After Photos Of Our Newly Designed Study

Finally, photos of our newly redesigned study!  If you’ve been checking in lately, you’ll know that for several months we’ve been redesigning and redecorating our old, very brown, family study.  And today, the finished room, choc-a-bloc with pretty photos is here! I’m in love with the new room, and would love to hear what you think.

mid-century modern study redesign

The old study was, well, a study in brown.


But seriously, so. much. brown.  Which is my least favorite color, but just kind of the way it all worked out with the inexpensive + free furniture we inherited. It was so much fun to start from scratch to redesign the study in light colors and brighter walls.

study redesign

I’ve decided grey is the only wall color I’ll ever need.  I mean, don’t tell my laundry room, or my family room, but grey is such a great neutral color to decorate around.  It makes choosing furniture and decor so much easier, and creates such a mellow, bright background for any room.


organizing books by color

It’s hard to pick my favorite piece in the study, but I’m super in love with the sectional tufted sofa, and I’m crazy about the bookshelf my husband designed and built from scratch.  It has a mid-century vibe without being overwhelming, and the gold frame complements the light fixture and floor lamp perfectly.

mid-century modern bookcase bookshelf styling

My next favorite thing is the rug.  It’s so big (11′ x 14′) and gorgeous and almost completely covers up the brown carpet.  It gives such a great color to the room without being overwhelming, and the Ikat design is out of this world.

mid-century modern design

And should we take this time  to talk about the light fixture?  I found it on clearance at West Elm and am totally obsessed with it.  It’s the perfect amount of light for a naturally well lit room like the study; the tiny light bulbs create a slightly romantic, patio-in-the-summer feel. So lovely.

mid-century modern end table

I’m also crazy about the desk chair I found at Joss & Main.  It looks like it was designed for the mid-century modern desk we bought at a yard sale about a decade ago, and slides perfectly under the desk all fancy-like.

mid-century modern desk study redesign modern study design artwork

We intentionally kept the walls mostly bare of decoration because we wanted to lighten up the entire room.  I framed a handful of pieces I’ve had sitting in my basement for years, including one of my favorite pieces of art of all time, Brian Kershisnik‘s Nativity and a stunning piece (top left above ‘Nativity’) from my friend Erin Cooper.

geometric pillows

The pink + yellow geometric print pillows are West Elm (clearance!) and the blue printed pillows are from Amazon.  The floor lamp is Target.

modern study photos

Everything else: the sofa, rug, desk chair, armchair, gold urchin and geometric vase bookshelf decor, and end table are all from my partnership with Joss & Main.

I seriously love the way it all came together; the photos don’t even do it justice.

What do you think?

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

1 Comment

  1. Jen :

    Love it! Our living room is gray, too. I love decorating with gray walls!