My Almost Perfect Office Space

Calling all inspired decorators! I need your help! I have the perfect spot to call my office. A space where I can dream, plan, write, edit, research, read, and generally feel productive. A space where there are no demanding children demanding my attention. No dishes to wash, no laundry to do, no dogs to take care of (at least not my own,) no household chores begging to be done. Basically it has none of the distractions that derail my creative productivity at home. The only problem is…to be creative I kinda need to feel creative and this office space hasn’t been helping with that. In fact it’s sorta of hindered it to be honest. There’s so much that’s truly wonderful about it. The views, the beauty of the dark wood walls, the lovely purple hued plaid furniture, my great big elegant desk. It is elegant and sophisticated for sure, but it lacks…something. A certain warmth and brightness.

The problem is the room is what it is. I can’t turn it around to face the sun as it rises and sets. I’m not going to restain the walls or replace the furniture. So what I’m looking for may be unachievable but I’m hoping that those of you out there that have a gift and talent for transforming spaces into lovely, inspired, gorgeous rooms, whether you do it professionally or not, might be willing to take a crack at my office. I’m hoping you might offer me your best advice on bringing that breath of creativity encouraging, warmth and light into the space. Thoughts?!

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  • Tanya Mathers Architecture

    Hi Katherine,

    This is an amazing opportunity express some ideas that you may like for Utah ranch. We have notionally titled our design as “bark and linen” A little bark, given the nature of the room and your love of your animals, but linen to add that additional touch of lightness to your space. We would see your office / work space decorated in way where everything feels clean, not fussy, but rich in texture and organic colour to match the ranch. The base of your space is beautiful with wood paneling, though understanding that this dark natured material restricts the amount of reflected light that comes into the room.

    Ultimately we would see this space as being a rich layered style that flirts with Southern Sass but effortlessly has that California sex appeal. We would define that with 6 key points to make the space light, bright, airy, but before that, we would see the space as a little home away from home, a place where you can cosy up in privacy with a girlfriend/s for a quiet drink, but also conduct work, making business phone calls and getting things done. This space is not a ‘man cave’, though an eloquent female equivalent that relaxes you, empowers you and embodies your needs.

    We would look to introduce:

    Desk area: Behind your desk we would look to introduce some metallic. This could be golds and warm coloured textured paintings or fretwork to allow some reflective light to bounce off the back wall space assisted by a pendant light above the desk to of an ‘art deco’ type to help promote the spread of light while providing character to the zone. We would also look to integrate a lighter colour table/desk and seat with a task light/s to brighten up this work space and work surface. This would help define two zones within this immediate space, one being your intimate talking space where the couches are positioned, and the second being ‘main’ work zone which are ‘lighter and brighter’ and promoting positive energy, not dark and gloomy. The desk with its rustic nature would also tie nicely into the ranch aesthetic.

    Bookcase: To the rear of the area there is an opportunity to introduce a bookcase/s which is not purely for storage of books, but to display shelving for ornaments, nick-nacks, trinkets, and treasured items held dear to your heart which have been gathered along lifes’ journey. Adding a touch of colour to this book case will allow a focal point of the storage area. The bookcase would be in a lighter paneling / colouring further brightening the room.

    Pictures: Your treasured pictures, including those drawn by your husband, would look to be reintroduced into the space with new metallic frames along with more artistic artwork to add another ‘layer’ the walls. These varying sizes and shapes with different metallic frames, pallet and tones in light colours would to help reflect light and contrast throughout the space.
    Rugs: Layering of robust rugs, 2 or 3 on the floor surface to soften the dark nature of the floor. These would be a base layer or the dark floor tiles you currently have are ‘lightened’. The rugs should be a lighter, textured, organic/natural fibre type rug to the larger space, in a overlayed by a more intricate and textured (but somewhat lighter rug) to the sofa area. By introducing a lighting textured carpet/rug in large format it would define the area and provide a lighter surface and contrast to the character of the floor tiles. These also being robust can withstand a beating with Ranch life. A nice feature would also include a sheep skin rug for a ‘cosy’ spot for your fur children to reside. This would also allow additional layering and additional softness to the space.

    Lamps: We would look to re-allocate lamps given your current lighting does not ‘shed’ much light. Pretty but unpractical when it ultimately should do both. With the new pendant light we would do more lighting throughout the space and supplement this with more ornamental type lamps that shed additional light and give more control over ‘mood’ and ‘zone’ lighting within the room. The various lamps would be of different styles and tones to introduce textures and patterns into the space given you have a very neutral pallet against the wall surfaces being so dark, creating light and bright and airy. White, Gold and rattan lamps in various sizes to give a different aesthetic to your current lighting. Those lighter in texture to the walls will allow some definition but work well tonally with the contrasting gold and white to have some aesthetic balance.

    Fireplace: Enlarge your fire place to draw attention and focus, not overstated but embodying the working ranch ideal. The fire place nominated in white with industrial kettle fire place insert would be finished by additional ornamentation with vases, flowers and greenery to the mantel. Concealing of cables via an internal in the wall run for AV and Audio equipment (and your Apple TV) above the fire place is a simple and clean solution and removes unsightly cords. Understanding concealing of cabling to other areas of the rooms is also of importance, namely your desk area, there a simple solutions to ‘disguise’ these including using docking stations, cable management systems to the underside of the desk, with concealment o fa single power cable underneath the run of rug nearest the adjacent outlet.

    To help better visualise this overall aesthetic we have mocked up a very quick mood board for your space and is located via the link below:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0dauqyth57k3hwn/Bark%20%2B%20Linen%20by%20TMAD.pdf?dl=0

    We hope these very quick ideas, and very quick response, help bring some inspiration to your proposed woman cave and tie neatly into the overall ideal of the room. We would love to help you modify your space to see it become your little oasis on The Ranch.

    Thanks again
    Tanya

    January 8, 2018 at 7:22 pm Reply
  • Monica

    Hm maybe one of those outside rugs so it doesn’t get too dirty and it’s not super expensive? And I was thinking definitely window treatments. The lighter the better. And tons of fun and bright pieces throughout the whole room just to give it that fun accent. And for the fireplace, a big white one under the TV which would also hide the cords and stuff. Also IKEA, lol. They have tons of stuff to hide cords 🙂

    January 8, 2018 at 7:29 pm Reply
  • Tanya Mathers Architecture

    Hi Katherine,

    This is an amazing opportunity express some ideas that you may like for Utah ranch. We have notionally titled our design as “bark and linen” A little bark, given the nature of the room and your love of your animals, but linen to add that additional touch of lightness to your space. We would see your office / work space decorated in way where everything feels clean, not fussy, but rich in texture and organic colour to match the ranch. The base of your space is beautiful with wood paneling, though understanding that this dark natured material restricts the amount of reflected light that comes into the room.

    Ultimately we would see this space as being a rich layered style that flirts with Southern Sass but effortlessly has that California sex appeal. We would define that with 6 key points to make the space light, bright, airy, but before that, we would see the space as a little home away from home, a place where you can cosy up in privacy with a girlfriend/s for a quiet drink, but also conduct work, making business phone calls and getting things done. This space is not a ‘man cave’, though an eloquent female equivalent that relaxes you, empowers you and embodies your needs.

    We would look to introduce:

    Desk area: Behind your desk we would look to introduce some metallic. This could be golds and warm coloured textured paintings or fretwork to allow some reflective light to bounce off the back wall space assisted by a pendant light above the desk to of an ‘art deco’ type to help promote the spread of light while providing character to the zone. We would also look to integrate a lighter colour table/desk and seat with a task light/s to brighten up this work space and work surface. This would help define two zones within this immediate space, one being your intimate talking space where the couches are positioned, and the second being ‘main’ work zone which are ‘lighter and brighter’ and promoting positive energy, not dark and gloomy. The desk with its rustic nature would also tie nicely into the ranch aesthetic.

    Bookcase: To the rear of the area there is an opportunity to introduce a bookcase/s which is not purely for storage of books, but to display shelving for ornaments, nick-nacks, trinkets, and treasured items held dear to your heart which have been gathered along lifes’ journey. Adding a touch of colour to this book case will allow a focal point of the storage area. The bookcase would be in a lighter paneling / colouring further brightening the room.

    Pictures: Your treasured pictures, including those drawn by your husband, would look to be reintroduced into the space with new metallic frames along with more artistic artwork to add another ‘layer’ the walls. These varying sizes and shapes with different metallic frames, pallet and tones in light colours would to help reflect light and contrast throughout the space.
    Rugs: Layering of robust rugs, 2 or 3 on the floor surface to soften the dark nature of the floor. These would be a base layer or the dark floor tiles you currently have are ‘lightened’. The rugs should be a lighter, textured, organic/natural fibre type rug to the larger space, in a overlayed by a more intricate and textured (but somewhat lighter rug) to the sofa area. By introducing a lighting textured carpet/rug in large format it would define the area and provide a lighter surface and contrast to the character of the floor tiles. These also being robust can withstand a beating with Ranch life. A nice feature would also include a sheep skin rug for a ‘cosy’ spot for your fur children to reside. This would also allow additional layering and additional softness to the space.

    Lamps: We would look to re-allocate lamps given your current lighting does not ‘shed’ much light. Pretty but unpractical when it ultimately should do both. With the new pendant light we would do more lighting throughout the space and supplement this with more ornamental type lamps that shed additional light and give more control over ‘mood’ and ‘zone’ lighting within the room. The various lamps would be of different styles and tones to introduce textures and patterns into the space given you have a very neutral pallet against the wall surfaces being so dark, creating light and bright and airy. White, Gold and rattan lamps in various sizes to give a different aesthetic to your current lighting. Those lighter in texture to the walls will allow some definition but work well tonally with the contrasting gold and white to have some aesthetic balance.

    Fireplace: Enlarge your fire place to draw attention and focus, not overstated but embodying the working ranch ideal. The fire place nominated in white with industrial kettle fire place insert would be finished by additional ornamentation with vases, flowers and greenery to the mantel. Concealing of cables via an internal in the wall run for AV and Audio equipment (and your Apple TV) above the fire place is a simple and clean solution and removes unsightly cords. Understanding concealing of cabling to other areas of the rooms is also of importance, namely your desk area, there a simple solutions to ‘disguise’ these including using docking stations, cable management systems to the underside of the desk, with concealment o fa single power cable underneath the run of rug nearest the adjacent outlet.

    To help better visualise this overall aesthetic we have mocked up a very quick mood board for your space and is located via the link below:

    http://bit.ly/2Fcjhbk

    We hope these very quick ideas, and very quick response, help bring some inspiration to your proposed woman cave and tie neatly into the overall ideal of the room. We would love to help you modify your space to see it become your little oasis on The Ranch.

    Thanks again
    Tanya

    January 8, 2018 at 7:31 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      Wow Tanya, thanks so so much for taking so much time to thoughtfully pull together these beautiful ideas for me! I love the mood board and can’t wait to try to incorporate some of what you’ve pulled together!

      January 9, 2018 at 10:48 pm Reply
      • Tanya Mathers Architecture

        Hi Katherine,

        Thank you so very much for your lovely reply. I have made a minor amendment to the board to show a larger image of the bookcase wall ans well as included a Ficus. Every good room needs a Ficus.

        Once again thank you for letting us submit ideas for your gorgeous office.

        Regards
        Tanya

        January 12, 2018 at 1:31 am Reply
  • Kimberly Morgan

    I’m not an interior decorator, I do make crafts, but I’m all about natural lighting in my craft room! May I suggest that blank wall, if you’re looking at your desk and layout perception is right, to the right of your desk! A good size mirror would help brighten the room with natural light! I wish I could show you some great decor you could use that I have in my home! I love the wood colors in your office, that’s what I have in my home! I’m more of a visual/tactile person than a writer! ❤️ Hope this gives you some ideas! 🙂

    January 8, 2018 at 8:23 pm Reply
  • Laura Walker

    OMG! We are the same person in this sense! I also love a beautifully decorated room but I’m terrible at making decisions and feel like I just don’t have the eye to make a good job. Plus I have too many ideas then they don’t fit together somehow or I have too many ideas and end up doing nothing. Anyway, just bought a house and about to move in so I’m in whole house decorating hell. I’m afraid I can’t be of much help to you, but definitely feel for you haha!!! I do recommend following Wendy Bellisimo on instagram! She posts decor ideas all the time and they are always so beautiful! Ps: a wise person once told me that lighting is the key to everything. Even though your walls are dark you might be able to do something with lighting! Good luck! – Laura. x

    January 8, 2018 at 8:24 pm Reply
  • Tiffany

    Hello! Sheer drapes on the curtains (either a beige or other lighter color) would go a long way. Also, think about bringing the light down to the space with a rustic hanging fixture (Wayfair has some great affordable options.) Big beautiful rugs for to break up and lighten up the space. Maybe a light jute under the desk (World Market has some nice ones) and a faux fur for the seating area to make it cozy and comfortable. Good luck!

    January 8, 2018 at 8:29 pm Reply
  • Kimberly Morgan

    I’m not an interior decorator, but since I run my own crafting business, I do like to use my creativity in my home! In my craft room I am all about natural lighting! May I suggest on that wall to the right of your desk, if you’re standing in front of your desk and video perception is right, a good size mirror to help bring in more lighting into the room! There’s also some good decor I have in mind, but since I’m more at a tactile/visual person I can’t write what I can vision! 🙂 The mirror is my best idea/advice for you!!! Happy creating/designing!!

    January 8, 2018 at 8:31 pm Reply
  • cindy brown

    Cin Cat i would paint those walls a creamy white with grey tint your office is dark ,, u cannot relax in that ,, change out furniture to a softer grey ,, and a desk that pops like blue – aqua ? and if u prefer darks ,, then switch out to copper or gold gold is in ,, ,, gold accents with leopard decor that way your cats can join u in there ,, and the kids can have tiny leopard furniture ,,, or other idea ,,,, all white ,, creamy rose furniture ,,, bookcases ,, knitting nook corner ,, ps i put five coats primer on the walls before using VOA paint its child and allergy proof paint and it would not make them sick ,, lot of work but it looks nice ,,, u need grey plank flooring i have the kind is waterproof ,,,so the kids can spill on it ,,, no worries ,,
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    January 8, 2018 at 8:31 pm Reply
  • Roxann

    It’s a beautiful room and you have decorated it very nicely. I live on a ranch in Texas so we are all about those browns, leather & plaid. I would throw some fun turquoise in the room whether it’s pottery or a vintage frame. You may want to add pops of color instead such as bright orange, red or yellow. And most definitely some greenery. Succulents are wonderful, beautiful and easy to maintain. I’ve found that a nice mirror helps to add more light in a dark room. Hope this helps! I wouldn’t change too much about that office space.

    January 8, 2018 at 8:33 pm Reply
  • Kendal Carrillo

    Two things that came to my mind would be long ivory linen drapes to frame your windows to bring in some brightness but not take away from the warm cozy feel hang about 6” from the ceiling with cast iron rods and have them lightly graze the ground so it also draws to the high ceiling. And e bay has amazing antique Persian rugs that you can find for inexpensive so you don’t have to feel bad if it gets dirty because it is a working ranch. I would get a muted antique Persian rug with a hint of purple undertones to tie in the sofa. If you are interested in these things I can help you find the right pieces. Beautiful space 🙂

    January 8, 2018 at 8:36 pm Reply
  • Nikki Alexander

    What a great room and THAT VIEW!!! I’m no professional, just a creative lady with a live offs goods design and I definitely agree the fireplace is a little bit on the small side I think you do well-to-do some sort of mock fireplace maybe in a lighter tone even like a Gray tan cream to lighten up that space. They also make these really cool plastic covers for wires that run along the wall it’s basically like Au shape in the backside as adhesive and you tuck all your wires into it and then just stick it to the wall it looks amazing! In dark rooms like that when you’re not willing to paint those beautiful walls (please don’t, they too pretty!!) Or completely replace the flooring the best thing you can do is focus on fabrics meaning rugs, curtains, pillows, etc…and lighting! I think you would do so well to have some more soft items in there while you got the couches and the arm cares none of it has a lot of texture that’s visible so I think if you were to do some curtains that don’t cover the windows that just kind of absent heights to the Room in a lighter color it would look incredible. As a woman on a budget I definitely hear you about not spending a lot on rugs, I world suggest getting a great tone on tone rug, Something with a little bit of texture and a slight pattern but nothing too busy, With a scotch guard finish would make it usable for your ranch but also really beautiful, after all you don’t want to have to use an indoor outdoor green grass rug just because you know it’s gonna get walked on. Good luck , I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

    January 8, 2018 at 8:41 pm Reply
  • Montana

    I’m not a designer but every office space needs an essential oil diffuser! You can really change the atmosphere and mood of a space with essential oils. Plus, they benefit your health as a whole! Double whammie! The same idea is used when Realtors burn candles that smell like fresh baked cookies. It sets the atmosphere for a home feel. Peppermint helps increase focus and brain power, that’s what I would recommend starting with!

    January 8, 2018 at 8:43 pm Reply
  • Harry Roedersheimer

    Where is the life? You need living plants. There are plant that work indoors with low sunlight. There are many windows. As to the wires, they can be put behind the paneling. Feed them down like any other wire. As to floor covering, get a rag rug, or have someone make one for you; or even make it yourself. By choosing the appropriate pieces of cloth you can balance and match with other furniture and add whatever color you want.

    January 8, 2018 at 8:48 pm Reply
  • mary bonney

    How can I attach a pdf file? I found some gorgeous ideas to share – chenille couch, velvet chair, tweed chair, beautiful rug (that will also hide kiddo stains), velvet and beaded pillows. All in soft light tones but kid friendly (not white white) colors…

    January 8, 2018 at 8:56 pm Reply
  • Nikki Alexander

    What a great room and THAT VIEW!!! I’m no professional, just a creative lady with a live offs goods design and I definitely agree the fireplace is a little bit on the small side I think you do well-to-do some sort of mock fireplace maybe in a lighter tone even like a Gray tan cream to lighten up that space. They also make these really cool plastic covers for wires that run along the wall it’s basically like a U-shape and the backside as adhesive and you tuck all your wires into it and then just stick it to the wall it looks amazing! In dark rooms like that when you’re not willing to paint those beautiful walls (please don’t, they too pretty!!) Or completely replace the flooring the best thing you can do is focus on fabrics meaning rugs, curtains, pillows, etc…and lighting! I think you would do so well to have some more soft items in there while you got the couches and the arm chairs none of it has a lot of texture that’s visible, so I think if you were to do some curtains that don’t cover the windows that just kind of accent the height to the Room, in a lighter color, it would look incredible. As a woman on a budget I definitely hear you about not spending a lot on rugs, I would suggest getting a great tone on tone rug, something with a little bit of texture and a slight pattern but nothing too busy, With a scotch guard finish would make it usable for your ranch but also really beautiful, after all you don’t want to have to use an indoor outdoor green grass rug just because you know it’s gonna get walked on. Behind your desk, because of the shape of the wall, you could hang a mirror from the ceiling by a small chain, strips of leather, or something similar, which would reflect that amazing view back into the room. Good luck , I can’t wait to see what you do with it!!

    January 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm Reply
  • Sara

    Hi!!!
    So here’s what I would do….

    I would go with a beautiful cowhide rug or two… some nice tans and whites would really add some warmth, also being cowhide it would go along with the ranch feeling.

    I would definitely add a bookshelf, something amazing, think antique, some unique color, chippy rustic. And fill it with beautiful, colorful antique books.

    Cord covers…. you can get them on amazon, Hobby Lobby etc. something in a nice tan or brown linen would look nice for under your desk.
    https://www.hobbylobby.com/Home-Decor-Frames/Lighting/Lighting-Accessories/Linen-Decorative-Cord-Cover/p/80818311

    For additional warmth I would look into these curtains, I have them in a jute color, LOVE them! They just add so much warmth and texture to in a room.
    https://www.potterybarn.com/m/products/smocked-organic-drape/?pkey=call-drapes&isx=0.0.3065

    Although I’m just a bored stay at home mom, I love all things home and antique!

    Give me a holler if you need any more help:)

    January 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm Reply
  • Brittany

    Such an amazing space! I second the idea of using an outdoor rug to keep it from getting as dirty. Definitely a tighter woven rug versus one that’s fluffy or plush will help.
    I’ve also seen spaces where the rugs are layered. So a larger tightly woven rug on the bottom and then smaller, plusher ones in strategic places like under the sofa. Light greys and silver could be great tones to lighten up the space. Perhaps a lighter grey distressed bookcase on the back wall. I have no idea about art but Joss & Main is a great website for that (and for everything else related to decorating). Good luck!

    January 8, 2018 at 9:09 pm Reply
  • Eveline

    I would add some beige-coloured curtains using a Short curtain rod. Like that https://pinterest.com/pin/826973550298242247/?source_app=android. And maybe some plants in baskets. Some light pillows and a rug indoors/outdoors, voila Greetings from Germany

    January 8, 2018 at 9:10 pm Reply
  • Jen Wiebe

    I’d add a big cream shag rug, a beautiful light white mud room storage unit so that your rug doesn’t get dirty (with space under for baskets and hooks /upper storage if you know the kind of mud room storage I’m thinking of lol!) – a light and bright tapestry hanging behind your desk so it would work with the curved wall, and light sheer drapes to bring some lighter color into the room and to draw the eye up to the window! I’d also consider a bigger, light colored fireplace.

    January 8, 2018 at 9:16 pm Reply
  • Lisa Schofield

    Hi Katherine,

    I’ve sent you a Pinterest board I created called The Ranch Office. I think adding a beige hemp rug that is hard wearing would break up the dark wood floor, with pale organic green and lavender cushions that compliment the purple hues in your furniture and bring the natural colours from your view outside into your office. A low set rustic reclaimed timber bookshelf and hand woven wall hanging above will complete the space adding a touch of softness to the room.

    Happy Decorating

    Lisa Schofield x

    January 8, 2018 at 9:17 pm Reply
  • Katherine Adams

    Hi Katherine,

    So thankful I stumbled upon your post today on Instagram – which lead me to your blog! Loving looking through it.

    I absolutely LOVE your office! I am by no means a professional – I’m currently a stay at home mom and sign maker – but I love decorating.

    The wood in your space is stunning. I would think ways to lighten it up a bit would be to add some nice long curtains to the space. A beautiful dark rod with lighter linen curtains would add a little brightness to the room. You wouldn’t actually have to use the curtains – more just for decor.

    I also love the idea of adding other earthy items to your space. The wood is already so beautiful – maybe adding a stone fireplace surround around your heater – would bring in another warm looking element to your space.

    Rugs are a must!! You could almost get away with two in that space. One that goes under your couch area with the sitting chairs and then another smaller one by the other sitting area. Would help define the two spaces. I think a distressed oriental look would go great in there!

    I also love adding plants to brighten up my rooms! I know you don’t have a ton of natural light – but some vines are just happy in the shade.

    Keep adding elements that make you happy and it will develope into a space you truly love to be in!

    Thanks so much for sharing your space with us. Can not wait to see what your final touches add to it!

    January 8, 2018 at 9:18 pm Reply
  • Arlene Meltzer

    I would add fall colors into your room .
    also add a rectangle rug from under your desk and flows in front of the couch
    paint or change out the lamp shades .
    add bigger fireplace & small pops of color with like peacock feathers or pheasant feathers in like a metal vase with a small piece of burlap.

    January 8, 2018 at 9:19 pm Reply
  • Eveline

    I would add some beige-coloured curtains using a Short curtain rod (like that: http://bit.ly/2CSXRSX ). Maybe some plants, light pillows and a rug (indoor/outdoor), voila im no professional at all Greetings from Germany

    January 8, 2018 at 9:19 pm Reply
  • Johanna Kruse

    Hi! 🙂 As a rug I would suggest some sheepskin or even reindeer (I personally would prefer fake ones but that is up to you), so that would be either a light brown or a yellowish cream. Than I would put one or two nice natural white blankets on the sofa (consolidated of course, just ready for when needed they make the place more light and cosy even without being used). And I would choose one new lamp, either this kind: https://www.made.com/de/chicago-stehlampe-kupfer-und-gold-1?madelp=gshopping&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIofSjoKHJ2AIV0JQYCh28mA5DEAQYAiABEgJ1JPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CI6i2K6hydgCFYiHdwods3IF5A or perhaps, if you are bold and into it, some kind of chandelier. Concerning the cable tangle: trust your husband. 🙂 For the wall near the door I would chose a few meaningful pictures in natural white frames, golden frames or even one huge canvas picture, for example this: https://www.juniqe.de/red-october-leinwandbild-portrait-564169.html But don’t hurry that one, choose your art wisely. 😉 But I can highly recommend that homepage for inspiration. Perhaps you even like cardboard animals, but I admit it’s a bit freaky (i have one): https://www.juniqe.de/red-october-leinwandbild-portrait-564169.html Have a lot of fun! Best regards!

    January 8, 2018 at 9:21 pm Reply
  • Franziska Schweitzer

    I posted this already on FB, but was notified that you will not read it there (as a German I feel always a bit uncomfortable using “you” with people I am unacquainted with… ^^): How about collecting and drying rose-petals, filling a woven bowl with them and placing a sweet-smelling candle in the middle? A bit like this: https://www.instagram.com/p/BN2omoYBwwr/?taken-by=preciouskimti
    Furthermore: fill the room with the things you love… a picture that your child (somehow) drew, your favourite flower, your most precious book (put a whole bookcase in there!), something you created yourself (pottery, masks, whatever). When I write, I need to feel at home, to have my creativity close by… Try to find out which smell makes your mind wander and put up the flowers/herbs/plants in that room. For me, incense helps because those are smells I know from my travels from India. They make me at once feel at home and full of wanderlust (myrrh, sandalwood, frankincense, cedar…).

    January 8, 2018 at 9:22 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth Tausch

    Love this room! Are you considering any window coverings? It is such a gorgeous view you wouldn’t want to hinder that, but I always love the warmth curtains bring to a room. Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn have beautiful linen or linen/cotton blend curtains. For a rug, PB also has a great natural fabric rugs that are easy to clean, affordable, and durable (linking some ideas below) . You could layer the sisal/seagrass bound rug with a cowhide on top of it for more texture and interest. Another idea I had would be a tan/cream persian/oriental rug that has a fun design. I linked something similar I had in mind from Ballard Designs. However, I would probably look for something with more of a flat-weave. If you did a non-patterned rug, you could add a small print in a neutral or complimentary color to your purple in your drapes. Ballard also has some pretty options.

    https://www.potterybarn.com/products/kara-custom-sisal-rug/?pkey=csolid-rugs&isx=0.0.2329
    https://www.potterybarn.com/products/heathered-chenille-jute-rug-natural/?pkey=csolid-rugs&isx=0.0.1307
    https://www.potterybarn.com/products/color-bound-sisal-rug/?pkey=cnatural-fiber-rugs&isx=0.0.3000
    https://www.ballarddesigns.com/antelope-hand-tufted-rug/rugs-drapery/rugs/area-rugs/377344
    https://www.ballarddesigns.com/catherine-rug/rugs-drapery/rugs/area-rugs/14250

    Hope this helps! Can’t wait to see the finished product! 🙂

    January 8, 2018 at 9:23 pm Reply
  • Johanna Kruse

    Hi! 🙂 As a rug I would suggest some sheepskin or even reindeer (I personally would prefer fake ones bit that is up to you), so that would be either a light brown or a yellowish cream. Than I would put one or two nice natural white blankets on the sofa (consolidated of course, just ready for when needed they make the place more light and cosy even without being used). And I would choose one new lamp, either this kind: http://bit.ly/2qHZ9dR or perhaps, if you are bold and into it, some kind of chandelier. Concerning the cable tangle: trust your husband. 🙂 For the wall near the door I would chose a few meaningful pictures in natural white frames, golden frames or even one huge canvas picture, for example this: http://bit.ly/2qKZiNY But don’t hurry that one, choose your art wisely. 😉 But I can highly recommend that homepage for inspiration. Perhaps you even like cardboard animals, but I admit it’s a bit freaky (i have one): https://binged.it/2AFLq7n Have a lot of fun! Best regards!

    January 8, 2018 at 9:23 pm Reply
  • Rachel

    Hey Katherine, I am currently a student of interior architecture and design. I have a couple of ideas that will hopefully be helpful. First of all I suggest a small thin layered shaggy rug in front of your desk of the colour beige or off-white (this might not be ideal to keep clean but it gives the room a bit more light) I also suggest that you enlarge your fireplace and replace some of of your lamps with ones that would expose more light. I also suggest in the open space at the back of your office that you add the bookshelf you mentioned (I suggest it would be made of either a light wood color such as Ash or Maple or plain white) and you can add other motifs and a vase of flowers maybe as well. Also next to the bookshelf you can add a small beanbag chair (or one of those round couch-like chairs with legs) and you can play with colours by adding some pastel cushions to the chair. Lastly I think you should add a modern clock on one of your walls (either white or a light wood Color) and perhaps a small round vintage mirror next to it or a frame maybe.. Try to manipulate your space and introduce light colours to brighten up your room by adding small details like cushions, a small couch, or a small coffee table (Ash or Maple coloured as well) more lamps or anything like that. Hope this helps, I’m a huge fan sending you love and good luck decorating! xx

    January 8, 2018 at 9:24 pm Reply
  • Tanya Hudson

    I am sooooo not a designer but like you, I like the concept of a well decorated room… and on a budget! I think to brighten the room you need a faux sheepskin rug.. I saw them for as low as 79 bucks! this when if and when it get dirty.. you can toss it! I think if you are in love with the lamps.. re purpose them, maybe drill some decorative holes making shapes in the metal.

