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Blue Walls Be GONE! Key’s Totally Transformed Office Reveal – Maybe The Most Dramatic Before & After Ever (?)

Emily here – today’s post is really special, both because we get to see a great before/after full of great design and real raw humanness from Keyanna, but also as her mentor, we/I feel super happy that our partner on this job, KILZ, supported this and trusted that this was going to be a great opportunity for everyone involved. A room makeover on your own is so much work, I know that first hand. Not only doing the painting labor (thank goodness KILZ made priming and painting over the darker paint so easy) but concepting, pitching, shopping, pivoting when things don’t arrive, styling, shooting, editing, filming IGTVs and all the social, linking, crediting, writing and promoting. We all make it look easy, but IT’S A JOB. Creating high-quality content, beautiful photos, and engaging words when a big publisher (us) and a great partner (KILZ) are involved just takes real talent. Key, you nailed it – a powerhouse content creator. So without further ado, Keyanna’s first sponsored makeover with KILZ…

Hey guys, Key here! The day has come for the final FIRST reveal of my home office makeover! Yup, you read right, my first-final reveal. No, this isn’t some sneaky way for me to extend my mentorship with EHD…or perhaps it is (insert villain laugh), but rather, this is a lesson of style evolution and the patient discovery of one’s true design identity.

Let me explain…

When I first announced my office makeover, I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and ready to turn this blue and yellow, oil-based painted nightmare of a room into a beautiful, multi-purpose space. Once everything was solidified with my gracious sponsor, KILZ, I had about 2 months to pull off this makeover. Had I ever designed a space from concept to completion in 60 days? Nope! But I was up for the challenge.

And oh what a challenge it turned out to be. Not in regards to external factors like out-of-stock products and furniture delays (although there were those), but rather an internal struggle of identity… design identity. 

Again, let me explain…

THE PROCESS

If you read my last post, then you know I’ve been having an identity crisis when it comes to my design style and recently came out as design-poly (ie. lover of multiple design styles). Finally embracing my love for both minimalist and maximalist, neutral and colorful aesthetics was liberating, and I set out on a creative journey to menage a trois these styles into one beautifully mixed design baby that I named “Understated Organic Coastal Maximalist Cottage”. 

I’m the type of person who likes to sit in the room that I’m designing for a few hours and brainstorm ideas for the space. That was NOT the case for this room. I couldn’t see past the BLUE, and the agony of having to do all that prep work to paint over the oil-based trim was stopping my creative juices from flowing.

KILZ 3(R) Premium Primer was legit my saving grace. The quality and the coverage was so good that it cut my painting time in half. Which in turn saved my sanity. And perhaps even my marriage. Thank you KILZ!

Once the room was primed, I had a blank slate to work with. I sat on the floor with my sketch pad in hand and started drafting up ideas.

Designing this space was like concocting a recipe… except I don’t really consider myself a chef (read: designer). I’m more of a foodie (read: design enthusiast). But I threw all the ingredients into the bowl:

1 cup Leanne Ford (white foundation), 3 tbsp Justina Blakeney (boho vibes), 2 tsp Amber Lewis (collected feel), and a pinch of Em Henderson (layered styling). Does anyone even know how to accurately measure a “pinch”?

Mix. Mix. Mix.

Bake at 325 degrees.

And voila! Here she is! Understated Organic Coastal Maximalist Cottage. Let’s explore all her features… 

THE REVEAL

First, let’s talk about her most obvious and perhaps most controversial trait, her color. She’s white! Are you shocked? Surprised? Disappointed? 

Initially, when it came to selecting a paint color, I was adamant about cladding the walls in color. I already have three white rooms in my house and I felt like it was time to step outside my comfort zone and try something different. Many of you agreed that color on the walls would make the room feel much more unique and interesting, and expressed sentiments that white rooms were “boring and generic”. However, after staring for hours and even days at the pretty, peachy-pink-hued swatches on the wall, something just didn’t feel right. I would close my eyes for five seconds and then quickly open them and see which swatch my eyes landed on, as if it was some instinctive way for my gut to lead me to the hue that was right for me. And still, I just couldn’t commit to a color.

