Oh Sweeeeeet Velvet {And Some Office Changes}

Our home office hasn’t changed much at all since we converted the dining room almost a year ago (except for the new flooring). And being the crazy person that I am (because a year is entirely too long without changes), I was itching for just a few subtle updates. And now enters our sweet new velvet curtains.

I wanted something rich looking, and I just wasn’t getting that feel from our grey Ikea curtains…

And here are the new, more luxurious velvet curtains.

I wanted to continue with the yellow/gold theme we already have going on in here, so I chose the gold color in the curtains and it’s so pretty!  During the day it’s more mustardy, and we all know how much I love grey and mustard together! :)  But anyway, guess where they are from.  You’re never going to guess…..

Curtainworks of course!   They spoil me too much, but I’m very grateful.  These are the Messina Opulent Velvet Lined Wide Width Drapery.  I seriously am in love with them and they feel soooooo good.  They are nice and heavy, and of course lined.  I also love Curtainworks’ Grommet Velvet curtains too.  Ooooh la la!

And I’m sure you saw this coming, but with the new curtains looking all pretty, I decided to change up our office decor a little bit and add some pops of aqua/teal because it’s such a pretty combo together.  Can you spot the new additions?

Doesn’t the blue look so pretty with the gold curtains and accents?  They really pop in here!  Here are a few close-ups.

I already had all of the aqua vases, but I did buy a few of the peacock feathers at Pier 1 and just put in my little white Ikea vases. Love the colors!

Oh, and I just had to buy this little guy at Homegoods.

Everybody needs an aqua owl vase right?

And here are some full room shots.

I think the small changes made a big difference, what do you think?

The curtains instantly cozied up the office and gave me the feeling I was craving, and they are perfect for Fall and Winter.  But I can’t stress enough that changing out your curtains will make it feel like you have a whole new room, and with little money spent. It feels like that to me at least. :)


So what do you think of the new decor and curtains?  Are you a frequent changer-upper too?  It’s a sickness I tell ya.

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  1. Those are beautiful! I love the yummy little puddle of velvet at the bottom too… gorgeous.

    And that globe is amazing – where do you find something like that?

    • Thanks Rhonda! My husband actually bought that for me several years ago from Bombay Co. I believe? But they aren’t around anymore. Sometimes I see nice floor globes at Homegoods and stores like that too. :)

  2. I love the new drapes and all the changes you made! Too funny, I almost bought the same owl vase for my office the other day!!

  3. Love this transformation– the new drapes add just the right weight to that side of the room. Gotta love a good changer-upper for Fall! :)
    Happy Monday!

  4. Beautiful! I change my curtains for the seasons. I can’t help myself!

  5. Love the new curtains! I’m a big advocate for thick curtains. And, all the accents are wonderful especially the owl! Well done. Toodles, Kathryn http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/09/voice-studio.html

  6. I definitely need an aqua owl vase. Love your changes. One of my favorite color combinations.

  7. LOVE the velvet! Is there anything more luxe? Your office is GREAT! So calming.

  8. Love those drapes…so luxurious!!! and the aqua pops are perfect. I’m thinking you may need to go rug shopping now! ;) A nice rug coming out the front of the desk would be fab. Don’t you love unsolicited advice? :)

  9. Um, this office is divine! Thank you so much for sharing those luscious curtains for all of us to drool over. :)

  10. L♥♥♥♥ve! Your office looks great, wish I had turned our dining room into the office when we moved in. Don’t think I can get hubby to move all that furniture downstairs now….

  11. Love, Love, Love it!!

  12. I love that sweet blue owl vase!

  13. major changer-upper here… i drive my husband CRAZY! ;) and i LOVE the changes you made, that blue is fantastic!!!

  14. Jessica Reurich says:

    oh my goodness…I NEED THAT VASE…I dont know what it is, but I am absolutely in Love with Owls right now…its almost a sickness. Too bad I live in Canada and we dont have a HomeGoods…I did look up where the closest one is, its only 2 1/2 hours away…ugh…little owl vase come to me!!!

