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Industrial Traditional Coastal Home Office Design Board {I’m a Rebel So I Couldn’t Just Call it Traditional Style}

by | Jul 14, 2011 | blogging, Decorating Inspiration | 14 comments

It is time to check out another of my design boards, for a new round of voting in the $10,000 Your Picks. Your Place. sweepstakes! I had so much fun making these boards. It is inspiring to see a room come together without having to spend a dime or lift a finger!

This time I had to create a “traditional home office,” but I kind of have an aversion to being put in a box and STIFLED like that (HA!) so I’m always bending the rules a bit and creating my own mixed up style board and trying to get away with it. Oh dear! What does that say about me? Please do not answer that.

This board I am going to call Industrial Traditional Coastal because really, Traditional by itself could be a little boring. Let’s not be boring, K?

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I fell in love with these nifty coastal / fisherman pendant lights at Pottery Barn — the usual traditional lighting just didn’t cut it for me.

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I decided to paint the room Porch Grey from Lowe’s, I thought it would make a nice backdrop for the room. Kind of green/grey, and not too cold. I like it.

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I chose a pretty cool work table from Pottery Barn that is a bit taller than the traditional “desk” … I think it would be awesome to have a project table where you could put your laptop while you buzz about the room getting things done. That is more my pace, I never actually sit at a real desk.

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I added some woven poof footstools and a super hip Tolix stool, along with a few other accessories and a chair I thought really made the space more comfortable. You can see the entire design on the board below! All the sources for the items are listed at Your Picks. My Place.

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So, I hope you like the design board and will VOTE VOTE VOTE!

Thank you in advance for preserving my self-esteem.

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Do you ever make design boards to help you visualize a room before you begin a project?

I really find it helpful!

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    I have been searching high and low for lights similar to that one, but in a silver finish. Where did you find those?

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      Those are Pottery Barn! Aren’t they CUTE?

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    I’m loving that work table from Pottery Barn. Wish I had someplace to use it! All your choices are beautiful. Crossing my fingers for you to win!! :-)

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    Great job! Love the mix of industrial/traditional….and LOVE those woven poufs!!

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    Love the look! But I just looked all over PB, PB Kids and PBTeen looking for those lights and don’t see them anywhere! I love them! Do you mind providing the link or the actual name of the light? Thanks so much!

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        I just tried the link, but didn’t turn up the pendants. Also looked under track lighting and they weren’t there. :( They are hiding from us. I love them!

        You have my vote, Melissa. Congratulations on your nomination!!!

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    Just voted for you! I like your board. I need to organize decorate my office/craft area, so this was great for some ideas.

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    Love your board. I’m headed over to vote now. DO you mind sharing how you create your design boards? I’d love to do the same for some rooms we are redoing right now.

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    Love it! Voting now. Your sense of style is so spot on with my tastes. Wish you were on the East coast!

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    On my way over to cast my vote for YOU, YOU, YOU!!!

    Good luck!


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    Just cast my vote for you! Good luck!

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    I’m on my way to vote for you now! And thank you for putting a little ‘edge’ on Traditional. YAAY!
    P.S. No baskets?
    P.P.S. Pinterest is helpful, but how do you create your boards?

    BTW…the winner of the Traditional Board on Apartment Guide for the living room was a huge surprise for me.


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