High & Low: One Fresh Home Office Look, Two Budgets

published Sep 22, 2015
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Now that the kids are back in school and life is slowly getting back into a regular routine, it’s time to think about getting your own work and routine back in order. For some (like me!) the excitement of getting new school supplies never really fades and this time of year is a great time to rethink, reorganize, refresh your home office or perhaps create one from scratch. Whether you have the space for a home office or your work area will be visible in your living space, you definitely don’t have to sacrofice form for function. You should treat your work space like any other area of your home and create a look that expresses your decor style and personality. Here’s a fresh top to bottom look that you can get on two budgets, once clocking in at half the cost of the other. Keep reading to find out how to pull this look together.

If you’ve been saving and have a robust budget, you can opt for this version of the look:

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Wallpaper: Rifle Paper Co. Removable Pineapple (mint) Wallpaper, Hygge & West, $190
Bookcase: Mid-Century Bookcase, West Elm, $698
Desk: Catalina Desk, Dwell, $1872-$2226
Chair: Coup Teal Office Chair, CB2, $310
Lamp: Arcy Lamp, Lulu & Georgia, $373
Clear Desk Accessories: Strike Gold Stapler ($28) & Tape Despenser ($24), Kate Spade
Brass Pencil Holder: Lulu & Georgia, $125
Gold Heart Magnet Message Board: Indigo, $65
Waste Bin: Gold Waste Bin, CB2, $50

TOTAL: $3735

If you have a more modest budget, try this version of the look:

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Wallpaper: Hyde Park Temporary Wallpaper, Mod Cloth, $69.99
Bookcase: Diana Bookcase, Wayfair, $204.95
Desk: Marco Desk, Crate & Barrel, $999
Chair: Soho Desk Chair, PBTeen, $329 (on sale)
Lamp: UPPBO Worklamp, Ikea, $34.99
Acrylic Desk Accessories: Russell & Hazel Desk Set, Paper Luxe, $48
Brass Pencil Holder: Piller Pencil Cup, CB2, $12.98
Gold Heart Magnet Message Board: Indigo, $65
Waste Bin: Mylar Waste Basket, Bed Bath & Beyond, $29.99

TOTAL: $1793.90

Of course you can mix and match and splurge on certain pieces or save on others. Either way there’s no excuse that you shouldn’t be working in style when you’re at home!