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I am so excited to share a few photos of my home office with you! This is the space I spend the majority of my time in while I’m working. It is the best room in the house (in my opinion!), I think my husband would disagree! This room is technically supposed to be our formal dining room, but we have a nice breakfast room off of our kitchen so when we moved in, we decided I could use it as my office. It is so nice to be connected right to the kitchen and greatroom so that I can be working but still in the center of things. I love how bright and open this room is. I had all of the furniture when we moved into this house, but this room really came together when we did the baby shower shoot for Pottery Barn Kids in the space. We added the Pottery Barn chandeliers (one of my fave elements of the room) and ivory silk drapes before the shoot. This past summer I spotted the graphic black and white rug on Gilt and knew it would really finish the space. Along the way, I’ve added art and accessories from my happy place, HomeGoods. A few months ago, we used this space for our One Room, Three Ways for the Holidays for DIY Network and we had time to put the office back together and photographer, Jessica Downey got some great shots! I hope you like it….

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We have also used this room for this HGTV Halloween Party shoot and Kate’s Mermaid Birthday Party.


chandeliers/draperies :: pottery barn
black/white rug :: gilt groupe
paris chairs/lamps/art :: homegoods
art/accessories :: homegoods
ruffle pillows :: pier one
cake stands/notecards :: tomkat shop

Here is the room before we bought the house….


….and when we first moved in….

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January 8, 2013

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  1. Tina Dahl says:

    What do I love most, hmmmmm….that rug, the ruffle pillows, the artwork and chairs, the lighting…..but I do LOVE the white ruffled lamps sooooooo much! Just love your style Kim…please come help me decorate our house that is being built!!

    • Kim says:

      Thank you, Tina! I knew you would. 🙂 How is everything going with the house(s)?

      • Tina Dahl says:

        Slow going. We meet with the developer today to get the pool ideas, landscaping design and see the final floor plan and elevations, so hopefully we can break ground like yesterday! I am SO trying not to be a big baby about this, but it is so hard going from our large house to a small-ish rental for 6 month. Eye on the prize though…..all I can think of is sitting poolside with a cocktail and all this will be worth it! Just trying to keep myself busy planning the kid’s Mermaid/Pirate swim party that will be in April and yes, I will be emailing you soon to get the TomKat printables 🙂 And yes, I am a HUGE planner-in-advance…..I think it may be a sickness 🙂 I emailed Mandy yesterday so she could pencil me in for her fabulous cookies.

  2. Tina Dahl says:

    One question: are all your walls painted Dunn Edwards’ Baked Potato?

  3. Love this!! What an inspiring place to get to work each day!

  4. Cindy says:

    Glamorous! Can you share where you have all your storage. Your desk looks so clean. For example where are all your books, craft supplies, bills to pay? I am trying to get ideas for my office.

  5. Everything is so beautiful & lady-like – I love it!!!!

  6. Alicia Torrero says:


  7. Mary Ann Majerski says:

    I love all of your pictures. You definitely have a talent for decorating. A Vision of what ….could be….. in a blank room. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Alexis Campbell says:

    I’m dying! I need THIS ofice! Can you come to Florida and do this in my house please =)

  9. This is amazing. I can’t breathe. Really. You did an amazing job. Those pillows are tah-die for!!!!

  10. Tracy Guth says:

    Fabulous room! I really like the contrast between the windows and the walls. Did you purchase shutters and then have the windows trimmed out to match or did you purchase the entire unit as one? If so, who is the manufacturer and what is name of the color? I love that look. Thanks!

    • Kim says:

      Thank you, Tracy! We just added the shutters when we moved in. It was a local company here in Phoenix and they have them made overseas, I believe. They offer the framed style, which I love!

  11. Mindy says:

    I loved it before I saw the “before”. But then, wow! What a transformation! The little details do count!

  12. Valerie Painter {Greyson Design} says:

    Kim! Looks stunning and love the high ceilings and all the light 🙂 This is a random, wierd question 🙂 but where are you hiding all your cords from your desktop computer on the white table? Not sure if you know something I don’t know 🙂

    • Kim says:

      That’s called photo styling….;) I normally have my laptop on the desk, which plugs into the monitor, but I moved for photos!

      • Sooooooobeautiful! I would never want to mess it up. I was wondering the same thing about cords (and printer). I have used clear ties to tie my cords around my desk legs so it wasn’t so unsightly. Still looking for a perfect way to have beauty & functionality! Thanks so much for sharing!! I love seeing other home offices and craft rooms! You are always an inspiration, Kim. 🙂

  13. Beth Brevik says:

    SO GORGEOUS. I wish I had a retreat like this in my own home! Would you mind sharing where you found your beautiful white hutch? I have been searching for one just like it forever. Thanks!