Lantern | Daybed | Lumbar Pillow | Throw Blanket (home sense) | Bookshelves | Drapes and Rod | Woven Shade | Ottoman (similar) | Blue Bud Vase | Chair | Vintage Rug | Wall Color

“Just do it! The EHD community will love that you listened to them. Your mom (a lover of color) would be so proud of you. PAINT THE WALLS PINK, KEYANNA!”, my inner voice yelled. 

But if there’s one thing I’m learning in this season of style discovery, is that there is a difference between stepping outside your comfort zone, and forcing yourself to be something you’re not. 

I was forcing it.

So I said, screw what everybody else thinks, I’m painting the walls white! And once I came to that discussion, I felt a sigh of relief.  And that was when I learned a lesson in OWNING your (design) identity. Even if people think it’s “boring.” 

Emily recently talked about her personal revelation with color palettes and embracing what makes you happy even if it’s predictable and basic (here). Sometimes there’s so much emphasis put on taking risks and stepping outside your comfort zone when it comes to design. But one of the points that Em makes is that what we actually need most in our homes these days is…comfort! 

That’s the tough thing about being design-poly, when you embrace one style, you feel like you are cheating on the other. But even though my design love-child isn’t pink, her complexion is flawless!

The wall color is White Wing from KILZ. It’s a soft and creamy white. Not too stark. And because I primed the walls first, it only took two topcoats. I know for a fact it would have taken more coats if I didn’t use KILZ 3(R) Premium Primer. I recently painted our bedroom white (it was originally bright yellow) and I didn’t use a primer. It took 3 coats of paint to conceal and there are still a few areas where I can see the bright yellow subtly coming through, ugh! Again, thank you KILZ for saving me time, sanity, and marriage…and money!

Black Vase (home goods) | White Planter (similar) | Bud Vases | Wire Bin | Burlwood Boxes | Art on Shelf | Woven Rug | Vintage Rug

Overall, I’m happy with my decision to paint the walls white. It became the perfect backdrop for me to incorporate color with art and textiles, which I’ll get to later. But first, let’s talk about this daybed!

I knew from the start that I wanted a daybed for this space versus a pull-out sofa, but I really struggled with finding one that didn’t look too juvenile. Until I stumbled across this one from Article. Its sleek and modern silhouette feels mature and sophisticated. Honestly, I have never seen anything like it when it comes to daybed designs. The two backrests can be repositioned and/or removed, so you can set it up to function as a sofa, a chaise, or bed. It’s basically a 3-in-1! WIN-WIN-WIN!

Lumbar Pillow | Shibori Pillow (vintage but same shop) | Striped Tassel Pillow (same shop)

There were a few furniture delays, so this woven chair is currently on loan from my favorite local furniture store, Mitchell’s Interiors. But how cute is she! It adds so much texture and definitely brings in that coastal vibe that I love so much. 

Since the room is mostly white, it was all about adding color and pattern with textiles and decor. I’ve always been a fan of St.Frank fabrics and this oversized lumbar is so beautiful. It adds a nice pop of pink and mixes in perfectly with the other vintage pillows I had. 

Again, it was all about mixing in some color and pattern with textiles to add some visual interest to this all white space, without overwhelming me — I’m still leaning into my colorful side, so just a little bit of pop here and there will do for now. 

Like most, I have a big obsession when it comes to vintage decor and that extends to vintage rugs. They add so much soul and character to a space. Passerine Home is my go-to shop for the most beautifully curated selection of vintage rugs. This beauty is the creme de la creme. It’s a 1920s antique washed Persian Malayer rug. I think anytime you have items in your home from a different culture it’s so important to know its history, meaning, how it’s made, etc, and to honor and respect it as more than just a pretty decor piece. Georgia, the owner of Passerine Home, is so knowledgeable about each and every rug she sells and is always giving educational tips on her Instagram. So if you’re a lover of vintage rugs, be sure to follow her.  

Cane Wrapped Vase | Floor Mirror

From the day we moved into this house I wanted to put a window seat in this dormer and now it finally has one! Needless to say, it’s my favorite spot in the house. Although I can’t take credit for building it (my dad built it for me), it’s very easy to make. Just 2x4s and plywood cut to size. And funny enough, my mom (who is a pro at sewing), made the french cushion. It’s nice to have a little touch of my parents in here. Mom and dad, I dedicate this nook to you. Without you, it wouldn’t have been possible! 

