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Blonde Designs is an inspirational blog focused on invitations, parties, and good design. We are Angie Gubler and Kristin Rees, best friends, graphic designers and moms.
We are both former art directors at Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, respectively. 
We own Blonde Designs, an invitation and stationery company.

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decorating an office space

I apologize for my lack of posts lately. In addition to my work for Blonde Designs, designing for Shutterfly and attempting to be a stellar mother of 3, I have also taken on the role of interior designer.

My husband and his friend just opened a new law office – CooperCoons Attorneys at Law, specializing in estate planning and intellectual property. Charles and Jeremy are total pros at what they do but their office space was a bit lacking – essentially, an ugly space that needed a major overhaul. However, they were opening on a shoe string budget and needed to keep costs down as much as possible. That's where I came in.

I wanted the office space to feel warm and inviting and a bit masculine. The first order of business was to rip out the ugly office carpet and replace it with a wood laminate (I would have loved to use real wood but that wasn't exactly in the budget!). I then painted the entire office a warm gray similar to this in "gravel."

For seating, I found a great source for relatively inexpensive couches and decided on the streamlined "Lorena" sofa. I spruced it up with an assortment of throw pillows from West Elm. We needed a place for reading material but a full-scale coffee table was not going to work as there was not much space between the receptionist desk and the couch. Hence, I found this square table at Target which is functional but doesn't preclude the walkway. The rug is from West Elm.

For artwork, Charles and I took a trip to the Pasadena Flea Market and picked up an assortment of architectural prints. Standard-sized black frames completed the transformation into chic wall hangings.

The conference room is my favorite space. I found the table here and the classic Eames aluminum management chairs (my favorites!) were kindly loaned to us by a friend. All the plants (which look real but are not) were found here. All in all, I am quite pleased with the results and Charles loves his new space and, more importantly, he loves working for himself which makes me a very happy wife indeed!

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Congrats to your husband! His new office looks awesome! I love how you made it a bit masculine. It looks really professional!

07.7 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Great job Angie...but I wouldn't expect anything less with your amazing talents. Love the floor color.


07.7 | Unregistered CommenterAli

gorgeous!! i love the yellow flowers.
you certainly have a knack!

07.7 | Unregistered Commentermarla

This office redo is terrific. You made it classy and understated. Congrats!

Hey Kristin!!! You definately have the eye, your husband's office looks sophisticated and sleek! Nice work. Just wanted to give you a shout out... just ordered some of your birthday invites from Shutterfly... the blue/gray car & track one! Love your work! Let's catch up sometime! It's been too long! Have you had your hand writing turned into a font yet? Just for kicks... do you remember what Zuckaritas are? ; )
~Erin (Taylor) Guenter (your one-legged friend)

Wonderful post... Very informational and educational as usual!-Lanvin Pumps less

You did a beautiful job! The office is amazing! I love both of those lawyers too!!!!!!!!!!!

07.25 | Unregistered Commenterdevra

I love the style and designed of this office.. simple yet contemporary..

The key to decorating an office space is not by ambiance and elements alone. We also need to consider carefully in choosing the functional office furniture that will match the theme.

09.26 | Unregistered CommenterVahn

His new office looks awesome! I love how you made it a bit masculine. It looks really professional!

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10.27 | Unregistered CommenterErica

I like how the office is being arranged and designed. Looks very professional.


I like how this office was arranged and organized. Seems like its a stress free place because of the calm color of the wall and the luminous lighting.

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