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My Mini Office Makeover
July 21, 2016

La La Lovely Office Design

It’s been a while since I’ve made any updates in my home and I was itching for a bit of change. My little office space (which is in my bedroom) was starting to get cluttered and chaotic (see before picture at the end of the post) and so I chose that space for a little TLC. After all, this is where I spend time creating and I’m in need of some new inspiration.

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Truthfully, I’m not the greatest at making changes in my own home.  I’m your girl if you need advice for your home or project, but when it comes to making decisions about my own space I procrastinate, stall and just skip out.  I’m a little afraid of making changes. It kind of always takes someone or something to push me.

And this time…it started with a chair.

Mini Office Makeover | La la Lovely

Well, actually with a pain in my hip/back and not being able to sit or stay in one place for long. After sitting with towels, taped and rolled, behind my back on my hard plastic chair for too long I decided I needed a nice desk chair.  I got to looking and found this beauty from Laura Davidson.  It was everything I was looking for design wise (remember this is in my bedroom so I really wanted it to be pretty), it’s affordable (ps- it’s on major sale right now) and it is comfortable.

Next I knew I wanted to switch out my huge white inspiration board for big beautiful art. I’d been eyeing a lot of beautiful pieces over on Minted (I was so happy with this piece in my family room) and I was sure that I wanted something to remind of the southwest, which is a very special place to me.

I decided on a beautiful piece called Blue Cactus by Wilder California that reminds me of Tucson and family and babies and best friends and laughter and memories that color my mind on dreary days.

The other piece I chose is tiny bold print of parenthesis, called Glyphs | Slab by Jack Knoebber, which reminds me to write, every day. Words are where, many times, I feel found and words are what I want to share with others.

Mini Office Makeover | La La Lovely

La La Lovely Office Design

Paint is always a pick me up so why not?

I couldn’t paint my entire bedroom, which I would love to do.  And, yes you probably already know what color I would go for — WHITE. But working with what I have I decided to add a little pink.  I showed my husband the color on the swatch several times and he said sure whatever. When I started painting, he was like, “Why are you painting pink in our room?….I hope there is going to be a deer head over that paint!” I guess he should pay better attention (ha).

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I went with Benjamin Moore (color listed below) and decided I wanted to do this crazy thing where you don’t tape and you leave uneven roller marks instead of a clean line (like this). Admittedly, this design would likely look best up against a white background. Personally, I don’t mind the uneven line. I love imperfection and creating spaces that make others think out of the box when it comes to design.

La La Lovely Office Update

La La Lovely Office Design

La La Lovely Office Design

La La Lovely Office Design

La La Lovely Office Design

So this is my mini office makeover, lovelies. Where I sit to pen and publish. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I hope it inspires you, like it is inspiring me.

SOURCES /

CHAIR / Soho Soft Pad Management Chair in White by Laura Davidson Direct  ART / Blue Cactus by Wilder California, Glyphs | Slab by Jack Knoebber both for Minted Art  PAINT / Precocious in Regal Select (zero-VOC) by Benjamin Moore. Remainder of the room is Moccasin also by Benjamin Moore. LAMP / Ikea DESK / West Elm PILLOW / H&M (similar).

You can see more of my house here and a full home tour right here!

PS- Here is the before.  It’s amazing what a few simple changes can do to brighten up a space.

La La Lovely Office Before
And a few other cactus art pieces that I’m la la loving /

8 Comments

commented on July 21st 2016 at 11:32am

Hi Trina! Love your little office makeover, especially the art you chose. A question about the chair – I sit in a pretty generic cheap cloth office chair, but am looking for a pretty one to replace it and have lower back and hip pain. I know you were using a plastic chair before, but how do you find the comfort and support of the new chair? Do you think it would be supportive enough for someone with chronic lower back pain?
Thanks!

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replied on July 21st, 2016 at 2:39pm

Hi Erin, Thank you so much! I’m finding a big difference after switching from my plastic chair. I had also bought a seat cushion to use on my plastic chair which didn’t make a huge difference. This chair has been exceptionally more comfortable. I find it makes me to have better sitting posture. Just learning to sit straight and bring the computer closer to me, so I’m not leaning forward and hovering over my desk, has made a huge difference. I just added the pillow for the photo but found I kind of like it for a little extra support. For me, no matter what chair I sit in I can’t sit too long. I have to take breaks, talk a walk, stretch, do some standing work. It’s tough for days when I need to sit and write and plug away on the computer, but at least for this season (until my hip and back heal) it’s what I have to do. I know everyone’s body and pain is unique so I can’t make promises, but I have been very happy with my chair and the comfort of it. I’ve ordered many other furniture pieces online that have been less than stellar and this chair is excellent quality. And the price point is fabulous. Hope this helps! xo . Trina

commented on July 23rd 2016 at 8:11am

Hi Trina!
I have been reading your blog for a while, and have found lots of great inspiration through it. I actually got the Le tattoo that you had posted on your blog a while ago, but I really love the tattoo on your arm. Could you please tell me what it says.
Hope you have a wonderful rest of your summer!
Kindly,
Kourtney

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replied on July 25th, 2016 at 7:38am

Hi Kourtney! No way!!!!! I love that you got the “Le” tattoo. My tattoo says, “bien aimé” which means “beloved” in French. I’ll have to share about it in the near future. I never in a million years thought I’d go through with getting a tattoo, but I did and I’m really happy with it. Thank you reading! Have a lovely week! xo . t

commented on July 24th 2016 at 11:29am

Seriously, how much more beautiful can get this get?! I am a huge fan of that color on the walls too. My office has been on hiatus for quite some time…quickly collecting dust. Love that paint idea of splitting it up.

Chiara
chiaramarie.com/blog

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replied on July 25th, 2016 at 7:36am

Thank you so much, Chiara. It felt really good to just take the plunge and add a little paint. I finally convinced myself it’s not a big deal…it’s only paint if I’m not happy with the change…. but I’m super happy with it. xo .t

commented on July 24th 2016 at 6:47pm

love the pink- you have such a good eye

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replied on July 25th, 2016 at 7:34am

Thank you! xo . t