Maegan’s Unabashedly Feminine Home Office

published Aug 24, 2011
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Name: Maegan Tintari
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Size: 12′ x 13′
Years lived in: 1 ½

Maegan’s home office started off like many rooms designated for work use: it was thrown together. Back in January 2010, the style+design blogger and her husband moved into a new house, designating a spare room for double duty as both a home office and dressing room. In time, the space was furnished with an array of vintage, salvaged, and IKEA-sourced items, equal parts committed for her work life, the other revolving around storage and display of her wardrobe. The danger of any double duty space is a noncommittal room, becoming neither “here” nor “there”. But Maegan kept focus and formulated what eventually resulted in a modern, confident, and very feminine home office with storage incorporated into the decor, fit for a design blogger with a mind for design.

Unplggd Tour Survey:

My/our style: I’m not sure I can pinpoint my exact style but I suppose it would fall under the umbrella of “Eclectic, Vintage, Modern”. My office/dressing room however, is much more feminine than any of the other rooms in our house. As with my personal style, when decorating I really love to mix vintage and new pieces with luxury and inexpensive items and a few DIYs thrown in the mix to achieve a fun and uniquely inspiring space.  

The inspiration for my home office/home theater: Feminine + Modern with hints of vintage + Black, White, & Gold.

Favorite element in your space: I really really love every inch of my office space but the antique pieces that belonged to my grandma really make it more sentimental than I had imagined and I love having her in here with me since she was such an influential presence in my life.

Biggest challenge in designing my space: Incorporating my home office with my closet and dressing room was my main challenge.  I wanted it all to merge into a unified space that accommodated not only my wardrobe and office but a room to get dressed in and studio space to work on projects. I think I achieved an overall harmonious balance and met all my needs for a home office.  And since this is where I spend most of my days, it’s been a dream to work in and get dressed in.  

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What friends say about my space: Well, whenever another woman is in my home, we slowly but surely migrate to this space. It’s where the ladies want to be…I’d say they like it.

Area where there is room for improvement/future projects: Well there’s always room for improvement in anything I see or do {which drives my husband crazy!} but for one, I thought I’d have more art on the walls.  Other than my inspiration board and a few mirrors, my walls are bare.  It could be in direct correlation with the organized clutter everywhere else, thus no need for art, but my original vision was a bit different.

Proudest DIY (do it yourself) project: For this room, it’s my double Ikea chest of drawers makeover. The two tall dressers on either end of the short dressers were typical IKEA birch with semi-translucent plastic fronts and boring wood handles. I renovated them and added little lion’s head pulls and created something completely new and unique. I am in love with them now.

Biggest indulgence with respect to my space: My nuLOOM zebra rug.

Best advice about organizing or incorporating tech into the home: What I love most about the way my desk is set up with the Expedit bookcase is that I don’t see any tech cords EVER! And I love that. I used to have a jumble of wires and dust bunnies under my desk which drove me nuts! But everything is hidden away neatly within the cubbies.

Dream source for stuff: My Grandma! And IKEA!

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Home Tech Hardware: 27″ iMac, new white iPad, Wacom tablet, Time Machine…iPhone, digital camera.

Furniture: IKEA 6’x6′ Expedit Bookcase in white

  • IKEA desk for Expedit
  • 2 Inserts with doors
  • 3 Inserts with drawers
  • 3 short IKEA dressers: I don’t think they make these anymore as I bought them in 2004 for a different purpose but here is the closest I could find.
  • 2 five drawer narrow dressers with plastic translucent fronts from IKEA and also purchased in 2004 for closet use only. I renovated them from boring birch to unique fabulous!
  • Antique secretary’s desk hand-painted by my grandpa in the 60’s
  • Window seat storage/bench I found by the dumpster
  • Panton chair
  • Herman Miller Aeron Task Chair
  • Pink faux crocodile studded ottoman

Accessories: white silk curtains I added black tassels to, Confetti System as window covering for smaller window. Vintage decor & tchotchkes from The Sherman Oaks Antique Mall, and many from my grandma with a few DIY projects of my own.

Lighting: Track lighting pre-existing, Italian Capodimonte lamps from the late 1940’s {were my grandma’s}, crystal pendant from IKEA.

Organizing Tools/Accessories: shoe shelves taken apart and used atop dressers, wall hooks behind door .

Additional Elements: nuLoom zebra rug, DIY cork tiles inspiration board.

Photos by Maegan Tintari
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