Chinoiserie & Floral Home Office Refresh

Ginger jar bud vases with faux florals on a desk in an office space.

Happy New Year! Sorry for my brief hiatus- I wanted to take two weeks off to enjoy the holidays and sleep in and not worry about the blog for a bit. I’m back and feel super rejuvenated and pumped to get my messy home office in order as part of the New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge hosted by my friend Stephanie at Casa Watkins Living.

Back in November, my home office looked like this.

Home office with gold bookshelves, a white desk and fawn print curtains

THEN we got rid of our former velvet tufted sofa and bought our new chesterfield sofa, which I still need to blog about, and now the former sofa is in my office.

So here’s what I am working with as of this past weekend… let’s take this corner by corner. This sofa is taking up the wall that faces the window, so my plan for this challenge is to add some art above the sofa and reuse the sconces I used in last year’s NYNR refresh

Tufted Chloe sofa along a white wall.

These etageres are directly to the right of the sofa on the adjacent wall, and I feel like they could be better positioned flanking the windows of the office so that the space will feel more open.

Gold vittsjo etageres holding craft supplies in an office

And the worst part of all is the view right when you walk in the door. IT. IS. A. MESS. 

Home office with gold etageres and a white desk

And the fourth wall is the double closet doors.

With all that being said, here’s my new inspiration board for my office. The style I’m going for can be best described as chinoiserie & floral feminine glam.

Home office inspiration board.

Product Sources (Affiliate Links Below):

Bleached Sisal Rug with Black Border | White Sawhorse Desk (Similar) | Large Ginger Jar 

 Ginger Jar Bud Vases (Similar) | Black & Brass Table Lamp | Brass & Lucite Chandelier

Black & Chrome Rolling Chair | Floral Art Print | Gold Etagere (Similar) 

I ditched some of the blush elements I originally wanted in the space having been there and done that for my holiday decor. Still love the color, but am kinda over it at the moment. I cleared off my desk and add some faux florals to my ginger jar bud vases (which is the photo at the top of the post), and they seriously brighten up the space so much with a pop of color.

Also, I have a gorgeous floral art print from World Market that I scored at half off on Cyber Monday that needs a place in my home, so I’m taking most of my inspiration from this art piece. 

My DIY IKEA hack of my gold Vittsjo shelves will also remain in the space as will my current lucite and gold chandelier.

My goals for the NYNR Challenge are:

  • Organize my closet, my desk drawers and style/organize my Vittsjo shelves
  • Address the privacy concerns with my desk being right in front of a window by getting a light filtering roller shade
  • Get the room layout to be airy and functional
  • Make the sofa feel part of the room and decorate the space above/around it accordingly
  • Get better lighting for my desk and office in general
  • Hang up all the art I have leaning on the floor (and from my former home office)
  • Get curtain rings for my curtains so they lightly drape the floor
  • Procure a proper sized neutral sisal rug now that I have a sofa AND desk in here on opposite ends of the room
  • Find a comfy desk chair

All in five weeks. No pressure, right? <insert nervous laugh>

I do think it’s all manageable since I am not painting any walls or furniture pieces, I’m primarily working with what I got and making a few choice upgrades (lighting, rug, roller shade, desk chair). 

I began organizing my closet and shelves today once I got the new layout in place (which I’ll show you next week), and I already feel so much better. I’ve accomplished so much in 2018 already. 😉

My fellow blog friends are also tackling refreshing their spaces including bedrooms, kitchens and basements, so there’s plenty of inspiration to be found:

New Year New Room Challenge 2018

Casa Watkins Living // A Designer At Home // Seeking Lavender Lane // Domicile 37 // Iris Nacole Pocketful of Posies // Monica Wants It // Up To Date Interiors // This Is Our Bliss 

 Vintage Romance Style

Now, it’s your turn! Link up your own room progress below. We would love to see them!

* Please do not link up any posts not related to the New Year New Room Refresh Challenge. *

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Be back next Tuesday showcasing how I got my office organized, BUT I’ll be back tomorrow with the debut of the $100 Room Challenge for 2018. What room do you think I’m trying to makeover for only $100 bucks?



  1. Cassie Bustamante
    January 2, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    it already looks good so i can't wait to see how it improves!

    • Monica Benavidez
      January 4, 2018 / 7:31 pm

      You're so sweet, thanks Cassie! 🙂

  2. Domicile 37
    January 2, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    This is going to be good! I am so happy you chose to fix up your office! I have been waiting to see what you do with it ever since you moved in! BTW, I am loving the new art!

    • Monica Benavidez
      January 4, 2018 / 7:31 pm

      Isn't the art fabulous? It needs to be put on a fabulous accent wall. I am leaning towards going dark and moody for the accent wall.

    January 3, 2018 / 10:59 pm

    The darker elements in your mood board are really going to pull the space together. I love everything you're working with but I think that will make it WOW!

    • Monica Benavidez
      January 4, 2018 / 7:32 pm

      Thanks, friend! xo.

  4. UptoDateInteriors
    January 8, 2018 / 6:26 am

    That art print is stunning!! You have so many great pieces in your office, I can't wait to see how you rearrange it all and add in the new elements. It's all so pretty!

  5. This is our Bliss
    January 9, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    I LOVE the direction you're heading! Everything you do is always so chic and glam…you and I definitely share a love for pattern and black, white & gold! Can't wait to see your new pieces enter the space and you work your magic with what you already have 🙂