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How a Lonny Editor Crafted a Stylish WFH Space in Her Bedroom

JULY 7, 2021
Photo credit: Kelsey Ann Rose

As a writer and former editor at Lonny, one of our favorite online destinations for all things interiors, Shelby Wax had worked at every type of desk imaginable from traditional work environments to coffee shops.  It wasn’t until the pandemic hit, however, that she realized the importance of carving out a dedicated space to make working from home feel more intentional.  At first, Shelby set up at her dining room table but that made navigating meal time and communal space with her roommates tricky.

When Shelby moved into a larger apartment in Brooklyn this spring she was excited to create a dedicated space in order to write and edit.  Starting with a blank slate, Shelby knew she wanted to incorporate her WFH area into her new bedroom without it feeling like an afterthought.  The two areas needed to complement each other.

For a little guidance, Shelby worked with Decorist to help achieve her goal.  She filled out a questionnaire, measured her space and provided inspiration. She chatted with her designer online and shared ideas and goals.  The result?  A bright, airy, and stylish work from home space — and some great new bedding too — thanks to some incredible finds from Bed Bath & Beyond.

Want to see how it turned out? Check out Shelby’s new home office. 



Shelby’s new apartment has such incredible light so her Decorist designer wanted to keep the bedroom and work-from-home area bright and fresh.  Natural textures, a neutral palette and a few cozy textiles helped create a space that is both productive and relaxing.  It feels like a world away from the bustling streets of Brooklyn below. 



It was important to remember that, first and foremost, the space is Shelby’s bedroom which meant that her Decorist designer needed to create a comfortable space to promote rest and relaxation.  To start, bedding from Bed Bath & Beyond’s new Nestwell line laid a cozy foundation.  Clay-hued organic cotton sheets were then layered with a crisp white linen duvet cover, topped with a textured matelassé blanket.  The neutral linen headboard was the finishing touch on the natural, earthy combination.



Shelby’s favorite part of the design is the amazing temporary wallpaper.  It adds so much personality to the space without being overwhelming.  The taupe hue brings warmth, while the geometric design adds fun texture and pattern.  The repeating pattern adds dimension and makes the ceilings feel higher, drawing the eye up. 

Temporary wallpaper is a great option to protect your walls with an easy peel-and-stick adhesive, making it a great choice for rentals.

It was important that Shelby have a dedicated area for her home office, even if it is right next to her bed.  Her Decorist designer opted for a neutral rug to define the area and a classic wooden desk to anchor the design.  A plush sheepskin rug thrown across the back of the wishbone chair instantly elevates the look.

Shelby’s own artwork was a perfect addition.  The terracotta tones echo the bedding and desk accessories, tying the space together and making the office feel complete. 




To inject some personality into the WFH space and elevate the simple, timeless desk and chair, Shelby’s Decorist designer added in a bit of greenery, touches of gold in the pen and scissors and an earthy vase filled with natural, zero-maintenance pampas grass.

Lighting was another crucial design element as the desk light also serves as Shelby’s beside lamp!  The rattan lamp mirrors the natural elements throughout the room, pulling in neutral texture.

The result?  A bedroom and work-from-home space that feels inspiring and intentional. 


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