Woven Shade (in seashell) | Sconce | Pillow | Seat Cushion (custom by mom) | Throw | Basket | Stool | Vase (no longer available) | Stamped by Jason Reynolds and  Ibram X Kendi | Atomic Habits by James Clear

The woven shades and the linen drapery are from Everhem. I partnered with them on my living room makeover and fell in love with the quality of their product and how easy they’ve made it for everyday people like you and me to order custom window coverings. I knew I wanted to work with them again on this project, and they were gracious enough to partner again. When I first started putting the room together, the walls/room felt very flat and lacked dimension. But once I added the window coverings it added so much more dimension and texture to the walls and was that the finishing touch/layer that it needed.

I added in some color and pattern with another St. Frank pillow and this beautiful indigo throw blanket from Jayson Home, and now it feels so cozy! And this wood stump side table from The Citizenry brings in a nice organic element and the perfect size for the space.  

The window nook would not be complete without this sconce from Schoolhouse. But here’s a little secret, it’s not hardwired in! You all may have seen the hack circulating around the interwebs where you use a puck light in a sconce. It’s the perfect solution for renters. I got the kind that comes with a remote, so I can easily turn it on and off.  Now I have a functioning sconce without having to hire an electrician/get permission from my landlord. 

Framed Wall Art

Another way I tried to incorporate more color into this space is with artwork. Although I didn’t paint the entire room pink, this big beautiful pink canvas from Minted satisfies that desire, for now. And the ocean print in my office nook is also from Minted. 

One of the things I really needed in this room was more storage, and these bookshelves solved that problem. Most of these accessories are things I use for styling shoots and design projects. Before, I had all these items stored in an old trunk and it was so cumbersome to access. Now, I can easily see/access props and supplies. 

A BIG part of maximalist design is lots and lots of accessorizing. To be honest, I still have a lot to learn (a whole lot more tchotchkes to buy) when it comes to styling in a more maximalist way. But these bookshelves are more about function over form, so I’m okay with them not being curated to perfection. 

Also, do you notice the vintage wood ice bucket on the fourth shelf? A few years ago, before the EHD Design Blog School was even a thought in Em’s mind, she did a giveaway on her Instagram. I typically never enter giveaways, because I never win, but I just so happened to enter this one, and I ended up winning! This vintage wood ice bucket was my prize. Little did I know that a few years later I would become the first EHD mentee. Crazy, right?! It was only fitting that I incorporate the ice bucket into this makeover 🙂

Desk | Sconce | Floor Basket | Rug | Chair | Throw | Kuba Cloth Art | Framed Ocean Art | Cabinet | Cabinet Baskets | Table Lamp | Lucite Boxes

Now, let’s head over to the office nook. Although I love that the room has wood floors, I hate their orangey color and they’re in pretty rough shape, so I wanted to conceal them as much as possible with pretty area rugs. This fur one from Article pairs nicely with the vintage, as well as adds another layer of texture to the space. And I already know what you guys are thinking… won’t the chair wheels get stuck in the fur? Nope! The chair rolls around just fine! Plus, I pretty much stay put in the same spot, so not much chair moving is needed 🙂

You may recall that I was considering making a DIY rope partition to give this area some privacy. I’m still thinking about doing that, but I want to live in the space for a little bit and see how it feels without one first.

Table Lamp | Brass Letter Holder (vintage)

It’s amazing how just by adding a pinboard (that I wrapped in linen fabric) and a few office accessories makes this area function so much better. I also love these lucite storage boxes from Target and the mushroom-shaped lamp is another score from Schoolhouse.

Kuba Cloth Art | Indigo Dishes | Woven Vase (no longer available)

I finally have a real, grown-up desk and not a makeshift one! I like to keep my workstation as clean and clutter-free as possible, but I love the little pop of color and pattern (and function) these indigo dishes add. And if the textile artwork over the desk looks familiar it’s because I used it on my Understated Maximalist moodboard. I saw a room wallpapered in this pattern and it was a big reason why I fell in love with maximalist design. Although I’m not ready to deck out the whole room in patterned wallpaper, this framed St.Frank Kuba cloth is my nod to the inspiration that sparked this style evolution.