    I love your husbands art.. but maybe to add color or light.. you can change the frames to something less dark… and you could also add some light colored thro pillows and a blanket. I think creams, LIGHT grey and maybe light pinks would work to brighten up the room.

    January 8, 2018 at 9:26 pm Reply
  • Mary Williamson

    You should enlist Chip and Joanna Gaines! Chip would love that beautiful wood paneling, and they would infuse beautiful touches to liven up the space (plus you and JoJo could swap mommy tips!).

    January 8, 2018 at 9:28 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    It is a beautiful space. In order to keep the natural beauty the focus, I would only do a couple of things. I would suggest cream colored valances for the windows which pulls in the lighter colors from your furniture to help lighten the space up. Then on the large wall you showed, a large mirror to help bounce more light around the room surrounded by pictures to bring in more color. With it being a working ranch, I would not suggest a rug because it would be very hard to keep clean and would probably not last long due to wear and tear. Good luck! Can’t wait to see the end result you come up with.

    January 8, 2018 at 9:29 pm Reply
  • Jami

    Hi Katherine

    I decorate primitive/country. Your office looks like it would be great for cabin decor. For artwork try using a horse picture. (You can get really nice horse artwork at hobby lobby). To brighten your office up use a red throw and red pillows. Maybe put a shelf up and put some luminara candles on the shelf to cozy it up. And you can always use deer antlers..fake or real ones. (Deer shed their antlers usually around February so no harm in the animals for getting their antlers) 🙂 And also you can get some primitive snow shoes to hang on the wall. I don’t know if you are into primitive or cabin decor but your walls would be perfect for it.

    January 8, 2018 at 9:30 pm Reply
  • Franziska Schweitzer

    How about collecting and drying rose-petals, filling a woven bowl with them and placing a sweet-smelling candle in the middle? A bit like this: http://bit.ly/2EoUaRv
    Furthermore: fill it with the things you love – a picture that your child (somehow) drew, your favourite flower, your most precious book (put a whole bookcase in there, while you’re at it!), something you created yourself (pottery, masks, whatever). When I write I need to feel at home, to have my creativity close by… Try to find out which smell makes your mind wander and put up the flowers/herbs/plants in that room. For me, incense works fine because it reminds me of the time I’ve spent in India. Myrrh, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Cedar… these smells make me at once homesick and wanting to travel, rove, be out there.
    Creativity is not about a concept in the room. It’s about what is close to you, what makes you tick. It doesn’t have to fit together. No one is a flawless concept (and those who think they are are fooling themselves) and YOUR room needs to reflect that, needs to reflect who and what you are and a bit of what you aspire to be.

    January 8, 2018 at 9:30 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth Tausch

    I wrote out ideas and posted them, but I’m not sure if it posted. So, abbreviated version: Pottery Barn & Restoration Hardware have great linen or linen/cotton blend curtains. I think a natural rug from PB would be a great option. You can also layer a cowhide over a jute or seagrass rug. Or I would do a tan/cream persian/oriental style rug. Ballard Designs has pretty things! If you did a solid rug, you could add a print in your curtains in a neutral. Again, Ballard has some pretty prints for drapes!

    January 8, 2018 at 9:31 pm Reply
  • Christy Johnson

    Hey Katherine!! I love the space.. however it does offer many challenges with its unique design.
    In regards to the fireplace.. I would most def purchase a larger one that would disguise the wires better. Secondly.. you can purchase a mantle.. go with a lighter color.. maybe a distressed creamy color and place some candles and plants with some small like 8-12” lamps on either end with a small clock.. you can also get a single extension cord and tuck it underneath the baseboard.. you have to shove it.. a small thin one.. but it works. We got some hooks that screw(by hand into the wall) for the Apple cords and you can hook them up there behind the tv! Now.. I think you need a decorative tree in the corner of your room for greenery! That would be nice! And maybe a full length mirror as well! I also think some panel mirrors behind your desk would be nice on the bends of the walls to brighten the room! Maybe hang a shabby chic chandelier in the center of the room.. distressed white with crystals? That would add color and would bring the eyes UP!! Brightening the space!! Also, painting the ceiling a brighter color would be nice! I also think curtain panels going to the top of the ceiling just on the ends of your windows maybe about 2.5’ wide and extending to the floor.. maybe an ivory color.. that would be pretty.. the windows would still be open but just one panel on one end and one on the opposite side to add some color and beauty! I would def add a pretty rug under the table.. but something durable.. something a little darker in color with BRIGHT pops of color for cleanliness sake! Get some bright color flowers! Def add pix of kiddos or hubby and anything and everything that inspires YOU!! Think HAPPY!! This spot should be filled with inspiration and encouragement! Going to work needs to be a joyful experience and it can be when you make it inviting! The best of us can have our tough days.. we want to make it a place of refuge! A heavenly spot!

    January 8, 2018 at 9:31 pm Reply
  • Rhonda Henderson

    Hi Katherine, Your room is beautiful and you’re right about embracing the vibe and intention that you originally had planned. If you want to soften and brighten that room, I would put some full length drapes in a light color (perhaps cream linen for a natural and earthy look, or for a little more glam-maybe a pale gray with a slight sheen) to fill the space between the windows. Place the panels as high up as you can and take them all the way to the floor. This will add visual interest and break up the dark space in the wood, without sacrificing the style of the room. You can put a couple of area rugs, maybe in a jute (or other grass/rope pattern) which is very durable. Alternately, you can have a really nice carpet (mine is called life-proof and it’s good for pets/kids) bound on all sides and cut to the exact dimensions that you like. It’s not expensive to do, and you can get it at most home improvement stores, plus if you find something you really love later, you haven’t invested the bank in it! I have all wood floors in my home but I installed carpet in the main hall to soften the noise, it’s a high traffic area but it cleans up so easy with a carpet cleaner and I love it. There are also some really nice options in area rugs today in combinations of cream, gray, blue, tan, etc., I would check out places like Homegoods or Pier 1 for inspiration too. As for the wall behind your desk, maybe it’s a little bit off the wall (so to speak) but what about some sort of small mirror collection to reflect those beautiful windows? Three to five mirrors in that space depending on their size and shape would add a little sparkle and reflect the view as well! I think that those three things would make a very big difference! Have fun and I can’t wait to see what you choose!

    January 8, 2018 at 9:37 pm Reply
  • Tiphaine

    this piece is really beautiful but the problem is the natural brightness. I suggest you add mirrors or one but big enough to reflect the light outside. the color of your sweater is very pretty and goes very well with the room, plants of this pale pink color would give an even warmer side. Regarding the plugs of your devices, there are boxes that you can hang under the desk (in France we have) and it’s quite practical.
    I think I have gone around. Happy reading and very good week to you and your family

    January 8, 2018 at 9:40 pm Reply
  • Rachel

    Hey Katherine, I am currently a student of interior architecture and design. I have a couple of ideas that will hopefully be helpful. First of all I suggest a small thin layered shaggy rug in front of your desk of the colour beige or off-white (this might not be ideal to keep clean but it gives the room a bit more light) I also suggest that you enlarge your fireplace and replace some of of your lamps with ones that would expose more light. I also suggest in the open space at the back of your office that you add the bookshelf you mentioned (I suggest it would be made of either a light wood color such as Ash or Maple or plain white) and you can add other motifs and a vase of flowers maybe as well. Also next to the bookshelf you can add a small beanbag chair (or one of those round couch-like chairs with legs) and you can play with colours by adding some pastel cushions to the chair. Lastly I think you should add a modern clock on one of your walls (either white or a light wood Color) and perhaps a small round vintage mirror next to it or a frame maybe.. Try to manipulate your space and introduce light colours to brighten up your room by adding small details like cushions, a small couch, or a small coffee table (Ash or Maple coloured as well) more lamps or anything like that. Hope this helps, I’m a huge fan sending you love and good luck decorating! xx

    January 8, 2018 at 9:40 pm Reply
  • Elsabè

    I would suggest some light, soft see-through curtains (white or ivory or beige) hanging from ceiling to floor between each window to soften the windows and let the light flow right in, in a gentle way. Also, consider a mirror somewhere to reflect back any light coming into the office. Would then replace the pillows on the couches with a different neutral shades. I like to pare all natural textures such as wood, metal, glass etc. Maybe incorporate some of it in the decor pieces ? I agree also with taking out some of the lamps, leaving only those you can’t go without. Lastly a rug I would feel is a must for all the wood in this room – choose carefully so that it doesn’t overshadow it. I would steer clear of to much color itself over all and let the beauty of nature and all its natural elements and colors do the rest.

    Ps. : Love your channel!! Have more faith in your taste – everything design wise you’ve posted thus far I’ve loved. You definitely know what you like. Please post pictures of your design progress as you go…

    Have fun decorating x

    January 8, 2018 at 9:44 pm Reply
  • Katrin

    I would love to contribute to your office remodel with a portrait you can frame – you, Joshie or Gracie? Pick who, e-mail me a clear photo and where to mail the painting. If I had one tip for your office remodel it would be to replace the two chairs under that window with shelves that grow healthy greens you van juice all year round or orchids – great for your health and feng shui benefit too. Btw if you are starting with an empty room remember placement of objects is important according to feng shui, bc it actually affects your life. If you don’t want blockage, read up on what colors to place on which sides, shapes and materials. All that matters for proper flow of chi. The easiest feng shui to grasp is if you follow your front door. Xo, Katrin

    January 8, 2018 at 9:47 pm Reply
  • Lori Paranjape

    What a warm space! The exposed wires are enough to kill any bit of creativity… I would love to help with all of it. @mrsparanjape on Instagram for my portfolio or http://www.mrsparanjape.com

    January 8, 2018 at 9:49 pm Reply
  • Paddi Avalon

    Hey Katherine
    So ignore my dark and gloomy suggestion on Facebook haha. Hadn’t seen the whole video. But I think that long light and see through white or creme white or bright creamy beige curtains would really work. Thin and light coloured so the light from outside can shine through and spice up the pillows it matching light fabrics. And I’m in the empty wall, maybe a big bright picture or painting in either black and white or really bright dusty pastel colours might work. But it’s a really beautiful room and lovely furniture. Maybe you can add a light rug, but yeah, since it’s a ranch office, dirt is an issue, but I’m sure that magic carpets comes in all colours Haha! But if you are willing, then maybe you could reupholster a chair or two in a lighter colour and add some light blankets to the sofa and chairs. anyway. Good luck with your project. I hope you find a way to make it feel just as you’d like it. and happy new year to you and your family.

    January 8, 2018 at 9:51 pm Reply
  • Jodi Walls

    I would lighting it up with rugs, pillows a funky lamp, some art.. Lots of Pic of your family doing things yall love..Anything that makes you smile and go ahhh, this is a relaxing work space… feel free to go to my photo page and if you see a pic you like send me a message and I will mail it to you for free any size
    http://Www.facebook.com/bradenwallsphotography

    January 8, 2018 at 9:54 pm Reply
  • Amber J Corlett

    Good Afternoon,
    My name is Amber im 33yrs old….with a 10yr old daughter and we live in Ogden, Utah about 1 1/2hrs away from park city. I understand you dont want to paint or to replace any of the furniture…Im not professional in the least but i do have a lot of ideas…its true it does not get a lot of light and you want to feel inspired and full of creativity so you can be filled with that Imagination that can get away from you when you have children,husband and house and work laying upon you…you need a getawat from all that so you can just be you in the moment. I love all the furniture and the Dark/Rustic look going on if it was just an office to only sign paper work and make a call to an investment Broker thats one thing…but you bot only need to feel relaxed in your Space but also feel the Imagination rolling in your heart, mind and soul, but you also want to have some more brightness so you can remain positive in your Space…this can be tuff. So first we would need to get a handful of different shapped mirrors and put them on the wall that gets most of the sun so it can reflect the sun more into your Space, Next we need to find a couple bold popping colors like Violet, Turquoise, Fuchsia remember though just a few of these or it will over power and we need to be eccletic here so you van have everything you want to feel in your Sanctuary, after that we need lighter tones of colors pastels which look great on you…and few pieces of Metalic modern art. Now this is just one out of many. I thought of anothe to you wouldnt have to do it but its something to really think about for future homes and it really depends if you want to stick with the rustic vibe i got from the walls or not…or if you want to be ecclectic and still have a few rustic but retro/upbeat/professional look then i have lots of suggestions on all options…stay rustic original art work of prairie landscapes/mountains Native American arts and design pieces…and furniture needs to stay brown or black…u can choose one wall and one piece of furniture, art and knick nack thats a dark color like dark forest green or deep blues, a art piece of ocean ect…if ur going for the ecclectic taste i would leave one brown wall one piece of furniture thats brown or black and one painting and one art piece that reminds u of the rustic outdoors then get one modern painting and modern art piece and modern furniture so u can have the professional look, then do one of each as well on retro and upbeat and then choose a bold color for the rest of the office. Make sure to never have more of on style in ur office if going ecclectic.
    Im a mom full time so i am pretty much free whenever during school hours and can always find a family member to watch her when needed cause all of my family and my daughter’s live in utah.
    Hope you find the right idea for you…i undersrand second guessing and why your asking for help its hard to figure something out just for yourself but easier for someone else to help you find it. Lots of opinions can always help find your perfect resolution.

    January 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm Reply
  • Helen

    I love the rustic cabin feel but definitely agree you need to brighten things up. How about having a fireplace built on the wall where you were thinking of adding a bookcase? A large mirror above the mantelpiece would open the room up; nothing as good as a mirror for bouncing light around a room. The paintings your husband did look great grouped together but maybe reframing them in paler frames would make them stand out better against the dark walls.
    You seem to have a lot of photo frames and decorative pieces ( in England we call them knick knacks) and if that’s what you love then that’s wonderful but sometimes I think having fewer but larger, bolder pieces can really pull a room together.
    A large, pale rug would look nice under your desk; it would break up the dark flooring and hopefully stay clean as it wouldn’t be walked over much. Someone previously suggested lilac and green cushions and throws; I think that sounds gorgeous and would have a Scottish Highlands vibe to it which would suit your cabin look perfectly. Xx

    January 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm Reply
  • Theresa Ortega

    The room is really beautiful. Even if you added a few small touches, it would be lovely. Some things come to mind:
    A. Touch of white or soft yellow. At first I was going to say a white fur rug (something we have) by our couch but remember the wear and tear was a concern. Possibly a white, soft yellow, or red blanket over the couch.
    B. My mother always told me a small touch of red in every room (whether a small candle or blanket) – in small doses
    C. I love to have fresh white baby breath in many of our rooms or white decor. I feel this will brighten the room and make other colors pop against the darker hardwood floors and walls – just like the dress you have hanging:)
    D. Maybe a chase lounge chair in one of the corners (over a fur rug here would work) and another place where you can do some work:)
    E. Yes a lighter bookshelf against the empty wall
    F. Maybe a larger mirror on one of the walls.
    That’s all the comes to mind but I always think of more and probably will after I watch this again:) Love stuff like this and how fun for you!

    January 8, 2018 at 10:05 pm Reply
  • Angie Stewart

    Hello Katherine,
    First let me say, I love how genuine you are!
    I think if you added some vertical mirrors behind your desk that would reflect the light from the windows. Also, if you were to add either a light colored tapestry or quilt to the large wall. You could also brighten the windows by adding a short window treatment in light colors to match the tapestry or quilt. I think the fireplace would be more beneficial if it were larger. There are new ones out that were discussed on For Your Home (Public Television) recently that offer heat or just ambiance so you could use it all year around. For the floor what about a jute rug? It could be plain or you could paint it. Also, maybe think about painting the frames for Joshua’s art for a lighter look. It is a beautiful room, but I agree it is a little too dark to inspire creativity. Good luck and have fun!

    January 8, 2018 at 10:06 pm Reply
  • Donna

    Not going to lie, I subscribed to Those Heavenly Days because of this Instagram post. You’ve got me daydreaming here at home and ignoring my husband at the moment. There’s something about you that is modest and oh so no normal that I love, and asking for advice… gah, I love it! Anyways, I commented on Instagram but I’ll repeat on here: A big country braided rug & PLANTS! Above the window plant hangers with long flowing green plants, maybe some Lacey or linen like curtains to brighten up the space. Bird feeders/houses outside the window (my kids love watching the birds)? Perhaps a nice suncatcher? I love the wingback chairs (I thought maybe to replace the chairs with a lighter color and throw plaid blankets over them but later read that you did NOT want to replace the furniture). I like to be warm, maybe some big crocks with folded up lap blankets or the furniture being repositioned around your wood stove for a focal point, not sure if that’s centrally located however? I would hire a local artist for something amazing behind your desk. Maybe some copper accents of some sort. Maybe some viney/leafy-like garland over the windows or entrances. A really cool light fixture above your desk. I’ve been daydreaming about the possibilities! Fun project, have fun! Can’t wait for the after project video/pictures.

    January 8, 2018 at 10:07 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      Yes! A big braided rug sounds heavenly! So do plants!!! I don’t know why I didn’t think of that, I love bringing the outdoors in! Thank you for dreaming on my space!

      January 9, 2018 at 10:43 pm Reply
  • Sara Hunt

    Hi!!!
    So here’s what I would do….

    I would go with a beautiful cowhide rug or two… some nice tans and whites would really add some warmth, also being cowhide it would go along with the ranch feeling.

    I would definitely add a bookshelf, something amazing, think antique, some unique color, chippy rustic. And fill it with beautiful, colorful antique books.

    Cord covers…. you can get them on amazon, Hobby Lobby etc. something in a nice tan or brown linen would look nice for under your desk.
    http://bit.ly/2CSzKmI

    For additional warmth I would look into these curtains, I have them in a jute color, LOVE them! They just add so much warmth and texture to in a room.
    http://bit.ly/2Eo4nxB

    Although I’m just a bored stay at home mom, I love all things home and antique!

    Give me a holler if you need any more help:)

    January 8, 2018 at 10:13 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      I love the bookshelf idea so much! Antique books sounds so up my ally! And thank you for the cord cover link!!

      January 9, 2018 at 10:45 pm Reply
  • Jasmine

    I think you need to keep the rustic walls and floors, but you like much lighter furniture and then Colourful accessories.

    January 8, 2018 at 10:28 pm Reply
  • Louise LoBue

    oh YASSSSS I totally get it. Its depressing and cold — you need to warm it up and brighten it up. Would love to help, this is the type of thing that gets me excited! – I’m a Parsons-trained designer from NYC, now living in the Hudson Valley so I do rustic chic well! I love this space. Here’s my top-of-mind thinking:

    1. Floors. Not sure if you are open to changing the tile – if not, then I suggest a large jute rug — pick one as large as you can find that will fit, (not sure of your room measurements) but take it to a foot from the walls if possible. Jute is durable and a light tan color, which will lighten your floors. Layer that with a few fun vintage looking persians or faux animal shapes, to define the different areas of the room. Doesn’t have to be expensive vintage persian — I get mine at esalerugs.com and love their selection. Something that looks worn and cool would be ideal. I can help you pick. If you do want to change the floors, I’d just retile in a light travertine color and then cover with some persians or faux animals under the desk area and sitting area.

    Next I would whitewash the ceiling (yes girl) and put up some cool chandeliers – something vintage and interesting and girley — every woman needs a chandelier in her office!! I like a few small ones versus one big one. Its rustic chic. This would brighten and feminine-up the space.

    So, light floors, light ceilings and dark walls – the contrast will be super cool.

    If you are into whitewashing the walls — that would really lighten the space – but I understand you love the dark. And that’s ok because it is cool.

    Lastly — I’d hang some artwork with some gold silver or whitewash frames, and some mirrors, could be rustic and small ones, but they will reflect the existing light quite well.

    I’d also introduce some faux fur! So chic! Throws or a faux fur rug under the seating area by the fireplace as one of your layered rugs on top of the jute! I’d also like to switch out the throw pillows.

    You can totally work with this space! I hope these suggestions help. If you have any questions let me know – I’d love to help – decorating is my thing and I’ll do it for free cuz I love you. 🙂 Cheers! Louise LoBue

    January 8, 2018 at 10:31 pm Reply
  • Alicia

    I love the space, personally I love the dark wood. I see what you mean about it being dark, I think the space would really benefit from some mirrors to bounce the light back. I notice there seems to be a blank wall behind your desk, maybe a large mirror hanging there?

    Also, I have dark wood floors at home and I could get past it making the whole room looking dark. Until I put down a big rug. This really lifts the room and helps it to feel brighter. I think a faux fur white rug would look amazing in that room – I don’t know if that would be practical. However, I love the idea of a basket by the front door where you put your shoes and then a pair of slippers or shoes that you wear only in your office. Keeps the floors clean and makes sure you’re not bringing dirt in over a carpet or rug. It’s also a nice gift for guests too and makes them feel more at home!

    I absolutely love this space you have created, and I think soft lighting looks great in a dark room. Maybe a few more lamps and candles placed around the room?

    Also, I noticed you have two sets of wing back chairs. I would suggest moving the higher backed chairs against the window with the table in between. You can then move the lower backed chairs to the sofa area, I think it would flow a bit better through the room.

    I love your home! It really is heavenly!! Good luck with your decorating xxx

    January 8, 2018 at 10:31 pm Reply
  • Theresa Ortega

    The room is really beautiful. I am thinking of some small things:
    A. Touch of white or soft yellow throughout the room. Possibly, a blanket over the couch.

    B. My other always told me to add a small… touch of red in every room whether a small candle, pillow or blanket – in small doses

    C. Baby’s breath and/or some white decor as I feel this will help the colors pop and be a good choice with the beautiful dark floors/walls – just like the dress you have hanging.

    D. Maybe a chase lounge chair over a fur rug in one of the corners. Always another option to do your writing and wind down with a book.

    E. Yes, a lighter color bookshelf against the wall

    F. Maybe a larger mirror on one of the walls

    I’ll probably think of more as I watch this again but the first thing that pops into my head. How fun for you! 🙂

    January 8, 2018 at 10:34 pm Reply
  • RHONDA RUTHERFORD

    Hi, thanks for sharing your world with us!

    I am not a decorator or that crafty lol but just wanted to throw my two cents in! Your office is gorgeous!! I know you don’t want to replace the furniture and I don’t think you have to! Joss&Main/Wayfair are great for buying small accents and I think that’s all you really need! You can try to brighten the room up just by adding some white/cream or bright throws and pillows. I see you have those already but maybe changing the color will help brighten it up. You can also buy some white accent pieces or even metals (silver/gold) for the tables, etc. I think that will make a huge difference. I am also very curious to see what people say about the chords. I hate those suckers, so looking forward to reading all the comments. =)

    January 8, 2018 at 10:45 pm Reply
  • Chantelle Perry

    Hi,

    I see a lot of great lengthy responses. I will try not to overwhelm you. So rather than writing a lengthy response I will write a punch list to the questions asked in your video.

    1.The artwork displayed by your husband on the wall I would change out the color of the frames. Something in the gold tone for contrast.

    2. Throw pillows. A great way to bring in brightness to a room is by changing out throw pillows, adding rugs, and curtains. I would go in a creme pallet with hints of purples and other lighter tones. Don’t be afraid of mixing patterns. Covers can be removable to be washed . I know you were worried about that.

    3. Area rugs. I would do a sheepskin in front of the two accent wingback chairs again machine washable. And a large rug that will go from your desk to behind the sofa. It’s important all the furniture lands on the rug. So the sofa, two are chairs, coffee table, desk. I have taken a few pics of rugs I thought were fitting.

    4. Behind the desk. I would do a funky backdrop. Made of metal bringing in the gold tones from the mirror I’m going to mention and picture frames.

    5. The bookcase wall you mentioned. A great alternative would be a large mirror. It’s great at reflecting light.

    6. The awesome metal lamp in front of your husbands art needs to be moved over a little. Or maybe moved over by your desk.

    7. Lastly, greenery! Succulents are easy to maintain and with give a soft modern feel. And compliment the plaid.

    Hope this helps. If you want images or links. You can reach out.

    January 8, 2018 at 10:50 pm Reply
  • Linda Kirste

    Hi Katherine 🙂
    I am not a professional, but i read a lot about interior design and always get asked for advise by my friends and family, so I would love to help.

    I think ading beige/cream/light grey acessories to your office would help a lot for the coziness and light.
    I am just gonna list the chnges i would make.

    1. Floor lenght semi-transparent white or cream curtains (I have some from Ikea with a floral pattern but i think plain ones would be great to as you have some patterns on the cushions already), one long curtain rag over the two window groups and curtains only on the very left and right (If you want to keep the tv there)

    2. I would put round rugs in a beige or grey tone under the seating areas (not the desk), maybe something woven, out of hemp? a fluffy one was my first thought but that would get dirty very fast)

    3. Reframe the nice drwaings. Put them in Really simple white frames so that they pop a bit mor and add more light.

    4. On the big wall I would probably add a painting or print and no book case (this would make it even darker). SOme how a very specifik motive came to my mind becaus i felt you would like that, because it would lighten up the room and it would fit your style: a foto of a group/little forest of birch trees (because there would be a lot of white then, maybe you find one with a little green showing. I feel the cute spring leaves would add a lot of friendliness)

    5. You could hand one mirror (or even 3 little ones) in a white frame on the wall behind the desk (3 because i saw how the wall is round-shaped, but i think one on the middle part of the wall would do too), it would ad to a spacier feeling and to reflect the light.

    6. Plants. they do way more than you would expect. go for ones that dont need too much light such as Neanthe Bella or Philodendron (maybe instead of the black lamp) and Epipremnum Aureum(good for on the desk and growing down)

    7. there are lots of really creative solutions to hide the cords, search pinterest for ideas no one would ever get on their own 😀

    8. I think your sofa and seats are already really cozy but you could add some more pillows and maybe a blanked in my proposed color sceme (light grey would be really nice). Here you could go for the fluffy option. I feel like pillows really add to the coziness and general style of the room.

    ok thats it from my side. you could consider changing the desk for a white one, really simple, maybe a litttle shabby chique or something but i did not think you would like to change the funiture.

    greetings, Linda 🙂
    (please excuse any typos)

    January 8, 2018 at 10:55 pm Reply
  • Julie Assenberg Interior Design

    Lots of great ideas! Without trying to get too wordy, here are mine. 1) First and foremost, get a great rug or two. I start there and build up choosing fabrics that will go with the rug. Rugs are much harder to find than fabrics! How about slipcovering your furniture so you have some lighter options? Check out Slipcovers by Shelley online. (She is in Utah). These fabrics can be brighter AND more colorful and still fit the ranch aesthetic. 2)PAINT the ceiling off white! It will change the entire room. 3) Don’t do window treatments unless you need them for privacy or controlling the light. I prefer none unless they are functional as well…. Put your money in to a beautiful antique rug. Good rugs can withstand kids and pets. My favorite style is called “Heriz”. Try Adib’s Rug Gallery in SLC.. 4) Art of course!!! I am a firm believer in using original art …. even if it’s your kid’s or husband’s … to transform a space. My new tag line. THERE IS AN ART TO EVERY SPACE. My new website will be online soon. Hope this helps!!!

    January 8, 2018 at 11:03 pm Reply
  • Brandi Blowers

    Hi Katherine,
    I’ve been following your posts on your office space.
    I would love to help you design this space into a productive, creative outlet away from home. What would be extremely beneficial to both you and I would be sitting down and going through the design process and what you are trying to achieve. There’s so much more than just color and texture.
    Have you thought of space planning?
    Have you thought about form and function?
    I would love to draw up some sketches for you but would need the dimensions of the room, etc.
    Please email me so we can get a roll on achieving your design wants and needs.
    As a former high-end residential Interior Designer in downtown Chicago, this is right down my alley.
    Being extremely familiar with the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, I could point out different vendors that you would have otherwise never known of.
    Thank you,
    Brandi
    MN

    January 8, 2018 at 11:15 pm Reply
  • Kate

    Hi Katherine!

    I am definitely not a decorator, and honestly, I don’t have much spare time to follow blogs, but I really enjoy reading yours. You are very real in your posts and I feel I can somehow relate. I also love seeing all your pictures of the mountains!! We adopted our oldest son from Provo and it’s just a gorgeous area!

    Your office is beautiful by the way. I work out of my home and I’m in the process of redecorating as well. Have you ever considered rugs from Spicher and Company? They make awesome vintage vinyl floor cloths! I know, vinyl right..but they really are amazing. We also live in the country, and we have two dogs and two boys, so I NEEDED something that could hold up to the foot traffic and dirt…

    They hold up so well and are very easy to clean, but they really warm the space up 🙂 I get so many compliments on them and most people think they are actually some sort of expensive inlay we had built into the floor! I have them in my kitchen, dining room (again, an actual rug under the table, yikes!!) and also in my office. You can customize the size and design however you would like!

