Finally sharing the reveal of my California home office with y’all!
Since we move so often, I’ve gotten to work with lots of different spaces to make them my own. Our house in San Diego has been the first one we bought (we were renting before), so it’s been a whole new ballgame being able to paint and actually change the character of the house.
We’ve done a LOT of work on this house — you can read about how we remodeled our fireplace HERE. More home update posts on this house to come, I promise!
When we moved into this home two years ago, my office was the first thing I tackled. Literally within days of moving in I drove on down to the Dunn Edwards paint store and started looking at paint samples.
I knew we were going to have the whole interior of the house painted in a *greige* color (a mix between grey + beige). We’ve always planned to sell this house after our time here is done so I wanted everything very crisp, clean, and neutral.
HOWEVER, since I was going to spend so much time in my home office I wanted it to have a little different vibe. I opted for a very light, pale pink/lilac color called Crystal Clear by Dunn Edwards.
On the walls it’s more greyish-lavender. I LOVE it. The color is not too saturated so it feels very calm and light. It also flows well into the hallway where we have Miner’s Dust by Dunn Edwards.
- In my previous offices I had my desk right up against the wall, and was actually facing the wall. For this office I wanted to face OUT (hence the angled desk). With the desk facing out I can watch the news on tv while I work, and soak up all the natural light coming in from the windows.
- I picked up a white faux fur rug from HomeGoods to make the space feel cozy.
- Per usual, I have my wedding dress on display (you can see our wedding photos HERE). My wedding gown is one of my most prized possessions — I couldn’t imagine stuffing it in a closet somewhere. You can easily recreate this vibe in your home — order a clothing rack, silk hangers, and roundup 5 or 6 pieces of clothing that have complimentary colors to your dress. THIS is the exact clothing rack I used.
- I found THESE curtain rods from Target that look like gold plated spears (how cool?!) and obvi had to have them in my office. I picked up the curtains from HomeGoods. Please don’t judge me for the “floating” curtains (meaning, they were hung too high up). Long story short, we originally used the curtain rods the old owners had, and when we switched out the new rods it made my curtains float off the ground too much. I didn’t want to drill more holes in the wall so I’m just living with it.
- I needed a filing cabin because our mound of paperwork for our cars + house + medical docs was getting to be just too much. In case you don’t know, filing cabinets can be soo expensive and so ugly. Ironically enough, they are extremely cheap to buy at a second hand store. I found this filing cabinet at the goodwill, and simply spray painted it white. It’s been almost 2 years now and it’s held up great.
- The bird cage was a decoration piece at my wedding — it held our cards. Now I use it to display my dried wedding bouquet.
- I purchased 2 Hearth & Hand metal storage boxes for momentos + cards. Love how they’re decorative but they also protect what’s inside!
- I love a good cork board situation. I wanted a BIG cork board behind my desk. But I found they were surprisingly expensive to order online. I drove down to Goodwill and miraculously they had like 20 of these large cork boards! I think they came from a school or something. I picked up two for about $1 a piece.
On one of the cork boards I have momentos and pictures. On the other cork board I have this incredible 1776 canvas flag (OBSESSED).
- The wall opposite of the windows was a massive space. I didn’t want a gallery wall, and I didn’t want a super large framed print. I was thinking a tapestry would be cool and cost efficient, but I couldn’t find any I liked….until I discovered Society 6.
They have *the coolest* art and designs, available in all kinds of products (tapestries, canvas prints, etc) all designed by incredibly talented artists. I ordered THIS badass babes club tapestry.
- Right before you enter my office I have a black and white map print of San Diego (c/o) — you can purchase it HERE. The company that makes these maps graciously sent me one when we moved here. I remember looking at the map as I was putting it in a frame just like…WAIT, I live here in San Diego now?! So surreal.
I know a lot of military families will do some kind of wall mural that shows all the different places they’ve lived — getting a map print out of each city would be a really cool way to show that!
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