It’s only taken me 3 years, and officially starting the blog biz to get me to dedicate effort into making my office a real office. Better late than never, I suppose. I knew the theme had to speak to me – and nothing quite does more than my love for the beach, and total obsession with mermaids.
I’ll be honest – I didn’t spend a ton of money re-doing this room, or “sun room” rather – as that is technically what this room was originally. A lot of what you see is DIY inspired, or decor I’ve had already around the house (such as the major furniture pieces and wall art) and I’ve merely done a little re-arranging. But I’m really excited for you to get a feel of my impression of a Chic Mermaid inspired office makeover!
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A Blogger’s Chic Mermaid Inspired Office Makeover
get the inspired look (above): charcoal wood & metal desk | desk monogram
Going into this makeover, I had already had two pieces for years – my computer desk, and tufted leather lounge chair. Unfortunately outdated, I have provided you with similar inspired looks! But the desk is really nothing special, as that is the way I wanted it. I wanted everything else in the room to stand out.
Speaking of standing out – the fishing rods. My husband and I are avid anglers – we have so many rods we don’t know what to do with them. Hence the reason they are now showcased as a feature wall.
So why black furniture pieces? Well, quite frankly, I’m not really sure. I think I figured anything light would get too dirty, being that we have two hairy dogs in the house. It just worked out better this way since there’s no “off the furniture” rule, and our other furniture in the house is relatively dark. I will usually find one of my fur-babes curled up in the comfy lounge chair in my office throughout the day. I can’t really blame them – it’s definitely the perfect reading or nap lounger.
Two unique pieces of the room are my personal artwork: the mermaid canvas, and the scales on the wall. Each took me days to complete, and as an artist – my work never truly feels done. But in doing the scales – I simply created a stencil out of poster board, and used the a shimmery metallic interior paint.
get the inspired look (below): tufted leather lounge chair | geometric pattern rug | teal metallic interior paint
get the inspired look (above): velvet lilac barreled slipper chair | mermaid linen pillow | coastal photography canvas | acer aspire e5 laptop
I recently completed the look of my office by splurging on a nice desk chair. It took me FOREVER to find the exact one I wanted – style, comfort, color and looks wise. At first I couldn’t justify spending over $100 for a chair – a chair, people – but it took convincing of my husband that this would be the chair I would spend most of my days. It’s my work chair.
So I had to be lenient on price to get exactly what I wanted. Of course, while I have an eye for something I can never find it. But this one happened to be a blessing. At first I had wanted something on wheels, or a swivel chair, but I realized that isn’t as important as style and comfort. And for $200, this chair has it all! Funny thing about it is I had the mermaid pillow before the chair – they all coincidentally match perfectly.
I’m able to work for hours, yet relax comfortably doing so. It’s a bit larger than your normal “desk chair”, but smaller than an accent chair, I feel. I’m able to be my weird self and sit Indian-style while I work. And if you’ve never had a chair hug you, then you’re missing out.
It’s slight barreled style and vertically tufted back reminds me of a conch shell – needless to say that had me sold instantly. And I wanted purple, but not an exaggerated bright purple, so this pastel lilac color was beyond perfect. Plus, it’s soft velvet feel is an extra touch of added comfort.
As you can see, it’s pup-approved, too! Sorry, he’s not for sale…
get the inspired look (above): starfish candle dish | sea glass mosaic votive
Decor wise, I’m a thrifter. So unfortunately I couldn’t tell you where I purchased these little accents. I had bought the curtains from a retailer that unfortunately doesn’t sell online, and they have limited stores around the country. Plus, this was years ago. But I love them – I just had no clue I would utilize them much more until now.
The trinkets and candle votives I had since my wedding nearly 2 years ago, and have used them as inspirational pieces throughout my coastal and nautical home decor. I may have cheated and carried them from other areas of the house into the office – hey, gotta save cash somewhere.
I will tell you, though, how much I am in love with the faux wax LED candles lately. They’re made from real wax, but are actually led lights. They create such a mellow mood when working in the office at night. But nobody would ever know they weren’t real candles.
And again, the mermaid painting is my original artwork, so if that’s something you’re looking for – there are so many talented artists on Etsy who sell their work.
get the inspired look (below): coral inspired window curtains | seashell accent vessel | mermaid painting on canvas
get the inspired look (above): starfish candlestick | LED flameless wax candles | seashell picture frame
Of course, the staple to any authentic office – you have to have a picture frame on your desk. Isn’t that standard protocol? I went ahead and went a little crazy on this one, knowing there would only be one, and I didn’t want to clutter my work space.
I love these pieces so much, but as you may not be able to see from the picture – I went ahead and painted my frame white, and then dry brushed some shimmery silver paint over the white frame to make it pop. And it ties together nicely with my starfish LED candle holder (see, told you I was hooked on those LEDs).
To top off my office look, I keep a planner readily handy. This planner I received from my husband last Christmas (when I had officially left my full time job to start my blog business). It’s not just a calendar, it helps keep me on track, allows me to write down my goals for the week, month and year, and allows for creative and inspirational ideas.
get the inspired look (below): sloth mug and tea infuser | beach believer planner