    I agree with other posts about some sort of soft off-white fabric for window coverings just to brighten it up. Also, anything mercury glass, just to add a little something different without adding tons of color.

    Good luck, and have fun decorating!

    January 8, 2018 at 11:17 pm Reply
  • Sam sherwin

    Hi Just some thoughts on what I would do……….

    I would create a wall of mirrors on the wall behind your desk like ng thin mirrors one in each board with a rustic gold frames. on the floor I would add some Swedish rag rugs that fit in with the colours of your chairs etc in various sizes add a surround around the stove and it would hide the wires from the tv also on the large flat wall I would use an old door with lots of glass windows in upcycle and paint again in a colour that goes with your furniture maybe a light grey then then shabby the wood and add family pictures behind the glass and put on the wall with coat hooks along the bottom to hang coats jackets some chunky knit rugs also wool trows etc again to match the purples and greys in your chairs. I would also stand some shelving on that wall perhaps create them with old wooden crates or something that creates the look to keep books folded rugs etc on. In areas on the walls I would add 3d metal stars in different sizes and colours but again that go with the colours in your chairs they will bring some lighter colours to the walls and with the light on your desk I would take it off and have some ceiling lights fitted that hang low over your desk then you loose the wires I personally like the old fashioned lightbulb style I have added a link to a Pinterest page so you can see in pictures the sort of things I had in mind it helps to see it better in your mind I hope you find what your looking for xx .https://pin.it/zxtucxoa5ikw33

    January 8, 2018 at 11:19 pm Reply
  • Rosemary

    I would definitely bring in some white/off white. I’d do a white or off white shag rug and add some white or off white pillows on your sofa. Also some Roman shades would be pretty on your windows in the same color of the rug you get.

    January 8, 2018 at 11:26 pm Reply
  • Barbara Reeves

    Everything is dark. Dark walls. Dark floor. Dark furniture. Dark desk. Not sure how much you want to spend, but if it were me, I would purchase little furniture. I would put feminine light-colored topper curtains (not to block view). With the walls, I would put up paintings unframed also lightening up the room. Maybe consider area rug (or rugs) with much light color. You have excellent taste, as seen in the rest of your house (from other videos posted), you will find all the right pieces. Make sure no matter what you decide to show us your final changes. Love all the videos, blogs and pics of your family and home!

    January 8, 2018 at 11:28 pm Reply
  • Glenda Moore

    My thoughts: soft green or pale blue berber rug(s), with no pattern, to match the colors on the sofa. I presume kids and pets are going to come in sometimes, so this would be foot and paw friendly, but lighten and brighten the floor. Not carpet, but large rug(s).

    Lighten up the space around the windows with ceiling-to-floor curtains, again pale green or pale blue – not covering the windows, of course, but the space in between the windows.

    If you’re willing to remodel (again), you could lighten the space by having pot lights installed in the ceiling around the room.

    For the reading areas, get those cool arched lamps that can stand in the corner or against a wall and arc into the room. The metal ones are neat, but as you say, they don’t add anything, and you need the light.

    Don’t have any advice how to deal with the wires under the tv (I’m really not a fan of cord guides on the wall, more of controlling the puddle of cords once it gets toward the floor!), but again – if you’re going to remodel, you could run them into the wall behind the paneling. Under the desk run the cords up a leg or two (on the inside, so less visible – if possible, replace cords with dark colors), and then there are literally cord guides you can mount under the desk to keep the extra contained.

    January 8, 2018 at 11:31 pm Reply
  • Tiffany Jones

    I am an avid DIYer and have successfully learned many crazy talents over the years to redo my 1973 Ranch. I have had the battle with the darkness in our home with dark panelling throughout. I eventually painted it but definitely would NOT do that if it looked like your walls! (By the way I LOVE your doors!!!!) So, I am not a decorator but I have a background in design, so here are my thoughts 🙂

    I would put a mirror on the blank flat wall, it will bounce around some light as well which should help you with the darkness issue.

    A Rug that goes under the main seating area and stops just under the front desk legs – this way you don’t have to worry about tracking in mud. Get a rug that you are comfortable with, I have a 4 year old and dogs. I have a cheap replaceable rug that works for my space. A Jute rug, specifically designed to be outdoors would work best in this space.

    I would even crochet a small rug to fit the space with the 2 chairs in the corner. 😉

    The little nook around your desk is a FUN spot! I would take your favorite photo and go to a printing website (I use Shutterfly) and get it printed over 3 or 5 canvases. Don’t do an even number. You might need to get it done by a specialist, but have fun with it. Don’t hang it all at one level. It can go at a slant or up and down. Have fun with it, make it something you enjoy looking at.

    The cords! 🙂 Easy! Use something like this (but match it to the wood as best you can). https://www.lowes.com/pd/Wiremold-1-Piece-2-in-x-60-in-Straight-Channel-Cord-Cover-White-Cord-Cover/1000282079
    For the desk cords, get something like this to match the floor to run the extension cord through it https://www.amazon.com/D-2-Rubber-Duct-Cord-Cover/dp/B002C8IH9E
    Then at the end, slip the extension cord in a basket (one that makes you smile!). Keep all your other cords in there as well 🙂 Hidden from plain sight but adorable. Do make sure that you put a plastic bin in there to keep the heat from transferring to the basket and possibly catching fire!)

    To bring more color in, I would just replace blankets and pillows 🙂 Cheap solution. You could even knit some cute covers for the existing pillows. Use a yarn that you love to touch (normally that’s what I do) and a color that makes you happy.

    I saw some suggestions about curtains – and that means money! We saved a ton by creating our own curtain rods with electrical conduit that we spray painted. This would save you a lot for that multi-faceted window and curves. I honestly would only have it for looks and not for function. So you could even just hang enough just to throw some drop cloth curtains next to the outside windows. I say drop cloth because it’s rustic and screams Ranch.

    Those are my suggestions. I also think the fireplace is fine for your space.

    Thanks for opening up on your dirty little secret 🙂 Cannot wait to see what you decide to do 🙂

    January 8, 2018 at 11:44 pm Reply
  • Christine

    I would add drapes light/sheer. Things of texture, rugs, pillows, blankets all on the lighter side of colors. I also think a cool idea would be to lighten the ceiling in some way. You could make it textured or just paint it. As far as art is concerened go with lighter wood or colored frames and maybe something bold that embodies the vibes of the ranch. I think a bigger fire place would be great, a better fit under the tv. I would get new lamps and lighting as well.

    January 8, 2018 at 11:59 pm Reply
  • Amber J Corlett

    Good Evening,

    Im Amber I am 33 and have a daughter who is 10. I live in Ogden, Utah.
    So from what I can gather you need a sanctuary thats full of creative imagination that inspires your mind, heart and soul but you also want to be able to take the stress off in your sanctuary during the day or night but need a sanctuary that you can relax in as well as create but want to keep the rustic furniture and colors of the walls but need more vibrance and modernation.
    I can definitely assist with that…im stock full of all kinds of Ideas. Here is a simple one: First we need to get Mirrored Wall Decals all on one of the walls that gets the most Sun During the day which might be hard but we can do it…Then we need to incorporate a chair or two or a curtain and a rug ect…of boldness with vibrant colors like Violet, Turquoise, Fuchsia ect…Then we need to bring in a few Neutral colors that are relaxing and bring peace Yellow, Peach, baby blue or light ect those could be throw pillows and a painting or two of a calm pond and a blanket thats white…next we need to bring in a piece or two of moder art work and i would suggest maybe a native american art piece or two as well and maybe have your children help with a familia art piece as well…your Santuary will be in full bloom.
    Talk soon.
    Amber C.

    January 9, 2018 at 12:00 am Reply
  • Holly

    Ideas to get more light into a finished room!

    • Natural Rug
    For the floor, you can use a natural braided rug they are hard-wearing and look great – round would be awesome

    • Floor Mirror
    The wall you said maybe bookcase or maybe art?
    You could opt for a beautiful Antiqued or Vintage, Floor Mirror, it would catch the light from the windows and throw it back on to the dark walls lighting the room

    • Natural Stone Fireplace
    The just the section of wall with the heater in front of it, maybe could turn into Natural stone panel with built-in heater with above TV installation

    Katherine, so you can see what I am on about, sometimes its easier to visualize with pic’s 🙂
    https://www.pinterest.com/hollysymons/moodboard/

    January 9, 2018 at 12:03 am Reply
  • Samantha

    Hi Katie, LOVE the space, you are so lucky. I love the bookcase idea exactly where you put it. If you match the stain of the bookcase to the wall it could look like it’s a natural part of the room. For the floor I would do a few rugs to help define the spaces a bit: a rectangular rug under the couch, an oval rug under the chairs on the other side of the heater, and one under your desk. I wouldn’t match the rugs per se, but maybe all the same material, like cotton. I think the circular wall behind your desk calls for a tapestry, personally, and you can get creative with how you hang it so that it fits the shape of the alcove. I’d finish the room off with a potted tree (I love fiddle leaf figs and think they’d fit the vibe of your room). The room’s got a lot of good bones and your furniture is great so I don’t think you have to do much to it. Good luck!

    January 9, 2018 at 12:03 am Reply
  • Courtney

    Gold! Bring in Gold. Add a gold rug and then subtle hints of it throughout. I think it would make it pop, but wouldn’t completely overpower the look you’re already going for.

    January 9, 2018 at 12:18 am Reply
  • Emma

    Katie, I say put a red throw/ persian type rug where your sitting area is, light colors wont work bc of it being a working ranch. There is a type of cord which will hide ur wires, can buy to run ur cords down your wall and the same for your desk..attached them to your desk legs to organize the wires and hide them, ur husband seemed to know about it. As for the area where there isn’t anything, I would put shelves in there, shelves and lighting…for books and reference material. Lighting works wonders, pictures with lights on them will work and draw the eye, artsy type pictures that reflects you,the ranch etc. Ur stove, if it keeps your room warm, then the size is fine, if Not put a bigger one in there for sure. I’m big on lighting. Lighting that u can control and make it bright or warm, lights above the shelves. I notice u have an intake register on your wall so a book shelf is too much there, remember u want openness and space with a warm feeling that why I say shelves. Not sure why those black tin lights r there, yes they r nice but if I’m going to have lighting then I want lighting that will work for me. Lighting that I can read by,control an use skillfully.

    January 9, 2018 at 12:52 am Reply
  • Aahan Sakhuja

    Hi Katherine,
    I’m Aahan from London. I’m studying architecture here and I saw your video and thought I’d share some of my ideas with you. Before any of that, really miss IZZY STEVENS.
    Back to decorating your office: I think the dark brown wood finish gives your office a very professional and elegant look.
    Since the office is in a ranch, the wood was a good choice.
    For the space in front of your table where there are 2 chairs and a sofa I think you could add a white or cream coloured faux fur mat under the table.

    If you don’t want to go with the faux fur then an alternate could be adding a big light coloured carpet on the floor opposite ur table so the chairs and sofa can sit on it and a lot of the floor will get covered. This will help you with the problem for light as well. Since the room is dark and the sun rises and sets on opposite sides of the room giving you no direct sunlight. A light colour on the floor will help with that.
    For the wall where you thought of having a book shelf or a big photo, I would say you should add a book shelf. You can add a light wood finish bookshelf which will give your office a better look. You can also have tree branches cut as shelves and painted light brown or white and rest your books on them.

    For adding more pictures you can hand a big photo behind your desk or 2 photos since it’s a curved wall.

    Hope I could help you.

    January 9, 2018 at 1:04 am Reply
  • Christine

    Hi!! I would try a few things-
    I would add drapes light/sheer. Things of texture, rugs, pillows, blankets all on the lighter side of colors. I also think a cool idea would be to lighten the ceiling in some way. You could make it textured or just paint it. As far as art is concerened go with lighter wood or colored frames and maybe something bold that embodies the vibes of the ranch. I would add the larger fire place that fits better under tv. I would get new lighting and lamps as well. Add live plants and crystals too.

    January 9, 2018 at 1:05 am Reply
  • Tia Keobounpheng

    The best way to make any space brighter is by painting it white. Ceilings, in particular, are usually white because it reflects the light back down into the space. Given that you don’t want to paint either the walls or the ceiling, I envision a sculptural suspended element that creates a white ceiling surface to reflect light back down into the space. It could be implemented as one larger sculpture above your desk and the main sitting area, or it could be conceived-of as a system of smaller elements that spread across/above the entire space – modular units creating the perception of a unified ceiling, despite there being gaps between elements. This is most certainly in the realm of interior architecture, not decorating. Decorating elements within the space could work in tandem with the ceiling sculpture/s to create more light in the space, but a rug or curtains or pillows alone will not create a lighter space for you. And quite frankly, it could exist with the space as you already have it. (And, I also think it could potentially tie-in to a larger wood-burning fireplace element.)

    January 9, 2018 at 1:21 am Reply
  • Kelsie Braatz

    For your office I would recommend a distressed warm red rug with purple and green accents for your large sitting area, for behind your desk I recomend a hanging antique quilt preferably white, as far as the cords go there are attachments you can buy for your desk that you collect all the cords in and attach them underneath the desk out of sight, you can also drill a hole for the cords to pass through, the TV cords would be best ran through the wall if possible. You should get a larger leather and possibly something lighter in color, the empty wall for shelves I would recommend open shelving for part or you could hang a quilt for the space again one that is white. White and a sage would make the space so comforting and a little more airy. I also would love to make you a Sculpture for the space. Free of charge; I could see a really nice white(painted) or white oak wall Sculpture along the lines of Louise Nevelson’s work. I also would recommend placing the lamps that create little light where you currently have the lamps making the most light. The lamps creating most of the light should replace the metal low light lamps so they can brighten up the walls a bit. And one last suggestion the paintings by your husband are in beautiful but dark frames they could be either reframed in a white or light colored frame or the frames they are in could be sprayed to a lighter or true white finished. Let me know how else I could help and if you’d like me to make a few sketches of the Sculpture I mentioned before. If you’re interested in a free standing pieces I can make that as well but that would be closer to the lines of Henry Moore.

    January 9, 2018 at 1:38 am Reply
  • Sarah B.

    Hi,
    This is so fun!
    My advice would be to buy a natural jute rug (they wear so well) to place underneath of the sitting area. But the first rule of rug buying is the size, you don’t want it to be to small, be sure that it covers your sitting area completely and overlaps any chair legs by a foot. Then you can layer with other small, textured rugs on top of your jute. One in front of the couch or sitting chair would be nice. And then a floor pouf for in front of the other sitting chair. I would pick out two neutral, light colors to accent with. New, light colored, throw pillows and blankets for your space would help your room to feel as if there is more natural light. As you already have patterns in your furniture I would stay away from more in your pillows & blankets so that it doesn’t compete with your chairs.
    I always love what live plants can add to a room, plus they naturally purify the air so you can’t go wrong with this! Pick out ones that don’t need full sun and if you are worried about maintenance, go for a more durable plant.
    A wall collage would add so much. Use some of the paintings you already have, but don’t be scared to mix and match with frames of varies sizes and styles. Add in a mirror to your collage, an inspirational saying, and the first initial of your last name.
    I would go with a white or tan bookshelf in the empty space, but then add a large, family portrait canvas above it, or do a set of 2-3 smaller family canvases.
    A focal point in any room, something your eye catches when you walk in the door is important, which if I saw right could potentially be your fireplace. So I would suggest a larger upgrade, something to make a statement. And, then again, if you are wanting to ‘lighten’ up a naturally dark space stick with lighter colors with your fireplace.
    If you aren’t wanting to purchase new lights, you could always spray paint the metal ones you have, a light color. This would help with the brightness issue.
    But, most importantly, Enjoy this process. Figure out your personal style and stick with those items. There is nothing more satisfying at the end of the day then completing a room that you envisioned in your mind! And then hearing a friend or family member look at that space and say ‘this is you’.

    January 9, 2018 at 1:43 am Reply
  • NormC

    Katie, I am just a guy with no design background (or talent), but I do have some experience in dealing with some of the issues you discussed. From a practical standpoint there is a myriad of 3M Command adhesive fastener and clip products that do not harm surfaces. They can be useful tools for wall hangings as well as to help hide and route those messy cords and cables. Likewise, there are endless (endless) styles of Duct Tape and similar brands that can closely match surfaces. There are TVs with ROKU and other smart streaming components built-in – maybe an upgrade something to consider. A light-colored wall hanging like a tapestry or maybe a rug on that big wall could help lighten up the room. Lastly, I have found mirrors opposite or perpendicular to windows help lighten and create an illusion of space. There are clearly going to be many fashion professionals chipping in here to help with great ideas. Whatever you decide I offer you one thing that has always guided me and that is when you walk into a room if you can say to yourself “gee this is nice” you have moved the needle towards your goal.

    January 9, 2018 at 1:51 am Reply
  • Rebekah Outland

    Hi Katherine!

    I LOVE your office! I’m a stay at home momma and love design and creative planning, so what I can add is only what I would want as a feeling if it were my room. I love the dark sanctuary den-like feeling of the space. I would add vintage rugs, several! Different sizes and colors (but along the same palette) misc. placed around the room and under your desk. I love worn, warm feeling oriental style rugs. I love the idea of an open face book shelf, scattered with old books, plants, and family heirlooms. Fluffy warm throw blankets over the chairs and couches. This sounds strange but I picture a vintage table runner or floor runner hung behind your desk, possibly from the ceiling. Lastly, I love vintage (as you have probably realized through my post), so I would hang a few vintage prints or paintings to bring depth, warmth, and light in. Good luck! What ever you do in this space will look amazing, the canvas of the room alone is stunning!!

    Can’t wait to see the final results!
    Becky O.

    January 9, 2018 at 1:52 am Reply
  • Jenny smith

    What about a large round sky light? Something that can be covered if the sun is shining down directly, if desired. Also a large circular shag rug that is cream colored or maybe cow print, since it’s a ranch 🙂

    January 9, 2018 at 1:59 am Reply
  • Chantal Chretien

    Hello Katherine, I’m a Mom whose passion is interior design and who is about to put her two boys to bed 🙂 but I can’t help myself. Super cool that you’re open to thoughts from your community.

    I would add three rugs: one under your desk area, one under your two chairs, and a last (third) one under your table by the love seat. This would help identify each space within your space.

    I would also add light ivory linen curtains with sleek gold rods (happy to provide options) for the purpose of adding warmth/texture but also to cover/break up some of the wood paneling. I suggest curtain panels alongside each window. They may never need to be pulled across to cover the windows 🙂 and simply used for layering, warmth & to brighten the space.
    In addition, I would re-purpose your existing lighting/lamps and add a few functional and more modern lights from Design Within Reach or Room and Board – a nice juxtaposition that would highlight the rustic elements in the space. Again, I would add subtle gold accents. I’d be happy to choose example pics. Lastly, I would accent the gorgeous wood stained walls with light textured wall hangings ex: Heather Levine’s ceramic hangings. Another great resource is Homepolish.com & My Domaine, & Havenly.com where you can very reasonably pick a designer to design a room for you.

    Best of luck!
    ~ Chantal

    January 9, 2018 at 2:03 am Reply
  • Kelsie Braatz

    It looks like my last comment may not have posted. Bummer… but here it is, to lighten up your walls I would recommend a white antique quilt, hung by a rod and clips, reframe your husbands art work with white or light colored frames (or spray the existing frames white) and change up the configuration of the frames slightly they’re a bit smushed right now also they seem like they could be sitting a bit low, an antique light in color or white cabinet for the empty wall or I am a sculptor and would be happy to make you a sculpture free of charge, I was thinking for behind your office chair a wall hung tryptic in Louise Nevelson’s style or for another place in the space I could create a Henry Moore Style free standing sculpture. Both would be white or made out of poplar or white oak, or material of your choice. Another option is to add a mirror opposite of the window to bring in more light, You could have a wall hung or free standing mirror something rustic could be quite beautiful while making a huge difference. As for RUGs I recommend a deep but bright warm red like an antique Persian or turkish with slight purple and green accents one large rug consuming the desk and main seating area and one circular rug for the offset seating area. As for your heater I would recommend getting one of those really gorgeous white or even green heaters. Something a little larger in size wouldn’t hurt. As for your cords, IKEA and Amazon sell cord management systems that attach underneath the desk, another help is to drill a hole in the desk for the cord to escape into the cord management system underneath. The lamps, I would say move the lamps that create the most light away from the windows because ether just wasted light instead put them near a wall or larger furniture piece where they can lighten the room instead of the window and move the metal low light lamps to the spot the higher light lamps are currently sitting as they will still be a great decoration piece and you will still get that natural light and the reading light you. hope this was helpful, please let me know if you would like me to send you a few sketches of a couple sculpture ideas or if I should start flea market hunting for an antique quilt for you. Best of luck to your office space, it sure is an incredible space! –Kelsie

    January 9, 2018 at 2:03 am Reply
  • CatSandwichFibers

    Five things. Beautiful view you got there and your big furniture pieces are gorgeous. Although that purple, piped couch seems a touch too small compared to the chairs.
    1. Big light colored rug. Or layer smaller rugs on top of a big jute rug. Biggest mistakes people make when buying a rug is not getting a big enough rug. You want it big enough so that all your furniture in that section of the room can either all be partially or completely be on top of the rug.
    2. Curtains.
    3. Bigger scale lamps. The tear drop shaped lamp is the right size. All your floor lamps should be that big. Replace the rest.
    4. Hang bright, colorful art or a giant mirror across the windows. You’ve got a gallery wall with small pictures in one section I see. To contrast this, I’d get a big, statement art on the big blank wall across the window.
    5. More texture and pops of color. Like a fluffy furry sheepskin throw or a pillow in white. Or a bright pink silk/velvet lampshade. Its all too dark brown, desaturated and muddy in there, which is cool if done right with a liiiittle, curated pop of color.

    PS. Don’t be afraid to mix traditional with modern.

    January 9, 2018 at 2:12 am Reply
  • Kristie Wright

    Hi Katherine! I am not a designer or professional decorator, I just love decorating my own home and shuffling things around in my house constantly to change up the look. My husband loves it 🙂 So when I think of your office, I envision a rustic & romantic space that is cozy and inspiring. The walls are beautiful and while lightening those would help – they are just too beautiful to touch and they give it that rustic vibe every ranch should have! So if possible I would consider changing the floors. Maybe a lighter tile in a light shade of grey. I like to use small practical solutions that don’t require a full overhaul so if the floors are not an option, then a rug will make a huge difference. Maybe a couple of them in both sitting areas. A light grey or cream rug or even one with a grey & cream pattern . Something braided might be more practical since it is functioning as a ranch office as well. Also, add more pillows to your sofa in a lighter purple, cream, grey, or you could even throw a dusty pink in there. Use patterns like soft pale florals or pastel quilted pillows. Rather than using lighting with black or dark lamp shades, I would use cream shades, like the ones you have on the desk and in the sitting area. If you wanted to add some eclectic flair, you could add some copper accents, maybe even a copper floor lamp. It is a beautiful space! Don’t worry about matchy match, trust yourself and have fun with it! Good luck!!

    January 9, 2018 at 2:27 am Reply
  • Matti

    Your space is beautiful.
    I would add a vintage killam rug under the sofa and chairs. Something bigger – 8×10 or 9×11 – so it adds some depth and warmth to that sitting area. Pick a rug with mostly deep colors, but pops of cream. Add a few more pillows to the settee/loveseat. Curate a fun mix of patterns and colors, maybe even a faux leopard print.
    Above your buffet – the art adds a sweet, personal touch, but i would just use the 6 frames that are the same size. Line them up and center them directly over your buffet.
    Also, narrow down the lamps in your room. A floor lamp to the left of the sofa, 1 – 2 buffet lamps on your buffet, a desk lamp and then a small one on the round table between the chairs.
    Clear some of the small knickknacks resting on the window sill.
    Add a tray, some coffee table books, boho/decor beads and a candle to the coffee table.
    Add mathching chunky blankets to the chairs with the table between them. Get a small pouf to go in front of one or both chairs if space permits.
    Behind your desk you could hang a Magnolia wreath with a command strip.
    That’s all i can think of now 🙂

    January 9, 2018 at 2:27 am Reply
  • Sandy Margolius

    Hey Katherine!
    Wow! Lots of great ideas…
    It’s beautiful but dark & doesn’t look like you.
    I know it’s scary…. but … PAINT the walls. Something light, whites, or SW- Agreeable Gray. It looks great with the dark woods. Leave the beautiful ceiling, doors and trim the rich color. It’s only paint.
    Rug… you need a big cozy rug.
    Curtains collect dust & those windows need nothing!!
    TV cords – handyman can run the cables behind the TV into the wall and down to the base/floor. Easy.
    I hope you show us the final redo pics!
    Happy New Year!
    Sandy
    Just a mom of two little boys who loves to decorate! Paint is your friend 🙂

    January 9, 2018 at 2:31 am Reply
  • Kyle Querrey

    Ah, what a beautiful space but everything is SO dark…you are right. A few plants would help as well as help clean the air in your office space. I like the ideas regarding some curtains or drapes. Not really for the purpose of shelter from the sun, but a color to brighten the room and perhaps even a white-ish sheer curtain will brighten the walls a bit. Your husbands art is lovely but again are extremely dark. I would mix and match some brighter colored frames such as white, gold, silver, etc. Maybe some white doilies to place the very dark wooden furniture, as well as some mix and match brightly colored but still matching pillows for the upholstered furniture. More luminescent and bright lamps of all kinds i.e. table lamps and floor lamps.

    January 9, 2018 at 2:39 am Reply
  • Michele walker

    Beige window treatments, a cream colored rug and redo those chairs and couch in a softer color. Make it cozy and relaxing. Everything else is beautiful

    January 9, 2018 at 2:43 am Reply
  • Anna N

    I definitely agree with the suggestions of others for more lamps that provide soft light. I would also add some cream/light colored throws and pillows for the furniture. On the circular wall, I would hang several mirrors that can manage the shape of the wall. And maybe a lavender rug that lightens the room and matches the furniture, but with a light pattern to make the rough spots that might show up a little less noticeable.

    January 9, 2018 at 2:54 am Reply
  • Maddison

    Hi Katherine!!

    Here are some of my opinions……

    So for the big open wall I would get a white or cream colour rustic sorda book shelf and maybe have a nice family picture above it! I think that is a good idea, and maybe get a black kinda rug almost like horse hair (please don’t use real horse) on the open area on the floor!
    Those are all my thoughts! Thank you!!

    January 9, 2018 at 2:58 am Reply
  • @chelseacsharp

    Hey girl!

    Definitely get a large natural fiber rug (jute or seagrass) and then a smaller rug to layer on top ( lighter patterned color indoor/outdoor rug, or faux cow hide which I’ve heard clean up pretty easily).

    Light colored, streamlined valances hung above the windows (not actually covering the windows, you want all the light you can get!) would break up the dark walls and brighten the space up and add some texture. I’m thinking white/linen with black windowpane print.

    I love Josh’s artwork! I suggest switching the frames out for metallic gold frames with white matting. Also mixing in bigger frames and other artwork or black and white photography would balance out that wall well. The metallic frames would really help bounce light around!

    Metallic finishes are really great at reflecting light around, and you can mix them too! Usually up to three different finishes (brass, chrome, bronze, copper, black, etc).

    Getting a lighter/brighter colored desk and desk chair would really help the space not feel so dark, saturated, or heavy.

    A larger, white fireplace would help you stay warmer AND would look balanced in the space.

    Anlarge framed art piece on that empty wall would be great! The glass would bounce light around, OR a very large leaning mirror would be gorgeous AND reflect the light from the adjacent windows!’ (Anthropologie has great ones).

    You could always look into adding recessed lighting in the space, or even solar tubes that let natural light in during the day (which I don’t think are that expensive…last i checked, $150 per tube + installation). There’s also solar tubes/recessed lighting combinations. Solar tubes by day, recessed lighting by night.

    You can always try daylight light bulbs in your lamps, etc. I actually like to mix light bulbs: daylights with soft whites. I use my daylight bulbs during the day to just aid in making a bright space….but at night, they feel so cold…so I’ll turn those off and turn on my table and floor lamps that have soft white bulbs in them. Bright by day, cozy by night!

    They have kits to hide the tv cords! You drill into the wall and then fish the wires down through the wall and pull out from another hole at the bottom.

