Happy Thursday! The first week of February has been quite a whirlwind. The construction on the new Camille Styles office is wrapping up, move in has begun, and I can’t wait for the full reveal. Until then, I thought I’d share the design process behind Camille’s personal office space.

Camille’s design aesthetic is elegantly simple. She loves neutrals, a beautiful soothing palette with punches of color, inspiration boards, and design details. Each furniture piece is picked for a specific purpose, leaving the room open and free of clutter to encourage creativity.

sources: marble lamp, leather + fur sling chair, metal truss work table

The office layout is fairly straight forward. The desk is pulled away from the wall so Camille can get a clear view out her windows and an open view to greet anyone who enters the space. This also allows for potential shelving behind the desk. Two guest chairs face the desk inviting conversation and collaboration. Drapes and a rug are a must to bring softness and warmth into the space. An inspiration board is visible and accessible for photo shoot planning. Add a plant, a lamp, some art, and voila! The office design doesn’t have to be elaborate, just needs to be a space that the person working in it feels not only comfortable but also energized. Though I don’t advocate “design rules” here are some helpful tips when decorating your own space!

  1. Warm up your space with a rug (keeping something soft on the ground helps the office feel more homey and less sterile).
  2. Make sure you have closed storage for the not so pretty office supplies (we all have paper work and office supplies that aren’t aesthetically pleasing, so make sure you have adequate storage to hide them from every day view).
  3. Have overhead lights on dimmers (working under bright over head lighting can drain you, make sure you can turn it down or off as desired).
  4. In addition, make sure you have a floor lamp or task lamp for ambient lighting (again, over head glare gets old, so balance it out with task lighting).
  5. Have a space to layout or pin up the project you are working on (having the visuals in front of you helps push the inspiration).
  6. Plants, plants, plants (having at least a small living plant is a personal must because it helps bring the outside in).

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Comments (16)
  1. 1
    Violette February 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris uttered those words of wisdom a long time ago, and it looks as though you followed that philosophy in designing this practical, but gorgeous space for Camille. especially love the light flowing in and the natural elements that keep the clean palette warm and welcoming.

    • Camille Styles February 6, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      What a beautiful quote! I need to frame that for my office walls. πŸ™‚

    • clairezinnecker February 7, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      Love that quote! Thanks for sharing.

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    Emily February 6, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I have that West Elm desk and I love it.

    • Camille Styles February 6, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Yay! So great to hear that… I’ve been eyeing it for a long time, and I think it will be perfect in the space!

    • clairezinnecker February 7, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Oh so good to hear! It has such lovely lines I can’t wait to see it in the office.

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    Kate February 6, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    What a lovely space! Can’t wait for the reveal.

    • clairezinnecker February 7, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks! I’m so honored to get to work on this space for Camille. πŸ™‚

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    Carrie February 7, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Looking forward to seeing the final product, Claire! I’m sure it will be beautiful.

    • clairezinnecker February 7, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks so much Carrie! We are excited to see it all come together.

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    natashamlawler February 9, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    How do computer and lamp plugs work in this scenario?! Can’t wait to see!!

    • clairezinnecker February 10, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Great question! Definitely always a tricky issue. I haven’t gotten the furniture in so I haven’t best yet figured out how to handle that but have a few tricks up my sleeve that should make that issue workable. Table lamp vs floor lamp is still being decided πŸ™‚

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    Elizabeth Dunn February 10, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I was wondering about the plugs in the middle of the room as well!

    • clairezinnecker February 10, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      It’s always helpful when there is an outlet in the floor but since this office is an older home remodel we don’t have that option. I have a few ideas I can’t wait to try once we get the furniture in the space!

  7. 7
    Taylor Morgan March 14, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Where can we find the reveal of this beautiful office?