I needed an office. My own space. A beautiful space where I can concentrate, a feminine space that reflects my design aesthetic but one that didn’t break the bank, so I give you my posh basement office.

With ceiling heights of almost 9ft, we put in a couple of walls, enclosed the air-conditioning vent, added recessed lighting, strengthened the center light box for a very heavy chandelier, added electrical, doors, etc.

With the construction complete it was time for the fun part. I knew that I wanted a blue and white space. Even though there are no windows in this office, it didn’t deter me from painting it a very dark navy blue (SW 9179 Anchors Aweigh). I painted the back wall Soft White to add brightness and pop against the rich navy. I knew that’s where I wanted a wall of files and book cases. I bought 6 white file cabinets from Ballard Design’s Home Collection then we built custom shelving to sit on top of the files to give the whole wall a built in look.

The gorgeous 36 inch chandelier is from my parents home that was removed when the house was recently renovated and sold. I’m so glad I kept this vintage chandelier because it will always remind me of my family home. I sprayed it silver which really gave this 1960’s chandelier a fresh new look. It definitely brings the bling!

Opposite the white wall and desk I installed four 3’x4’ bulletin boards side by side all across the wall. I covered each board with a dark navy canvas that perfectly blends with the walls. I designed this wall because I like to hang up a lot of inspiration tears which are great for mood boards and design ideas for current jobs.

Finishing out the space we decided to use carpet squares for the floor for several reasons. Easy to install, easy to replace, they can go directly onto the cement surface, and they are super low pile so my chair can easily roll around.

The hardest part was finding carpet tiles in white. Usually they come in dark colors and patterns. Then I added a sisal rug on top for texture.

I have to say I’m thrilled with the way my office turned out. It’s just what I imagined it would be and I especially love my 1 minute commute.