    January 9, 2018 at 3:08 am Reply
  • Liz Toombs

    A few ideas come to mind to help solve your office decor questions:
    1. Add area rugs in natural fibers (ie sisal, seagrass, or wool) under both seat groupings. If wool- choose a soft tan with an antiques pattern to help hide dirt and not compete with everything else in the room. If sisal or seagrass- these are naturally light in color but you could choose one with a simple pattern (ie diamond). Using rugs with natural fibers fits the ranch vibe and bring the outdoors in.
    2. Add a large piece of artwork suspended from the ceiling behind your desk. Consider an interesting mirror for light reflection, or a large landscape painting.
    3. The wall to the right of the desk could definitely use a bookcase to give some height to the line of sight in the room. The unit should be open- back as not to be too visually heavy in the dark room. Then you could add light colored accessories (white ceramic), books, more photos, special mementos, etc.
    4. Yes, the fireplace is too small for the space. A larger one would be more appropriate in scale for the space and still could serve as a display surface for you. The cords for the TV should either be run through the wall (requires drilling into the paneling) or gathering into a cord channel that could be painted/stained to match the wall color.
    5. Beyond that, I would recommend some small touches such as a chic ceramic deer antlers for personality hung on one of the walls (maybe above the bookcase), a decorative tray to hold your grandmother’s glassware, and a large woven basket to hold blankets OR magazines.

    I own a decorating company- PDR Interiors in Lexington KY and love helping people solve problems like these within their spaces! Your space is lovely and has great bones. A little tweaking and you’ll have it looking just the way you want!

    January 9, 2018 at 3:25 am Reply
  • Kaitlyn Francis

    Hi Katherine,

    I took some minor interior design courses when I first started college. Though it is not the career I have pursued, I still enjoy decorating and design. As many have said, I don’t think you should change your lovely walls. It sounds like you don’t want to do a whole redo but rather some updating and refreshing. Here are just a few ideas that come to mind on the fly:

    Hardware. The hardware all around the room is very dark. You can still keep it rustic, but maybe modern it up a little by switching or painting the hardware a brighter color. Brushed nickel, or to girl it up, a rose gold to add some brightness. The metal lamps you pointed out, could also be corrected using this same technique, and also by adding a reflective coating inside the shade. You could even scuff the coloring up to add antiquing or rustic flare.

    Mirrors. Mirrors can often help to balance a space while also allowing light to reflect back into the room. Be creative with this. they can be anywhere- inside a lampshade, a table top, the matting around a photo, etc.

    Regarding your stove/heater. If you were to get a taller/wider fireplace style heater with a mantle to fill the wall space more, it can also act as a place to store and hide television components.

    Furniture. The black furniture leans more toward the cozy side, so unless you pursue that route, I’d suggest replacing or painting in a brighter pallet. Your desk looks to have beautiful detailing but it is lost in the black. An antique white, scuffed up to keep it “ranchy” would look fantastic. There is also a “dipped” trend where you could leave the bottom of the legs black like they were dipped.

    Rugs are hard, especially if it will tend to get dirty. I would suggest something woven but also something colored in a manner that won’t show a lot of dirt. Maybe even something with metallic threads to help reflect more light.

    And the open wall, I can envision a sideboard style cabinet with a large, painting of something related to the ranch. Perhaps something by Bev D0olittle, or even a gallery of some lovely artistic views of ranch life- close-ups of fence posts, dirty boots, etc. Make them sepia-toned or black and white to change it up.

    I hope you enjoy some of my suggestions and I can’t wait to see the result! Most importantly- have some fun with it!

    January 9, 2018 at 3:36 am Reply
  • Jodie

    This is really off topic and I’m a terrible decorator so I can’t help you there LOL but I wanted to ask about your little doggo Gracie? I sincerely hope I haven’t missed an update making this an insensitive question. The video in December made me so sad seeing how worried you were for her, our pets are family! I really hope she’s recovering.

    January 9, 2018 at 3:37 am Reply
  • Susan J

    Love the room, and its views. I feel your pain, I have a room in my home that does not get a lot of natural. Its hard to make it bright. To be honest you have to much dark furniture. As beautiful as it may be it weighs down the room. Have you thought about adding large mirrors to the wall behind your desk? Or even a huge mirror to wall that you mentioned about putting a bookcase. If you put a bookcase i think a light finish would be best. The art work you have is beautiful, and special. I think the framing is too dark for the room. Chalk paint the frames in a lighter color…there is great detail in the frames. For a rug I could envision a animal print like a cow (black and white) to anchor the deck to the front sitting area. I see you have recessed lighting, could you change that
    out for track lights, especially over key spots. I see that on your desk you only have a computer and lamp, a rug would help hide the cord issue. Where the TV is located you could find a cabinet/bookcase that is tall enough to hide the cords, and also create a charging station there for your computer, ipad and cell phone. That way it would also be out of the way when you have guests stay there.

    January 9, 2018 at 3:50 am Reply
  • Liz Toombs

    A few ideas come to mind to help you solve your decor questions:
    1. Add some area rugs in natural fibers (ie sisal, seagrass, wool) under both seat groupings. If wool- choose a light tan colored rug in an antiqued pattern to help hide dirt but not compete with the other patterns and textures in the room. If sisal or seagrass, these are natural in color and you could choose a simple pattern (ie diamond) for visual interest. Using rugs with natural fibers fits the ranch vibe and brings the outdoor elements in.
    2. Add a large piece of artwork suspended from the ceiling behind your desk. Consider an interesting mirror for light reflection or a large landscape painting.
    3. The wall to the fight of the desk could definitely use a bookcase to give some height to the sight line of the room. The unit should be open-back so as not to be too visually heavy in the dark room. Hen you could add some light colored accessories (white ceramic), books, personal mementos, photos to the shelves.
    4. Yes, the fireplace is too small for the space. A larger one would be more appropriate in scale and still serve as a display surface for you. The cords for the TV should either run inside the wall (requires drilling into the paneling) or be gathered into a cord channel that could be stained/painted to match the wall color.
    5. Beyond that, I would recommend some small touches: chic faux deer antlers hanging on the wall (maybe above the bookcase), a decorative tray (perhaps white marble) to hold your grandmother’s glassware, and an oversized floor basket to hold throw blankets or magazines.

    I own a decorating company- PDR Interiors- and love helping people solve problems like these in their spaces. Your space is beautiful and has great bones! A little tweaking and you’ll have it looking exactly how you want!

    January 9, 2018 at 3:58 am Reply
  • Isabeau Miller

    Ok! Suggestions:

    -you definitely need a rug and I’d own the purple and play into it. Your instinct is right that is should serve as the center of the sofa area. I like these:
    https://www.luluandgeorgia.com/lalita-rug
    https://www.luluandgeorgia.com/satya-rug
    https://www.luluandgeorgia.com/bhilal-rug-eggplant
    https://www.luluandgeorgia.com/kareena-rug-merlot

    -next, I would bring in lots of leafy, beautiful plants at varying heights and levels. Think this kind of look:
    http://www.designshuffle.com/blog/2015/09/09/beyond-summer-decorating-with-awesome-indoor-plants/

    -I would place a mirror on the wall to the right of your desk if you’re looking at it to reflect your beautiful view.

    -love, Love the gallery wall. I’d play it up by placing gallery type sconces to better display it, and add some light. Like these:
    https://www.allmodern.com/home/pdp/direct-wire-slim-line-6-light-picture-light-xfs1109.html?piid=4138041

    -add a white or cream colored furry throw or pillow on the sofa or a chair. In Summer months, you can switch this out for linen or a softer fabric.

    -you COULD consider putting track curtains at the ceiling to soften the space, knowing you’d likely never close them to block that view, but it might allow for a) better heat insulation and b)more “backdrops” and a change of scenery for a blog/photos.

    -I saw mostly canned lighting on the ceiling. Is that right? If so, adding one “anchor” light fixture could change the whole vibe AND add light. For example you could hang a chandelier over the sofa area, or an interesting pendant over your desk.

    I’m not an accredited decorator, but own a company that designs and furnishes vacation rentals in Nashville. If you need a laid back partner to help ya wrap up this project, I’m happy to help! Never need an excuse to visit Utah, although this would be a good one. 🙂 you can check out my company at http://www.beckonhomes.com or email isabeau@beckonnashville.com.

    Good luck!!

    January 9, 2018 at 4:02 am Reply
  • Brandy Williams

    That COUCH though … HOLY SNAP CHAT !!! It’s amazing! I love the openness and tranquility of your space. And don’t second guess yourself! You relayed it in the video. Your space needs some vibrance. It’s soooo dark and that’s not a bad thing you just need to counter balance it with some neutrals. It will bring harmony and creative flow into your work space. You could build around one great accent piece like a Grey Brahman Cowhide under your coffee table. And another under your desk! It’s a very light grey almost vintage or worn looking piece. Would lighten your floor drastically. Probably would stay far away from thick fabric panels. They will close in your space and you do NOT want that. Some very thin and flowey sheer panels in between the windows would be heavenly. Also would hang them very high almost the height of the wall. Short curtains drastically shrink your space. An amazing mirror or two would definitely reflect the natural light. Not any mirror … Amazing mirrors ! Like a 100 year+ mirror that breathes character and old world charm. Something like that would be stunning paired with that COUCH !!! Definitely some light, neutral throw pillows to match your new rugs. Maybe even fluffy, furry ones! Because how much fun are they !!! Would maybe change out the dark frames on the wall for lighter ones, maybe even use mixed metals. The dark ones are somewhat lost on the dark walls. Maybe would do some linen shades on your lamps to help lighten space. Then finish it off with some nice trinket accents ( you are already on your way with this one ) , some really amazing plants ( maybe a cactus, air plants, or some Aloe), and some really cool art pieces ( possibly some local art or something that symbolizes your place). Would love to collaborate with you. Good luck and happy decorating !

    January 9, 2018 at 4:19 am Reply
  • Crystal Sabourin


    I am not a designer but I do love to put together a good mood board!

    I love your space but I feel like your desk and dark side tables are adding to the overall darkness of the room. I have attached a mood board for you in which I have some lighter wood items to compliment the dark wood stain on the walls. I was thinking you should try to pull in some of the wood colour that is on the backs of those fabulous chairs.
    I found an electric fireplace that I thought would blend in nicely with the walls and not stand out too much. The good thing with the one I chose is that it just plugs in and the cords from your tv can just hang behind it.
    I also posted some artwork ideas. I myself, love a great horse photo. I thought it would be nice to mix and match those with your husbands art and some other bright abstract art pieces. I would likely chose to reframe your husbands art into frames that are white with white matting to make them pop against the dark walls.
    A nice jute rug or 2 would really soften the space as well.
    Given your beautiful view I would not recommend any drapes. If they are not necessary for privacy I would leave them out.
    As for a bookcase…I myself find it challenging to keep a bookcase looking polished and tidy so I would instead opt for a sideboard. One that may have a couple shelves underneath that you could put some books but nothing too overwhelming.
    Behind your desk I would try to find a nice woven tapestry that compliments the purples that you seem to love!
    Sorry for the rambling! I hope you get some great ideas and your space becomes everything you hoped it would be! Best of luck!

    January 9, 2018 at 4:22 am Reply
  • Crystal Sabourin

    I am not a designer but I do love to put together a good mood board!

    I love your space but I feel like your desk and dark side tables are adding to the overall darkness of the room. I have attached a mood board for you in which I have some lighter wood items to compliment the dark wood stain on the walls. I was thinking you should try to pull in some of the wood colour that is on the backs of those fabulous chairs.
    I found an electric fireplace that I thought would blend in nicely with the walls and not stand out too much. The good thing with the one I chose is that it just plugs in and the cords from your tv can just hang behind it.
    I also posted some artwork ideas. I myself, love a great horse photo. I thought it would be nice to mix and match those with your husbands art and some other bright abstract art pieces. I would likely chose to reframe your husbands art into frames that are white with white matting to make them pop against the dark walls.
    A nice jute rug or 2 would really soften the space as well.
    Given your beautiful view I would not recommend any drapes. If they are not necessary for privacy I would leave them out.
    As for a bookcase…I myself find it challenging to keep a bookcase looking polished and tidy so I would instead opt for a sideboard. One that may have a couple shelves underneath that you could put some books but nothing too overwhelming.
    Behind your desk I would try to find a nice woven tapestry that compliments the purples that you seem to love!
    Sorry for the rambling! I hope you get some great ideas and your space becomes everything you hoped it would be! Best of luck!

    January 9, 2018 at 4:24 am Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      Crystal thank you so much for all these ideas, it sounds to me like you really know what you’re doing! You may not do it for a living but you’re a designer at heart for sure! For some reason I’m not seeing any attachments on any of these comments, I must be doing something wrong but I will figure it out and check out your mood board asap!

      January 9, 2018 at 10:29 pm Reply
      • Crystal Sabourin

        Thank you so much for your reply. I noticed that it didn’t show up! My apologies. Please have a look!

        https://olioboard.com/boards/660830-ranch-office

        January 10, 2018 at 3:32 pm Reply
      • Crystal Sabourin

        Sorry, one more thing…I know a lot of people are recommending plants, but if the space is generally cold I’m not sure how well plants will do. (I know cold, I’m from Canada lol) but adding plants seasonally would be a great idea 🙂

        January 10, 2018 at 3:36 pm Reply
  • Sus

    Hi! I also live in Park City (part-time) and have the same problem. Dark early in the day and then around 3p (depending on time of year) the light just floods in! Similarly, I’ve kept my floors bare and have used furniture to define spaces (albeit, on a smaller scale). Where I’ve put area rugs, I’ve made them light and played with different textures-I’ve used sheepskin (I feel like you may be into faux given your animal activism…but unsure). I’ve done the walls a light color and installed sconces….I just tried to keep my accessories lighter. No curtains because I didn’t want to take away from the view of the mountains and old town miners cabins. When I started to tackle this I looked at nature and fell in love with the local Aspen trees in winter and used those colors as inspiration…can’t go wrong! Since it’s our second home, I didn’t use a decorator but did get some help with a few custom pieces like you. Otherwise, I just looked at the Sotheby’s listings and copied what I liked using wayfair, and some local shops. It’s all going to hell in a hand basket now that we have a one year old. Good luck! Whatever you do will look beautiful with the Wasatch as your background!

    January 9, 2018 at 4:35 am Reply
  • Kara Snyder

    Here’s my two bits… take it or leave it- I can’t wait to see the end result!
    I wouldn’t change the walls so what about the floor? Using a lighter wood or tile might help quite a bit- if that’s too much work, a large rug or several rugs would be super cute and help also! I love rag rugs and think they would be a perfect fit with the style. I think a soft yellow, cream, or lighter grey would relay go well with the purple! You could incorporate all the colors in the rug(s).
    For the artwork- I would do light frames in the yellow/cream/grey or even a light purple- I think using at least two colors and doing different shades of those colors would really make it neat.
    Behind your desk… photos of your family, animals, or even nature would be special- I love photos of the things most special to me! If it would fit, an old barn window with a large photo of your favorite place would be very neat!
    The lamps… use the old method of punching holes to make designs. I don’t know what it’s called but it would help add some light and make them so cool!
    I like the heater but you could also do a fireplace in a lighter color if you want it larger- that would also help hide cords.
    A bookcase would be neat! I have an idea saved on Pinterest that I wish I could use- it’s center is a tree trunk and you build shelves off of that- if you used a birch or sycamore tree it would add lightness but stay rustic! Or just a regular case would also work 🙂
    The most important thing is to use colors and styles that you love. It’s your place to hang out and be creative so make it a place that is unique to you! One last idea- you could maybe paint the trim and even doors a lighter color and distress them… or even some of the ceiling trim- that would help also. Or you could hang Christmas lights on the ceiling and that would be magical 🙂 I love the space the way it is- hopefully you can get it fixed up to be relaxing and something you love!

    January 9, 2018 at 4:43 am Reply
  • Jill

    I think you should put 2 black light/dark brown floating shelfs under the tv to hold movies and books. I think a hammock would be cool in the corner to sit and chill and maybe read a book, or it could be a game area with a small table and stools. Different plants and pictures would look nice on some floating white shelf’s around the wall. A baby blue rug would be nice where the desk is. You could have white string lights around the room to add more light as well.

    January 9, 2018 at 4:56 am Reply
  • Sage Bowman, Nantucket Home, Chico, CA

    Hi Katherine! It’s so fun to comment on your almost perfect office! I actually have an eerily similar family/adoption/fertility story as you and was going to reach out at some point…but there are other opportunities for that. 🙂 Now, onto your office…I see a lot of houses (I am an interior designer) and as much as I hate to say it, I think you need to paint the panels. Soooo many people don’t want to paint wood…and I don’t blame them. But when you are living in a dark room that is supposed to be light and airy and make the room more creatively fun, then you sometimes have to do things that aren’t your first choice. I briefly read the other comments and I didn’t notice anyone suggesting this. I think just that one (huge) step would do all you are feeling you need to do. And painting panels isn’t so bad…it actually gives normal, flat walls so much depth and texture. I also would definitely suggest a rug (and I have some ideas for that), more art (nice job Josh Kelley!)…and possibly moving around some furniture to get your desk away from the bathroom (but still give you that beautiful view!). That’s it…let me know if you have any questions!

    January 9, 2018 at 5:03 am Reply
  • Jodie Z.

    Disclaimer: I’m a massage therapist, not an interior designer. I’d steer clear of animal products, unless they’re ethically sourced. But, animal-inspired artwork or decor would be a nice shout out to your animal family members without getting off theme. I see staggered panel-sized mirrors on the curved wall behind your desk, and maybe a subtle chandelier above it. Sheer, light colored curtains and hanging plants for the windows… Those frames around your husband’s artwork are gorrggeeouss and I’m jealous, but brighter frames may help achieve your luminous goals. Thick, cream-colored blankets for the couches/chairs, and shining accents around the room, like antique silver. Maybe just floating bookshelves in that open area around the back. More dark furniture seems counterproductive, and too little light furniture seems inconsistent. For the floor, I’d look to whatever kinds of rugs are in cabins. (I spent most of my life in suburbian Louisiana, so I don’t really know how to “ranch in Utah”…) Something neutral and woven or something that plays off of some of the lighter colors in the couches/chairs? Maybe multiple smaller rugs, vs a couple of large ones? *shrugs* I hope this was helpful, and I can’t wait to see what you do with this beautiful space.

    January 9, 2018 at 5:17 am Reply
  • Mandy Cox

    Hello from South Texas! How fun is this?!

    Before getting started, you must know… I am not an interior designer, nor do I play one on TV. But I never stop dreaming of helping people create spaces they love… so I hope this helps you!

    Your room and view are beautiful but all the dark furniture and accents are keeping it too dark. At first, I desperately wanted to convince you to paint your walls white (Shoji White SW# 7042, in fact, which is my favorite white), but after more thought I realize that the walls and floors were probably meant to be left dark to achieve a certain vibe that you like.

    But since you are seeking more light, let’s lighten the space with some rugs, new furniture and new lighter wall décor. Choose a wider white fireplace. The white will pop off the wooden wall and create more visual appeal. Find some fun old books or meaningful knickknacks that are lighter than the wall color so that they pop. Hire an electrician to come out and move the wires behind you wood planks and down the wall to go cordless.

    Replace the frames featuring your husband’s art with something lighter (or spray paint the existing frames white). Now the dark frames won’t get lost on the dark wall.

    The current coffee table is cute but looks black in the video. Those two tables, the black sideboard under your husband’s art and your desk are all too dark for the space. Would you be able to chalk paint any of them cream/white? If not, just replace with a lighter color – white or lighter wood.

    Speaking of your desk – the shape is very cute, but you mentioned hating the cords. I believe your best option is to replace the desk with one that has a back. I’d also replace the side table from between the two chairs with something that has a marble top and a wooden bottom.

    Add a colorful rug under your desk and couch area that ties together the colors of your furniture (light purples and pinks and cream/white) and another smaller but shaggy cream/white rug under the little area with two chairs.

    Pop a few mirrors on the walls to help bounce light around the room and add a bookshelf behind the desk. Style the bookshelf with family photos and vintage books. Add a few gold table lamps and a gold floor lamp.

    Here are some images I dropped into a slide to give you an idea: goo.gl/RsNhaK

    Enjoy your heavenly space and have a blessed day. 🙂

    January 9, 2018 at 5:18 am Reply
  • alyssa lin

    Hey!

    I’m definitely not a designer but I’ve always loved room decorating! You said you wanted a cozy vibe to the whole office, but you also want to make your office brighter.

    For the cozy part you can never have too many throw pillows! And add some throw blankets too! It always adds the warm feeling into a room especially those knotted blankets and pillows that are all over pinterest right now!

    For the empty space beside your desk you can add a tree book shelf, my English teacher has one in her room that we made in wood and metal and it gives the unique yet aesthetic touch to the room.
    You can also add some plants in your office to bring some fresh nature feel or just subtle dried flowers like lavender, or rose. Add some fresh flowers from the market, change them up with the seasons.

    You can also make your mini space heater into a book shelf with the books on top and expand to fill up the space. That can be tall enough to hide away the wires for the tv too!

    For the rug you can place under the sofa chairs and your table, because it is a ranch white might not be a good choice because it would get dirty easily but grey like faux wolf rug would compliment the stain and add the warmth and sophistication you desire. You can also choose a patterned rug not too complicated but with simple colors to brighten up the room without too much fuss. Give it some simplicity yet some color. It would also not get that dirty because the colors would not wear as easily and look dirty.

    For the back of your desk you can have golden letters of the word you desire behind you to brighten your desk area too!

    If you like art work simple art work like the world, I made a string art of the world which was stained the color of your wall for the aesthetics you can make with the kids and hang it up to feel cozy like home.

    Lighting, you can always get brighter light bulbs for the room itself and get some more lamps that can expose the light throughout the area. You can also hang globe string lights across areas of your room for extra warmth yet with elegance.

    Chairs, you can add some faux fur or real fur on the chairs or plaid throws to coordinate with the chairs you have!

    Thanks for your time!

    Alyssa

    January 9, 2018 at 5:20 am Reply
  • Shanna Matthews

    My contribution comes as an innovator and creator of socially engineered work spaces. As women we appreciate beautiful things. We also have survived and thrived for thousands of years as a group—so let’s think about how the space is useful to you and let’s include your tribe.

    To begin you must map your working PROCESS. Include things like coffee, lunches, mindfulness and other important parts of your typical work flows. Write it out, create a digital flow chart, scribble something on toilet paper with a lip pencil, but jot it down.

    So many beautiful work spaces are created by talented designers, but then what? What about collaboration,workflow, and information management. Maybe it’s not as pretty as your designer desk set, but it’s real life and an important consideration in your design of a work space.

    As mentioned in the wonderful ideas shared in the comments, put together a color pallet. It is so important to understand the color that pushes motivation and energy and pulls the strings of passion. Even in the midst of total chaos. Simple accents are fine for bringing in color or perhaps you need an entire wall of it. Consider options that can transition and grow. Trendy colors may not always be your personal solution. Careful thought should be given to what puts you where you need to be. Hopefully blue is not your only choice because it can take you down a few emotional levels and red might make you crave snacks.

    In assisting individuals and entire corporations most find my concept of a “Knowledge Wall” to be the secret sauce of the successfully socially engineered work environment. High speed, but still driving with manual transmission; this is typically a combination/collaboration area that can be created on your desktop or may come to life as a small -large wall area. If the later, it is a great place to pin photos/ write notes and quotes and display other ephemera that reflects your current work. For a more digital approach you can use a wall monitor and/or convertible desktop tool that integrates your electronic tacit knowledge, organizes files, keeps a daily schedule and an instant messaging feature to stay connected to your tribe and beyond.

    When on a conference call you might enjoy utilizing a couch or chair as the area for discussion. Get comfortable. People can denote a smile and relaxed tones in conversation—you may not get that sitting in your office chair at your desk. Stepping over to an open area and “inviting” others to join you might just be productive and refreshing.

    There are already some framed pieces on your wall but perhaps you might consider others. If so, what pieces would best influence your work and goals. If you are a transportation expert, trains, planes and automobiles might be what you think about but where are they taking you. Are you more inspired by the rails of a train, the scenery along the way or the tranquil destination. You can use art and creative pieces as travel companions on your journey or as a map to your destination.

    Katherine, you are driven, a complex thinker, and brilliant creative. Be genuine, be approachable, and work from your heart.

    Can’t wait to see where this journey leads you.

    January 9, 2018 at 5:23 am Reply
  • Mandy Cox

    Hello from South Texas! How fun is this?!

    Before getting started, you must know… I am not an interior designer, nor do I play one on TV. But I never stop dreaming of helping people create spaces they love… so I hope this helps you!

    Your room and view are beautiful but all the dark furniture and accents are keeping it too dark. At first, I desperately wanted to convince you to paint your walls white (Shoji White SW# 7042, in fact, which is my favorite white), but after more thought I realize that the walls and floors were probably meant to be left dark to achieve a certain vibe that you like.

    Let’s lighten the space with some rugs, new furniture and new lighter wall décor. Also, incorporate a few vintage pieces make the room feel more collected and homey.

    Choose a wider white fireplace. The white will pop off the wooden wall and create more visual appeal. Find some fun old books or meaningful knickknacks that are lighter than the wall color so that they pop. Hire an electrician to come out and move the wires behind you wood planks and down the wall to go cordless.

    Replace the frames featuring your husband’s art with something lighter (or spray paint the existing frames white). Now the dark frames won’t get lost on the dark wall.

    The current coffee table is cute but looks black in the video. That table, the black sideboard under your husband’s art and your desk are all too dark for the space. Would you be able to chalk paint any of them cream/white? If not, just replace with a lighter color – white or lighter wood.

    Speaking of your desk – the shape is very cute, but you mentioned hating the cords. I believe your best option is to replace the desk with one that has a back. I’d also replace the side table from between the two chairs with something that has a marble top and a wooden bottom.

    Add one colorful rug under your desk and couch area that ties together the colors of your furniture (light purples and pinks and cream/white) and another smaller but shaggy cream/white rug under the little area with two chairs.

    Pop a few mirrors on the walls to help bounce light around the room and add a bookshelf behind the desk. Style the bookshelf with family photos and vintage books. Add a few gold table lamps and a gold floor lamp.

    Here’s what I have in mind: goo.gl/RsNhaK

    Enjoy your heavenly space.

    January 9, 2018 at 5:23 am Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      Wow Mady, I love the vibe you’ve created in my head! Thank you for taking the time to so thoughtfully come up with all these wonderful suggestions! I love everything vintage and totally agree, everything is just way too dark! I’m going to look into replacing some of the darker pieces with something lighter and brighter!

      January 9, 2018 at 10:23 pm Reply
  • Geralyn Starrantino

    Hi! You light up when you talk about the silo space…its a place that gives you energy. That’s so important. I work in design, self made and work for a company and solo projects. I see small changes that can work the room. Rugs, three. One with more vibrancy for the desk area, vintage or a great find from Safavah. The other two can complement the patterns color. That will brighten up the space and allow you to keep the dark paneling which you seem to love so much. If i was to get you to be daring and pain tit ( not stain it) i would go a dec violet or navy color i a gloss.. something that allows light to bounce off and be reflective. Farrow and Ball and Benjamin Moore have colors that would work! The framed art work from you chubby go perfectly so don’t change that and the dark frames allow your eye to see the art! The space behind th desk, although curved, can take a tapestry or rug, with deep navy and lilac, hues. The paid chairs are a nice complement to the room but it would be great if you could position the chairs to seat in front of the fireplace. and yes the fireplace is s,all in scale , but nothing a col old distressed wood mantle couldn’t fix.. place around the existing one. Lighting can be improved for sure, the metal floor lamp can be positioned on the outskirt of the room by a chair, but better task lighting, and a chandelier, like a fun Shoenbech chrystal chandelier in a color could add to some brightness, having it on a dimmer, of course , to set the mood in case you want to relax while drumming up inspiration. I have a passion for vintage lighting and i collect whenever I can, bargains, of course, as it makes for the thrill of the hunt! Your views are spectacular and that should give you constant inspiration as the days and the seasons change! My sister told me you had this post. I am a fan of your work and i am thrilled to discover you here and will follow you. I just posted a reply on Instagram and then signed up here. I hope you like my ideas and give me a chance to help you. My friends call me the house whisperer! I love designing homes and did it while being a stay at home mom and now creating every chance I get. Best of luck to you. I’d fly out in a heart beat if you needed me! Thanks.

    January 9, 2018 at 5:26 am Reply
  • Maddison Schneider

    Hi Katherine!
    Here are some of my thoughts…

    So for the big open wall I would get a white or cream colour rustic sorda book shelf and maybe have a nice family picture above it, I think that would be a good idea! I also think that maybe on the big open area on the floor you could get a black kinda rug almost like horse hair (please don’t use real horse hair) I think that might make it a little more homey!! Thank you❤ if you read it!!

    January 9, 2018 at 5:35 am Reply
  • Jes Searcy

    I think the room has a great, elegant feel. It’s classy. Adding a bunch of bright, popping colors will cheapen the elegance. My suggestion is to definitely bring in some green! Plants freshen and brighten up any space! I would get something easy to manage. You could also get some lighter colored throws and pillows. The rooms looks great and definitely does not need any major changes.

