A Smart Creative Makeover

The Before (I kept the dogs)
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You have heard me talk about finding “My Style” and how it translated in my personal work space, now I am giving you the first set of visuals.  Above are the before shots. How about that red plaid couch?! Initially my office had yellow walls, a color I had to choose quickly one afternoon (mistake.) While I was creating art for licensing, I had to cover the couch and even had very bland art on the walls, cream curtains. I couldn’t handle all the color. Then when I started doing video a room with no color was NOT going to work. I went out and picked out accessories that were  bright, bright, BRIGHT. The palette wasn’t me.  I even started wearing bright solids so they would show up better on camera and I never wore them anywhere else.  This (before) room did not feel right.  Again, it did not feel like ME.  I knew I couldn’t get rid of most of the furniture. Long story…the sleeper sofa came in through the window…

Anyway, What to do?  I began to apply the exercises from the Smart Creative Style Course . The next thing I did was to completely re-design my “desk set.”  Which actually meant I opted not to use a desk set at all. I now use crystal glasses for pencil holders, vintage martini glasses to catch the small stuff and in a moment of brilliance I decided to use a large mercury vase to stash my TV remotes! I nestled it all on to a pretty mirrored tray. That was my starting point. I added  vintage opera glasses that belonged to my grandmother,  a useful  jewelry catch all and a sparkly vintage giraffe to make me smile.

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There was a lot of drama and web input (which I appreciated!) about the right shade of pink which is not “pink” per se. It is Benjamin Moore’s Sunlit Coral. I found the gold dots through a DIY I saw on Pinterest and bought them from Walls Need Love.  I have a lot of left over confetti dots. I showed QUITE A BIT of restraint, thank you very much! I have collected quite a few vintage painted trays from garage sales and added them as a mix of “old” on the walls. I also wanted some black to ground the pink.

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What do you think? Are you brave enough to truly embrace your own styLe? Have you ever wondered what your style truly is? Next week I am giving a step by step look at how I finally found my personal  and creative style and how it is translating into  all areas of my life. I can’t wait to show you!

  • Heather Boissonneau

    I love it!!! What a gorgeous room! It really is you. I love the gold confetti, what a creative idea! I’m glad you kept the dogs to accessorize it ;-) So beautiful!

  • Heather Boissonneau

    I love it!!! What a gorgeous room! It really is you. I love the gold confetti, what a creative idea! I’m glad you kept the dogs to accessorize it ;-) So beautiful!

  • Laurie Nelson

    Very fun! Love the old with the new!

  • Meghan Irene

    Such a pretty, pretty room. Fresh out of Monica Lee’s diary of lovely things!! GREAT job! <3

  • http://artfullycarin.com/ Carin Cullen

    Excellent Monica! It’s so funny because the first time I saw you post a video from another room in your house, I realised the office (as was) didn’t reflect you, but being a slow decorator myself, who prefers to let my my home evolve over a long time, I didn’t think much of it…until you yourself mentioned it a while back. It’s so fun seeing this room really reflecting you now. And I love it!

    • http://www.smartcreativewomen.com/ Monica Lee

      Thank you for saying that Carin! You have a good eye since I have not done too many videos in other parts of my house!!

  • Agnieszka

    I can’t wait to see another post! It is not my style, but this room definitely has its own personality and that is awesome!