Office Inspiration from Ballard

Yesterday, I began putting together some plans for my future office.  Since I was working on this plan while my sweet little boy rested between attacks of a nasty stomach virus, it was hard to stay focused.  Everyone in the school seems to be coming down with this stomach bug.  My 9 year old had it two weeks ago and unfortunately, my 6 year old had it all day yesterday.  Then last night he came down with a 102 degree fever so I kept him home today.

I was relieved to see him bounce out of bed this morning and back to his cheerful little self.  Today he is just taking it easy while I spoil him with all my attention.  Although, I think he already got tired of me because he asked if he could go play Wii for awhile.  Oh well, I will snuggle him more later.  Now that I have a little time to get on the computer, I will show you what I came up with last night.

As you might remember, (see Hardwood Floor Shopping), I am in the process of choosing a hardwood floor for my future office.  I think I am narrowing it down to a medium tone stained hickory.  Although I love the darker stains and woods, I do have light colored golden retriever fur flying around my house.  Plus, the hardwoods in my living room and dining room are medium colored.  I haven’t ordered the floor yet but I am getting close.

Once I get the floors installed, I would like to start using the room as soon as possible so I started planning the look I want in there.  Last night I got caught up on the Ballard Designs website and came up with a tentative plan using just pieces from them.

This is my first mood board/collage – whatever you want to call it.  Well, actually I did make a Style Board recently, but this collage is my first attempt at a specific room.  I am sure there are more professional ways to design it but basically, I imported pictures into Picasa and made a collage.  Then I copied the collage to my hard drive and then went on to PicMonkey.  On PicMonkey, I added the watermark and the numbers to label the pieces.  (Yeah, I know you can’t really see the desk very well but it was my first attempt!)

As stated above, all the pieces are from Ballard Designs.

1.  Fabric for Curtains – Cisco Blue

2.  Suzanne Kasler Small Gourd Lamp

3.  Rebecca Chair

4.  Delaney Pendant Lantern

5.  Bornova Side Table

6.  Lanier 36″ Wall Clock

7.  Tuscan Bookcases

8.  Oval Lewis Sidechair with Hayley Blue Fabric

9.  Drawer Desk
10.  Woven Hurricanes

11.  Sepia State Map

12.  Suzanne Kasler Wide Stripe Rug

13.  Callisa Stripe Fabric (for pillow)

14.  Durham Console

15.  Giant Clam Shell

16.  Newport Baskets

Here is a picture of the layout I drew recently.

I just added in all the Ballard pieces to see what would fit.

It’s not a huge room at approximately 12’5″ X 11’4″ (plus the little doorway area and closet.)  I think I like the idea of a bookcase wall with the desk in front of it.  That way I can see the doorway and out the window…because the whole feng shui thing is important to me for an office where I hope to be productive!  I am still not 100% sure I will use that layout because I also like the idea of the desk facing the wall with shelves above.  If I did that, I would add two chairs in front of the bookcases to give more of a library feel.

Anyway, that’s where I am with my office plan.  It does take me awhile to make decisions, so don’t be surprised if I change my plans a bit!  I am starting from scratch in that room and sometimes that is even harder than working with a few things you already own!  I don’t think I have ever started with a blank slate before.

Do you plan a room in advance or do you just let it evolve as you go along?

Have you been hit with the stomach bug this winter?


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  1. Oh I hope to have an office one day~love Ballard/Pottery Barn….It's fun to see if on paper first…now that's some real planning!

  2. Your design board looks fantastic. I am so loving the Cisco blue curtains. I have seen a lot of blue in stores recently and I have been thinking of ways to add it to my home.Look forward to seeing your final outcome.Karen

  3. I absolutely love it! I really like the layout you have and think it would be really pretty coming into the room. Can't wait to see this evolve!

  4. Oooh I love the mood board Shelley! I would love to decorate a whole room from Ballards and the pieces you chose are great! Plus the color scheme is so fresh and pretty. Can't wait to see it come together!

  5. I love it…the blue, the pendant, the textures!! My post today references Ballard in our home office update, including the map…great minds think alike!

  6. You did a great job with your board – I'm impressed! (I don't have a clue) Love your choices, Ballard always has beautiful pieces! I never minded having a sick little guy at home to snuggle with! 🙂

  7. This is going to be great. Ballard has some great stuff for sure. Love how you put it all together, and Im sorry you all have been sick. We don't have any kids at home anymore, that's why we haven't gotten hit this winter…take care and good luck with your project!xo

  8. I love your inspiration board! It's going to be amazing, I can tell. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful day!

  9. I like your mood board and I think it looks great. Its sometimes hard to make heads or tails of these things, but I think you did a good job. Now, to see it come to fruition! Thanks for sharing, liz

  10. It's going to be spectacular, I'm sure! Your inspiration board looks amazing!Sorry about all the "sickies." Hope everyone is well soon!

  11. Looks like someone is going to have a really cozy office soon! I like how you picked your furniture and matched them with one another. Also, it's great that you listed everything that you wanted to put in your office. Just be careful not to put in too much furniture that you'd have to sacrifice space. Best of luck!Metro Offices

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