Laura Rennie

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My office transformation is coming along sloooowly but surely. I’m still dreaming about what I want the space to look like, but I have a general idea: lots of white, with pops of gold, green and varying shades of blue. 

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ON GOING WHITE: The only room in our home that isn’t beige is our den, and it’s essentially a dark beige. I really wanted to try something new to me. Emily Henderson is one of my favorite stylists, and if you know her work then you’ll recognize where I’m getting my office inspiration from! It’s important for me to play around with different colors and styles in my own home, since I’ll be encouraging you to do the same in yours!

Unfortunately, painting my new office has been more of a chore than I expected. The Home Depot employee working in the paint department accidentally handed me someone else’s paint! I opened the can at home and thought, mm, this looks a little pink. Maybe it’s because it’s a paint and primer combination? Surely it will dry white. I started painting, and sure enough — it was PINK. Thankfully, the Home Depot employee had realized his mistake not long after I left the store and he was extremely apologetic and helpful when I went back to get the right color. (Also, I should have noticed there was a label on the top of my can with a different name than the paint I had bought.) I went with Behr Ultra Pure White. I must be terrible at getting a thick coat of paint on my brush and roller, because I have to do three coats! :( I completed two coats and had to take a break to focus my energy on the site launch. I’ve saved up an episode of “Undisclosed” to listen to while I finish up the painting this weekend. (I also plan to catch up on what’s been going on in the lives of John and Sherry Petersik from “Young House Love.”)

MY IM A LEGIT DECORATOR NOW BECAUSE I HAVE A FIDDLE-LIF FIG PLANT: Having to make multiple trips to Home Depot ended up being worth it when I spotted this fiddle-leafed beauty in the garden department. I think it was $18? I’ve kept it alive for two weeks — so far so good!

WHITE WALLS, A WHITE DESK AND A WHITE CHAIR? That’s the plan! I wanted a simple no-frills desk with lots of space for my laptop and notebooks. I went with the Maxwell metal desk and I’m really happy with it. I haven’t purchased a desk chair yet, but I’m leaning towards the Dorado office chair. (Costco has it for $80!) I have researched desk chairs for hours and keep coming back to this one. It doesn’t offer much of a cushion, which is why I haven’t snatched it up. I plan to get up to stretch and take short walks throughout the work day, though, so maybe it won’t be a problem? Let me know if I’m crazy!

ART AND DECOR: See those brass duck bookends? My mom snatched them up from a yard sale for me. I currently own brass antelopes, brass ducks and wood and brass finish egrets. I can’t help myself. I may pass the ducks along to a client someday, but for now they’ll live on my desk alongside this quirky hand I bought today in downtown Frederick. I also have my eye on a navy gourd lamp from Target, but the one I want is out of stock.

I have a few pieces of art ready to hang once I’m finished painting. I try to pop into Goodwill once every week or two to see if I can find any unique frames or artwork. I found this amazing NY over LA / LA over NY poster and almost bought it. The condition isn’t great, but it’s such an incredible piece! I’m tempted to buy it every time I go in there. 

I cannot wait to pull it all together! What’s your favorite item in your office? 

(Come back Friday to see the before and after pics of Melissa G.’s mud room!)