    January 9, 2018 at 5:35 am Reply
  • Perrin Schwall

    Highlight the things you love. The entire space is very dark and so the richness of the things you love (the beautiful wood walls, the purple textures in all of your textiles) get lost. If you look around the room the items that pop right now are the light and white items like the matting around your husband’s artwork. Painting the ceiling a light neutral color and using a similar color in rugs (like some natural woven rugs) will help soften the surroundings and make those rich, darker elements have their moment to shine. And as for the fireplace/heater, decide if you want it to pop or blend seamlessly into your space. Let me know if you would like some help or more suggestions – I do interior design in Park City and would be happy to help! Good luck!

    January 9, 2018 at 5:51 am Reply
  • Cassondra Brotzman

    Maybe put a decorative mirror . Have one of the bigger fake fireplaces then put the tv on it. Cord keepers. I would put inspirational sayings that mean alot to you. Frame some of your kids artwork. Maybe a rug with a saying on it or one that looks Indian Arabian print. Go to Hobby Lobby they have lots of things you could use.Fresh flowers. Maybe a ceiling fan with light fixtures that would make it better love you and Godbless.

    January 9, 2018 at 7:35 am Reply
  • Sam

    All I have is my pinterest board for office inspo! I’m currently working on mine, too! Good luck!
    https://pin.it/6uwk6a3u6t6dhp
    Sam
    X

    January 9, 2018 at 8:40 am Reply
  • Kristina

    Hey Katherine,
    you have a very nice office there which you could perfectly revalue and decorate with some copper: copper lamps (overhead lights, desk lights), copper decoration (candle holder, decorational elements on the table, a basket where you could put some nice cozy blankets, picture frames, mirrors etc). I love copper, especially with dark wood. It is just a perfect combination. Add some candles and flowers et voilà! 🙂
    But the most important thing is to have fun decorating!
    So: have fun, viel Spaß and all the best from Germany,
    Kristina 🙂

    January 9, 2018 at 8:46 am Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      I love copper too! I’m going to start searching for great copper accents right now! Thank you!

      January 9, 2018 at 10:19 pm Reply
  • Jennifer

    Hey Katherine!

    First of all: This Office Space is very beautiful and has a lot potential! In my opinion, adding different textured fabrics would give this space the needed warmth and brightness. My advice is to set just one main colour – a bright one, of course, like rosè-cream-something, or a super light vintage pink (would give the space a feminine touch) or maybe a light-warm- grey – and a colour for special highlights or special things, which can be a strong light colour to add some contrast or just darker shade of the first colour to keep a harmony in colours^^. With this one or two colours you go and look for different kinds of fabric, like hangigs for the windows or a rug or pillows. The important thing is to mix textures (linnen, whool, fur…) and maybe patterns but not colours. So you get a cozy and interesting look, but it doesn’t seem to chaotic or full of colour. And the good thing is, with this kind of “colour plan” you can choose and change these things as you like it, so you get you personalitiy in each blanket and each pillow you add. With artwork you can go the same way. Maybe you want them to be a contrast and shine bright in colours and maybe you want some, that fit in the rest fo the rooms shades…it’s up to you! 🙂
    Hope it was helpful. Good luck and greetings from germany 😉

    Can’t wait to see the final office 🙂
    Jennifer

    January 9, 2018 at 11:38 am Reply
  • Sophia

    Hallo Kathrin,

    I really love the room for my oppinion it is a little bit to dark so i would paint the wall white (simpel).
    I would add some Pillows of different Materials in the Collar famely of your sofa of the hole furnitures.
    On the Flour i would put a carpet the Material should be cotten so it is plate and the room comfortabel.

    I really love the Painting of your husbend but I think they need more space in the Frames I would use simple black Frames so that the panting is important.

    Best wishes for your wounderfull working space from Germany.

    Sophia

    January 9, 2018 at 11:44 am Reply
  • CRISTEL

    Hi Katherine, i would add some space for a coffee pot as the smell of coffee is always inviting. Then some burner for incense sticks to create ambience and a few candles. A rug or 2 to soften the floor and definitely some big artsy pieces on the wall behind your desk. Also i would add a blues and yellows into the room the brighten it. Maybe some sofa cushions with motief on it. Then very see through soft long flowing drapes in a soft whitish creamy colour that you can draw back in the day for the sun to shine in. And you should definitely have a paint canvas with paint in a corner the let some creative juices flow. And remember some nice music in the background. Good luck girl.

    January 9, 2018 at 11:48 am Reply
  • Marta Madrid

    Hi Katehrine!
    I think the only problem you’ve got is that the room is too brown. I give you some ideas to brighten the room.
    I’ll use some frames with inspirational phrases on the wall behind your desk. Like this: https://www.pinterest.es/pin/72831718956516840/ with a clear or white background.
    I’ll use a white rug on the sofa’s zone and matching cushions and a blanket on the sofa. like these:
    https://www.pinterest.es/pin/AVK4xFIVQXxT2CEEwmxIEe8Je252_9cYhXvS414RxNSfE6CX3QBO6iU/ or with some color : https://www.pinterest.es/pin/253609022736557731/

    You can use some little decoration items to brighten the room such as these:

    https://www.pinterest.es/pin/390335492695467044/

    January 9, 2018 at 12:24 pm Reply
  • Vicky Whyte-Johnston

    I think that wall with nothing on it needs a huge picture of your family with a wooden white washed frame. A couple of light coloured throw rugs. I also think a couple of maybe horse & dog statues. A book case with a hidden fridge in it that could also double as maybe a coffee/tea station.
    As for your cords there is a wonderful product that holds them and it can blend in colour wise. The TV cords would normally be dropped down behind the panelling.
    Thank you for allowing us a look into your lives.

    January 9, 2018 at 12:34 pm Reply
  • Sue bleiweiss

    Color color color! That view is gorgeous so I would leave the windows bare so you don’t have anything interrupting the view but some splashes of color will warm and brighten the interior. Some artwork on those dark walls – maybe some textile art in the form of a brightly colored quilt, tapestry or other fiber art or whatever suits your tastes. Some throw rugs on the floor, fun pillows for the furniture… Color!

    January 9, 2018 at 12:36 pm Reply
  • Genevieve

    Hi Katherine,
    What a great project. Having a particular space to think and dream is so good eh. And making it aesthetic and creative can make all the difference. I’ve just bought my first home and I’m working on making refinements and improvements so it represents me and supports the way I want to feel every day. I haven’t read all the other comments, so I hope I’m not doubling up too much, but here a few ideas.
    I love all the wood paneling. I think a couple of indoor plants would look good with it. Maybe a large/tall one in a corner and one on a pot plant stand to get some height to the decorations?
    For the wall space where you could have a bookshelf, I like the idea of a piece of fibre art, something quite large scale, yet soft. Weaving, macrame, just fibre in general?! Have you seen Jacqui Fink’s installations? http://www.littledandelion.com/installations
    Or Natalie Miller? (for more colour)… http://www.nataliemillerdesign.com
    I love both of their work, and the whimsy that comes from soft sculpture/fibre installations. It would be a great contrast from the stronger materials of wood and stone and mix up the textures in the office.
    There could be some shelving added to the wall behind your chair. Perhaps a traditional cabinet style shelf that is three sided to go around the shaped wall, although it would have to be custom made I suspect. Could take books and ornaments. I would do it in a creamy white.
    I would also add a rug, for warmth and softness. I like cotton/wool flat weave rugs, as they’re hardy. I would do a black and white stripe? Bold but worth it. 🙂 I would make it big to go under the desk, all the way across to go under the couch seating.
    Thanks for the challenge! I’m not a professional, just love thinking about colour and design. Good luck!
    Cheers, Genevieve (from Brisbane, Australia)

    January 9, 2018 at 12:54 pm Reply
  • Jen

    That space is lovely! The paneling is my favorite part!! I think some airy “voile” off white curtains, to brighten the window side without hindering the gorgeous views, would bring a lot of light to your space. Definitely a rug, it’ll help bring warmth to your toes as well in the cold months keeping your feet of the tile floors lol. I would go with something like the natural braided/jute rug, it keeps with the beige and natural colors, is lighter than anything dark that would hide dirt and wear, but also has that natural outdoorsy feel that I think would be great at a ranch! As for the corner space, I would find a large bookcase or old writing desk and have it stained but antique white washed to keep with bringing in some of the lighter/brighter colors. I also think that kind of coloring would compliment the purples (I LOVE THEM!) in the furniture. You could then also have something custom built in the same finishing to house the TV and cover those cords, that also frames in the stove/heater. And while i’m no professional, I’d be happy to come out and help anytime if you wanted!! 🙂 I’ve refinished almost every piece of furniture in my home, including my kitchen table that was an heirloom of my uncles. Can’t wait to see the finished product!! Please share photos!

    January 9, 2018 at 1:17 pm Reply
  • Shell

    You can get washable, comfortable, area rugs from Lorenacanalrugs.com

    January 9, 2018 at 1:41 pm Reply
  • Cindy

    I enjoy sewing and love to transform my spaces with fabrics. So my first reaction would be long , flowy, light, blowy, white curtains, just between windows. I like to try one thing at a time and feel the space. Live with it for a bit and see what comes to me next.
    I also love to bring color to floors but with 4 horses and kids with allergies I avoid rugs. I love the floor cloths and with 100s of patterns available you might find something that goes with your decore. I got mine at Inspired in Milwaukee http://www.inspiredmke.com/gallery/#jp-carousel-646 .
    Love your blog, thanks for sharing.

    January 9, 2018 at 1:47 pm Reply
  • Kendra Recollet

    It it a really great space but I know what you mean by – it is dark! So one option – totally away from what you wanted to do is paint the wood on the walls white!! Simple but a huge decision. It would give it some rustic charm/farmhouse look. That way you could keep all of your current furniture/frames etc but they would pop and show off the fabrics and designs so much more. As it is I feel like they get lost into the wall. The you could do some dark moody window treatments – ceiling to floor dark grey or black curtains. You could also add an oversized cowhide rug perhaps to keep with the ranch style! I think you would love it!!!

    Goodluck!

    January 9, 2018 at 1:49 pm Reply
  • Stefan Leach

    http://www.facebook.com/OklahomaConcrete
    Have a reflective epoxy overlay applied to areas of the wall for a touch of post-modernism with an organic look that will lighten up areas depending on the lighting. I always adore the idea of setting up a spot where the sunshine reflects at just the right angle twice a year to give a perfect reflection light enhancement like at the Mayan observatory in Chichen Itza.
    Other than that, animal figurines, kachina dolls, and a splash of blue from an Indian Blanket or quilt on the wall would be lively. But when considering the fireplace, it’s all about the mantle. Trends these days are towards metal shelving. I am more of a traditionalist. Find a great old set of railroad ties and fasten them together then sand smooth and polyurethane it.
    Come visit Pawhuska Oklahoma and speak with Ree Drummond at her Mercantile. You will get plenty of great advice from her.

    January 9, 2018 at 1:53 pm Reply
  • Shell

    Lorenacanalrugs.com has washable, comfortable, stylish rugs. Don’t you dare use window treatments! You will suppress light if you do! Mirrors are a good choice for making a cozy spot look bigger and reflecting light. And you definitely need to get new lamps!

    January 9, 2018 at 1:55 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      Thank you for the rug link! I can’t wait to check it out! Finding the right rugs has been the bane of my decorating existence thus far!

      January 9, 2018 at 10:16 pm Reply
  • Shell

    Lampsplus.com has a great different variety of lighting options!

    January 9, 2018 at 1:58 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Wiley

    Good Morning and thanks for inviting us into your cozy creative office/home….

    Yess….I concur the space needs to be lightened up. A Big Mantel firplace make that a focal point and it could be Natural woods or even painted a white wash with even a hint of purple in it since this is an accent color you are using. 3 Rugs…one large one very robust and faded looking with purple, blue and pink tones. then maybe a faux cow or sheep skin rug and then one other fun one. Bookshelf is a must. Linens…throughout. A large mirror to reflect some light. Maybe a few air plants and how about a large crystal chandelier. Can’t wait to see what you add to your lovely office.

    January 9, 2018 at 2:05 pm Reply
  • Cathy Powers

    What’s gorgeous space with incredible views! You are so blessed . I was thinking after watching the video that the room dies need rugs … light colors: creme , white , beige to balance the darkness. Rugs where you can sit or lie on with pillows to dream, compose … etc. Burbury is very durable and /or a shag rugs. They can be area rugs of different sizes. That would be my start in the room
    The pictures from your husband could be moved to occupy a different space vertically and in the area that was there you could add twinkle lights / tiny LED lights covering that wall as you walk in. … fairy lights that are called. Thus would add a lightening dimension to the room. Enough from me… blessed day .. back to work . Cathy

    January 9, 2018 at 2:39 pm Reply
  • Lynne Doughan

    Thank you first for being SO real‼️❤️ Like you are one of us‼️❤️ I ❤️❤️❤️ To decorate…I think I must of been a designer in a previous life 1st of all, I would get a bright cream open weave with fringe area rug.. it brings warmth to your room and a lot of lightness that you need . You need color for sure…bright colors..happy colors Colors that will complement your chairs and the fabric that’s on them. I would suggest light green, pale cobalt blue, winter white, you could also go with pale gold , Putty, plum , duck egg blue. Maybe Add some dusty turquoise ,a rose color ,buttermilk, charcoal and teal. For your one large wall I would suggest bringing in a large hutch of some sort. But I would make sure it’s painted in one of the colors I suggested. That would brighten up the dark wood behind it. Plus you would have a place to store some of your favorite books and other items that makes you happy seeing them. I love your husband’s pictures maybe use different colored frames that are in the picture it’s self. Looks like there’s some red, orange, blues, in his artwork that would brighten up your room because of all the dark stain walls. I’m not a curtain or drape sort of person even in my own home. And since your room does not get a lot of sun I would definitely leave them open . Definitely get different lamps in there . Look for lamps without shades on them‼️ The light alone from lamps would definitely brighten up your work area and make the flow of your creativity come more alive❤️ Even in the bathroom that looked dark as well. Use bright happy colors for towels in there. My question about the fireplace does it warm your space the way you would like it? If not then yes I was suggest a bigger fireplace and you can get those in many different colors as well. Good Luck Katherine‼️ Looking forward to all your heavenly days in your new space!

    January 9, 2018 at 2:53 pm Reply
  • D

    Your space is beautiful, and I agree with so many others here…a beautiful rug, lighter pillows, a beautiful large mirror to reflect the light from the windows, and artwork that you love. This room will transform once you fill it with items that make YOU feel happy and reflect who you are. I would not cover the windows…lightly dressed perhaps but not necessary. Best wishes…

    January 9, 2018 at 2:55 pm Reply
  • Ashley Anthony

    Hi Kathrine!
    I’m not sure if you have thought about any special art for your space, but I would love to work with you on a special commissioned piece. Whatever colors you end up using I would love to incorporate into something you would enjoy and feel inspired by. Let me know if you have any interest. Blessings! Ashley Anthony

    January 9, 2018 at 2:58 pm Reply
  • Ashley Anthony

    Hi Katherine!
    I’m not sure if you have thought about any other special art for your space… love what you have already by Josh, but I would love to work with you on a special commissioned piece. Whatever colors you end up using I would love to incorporate into something you would enjoy and feel inspired by. Let me know if you have any interest! Blessings, Ashley Anthony

    January 9, 2018 at 3:11 pm Reply
  • Erin

    Hi Katherine! Growing up in the country and running in and out of the house in my gumbo boots, you definitely need more of an outdoor light coloured and patterned jute style rug that can withstand the comings and goings of real life on the ranch; they’re beautiful and made of natural fibres that would tie in well with the stained walls.

    In terms of the lamps, I’d say less is more (particularly the ones without a purpose, regardless of how nice they are); a rustic/vintagesque chandelier would be practical above your desk and, if you added a mirror with mirror (round- to soften the room) behind your desk- it would redirect the light coming in from the window and the overhead chandelier.

    The art is wonderful, but you may want to change up the frame color of take of a DIY project to soften the colours. Either a metallic of your choice of a soft cream to make a softer balance (versus white) against the stain).

    Also. In terms of the wires on your desk you need to buy Command wire hooks and stick them underneath!!! Run them straight to your outlet!!! (Hint- they’re cheaper and easier to find on amazon).

    In regards to the stove, I prefer the cast iron electric stove versus the Mantle many seem to be suggesting. You can actually find the cream coloured cast irons and get them a little higher, to still fit in your space but also tie in with the plaid in your chairs and add that little bit of softness that is needed.

    Also… plants make an office fresh. Start with a pothos, they’re low light, or a philodendron. Maybe place them on your book shelf along with things you enjoy; if it were me, a metal wire basket of colourful yarn for a pop of color, some good reads and some photos that put a smile on my face 🙂

    January 9, 2018 at 3:15 pm Reply
  • Carla Guilhem

    Hi Katherine,
    First of all sorry for my English, I just moved to US… but I’ll try.
    1. You definitely need rugs. This will give warm and some color. Now the stain vintage style are trendy- you can go to clear color – like cream or clear grey.
    An exemple:
    https://www.rhmodern.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod8130375&categoryId=cat7730029

    2. Some pastel color furniture can give you modern but still remain your ranch style. A bookcase in Tiffany’s green or a Smeg clear pink mini bar, that is funny but can change the dark sensation.

    3. Gold – pick some pieces like a side table or a Console. This give you shine and chic.

    4- Behind your chair, why not some string color art, That will match with your husband drawings.

    The space is beautiful and almost done, if you make this little changes you’ll see the difference.

    Best,

    Carla

    January 9, 2018 at 3:46 pm Reply
  • Cari

    Hello, Katherine! Your office space is beautiful btw. I would definitely brighten it up with like Neutral color rugs and some beautiful bright pillows for those gorgeous chairs, maybe bring in some plants . Maybe, also put inspirational quotes pictures on the walls to brighten them or some scenery pictures of your Ranch. Etc I also do agree with the fireplace idea, Especially for those cold winter nights.

    January 9, 2018 at 3:57 pm Reply
  • Anna

    It’s dark because the interior finish materials are all wrong, the furniture is outdated and hideous, the layout takes no of what little light there is, there are zero interesting focal points, and the whole space makes you feel heavy, unnecessary outdated, and pointlessly nostalgic instead of airy, light, inviting.
    Do yourself a favor – read a few design magazines (real ones), hire a YOUNG professional like me, either an interior architect or a regular one (because no amount of flowers or textile throws or pillows) are going to save this depressing space. You need someone who is trained to manipulate all the factors at play quickly, has a trove of resources and palette options off the top of their head, and isn’t bogged down by what they see in “Architectural Digest”. And finally, stop using the term “decorating”. It’s completely derogatory to designers who understand the actual work it takes to make a space desirable. Use real words like “interior architect” or even “interior designer” if you must. Be open, don’t go to your friends or the internet for help. You’ll end up redoing the space over and over and wasting time, energy, and money.

    January 9, 2018 at 4:02 pm Reply
  • Shelaine Works

    I had the same issue with my library I used an accent color of almost Tiffany blue really brightened. Painted 2 walls and added a large rug set and pillows also I used higher wattage light bulbs. I have photos.

    January 9, 2018 at 4:05 pm Reply
  • Savanna Oden

    My husband and I think you should add some metallic pieces and coppers and mirror. Maybe put in a bookcase that has glass doors so it will reflect the light. Good luck your space is beautiful!

    January 9, 2018 at 4:27 pm Reply
  • Modesty Brantley

    Hi Katherine! So fun! I agree with so much of the above. And I’m hardly a professional but I’m always decorating something and just can’t function if my space doesn’t “feel” right. Your office is a gorgeous room and the textures are already there, it just needs some light. So here’s my two cents-
    1. Bring in freshness and brightness with plants and flowers! Add in a large fiddle leaf fig tree in a corner by the window and vases of fresh flowers on the coffee table and side tables.
    2. A soft gray hued Moroccan or Turkish inspired rug under the seating area and that will bring in so much softness. A rug pulls together a room better than anything else. Here’s an example: https://boutiquerugs.com/asia-minor-asm-2305/
    3. Light colored (cream and soft gray) throw pillows and blankets on the chairs and sofa.
    4. All cords can be managed with things from an office supply place and they fit right under the desk, they make kits for TV wires too: https://www.amazon.com/Channel-Desk-Cable-Organizer-SimpleCord/dp/B06XZPYP7Y/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1515515465&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=under+desk+cord+organizer&psc=1
    5. “Styling” for your tables will go a long way…only keep things out in the open that you absolutely need at hand or just love the value or look of it. If it’s outside of those, it only takes away from the room.
    6. For the space behind your desk….is there a landscape, city, animal, quote….ANYTHING that just inspires you and causes you to take a deep sigh when you see it or think of it? Whatever that is…add that in. You want to see things that give you life in your space. Even if the wall is curved, most things can be adapted to fit the space just fine.
    7. One last suggestion, a large floor mirror with a rustic vibe would be beautiful along the empty wall and would help reflect some of the light that you have coming in the windows.

    I hope these suggestions, along with all the others, give you some inspiration! Sometimes you just have to get in there and move things around until you start to love it. Check out Pinterest, pin rooms that you adore and start to pick out the common themes and decor in those rooms. Works like a charm! Good luck!

    January 9, 2018 at 4:41 pm Reply
  • MSS296

    Good Morning,

    You addressed several elements, I hope I cover everything. As stated above, there are several easy options for hiding your electrical cords. My husband found a contraption at Best Buy to hide the TV cords and I know there are several other options as well. I feel you definitely need lighting in the room. The current lamps all have dark shades, which only adds to the darkness. I think a smaller desk size lamp (the current one seems a bit overpowering in size) with a lighter shade ( ex: ivory/cream linen) will help to lighten up the room as well as a beautiful ‘rustic glam’ type chandelier either positioned over your desk or a larger ‘whole’ room one to light the space. Lighted sconces positioned around a large print or amazing mirror would also add needed light.
    The room as it is has a more masculine feel with the dark wood and plaid. I think it needs a lighter more glamorous feel, some light ivory colored linen roman shades with a nice embroidered design on the window might add some color and texture to that side of the room, which feels heavier with the furniture, fireplace etc . I think drapery panels will just add more weight to that side of the room. Definitely need a rug to break up the wood floor. I think a light color wool or acrylic blend would hold up nicely. However, a sisal is another very nice option and are very durable and they come in several designs as well as with decorative borders.
    That blank wall adjacent to your desk might look nice with a light color painted credenza with a large print, painting or even mirror above it (which will reflect more light into the room) I think a larger more substantial faux ‘fireplace’ perhaps one with a look of stone & mantel would add a nice focal point to the room as well. Additionally, textured pillows, throws, colorful vases etc.
    I have made two very pretty inspiration boards for you that I think will help you visualize my thoughts but for some reason I am unable to attach them 8/

    January 9, 2018 at 4:42 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      These are all fantastic and totally doable suggestions, thank you so much for taking the time to think on this for me! I especially love the idea of adding a chandelier. I think that could help a lot! I agree the desk lamp isn’t quite right and needs something more feminine in it’s place. I love sisal but wonder if there’s a cozier and still durable option?

      January 9, 2018 at 10:15 pm Reply
  • Jackie

    Hi there,

    I know you’ll be flooded with replies, but I figured I’d send you something to help you visualize what I’m talking about. I sent you a Pinterest board (over private message on Pinterest)– I’m @HauteMessLife– I’m up for chatting further and hearing some more of your thoughts. I’m sure you’ll have no shortage of suggestions to consider, so I’m looking forward to seeing what the end product might be and how it will reflect your style and the things that make you happy.

    January 9, 2018 at 4:56 pm Reply
  • Valarie Owens

    It’s a struggle when we want our creative space to be luxurious but also a reflection of who we are. Upon first seeing your room, the first thing I notice is how dark and almost drab the room appears. Brighten your space by using not only whites or creams but also possibly a pallette of more neutral colors. Possibly paint and accent wall in your favorite bright color … not just white, but you could even use a bright blue or maybe even pink or green. Stuck with colors that you love. Colors that make you feel peaceful. Full your room with items that are not just beautiful but items that are also functional. A creative space is an organized space. Your view is beautiful. I would add some bright white sheer curtains that you could keep drawn open to allow you the view but that would also brighten the room while maintaining the integrity of the gorgeous wood work. In addition, I might look into a possible marble or rock surround for your gorgeous fireplace. Add a soft, luxurious rug to sink your toes into while working at your desk. This is your creative space and only you know what will make you feel “at home” while still being productive.

    January 9, 2018 at 5:03 pm Reply
  • Marcia Kay

    Hi Kathrine,
    Love your style, talent, poise and beauty! Gorgeous! Your office should reflect your personality. I love masculine rustic mixed with soft feminine! That is you !!!! Definitely needing a rug and bring out colors in that rug with pillows for coziness and comfort. More light around desk and a bookcase. Larger fireplace would be fantastic and made to be focal point among your amazing view outside!
    Josh’s artwork is fantastic as is! Love it !
    Room should match your personality and bring inspiration for creativity which you have an abundance!
    I’m a big fan !!!!!!! Thank you for sharing your home and family!

    January 9, 2018 at 6:04 pm Reply
  • Gloria DiCicco Bordonaro

    With all those beautiful windows I would have a ton of plants in that room.

    January 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm Reply
  • Mary Covington

    I am in the same predicament I am in my first office EVER and I don’t have a clue how to decorate. . But I think I am going to watch u and see how it goes. So please post more on your office

    January 9, 2018 at 6:22 pm Reply
  • Sage Bowman, Nantucket Home, Chico, CA

    Hi Katherine! It’s so fun to comment on your almost perfect office! I actually have an eerily similar family/adoption/fertility story as you and was going to reach out at some point…but there are other opportunities for that. 🙂 Now, onto your office…I see a lot of houses (I am an interior designer) and as much as I hate to say it, I think you need to paint the panels. Soooo many people don’t want to paint wood…and I don’t blame them. But when you are living in a dark room that is supposed to be light and airy and make the room more creatively fun, then you sometimes have to do things that aren’t your first choice. I briefly read the other comments and I didn’t notice anyone suggesting this. I think just that one (huge) step would do all you are feeling you need to do. And painting panels isn’t so bad…it actually gives normal, flat walls so much depth and texture. I also would definitely suggest a rug (and I have some ideas for that), more art (nice job Josh Kelley!)…and possibly moving around some furniture to get your desk away from the bathroom (but still keeping that beautiful view). That’s it…let me know if you have any questions!

    January 9, 2018 at 6:23 pm Reply
  • Kristin

    Hello!
    What a gorgeous room.
    I love dark woods with light gray accents and various pops of color. I think your best bet for the rug would be an oversized light gray woven rug. Woven rugs give such a cozy feeling for any room and the light gray would brighten up and compliment the beautiful dark wood. Woven rugs are also really easy to hose off and hang dry so they’re perfect for high traffic areas!
    Maybe a few Edison hanging light bulbs around the room? There are a few great DIY Edison light projects online that really add a peaceful and artistic element to any room, as well as a bit more light! Maybe a few fun throw pillows that really compliment your personality?
    Sending love from or family to yours!

    January 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm Reply
  • Connie Panagos

    Hi Katie,
    I’m not an interior decorator…not even close. I’m an average mom with a very small budget and a real passion for interior design. After watching your video, I can’t help but think that this room lends itself to a touch of a bohemian look. How you would do this, I am not entirely sure, but rich pillows and a throw in berry, lavender and maybe a touch if gold. Definitely some plants and flowers to give your office some life. I can also see a touches of a rich burnt or pumpkin orange would or Natural cream and neutrals would look great as well. I say you should have fun with this and place things that inspire you all over your office. Don’t forget music, scented items and an inspiration or ideas board that you can refer to. I attached a few pics to give you an idea. I could spend all day on this but Im off to work. I hope this helps and I’m sure you will have a million decorators knocking on your door. Above all…have fun, lots and lots of fun. Go nuts…this is your space!!!

    https://pin.it/g2la62e6ibfr2m
    What do you think? https://pin.it/vye77wgnlhstvp
    What do you think? https://pin.it/usw52ahz7avc5c
    What do you think? https://pin.it/lx77gc3r7gcfh4

    January 9, 2018 at 7:05 pm Reply
  • Ayesha imam jankhwala

    Hello Katherine
    That’s an interesting place you have there. There where certain things you addressed to but the most I felt should be treated is the very less natural light you have in the space. To add more light to it is to reflect the existing light if we add a mirror on the wall it reflects the light and makes the space look wider. And placing the black lamps that throw lights up and down to the blank wall would add some drama there with the book shelf. I hope my vision helps you. Thank you.

    January 9, 2018 at 8:20 pm Reply
  • Ayesha imam jankhwala

    Hello Katherine
    That’s an interesting place you have there . from all the issues you addressed to, I felt the most important thing that needs to be treated is very less natural light , so I feel adding a mirror to the plain wall or to the wall right behind your chair would make it look brighter and wider. The other thing I felt should be changed is the black lamps. They should be replaced to the corners of the room near the blank wall which will again make the room less dark. As it throws light up and down. Now the floor can be treated with a rug but only under the couch leaving the remaining space free. And the wires under the TV if not hidden in the groves can be nailed to the wall in a geometric puzzle and painted shiny to be a wall art in itself. I hope my views do help to make it feel more complete.. Thank you

    January 9, 2018 at 8:42 pm Reply
  • Samantha

    Hey girl! The lighting was the first thing I had noticed. But some offices do have that dim light but I can tell that is not your style and you need to be able to see what you are doing. Have you ever seen American Horror Story’s The Asylum series? The office sort of reminds me of Bloody Faces house lol. Particularly the lighting. It might be a bit expensive but maybe install some skylights in the ceiling so you can have natural lighting and keep that ranch office feeling.