I also now have a real office chair. I sit at my computer for hours on end editing photos, so comfort was top priority when finding an office chair, but obviously, I also wanted it to be stylish. This desk chair from Lulu and Georgia checked both boxes. The sconce is also from Lulu and Georgia and plugs into the wall, so no puck light hack necessary. 

Speaking of lighting… I got my paper lantern, y’all! If you follow me on IG then you know how much I’ve been wanting one, even though some of you felt a ceiling fan would be better suited for the space (to keep me cool while working out). But, I went against the rules of design and chose form over function #SorryNotSorry. You guys CANNOT tell me this light isn’t better than a ceiling fan! She’s magical! 

Peg Rail | Basket

And last but not least, my little workout station. The goal was to not make this room feel like a gym, but have it function as one when needed. So I wanted stylish storage solutions that could serve the dual purpose of organizing my equipment, but also be pretty bedroom decor. I love using this peg rail to organize my exercise gear, but also be a place where guests can hang their coats, hats etc, when this space is being used as a guestroom. And this large woven basket from Jayson Home is perfect for holding my yoga mat and other equipment, while still looking like a beautiful decor piece. 

And how awesome is this Lulu and Georgia floor mirror? Great for workouts. Great for fashion posts. Great for guests to use. And it reflects so much light that it makes the room feel bigger!

O and here are the before and afters because how could I not include them?!

And that’s a wrap! I cannot tell you how good it feels to finally have a space that I enjoy being in and that serves all my many needs. And I love that this space has a completely different vibe than the rest of the house. It’s much more fun, and playful, and I can’t help but smile when I walk through the door– perfect for a creative space!  But here’s the thing, remember when I said this is the “first-final” reveal? Well, this is just the first iteration of this space.

You see, when I was concocting that design love-child recipe, I forgot one key ingredient. I poured in Leanne, added some Justina seasoning, and garnished with a little bit of Emily, but I forgot to add the most important ingredient of them all… Keyanna Bowen. What I realized through this process, is how much my design identity is wrapped up in other people’s signature styles. But what is my “signature?” What is my unique style contribution that I can throw in the mix? I often wonder, if there was no Instagram, no Pinterest, no design tv to influence me, what would my design style be/look like? I truly believe that within all of us is a signature design DNA that will make a space feel unique to you. But sometimes we can become so influenced by mainstream design culture, that we fail to uncover our true design identity. 

That is the journey I am currently on — finding my unique “voice” in the world of design. I know that I have so much more inside of me in terms of design and creativity waiting to be unleashed. And as I slowly discover what a “Keyanna Bowen” space looks like, my true design identity, this room will continue to evolve.

So although this technically concludes my office makeover for EHD, I will continue to document all future iterations over on my blog, so I hope you’ll continue to follow along on East & Lane. It’s been such a blast sharing this experience with you guys. Thank you so much for all your support, guidance, and even criticism 😉 on this project. I still have a few more “semesters” left in EHD Blog School, so I’ll still be around 🙂

Of course, I cannot end this post without giving a HUGE thanks to KILZ again! Without you this makeover would not have been possible, and this room would still be blue and yellow. So thank you! Thank you! Thank you! And sincere thanks to all the partners who worked with me on this space.

I love you all so much! 

Xx,
Key

It’s Emily again and there you have it – a room makeover that we’re so proud and honored to share with you. A million “thank yous” to KILZ for teaming up with us on this one – these people are gracious and kind and we’re so lucky to work with brands that we truly love, both for their functionality (such great coverage and a smooth base!) and for the folks working hard behind the scenes. If you’re painting…just don’t skip the primer. It’s worth it, we promise. And thank you again to Keyanna for taking the leap with us and for going above and beyond to bring this space to life without a staff on hand – she’s incredible, you guys. And lastly, thank you to you, our readers, for supporting the brands who support EHD and for joining us on this three-part saga. We wouldn’t be able to do it without you. Now – let’s congratulate Key on her first partnership and talk about this room! xx

**Design and Photos by Keyanna Bowen

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another jess
7 months ago

The room looks fantastic! What a great transformation.

7 months ago
Reply to  another jess

Thank you!!

