Fabulous Guest #2 {Emily A. Clark}

Hi everyone, I’m excited to have the lovely and talented designer, Emily A. Clark guest post today while I’m still away.  She will be showing you a gorgeous transformation she did in her own home, which I know you’ll love.  Take it away Emily!

I’m Emily from the blog, Emily A. Clark (original, I know) and am happy that “the other Emily” asked me to blog for her while she’s away. I thought I would take a moment to detail one of my major house projects last year–our home office makeover.  The tranformation was slow (and done on a major budget!), but turned a room used mainly to store boxes and junk into a functional workspace for my interior decorating business.

I had always envisioned a kelly green and charcoal gray color scheme for the space, and had hoped to incorporate lots of storage.  I started with this idea board, and as you’ll see, some of my plans changed along the way. . .
I began by painting the walls Trout Gray by Benjamin Moore:
My favorite find was this campaign dresser, which I painted Fresh Grass by Benjamin Moore. The drawers provided much needed storage and the color provided a fun focal point.
I wanted to personalize the space (since I knew I would be spending lots of time in it!), so I created a wall gallery of some of my favorite photos.
I was also in much need of a space to store books, design magazines, etc., so I used IKEA’s Expedit shelving.  I love the way the white pops against the dark walls.  To create height, I spray painted an old frame and layered it with some framed artwork.
My original idea board called for black and white horizontal curtains.  Once the room was near completion, however, I felt like I needed more color on the other side of the room to balance out the green campaign dresser.  I ended up going with Covington’s “Wilmington” fabric for a more patterned look on the window.
I also created a small sitting area by using a vintage, tufted chair (a Craigslist find) and a desk chair that I found at a yard sale for $10.  I like mixing vintage pieces with more modern pieces, like the parsons desk that I ordered from Overstock.
And, just so you can get a full appreciation for the entire makeover, this is how the room looked before I started:

And, the finished result after months of thinking, painting, thrifting, etc.:

Thanks to Emily for letting me share this project!  To see more of my home and client projects, drop by my blog.
Isn’t that a gorgeous office??  So fresh and modern, yet very functional.  I am in love with that paint color too!  So hop on over to Emily’s blog and take a look around.  You’ll find beautiful spaces Emily has created in their own home, as well as spaces she has decorated for her clients.  She has great taste and you will love them all…and her!  Thanks so much Emily!
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  1. WOW!!! I love it. I love when people pull together color combos that would seem to never work together. That green pops and the black and white touches against the gray wall… amazing!!! You did such a great job making each cubicle of the shelving look so balanced and thought out. It could very easily look cluttered, but it definitely doesn’t.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. I never tire of looking at that office! Each time I see it I find something new to drool over. If Emily were my neighbor, I’d be tapping on her door waaay more than she’d like!

    Hope you’re having fun in Nashville, Emily!

  3. Wow, it is so super sophisticated and chic. I love it. I especially like the frame wall and mismatched chairs! Great job sticking to your inspiration board.

  4. I love Emily! She’s so sweet and her house is gorgeous. Her office is one of my favorites (: I have the pictures in my inspiration folder!

  5. WOW! I love this office! So amazing! :)

  6. I have that campaign style dresser in the original pecan stain. Thanks for the idea of painting it–looks great!

  7. I really love the grey walls and how all of the white and green pop off of them. Gorgeous!

  8. HOLY COW! That is really fabulous! I LOVE EVERYTHING!!! SUPER JOB!!

  9. Simply gorgeous!! I just love it all! I especially love the fabric for the window treatments! Beautiful! Great Job!

  10. Wow!!! I’m seriously in love!!!!! Beautiful office!!!!

    Mrs. Decor Chick! If you are reading this I just wanted to say you are beautiful Miss lady!!!! I saw your pics at Blissdom!!!! Crossing my fingers I will be there next year!

  11. I’ve been wanting that Ikea Expedit shelving unit sooo bad, but the shipping is over $100 and the closest store is about 4 hours away! :-(

  12. Emily–thanks so much for having me and thanks to everyone for their very nice comments on my office. I enjoyed sharing it with you.

  13. This is such a fun room! I love the green dresser. It’s the perfect pop of color. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Love that room that grew up! And I think the curtains with color was a perfect decision.


  15. Wow! I’ve been looking for inspiration for my own home office and have already painted the walls a very similar gray color. Couldn’t decide whether to go the kelly green route or the yellow route but now I’ve been inspired!! Thanks Emily!

  16. woweee! love that dresser, very cool! love grey and green!

  17. Absolutely breath-taking! ~~Good~~ Great job!

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