    January 9, 2018 at 8:47 pm Reply
  • Joanna storms

    Hi!
    You are so cute and normal! That’s refreshing!
    Anyway, I am a military wife (we just moved away from UT last June :/ ) and I’m from Poland. I love new and different decorating ideas. Even tho your office is so beautiful with natural wood and darker (What looks like metallic tiles) I would totally change it. I would either change the tiles to natural stone (big tiles) like travertine and have a pretty darker indoor/outdoor rug under the desk and/or paint the wood paneling on the walls (ouch!). As far as painting the paneling goes…. I have never done it on the wood…. but have you thought possibly about doing like a stucco or cream paint color stencil? So you would still see the wood in some places but brighten it up with a light pattern ? Do you know what I mean? I just did my living room wall in metallic stencil and it looks pretty cool. If you want I can email you a few photos.
    Also, a washed antique cream brick tiles wouldn’t look bad either. You wouldn’t have to do every wall… maybe just an accent wall? I wish I could come over and we could talk it over. I would love to help you with your makeover. I always wanted to be in interior design…. but then kids happened and dreams were forgotten

    January 9, 2018 at 8:53 pm Reply
  • Leo Dowell

    Hi Catherine, I must say first just to get it out of the way, I am a fan. You are a very talented actor.

    Now as a professional (that just means I work for a living) I give you solutions that will address the whole room, not just pieces here and there. As you know when you are dressing, it is the color you wear, the style of the dress, the jewelry, the shoes down to the color of lipstick……it all has to work together. If you address the room as a whole and it is fabulous, you will be glad you did it that way.
    I would like to give you a design approach that addresses each part of what needs correcting so you could walk into the room 10 years from now and not want to change a thing. My approach is total concept, Scale, softness, the amount of light, durability, and of course life style.
    I am going to break down each category and give you my suggestions. I know the ideas are flooding in right now to you, so give me a little time to get answers to you. In the next couple of days, OK?

    Leo Dowell is an internationally recognized designer with over 50 years of experience.
    http://www.leodowelldesigns.com

    January 9, 2018 at 9:07 pm Reply
  • Leo Dowell

    Hi Katherine, I must say first just to get it out of the way, I am a fan. You are a very talented actor.

    Now as a professional (that just means I work for a living) I give you solutions that will address the whole room, not just pieces here and there. As you know when you are dressing, it is the color you wear, the style of the dress, the jewelry, the shoes down to the color of lipstick……it all has to work together. If you address the room as a whole and it is fabulous, you will be glad you did it that way.
    I would like to give you a design approach that addresses each part of what needs correcting so you could walk into the room 10 years from now and not want to change a thing. My approach is total concept, Scale, softness, the amount of light, durability, and of course life style.
    I am going to break down each category and give you my suggestions. I know the ideas are flooding in right now to you, so give me a little time to get answers to you. In the next couple of days, OK?

    Leo Dowell is an internationally recognized designer with over 50 years of experience.
    http://www.leodowelldesign.com

    January 9, 2018 at 9:24 pm Reply
  • Lena

    Some greenery would add some freshness to the room…smaller trees, spider plants, an orchid. Plus it freshens and clean the air. To add a different contrast to the dark wood, add some Birtch wood ir cedar accent pieces. Linens and hemp accents would also blend well in the space….no matter what you decide I’m sure it’ll look lovely.

    January 9, 2018 at 10:03 pm Reply
  • Mandie

    With that amazing view, I immediately imagine the office layout from Diane Keaton’s character in the movie Something’s Gotta Give. The desk nestled up close to the windows, with the rest of your office seating/shelving/decor behind you; the view will calm your mind and allow the creative juices to flow in!

    January 9, 2018 at 10:04 pm Reply
  • Sarah Frandsen

    Hi Katherine,

    I LOVE that space you have to work with! I’m also doing up our home, one room at a time. However I am in no way a ‘pro’, and I haven’t read other comments as I’m currently at work hehe, but I have heard that a great way to attract/spread light into a dark room is to hang an mirror across from a window. Maybe a nice light green leafy plant also? I definitely agree with the rug idea. I can’t wait to see what you do with the room! 🙂

    January 9, 2018 at 10:52 pm Reply
  • Aliza Hewitt

    I love the space! The views are fantastic and the windows bring so much light. I would highlight them with cream curtains, maybe a linen. They will clean easy and always classic. I have a large farm so I understand the struggle to balance beauty and efficiency. I would add a large mirror opposite the windows to reflect all the natural light. Also add greenery like jade plants and succulents. I didn’t get a good look at the ceiling in your video, but maybe have a large ornate chandelier. Adding those feminine touches will balance well with your furniture choices. Also accent colors of gold and a yellow I think will brighten the room. Best of luck and can’t wait to see what you decide.

    January 9, 2018 at 11:03 pm Reply
  • Cait Lawton

    Plants – ferns, ivy, and other green plants are a great way to brighten a space, and all the oxygen they produce is good for you.

    I like to have a bunch of pillows around. They’re easy to change up to suit any mood, and they make every space cozy and friendly.

    Most important is art. Photos of your family, doodles by the kids, and pieces that catch your fancy. Make it pretty, make it yours, and enjoy!

    January 9, 2018 at 11:10 pm Reply
  • Ann Clark

    Hey Katherine,

    I’m not a professional designer- but it is a huge passion of mine! I actually live in the wasatch valley as well and love that you have kept the integrity of the area with your space so far. The wood walls and windows are everything. I think the furniture can all work in the space with just a few tweaks. A rug is necessary. Maybe changing out the darker lamps for brighter ones. Adding greenery to the space will also help a lot. A fiddle leaf fig tree would be really nice. And to keep fresh flowers always adds so much life. A few inspiring art pieces or favorite sayings go a long way for inspiration. My motto with design is “less is more” so try not to overwhelm the space with too much! If you like these ideas and wanted me to come in for a day or two and help you change it up without spending a lot of money on the few things you would need let me know. I always find the best design deals in this area! Good luck!

    Ann

    January 9, 2018 at 11:43 pm Reply
  • Christina welch

    Hi Katherine. I have given some thought on how to make your office have a welcoming and warm feeling. The key is to create light where there doesn’t appear to be light by using light and airy colors.
    1. First I would recreate Josh’s artwork wall with cream matted frames. The cream color will create a nice contrast with the lamp on your desk and other items in the room. The dark frames soak away the natural light of the room and the lighter frames will make the natural light bounce of them.
    2. I’m sensing you like the color purple. I would search for a vibrant and bold purple pot that you can put greenery into to add color to the room. Greenery is like bringing the outdoors inside.
    3. Create a focal point in your office something that draws your eyes when you walk in the room. It could be replacing the fireplace with a cream colored mantel fireplace. The reason I say mantel is you could place a few of your favorite items on the top of it.
    4. Let’s talk about the area behind your desk. While you may not think there’s much that can be done there are a few ways to handle this area. A. Opt to have a pendant light installed. B. Place an elegant floor lamp behind it with a full spectrum lightbulb.
    5. In choosing a bookcase you could go with a traditional bookcase or floating bookcases it depends on your preference. Either way select a light color bookcase and place a few bold color trinkets on it.
    6. Last but not least is adding a mirror or two as they are perfect for creating reflective light. A beautiful purple mosaic mirror would be stunning in your office.
    7. In regards to your wires behind the tv and under your desk staples or best buy has cable hiders that can help the space look tidy.
    8. Last thing I promise. You mentioned an area rug this too is a great idea, but when thinking area rug don’t go too small in fact go bigger and choose a light creamy color it will surprise you what a difference it will make to the room.
    Happy decorating!!

    January 9, 2018 at 11:52 pm Reply
  • Modesty Brantley

    Hi Katherine! It looks like my original comment never posted earlier today, bummer! I agree with most of the ideas mentioned and honestly, your space is beautiful and has a good canvas, it just needs some fresh life and brightness brought in. I’m certainly not a professional but I love decorating and for me, it’s so important that the home and spaces I create around me give me life and just feel good! So here’s my two cents:
    1. Natural elements- plants and flowers can do so much! I would add a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree (or two) to anchor the largest window and seating area. Add small vases of fresh flowers on the coffee table and side tables. Nature always helps brighten a space!
    2. Styling for tables and shelves. The rule I follow is this- If I don’t absolutely LOVE it, if it doesn’t have meaning, value, or isn’t just plain beautiful, it goes. Decorate with the things you love and that inspire you, not just the “cute stuff to fill a space”. All the other necessities can find a drawer or closet (unless they fit the guidelines).
    3. Rugs! A rug will bring a space together better than anything else. If there’s ever a room that feels “off” that may be a big reason why. I would add a soft gray rug under your seating area- something similar to this: https://boutiquerugs.com/asia-minor-asm-2305/ The color is light enough to bring in brightness but neutral enough not to stain and show tons of wear.
    4. Add more texture and coziness to chairs and sofas with cream and gray throw pillows and cozy blankets.
    5. All the extras- pillar candles, metallic accents (I’d choose Mercury glass candle holders, vases, etc. but ANY metallic would work in the space)
    6. For the space above your desk—if it were my office I would choose something that fills my soul. So what landscape, quote, city, animal..ANYTHING does that for you? What just gives you a deep sigh feeling? Whatever that is, make it a focal point with a framed art print, etc.
    7. The large wall to the side of your desk would be perfect for a bookshelf filled with your favorite books OR a large floor mirror (any copper, gold, silver, or even rustic frame) to reflect the light you do have.

    To visualize the space you want hop on Pinterest and pin lots of rooms that immediately jump out at you…after several you will see a common pattern or design. THAT will be a great starting point to pull it all together. Works like a charm! Good luck to you!

    Oh, and Amazon.com has tons of desk and TV cord organizers!

    January 9, 2018 at 11:58 pm Reply
  • Dolores Leba

    Hi
    I’m no decorator but first glance I noticed you need white accents maybe pillows,throws,furniture covers with brighter patterns too. More lighting choicesaybe from the ceiling. Different shades luau be white. The frames on the wall should be lighter and brighter possibly white or silver. Hanging a decorative Art Rug Piece above your desk and on that spare open wall is a great way to add color. Don’t be afraid of white with pops of color. Yes get several rugs even white again with pops of color or just a lighter colored rug no bare floors as its adding to the darkness of the rom. Have fun and go crazy and follow your gut. Be brave and bold. Good luck.
    Dolores

    January 10, 2018 at 12:14 am Reply
  • Chloe

    Hi Katherine!
    What a beautiful space!
    I’m sure all of the many comments so far have mentioned some of these ideas, but I’m going to put them forward anyway.
    I think the artworks on the wall already are beautiful, but the black frames are holding them back a bit. I would suggest a thicker frame in either silver, copper or greys.
    The bookcase along the angled wall is a great idea. I recently saw a beautiful Ralph Lauren “Victorian Bookcase” in a distressed black with glass doors along the top half. The black will work in well with your other black furniture pieces, and the glass will reflect the lovely natural light into the space. You can also have some LED lights installed inside the bookcase to help feature your books and add a bit more light into the room in the evenings.
    Hanging pendant lights can help to spread more light, or some sconces on the walls.
    Behind your desk, smaller frames that will fit with the angles could work. Or hanging some drapes there can add a bit of character.
    For a rug, it would be nice to keep some warmth and natural tones, like a lighter brown or straw colour, with a metallic thread running through it. I find metallic accents in a dark space can really lighten things up. I would also suggest a metallic touch with cushions. West Elm and Pottery Barn have some beautiful cushion options at the moment that bring in the metallic features.
    I hope some of these ideas help. Can’t wait to see the end result!
    Chloe (from Australia)

    January 10, 2018 at 12:21 am Reply
  • Adriana Olivia Stocker

    Hey Katherine!

    I would take some warm colours like the sun in there. Warm yellow that gives the room more light,brightness and warmth. Like the sun is shining into the room on the darf braun Walls. And of course some white. Decorations, Lamps it Plaids that are making the room more softer and feeling cosy. And maybe some gold if you like it. I would put the dark lamps outside and everything else that maybe is too much that You can not focus on your business. A bigger oven and a bookshield is a great idea. Some plants would give You a good atmosphere and some more life in the room. Yeah i hope i helped you and your room will be very soft, warm and cosy to work for your Future! Wish you a good Time and love to see what you‘re doing with the room! 🙂 <3 Adriana Olivia

    January 10, 2018 at 12:31 am Reply
  • Chloe - CSB Interior Design (Australia)

    Hi Katherine!
    What a beautiful space!
    I’m sure the many comments have already mentioned some of these ideas, but I’m going to put them forward anyway.
    The artworks already on the wall are beautiful, but I think the black frames are holding them back a little bit. I would suggest a thicker frame in either silver, copper or greys.
    Putting a bookcase on the angled wall is a great idea. I recently saw a beautiful Ralph Lauren Home “Victorian Bookcase” in a distressed black with glass doors along the top half. I think this or something similar would work in well with the black furniture pieces already in the space, and the glass doors would reflect the lovely natural light into the room. You could also install some LED lights into the bookcase to help feature the books and add light in the evenings.
    You can put small frames that fit in with the angles of the wall behind your desk. You could also suspend them from the ceiling and have them floating. Another idea is to put drapes on that wall to add a bit of character.
    Lighter coloured drapes on the Windows will help to lighten the space. Beautiful oat colours or greys would work well. It might be a good idea to pick out some of the light colours already in the fabrics in the space and marry in the colour of the drapes with them.
    With a rug on the floor, you could try to find something large enough for the desk and furniture in front of it to all fit. I would suggest going with more natural colours, like a light brown or straw like colour. And perhaps something that has a metallic thread running through it. I love adding metallic accents, especially to darker spaces, as it can really lift the area and help brighten it up. I would also suggest metallic accents in some new cushions for the couch and armchairs. West Elm and Pottery Barn have some beautiful options at the moment.
    Pendant lights above the seating area and the desk will definitely lighten up the space. You could also look at some sconces for the walls.
    There are many places that sell great storage items to hide cords around TVs and Desks. IKEA would have to be the most popular. Another option is putting removable hooks/loops to hide behind the TV for example.
    I hope some of these ideas help! Can’t wait to see the end result!
    Chloe (from Australia)

    January 10, 2018 at 12:54 am Reply
  • Chloe - CSB Interior Design (Australia)

    Hi Katherine!
    What a beautiful space!
    I’m sure the many comments have already mentioned some of these ideas, but I’m going to put them forward anyway.
    The artworks already on the wall are beautiful, but I think the black frames are holding them back a little bit. I would suggest a thicker frame in either silver, copper or greys.
    Putting a bookcase on the angled wall is a great idea. I recently saw a beautiful RalphLauren “Victorian Bookcase” in a distressed black with glass doors along the top half. I think this or something similar would work in well with the black furniture pieces already in the space, and the glass doors would reflect the lovely natural light into the room. You could also install some LED lights into the bookcase to help feature the books and add light in the evenings.
    You can put small frames that fit in with the angles of the wall behind your desk. You could also suspend them from the ceiling and have them floating. Another idea is to put drapes on that wall to add a bit of character.
    Lighter coloured drapes on the Windows will help to lighten the space. Beautiful oat colours or greys would work well. It might be a good idea to pick out some of the light colours already in the fabrics in the space and marry in the colour of the drapes with them.
    With a rug on the floor, you could try to find something large enough for the desk and furniture in front of it to all fit. I would suggest going with more natural colours, like a light brown or straw like colour. And perhaps something that has a metallic thread running through it. I love adding metallic accents, especially to darker spaces, as it can really lift the area and help brighten it up. I would also suggest metallic accents in some new cushions for the couch and armchairs. West Elm and Pottery Barn have some beautiful options at the moment.
    Pendant lights above the seating area and the desk will definitely lighten up the space. You could also look at some sconces for the walls.
    There are many places that sell great storage items to hide cords around TVs and Desks. IKEA would have to be the most popular. Another option is putting removable hooks/loops to hide behind the TV for example.
    I hope some of these ideas help! Can’t wait to see the end result!
    Chloe (from Australia)

    January 10, 2018 at 12:55 am Reply
  • Carol Sims

    Katherine,

    You have it in you to do this yourself; decorating/designing a space can seem overwhelming when you are sure what direction to go. This space needs to reflect you and what inspires you organically. I always tell people that struggle with design is that you have to reach into your soul and ask, “what inspires me?, what makes me happy?” You can’t go wrong as it reflects your essence. Don’t second guess yourself.

    What has worked really well for me in decorating a room is I choose a focal piece as inspiration. It can be an art piece, a pattern on a chair you love or the view out your window. Look at your focal piece and ask yourself what you like about it? The colors, textures, what you think about when you see it?

    I follow some basic design rules: find your focal piece for inspiration, right size furniture for the space, layer your colors, and pull it together with repeating elements of your design.

    No matter what you end up choosing as your final design, feel proud that you did this and know that it was the right choice. 😉

    P.s. I have used my inhereted art piece of Paris by Armand Marie Guerin for my dining room redesign. I liked his childlike simplistic style along with use of cool colors. I chose a color from the painting I liked and used a shade to paint the dining room.

    Happy decorating, you’ll do great!!

    Carol Sims

    January 10, 2018 at 1:14 am Reply
  • Christina welch

    Hi Katherine. From New York. I spent so much time writing you ideas and then it didn’t post or got lost I will try again in hopes I can remember all the details of my ideas.
    1. Recreate Josh’s art wall with cream matted frames it will help create a light an airy ambiance. The dark matted ones can’t reflect the light or look your trying to create…although they are quite beautiful.
    2. Create a focal point for the room. I would get a larger cream colored fireplace one in which you could adorn with your favorite trinkets.
    3. I think I am sensing you like the color purple. Add bright and vibrant purple pots filled with greenery this will help bring the outdoors inside and add a homey look. You could opt for greenery a stand or in a corner.
    4. Behind your desk area you could opt to have pendant lighting installed or seek an elegant floor lamp using full spectrum light bulbs to achieve the lighting your looking for.
    5. In regards to an area rug don’t go too small think on a larger scale go with either a light color or a vibrant color that ties in with the other colors in the room.
    6. A book shelve good be your little space of happiness to fill with some of your favorite keepsakes. You could go with a standard bookshelf but choose a light colored style or go with a floating bookshelf.
    7. In regards to the cables staples and best buy have covers to hide them or at least make them less noticeable.
    Happy decorating!!!

    January 10, 2018 at 1:32 am Reply
  • Christine

    I would add drapes light/sheer. Things of texture, rugs, pillows, blankets all on the lighter side of colors. I also think a cool idea would be to lighten the ceiling in some way. You could make it textured or just paint it. As far as art is concerened go with lighter wood or colored frames and maybe something bold that embodies the vibes of the ranch. I would add the larger fire place that fits better under tv. I would get new lighting and lamps as well.

    January 10, 2018 at 2:37 am Reply
  • Leo Dowell

    The wall paneling: Although dark stained can be rich, if the room is small the darkness will close in the room. A neat fix is to use a lighter color wash over the stained wood. You still enjoy the wood grain while lightening up the room and maybe even creating a more sophisticated finish.
    I will show you in a quick video what this looks like.

    I have a basket weave wallpaper that would look fantastic on your ceiling and lighten the room. The basket weave adds interest and would fit between the beamed boards you already have. The basket also doesn’t get away from the ranch style, it is a natural look.

    You need color in the area rug, but not too much pattern. A strong pattern would take over the room and make the room seem smaller. But you do need color to lighted and brighten. If the rug is overdyed, it will already be aged and you don’t have to worry about using it.

    It would be nice if I had a floor plan of just this room to help with the furniture arrangement.

    The lighting has to be addressed with lamps and maybe even a hanging fixture.

    The TV could be in a cabinet or at least an upholstered frame. Possibly covered in an Indian flat weave rug.

    The fireplace can be more rustic using some local river rock and tree limbs…..I will draw for you.

    You should not have a black desk chair, you look great in color. So a color out of the rug could be brought up onto the desk chair, or maybe even covered in the same American Indian rug used for the TV frame.

    How am I doing so far?

    January 10, 2018 at 2:44 am Reply
  • Melissa Curd

    I too have a room with dark walls in my home. We chose dark wood and dark leather furniture because that is my husbands taste (compromise) and very Texas Hill Country style. I needed to brighten up the space and recessed LED lighting makes a huge difference in our room and we have set so you can turn on a few at a time or all to determine how much light we want throughout the day. Also I think since you have shades of lavenders in your room that small pops of white might go along way. I think adding a few white and/cream pillows and a throw for couches and chairs and a very simple white area rug, will create a clean, bright space. Also adding a touch of greenery ( I am loving succulents) and possibly a mix of lavender flowers to tie in the purple.

    January 10, 2018 at 3:38 am Reply
  • Ruthie

    I love all the comments above, so many folks said what I was thinking! A few things to add: first, check out this rug in Greta Garbo’s apartment – something like that would be amazing,wouldn’t it? I have no idea where one would find such a thing though. https://pictorial.jezebel.com/greta-garbos-apartment-looks-goddamn-incredible-1821808589

    Second, the dark wall panels remind me a lot of the cottage where I grew up. It was on the beach and full of neighborhood kids running in and out, so my mom found it difficult to add softness on the floor with fluffy rugs. Instead, she added softness to the walls with woven hangings like this: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheRiverHaze Here in Maryland, we have a Sheep & Wool Fair once a year, and there are always several stalls of folks selling weavings. But even if you are not into craft and agriculture fairs, these types of hangings are wildly popular again, in all sorts of colors and styles, so I bet you could find an artist on Etsy that could custom-make something for your curved wall!

    Another idea: my mom also had inherited a few small handmade rugs that were quite old and delicate, so she had a rug shop clean them and sew pockets on the back so she could hang them on the wall on rods in a room that didn’t get much natural light. They were light in color, with silvery grays and blue and rose colors, so they lightened the room overall, and we got to appreciate them without walking on them and wearing them out further. Something to consider if you fall in love with a vintage rug or one made by a local artisan, but don’t want muddy boots all over it.

    Best of luck!

    January 10, 2018 at 3:54 am Reply
  • Kim

    Katherine, Such a beautiful family and home you’ve created!
    Focal Point: outside/nature view; bring the outside inside; Inspiration images link: http://www.kasinteriordesign.weebly.com
    Living/green wall: Add a living wall (plants, succulence, etc.) along existing open wall near back door to bring the outside beauty in and soften the room organically.
    Fireplace/Seating: Move existing fireplace to reside between the two existing arm chairs for a cozy seating area (& remove existing accent table).
    Entertainment Center below TV: Move existing black console from the right wall at entrance to below the TV to act as enclosed storage; utilizing existing wood material from walls, add trim to run from TV to console to conceal wiring.
    Glass/Open shelving: In lieu of the existing black console at the right entrance wall, add new open glass shelving for books and personal items while maintaining existing art work above. Using glass for the shelving will add lightness to the room.
    Brightening the room:
    • Add large leaning/wall mirror behind desk chair to reflect nature outside and light
    • Add large neutral colored rug (commercial grade for durability – there are endless options now for hospitality/commercial durability that are also very beautiful)
    o Rug to cover entire area from lounge/coffee table to desk area
    • Add ceiling pendant lighting in center of rug, between the desk area and lounge area to anchor the two spaces together; remove some of existing floor lighting to maintain an openness to the room and rely on natural light and added ceiling light
    • Add a pastel accent color to the space such as lavender that will maintain the calm tone, add interest, lighten the space, and off-set the hard-surfaced materials; this will occur through the use of accent pillows, pouf, throws, coasters, etc.
    • Re-upholster existing black leather chair with a beautiful commercial grade leather in deep purple such as from Tiger Leather (reflected on inspiration board); budget friendly option would be to simply add a cashmere throw over back of chair in lavender or a Katherine Heigl lavender knitted throw

    January 10, 2018 at 4:18 am Reply
  • Madison Morrison

    Hi Katherine! I have a few ideas…..
    To brighten the space up you could certainly add some pops of white. However, when your started talking about maybe just enhancing what you already got…. I started thinking about the colours you already have in there… many types of browns, metals, etc. I would certainly play with those, going a few shades lighter when adding decorations and accessories. You mentioned Wayfair, so that is where I found my examples. Here is one: https://www.wayfair.ca/rugs/pdp/alcott-hill-catherine-hand-woven-natural-ivory-area-rug-alct1011.html I’m showing you this more for the colour. Although it would look lovely in your office. The material seems to be durable as well. I’m calling it a lighter wood tone. Colours similar would absolutely compliment the walls and floors perfectly, while brightening it up. In the picture, it’s on a darker floor, so it gives you an idea, and it looks great. As you mentioned, cream is an option. The “light wood tone” as I like to call it, is definitely a version of cream. Some soft and dark grays would also look lovely. Copper accessories would also compliment the wood.
    Now my favourite ideas! Some colour! When you showed your husband’s artwork, ideas came flooding. First off, all these ideas would need some light neutral colours mentioned above to compliment while brightening.
    1. shades of red. Example of a rug I love: https://www.wayfair.ca/rugs/pdp/world-menagerie-kowloon-red-area-rug-wdmg6712.html
    2 Purple. Purple and gray tones would compliment and mix well with the wood and furniture amazingly!
    You could also do a variety of pops of colour and not pick a colour certain pattern. Neutral with pops of colour (Again, inspired by the artwork)
    Speaking of artwork, I would definitely add a few pieces, especially above your desk. Photos would also look beautiful. I love the idea of a giant picture of your family or a beautiful landscape of the ranch on the wall behind your desk.
    I also love the idea of a detailed pattern rug for that room. Options include one that is neutral with colours I have previously suggested, light browns, cream, grays, etc. However, you could also get one that is neutral with a few pops of colour (inspired by your husband’s artwork) or colours from a picked colour pattern. (Again ex. Red or Purple) Or go a little bolder and do one with almost all different tones of ex red or purple. (Like the red rug example I gave). If going with pops of different colours, I love the idea of a plaid colourful (blue, red, yellow, etc) blanket

    All of the suggestions I have give are to embrace the room rather than changing it. However, one idea I have, but isn’t just adding colours, accessories, etc, would be to paint the ceiling white. (I couldn’t get a clear view of the ceiling, but I’m assuming it’s dark) It would brighten the room extremely. You would still have all that beautiful wood, but it wouldn’t feel as closed in. If you were to do that, adding pops of white wouldn’t be as stark and bright as they would now.
    Anything you choose to do I’m sure will look amazing!! I hope I helped and gave you some ideas. If you have ideas your unsure about, or have any questions… I would be happy to help further.
    Xxx
    Madison

    January 10, 2018 at 6:09 am Reply
  • Madison Morrison

    Hi Katherine! I have a few ideas…..
    To brighten the space up you could certainly add some pops of white. However, when your started talking about maybe just enhancing what you already got…. I started thinking about the colours you already have in there… many types of browns, metals, etc. I would certainly play with those, going a few shades lighter when adding decorations and accessories. You mentioned Wayfair, so that is where I found my examples. Here is one: http://bit.ly/2qMZAUw I’m showing you this more for the colour. Although it would look lovely in your office. The material seems to be durable as well. I’m calling it a lighter wood tone. Colours similar would absolutely compliment the walls and floors perfectly, while brightening it up. In the picture, it’s on a darker floor, so it gives you an idea, and it looks great. As you mentioned, cream is an option. The “light wood tone” as I like to call it, is definitely a version of cream. Some soft and dark grays would also look lovely. Copper accessories would also compliment the wood.
    Now my favourite ideas! Some colour! When you showed your husband’s artwork, ideas came flooding. First off, all these ideas would need some light neutral colours mentioned above to compliment while brightening.
    1. shades of red. Example of a rug I love: http://bit.ly/2CQffDQ
    2 Purple. Purple and gray tones would compliment and mix well with the wood and furniture amazingly!
    You could also do a variety of pops of colour and not pick a colour certain pattern. Neutral with pops of colour (Again, inspired by the artwork)
    Speaking of artwork, I would definitely add a few pieces, especially above your desk. Photos would also look beautiful. I love the idea of a giant picture of your family or a beautiful landscape of the ranch on the wall behind your desk.
    I also love the idea of a detailed pattern rug for that room. Options include one that is neutral with colours I have previously suggested, light browns, cream, grays, etc. However, you could also get one that is neutral with a few pops of colour (inspired by your husband’s artwork) or colours from a picked colour pattern. (Again ex. Red or Purple) Or go a little bolder and do one with almost all different tones of ex red or purple. (Like the red rug example I gave). If going with pops of different colours, I love the idea of a plaid colourful (blue, red, yellow, etc) blanket

    All of the suggestions I have give are to embrace the room rather than changing it. However, one idea I have, but isn’t just adding colours, accessories, etc, would be to paint the ceiling white. (I couldn’t get a clear view of the ceiling, but I’m assuming it’s dark) It would brighten the room extremely. You would still have all that beautiful wood, but it wouldn’t feel as closed in. If you were to do that, adding pops of white wouldn’t be as stark and bright as they would now.
    Anything you choose to do I’m sure will look amazing!! I hope I helped and gave you some ideas. If you have ideas your unsure about, or have any questions… I would be happy to help further.
    Xxx
    Madison

    January 10, 2018 at 6:19 am Reply
  • Branka Aleksic Ankerl

    Hi Katherine! Basically you need light colour objects in that room and just a few bright colour items. I would say 3 natural fabrics outdoor rugs, they are easy to clean. A bigger fireplace would maybe be to close to TV. A mirror somewhere on the wall to reflect the light, hanging and standing plants(a lot of it).,table in brighter colour and some art work on the walls(frame them in lighter colour frames). If you wish for a painting above your chair, you can hang it from the ceiling if the shape of that wall is not good enough for the painting to be nailed on the wall. Don’t bring in too much colour, it will ruin the place and its harmony. Just light natural colours, mirrors, plants, art work framed in lighter colour. Lots of light everywhere. Greetings from Vienna.