  14. I just keep looking and gawking at your room. Where did you get the great cream office chair on casters? I’ve been looking for the right combination of office function but soft & pretty.

  15. Debra says:

    I LOVE the room! Your talent for anything creative is amazing, and a talent I wish I had 😉 ! Where did you get the white desk chair?

  16. Wendy says:

    Please don’t tell me it looks so neat all the time… Just kidding! This is lovely Kim, you are one lucky gal!

  17. Wow!! I LOVE it!! But please tell me it’s not always that clean!! 🙂

  18. Andrea says:

    Everything is so beautiful! Just as it should be! what a great creative space!

  19. no wonder you create such fabulousness! look at your environment. GORGeous, kim!

  20. Tara says:

    Your office space is gorgeous!!! I love the colors you used. We are remodeling and [hopefully] very soon I will be picking out things for my new space. Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. I love it! The rug really anchors the room and balances all the soft feminine touches. BEAUTIFUL! xo

  22. Gorgeous Kim! Love how it all came together. If you are over the “Baked Potato” paint color, what are you thinking of trying?

    Are your shutters a rustic brown or are they black. Sunburst Shutters by chance?
    I’ve yet to find a COMFORTABLE desk chair – how’s yours?

    I absolutely LOVE the canvas dress print too!

    Did my email overwhelm you the other day? Ha!
    I just ate a spoonful of dark chocolate – can you tell?
    Hugs, sweet girl!

    Love everything you do!

    • Kim says:

      Hello friend!
      We have just used Baked Potato in like 10 houses and I’m just getting over everything here being so BROWN. I would love more of a gray/tan instead of so brown. But, our entire house is painted the same (except Kate’s pink room) so I’ll have to wait until we move again to do something fresh! It’s such a great neutral color, but after seeing so much white and gray on Pinterest, I’m ready for a change!

      The shutters are dark, dark brown. It was a local company who has them manufactured overseas and then brings them in. I can’t remember the type of wood, but they have pretty big knots and crevices in them.

      I use a cushion on my chair, which doesn’t look good, but makes it comfy!

      I’m obsessed with the dress artwork. There are 2 that coordinate. The other one is on another wall, not shown in the photos! I debated forever whether to use them here or in Kate’s room. I won.

      Oh my gosh, YES…read it and never got back to you. I had so much to say back that I had to wait to find more time. I will get back to you tomorrow on all that good stuff!

      Thanks for being an amazing friend, my dear!
      xoxo Kim

  23. Heather says:

    Great room!! We have a home office but my husbands baseball awards and manly stuff takes up all the space and decor…with 3 girls there is lots of pink in each of their bedrooms and dolls everywhere so I guess it’s only fair I give him one non frilly room!! I am glad I am not the only one who obsesses over cords…I do custom printing and my printer is unsightly but it’s just the way it goes. With all our laptops, iPads & iPhones it’s cords cords everywhere!!
    Tnx for sharing!!

    • Kim says:

      That is very nice of you to share and let your husband showcase his favorite things, especially since you can get your girly fix decorating the girls’ rooms! Yes, cords are everywhere here too!

  24. What you didn’t like that medieval looking chandelier from when you moved in? Why in heaven’s not?? : )
    Looks gorgeous Kim. I have been looking for a white office chair exactly like yours. Could you include the source for that? Thank you! xo

    • Tina Dahl says:

      See comment #34

      • Kim says:

        Jordan – Ha! The house was a foreclosure, so they took it along with EVERYTHING else they could possibly take! Seriously….everything. Even the toilet paper holders and closet rods.
        Thank you so much! For the chair link, please see comment #34. (thanks, Tina!)
        Hope all is well! xoxo Kim

  25. I think that’s the prettiest room I’ve ever seen. 🙂 I would want to sit in there all day too! lol

  26. Shelley says:

    It’s stunning Kim! Pretty sure I could live in this room. 😉 Thanks for sharing.

    • Shelley says:

      Okay Kim. Taking a second (and third) look at this room. I need those lamps. Don’t tell me homegoods because I know I will never find them again. 😉 Fingers crossed.

      • Kim says:

        Thank you, sweet Shelley…but bad news…HomeGoods! I’ll keep my eye out for them for you!

