D*S Office Makeover: Part 2- The Plan

After last week’s embarrassing reveal, it’s time to update on our plan of action, and what we’ve done so far. We’re focusing on the back half of our open space right now, to create a more functional craft and tabletop storage area that works for both team meals and hosting events like our Biz Ladies lunches. Like most decorating projects, I tend to just starting buying things, rather than making a plan, so thankfully Amanda Gorski from Homepolish set us on the right path by helping us come up with a plan of attack to guide and inform our purchases and DIY decisions.

We all decided we wanted three major things: functionality (room for props, tabletop goods and DIY supplies), more sophisticated color (I tend to run toward pink like a maniac) and an accent wall that would make this portion of the studio feel like its own separate room. So we went through the Home Decorators Collection to find pieces we thought suited our needs or would be great opportunities to customize furniture or decor to match our style as a team. Above are the pieces we’re planning to work with (some of which will get DIY updates!) and after the jump you can see more plans and progress shots. xo, grace

Image above: Jute braided rug, Wire 5-light pendant, Backless Bar Stool, Hunt Candle Holders, Industrial Pub Table, Cabana Stripe Napkins

Click through to see the progress we’ve made so far…

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This “Industrial Empire Pub Table” will be our new dining/meeting table in the kitchen area. We’re planning on painting the top white to match the rest of the space.

These ‘Hunt’ candle holders are going to get a coat of paint and possibly a wood-burned pattern to make them match the vibe of the dining area.

This ‘Jute braided rug‘ will be under our dining table. We’re considering a small accent stamp or pattern on one end.

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For the walls, we painted the side walls grey and then decided to use a gorgeous blue-green pattern from Eskayel (The Dance in Olive). The wallpaper creates the perfect accent wall without being too busy.

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For lighting, we decided to use Home Decorators Collection wire 5-light pendant, spraypainted gold.

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To deal with storage we installed white Ikea cabinets (Akurum) with plain butcher block countertops. We’re still deciding if we want to paint or stain these a different color. Max helped flip the counters over…they were heavy.


Did you have any issues with spraypaint on the vinyl cord of the pendants? I made the mistake of also trying to spray the cord of a large hooded globe pendant for over my dining area & it was a disaster! Never ended up drying and I had to scrub the cord with paint thinner- total mess :/

Chelsea Walter

My husband and I recently stained our ikea butcher block countertops dark redwood. The contrast between the dark wood, white cabinets and our blue palette (similar to yours!) is dynamite!


I love that wallpaper! Inspirational and refreshing–the scale seems just right!


i love that you weren’t afraid to paint brand-new furniture and customize it for your own space, instead of settling for using it as is. love the little peek into the finished room!