Living Wall Home Office Tour

Hi friends! Just wanted to share a little tour of what my home office looks like now since I added the DIY faux living wall that I shared last week. This is the space in my home where I work. I am literally sitting at the computer you see here, typing out this post while more emails pile up in my box. And you’ll see my office buddies—my two dogs. 🙂

Here is a before and after of this room. Since moving in, we updated the floors and I also hand stained the ceilings to lighten up the space (throughout the whole front of the house, not just this room). We also painted all the walls in our home white, giving it that blank canvas feeling. 🙂 And obviously the most notable change is the DIY faux living wall.

My file cabinets used to be orange originally, but I added some temporary wallpaper to the front of them this year—a black and white floral design. Other than the living wall, most of the decor and other things in my office space are black and white because I’ve been really digging the boldness of that combo lately.

I do have a few REAL plants in the space. It’s not all fake. Ha! I also sometimes sit in that black chair when I’m needing to think something through or brainstorm and I want to sit away from my computer screen for a while. I got that chair at a flea market while on a gal’s trip to Kansas City a few years ago and I still love it.

I don’t have a lot of art up in my office because I feel like the living wall pretty much takes all your attention anyway. But there are a couple of things in my space right now that I wanted to point out. I’m a blogger, so of course I have a felt letter board. Ha. Right now, it says “Perfection isn’t real,” which might seem like a weird statement, but I dig it. I find this to be encouraging as sometimes projects, posts, work, life, etc., don’t turn out perfect and it’s easy for me to feel discouraged or blame myself and spiral into a little bit of self-hate. But perfection isn’t real, friends. It’s a unicorn. Great idea, but not an actual thing. So I try to remind myself to always do my best and strive to learn and grow but don’t sweat the tiny imperfections or let those things hinder me from moving forward in my work or my life.

And then I also have two of our trademarks hanging up in my office. One for A Beautiful Mess and one for Oui Fresh. I need to get our A Color Story trademark framed and put up there as well. Makes me feel like a real businesswoman. 🙂

Thanks for letting me share a little tour of my office with you! xo. Emma

Room Items: Desk, Office Chair, File Cabinets, Diffuser, Arm Chair + Rug/Vintage, Light Fixture. And the photo of Trey and I on my desk was taken by my friend Katie Day and I LOVE it. Makes me smile every time. Ha!

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • Amazing!! I love it!! One of my favorite things I’ve ever seen on this blog, and I’ve been following for like 8 years. I feel so inspired! Thanks for sharing! Also, way to zoom in on the “perfection isn’t real” frame- a great reminder that I definitely needed to hear! Cheers 🙂

  • I’ve been loving this since you first posted the beginning on your Insta stories! It turned out absolutely awesome. Would you let us know how it holds up to dust and dog hair? I absolutely love the look of it but am a little hesitant about the maintenance since I’ve got 4 kids and 2 big dogs running around. I would absolutely love to do something like this. 🙂

  • I love that you shared the completed project! Will change some of the greenery when the seasons change or will you keep it green all year round?


  • This is so cool! Such a fun idea and it makes it feel like you’re working in this lovely secret garden type space. I love it!

  • Wow! I honestly never would have thought to do this, but it actually looks pretty awesome. I love how you made everything else in your space black and white. This bold contrast mixed with the natural green is perfect. I love the file cabinet makeover too. Thanks for sharing!

  • I still think this is such a spectacular room because of that wall. What a brilliant idea!

  • Just out of curiosity: why did you decide to leave this ‘corridor’ on the living wall undone? Are you planning to add some artwork?

  • Is it just me, or does the link for the diffuser go to freckle lightening cream?
    Thanks for the tour!

    that is so good…thanks for the reminder!
    Your hair looks so great and the wall was definitely worth the labor of love. It looks so nice with all the office furniture in. Love seeing the finished product!

  • Looks really fantastic!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Your home office seems like the perfect place to get work done! ???? A touch of green always fixes everything. I love it. 🙂

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