Irene's Bright and Happy Home Office

Irene's Bright and Happy Home Office

Bethany Nauert
Jan 14, 2013

Name: Irene Lovett
Location: Sherman Oaks, California
Size: Approximately 200 square feet
Years Lived In: Three years

Last week when I went to visit Irene Lovett's home for a full house tour, I fell in love with her home office. As an interior designer and decorator who freelances from home, she gets the best of both worlds; comfort, and a blank canvas to work with!

Her office is in a room that was probably intended for a living room or den. She has a guest bathroom off to one side and the kitchen on the other. Also, as an added bonus, she has a view of the entryway to her home, which offers plenty of natural light through a huge window. Irene has worked with various patterns, natural elements, and a mixed palette of warm and cool colors, with little splashes of metallics, to create a space that's both relaxing and inspiring.

I love home offices, and Irene's is the perfect extension of her style and design philosophy. Enjoy! Full house tour coming up soon!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Cute and colorful, with some vintage flair.

The Inspiration For My Office: I honestly don't remember what my initial inspiration was. It's been a work in progress. I started off using things I owned and I've slowly added other pieces I love. I knew I wanted it to reflect my design aesthetic and personality.

Favorite Element In Your Space: My vintage yellow lamp. It's big and groovy. My office is also adjacent to our kitchen, which means easy acces to snacks!

Biggest Challenge In Designing My Space: The layout. It has three separate entries, and I'm opossed to having my back to any door opening. I wanted to make sure I placed my desk in a spot where I can see anyone walking in.

What Friends Say: Recently it's been, did you redecorate? To which I answer, I just mostly moved things around.

Area where there is room for improvement/future projects: My closet. It could take some re-organizing.

Proudest DIY: Coming up with a space plan that most people wouldn't think could work. But I mean, that's also part of what I do for a living, so maybe that's not a true DIY.

Biggest Indulgence: The custom drapes and roman shade. Fabric and labor costs aren't cheap.

Best Advice: It's tough for it not to look like an eyesore, but tech stuff is expected in an office so just try your best to decorate around it.

Dream Sources: I wish I had an unlimited budget to shop at the Pacific Design Center.

Resources of Note:


    • MacBook Pro
    • Epson Artsian 837 printer/fax


    • Home Goods ceramic garden stool
    • PB Teen "i" pillow
    • Home Goods fireplace mantel mirror
    • Thrifted monkey business card holder
    • Cost Plus World Market area rug
    • Office Depot white board with custom gold frame
    • Drapes in Robert Allen Eliza's Garden
    • Furbish Dalmation print roman shade.


    • Cost Plus World Market desk
    • IKEA bookcase
    • Thrifted etagere
    • Thrifted chair reupholstered in houndstooth fabric
    • Amazon desk chair.


    • Ceiling fixture is from a local lighting shop
    • Home Goods desk lamp
    • Target floor lamp with added on shade trim
    • Rose Bowl flea market vintage yellow lamp.


    • Target binders
    • Thrifted bowls for paint and fabric samples
    • West Elm braided baskets.


    • My husband often cuts flowers from our yard and puts them on my desk. Nice guy!

Thanks, Irene!

(Images: Bethany Nauert)

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