My Inspired Home Office

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I have to admit, I had no idea where to begin when I started making over my home office. First of all, it wasn’t even a room. It was my 6 ft x 7 ft storage closet. Filled to the brim with boxes, and decorations from my wedding, it was hard to imagine that an office could even be possible in this space.


It was a friend who had suggested it. After an evening of listening to me go on about how I wished I had two-bedroom apartment so that I could have some space to work in, her advice, get a storage unit, and stop wasting prime space. She was right. Right away I got started on turning my huge storage closet into a quaint office space.

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Now, five months later, I am excited to share with you the results of the most special space in my home. The place where I come every evening to write to all of you.

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I wanted the space to feel warm, inviting, and to have a sense of culture to it. I took inspiration from Katya de Grunwald’s “African Chic” photos. Touches of Africa made their way into the space with the Moroccan wedding blanket, and African textiles and seating.

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My sister was the one who came up with the orange and blue color palette. I never would have picked these colors on my own, but together the combination is rich, warm and inviting. There are touches of orange and blue throughout the space – the chairs, storage, ikat bowls, even my orange stapler adds warmth to the space. My plumage lampshade brings the color palette together.

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This space needed to stand out, and it does with a lot of unique elements. A bust that makes the perfect bookend. A cream and sugar set that’s now repurposed for pushpins and paperclips. And my handpainted giraffe adds a special pop of color.

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The sparkle in this room makes it enchanting, and you truly forget it was ever a closet. The sparkle of my Moroccan rug, the beautiful glow that reflects off the photo frames, and the final touch, my capiz shell chandelier.

This space is beautiful, enchanting, and I absolutely love it. I hope you enjoyed a peak into my home office. Now I can’t wait to see yours!

19 replies
  1. kay*
    kay* says:

    wow this is so beautiful and stylish! exactly my style with the global touches – love it. but i have to ask one question – where did you get the wallpaper and does it have a style name??? i’ve been keeping my eyes open for the perfect blackwallpaper with gold or pink detailing and this is perfect! love it all.

  2. AphroChic
    AphroChic says:

    Thank you so much everyone for your comments! I am so glad that you like the space as much as I do.kay*, the funny thing about the wallpaper is that it’s not wallpaper, it’s gift wrap! I picked up about 10 sheets of this paper at my local Border’s bookstore. My husband and I hung it up with really tiny nails that don’t show up at all. I love it, because it made a great impact in the space, and only cost about $20!I don’t have the style name, but I know it is part of Border’s Paperchase collection.

  3. kay*
    kay* says:

    genius, genius, genius! i’ll be in NY at the end of the month and hope you don’t mind if i keep my eye open for this gift wrap at borders!even funnier – i was at my local bookstore today looking at their gift wrap and i thought to myself – this would look great as a wallpaper…

  4. savant
    savant says:

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  5. coco+kelley
    coco+kelley says:

    girl!! you did an AMAZING job of styling this space! so much personality without being overwhelming, and i spy my favorite anthropologie bowls! love the throw in the chair AND the rug too. i’m completely jealous!

  6. AphroChic
    AphroChic says:

    Thank you so much! I’m blushing from all of these nice comments. I really loved styling this space, and I love my Ikat bowls from Anthro. I have to admit, there are a lot of things from Anthropologie in this small space. Papayayaya, the wicker chairs are from there. I just visited the site, and I don’t think they are available anymore, but you can find similar chairs at

  7. AphroChic
    AphroChic says:

    sdg1844, thank you so much for your comment. It’s so interesting to look at the offices presented. It is true that each one is a look into that person’s personality.

  8. AphroChic
    AphroChic says:

    Maryam, I am so glad you like it. It really means a lot to me that you appreciate the space. I really was unsure about putting the blanket down as a rug. Originally, it was going to be on the bed, but it was so heavy, and living in CA, it was just to hot and heavy for us. So, I tried it in the office, and I love it so much in there. I didn’t want to disrespect the beautiful work that’s been done, and hope that using it as a rug is in no way disrespectful. It is just the perfect way for me to enjoy this gorgeous piece. Thank you!


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