    January 10, 2018 at 7:20 am Reply
  • Jackie

    I love design and decor, so I may have gotten a little too inspired by the challenge— haha! We just moved into a house in October and basically gutted the the first floor and redid it in 3 weeks, so quick changes to living spaces are kind of a passion!

    Since you mentioned that you struggle to make rooms look finished and that you’re not looking to change everything, I put together a small Pinterest board that allows for keeping what you said you love, but adding color and texture, along with a few features, to enhance what’s there without fighting the rich wood tones.

    https://pin.it/oslbgfa4k75i6x

    Everything is categorized (lighting/textiles/metallic accents/etc) for ease in browsing! I jotted down brief comments on each picture so it’s easier to visualize the ideas. I definitely think that adding some creams, a transitional neutral like a toffee color that bridges the gap between the dark wood and the cream tones, and a metallic accent color will do wonders for the space! You can obviously do gold, as it looks great with ivory, brown, and purple hues, or you can go a bit more natural and use cooper tones as your metallic accent.

    I also included ideas for what to do behind the desk and how to incorporate more decor up on the walls, but doing so in a meaningful way— like beautifully framed family pictures taken at sunset that are brimming with golden, rosy, and purple tones, or even a large DIY framed piece with your favorite song lyrics… I wonder whose songs you might choose

    Hope you’re getting lots of useful feedback and are feeling inspired!

    January 10, 2018 at 9:55 am Reply
  • Theodor Nicolaisen

    To be fair, its a nice room, and as you use shoes indoors in your country, a carpet would not be great, what you would probably enjoy what studies tend to agree upon is a bean bag, one of them thats hairy or furry, so you can just jump into it and it will fit you as you are, you can read on it, think freely, rest or whatever you need to do, easy to move and easy to use. Enjoy

    January 10, 2018 at 10:12 am Reply
  • Paula Sintermann

    I think your office is so cute and cosy! Tons of potential 🙂

    I think a taller fireplace that fits the space underneath the TV would look amazing, maybe something in a lighter wood to bring in some light while not being too sharp of a contrast against the dark tones you have in there.

    I think for the space to the right of your desk that is empty, a huge artwork (think almost wall-size canvas) in some lighter colours would look gorgeous. It doesn’t even have to be super expensive, you could paint the whole canvas in one solid colour and then pick a few that you like and that go well together and have fun with your family splashing it on there. Do some big splashes, some smaller ones, handprints maybe if you like that? It’s a great way to get a statement piece that you feel connected with and that brightens your mood by reminding you of the fun you had creating it with your kids!

    For the wall-space behind your desk it would be cool to get floating shelves in the same light wood tone as the fireplace (if you’re going with that idea) and have them curve to fit the wall. On there you could put some pictures of your family, trinkets that inspire you and make you happy or, as an idea to bring in that writing component, frame some pages from antique books (can be books you love or just random pages) and write the best quote from that page or book over it in calligraphy. Adds some interest and fits the writing you want to do there.

    I would definitely add a rug underneath the desk going a little bit in front of it as well. It will help to soften the room and add a bit of a defined space between the lounging and the working area.

    I think plants would add a lot as well! Nothing huge, but you could get a few smaller plants for the desks or maybe one bigger potted one in a corner. You’d just have to make sure to pick plants that don’t need a lot of light so they can thrive in your space and add life instead of worries to your day 🙂

    January 10, 2018 at 12:35 pm Reply
  • Jolien

    I think there are already many great ideas up there. The wall above your desk chair definitely needs something, I’m always a fan of family photo walls and several smaller frames could make up a nice, small gallery of inspiring things. And change them out often. 🙂 (Twice a year or yearly is already often in my book, so don’t take that too seriously)

    Lighter frames? Maybe something wood, indeed cream? The skin is a great idea! Something fluffy on the floor…

    For the cables, I have a desk towards the wall, so I rolled them up, hit some nails in the desk and hung them on the back. If you’d roll up the cable near the floor instead of halfway, it already looks less bad. And unless you plan on breaking everything open, I think your husband’s idea isn’t too bad, to stick the cable in the groove and duct tape the desk cables up under the desk.

    Don’t doubt, just do whatever you feel. 🙂 At least, if you want it to help you feel creative, I think you should just follow your gut feeling.

    January 10, 2018 at 2:34 pm Reply
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  • Patricia Christian Clayton

    Katherine my name is Patricia Christian Clayton. I’m from Augusta Georgia. My brother tell me Christian designed the medical complex on Central Avenue for Dr. John Kelly. I did much of the interior design work having been a designer for over 50 years I have some suggestions for your office.
    Find a beautiful Heriz in pale apricots peaches,tans, Cream , Teal, And greens which would lighten up the room and set the stage. These rugs are indestructible. I would take the wonderful paintings that Josh did and reframe them with more color in the mats and lighter frames.
    I would do a water color of the children on the left wall from your desk. Very casual and colorful. I would have a custom cabinet built on the long wall to the left with a top cabinet with glass doors. I see there’s an air exchange or heat vent on that wall. It can be brought forward under the cabinet the color rug I haven’t man would work well with your sofa and chairs. I would aid colorful pillows for lightness and punch. I would possibly slip cover the pait of chairs in a light background fabric. Either Florence or modern it would be great for children with the new easy to clean fabrics we have today. You could consider a colorful macramé artwork behind your desk hung on a limb that is curved to fit the wall.
    I must say you are one of my favorites !!!!. I love your acting and being on Facebook with you. Must say 27 Dtesses
    Is right up there with the best
    Hope the suggestions Will be helpful.

    January 10, 2018 at 3:36 pm Reply
  • Cath Price

    Hi Katherine (from another Catherine in Sunny South Africa.)
    With the amount of responses you are having I will keep it brief…
    I would suggest an industrial look.
    Fit cables into visible galvanized piping.
    Use the same piping to create an industrial wall light on the free wall. Exposed globes
    Change your desk to a trestle table. Painted light Grey.
    Have a pendant lamp in Chrome above the desk.
    Change your chair to a creative colour… Orange!
    Orange is a colour that evokes creativity
    It also is a warm and friendly colour.
    I would bring the desk closer to the view/windows and move the lounge area to the side of the fireplace. I feel the fireplace is plenty big enough.
    And the lounge will fill up that empty wall you mentioned. With an industrial wall light as feature.
    A cow hide at the entrance to the room and another under the desk.
    And a Persian under the lounge area bringing in accents of orange.
    In SA we paint the walls a lot but if you don’t want to do that, I’d paint at least an accent wall.. perhaps the one behind where your desk was situated. Paint: cream.
    And with inspirational words hand written on it very big in grey paint.
    I suggest painting the ceiling however. This will instantly lighten the room. It will take getting used to but it will be amazing. Paint: off white.
    You could reframe Josh’s art to enhance the industrial look in gunmetal grey. Or just paint the frames!
    Recover the soft furnishings of the tweed chairs in a stripe with orange, grey and/or cream. Accent with a few scatter cushions in a matching floral to make it more “heavenly”.
    Painting furniture is also very rewarding..
    The server could look stunning in light grey with new industrial looking handles.
    All the best with all the amazing ideas you’ve recieved. You and Josh are wonderful to follow and I often pray for your family! God bless.
    Cath

    January 10, 2018 at 9:09 pm Reply
  • Anthony

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    January 10, 2018 at 10:03 pm Reply
  • ROCIO

    Dear Katherine,

    Maybe if you put some flowers on your desk they will give colour and light, they can be natural or not.
    Also some patchwork tapestry will decorate the walls and you can do it yourself and design it as you prefer.
    I hope you find a nice ideas for your lovely house and family, I’m sure you will find the best things to enjoy, relax and be creative in your room.
    kind regards from Ibiza

    Rocío

    January 10, 2018 at 10:14 pm Reply
  • Ronda

    Hello Katherine! My name is Ronda, owner/finished carpenter of A Woman’s Touch Remodeling LC. First, I must say I am a huge fan of yours…I love all of your movies! You are definitely one of those top “Greats” that a person goes to see a movie just because of the awesome cast! Secondly, when I read your blog post…the ideas for your office have not stopped churning in my head! I have a deep passion for architecture, design and beautiful spaces…what is even better is I have the skill to design and create those spaces. I have functional, practical yet beautiful solutions to help pull your “Almost Perfect Office” together. When I design with clients, it is usually one-on-one and with my excitement I tend to get quite chatty…so, I ask that you allow me a few days to gather all those thoughts and ideas in my head and organize them in a ‘Idea/design board’ format. I will send you my ideas by the end of the week. Have a wonderful evening, Ronda
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    January 10, 2018 at 11:19 pm Reply
  • April

    Hi,
    I love your office and all the potential it has. I am not a professional in the design industry just a mom who started designing for myself and some families to not go insane. Seriously, it is my happy place. I find that it destresses me.
    You can do this. Find what you love and play around with it. What texture do you love? What material? Woods, fabrics, metals, stones, what color and shapes? eras? etc. What style do you want? Eclectic, modern, classic traditional, farmhouse, from the look of it you have an apprecitaion for most of these. What is your dream for your office? What do you see when you close your eyes? The sun, nature, art deco, old world, modern art, mirrors or no mirrors, shelves, molding on the ceiling or as is? Do you see your walls a certain color? Do you see a place for your children to cozy up or is it a retreat for you to relax and escape to unwind and regenerate for the next few hours. What do you see and what do you want to feel and does anything in your office color or furniture create this feeling or take away from it. Get to know your space and how it makes you feel and go from there. This is your space you get the say in how it is going to make your day. My space will have touches of the ocean and the feel of a work space for a botonist and oceanographer because I worked in science and grew up near the coast.
    So here are my unqualified suggestions:

    Small Black Tables: I noticed the small black accent tables you have in front of the sofa and chairs. These tables if you agree could be stripped and stained to match the wood of the legs of your chairs and sofa.

    Cushions or throw pillows: added to your space that bring out the piping of your sofa.

    Loves Art: I love that you use your loves art I too use my husbands. I would suggest adding some of your childrens art as well.

    Walls: can be stained a lighter rustic stain like that of driftwood to remind you of the coast or an ivory to make the furniture and art pop. but if you would love to keep them I would suggest adding a custom mirror behind your chair where your desk resides to catch the light, something elegant. Adding sparkle by the touch of mirrors beautifully done can catch the light you crave in this room. If you are completely and totally in love with the color of the wood walls. I would suggest (just suggest) keeping your ceiling that color or just leaving one wall that color as an accent wall.

    Main Focal Point:
    Find a spot in the room you want the main focus to be. I would suggest the window area as it is a beautiful view all by itself. So with that being said, do you spend more time at your desk or do you spend more time on your sofa with a laptop? If you spend more time on your sofa I would suggest making the beautiful windows the backdrop to your desk that way you still get that view.

    Lighting: google some lighting based on material and what type you would like. I find that pinterest limits my search field. Maybe Adding some crystal lighting on the desk and around may add touches of elegance to the rustic walls and old world desk adding light throughout that is simplistic or elegant or even some light wood with dark metal accent lighting would be fun to tie in those chairs and sofa. I love natural light over artificial because natural is calming. I would do my best to find ways to catch light or lighten the stain of the wood. Adding some wall lighting (not sure if your wiring is set up for sconces but that would be nice too.

    Sofa and chairs:
    These set the tone for the print in your office you could work around these.

    Desk : I love your desk and would not get rid of that treasure.

    Adding warmth:
    Definitly a fire place
    Lighting is a must.
    Layered rugs that are solid or monochrome to not take from the furniture prints.
    Throws and throw pillows
    A wood ladder with throws or a place for throws, a bin with wood branches by the fire as well like birch wood. Great to tie in the black accents

    Memories: You could also add in some large photos of your family on the ranch or some of your favorite places with them. And some items from those places like a horse shoe or other items you picked up along the way. Adding personal touches brings happy. I noticed I am more happy in my space when I look at my husband and childrens art and photos elegantly placed throughout my workspace. The way you have your husbands art looks great if the backdrop behind them could be lighter in some way.

    Daily Encouragement: I would also suggest your favorite sayings or scriptures. Encouragement is the driving force of a tired mama and having favorite sayings up remind us we can, we have and we will! I am so happy for you and wish you the best with your decorating venture, above all else just take the time to enjoy every moment of it and only do what you truly love because this is you and when you dress a room you are telling a story, your story not mine or anyone elses just yours and that is the most beautiful piece of design and art we can put in our homes is our own story. From one mama to another,
    If it makes you smile and lifts your heart when you see it then it is worth it, if its just eh..then it does not belong. 🙂 have fun!!
    blessings to you and yours
    -April of California

    January 10, 2018 at 11:47 pm Reply
  • Mila

    Hi Katherine,
    Mininalist Classic Ranch
    Mode of expression
    1. COLORS – natural white, milk, copper, light gray or baby/ light blue 🙂
    2. FABRIC – velvet, linen, cotton, copper, candles and a little less lamps 🙂
    3. WINDOW – maybe copper curtain rod https://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/14/diy-black-copper-pipe/
    curtain : white/light gray/baby blue linen sunny summer days or maybe in winter gray/natural white velvet curtain
    http://www.hm.com/us/product/47289?article=47289-A#article=47289-A
    http://www.hm.com/us/product/47289?article=47289-C
    http://www.hm.com/us/product/72819?article=72819-A
    Some wooden elements can be painted with chalk paint? just for fun 🙂 I know that the baby blue color is a bit controversial 🙂 but please do not reject it because it fits well with dark wood.
    I wish you joy of change:)
    Greetings from Poland
    Mila

    January 11, 2018 at 2:43 am Reply
  • Nilly Ilguy

    Hi Katherine,

    It’s almost 3am and I just finished watching one of your movies, went on a google scavenge hunt to see what you’re up to these days and so glad I did because I found you here! You have a beautiful office, and I’m sure – a beauitul home too.

    I live in a 2 bedroom apartment in South East London, I work from home and homeschool our two rambunctious boys so I’m no professional when it comes to interior design by any stretch of the imagination!

    What inspired me about the space you have is possibly having skylights so you can maximise as much natural light as possible. Also, perhaps a grey rug or one of those persian design rug jobbies. Not sure how that would bode well with your furniture. How about some planty pals? Cannot even begin to say how much joy plants bring to a space and there’s so many options with what you could do with them. Perhaps some hanging? Some large splayed ones to replace the useless standing lampshades? I dunno. All I can think and see is green!

    Cords can be hidden with other furniture, perhaps install some bookcases. Even having a halg height one to close off the front area of your desk, it could be appealing at eye level when relaxing on those comfy chairs.

    Just a few ideas that came to mind whilst watching your video!

    Hope you and your family are well!
    Lots of love,

    Nilly xoxo

    January 11, 2018 at 3:00 am Reply
  • Erin

    https://www.canva.com/design/DACsIJxamDI/iXvIY2Z2yEDnMCj069q7pA/view?utm_content=DACsIJxamDI&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=sharebutton

    Katherine–I am so excited about this design plan. I went a little overboard and got way too into it but I am on break from college so I have a lot of free time and had a lot of fun doing it. I used to be an interior design major. Please take a peek, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!- Erin 🙂

    January 11, 2018 at 3:18 am Reply
  • Erin

    http://bit.ly/2qZnCMb

    Not sure if my first link posted but here is the plan I created!

    January 11, 2018 at 3:20 am Reply
    • Erin

      Hey, ok, looks like this comment posted! Anyways, I used to be an interior design major and love to design on my free time, therefore I took this little project and ran with it. Hope you like it! Above is a canva link with a design plan for the office. If you have any questions I’m here! Take a peek! P.S. I am a big fan.

      Best, Erin 🙂

      January 11, 2018 at 3:24 am Reply
  • Sage Bowman

    Well I will try this again, as I have many times over the past few days (for some reason my posts are not showing). When I first wrote I was one of the first 15 people but now there are lots of comments so probably I am repeating what someone else already said.

    Hi Katherine! It’s so fun to comment on your almost perfect office! I actually have an eerily similar family/adoption/fertility story as you and was going to reach out at some point…but there are other opportunities for that. 🙂 Now, onto your office…I see a lot of houses (I am an interior designer) and as much as I hate to say it, I think you need to paint the panels. Soooo many people don’t want to paint wood…and I don’t blame them. But when you are living in a dark room that is supposed to be light and airy and make the room more creatively fun, then you sometimes have to do things that aren’t your first choice. I briefly read the other comments and I didn’t notice anyone suggesting this. I think just that one (huge) step would do all you are feeling you need to do. And painting panels isn’t so bad…it actually gives normal, flat walls so much depth and texture. I also would definitely suggest a rug (and I have some ideas for that), more art (nice job Josh Kelley!)…and possibly moving around some furniture to get your desk away from the bathroom. That’s it…let me know if you have any questions!

    January 11, 2018 at 7:37 am Reply
  • MILA

    Hi Katherine,
    Mininalist Classic Ranch
    Mode of expression
    1. COLORS – natural white, milk, copper, gold, light gray or baby/ light blue 🙂
    2. FABRIC – velvet, linen, cotton, candles and a little less lamps 🙂
    3. WINDOW – maybe copper curtain rod http://bit.ly/2Ex1k6g
    curtain : white/light gray/baby blue linen sunny summer days or maybe in winter gray/natural white velvet curtain
    http://www.hm.com/us/product/47289?article=47289-A#article=47289-A
    http://www.hm.com/us/product/47289?article=47289-C
    http://www.hm.com/us/product/72819?article=72819-A
    Some wooden elements can be painted with chalk paint? just for fun 🙂 I know that the baby blue color is a bit controversial 🙂 but please do not reject it because it fits well with dark wood.
    I wish you joy of change:)
    Mila
    Greetings from Poland

    January 11, 2018 at 12:22 pm Reply
  • Sarah Cubis

    Saw a friend comment on your fb post and I’m nosey so couldn’t help watching your video to see if I could help. We met briefly at Kelley’s at the book club type thingy awhile back… anyhoo, I’m a design junkie. So…I think you need a rug for sure. I’m was actually looking at this one for myself but I think something like this would work in your space to bring in some lightness and color and I think it will blend with your purples . Saw it on anthro initially but found it cheaper here
    https://www.rugs-direct.com/Details/Surya-Alchemy-ACE2302/131444/211310?gclid=Cj0KCQiAs9zSBRC5ARIsAFMtUXGZtoyrfwd9IeFMB-xB_gel1aQefnd4-VkLOIQEgqL1lwEhABivFscaAmeaEALw_wcB&source=froogle&ef_id=WleUYwAAAf9igAOz:20180111164419:s

    Also I think you need a good big mirror or two in there to reflect any light you get in from the windows and it will help amplify the lamps you have.
    Anyhoo…hope that helps a wee bit.
    Sarah 🙂

    January 11, 2018 at 4:56 pm Reply
  • Sarah Cubis

    Wait hold on… one more thing. I think you need greenery…if you don’t want to do a big floor fig plant or something, these with draping hanging plants would be great in a corner spot. I always do odd numbers so maybe 3 different sizes. http://bit.ly/2ARUaXL

    Cactus and Tropicals in slc have great hanging plants for partial light spots.
    Ok, going back to my life now

    January 11, 2018 at 5:31 pm Reply
  • Sarah Cubis

    Not sure if my first comment posted. Anyhoo…I think you need a rug for sure. Been looking at this one For myself but I think it would really work in your space. Saw it in anthro but found it cheaper here. Would bring a little color and brightness but would work with your purples

    http://bit.ly/2msHdQ7

    And I also mentioned that a big mirror to reflect some of the light you do have would be good.

    January 11, 2018 at 5:39 pm Reply
  • Kalidy Homes

    Hey Katherine! We see your problem here. Check out this article we wrote about Winter Interior Trends- maybe it will give you a little inspiration on what you can do to amp up this space. Here’s the link >> http://bit.ly/2D35hmW.

    Best of luck! (:

    January 11, 2018 at 6:51 pm Reply
  • April

    I love your office and all the potential it has. I am not a professional in the design industry just a mom who started designing for myself and some families to not go insane. Seriously, it is my happy place. I find that it destresses me.
    You can do this. Find what you love and play around with it. What texture do you love? What material? Woods, fabrics, metals, stones, what color and shapes? eras? etc. What style do you want? Eclectic, modern, classic traditional, farmhouse, from the look of it you have an apprecitaion for most of these. What is your dream for your office? What do you see when you close your eyes? The sun, nature, art deco, old world, modern art, mirrors or no mirrors, shelves, molding on the ceiling or as is? Do you see your walls a certain color? Do you see a place for your children to cozy up or is it a retreat for you to relax and escape to unwind and regenerate for the next few hours. What do you see and what do you want to feel and does anything in your office color or furniture create this feeling or take away from it. Get to know your space and how it makes you feel and go from there. This is your space you get the say in how it is going to make your day. So here are my unqualified suggestions:

    Small Black Tables: I noticed the small black accent tables you have in front of the sofa and chairs. These tables if you agree could be stripped and stained to match the wood of the legs of your chairs and sofa.

    Cushions or throw pillows: added to your space that bring out the piping of your sofa.

    Loves Art: I love that you use your loves art I too use my husbands. I would suggest adding some of your childrens art as well.

    Walls: can be stained a lighter rustic stain like that of driftwood to remind you of the coast or an ivory to make the furniture and art pop. but if you would love to keep them I would suggest adding a custom mirror behind your chair where your desk resides to catch the light, something elegant. Adding sparkle by the touch of mirrors beautifully done can catch the light you crave in this room. If you are completely and totally in love with the color of the wood walls. I would suggest (just suggest) keeping your ceiling that color or just leaving one wall that color as an accent wall.

    Main Focal Point:
    Find a spot in the room you want the main focus to be. I would suggest the window area as it is a beautiful view all by itself. So with that being said, do you spend more time at your desk or do you spend more time on your sofa with a laptop? If you spend more time on your sofa I would suggest making the beautiful windows the backdrop to your desk that way you still get that view.

    Lighting: google some lighting based on material and what type you would like. I find that pinterest limits my search field. Maybe Adding some crystal lighting on the desk and around may add touches of elegance to the rustic walls and old world desk adding light throughout that is simplistic or elegant or even some light wood with dark metal accent lighting would be fun to tie in those chairs and sofa. I love natural light over artificial because natural is calming. I would do my best to find ways to catch light or lighten the stain of the wood. Adding some wall lighting (not sure if your wiring is set up for sconces but that would be nice too.

    Sofa and chairs:
    These set the tone for the print in your office you could work around these.

    Desk : I love your desk and would not get rid of that treasure.

    Adding warmth:
    Definitly a fire place
    Lighting is a must.
    Layered rugs that are solid or monochrome to not take from the furniture prints.
    Throws and throw pillows
    A wood ladder with throws or a place for throws, a bin with wood branches by the fire as well like birch wood. Great to tie in the black accents

    Memories: You could also add in some large photos of your family on the ranch or some of your favorite places with them. And some items from those places like a horse shoe or other items you picked up along the way. Adding personal touches brings happy. I noticed I am more happy in my space when I look at my husband and childrens art and photos elegantly placed throughout my workspace. The way you have your husbands art looks great if the backdrop behind them could be lighter in some way.

    Daily Encouragement: I would also suggest your favorite sayings or scriptures. Encouragement is the driving force of a tired mama and having favorite sayings up remind us we can, we have and we will! I am so happy for you and wish you the best with your decorating venture, above all else just take the time to enjoy every moment of it and only do what you truly love because this is you and when you dress a room you are telling a story, your story not mine or anyone elses just yours and that is the most beautiful piece of design and art we can put in our homes is our own story. From one mama to another,
    If it makes you smile and lifts your heart when you see it then it is worth it, if its just eh..then it does not belong. 🙂 have fun!!
    blessings to you and yours

    January 11, 2018 at 7:08 pm Reply
  • Carly Moss

    Hello Katherine,

    As someone who also does a lot of work from home (when I am home, as I travel for a living) I understand the need to feel light and inspired in your office space. I too enjoy deep colors and rich, warm woods, which is the design throughout a majority of my house now. However, when I pushed that vision into my office space, it actually made work harder. I love all the pieces you have already. From the sounds of it though, adding pieces to balance the room out or pushing metals and mirrors onto the walls seems like only a temporary fix. As we are seeing your home in the middle of winter, we’re also seeing it with some of the best lighting it can accomplish, as all that snow outside is reflecting light into your office windows that won’t be there over the summer.

    I believe someone may have suggested this already but I would vote for redoing your walls over any design-related additions for now. A light wash or white paint job would automatically reflect natural sunlight and artificial light off the walls. Going white would also allow for you to keep your purple and black toned furniture without needing to thread new elements of design in to pull it all together. Plus, you can keep the element of the working farm/barn design by using a distressed white wood approach as opposed to going full white, if you’d like.

    A Safavieh braided rug adds instant appeal and comfort, is durable and reversible (for when one side has seen a little too much action or maybe just for when the guests come over). Everything else should be simple after that.

    Just one girls opinion. I also used to work on a farm and I miss the simplicity of it — and every chance I had to wear my Hunter boots. Either way, I look forward to seeing how it comes out. Enjoy the redecorating period!

    January 11, 2018 at 8:29 pm Reply
  • Patricia Christian Clayton

    Tried to get on

    January 11, 2018 at 9:50 pm Reply
  • Patricia Christian Clayton

    I haven’t been able to get. If it works this time I will post my suggestions

    January 11, 2018 at 9:52 pm Reply
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      January 11, 2018 at 10:13 pm Reply
  • Danai

    Hi Katherine
    I think what the room needs is to bring the Sun in it. The Sun feeds us and makes us evolve like trees and plants therefore brings our creativity to the surface. I would use the colours on your husband’s paintings. Yellow and orange for a carpet that will completely cover the floor. The room is too ‘woody’ ans it needs balance. And since we don’t want to cover the wood it is an alternative to cover the floor. The carpet needs to be thick to maintain the warmth of the place.
    In the same colours use lamps with yellow orange maybe green. Again use your husband’s pictures as a guide. This will create light and keep the harmony. Also use more pictures like that in the other side of the room. The book case could also be instead of plain wood in a colour like earthy orange and the depth of the shelves should be thinner in the side of your desk. Of course you need to design that from scratch. So basically you have the Sun just by adding a few colors that are practically there already.
    The wood burner could be an element in one of the 2 sofa areas.
    So the TV wall: lower the TV it would be better for your eyes anyway. Create a nice frame on tge wall similar to the frame of your husband’s pictures and put the TV inside and put 2 pictures above under the TV in tge same size as the TV and the same frame. Again color and harmony.

    January 12, 2018 at 4:59 pm Reply
  • Kate Fredrickson

    You’ve been given so many great ideas already. I just wanted to add a couple more. First, I think you could add a photo ledge to the wall behind your desk. You could make this a rotating gallery. It would only come out a few inches from the wall so you shouldn’t need to worry about bumping it. I suggest looking for frames that are copper, mirrored, or dark so the frame dissapears and the image pops. I think a mix of those styles would add warmth and interest and you’ll literally be surrounded by images you love. If you don’t want to do that, I suggest an over-sized piece of art that you love. I could see a horse motif or a soft abstract piece that pulls from the colors of your room. I know it’s a rounded area, but you should still be able to hang something there. I agree about adding a chandelier to help bring some femininity to the space. I think linen drapes, hung slightly wider than the windows will brighten, soften, and not obscure your view. Finally, you could look up contraptions to help hide the cords and definetly find a rug or two. My favorite place is rugsusa.com they’re super affordable and have a great variety. I hope that helps.

