One of our favorite home offices is this tiny red and robin’s egg blue nook sent in by Apartment Therapy reader Kathryn. It used to be a trash room, just off the kitchen, but Kathryn used paint, IKEA furniture, and a few well-chosen accessories to transform it into a working office. For those inspired by this look, we’ve compiled a resource guide.
Crate & Barrel: If you’re looking for an upgrade from the IKEA chair that’s still less than a few hundred dollars, Crate & Barrel has a good selection of upholstered dining chairs, like the Pullman Leather Side Chair, shown above, for $200.
Fabric.com: Covered in Amy Butler Fabric, the corkboard has a custom look. Fabric.com is one of our go-to budget resources for designer fabrics. The Lotus Wall Flower in Cherry, similar to the pattern shown above, is $9/yard.
Schtickers: This company sells PC and Mac laptop skins in a huge range of colors and patterns, so that you can customize your laptop to match your office. The Solid Red Laptop Skin is $20.
Container Store: If you want something a little bit more substantial than IKEA’s cardboard storage boxes, we like the fabric-covered Stockholm Desktop Files from the Container Store for $20.
FilzFelt: To find a mousepad similar to Kathryn’s, we checked online store FilzFelt and ran across this Circle Trivet for $10. They also sell mats that can be used as desktop blotters, as well as felt by the yard that can be used to make a custom design.
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