Nina
7 months ago

Looks amazing! I would love to cosy up in that reading nook 🙂

7 months ago
Reply to  Nina

I love that nook so much! Thank you!!

HerselfInDublin
7 months ago

This is gorgeous! And what a transformation. I love the black accents, and am particularly enamoured with the black curtain rod, it’s such a lovely touch of crispness among all the lightness, softness and texture.
Not strictly design related, but Key I love your writing style as much as your design style, really looking forward to the evolving Keyannaness and your future posts her at EHD.

7 months ago

Thank you!! I totally agree, I love the touch of boldness the curtain rod adds. And so glad my extremely lengthy post are not a snoozefest and that you enjoy reading them! XOXOXO

7 months ago

The room is gorgeous. I love the daybed and that reading nook (mom’s French cushion is on point). Your style is already great, so I can’t wait to watch the evolution!

7 months ago
Reply to  Jenny

Isn’t the daybed such a great design!? Thank you so much following along on my journey <3

Elaine
7 months ago

I think anyone who takes a risk is brave and painting your walls white was a brave move. Because how brave are you to not bow to the pressure you felt to put colour on your walls, how brave are you to stay true to you. And in staying true to you, you’ve created something really beautiful. Kudos!

7 months ago
Reply to  Elaine

I need to print your comment out and post it on my wall! SO TRUE! Thank you!!

7 months ago

What a wonderful space! and it’s so multi-functional. I can see how that blue paint was a roadblock. It seemed to epitomize the phrase “feeling a little blue today.” I have to also commend you on your writing style – very fun and personable to read. Bravo!

7 months ago
Reply to  paula mills

Haha, totally! So glad you enjoyed 🙂 Thanks so much for reading!

Karen
7 months ago

The recipe you wrote was executed perfectly! Gorgeous, functional room hitting all the notes you were trying to achieve.
I love the puck light hack. The daybed is really cool. I can’t believe how much space you have to do all the different things.

Rusty
7 months ago
Reply to  Karen

Oooh, yes and you can get LED bulbs that go in normal fixtures, that are RECHARGEABLE!!! Even better!🌏

7 months ago
Reply to  Karen

I couldn’t believe it either! So much room for activities! Thank you so much!

Heather
7 months ago

Key,
you definitely put your own touch on this room – because you went with your gut, and it sounds like you truly love every little corner (I love that your parents worked together to make the window seat).

It looks absolutely beautiful. So calm, yet not sparse if that makes sense. I keep trying to embrace more color too, but there is something just really special about clean white walls, and there should be no shame in loving them.

well done!!

7 months ago
Reply to  Heather

Thank you so much! And you’re so right–no more shame about my love of clean white walls!!

Alli
7 months ago

Gorgeous plants too — What kind of plant is that under the pink canvas?

Alison
7 months ago
Reply to  Alli

It looks like it might be a schefflera amate!

7 months ago
Reply to  Alison

yup! you’re exactly right!

7 months ago
Reply to  Alli

It’s a schefflera amate (aka umbrella tree)!!

Brigitte
7 months ago

Beautiful! I especially love the daybed (what a find!) and workout station (hidden in plain sight!) 😍

7 months ago
Reply to  Brigitte

Thank you! So happy I found the daybed — best design ever!

A
7 months ago

Love the room! I think beautiful white walls are the best showcase for your art, plants, and decor. And in comparison to that previous suffocating blue – wow! This is such a great space and you packed so much functionality into it. Can’t wait to hear about what you do next!

7 months ago
Reply to  A

Anything is better than that blue! Thank you so much!

Nellie
7 months ago

what you’ve done here is *stunning.* congratulations! i especially love the office nook and the daybed, both of which i feel are very accessible, functional, but really beautiful approaches to the space that those of us living in smaller apartments can learn from — even though you’re designing this room in the context of a much bigger house space yourself. looking forward to following more of your work on East & Lane!

7 months ago
Reply to  Nellie

Thank you so much! I’m so happy you found some inspo for your own home <3

NancyS
7 months ago

OMG – that daybed!
The whole room is awesome.

7 months ago
Reply to  NancyS

Isn’t it great!? Thank you so much!

Erin
7 months ago

BLOWN AWAY!!! Its gorgeous! First time I have clicked on SO many links. Love.

