This post has been a long time coming, and I’m so excited to share my latest DIY project with you!

Since moving into the house, I realized I needed a multi-functional and creative space to work, keep all my accessories (I have an obsession with jewelry and handbags), and ease my way into the morning.

Office EntranceEric recently moved his office from a spare bedroom down to the Man Cave in our basement, so I decided to take over this room on our second floor and turn it into my “office.”

I wanted this space to reflect my design taste … bold, bright, soft and delicate, while mixing new and vintage pieces.

The room itself needed to provide a place to catch up on email, blog, take phone calls, do hair and makeup, relax from time-to-time, as well as provide extra storage.

I started the process by picking a paint color, the anchor for the room. I wanted a rich, striking color where I could incorporate accents of white throughout the space. After visiting Pinterest for a few ideas I fell in love with teal, specifically Cloudburst by Sherwin-Williams.

After a couple of coats of paint (thanks to my brother, David, for knocking it out for me!), it was time to decide on layout of the room.

I planned to use a newly-rehabbed antique dresser as a TV stand and my old kitchen table as a desk (see Something Old, Something New for those projects), as well as a new couch (since the chez lounge couch from my apartment wouldn’t fit up the stairs due to the hallway’s angles).

Office Inside

After getting all of the pieces into the space, it was all about the extra storage and beautiful antique details.

I used an old, tall dresser and transformed it into storage for jewelry and accessories. Inexpensive jewelry dividers from the The Container Store made this a quick and easy project.


On top of the dresser are some of my favorite things like an art bra inspired by The Great Gatsby which was designed by a local artist in honor of a breast cancer survivor, and was auctioned off at a Bra Couture KC event two years ago. I also have an apothecary jar from my great grandmother’s house, as well as a pre-1900s glass spring water bottle. There are also several of my favorite vintage pieces sprinkled throughout this room.

I used an old wire farm basket to store throw blankets, hung baroque antique mirrors over a new chair-and-a-half from Macy’s, as well as incorporated milk glass candlestick holders and a 1930’s ceiling tile tin to add pops of white in the space.


A couple of airy curtains, a leaning mirror, giant makeup mirror and a wicker coffee table, and the room is complete … for the most part.

I’m still trying to figure out where to store all my handbags (currently in tubs in the closet), but overall I love my #LadyBoss space and everything in it … and so does Turk, our Pug, who spends every morning with me enjoying a good bone and snuggling with his toy moose on the fluffy rug.


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