Desk Envy: Lindsay Jackman of The White Buffalo Styling Co.’s Peppy Office-Meets-Playroom

published Aug 23, 2016
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Lindsay Jackman is the Southern small-town gal behind The White Buffalo Styling Co., a lifestyle and design blog dedicated to helping everyone “create a life with style and purpose.” Take a peek inside Lindsay’s joyfully eclectic office that represents all things her.

Name: Lindsay Jackman of The White Buffalo Styling Co.
Location: Greenville, South Carolina

As a newlywed purchasing her first home, Lindsay dove headfirst into remodeling and designing her nest and decided to channel that love and passion into her now wildly successful blog. Although she’ll be the first to admit it, it’s easy to see why Jackman’s style captivates such a large audience. “My style trademark is mixing color and pattern in unexpected ways. While I paint nearly every wall in my home white, I love nothing more than piling on unique color and pattern pairings,” gushes Lindsay. We love her for her confluence of varying styles and ability to make each seem as if they’ve always gone together; a little rustic here, slightly bohemian there, and a touch of midcentury style all lends to spaces that are really good.

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With a growing family, Lindsay was faced with the challenge of only having one room left in her home that needed to multitask as both office space for her and a playroom for her daughter. Initially frustrated with the space due to a prerequisite of needs that wouldn’t work in the room, Jackman got down to business, prioritizing her wish list around a concrete design plan.

First things first, finding creative ways to cleverly define her space from play space was an underlying issue. “Using this small side of the room as my office initially felt like a challenge. I wanted more inspiration space, but didn’t want to cover up the large window with a typical style board. I ended up hanging yarn as a garland, so that I can clip and change inspiration as the mood strikes. I love looking up at the quotes and rooms that have inspired me most while I’m working,” says Jackman.

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Without having to worry about making the color scheme of the room unisex, Jackman happily layered on varying shades of blush, pinks and plums against the white walls to create a harmonious balance in contrast. “The white walls really balance out all of the color that I layered on. I love using rugs as inspiration for my color palette, so I chose the pinks and plums from the Boucherouite rugs in the room. I wanted playful without being too childish and I love how the copper sputnik chandelier fills that want.”

(Image credit: Lindsay Jackman)
(Image credit: Lindsay Jackman)

On an excursion to Jo-Ann‘s, Jackman set her sights on not one, but two fabrics to make curtains out of for the large-scale window; opting to sew the two hues together to add dimension to the space. Sandwiched between the two panels, Jackman’s simple framed desk left her with little space for storage. Opting out of having a cluttered desktop, she sought refuge for papers and cords elsewhere: the closet. “There are closets in the room that provide great storage, so the desktop was really reserved for the things I use most. As a blogger, the laptop is a must and in my book, plants are always a necessity,” she says. With desk and drapes in place, next on the to-do list was finding a desk chair. Worried about blowing the budget, she was able to zero in on a beautiful tufted plum Parson’s chair that’s a nice landing spot against the faux-marble table.

With all items checked off her checklist, Jackman reflects back on what made her space successful and advises, “Be honest about what you really need. Once I really prioritized what was needed to function and be inspired creatively here, putting the room together got a lot easier.”