    January 12, 2018 at 5:05 pm Reply
  • Sage Bowman, Nantucket Home, Chico, CA

    Hi Katherine! It’s so fun to comment on your almost perfect office! I actually have an eerily similar family/adoption/fertility story as you and was going to reach out at some point…but there are other opportunities for that. 🙂 Now, onto your office…I see a lot of houses (I am an interior designer) and as much as I hate to say it, I think you need to paint the panels. Soooo many people don’t want to paint wood…and I don’t blame them. But when you are living in a dark room that is supposed to be light and airy and make the room more creatively fun, then you sometimes have to do things that aren’t your first choice. I briefly read the other comments and I didn’t notice anyone suggesting this. I think just that one (huge) step would do all you are feeling you need to do. And painting panels isn’t so bad…it actually gives normal, flat walls so much depth and texture. I also would definitely suggest a rug (and I have some ideas for that), more art (nice job Josh Kelley!)…and possibly moving around some furniture to get your desk away from the bathroom. That’s it…let me know if you have any questions!

    January 12, 2018 at 9:30 pm Reply
  • Dinah Ford

    Katherine,

    You have so many amazing ideas so far. I definitely agree that you need a bigger lighter fireplace. I see adding a light wood color like birch wood to your work office. I didn’t see any mention of candles in many of the the comments I read. Candles will add a beautiful glow, when you don’t necessarily need a whole lot of light. As far as color goes, Blush is such a beautiful accent color, along with adding some beautiful silver accent pieces. If your not wanting to replace some of the pieces of furniture, you and always repaint them. Chalk paint is a amazing paint to repaint furniture. You can make it rustic or use the wax to give it a more new look. Definitely need a rug and I really like the braided rug idea that was suggested. It’s durable and gives you a chance to add color into the space. Another suggestion you got was mirrors, they do an amazing job of reflecting light around a room. As far as lighting have you seen those vintage incandescent lighting bulbs? I added a link I hope it works. They will add such a beautiful light to your office space. You can get them in so many different fixtures. My favorite thing about these lights is they are soft and not blinding, especially when admiring a beautiful light fixture. You can buy them at Lowe’s https://www.lowes.com/pd/Litex-Vintage-60-Watt-for-Indoor-Dimmable-Warm-White-St18-Vintage-Incandescent-Decorative-Light-Bulb/1000003322
    Using different lighter frames for Josh’s artwork is another good suggestion. I see using the rustic wood frames, like birch wood that I mentioned above. One other thing that I suggest is bringing some beautiful glass pieces, such as vases and different sizes of glass candle pillars. Then adding some different size lanterns. I love a large lantern with candles. Then you can decorate it for the holidays or seasons. Where you use some pine cones, glass baubles, or any kind of fresh greenery to the lanterns. There are so many ideas for decorating a lantern. Good Luck! Thank you so much for sharing so much of your life and family!

    January 12, 2018 at 10:59 pm Reply
  • Christine M Lassen

    How about a little color? I mean some Southwestern Throw rugs or Native American Art. So beautiful and made in the USA. Might take the darkness out of the walls and the floor.

    January 13, 2018 at 1:29 am Reply
  • Nancy P

    Hi Katherine, Great room! I’m a practical girl when it comes to problem solving… some quick fixes for issues you mentioned:

    TV wires- try Legrand Wiremold CMK30 30″ Flat Screen TV Cord Cover Kit. All of these kits come in white but this onet can be painted a darker color to blend with wood walls. The kit is offered through Amazon.com Under $25

    Heaters- most of the portable heaters are about 5000 BTU and cover 400 sq. ft. and stand 20-28″ high. Easiest fix- Add a few Tower heaters (behind the desk, near the 2 chair sitting area. That should increase your coverage. Check with electrician to make sure your wiring can accommodate 3 heaters. Bed Bath & Beyond carries the Lasko Digital Ceramic Tower Heater $70.

    Space for Bookcase- That wall’s a great place for an open bookcase (vent near floor indicates open style furniture better). Here’s one from AshleyFurnitureHomeStore.com- Starmore Bookcase #H633-70 $398 . It’s 76″ high 17″ deep and 58″ wide…very cool with open style tray shelves; great with baskets for storage and plenty of space for books, and decor.

    Wires Under Desk- I was thinking an arc floor lamp instead of a desk lamp might solve that problem. The arc provides the light while having the base near the wall so that the wire is not underfoot. I have several suggestions in different price ranges. At the higher end, check out Lumens.com for Chunky Swing Arm Floor Lamp by EF Chapman for Visual Comfort 150 watts, Antique Brass base adjustable at neck and stem; natural paper shade $840; or at same site Swingarm Floor Lamp #2451/2 by Holt Koeter 3-way pull chain over the shoulder lighting, fabric shade with adjustable height $598; More modestly priced at Houzz.com Salon Floor Lamp White, 75 watt, id#61996618 $156.

    Decor behind desk- As the space is narrow, Try BallardDesigns.com- Fresh Birch Art #W0672. These are 3 prints to choose from with several narrow widths to fit the curved walls. The widths range from 14-26″. The prints have a white/cream background to add some light illuminating color to the space. $249 and up.

    Warming up the floor- I agree a rug is needed. Try WestElm.com- Vines Wool Rug in Neutral 5ft by 8 ft for the sofa area $279. There are other sizes as well, including a 7ft runner $118. This rug has color variation throughout which will help to camouflage daily ranch ‘wear and tear’. It also has an organic, botannical feel which adds warmth and elegance.

    Light-illuminating ideas: You can add touches of Cream/Ivory throughout like pillows, throws, vases, sculpture, lamp shades, art; add these items in subtle ways where the Ivory color is mixed with variations in hues or contrasted with medium and deep brown hues. Here are some pieces to look at:

    Try PierOne.com for these fun throw pillows for your sofa and chairs- Luxe Faux Rabbit 18″ sq. pillow $24; Beaded Faux Fur Ivory Lumbar 18×12 Lumbar pillow$30; Fuzzy Faux Snow Leopard 18″ sq. Pillow $25; Basketweave Pompoms Ivory 18″ sq Pillow $24.

    Vases in Ivory/Cream- PotteryBarn.com- Eclectic Ivory Ceramic Vase with Handles 11 3/4″ diameter 13″ high $89; Arhaus.com- Eva Round Vase in Cream 13″ diameter, 12″ high $89.

    Softening the hard lines of dark wood walls- I saw these drapery panels. They are light, semi sheer linen weave with a botanical imprint (following that elegant and comfy feel). They can be used with a thin rod that has elbows to follow the curved walls of the silo for both the 4 panel sofa window area and the 3 panel chair area. These panels have grommets so they can slide easily to just flank the sides of the windows leaving 90% of the window space clear to a great view, or to be easily pulled over the windows in the late afternoon or evening to diffuse the view and provide a touch of privacy. These panels are:
    Oakdale Textured Linen Motif Grommet Window Curtain Panel Pair by Exclusive Home. I’ve seen them on Target.com, Amazon.com, and Wayfair.com. Note that they come in 2 different lengths- 84″ and 96″ long (that’s a bonus for tall windows). Average price is $25-$58 for a pair of 84″ panels.

    I hope this has been helpful. I can give you more choices, ideas, advice, etc. You can reach me at ClassicInteriorDesigns.com or NPiscina@gmail.com.
    Happy Decorating!
    Nancy

    January 13, 2018 at 11:36 am Reply
  • Svilen Bonev

    Dear Katherine,
    My name is Svilen Bonev.
    I am architect in architectural studio ”INVICTUS ARCHITECTS”, based in Bulgaria.

    Few days ago I saw Your inspiring post in Instagram and I want to share my opinion with You. I created a *.pdf file , named “Your Perfect Office Space”. Here is my full conception, advices and ideas about transforming Your almost perfect space into a perfect one. Please open the link bellow to see all my ideas.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/7hzv9m4a7w0an05/Your%20Perfect%20Office%20Space.pdf?dl=0

    Best regards,
    arch. Svilen Bonev

    January 13, 2018 at 1:08 pm Reply
  • Svilen

    Dear Katherine,
    My name is Svilen Bonev.
    I am architect in architectural studio ”INVICTUS ARCHITECTS”, based in Bulgaria.

    Few days ago I saw Your inspiring post in Instagram and I want to share my opinion with You. I created a *.pdf file , named “Your Perfect Office Space”. Here is my full conception, advices and ideas about transforming Your almost perfect space into a perfect one. Please open the link bellow to see all my ideas.

    http://bit.ly/2Dd67N7

    Best regards,
    arch. Svilen Bonev

    January 13, 2018 at 1:19 pm Reply
  • Rhonda Huber

    What a beautifully rich space, OMG!!!!
    Is it possible for me to ask you for a few photos of your space so that I can put together some changes for you to see in “real time”. This is my thing girl! I would love to create some pictures for you that you can copy identically, think; paint by numbers 😉
    Like you, I love beautiful things, but I also like to use them. I can create photos for you, so you can “see” if you like it or not, I am happy to offer changes in color, just because you are curious. How else will you know if you are married to the idea or not, right?
    I can’t wait to hear from you!
    Hope your day spills over with unexpected Blessings….. Rhonda

    January 16, 2018 at 2:56 am Reply
  • Mandy Whitehead

    Hi Katherine

    I have only just chanced upon this exciting project in offering my ideas to help you, despite that you have already received so many responses and great ideas. Can’t wait! But late at night here on my side of the globe, so I will definitely send my thoughts and suggestions tomorrow. I am from Cape Town, in sunny South Africa, one of the most naturally diverse and beautiful locations on this planet. Like you I am a nature enthusiast and I look forward to sharing with you how to lighten and brighten your space with minimal effort bringing in the natural outdoors to reflect in your interior. I’ll start by saying I couldn’t agree with you more….. embrace the space and the beautiful wooden-panelled walls. It would be a sacrilege to paint them white. Please don’t do it! I do have a Diploma in Interior Design but I don’t work in the profession. It has been a passion of mine since childhood and so it comes straight from the heart! I look forward to sharing the rest with you tomorrow….. until then! Warm regards or as we say on the warm Africa continent….. lala kahle (which means goodnight in Zulu).

    January 16, 2018 at 10:56 pm Reply
  • Mandy Whitehead

    Hi Katherine

    I have only just chanced upon this exciting challenge! Despite the fact that you have already received many responses and great ideas, I would love to share mine with you. However, it is rather late on my side of the globe, which is Cape Town in sunny South Africa. I will share my ideas with you tomorrow. Like you I am a nature enthusiast and I hail from one of the most naturally beautiful and diverse locations on this planet! I do hold a Diploma in Interior Design but do not work full-time in the profession (one day though)! Design has been my passion since childhood so this comes straight from the heart. To start, I couldn’t agree with you more, embrace the space and the stunning wooden-panelled walls. It will be a sacrilege to paint them white. Please don’t do it! I look forward to sharing the rest of my suggestions with you tomorrow. Warm regards from the warmth of the African continent and as we say here lala kahle (which means goodnight in Zulu). Can’t wait to get started in the morning!

    January 16, 2018 at 11:10 pm Reply
  • Courtney

    Hello Katherine!
    I enjoyed this video a lot and you have a beautiful office! I think sticking to the same color scheme thoughout the whole space would look really great.

    Another thing might be to hang a rustic and decorative light fixture above your desk, to add light and to substitute for hanging something behind it. Maybe something like this? I don’t know if it is your style:

    http://bit.ly/2DImgIn

    Lastly, a grander fire place would make the place much more warm and make it feel homier and more complete. Putting it closer and near the middle of where all the chairs are would be better than having it off to the side like it is now. Thank you for making this blog! I love it and you so much and you are such a great inspiration to me!♥️♥️♥️ Thank you!!
    -Courtney 🙂

    January 17, 2018 at 2:46 am Reply
  • Rabia

    This room has an amazing view and I have got simple ideas to lit it up.
    First, you need mirrors in this room. You can add a mirror right behind your table so it can reflect the entire view of the windows. Or if you’re not very comfortable with that idea so much I would suggest you invest in some mirrored furniture. Like mirrored centre table. Basically you want more reflectors in your room catch and throw the natural light in the room.
    Second, you can try to replace chairs or have it’s cover changed in pastel tones of turquoise or pink with the combination of cream or offwhite.
    Hope it inspires on some level 🙂

    January 17, 2018 at 8:46 am Reply
  • Mandy Whitehead

    Hi Katherine

    I hope that you are having a beautiful day! As promised, attached please find my website link with my decorating and design ideas for your home office (photos included). I hope some of them are of use and inspiring for you. Enjoy! I know that I certainly have had fun helping you!

    https://wmandy37.wixsite.com/creativeprojects

    Warm regards from sunny South Africa!

    Mandy

    January 18, 2018 at 6:39 pm Reply
  • April

    Hi,
    I love your office and all the potential it has. I am not a professional in the design industry just a mom who started designing for myself and some families to not go insane. Seriously, it is my happy place. I find that it destresses me.
    You can do this. Find what you love and play around with it. What texture do you love? What material? Woods, fabrics, metals, stones, what color and shapes? eras? etc. What style do you want? Eclectic, modern, classic traditional, farmhouse, from the look of it you have an apprecitaion for most of these. What is your dream for your office? What do you see when you close your eyes? The sun, nature, art deco, old world, modern art, mirrors or no mirrors, shelves, molding on the ceiling or as is? Do you see your walls a certain color? Do you see a place for your children to cozy up or is it a retreat for you to relax and escape to unwind and regenerate for the next few hours. What do you see and what do you want to feel and does anything in your office color or furniture create this feeling or take away from it. Get to know your space and how it makes you feel and go from there. This is your space you get the say in how it is going to make your day. My space will have touches of the ocean and the feel of a work space for a botonist and oceanographer because I worked in science and grew up near the coast.
    So here are my unqualified suggestions

    Small Black Tables: I noticed the small black accent tables you have in front of the sofa and chairs. These tables if you agree could be stripped and stained to match the wood of the legs of your chairs and sofa.

    Cushions or throw pillows: added to your space that bring out the piping of your sofa.

    Loves Art: I love that you use your loves art I too use my husbands. I would suggest adding some of your childrens art as well.

    Walls: can be stained a lighter rustic stain like that of driftwood to remind you of the coast but if you would love to keep them I would suggest adding a custom mirror behind your chair where your desk resides to catch the light, something elegant. Adding sparkle by the touch of mirrors beautifully done can catch the light you crave in this room. If you are completely and totally in love with the color of the wood walls. I would suggest (just suggest) keeping your ceiling that color or just leaving one wall that color as an accent wall.

    Main Focal Point:
    Find a spot in the room you want the main focus to be. I would suggest the window area as it is a beautiful view all by itself. So with that being said, do you spend more time at your desk or do you spend more time on your sofa with a laptop? If you spend more time on your sofa I would suggest making the beautiful windows the backdrop to your desk that way you still get that view.

    Lighting: google some lighting based on material and what type you would like. I find that pinterest limits my search field. Maybe Adding some crystal lighting on the desk and around may add touches of elegance to the rustic walls and old world desk adding light throughout that is simplistic or elegant or even some light wood with dark metal accent lighting would be fun to tie in those chairs and sofa. I love natural light over artificial because natural is calming. I would do my best to find ways to catch light or lighten the stain of the wood. Adding some wall lighting (not sure if your wiring is set up for sconces but that would be nice too.

    Sofa and chairs:
    These set the tone for the print in your office you could work around these.

    Desk: I love your desk and would not get rid of that treasure.

    Adding warmth:
    Definitly a fire place
    Lighting is a must.
    Layered rugs that are solid or monochrome to not take from the furniture prints.
    Throws and throw pillows
    A wood ladder with throws or a place for throws a bin with wood branches by the fire as well like birch wood. Great to tie in the black accents

    Memories: You could also add in some large photos of your family on the ranch or some of your favorite places with them. And some items from those places like a horse shoe or other items you picked up along the way. Adding personal touches brings happy. I noticed I am more happy in my space when I look at my husband and childrens art and photos elegantly placed throughout my workspace. The way you have your husbands art looks great if the backdrop behind them could be lighter in some way.

    Daily Encouragement: I would also suggest your favorite sayings or scriptures. Encouragement is the driving force of a tired mama and having favorite sayings up remind us we can, we have and we will! I am so happy for you and wish you the best with your decorating venture, above all else just take the time to enjoy every moment of it and only do what you truly love because this is you and when you dress a room you are telling a story, your story not mine or anyone elses just yours and that is the most beautiful piece of design and art we can put in our homes is our own story. From one mama to another,
    If it makes you smile and lifts your heart when you see it then it is worth it, if its just eh..then it does not belong. 🙂 have fun!!
    blessings to you and yours
    -April of California

    January 19, 2018 at 12:51 am Reply
  • Bonnie MacRae

    I love you at home and in the movies. Please be more aware that paper books and candle wax burn. You have that on top of your space heater. Fire hazard also is the throw hanging in front of the heater. You need at least 18 inches or more of clear space around a heater.
    Decorating…You brighten that room!

    January 20, 2018 at 4:14 am Reply
  • Rachel Walchonski

    Hi Katherine,

    I think that your office space has great potential! It’s already a space that is decorated in a beautiful, and unique way.

    When using woods, it’s important to incorporate warmer accents throughout the space. Therefore, I would start by introducing beiges to your space. You mentioned in your video that you weren’t extremely interested in adding a lot of color. By sticking with beige, you’re adding lighter tones but still straying away from warmer, bright pops of color. Beiges that lean more towards a yellowish/light brown tint in particular would lighten up your space quickly. Incorporate different decorating ideas such as beige throw blankets to your couches and chairs- also introducing some beige throw pillows to add onto the collection you already have on your furniture. They can be extremely simple, and don’t need to have pattern on them. Instead, try to find pillows or blankets that look “furry”. This adds texture without using pattern, therefore it won’t take away from the pattern of your existing furniture.

    I know that keeping your existing furniture was important to you, however I would consider changing your desk to a lighter brown color. You could even go as far as re-staining the desk you have now to a lighter tone brown- I know this is a lot of work but you’re definitely up for the challenge!

    Something that makes your space so unique is the eclecticism that your ranch home brings to the table. Incorporating accent pieces that stick to the roots of the room is essential. Starting with your desk area, adding little candle accent pieces to the wall behind your desk. Little wall sconces that are either powered by electricity or candle would be beautiful (I would lean more towards candles). It will add warm light into your space, and it’ll be nice and cozy especially at nighttime when the window area is dark.

    Adding an area rug to the area where the two chairs and couch sit with each other. This would be parallel to your desk. By adding an area rug in that general area, it would make that seating feel more intimate. I would choose a rectangular carpet, it could play off the roundness of the room in a way that adds different dimension. Choosing a carpet that has a slight fringe on the edge could add to the ranch style.

    For the window section, I would recommend putting curtains up, even if you’re not interesting in closing them. This adds more dimension as well as an opportunity to introduce more hardware into your space. I would chose maybe a khaki curtain with some dark brown accents in it. The hardware for the curtains could be dark gold, maybe slightly rustic looking.

    As for your husbands artwork pieces, I could considering changing the frame to something that could potentially the match hardware for your curtains. Therefore, a rustic gold that looks slightly scratched or etched would be stunning.

    Definitely adding plants into your space would be a GREAT idea. You could put floor plants in pots that match the frames and curtain rods. Sticking with the rustic gold look will compliment the design of a ranch home very well. I would consider adding these in the corner that doesn’t have much furniture, as well as by the windows and your seating area.

    For the wall that’s bear, the one to the left of your desk area, I think you should considering putting wall shelves there, and staggering them in a way that creates movement on your wall. You can decorate it with antique books as well as smaller plants with little pots. Finding cute decor is super easy, especially on websites such as pottery barn and anthropology.

    January 24, 2018 at 7:57 pm Reply
  • Angela

    The space definitely needs a rug or two. I would also add some plants and maybe a tree. I think you could add some color with some trrow pillows, maybe a nice chunky throw, and some soft sheer curtains. Add some personal,items like family photos, a favorite piece of art, a sculpture that you,love, a quote that speaks to you. Add some texture and natural,touch with baskets. They can,hold all sorts of things. Definitely change the lighting and have a good one on your desk. Use things for a different use than intended, such as a mug you Love for pencils. Or, a pretty dish to hold post-its or candy, or paper clips. Surround yourself with items you Love to,make the space feel warm, happy, and a place you want to be filled with memories. A bookcase that is not your standard shelves would be great. Maybe a something with different cubbies or different spaces openings that could be used for photos, objects, and personal items as well as books. Add candles, a diffuser, or simnerpot. Smells can relax or evoke so many memories. That’s it for now. You had great suggestions. Can’t wait to see the finished space.

    January 26, 2018 at 7:18 am Reply
  • Linda Kirste

    Hi Katherine 🙂

    I just realized that my really long comment frome some weeks ago did not show up …
    so here we go again

    1. I would add some rugs, maybe under each seating area. woven linnen, cream or light grey would be nice, nothing fluffy so that the dirt does not get stuck
    2. Some plants would be nice, some that dont need that much light. maybe some on the desk, growing downwards.
    3. to make the roome seem bigger i would ad one (or three, as the wall seems devided in three parts) miror behind the desk.
    4. some airy maybe semi transparent curtains would be great. maybe only on the very left and very right side to not cover the tv ensemble
    5. I would reframe the drawings with simple white or cream or light grey frames to lighten up that area and give more attention to the drawings.
    6. i would add big picture on the wall at the right of the desk. in my first attempt to comment this post i said some birch trees (the look really cool and light on pictures) but know i think maybe one of your snowy pictures? like the one in the yellow dress or one of those with your family.
    7. add some more pillows, different shades of beige, light grey etc, different textures (go for fluffy if you can, they add so much more comfort) and sizes.
    8. I like your furniture and the sofa and chairs, just add a bit more pepp. i would like the combination of your dark wooden walls with a lot of white.
    The only piece of furniture I would like to exchange though would be the desk. its quite huge and heavy, so why dont go for a more simple one, maybe also in white or plain would with a see through white paint?

    Greetings from Germany and lots of fun with all the decorating,
    Linda xx

    January 26, 2018 at 6:54 pm Reply
  • Larisa Petcoff

    Hi Katie! I hope I’m not too late! I know you have a grey couch now. Much better! I’m sending my ideas via Twitter because I can’t post pictures here or anywhere else…

    I mentioned on Facebook that you inspired me to launch my online woodworking business (soon!) and that you were also the reason why I learned about Pinterest many years ago!

    My dad’s an Architect so I’ve been learning A LOT for the past 41 years haha. I KNOW WHAT YOU NEED! I’m sending you VERY creative and unique ideas for your office.

    See you on Twitter! Hugs!

    January 28, 2018 at 1:07 pm Reply
  • Larisa Petcoff

    Hi Katie! This is Larisa from Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina. I posted my comment here a few days ago but it didn’t go through. I won’t give up, though! I hope you read this before you “Suit up” haha. Congrats, by the way!

    I worked really hard to give you the office of your dreams! I know what your soul is craving for! 🙂 Check your Twitter account, please. On January 28th, I sent you 6 messages with photos -named “OFFICE – PARTS 1 TO 6”. Look for my (ranch office video) screenshots with my AWESOME notes on them!! 🙂

    As I mentioned on Facebook, you are my Muse! ♥ You inspired me to follow my dreams so, for the past year and a half, I’ve been working really hard to launch my online woodworking business from home and LIVE THE DREAM! Right now, I’m developing my Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

    You gave me your ♥ on FB when I wrote to you, on your birthday post (you were having dinner with your mom and sister) and that made me love you even more! And yes, I screamed haha.

    You’re the sweetest, most honest and real celeb out there (apart from our friend, Sandra Bullock of course haha). I’ve been following you since “My father, the hero”!! I’m 41 now. 🙂 I’m so proud of you and everything you’ve accomplished so far.

    Many hugs!
    Lari

    February 1, 2018 at 7:05 pm Reply
  • Larisa Petcoff

    Come on, message… POST! POST!

    Hi Katie! This is Larisa from Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina. I posted my comment here a few days ago but it didn’t go through. I won’t give up, though! I hope you read this before you “Suit up” haha. Congrats, by the way!

    I worked really hard to give you the office of your dreams! I know what your soul is craving for! 🙂 Check your Twitter account, please. On January 28th, I sent you 6 messages with photos -named “OFFICE – PARTS 1 TO 6”. Look for my (ranch office video) screenshots with my AWESOME notes on them!! 🙂

    As I mentioned on Facebook, you are my Muse! ♥ You inspired me to follow my dreams so, for the past year and a half, I’ve been working really hard to launch my online woodworking business from home and LIVE THE DREAM! Right now, I’m developing my Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

    You gave me your ♥ on FB when I wrote to you, on your birthday post (you were having dinner with your mom and sister) and that made me love you even more! And yes, I screamed haha.

    You’re the sweetest, most honest and real celeb out there (apart from our friend, Sandra Bullock of course haha). I’ve been following you since “My father, the hero”!! I’m 41 now. 🙂 I’m so proud of you and everything you’ve accomplished so far.

    Many hugs!
    Lari

    February 1, 2018 at 7:12 pm Reply
  • Margaret Brueckner

    Hey! love your blog! I think: add cream lace curtain panels to add a romantic feminine touch. Maybe a lace doily or small tablecloth on the small round table. A large round sisal rug that would join the sitting space with your desk. Perhaps edged in a cloth band of color. Use light colored frames that are textured like lace…paint the ones that are around your husband’s art work. Add soft cream silk fabric feminine lamp shades. Frame all future artwork in lace looking frames. Hang the art floor to ceiling. Hubby art work needs to go vertical not horizontal. Start there. Thanks, Mrs. B.

    February 3, 2018 at 11:11 pm Reply
  • Kyla

    Hi Katherine!

    I know this reply is probably late and you have already started decorating but hey. I just stumbled upon your blog. Really fun and inspiring. Thanks for the warmth you share. Anyway I have to agree the room is dark but full of potential. I would definitely hand light curtains and some mirrors to reflect light. Maybe you could do a panelled pin board behind your desk? Since it is an office and creative space. Lighter throws and scattered cushions. Lighter frames on your hubby’s art. And plants defo! What about just painting the ceiling in a lighter shade? You would be surprised what a difference that could make. Remember colour is just refracted light. So the more whiter shades you put in the more light will naturally refract. And yes definitely a bigger fire place…I mean it’s Utah! I think you could think of getting whiter furniture ie instead of wooden coffee tables etc. You could even get someone to paint any bits of dark wood on some of your existing furniture. I know some ppl think it is heracy to paint wood but we do it all the time! Best of luck. X

    February 13, 2018 at 6:53 am Reply
  • Alice Lane Interiors

    Katherine,

    Your home is beautiful! We’re wishing we saw this sooner! Alice Lane would love to help in anyway to make this your dream space. We are based in Salt Lake City, Utah so location couldn’t be any better. Our team is currently designing Rachel Parcell’s new home, we saw your BBG post inspired by her, which was amazing by the way! Please let us know if you’re interested!

    Here’s our contact info
    https://www.alicelanehome.com
    801-359-4482
    designrequests@alicelanehome.com

    February 19, 2018 at 9:38 pm Reply
  • Stacie Graves

    Hi Katherine!

    (You and hubby are darling BTW!) Your space is so dynamic! It honestly wouldn’t take much to tie up all the details and help you with your too-dark issue! With the shape of the space, a couple of rugs could definitely be layered together. I’d go with materials that are durable and easy to clean! Wool is a great choice! A hide rug would be great as well!! Big, bright & fresh art can go a long way, as well as great lighting. (Something grand overhead?) As far as cords go, it’s nothing a good millworker couldn’t get you through with some proper direction. 😉

    We’d love to come out and do a consultation with you! We’d be happy to talk over some solutions and put together a plan of action!!! We have loads of resources for everything from rugs to lighting, art, pillows, millworkers, etc.

    Call/text/email any time!

    Best,
    Stacie

    Stacie Graves
    EDIT design HOUSE
    801-391-0695
    stacie@editdesignhouse.com
    http://www.editdesignhouse.com
    Insta: @editdesignhouse

    February 21, 2018 at 5:27 am Reply
  • Stacie Graves

    We’d love to come out and do a consultation with you! We’d be happy to talk over some solutions and put together a plan of action!!! We have loads of resources for everything from rugs to lighting, art, pillows, millworkers, etc.

    Call/text/email any time!

    Best,
    Stacie

    Stacie Graves
    EDIT design HOUSE
    801-391-0695
    stacie@editdesignhouse.com
    http://www.editdesignhouse.com
    Insta: @editdesignhouse

    February 21, 2018 at 5:45 am Reply
  • Thamiris

    Katie, I’m your fan, completely in love with you! I have a fan page and was wondering if I can post your blog posts on it. You are an incredible human being! I love you.

    April 27, 2018 at 6:42 pm Reply
    • Thamiris

      *I want to know if I can publish your blog posts on my page. Sorry English, I’m Brazilian. Brazil loves you

      April 27, 2018 at 6:46 pm Reply
  • Luis Othon Villegas

    Hi Katherine, I just bump into your vimeo video and love the idea for your perfect office. For me is as simple as listening to your heart and your own story, personal story, about you, your feelings, your collections, your world. Everything you are must be written in your design. Not literally, but with objects you love, that talk about path in life, what inspire you and makes you be a better human being. For me is about the senses, feelings and accomplishments, what moves you in life. I’ll be glad to suggest.

    July 19, 2018 at 10:13 pm Reply
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