Color – Subtle Gray by Sherwin Williams


Because my office is not put together and I’d rather you not run away, I thought I’d open up with this image from Horchow of a settee that I’d like, which costs $10,500. But it’s on sale now for $8,000 (as if that changes anything).┬áThat’s a nice long trip to Europe, so guess I’ll just dream about it, Europe – that is. And the couch search continues!

Since we are old friends, I’ll share the progression of the office, even though I’d like to just give you a big reveal but that might not happen soon.

On the walls – subtle gray by Sherwin Williams in luster finish (the closest to eggshell available in the cashmere line).


Up top above my closet, I had taken down sliding doors. I’m going to put new ones back up there because there’s a lot of space I need for storage – like for Freely boxes stored for concept shoots. I’m also going to attempt to make it myself.

Eh, maybe I’ll call handyman Dennis.


My desk is now a dining table from Ballard Designs that had been my craft/sewing/meeting table – also designated junk mail table by the husband into my main desk. The wires are driving me mad – I’m looking at solutions on Amazon to conceal them and I will master that. Also changing out the knob, replacing that pink greek key chair (it’s for sale).

I’d like something like this:

32657975_014_bClarence Wingback Chair

Sofas and chairs can be quite pricey but I try to remember how often they are used – especially my office when I’m working from home. Investment right?

I’m also trying to figure out where certain artwork should go, and that I should probably just get my Ashford Castle grounds map matted and framed properly now. The images look so much better against a gray. It has an ever slight blue/green hint to it that’s not overpowering, very calming without being a bland flat gray while also not really leaning towards a specific color either.

I’m aware that made no sense. Moving on.


Now I don’t have an area for clients to meet with me but that happens twice a year – meeting at my house, most can be done via Skype but I’m looking for a couch against the wall where my desk used to be – right where you see that bulletin board learning against. That can be my meeting area if I need one, and also my napping/lounging/hanging out girl cave spot. That $10,000 settee would look so amazing there.

I did a strange thing as I prepped for the painters., I left the big holes in my wall where the Pottery Barn cubby and my 4×8 creative pin board had been mounted – because just in case I changed my mind to keep those things – which I knew I wouldn’t. So, that means I get to become a painter for a day and patch them myself and paint.


I’m selling a lot of stuff – anyone in the Phoenix area interested, see this post on what’s for sale. I will ship if you want to pay for it – but the small stuff. I’m also taking best offers.

What do you think? Here’s a before post of the former butter yellow walls.

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.


  • Carissa

    I like the new color!

    Really excited to see the progression in your office. I really like that Pottery Barn ladder shelf.

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi Carissa! Thank you! That little ladder shelf is from a monthly antique store warehouse! My gf refinished it for me by applying some wax, it’s pretty neat. I’m on the hunt for the couch and no one is buying my stuff :( I guess I should lower the price… womp womp.


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