7 months ago
Reply to  Erin

Aw yay!! So happy you liked it! Thank you!

Abby
7 months ago
Reply to  Erin

same!!! and was saving so many things to Pinterest that I realized I just need to come back to this entire post when I decorate my new apartment 🙂

7 months ago

This is gorgeous!! I love white walls, and to me they feel so authentic. Here in Europe the old plaster walls are very often white with soft, rounded edges like your rooms, because that’s the color of lime wash (unless you add pigment to it, which gets tricky). To me there’s something so restful and cohesive about gentle white walls, and I love the way you added vibrancy to this room in so many other ways.

7 months ago
Reply to  Maya

European design is so beautiful! I LOVE plaster walls! Thank you!!

Vera
7 months ago

This is GORGEOUS!
I absolutely love it – It is beautiful and peaceful and exciting and interesting all at once! I am a fellow lover of white walls – For me they are the perfect blank canvas to be able to appreciate the beauty of the people and things in a space.
I’m so enamoured with every area but most impressed with the workout part because it blends seamlessly!
Thank you for sharing your journey and this space with us Key! I have really enjoyed following along. Hope we get to hear from you lots more here! Okay I’m off to pin a bunch of these photos!

Vera
7 months ago
Reply to  Vera

Oh and the window treatments are beautiful – I mean everything here is – but just want to mention that I noticed them before you brought them up. I can see why you fell in love with that brand and will check them out next time I need blinds (after an upcoming reno.) I hope all the sponsors know how lucky they are to be featured by EHD and in such a beautiful space!

7 months ago
Reply to  Vera

Thank you so much! Yes, I hope all the brands are pleased <3

7 months ago
Reply to  Vera

Yay to white walls!! And so true –they’re the perfect blank canvas! Thank you so much for your kind words and for following along <3

this is seriously AMAZING! i stared at every single inch of each shot for way too long. everything is sooooooooooo good. we are putting our house up for sale soon and this room is how i plan to stage one of the bedrooms. i’m so glad you did this reveal today. i’m stealing so many ideas.

7 months ago

Aw! So happy you were able to find some inspo for your own home! Thank you so much!!

7 months ago

Such a beautiful transformation- way to go!

7 months ago

Thank you!!

patty
7 months ago

I would hire you in a minute! Brava!

7 months ago
Reply to  patty

Thanks!

Molly
7 months ago

Love it! The room is beautiful and I’m so inspired by the way you created so many beautiful, functional zones within the space.

7 months ago
Reply to  Molly

Thank you! It feels so good to have a space that serves all my many needs! It has improved my quality of life, for sure!

Mina
7 months ago

Thank you for sharing, you nailed it!!! I would love what you used to hang your paper lantern, it is gorgeous! I haven’t come across a cord I like. Thank you!

7 months ago
Reply to  Mina

Thank you so much! I just used a pendant light kit from my local hardware store.

Marci Lambert
7 months ago

while you are still on a quest to find your true style, you have created an amazing space and i hope it makes you feel great! it was still you who did the work and pulled it all together!

7 months ago
Reply to  Marci Lambert

Thank you so much! I couldn’t be happier with how this space turned out, and excited to continue to evolve it!

Alice
7 months ago

I wish the person who originally thought that blue and yellow paint was the way to go could see it now.

Alice
7 months ago
Reply to  Alice

Oh and I really like the idea of priming the walls before assessing the space.

7 months ago
Reply to  Alice

same girl. same! lol Thank you!

LouAnn
7 months ago

Goodness that blue was … intense (and not in a good way)! This makeover looks terrific. It’s a shame you felt any stress over painting it white. But I feel like a lot of people are (understandably) too wrapped up in fear over how people will react online and too influenced by what’s trending on instagram. And I mean influenced in either direction: deciding not to do something you love in a room or deciding to get rid of something you love because it’s popular or unpopular on instagram. I had the same issue recently in repainting my living room. I really wanted an accent wall. But I’m seeing a lot of snarky instagram comments about accent walls so I almost didn’t do what I wanted to do IN MY OWN HOME! Fortunately, I came to my senses and followed my own preference and my accent wall looks great, if I do say so myself (and really, no one else’s opinion matters except for the people who live in the home). So good for you for following your own muse, given all the stress involved in having to unveil it here and deal with commenters who like to think they’re… Read more »

7 months ago
Reply to  LouAnn

SO SO TRUE!! And totally agree about the comments-there is never any one size fits all answer. Definitely following my heart and not my head from now on! Thank you so much!!

