chair (save)| IKEA Shelf | CB2 Vase | Target Wicker Baskets | Target Tufted Chaise | Vintage Coffee Table (similar) | Parsons Desk (West Elm Version) | Vintage Ghost Chair (similar) | Faux Fur Rug (similar) | IKEA Fur Rug | Target Pillows | Urban Outfitters Sconces | simlar Target Lamps | Etsy Wood Shelves | World Market Candle Holders | Amazon Letterboard (under $40!)

Photography by Cassandra Monroe

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