Decorating & Furniture/Office


I have an office that is 10x10 with 9 ft ceilings.  The majority of one whole wall is an arched opening.  The room is an olive green color.  My husband would like the room to be "bombay in style".  But I am trying to work with some of the pieces that I have and have a limited budget.  What is currently in the room is a wooden desk tht has black iron legs and I sprayed the hardware black to match (it was this ugly gold color). I have a bookshelf that is bamboo edging and bamboo doors.  I have a credenza that I painted a high gloss black and the panels in doors I covered in bamboo.  I have this awesome zebra rug.  So far it is coming together fairly nice.  I am having a terrible time with curtain selection.  I am stuck. My husband wants some palm leaf print but cant find something that isn't too "beachy".  I need some HELP!  What would you suggest to pull everything together?

Hi Melissa,

Sounds great so far. I think just pulling in a graphic or textured fabric with green would be nice. The palm leaf print might be too literal. Do you have access to Pier One Imports? They would have a nice selection to match the style. Also, check JC Penney, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond for discount options.


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Susan Matthews


I'm here to help you create a luxe look by making the most of any room within any budget. I welcome questions about furniture placement, colors, style, accessories and more.


I am a guest host and lifestyle expert for QVC - the premier home shopping network. I'm trained in redesign which entails using what you already own to create a new look. I own Decorvention - a redesign company based in the Philadelphia area. My articles have been published in national and regional publications.

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