CB
7 months ago

Wow, I love this so much– so many great ideas for all of us. Looks beautiful!

7 months ago
Reply to  CB

Thank you!!

MB S
7 months ago

Thank you so much for sharing. As an East Coaster, it’s so helpful to see ideas executed in the light we get here vs California. I always wonder if white can ever really look good at the DC latitude, but I’m so glad you went with it. Your office space is so inspiring.

7 months ago
Reply to  MB S

Yes! Reppin’ for the East Coasters! Thank you so much!

RachieT
7 months ago

I love how this turned out— great job! Also, I was checking my promo emails out and I was so excited when I clicked maiden home and saw your living room! I recognized it almost right away and was so excited for you 🙂
Love your voice, love your “mix” and style. I’m happy you didn’t paint the room peachy pink because having lots of light, white will always look great while allowing you maximum color experimentation/easy changes over time.
Your comments about design on social media also resonated with me. I am not on IG or anything else partly because I don’t want it to all blend together and become uninspiring and just overall cloud my own creative process (lots of other reasons too but… anyway).
I love what you’ve done with your home. It’s all so good! Keep sharing with us please!
Quick question—are your plants all real or do you mix some fake ones in there? I occasionally help stage homes and am wondering if I should try to find some good fake ones to mix in because it’s so tricky to bring real ones in (timing, weather, shock, $, etc)

7 months ago
Reply to  RachieT

Aw, you saw that promo ::blushing:: Thank you so much! I envy you for staying off social media/not being indoctrinated by it. Social media can be a blessing and a curse, sometimes the latter more than the former. All the plants are real…fingers crossed I can keep them alive. Thank you so much for following along on my journey!!

Sarah
7 months ago

Wow, I’m loving this! You are so talented, Key!! Beautiful job.

7 months ago
Reply to  Sarah

Thank you so much!!

Lucy
7 months ago

Key, you have serious design chops! The rooms we’ve seen on this site bring me such calm and yet there is loads of interest with textures and soft colors and beautiful art. I love your additions to this blog!

7 months ago
Reply to  Lucy

That’s exactly the balance I was trying to achieve! Thank you so much!!

Lisa
7 months ago

Amazing job! I could not love this room more.

7 months ago
Reply to  Lisa

Thank you!!

Stephanie
7 months ago

This room is absolute perfection!! And I love the creamy white textile against the white walls….. I want my entire home to look like this, well done!

7 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Thank you!!

Patricia
7 months ago

Key, what a fabulous room! Honestly you packed enough function for it to serve as a studio apartment. And it’s beautiful. I agree with painting it white. Great neutral for all the changes you can make with styling. Stunning and smart! So glad Emily picked you at the mentee.

7 months ago
Reply to  Patricia

It does feel like i’m in my own little apartment when i’m in here! Like a home inside my home <3 I’m so happy Emily picked me as well 🙂 Thank you so much!!

Michelle
7 months ago

Love that you trusted your own instincts and went with the white! I’m a maximalist and definitely voted for the pink walls – but that’s what I love about design – there’s room for all of us and what we find beautiful. It looks so good!

7 months ago
Reply to  Michelle

Thank you!!

Tiffany Stevenson
7 months ago

It’s SO SO good. I hope you enjoy that gorgeous space for years to come. Thanks for so many great ideas!

7 months ago

Thank you so much!

Daria
7 months ago

This is so genuinely gorgeous omg!

7 months ago
Reply to  Daria

Thank you!!!

Blythe
7 months ago

This is STUNNING! Wowowowowow!! Love seeing how to design a room that needs to serve multiple functions (and absolutely slays the design)!

7 months ago
Reply to  Blythe

Thank you!!

Sunny
7 months ago

Love the room!

Question…are the drapes from Everhem box pleat or tailored pleat?

7 months ago
Reply to  Sunny

Thank you! Tailored pleat!

