Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Effortless Style Interiors: Office Progress

Hi Loves,

I wanted to keep you all posted on my office re-vamp. I few one additions got finished over the weekend!

First let’s remember what the space looked like before:


This is how it looked when we first moved in and it pretty much stayed that way for a year and half. When I started my business I knew I needed a space to call my own and this was going to be it. So we got to work!

Over the weekend window treatments came in along with a little friend for my loveseat aka meeting area.


I snagged that lovely bench at a thrift store a couple of months ago. When I was taking it apart I found a tag that stated it was from the 1920’s! I then went out and got some contrasting fabric to have it reupholstered.


I know that the loveseat fabric is pretty loud, but I didn’t want to get a basic neutral for the bench, so I found a  smaller pattern in neutral shades to not distract, but still give some interest. Since the loveseat pattern had a bit of orange I decided to pull that color out and use it for the tufting and piping.

Close-up of fabric:


Now here is where I ask for help. What color should I spray paint the frame? It is originally gold. It would work in the room, but I was leaning towards painting it white and then out of no where this morning I decided I wanted orange.


Decisions are the worst (If you know what old movie that line comes from then I know we are destined to my life long friends)

If you have a chance I would love a comment and let me know what color you are leaning towards.

As you can see some window treatments also arrived. Practically the whole room is incased in UGLY windows! We are getting new ones, but that is not happening right away. So to hide the UGLY I went to Loews and picked up all my supplies including fabric and rod system. I’ll post more on that tomorrow.

* I would love to say that I won my battle with the sewing machine and produced that myself, but alas I did not. I was going to try it out, but then figured why ruin the fabric, give myself some gray hairs and never get it finished when I can just hand it over to Julie and for the exchange of $48 bucks we are both happy campers.



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Blogger Blair said...

It looks AH-MAZING! Love the bench and I adore the way the gold looks!

September 23, 2009 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Deliciously Organized said...

I LOVE the bench!!!!! I actually really like the gold and would keep it that way. The bench up against that seat is gorgeous! I've said it are so talented and I love what you are doing with this space! -carlee

September 23, 2009 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Oh I just love it! Lookin good Camila!

September 23, 2009 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Love the bench! I, too, like the gold, but if you wanted to change the color, and I'm no designer, I would probably go with a slightly darker color, maybe something close to one of the dark colors in the fabric on your sofa.

September 23, 2009 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger heather said...

If it were mine, I'd go with a contrasting color in the sofa, like the green or blue or pink, to add some whimsy!

And the good thing about spray paint is that if you hate it...change it!

September 23, 2009 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Flavia @ Estilo Home said...

That bench is amazing! The space is really coming together. I actually really like the gold as it is now.

September 23, 2009 at 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooh I love how it turned out!!! So fun! I think I'd either leave it gold or paint it white so it blends in but also pops on the wood floors.

September 23, 2009 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger lupismore said...

i'm not a big fan of gold, especially in furniture, but this bench looks FAB! just as it is i say don't change anything

September 23, 2009 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger LindsB said...

LOVE the bench with the sofa and my vote is for ORANGE, ORANGE, ORANGE...did you get that?

Love the curtains too- I cant wait to see more.

I hope your trip back to the thrift store this morning was successful!

September 23, 2009 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Sweet Nothings said...

i DIE. over that bench. ugh. want to send it to LA and give it to me?? thanks.

September 23, 2009 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I think gold as well. Organge would make it look too cutsey I think? I cant wait to see a full reveal of the room

September 23, 2009 at 12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bench is adorable - your fabric and trim choices are spot-on to coordinate with the fabulous couch. I think that painting the base white or leaving it gold would be the best choice. More orange may be a bit too much since the couch is so colorful.

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September 23, 2009 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger bluehydrangea said...

The room is fabulous!!! I am on a curtain frenzy so I can't wait to hear more details!! I also love the bench gold. Orange would be too matchy.

September 23, 2009 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger A Spoonful of Dish said...

So adorable. Love the sofa and the bench is a fab print. I would say white for the bench legs. I was thinking orange but felt it might stand out too much.
Good luck, what a great transformation thus far.

September 23, 2009 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger other-option said...

Love the gold tone of the bench and I would keep it. Would you mind sharing the details of the fabric on the bench, please? Thanks!
- Danielle

September 23, 2009 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger my favorite and my best said...

gold please. thank you.

September 23, 2009 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger vicki archer said...

I adore this is perfect, xv.

September 23, 2009 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Collins said...

oh my gosh. if i knew where you lived i might break in and steal it. ;) i love it!

September 23, 2009 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Ms. Bright said...

AH!!!! I knew we would be friends!
Clueless is still a fave!

Absolutely LOVE the loveseat and of course, the new cushion looks fantastic with it! Totally would do a deep orange. What a pop, just like the piping.

Can't wait to see more!

September 23, 2009 at 1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your office is looking good! Love that love seat! I'd paint the bench frame an off-whitish color that matches back to the lighter color in the fabric. This will really allow the orange welting to pop. Hope my two cents helps!

September 23, 2009 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Laura Casey Interiors said...

Definitely my vote is to keep it gold, esp. if it is from the 1920's. Soon it will be an antique and you never want to touch them!

September 23, 2009 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger DesignBabylon said...

