My office designed by la Ricki

“So, what do you think about this?” asked Ricki hesitantly as she showed me a frame that was in my old office.
“If you wouldn’t see it in Anthropologie, I don’t want it in my office,” I responded as I glanced up quickly from the floor between sorting things to toss.
“Okay…” Ricki said as she softly giggled and dropped it in the donation box.

Things Ricki taught me:

  • If it does not serve a purpose, or if it is not beautiful, toss it.
  • Use drawers with organizers to store the knick knacks so they are unseen in your space – no need to have a container filled with junk or cover table space with them.
  • Keep the things you use all the time within arms reach and find a pretty way to display – like my Pottery Barn cubby organizer.
  • Paint! Do away with dark colors like black and lighten up a space.
  • Consolidate, or just chuck things you don’t need or haven’t touched for years.
  • Use every drawer possible.

Ricki, thank you for helping me pick our colors for the new office, walls, and helping me sort life.  Follow Ricki and her pins on Pinterest.  She also designs rooms, spaces and plans incredible weddings, parties and events!

I do want to say that my office has been lived in for almost a year – wow that went by fast.  So a lot of things have changed but every time I see it, I am reminded of my time with Ricki, her expertise, and how much influence she has on my home style.  Love her.  I tried to tidy up a little but then I also wanted to show you a real, functional office too.

I hired a contractor to install a french door from the living room to the third bedroom which I converted into an office.  I ripped out the carpet and used a concrete paint from ACE Hardware then put a Pottery Barn jute rug over it.  I prefer office space with hard floors, it makes it seem more office like to me.  You might notice that the ceiling is a darker color than the walls, Ricki’s wonderful idea.  My handyman Dennis also turned the outlet chandelier into a hardwired chandelier.

Inside the closet, I used up every space to hang something, whether it was artwork, or hooks to hang things like my UNDFIND One Bag and Waist Shooter.  This IKEA shelf holds all of my backup discs, papers, envelopes, contract folders, and crafty things.  I’m very crafty.


My giant board is covered with things that inspire me and of course my PHOENIX magazine cover shot.

And that’s it!  I hope you like it!  If you have any questions on where I found things, drop me a little comment!  Thanks for joining me!

Office Designer: la Ricki / Farm house dining table: Ballard Designs / White desk: Vintage, Dad’s / Bird chandelier: The French Bee / Three drawer dresser and wire trays: Rust and Roses / Crystal knobs: spray painted black crystal knobs from Cool Knobs and Pulls / White chairs with blue damask fabric: Restoration Plantation / Rug and Queen Anne Upholstered Chairs: Pottery Barn (originally black and sprayed light gray) / Bulletin board: DIY Staples board covered in white duck cloth and upholstery nails / Key hole door knobs on closet and wall knobs: Anthropologie / Wall Gallery Canvas Wraps: WHCC / Cubby Organizer: Pottery Barn / French door installation contractor: Steven D Chochran, Inc. / Handyman and Painter: Dennis of Lowan Handyman Services, LLC / Curtain Rod and clips: Pottery Barn / Curtains: Target / Vintage maps: Paper Source / Ladder shelf: Sweet Salvage, refinished by Ricki

Diana Elizabeth loves her space.  It’s so important to bring only things that are beautiful and functional.  Especially if you spend a lot of time in there.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.

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