Looking for ideas and inspiration for Home Office Design? Our modern farmhouse just got a makeover! Up first: a Chic, Industrial Office Reveal with tons of rustic, cozy details perfect for women who work from home.
Heyyyyo! We're doing something a little different on Root + Revel today: an interior design post.
Some of you may remember that we moved into a modern farmhouse last October and ever since we've been hard at work decorating, gardening, moving furniture around, repainting, you name it.
Having a baby on the way definitely gave me a big push to get everything done before he arrives–plus, I've been nesting like nobody's business.
So how exactly does an interior design post fit in with Root + Revel, a wellness blog? Well, for starters: the very definition of holistic health is the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.
I truly believe that health isn’t just about how many calories we consume or how many minutes we spend on the treadmill; rather true and lasting wellness is understanding ALL of the parts or our health as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
And the psychology of design and creating a safe, comfy, happy place to call home has been proven to boost mood, reduce stress, provide peace of mind and increase our overall sense of wellbeing.
Plus, we always tie in eco-friendly materials and natural elements in our design, which provide their own health benefits. Take living plants, flowers and greenery, for example, which purify the air, improve concentration and productivity, and boost happiness as the result of bringing nature indoors.
Or smart technology, which cuts utility costs and reduces energy usage.
And if that weren't enough–we've been upping the amount of home-related posts we're sharing lately. Because R+R is a site connecting people to the resources they need to create a safe, beautiful home, full of memories and traditions, sans toxic chemicals and harmful products. It’s a site bursting with advice for people ready to celebrate life, nourishing our bodies and our souls along the way.
Alright, enough with the justification. At the end of the day, I just love to share my personal experiences with you guys, what's happening in my life and what I'm passionate about, busy with, working on, etc. And at this moment in time, it's my house.
Specifically my new office design. Because honestly, look how pretty?!
First, let's check out this before photo:
And now the after:
How could I not share this with you guys?
My home office is where the “magic happens”. It's where I write 99% of my posts for Root + Revel (when I'm not writing from our front porch), it's where I respond to hundreds of emails from my readers, partners and team every day, it's where I research the crap out of everything food and wellness related.
And now, with this new makeover, it's truly my happy place. It really is amazing how much we are impacted by our physical space.
So come on in, take a look around, curl up on my new cozy chaise (just push the two sleeping cats out of the way, they won't mind!) and let's do this thing.
Welcome to my Home Office!
Chic Modern Industrial Office Reveal
My home office design scheme is a bit more modern and feminine than the rest of the house–hey, it's the only space that's just mine, right?!–though it definitely melts into the rest of our home's style, which I'd describe as midcentury modern farmhouse meets California cool meets rustic industrial country living..haha, how's that for a mouthful?
When we first moved into the house, the entire space (I'm talking every last wall) was painted a soft gray. Not offensive by any stretch, but totally bland and way too matchy-matchy.
I thought about adding some textured elements to the walls of my office–how cool would exposed brick look?–but ultimately decided to do something a bit moodier. We painted the space a deep navy (Benjamin Moore Washington Blue) with white trim and accents (like our sliding barn door) in Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace.
I'll be honest–I was scared it would feel like a dark dungeon in here, but it's the exact opposite. I love the moody feel, and we still get plenty of natural light, so it never feels too dark.
I love the way muted, dusty pinks and oranges look with navy, so when I found this tribal rug at Rejuvenation, I knew it would be perfect.
To offset all the bold colors, we went with white and natural wood furniture with brass accents. I was so stoked to find this modern Rattan-style storage cabinet at Crate + Barrel. I knew I wanted closed storage since the baker's rack provided plenty of open shelving–and even better, the plantation-grown teak is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a nonprofit organization that encourages responsible management of the world's forests.
Clearly, you can see I've loaded up the space with plenty of plants–I can't tell you how inspiring and refreshing it feels to work in a space teeming with life.
Perhaps my favorite area in my home office is the chaise–it's the perfect place to curl up with a book, watch B-School videos on my iPad, or just respond to emails when I'm tired of sitting at my desk. So stinking cozy, especially with the softest blanket ever draped over you.
Clearly the cats love it too!
Home Office Design: Cost
I do want to take a second to talk about cost. I'm a firm believer in splurging on certain pieces (usually those that are large furniture items and/or something you want to last a lifetime) and saving on accessories (you'll see most of my pillows, planters, lamps, etc. come from Target and Home Goods).
I'm also super fortunate in that my mother is an interior designer and so I usually get at least 20% off retail stores, like West Elm and Crate and Barrel, and am able to purchase furniture from trade-only showrooms, like my favorite Four Hands, at wholesale cost. This adds up BIG TIME!
Another way I'm able to save–I buy discounted gift cards and always use coupon codes. Whenever I have a purchase over $100, I go to sites like Cardpool.com and Raise.com and am able to save an additional 5-20% on my purchase, even after applying coupon codes.
To get the best promo codes and cash back savings or frequent flier points, I almost never shop without using Retailmenot.com, Ebates.com, Joinhoney.com, CouponCabin.com, EVReward.com or ChaseUltimateRewards.com. I love using the Chrome extensions these companies offer, so that coupon codes are automatically applied at checkout.
Home Office Design Source List
- Desk: Four Hands Tucker Desk
- Desk Lamp: Target Geneva Glass Globe with Marble Base Brass Task Lamp
- Desk Chair: West Elm Bentwood Office Chair (no longer available; similar)
- Sheepskin Throw: WaySoft Eco-Friendly Sheepskin
- Rug: Rejuvenation Skyline Flat Weave
- Storage Cabinet: Crate & Barrel Blake Grey Wash 2-Door Cabinet
- Chaise: West Elm Bliss Down-Filled Chaise in Twill Stone
- Throw: Target Faux Fur Throw
- Throw Pillows: Target Texture Color Block Lumbar Pillow and Society6 Kilim Throw Pillow
- Drink Table: Alder & Tweed Stanton Accent Table
- Filing Cabinets: Home Decorator's Parsons Filing Cabinet (no longer in stock; similar)
- Gold Mirror: Anthropologie Hoop Mirror
- Map Prints: Vintage Paris Map (the frames are custom from ArttoFrames.com)
- Wine Art: De Long's Wine Grape Varietal Table
- Baker's Rack Bookshelf: Restoration Hardware
- Black Planters: Target Stoneware Basic Planter (the plants are White Peace Lily from Pikes)
- Faux Greenery: TJ Maxx/Home Goods
- White Laquer Tray: West Elm High Gloss Square Tray
- Gold Scissors: Fatima Tailor Scissors
- Gold Stapler: Russell+Hazel Acrylic Stapler
- Gold Tape Dispenser: Russell+Hazel Acrylic Tape Dispenser
- Gold Mousepad: Qcute Aluminum Mouse Pad
- Trash Can: Target Wood Trash Can
- Basket Planter: Target Braided Basket (the plant is amate schefflera from Pikes)
- Cement Planter: Mcgee & Co Cement Pot
- Gold Pinecone Votive: DwellStudio (no longer available)
- Gold Wreath Accent: McGee & Co Olea Wreath
- Gold Leaf Accent: Arteriors Hyde Sculpture
- Canvas + Gold Storage Boxes: Nate Berkus Canvas Nesting Boxes (no longer available)
- Speaker: Sonos Play3
- Birch Candles: Terrain Fallen Birch Branch Votive Set
- Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Washington Blue