Inspiration File: Chic Office Makeover

Homepolish Stefan Stein - Anthroplogie chair with gallery wall

When Michele Marie PR co-founders Jill Cooper and Sara Andréasson were looking to revamp their Beverly Hills office space, they turned to Homepolish’s Stefani Stein to create a soft, sophisticated look mirroring the sensibility of their A-list clientele. Michele Marie PR is a full-service public relations agency specializing in editorial, celebrity and event driven press in the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle industries.

Jill and Sara wanted an office where they could comfortably meet with their team. To achieve this vision, Stefani used a light color palette and kept the scale of the furniture small to ensure there was enough room for everyone to move comfortably through the space. Here Stefani reveals her design techniques and shares ways to incorporate the same aesthetic in your own home. As an added bonus, you can find many of the furniture and textiles Stefani used at popular home decor stores like West Elm and Anthropologie.

Chic Beverly Hills Office Makeover

Photo credit: Amy Bartlam

Michele Marie PR co-founders

Homepolish designer Stefani Stein - Michele Marie PR Office

Selecting a palette with light colors helps make the space feel more open. I love to blend of a bit of old in with the new. The vintage Italian gilded table is the perfect complement to the blush tones and feminine lines of the furniture in this space. The end result is comfortably chic.

Homepolish Stefan Stein - Anthroplogie chair with gallery wall

The Velvet Tillie Armchair by Anthropologie adds just the right amount of color; a playful pop to brighten up the space. I paired the chair with an embroidered pillow from Aelfie, which provided just the right amount of Hermes orange, one of Jill and Sara’s favorite colors. Behind the chair is a gallery wall featuring thank you notes from Michele Marie PR’s fabulous and famous clients. Using the thank you notes—items they already had—made for a budget-friendly execution of a gallery wall.

Homepolish Stefani Stein - Couch and Pillows

Incorporating a mix of textures and patterns is always and important part of the design process.  Brunschwig & Fils’ pattern Les Touches is a classic that adds an elegant touch. Pairing it with a Turkish rag pillow provides subtle juxtaposition and keeps things current. The velvet Elton Settee from West Elm acts as a perfect, neutral backdrop.

Homepolish Stefan Stein - Sitting area with art

Jill and Sara just had a photo-shoot for their new dress line, SHIFTS. We blew up one of the stills from the shoot, and incorporated it into the space. Blush tones play an important role in this room, from the Linen Tillie Armchair available at Anthropologie to the Genevieve Gorder Muraco Rug by Lulu & Georgia.

Homepolish Stefani Stein - desk area

While the main goal was to make the office a functional and stylish meeting space, the addition of a small desk makes paperwork a bit more manageable. Wall mounted shelving can double as extra storage. Here we used it to feature more of their amazing accessory lines. A CB2 marble lamp completes the look.

Homepolish Stefani Stein - desk detail shot

This photo is perhaps my favorite detail shot. The cane details in the Threshold tray from Target subtly reinforce the mid-century elements that the co-founders love. In one of our first meetings we discussed strategies for infusing the space with a lady-like Mad Men vibe. A desktop tray is also a great opportunity for layering. Here we chose to showcase some of the many accessory lines that Michele Marie PR represents. My personal favorite is the Isharya cuff. A vintage Virginia Metalcrafters Ginko Leaf dish also holds a necklace by BaubleBar, but can just as easily keep paperclips or keys within reach.

Michele Marie PR office lobby

Homepolish Stefani Stein - Michele Marie PR office lobby

In the lobby, we opted to keep things more minimal. Because the office is also a showroom, the ability to feature clients’ lines, without competing with the aesthetics of the furnishings, was paramount. The steel tanker desk was a fantastic find. Here it is paired with the Assembly Home Plus Sign Printed Rug (available at Urban Outfitters) and a custom neon sign featuring the company logo.

Homepolish designer Stefani Stein - Michele Marie PR Office Library

Incorporating functional and chic accessories is a simple way to declutter and add style at the same time.  Michele Marie PR had a great collection of fashion books throughout their office, so we decided to consolidate them into a lobby library.

Homepolish Stefani Stein - Michele Marie PR office couch

A purse by the firm’s client, Cynthia Rowley, is the perfect compliment to Marco Lorenzetto’s Blu Confini. The Tribal Black fabric by Kufri Life, featured here on a custom pillow, is one of my absolute favorite textiles.


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Clarissa is a wife and stepmom embracing life in the Land of Enchantment. She works as a nonprofit communication specialist by day and blogger by night. Some of her favorite things are Dr. Pepper, green chile, baseball, country music, and her yellow lab.

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