  15. Gorgeous!!! LOVE the color…with all the turquoise and gray and yellow…so great!!

  16. I LOVE the pops of aqua! They were were the ‘jewelry’ in this room. Perfect touch!

  17. L.O.V.E – love, love, love!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!! I can’t believe how much that teal color stands out so divinely – seriously jealous of the HomeGoods find as I love owls!!!! Great job and I bet those new drapes cast a beautiful hue in the room when the light comes in?

  18. It beautiful! I love everything!

  19. So pretty! The velvet panels are so glam!

  20. WOW! The curtains are gorgeous, as is the whole room. If it comes up missing, you’ll know I figured out a way to move the whole thing over to my house. It’s just so delicious!

    BIG QUESTION: What ARE those things under the cloche that sits in the big middle of the display? Did you make those? Is there a tutorial somewhere? Did you buy them? Could I buy them? I don’t believe I’ve seen anything like them before, but as you may have noticed, I am VERY taken with them.


  21. I am in love with velvet this season and your gold is so luxurious. And that owl vase….must have!

  22. I finally (FINALLY!) gave in and ordered curtains from Curtainworks for my apartment. It took me long enough.. I’ve only been here 4 months! I probably shouldn’t have (I’m a poor graduate student) but it will be sooo nice to be able to leave the blinds open and let some sunshine in without having to worry about peeping toms! I made sure I let them know that I heard about them through you!

  23. Very nice, Emily, so classy! I love velvet, and love the way you have the bottoms puddles on the floor. It must be a beautiful soft velvet to puddle so nicely. And your new little owl vase is very sweet. He could even be used to hold markers and pens/pencils! Enjoy your room.

  24. Lovely! The colors are all gorgeous together. I mulled that owl vase the last time I was at HomeGoods…it’s so adorable!

  25. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that owl vase… soo cute! The room turned out great too!

  26. those curtains look great! so luxurious and stately feeling. Very nice… oh, and I think I have a crush on your owl. Adorable!

  27. WOW! Those are beautiful! and they really warm up the room! Love

  28. Love them! I saw some yellow-gold curtains on Pinterest the other day and decided that’s what my dining room needed! I tend to stay away from oranges and yellows because I am a blonde, and can’t really wear those colors. But I can decorate with them!! Thanks for posting. I love these…just may have to get myself a set of these.

  29. Gorgeous, stylish, happy room!! I love the touches of aqua, and the new curtains are fabulous!

  30. Gorgeous! And I LOVE the owl!!!

  31. The drapes are gorgeous! Gold and gray? Very sophisticated. Aqua as an accent? Very fun!!!

  32. Love, love, love the color. They look so luxurious.

  33. Just dropped by from Met Monday… Gorgeous! Working on repurposing my dining room right now…it will be a while until it looks as fab as yours!

  34. This looks great! Love it! The peacock feathers are my fave.

  35. Great change and addition to your office, it looks lovely.

  36. Oh sweet velvet is right, beautiful! Have you had a chance to check out our little Challenge? It’s not too late to join. If you have a second, check in at http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/imagine-the-impossibilities-challenge/ to learn more, and feel free to email me if you have any questions!
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  37. We bought our house specifically because it has a separate dining room that I can make an office (I work from home). Now after looking at your pics I am thinking of getting rid of my area rug.

    As for the metal mixing in your prior office post, I just bought a clear lucite chair for my really traditional office and the base of it is silver versus all the other metals. But I loved it so much I just had to have it and I am glad I did.
    I am of the belief that if you love something it will go with the other stuff you love.

  38. I happened onto your beautiful office tonight. I love it. I thought it was interesting that it was so similar to my office. You have great taste!! :) I am one of your newest followers.
    Come check out my office if you get a second…


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