        • Tina Dahl says:

          I feel your pain Shelley…..I don’t jave a HomeGoods near me either….SO wish the sold their stuff online! So many of things I see in Kim’s blog entries are from HomeGoods and I am so bummed I can;t get any of them 🙁

  27. Erin says:

    Absolutely stunning, so jealous.

  28. Tamara says:

    This office space is breathtaking! I wouldn’t ever want to leave! 🙂

  29. Florence says:

    Your office looks wonderful! What a wonderful work space.

  30. Anissa says:

    WOW! For the last year my home office has become the “dump zone” for everything and now could qualify for an episode of Hoarders! I’m in here today as my New Years resolution is to get organized again and de-clutter! Your photos of your beautiful office have really INSPIRED me to get my office back in shape. Thank you for lighting that fire for me! Cheers!

  31. Kate says:

    Beautiful! Are the curtains hung from the ceiling in the corners of the room?

  32. Kirsti Fleming says:

    I’m amazed at the transformation the shutters on the windows created! Would love to see how your have your curtains hung as well!

  33. Melissa says:

    I love your office! It is gorgeous and so girly! My daughter has the dress artwork hanging in her vintage decor bedroom and I am in love with it!! It looks great in you office! So fun to see where you create all of your amazing work! You are truely an inspiration!! Thanks for sharing with us!!

    • Kim says:

      I ADORE the dress artwork! I had a hard time deciding whether to use them here in my office or in my daughter’s room, but I loved them so much I had to have them where I could see them all day! Thank you for your sweet words!

  34. Carla says:

    I simply LOVE your girly girl style! Such a pretty place to work! I can’t wait to decorate my office as soon as our house is build. It’s like hard to look at Ballard boxes knowing what pretty things are in there. xo

  35. Dina says:

    It all looks amazing. Makes me want to redo my home office. Didn’t I read last year that you moved your home office to a commercial space?

  36. Amy Volk says:

    LOVE! Such a happy beautiful space. Love me some Pottery Barn too and Home Goods for sure. I use my formal living room as my office and I really enjoy being in the main part of the house as well. Plus it makes me keep things more tidy because everyone can see it. Great job.

  37. katherine says:

    Gorgeous. I don’t know how you get any work done in there though. I would just sit around gazing at the beautiful space around me. 🙂

  38. Lucy says:

    Kim, this room is so gorgeous. I would stay in there all day! Love your website!

  39. What an amazing place to work. I love all of your posts, you are amazing at what you do!

  40. Amy says:

    Love the chandeliers, can you tell me if they are the Clarissa glass drop chandelier or the Clarissa “small” glass drop chandelier from Pottery Barn.

    Thank you!!

  41. Nicole B says:

    One word . . . Stunning!

  42. Mari says:

    Hi Kim, great room! Random question, what kind of computer do you use? what is your computer preference? specs? I am looking into getting a new one and I have no idea where to start! It is going to be a gift, so I have been trying to do some research … and thought I would start by getting some advice from you. Thank you in advance for your help!

  43. Angie says:

    Hi – Where did you get the table/chairs from? As popular as white is I can’t find anything and everything I find on Craigslist to refinish is round or oval and not rectangular like I want. Love this office! I wish all PC’s were all-in-1 like macs so I didn’t have to find a way to hide all the monitor, speaker and hard drive cords!

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  46. Michelle says:

    i would NEVER leave this office 🙂

  47. Rhian says:

    Hi Kim, I just discovered your blog and I am in love! There is so much inspiration in your posts, especially that I am now in the process of decorating my new house. May I ask where you bought your desk from? It is so beautiful. I like how it looks traditional yet modern. Thank you!

  48. Patty says:

    I love this room! Can you tell me the name of the rug on Gilt? I’ve looked all over and I can’t find it. Also, is the chandy the largest one? Or the medium? I’m redoing my dining room and I think this will go with the look I’m shooting for 🙂

    I love all your printables and pretty much all you create!

    Hugs from Texas!

  49. Nora Sheils says:

    Love your office! Mind sharing where you purchased your white swivel desk chair?

  50. KareninStLouis says:

    Love this room. Beautiful, feminine, bright—love everything! And I adore the table! Where did you get the table??!!

  51. Adriana says:

    This is the best office ever…….

    I am in Love……

  52. Jennifer Ely says:

    I love the look of your office. Those chandeliers are so gorgeous. I think everyone needs a space to call their own. It just makes you want to go in there and be productive. Thanks for sharing.

  53. Nic says:

    It looks really sophisticated, mine’s not even close. I better start re-decorating.

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