I am so excited to share the office makeover that we did for our friend Allison at her new shop,
She told me that her dream office would be themed “’70s Barbie” and I knew it was going to be fun!!!!!
Here’s how it looked before we began …
The before was pretty crazy. The first time I walked through it, it was a dressing room from a shop that was previously renting the building. It’s basically a large closet—concrete floors, patched together walls with a LOT of pipes, and very, very sad lighting. We got right to work designing and had so much fun DIY-ing a ’70s Barbie-themed office for Allison.
I love love love what she did with the door (and this view) because you can see all the patterns at once!
First, let’s talk about the wallpaper. I LOVE this wallpaper and it has been on my “wallpaper bucket list” (huh, that’s not a thing?) for a few years. It’s incredible! It’s made by
It has a gold finish and is just so pleasing to my eyeballs.
Adding the shoe shelves was a last minute idea—a little extra personality piece for Allison. I mean, you can’t have a ’70s Barbie office without a shoe shelf, can you?
And, one of my favorite details is this pink lucite marker board (it will be a DIY soon—Laura made it!). It was Allison’s biggest ask. She really wanted a giant marker board. I love how it’s beautiful AND functional (and PINK!).
This floor was maybe the most time consuming DIY we have ever done in the history of ABM, but look how magical it is!
We were originally looking at pink ceramic tiles for the space, but when the budget wouldn’t allow, so we decided to do a DIY painted floor instead. It’s SOOOOO pretty! I am really excited about how it turned out. (and yes, we’ll share the DIY in a post here soon!)
For the rug, we used one from Allison’s shop,
The desk was a super basic desk we picked up at Target that we DIYed the hell out of (paint, new hardware, etc.) until it felt mid-century glam!
Here’s a link to the
I had so much fun working on this project! I’m so happy for Allison and her new shop. If you ever come to Nashville, you’ll have to visit!
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments. xx – Elsie