Kelly
7 months ago

Key, this is a masterclass in sponsored content. Hats off to the brand for bringing you on board…they do seem like great people. I will be sure to pick up some of their primer next time I’m painting as a thank you for such beautiful inspo photos! Well done.

7 months ago
Reply to  Kelly

Aw thank you!! Make sure its KILZ! It’s the best!

Maria
7 months ago

This is incredible. Key do you offer design services?! I am obsessed with your office and your living rooM reveals!

7 months ago
Reply to  Maria

Thank you! And yup! Feel free to contact me via my website: https://eastandlane.com/contact-us/

Crissy Perham
7 months ago

So GOOD, Key!! Great job! Loved the big choices like paint color (love color and love white, too :-)) and the daybed all the way down to the little touches like the sconce choice and Emily’s vintage ice bucket you won! Congratulations!

7 months ago
Reply to  Crissy Perham

You’re so kind! Thank you!!

Sarah
7 months ago

this room feels like an oasis now! Kudos to you Key and all your partners!

7 months ago
Reply to  Sarah

Thank you!!

Rusty
7 months ago

Key, your writing has improved so much!😊 The room has so many ‘rooms’ within it, great work…and it ‘feels’ fresh and light. I don’t think a fan would’ve been as good as your floaty shade, it would have seemed heavy. I’d love to see what the space looks like with a wooden desk, something more grounding for that area, but maybe as your room evolves, you might incorporate that? At first, thought you’d created your own art and framed two pink paint swatches on paper in that one artwork, until you said what it was. The squiggly one above your desk is gorgeous! So glad you sit in one spot at your desk. I’m constantly rolling back and forth from mine, so the rug would be gone in a hot second after I face-planted on the floor! Haha!! I use a vintage woolen flat weave rug instead of a plastic chair mat… those things are plain ugly. Kudos to you to be able to function with a sheepskin rug under your rolling chair! Yeah, it would be soulful and warming if you’d painted it a white with a pink hue embedded in the pigment, but you like white walls, so… Read more »

7 months ago
Reply to  Rusty

Don’t judge to quickly, I’m sure I’ll say something in my next post that you’ll critique 😉 LOL I’ve wanted this desk for a while, so I don’t think I’ll replace it, but I am getting a wood credenza to replace the old bookcase. Thanks for reading!

Catherine
7 months ago

Great job! I love the vintage rug and the daybed is too cool. I hope you enjoy your fresh, stylish space and have many productive days (and workouts!) in there.

7 months ago
Reply to  Catherine

The pics don’t even do the rug justice, its even more beautiful in person. I’m so so happy to finally have an office I love. Definitely many productive days to come (and hopefully workouts too ;-)) Thanks for reading!!

Lucy
7 months ago

Gorgeous!

Kara
7 months ago

Beautiful example of a multifunctional room. Your landlord should pay you a commission after you move out because they will be able to charge much more in rent due to how much better you’re making this house look ha!

7 months ago
Reply to  Kara

AGREED! lol. Thank you so much!

7 months ago

Stunning transformation and love hearing about your design journey!

7 months ago
Reply to  Kelly

Thank you!!

Sahara
7 months ago

Wow! I am so blown away by how much versatility is cohesively in this one space, while feeling beautiful and not “cluttered” (which I feel like multipurpose rooms can sometimes feel like). It’s all just gorgeous, and I’m so glad that a) you’re going to be hanging out on the EHD blog awhile longer, and b) that you went with the paper lantern 😉

7 months ago
Reply to  Sahara

So glad you said that — that’s exactly what I was hoping to achieve! And so glad you aren’t sick of me yet 😉 lol Thank you!

hickenack
7 months ago

Gorgeous!

(You spelled Justina’s last name wrong)

Michelle
7 months ago

This is super inspirational! Thanks for sharing your design journey with this room, Key!

7 months ago
Reply to  Michelle

Thank you for following along!

Suzanne
7 months ago

So beautiful! And I definitely think you hit your design goals with this room. It has all the elements you wanted. Minimalist with the color palette, maximalist with the accessories, and layered. Even though the walls and furniture are mostly white and natural, you incorporated color so well with pillows and accessories. I love it. It’s the perfect balance. Looking forward to future iterations.

7 months ago
Reply to  Suzanne

I agree, I think it has all the elements I wanted! Thank you!!

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