la petite headquarters

I love seeing how small spaces can be transformed into beautiful new homes for businesses. I was completely overwhelmed when trying to decorate our first-ever D*S office this spring, so I’m majorly jealous of the team at La Petite, an online kids’ magazine, who got to work with designer Kirsten Grove on their new space. Kirsten’s cousin, Rachelle Francey, is the editor of La Petite and wanted some help creating a space in her home that would work well for meetings and the everyday tasks associated with running an online magazine. So Kirsten went to work transforming Rachelle’s front sitting room into the official La Petite headquarters.

I think the colorful ceiling is my favorite part of this project. Kirsten used a salmon-colored paint called Freckles (Valspar) that works well with the existing metallic wallpaper. The project called on some more family members, like Kirsten’s father-in-law, who created the workspace table and bench. For one final bit of color, Kirsten dipped each of the office chair legs in a minty green paint. Additional accessories came from Normann Copenhagen, Ferm Living, Target, West Elm, A + R Store and Ikea. The final result is a space that’s great for working but also blends well into a modern home. Congrats to Kirsten and Rachelle on the beautiful new space. xo, grace

All photographs by Joyce Alexander

Kelsey Kleiman

Love the wallpaper and would love to know where it is from! Hadn’t thought of using wallpaper in our new office space in Brooklyn but it might warm up my little corner office! Love those wall planters too!

Ashley • Fine Day Press

As someone with a home office-based business this is seriously inspiring! I never would have thought of a blush-colored ceiling but it really gives the space a nice warm glow. Love. Would also like to know the deets on the metallic wallpaper; adds a subtle touch of glam.


that’s a lovely space, i wouldn’t mind working there!
i love the wallpaper and paint color.
xo, cheyenne


Beautiful! And I love La Petite magazine. It’s so inspiring!


Oana, the chairs are from Overstock. :)

Jeanelle, the table was handmade by Kirsten’s father-in-law, who I am sure you could contact Kirsten if you wanted more info on it.


LOVE!!! The coral color on the ceiling is so un expected and beautiful. I also love the mix of furniture in there. The Kaj Franck Bowl is a fun touch too…

Tiffany Casanova

This is AWESOME! I also have a home office space and now I want to REALLY spice mine up a bit! I just met Rachelle at Playtime NYC this week- SHE IS AWESOME!

Julie K

have the same vintage enamel bowl and I LOVE seeing it smiling here at me. love love the space.


What a gorgeous space. I would love to work in here. Super cute love heart bowl too. Or is it a cup?


Well I’m in love with the teapot! Maybe we need a list of where everything came from..


Such a lovely, inspiring space to work in! Beautiful table. Now I’m in the mood to paint a ceiling…:)