I would keep the gold, but if you are dead-set on painting the base go orange! It's one of my favorite colors and it will totally pop in front of your loveseat!

LOVE the blog, btw :)

September 23, 2009 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

before reading these posts, i thought gold too. gives a touch old old school class and sass. :)

September 23, 2009 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger The Consummate Hostess said...

Goor work thus far! I love what you have done and the curtains will create an intimate and cozy space for clients. Can't wait to see more pictures.

September 23, 2009 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Design Esquire said...

LOVE the bench.

September 23, 2009 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger X said...

HELLO that quote is from Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (starring the one and only SJP back in the day!) Love that movie and love the destined life long friendship .. aka sisterhood!

I LOVE how the bench turned out and would keep the gold (like I told you before!)! I think it looks great! XOXO

September 23, 2009 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger Miss Wendy said...

I love the bench and the love seat. I vote for keeping it gold, but it would pop if painted in one of the darker colors in the love seat fabric.

September 23, 2009 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

If you want to paint it orange, paint it orange. I think it would look fantastic. And if you don't like it, paint it white. That is the glorious thing about spray paint. It is so quick, easy, and cheap you can just do it again if you aren't happy!

September 23, 2009 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Elena said...

I might just paint it white. Good job so far!

September 23, 2009 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger vanessa said...

Every thing looks great! I used that same fabric to back my living room pillows. I think the metal would look great a blue color or a matte gold.

September 23, 2009 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Alicia B. Designs said...

I, like everyone else, love the gold finish!

Descisions are the worst is from THE BEST MOVIE EVER Girls just Want to Have fun. I really have to watch that again (for the 300th time)

September 23, 2009 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Sarah - La Jeune Marie said...

I say keep it gold - I like the "bling"!

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September 23, 2009 at 6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Girls just wanna have fun!!! and actually- Clueless too?-sad that I know that.
Keep it gold! Maybe add a contrast orange welt around the base- before the gold- to tie it together!
Looks great!!!

September 23, 2009 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I absolutely ADORE the fabric on the ottoman - and the orange trim was brilliant! I say GO FOR IT on painting the metal base orange - if not, go navy!

September 23, 2009 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

It's lovely! I like the gold bottom.

September 23, 2009 at 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eeeeeeeeeek! That sofa totally looks like Josef Frank!!! Where did you find the fabric?? I love it, I want it! And your bench is adorable. I vote for orange. It'll look perfect with that piping.

September 23, 2009 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger pve design said...

I like the gold... but if you were to paint it, I would say white....or orange would look great!

September 23, 2009 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...


September 23, 2009 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger abby jenkins said...

I'd go for orange. Why not? Sunny. Fun. Fresh.

September 23, 2009 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Orange huh? You're brave girl. I think I would go with white or ivory or just leave as is which is kind of cool in a vintage sort of way.

September 23, 2009 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Re:Fresh Design Studio said...

I surprised myself by really liking the gold. Otherwise I would paint it white. I haven't seen the rest of your room yet, but would orange be too much?

September 23, 2009 at 10:27 PM  
Blogger Caitlin said...

I can't tell you how much I love the contrast welting and buttons. I bought that same geometric fabric at joanns in the pink but totally overlooked the neutral. Now I want to totally rethink neutral fabrics since I saw how you gave it life.

Good job my dear!

September 23, 2009 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Blueprint Bliss said...

Camila- It looks fantastic. Love the fabric on the bench and I prefer the gold!

September 24, 2009 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Ms. Bright said...

That's right, it's in "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", too!!! I love that flick, also. But I always think about Cher standing in front of her closet saying that line...bc I do it all the time!

September 24, 2009 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

I might be in the minority, but I'm not a fan of the gold. I think the orange (maybe a darker pumpkin shade?) would look really nifty. Love it so far!

September 24, 2009 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Dallas said...

Here's my vote: Either paint the base orange or go for fushia and bring out the other color in the sofa. Fushia would rock!

"Girls Just Want to Have Fun!" but of course :)

September 24, 2009 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Honeygo Beasley said...

Love it! The bench reminds me of my coffee table - I have a glass top, but your blog post inspired me to consider switching it out with a big cushion like that!

September 24, 2009 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Oonafey said...

Is Clueless an old movie? Does that mean we are all getting old, as well? LOL. Love the bench with the loveseat, I too prefer the gold frame.

September 24, 2009 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

love it!!! the fabrics are awesome!!!!! i like the gold but think either of the options would work too!

September 24, 2009 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger madamesoleil said...

The loveseat and bench fabric look amazing together. So chic! I think you should go with your instinct and do the orange!

September 24, 2009 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Jro said...

you should paint it an antique white. let the sofa be the focal point. painting the bench orange i think will be too much. great job!

September 24, 2009 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Haven and Home said...

Love the bench!!! Maybe it is because it is Saturday morning but my brain is not coming up with a color. What is wrong with me? I am liking the gold!

September 26, 2009 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN!! My fav movie of all time! I bought it for myself last year.

I'm leaning towards the gold or even doing some sort of metallic rub on it but if you really want to paint it, go orange. Why not go bold??

September 26, 2009 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Christen said...

oh my god oh my god oh my god. Will you come redo my whole apartment? It needs your magic touch!

September 26, 2009 at 9:54 PM  
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November 25, 2010 at 5:59 AM  

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