Reader Reno


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.).

Please email your submissions to [email protected]. By sending us your submission, you are giving us permission to post it on the blog unless otherwise stated in your email. Don’t worry, we won’t post your email address or any personal information unless you specifically ask us to do so.

All photos courtesy of Katelyn James Photography.

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    February 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    WOW! I love the wall color. And the entire room! It looks like a really fun room but a place where you can get a lot of work done too. Great job, Katelyn!

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    Tyra Noel
    February 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I am in LOVE with all of the seating choices! They go together perfectly without being too “matchy”.

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    February 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Great space! Where did you find the curtains?

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    February 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Beautiful space!

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    February 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I love the desk chair! It looks just like the ones you have in your office, Ashley. Apparently, I need to get to Home Goods! Isn’t that where you got yours?

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      February 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      It is! Home Goods rocks our socks. 🙂

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    February 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I love the idea of the frames on the wall. Very nice touch.

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    February 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Beautiful room! I also feel that your choices for furniture placement are unique and work so well in your space. Love it!

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    February 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I love the addition of the frames too! And beautiful photography work, Katelyn!! Thanks for sharing, Ashley!

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    Sarah M
    February 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I have that exact settee and I adore it! Such a great price for the quality and design.

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    February 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Katelyn – I work for Mohawk Carpet and I am glad you chose to carpet your office. There is no mention that this is new carpet – is it? If not, it looks to be in very good condition.

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    February 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Beautiful office. I can certainly understand why it has become your “paradise”:)

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    February 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Swoon!!! Honestly, I’m drooling over here. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    February 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Your office looks peaceful, elegant and classy. Job well done! If you ever decide to change professions you could always be an interior designer.

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    February 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Love it all but especially the chairs form Marshalls.

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    February 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    What a haven! I am sure she will feel inspired in a light and bright space like that. I love all the white!!

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    February 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    This room is absolutely BEAUTIFUL, I’m totally in love with it!! Forget an office, I want it for my bedroom 🙂

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    March 1, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Wow what a beautiful way to transform a space! I love how the look was consistently carried out even in the smallest details. Good choice of colors too! Refreshing 🙂

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    March 1, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Oh My God! Are you kidding me? That is AMAZING!!! What a beautiful color! And the accents are lovely. I love it!

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    March 1, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Wow! What a transformation! Very inspiring. And I LOVE that chandy from IKEA. I’ve seen it before and totally want to incorporate it into my future house someday. 🙂

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    March 3, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Small world! I went to college with Katelyn and am not even surprised how fab this is. Thank you for posting, it’s so inspiring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Kim @ Life Analytical
    March 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    This room is gorgeous! I love love love all of the light teal color.

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