Office by Vanessa De Vargas

Contributed by: Vanessa De Vargas, decor8 West Coast Correspondent.


Last year I had the opportunity to work on an office for my client in Santa Monica. She works for a record label that handles many high profile rock and pop clients and since she works until the wee hours of the night she needed a space that felt like she was working from home.

So with my direction we created a space that would feel like her home office while still keeping it functional and clean. When I first met with my client mentioned her love for Anthropologie and that she loved the color robins egg blue.

I came up with a concept that incorporated vintage pieces and with a twist of modern. The sofa we found at JC Penny, (unfortunately is it sold out) and I had my upholsterer sew a red and white curtain panel from Urban Outfitters right down the center. I felt like the sofa was boring on its own and to dress it up I felt like sewing the panel would do the trick!

For the desk, I found a vintage desk and had the top redone to be made larger, added a new glass and had the entire desk lacquered in white gloss. The nitch behind her desk was a perfect place to add some custom shelving. So I had Jordan Cappellla from Jordan Cappella Collection design the floating Lucite shelves. The wallpaper goes totally interrupted with the Lucite shelves, in which you can literally see right through it.

I have included a breakdown of the items in the room, so you locate the items if you choose to purchase them. I hope you enjoy the office and I'll post some other projects soon that will include a breakdown of the pieces for decor8 readers. - Vanessa

Sofa: JCPenney (sorry, sold out), Wall color: Behr Rhythmic Blue 510E-2, Drapes - linen fabric: Diamond foam and fabric. Fabric panel on sofa and teal pillows: Urban Outfitters (they just redesigned their site by the way.), Hanging light fixture: Patio Culture, Gold birds: eBay, Zebra rug and gold side table - Vintage, Curtain rods: IKEA.


Wallpaper: Fbw #co21 at Walnut Wallpaper, Gold lamp: eBay, Cork boards: Staples, Desk: vintage. Desk Chair: Advanced Interior Designs.

Bird cup from Nest. Lucite custom shelving: Jordan Cappella, vases and storage from IKEA.

Misc: Chinese Watercolor Paintings shown here: JCPenney.

Project contributed by: Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise LA.

Thank you Vanessa for dropping in!

Readers: Would you like to submit a photo of your office space for decorating help by Vanessa and I? We'll look through all submissions and take a few to work on over the next couple of months to post here on decor8 in an effort to help YOU get organized and love the office you're in. No cubicles allowed, this is only for personal home office space because we'd like to suggest wallpaper and/or paint, flooring, soft furnishings, etc. When you submit your photos please make sure that they are clear with few shadows, shot in natural daylight (if possible). See above photos as a reference - very clear, colors are true to life.

Please send your entry to decor8blog AT gmail.com with "Help My Office" in the subject line. Please indicate your favorite colors, whether you are allowed to paint/wallpaper in your space, and include any clippings from magazines that inspire you so we can get a feel of what your style is. Office space only. Only entries with images uploaded to Flickr with a link included in your email will be considered (no attachments). For the sake of sourcing products and availability, you must live in the U.S. to participate. Please indicate your budget and the items in the room that you would like to replace, add, and remove. All entries will be considered!

Thank you!

(images from vanessa de vargas)