Studio Tour: Elsie’s Office

Elsie Larson's Office www.abeautifulmess.comToday I am super excited to share a tour of my office. You’ve seen it before (here, here + here), but it’s been a while, and I almost forgot that I never shared an official tour! Honestly, it’s always messy and that’s the main reason. But today I am finally ready to share a full tour of my office. Welcome!! 

Sources: Coffee table/made by Josh (similar DIY here), Sofa c/o Joybird (it’s the Worthy Loveseat), Wool felt pillows/DIY

Elsie Larson's Office The half-painted door is a project I am still loving! It makes such a visual impact and was super quick to execute. If you’re looking for a way to add a splash of color to your room without painting a wall, I highly recommend it! 

Elsie Larson's Office Elsie Larson's Office Elsie Larson's Office Elsie Larson's Office My office is a creative zone. It’s not a super big room (medium size bedroom), and like I said before, it’s usually pretty messy. I do projects in here, all my scrapbooking, write blog posts and have meetings with our team. I’m happy that I chose to go pretty colorful with a lot of the decorations and clean white with the walls.

The light is really good in my office, and you’ll probably notice that one of my windows is missing a curtain (they went out of stock before I could get one—haha), but it doesn’t really bother me since I don’t really spend any time in this room during the night (except for our occasional Livestream nights). 

As you can see, I didn’t stray too far from my comfort zone color palette (yellow and turquoise). What can I say? I’m predictable. 

Elsie Larson's Office Elsie Larson's Office Elsie Larson's Office My color-coordinated paint/paper/ribbon storage is a highlight. The bottom (metal) part of it is something I bought at a garage sale and Josh built the top part for me to store ribbons and paint. I’ve said before that open storage is a must for me because once I put something in a box or in a closet, I usually forget I have it and never use it. 

Plus anything organized by rainbow color gets bonus points in my book! 

Elsie's Office Elsie's Office In the corner I store my printer. It’s the Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer, and it’s the only printer I use for everything, including printing all the photos I use in my scrapbooks and pretty much everything on my walls too. I store most of my scrapbooking supplies in this cabinet. 

The pineapple is from one of our book signings at Urban Outfitters last year. I thought it was really sweet that they took the time to make it for us, so I used it as wall art! 

Elsie's Office This desk was a fun surprise. After changing my mind repeatedly about what I wanted, I told Josh “surprise me” (which doesn’t happen too often…normally I know exactly what I want. So this was Josh’s lucky day). I was leaning toward an all white or pink desk (inspired by Jenna Lyons’ office, of course), and Josh was inspired by the glossy epoxy top. So that is what happened. Love it! 

See the DIY for the desk here, the rope shelves here and the hanging planters (made with fish bowls) here.

Elsie's Office I love the top of the desk! Josh used different paint colors and then covered the whole thing with epoxy. It’s really fun, colorful and completely practical for everyday work too. 

Elsie's Office These hanging planters are one of my favorite “weird supply DIYs”. Who knew that plastic fish bowls could be used to make such pretty, modern planters! DIY here

Here’s how it looks from the doorway. My small cowhide rug is from here (some of the better prices we’ve found online). 

Elsie's Office This sunburst mirror, thrifted/restyled cart and patterned wall were a few of my favorite projects we did in this room. I lost the before photo of this cart, but I wish you could have seen how gross it was before getting a shiny coat of bright chartreuse paint.

Elsie's Office Fun stuff. I love details, and as much as I try to focus on purging and organizing, I will never be a minimalist. Thank you so much for taking a look at my office!  

Books and products seen throughout the room: Refinery29: Style Stalking, Design Mom: How to Live with Kids, A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home, Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color for Make-You-Smile Style, Paper to Petal, Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon, Away At Home, kate spade new york: places to go, people to see, Avedon Fashion 1944-2000, Tim Walker Pictures.

Keiko Glasses in Lily White, Pink Cateyes by Crap Eyewear, Face Planters via Urban Outfitters (out of stock now), Geometric Vase/CB2, Teal Lamp/similar. If you have any other questions about where I found things, just ask me in the comments! 

Other favorite home decor posts: Bleach-spotted fabric (I see some curtains using this tutorial in my near future!), Laura’s Art Room (just bc it’s so cute), Workshop Space Organization, Make a hanging hammock chair, and Emma’s Home Office

And see the rest of the ABM Studio tour right here. xx. Elsie

Credits// Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Laura Gummerman and Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions

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