7th House on the Left

Today’s Reader Reno comes from our favorite Richmond wedding photographer, Katelyn James.  After two years of running her photography business from her college dorm room, she was due for her very own, personalized office. She and her husband are working to make their house a home, and part of that process was making her dream office a reality. Katelyn set out to create an office space that was not only inspiring but also mirrored her business brand. And she did just that!

Here are some details about Katelyn’s style and choices, in her own words:

My office has become my new “paradise”! This is easy to do when you’re decorating a room with your FAVORITE colors and themes. My studio is branded with a shabby/chic look that incorporates teal and vintage frames so of course my office space needed to mirror that look! My husband and I bought a 1980’s Cape Cod in the west end of Richmond and we have been giving it a makeover since the day we moved in!

Here is what the room looked like before…

And here is the grand after…

During our honeymoon, we had the house painted (Best idea ever!). When we returned the trim was all painted white and my office walls were Waterscape by Sherwin Williams. I was in love! It’s such a perfect shade of light teal. My furniture was collected from several different stores. My ivory and chocolate settee was ordered from Target online! It really ties the room together and for only $560, it was a steal! The mirrored side table and storage shelf that holds my camera gear is also from Target.  The dresser at the end of the room is from the Hemnes collection at IKEA and I couldn’t live without it. My desk is my splurge. I went to Pottery Barn for this purchase and it ended up fitting perfectly! My teal chairs are from Marshalls and all the lamps and vases are from my dream store… Homegoods!!! The accessories in the room are leftover from our wedding in October and I’m so thankful that I am able to reuse it.  All of the frames are from thrift stores and probable cost me an average of $1 a piece! Last but not least… the white, distressed entry table is from Pier One and my chandelier was only $39 from IKEA.

This girl didn’t not shop on a budget… HOWEVER… I had a really good sense of what I wanted and so I was patient and waited for all of the right pieces to fall into place. I’m loving the finished product and I hope you do too!!

We absolutely do love it! I’m loving the feminine, shabby chic vibe — it mirrors Katelyn’s brand perfectly while still being personal and warm (just like Katelyn!). If you’re looking for a new blog to add to your RSS reader, be sure to check out Katelyn’s photography blog here.

Do you have a home project that you would like to see featured on 7HL? How about stories and tips about entertaining, interior design and cool DYI projects? Well, we’re always looking for cool stuff to show our readers! When sending us your submission, include up to eight photos along with a brief description and important details (the name you want to be known as in the article, paint colors, materials, budget, etc.).

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All photos courtesy of Katelyn James Photography.


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The race to get the guest room finished in time for my grandparent’s visit in March is still underway. You may remember us talking about trying to decide between a comfy chair or a desk. After much going back and forth, some virtual window shopping, and taking in your thoughts and suggestions, we finally decided. We’re going with… drumroll please… a comfy chair!

Now we’ve made our decision, the next step is to pick out a chair. Over the past week or so, we’ve been scouring local antique and thrift stores for a classic piece that needed a little bit of TLC and modernization. Well, no luck. Whatsoever. We couldn’t find anything that was even close to what we really wanted. That, along with the fact we are on a relatively tight deadline, brought us to the decision to look for something “off the shelf” so to speak. Plus, we haven’t necessarily reupholstered anything before, and now is probably not the best time to try it out for the first time. We’re pretty anxious to get out the fabric swatches and staple gun, though. I’m sure we’ll find something to experiment with down the road. Moving on…

Last night, we took the plunge and ordered this chair from Overstock.com. We love how it’s modern, but still has that classic/Martha Stewart thing going on…

Isn’t she pretty? For the style, material (it’s leather) and good customer ratings, the $314.99 price tag isn’t all that bad. And you can’t beat $2.95 shipping (holla!). With the help of a promo code, we were able to snatch up the chair for $302.94, including shipping. Hey, every penny counts, right? Ordinarily, we wouldn’t buy a chair without having sat in it first, but seeing the good reviews and knowing Overstock’s awesome customer service helped us purchase this chair with no worries.

Now that we have that marked off our list, it’s time to focus on the rest of the room. Here’s what the shopping list looks like now (please excuse the awful handwriting. I was in a hurry!)…

Now if we actually find these things in time, we shall see. This is when my heart kind of skips a beat and has a total “oh my goodness moment”. So. Much. To. Do.


To check out the previous guest room updates, click here.

Spring is fast approaching and it’s going to be a pretty exciting time here at 7th House! Not only are we going to start on exterior projects around the house but we will be launching the 7th House Shop! This has been a dream of ours even long before 7th House came into fruition and we are beyond excited about sharing this with you (like, the cannot-sleep-thinking-about-it kind of excited!). To get the countdown started, we want to give you a little preview of what’s to come.

We’re not going to be creating art just for the sake of creating. We’ll be producing fresh, unique art that we would and will be using in our own home. Print sizes will range from 5×7 to 26×40 and prices will start as low as $10. Each print is professionally printed on high quality archival paper. You will also be able to choose from various sizes of stretched canvases for select designs. With every order, you will receive a fun guide with frame and display recommendations.

As if we weren’t excited enough, we are ecstatic to introduce our line of custom prints. Art staring YOU! Starting at $20, each print will be made-to-order with your requested information and colors. Any of these prints will make for a very unique wedding or anniversary gift! And we can’t forget the babies — we will also have a few options specifically for the new bundle of joy in your life.

It’s no secret that we love photography. In the 7th House shop, you will also be able to snag some of our very own original photography. Nature inspired, architecture, scenic and still life… it will all be there.

We hope you like the preview pieces and there is more to come within the next few weeks! Do you have a favorite among the previews? Is there something in particular you would like to see in the collection? Let us know in the comment section.