My BCF (Best Cousin Forever) is currently grinding out a Master’s Degree in Social Work at USC. Her internship entails being a psychotherapist for HIV clients who are predominately Latino. She was assigned her own office and came to me to cheer it up. A small office with a small budget, I was up for the challenge. Making the office look even remotely cheerier is the least I could do for clients coming in who are already in a difficult situation.

Here’s the before, but after it was painted with the color I chose.

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Let’s add come color. Some life.

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IKEA acrylic desk chair, vintage lamp, Home Goods accessories.

Girl with the pearl earring art piece used to hang in my living room, but took it down after I replaced it with this piece. It now complements this 50s stile desk.

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Treating the Trauma of Rape – quite the polar opposite of all the design books filled with pretty I’m used to.

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This horse watercolor painting was already in the office. I love it and the matting ties in perfectly with the black baseboard.

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To save costs, I bought plain, white IKEA drapes and had my mom sew some inexpensive houndstooth fabric and trim from Joann’s. Thanks mom.

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Just a few minor changes can make a big impact.

Happy Monday!