Monday, January 17, 2011

My Mom's Home Office.

I woke up this morning and thought, "Seriously Jen? 6 weeks since the last blog post? That's lame." No excuses here. I was just in a weird mood and didn't want to blog. My queue of projects to blog is pretty long, so happy 2011 everyone. Here we go...

Before the holiday I was working on Rachel's house. I was really hoping to have after pictures up before Christmas, but we ordered a few things that were backordered so as soon as those come in, I can take pics. Her place is alllllmost done. Can't wait to finish it up and show you guys.

In the meantime I went back to my parents' house in California for the holiday and worked on their house for a few weeks. Last year I showed you guys the exterior and kitchen, both of which we're super happy with. The house has been "done" for a year and the transformation still amazes me. I think when you put in 132.6% into a home improvement project, you never really tire of the finished product. Sometimes I sit in the living room and stare at the ceiling for quite some time and admire the crown moulding just bc i freakin' love it.

The entire house is furnished and functional, but I had to put some final touches on the rooms before I could release pics into the universe. My current favorite is my Mom's little home office. Unfortunately I don't have befores but it was pretty sad looking. Just take my word for it.  There was an ill-fitting glass table, the short end stump of a sectional sofa, a TV from the 80's, and a really ugly exposed storage area wallpapered in orange and brown tweed. I'm glad to say that ALL of that is long gone, and the room is looking mucho sexy. 

I was always a fan of the wide stripe we used on the Project Runway All Star Challenge, so I opted for the same paint treatment in my mom's office. The colors are Benjamin Moore Wet Concrete and Hazelwood. The gorgeous rug is from Williams Sonoma but has been discontinued. 

The cabinets are from IKEA. I spray painted them gray and embellished them with wood trim. More on how I pimped out those cabinets here. The desk is from Target. I found the chair on craigslist and sprayed it white. 

The sofa and ottoman is from Room and Board. The side table is from TJ Maxx. The pillows are from a home store in Taiwan. 

We finally put a door on that god awful storage nook. I put frosted window film on the glass to cover the clutter. The awesome shoe cabinet is from IKEA. It fills my heart with joy to see things fit that perfectly. The TV console is actually a buffet and is from Target. Again, perfect fit. <3 <3 <3 Oh and raisin colored french doors?!!

The pic on the left is me and ma with my grandmother. She's the real artist of the family. She made the shirt she's wearing as well as almost every article of clothing my mom and her 3 brothers wore in their youth. She's a self-taught everything and a wicked smart lady. 

THIS IS MY MOM! Isn't she fab? As you can see, she is WAY cooler than me. I definitely inherited her attention to detail and bargain shopping skills, but not her super skinny legs or keen fashion sense. I'm pretty sure every year she looks a little bit younger. Love ya, mama! 


  1. Aww! I miss your mom. She looks absolutely STUNNING! Great work Jen! Love you!

  2. Go on lady Chu!! Both of you! Love the room. It has your signature all over it!

  3. JEN!!! I WISH YOU WERE IN LA! My living room is a disaster and I need your help! ~Thea

  4. I love the colors and the details. The wall cabinets are beautiful. Your mom is gorgeous and so chic!

  5. The design of your mom's home office is totally commendable, it was totally glossy and the appeal is stunning, and I think that whoever might be able to work on that space, he/she will be having a blast on that comfortable environment.

  6. fantastic office design and very very beautiful office cum home.

    I appreciate you mom's creativitiy.

  7. I salute to your mom's designing point of view.

  8. So amazing - I remember that house when your family moved in 20 or so years ago! I always knew you'd do amazing things, and wow, just looking at your blog, you've got me stunned, girl!

  9. Wow, such a great and neat home office! If your mom's ever in need of some cool updates to it for work, have her check CoffeyBuzz out, it could really be helpful. :]

  10. What a gorgeous choice of theme you made here! The black and white theme is just sensational! Very versatile indeed!

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