We’re continuing to plow ahead with progress on the new house — I can’t believe how far it’s come just in the past few days! My mom, brother, and I have been putting in long days this week and so far we’ve painted the trim in the nursery, the trim in the study, and started painting the trim and walls in the dining room. Upstairs we have a contractor working on reconfiguring the master bedroom and closet and I’m thinking we may hire a painter to help with just the stairwell and foyer where removing the wallpaper resulted in a lot of chipped plaster. I know that all our current house projects will take a major backseat after our baby boy arrives in less than eight weeks so we’ve got the pedal to the metal in the mean time!

It’s too soon for me to wrap my head around much decorating besides our plans for the nursery, but I’ve been batting around ideas with Will and my mom and keeping a running list of thoughts like “grasscloth wallpaper in study?” and “quatrefoil mirror above fireplace?” I’ve been browsing my go-to home retailers at night and bookmarking a bunch of things I love, but since it will be a while until I’m ready to pull the trigger on most of them, I thought I’d share a few new favorites here! We did order this desk for the study (to replace the oversized dining tables we were using in our last home office) and I can’t wait to get properly organized thanks to the built-in drawers and file cabinets. Also I stumbled upon this pink grasscloth wallpaper and I think my face looked like this emoji: 😍. I’ve never seen anything like it! Do you think it could look sophisticated enough in our grown-up home or will it look like it belongs in a teenage girl’s room no matter where I find a home for it? And any thoughts on what to do with the walls in our study? It will be a more masculine space with the leather chesterfield sofa we bought for Will’s apartment in New York five years ago and I can see us going in any number of directions: navy grasscloth wallpaper (or maybe a dusty blue?), hunter green paint, keeping it white and bright… I always love hearing your two cents!

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  1. I love the pink grass cloth wallpaper and no, it won’t look like a teenage girls room. It is grass cloth and will look classy and sophisticated. Besides, you will be outnumbered soon and deserve your own girly space!! When Will sees you go through child labor, he will say yes to anything you want!! 🤣

  2. I have the corner version of that desk in gray. It’s really sturdy with great workspace. I love the drawers and how easy it is to set up for file storage!

  3. That pink Ralph wallpaper? To Die!! Gorgeous. Imagine with a Middlebury Brown ( a favorite of Alexa Hampton), or an Essex Green accent or Any navy. What a great pivot color. Whit wicker or high gloss lacquer. Brass as its “jewelry”. Regency mahogany pieces. Love it – just so energizing.

  4. My two cents (as a interior designer maybe the advice is worth 3 cents? haha)

    I think you should do a navy grasscloth in the office .. RL has one that’s so pretty (get it through Kravet, it’s going to be so much less expensive than going retail) RL also has a couple of dusty blues… Phillip Jeffries (Harsey and Harsey showrooms carry PJ) makes BEAUTIFUL grasscloths.

    I think that gorgeous RL pink should go in the powder bath! I don’t really recommend putting a natural woven paper where there is a tub or shower…. its hard to wipe off dew and moisture will ruin that expensive paper in no time!

    Love the desk!

    So exciting to see this remodel – I have been following you since like 2010 when I started design school!

  5. I have that desk! I bought it when I started grad school close to 15 years ago (yikes) and it has help up really well! I will say when I moved I was told my the movers that it was not the best quality and that they were therefore not responsible for any damage done to it, but I am not sure if that was just them being overly cautious (it survived the move in perfect shape).

    The wallpaper might look good in small doses- on a bookshelf, above beadboard, or in a powder room?

  6. Gorgeous pics! I can’t recommend spending some days at antique malls and stores too. Great for both inspiration and pieces you can mix into the house. My husband and I bought a house built in 1908 about 2 years ago, and we’ve really tried to honor the history with antiques where we can. Also, we have just had a lot of fun sifting through things together – makes for a fun Saturday date.

  7. Hm, that might be a little too pink! How about adding in some warm colors? They work so well in older homes and it sounds like you might be trending in that direction for the study. An Oriental rug or a deep red chair can work wonders.

  8. PS-I have a secret Pinterest board called “Real Life House” and the same light blue couch is on it 🙂

    1. That sofa has been on my “to buy” list for awhile too. It’s just hard to pull the trigger without seeing it in person or sitting on it first!

  9. Eeeee this is so fun!!! That pink grasscloth is so cool!!! Maybe as a backing to shelves in the master closet or in a powder room? I think if you temper it with wood and silver tones and maybe black as opposed to navy, white and gold, it will read more sophisticated. Think Hollywood regency and less pink and preppy :). Kelly Wearstler would be good inspo!

    For the study, I love the idea of dark navy or green paint (maybe a little Polo Bar or Rachel Parcell’s library as inspo?)

  10. That blue velvet sofa is giving me all the 😍. Also, my vote is to go darker on the walls in the study! It will play nicely with the leather sofa.

  11. I personally love the pink RL wallpaper and think it could be a fun pop in a guest bedroom, or a bath! I’m really loving hunter green with leather right now- I think that look with bright white trim would be a classic take on the study. Have fun decorating! I can’t wait to see room by room what you decide on.