Jungalow Inspired Home Office

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Finally, revealing my Jungalow Inspired Home office!

ICYMI, E and I moved earlier this year. Over the last five years we lived in one bedroom, fully furnished apartments. This move was a major life transition one for us. Our new home is three times the size of anything we've ever lived in.  Aside from the extra space we didn't own anything. Like we didn't even have a fork to our name (let alone a bed, couch, or other essentials). To say creating an entire home from scratch has been overwhelming is an understatement. But I am THRILLED to share the first completed room with you all today: my Jungalow inspired office!

Couch (c/o) | Area Rug | Palm Print Pillows | Table Cloth Chair Cover  | Computer Monitor

This room was one of my top priorities to get done ASAP. When we moved in, I fully envisioned this as a mid-century modern dream! I thought pecan wood, whites, navy, and clean lines. Fast forward a month or so when I realized that my mid-century modern dreams were a no-go. You see, we did own two pieces of furniture going into this move: my desk and an entertainment center, both were driftwood(esque).

My desk was a Homegoods find a few years ago. It can work as a desk, fold up into a console table, or work as a dining room table! We intended to use my desk as a dining room table and the entertainment center in our living room. However, we quickly realized that the grey tones simply wouldn't match our open concept kitchen/dining room/family room area (our kitchen has rich pecan wood and brown marble counter tops that would not work with all the grey- but more on that in a future room reveal).

Knowing that these items were relinquished to my office, I had to get creative. Dead set against a coastal themed office, I took to Pinterest where I stumbled upon Jungalow.

Jungalow

[juhng-guh-loh] • noun:

Derived from Jungle and Bungalow. A hotel-like accommodation (usually around a forest/jungle) that is raised off the ground. Guests who have stayed in a Jungalow say it is like staying in a tree house.

Jungalow is a bohemian wanderer's dream. Full of greenery, pops of color, and earthiness, I was sold. I knew this was the theme to get my creative juices flowing and could incorporate the pieces I already had. Since it's all about bringing the outdoors in, I knew I needed to focus on my greens first.

I stumbled across this amazing banana leaf tapestry from Urban Outfitters, which a quick Google Image search later I discovered it for for a third of the price on Amazon.

Note: the one on Amazon is more of a screen print, not a traditional “tapestry” feel – I have no idea what the UO one is like. The Amazon one is also a little lighter (the link of the picture above is the most accurate color, my photos below are a little over exposed so the greens look lighter than they actually are).

My office has a bathroom in it, and I knew the tapestry would be perfect for the  once awkward wall.

Couch | Banana Leaf Tapestry | Good Vibes Pillow

When planning my mid-century dream office on Pinterest, I had unwittingly pinned these adorable banana leaf prints. They were the perfect counter balance of light to the dark tapestry. These are 21×28 and I could only find frames at Michaels for them that were 22×28 but it worked out fine.

Palm Prints | Area Rug | Macrame Wall Hanging

I want to pause real quick and talk about my office chair. Previously I had a cheap one that offered zero support. When we moved I wanted to invest in a good chair. I found this one at Target and it offers a ton of support. In addition to height adjustments, I can tilt it forward or back and adjust the lumbar support. Most affordable office chairs that offer this much comfort are ugly IMO. This was originally just a black leather chair that stood out like an eye sore in my office. So I got a table cloth from H&M and laid it over the chair and tied it in the back. It's not a perfect solution, but it certainly looks nicer when on client video calls.

Moving on! With greens on the wall taken care of I turned to my attention to greens around my space. Let me preface this with I have a black thumb. Er, rather, I don't have a black thumb, but I have no interest in keeping plants alive. My hands are full enough taking care of myself, the hubs, and Tucker.

Tall Cactus | Short Cactus | 52 Lists Books

I had already found these cacti from Target. Next I hit up Homegoods and found so many adorable greens at a reasonable price. I will say, make sure you check and double check your plants from Homegoods for dings, dents, and defects! I had to exchange a few after I got them home.

Himalayan Candle Holder & Lamp

Next I knew I wanted to fill in the space behind and under my desk. I searched all sorts of Jungalow decor, but a lot of it was crazy expensive. I stumbled into a fantastic sale at Urban Outfitters and was able to snag this 5 x 7 rug for $40 and this macrame wall hanging for $60!

Macrame Wall Hanging | Area Rug | Chair | Chair Cover | Area Rug | Computer Monitor

The piece to the left above is one of the pieces we moved in with. An entertainment center from Ikea. Other than the drawer, you can see it's all open. The two side cabinets are glass doors. I needed to use this as functional storage and while making sure it doesn't look like a total mess.

So on the left we have some of my favorite books. The middle top shelf has a bunch of essential oils hidden behind the concrete succulent plant, and then those binders are what I use most often for my business (green is financial tracking, gold is legal/sponsored content tracking).

Humans Of New York Stories | Millennials Of New York |

Harry Potter Collection

The drawer is full of office supply junk (scissors, tape, envelopes, etc.) The right may look familiar from my office organization post. Here we have lots of storage boxes and binders. The top white storage box is documents I need to file, the larger one on the bottom is half done craft projects (like leftover materials from my DIY Pom Pom Lamp).

The gold dotted boxes I organize based on size. The smallest is deposited checks I am waiting to post, middle is coupons/discounts/gift cards, and the largest is junk I can't find a home for.

White Storage Box (c/o) | Gold Dot Boxes (c/o) | Binders (c/o)

The room was definitely missing something though. My intern and I could easily share the desk day in and day out, but I wanted a comfy and cozy spot to chill. That's where Apt2B came in. I love supporting US based companies who actually keep manufacturing in the US!

They have fantastic options for all sized spaces, but particularly apartments. For instance, look how perfect this couch fits into the small space, while still leaving plenty of room to talk around the office. Apt2B bridges the gap for those of us who are too broke for higher end furniture companies, but also need to step it up from hand me downs or low quality clearance items.

Even better, they allow you to customize SO many pieces. For our couch we went with the Catalina Reversible Chaise Sofa. We chose Mountain Grey fabric. Since buying a couch online can be a little scary, it's nice you can order all of the fabric samples in advance before you choose.

millennial blogger office tour jungalow

The other fun thing about this couch is that the chaise is reversible! It's actually an ottoman that goes under the long cushion, which you can flip the two items to either side of the couch. I love that if we move, and need a different set up I'm not locked into anything.

Last came the pillows for the couch. I already had a ton of throw pillows, so I opted to get a few pillow covers. The fun banana leaves were found on Amazon, the pink ones on H&M, and the Good Vibes and pom pom one from UO. I am still looking for the right cover for the stitched purple and yellow ones, which are a few years old.

Good Vibes | White & Purple Pom Pom | Banana Leaf | Pink Geometric

I actually owned a few other pieces of furniture I always forget about: this drum side table and orange bench which were hand me downs from a co-worker back when I was a therapist with an office. The buddha art is from a talented local artist, Sara Lurie, and was also from my counseling office.

The hutch is from the Container Store. We used it as a bookcase in our old apartment, and is perfect for knick knacks in my office. Lastly, the OM symbol (below) is from my counseling office days off of Amazon.

Wooden Mirror | Wooden OM

I am waiting on one more item for this room, a second wooden mirror to balance the two above the couch. I plan to put it below these two to complete a triangle shape of them. It's on backorder but will be here soon hopefully!

 

Couch | Good Vibes | White & Purple Pom PomPink Geometric

RENTER'S HACK

UPDATED [4/26/18]: While I LOVE my office, and it looks SO light and bright in these photos, queue 1:00 pm and my office is DARK as the sun has moved overhead. You may have noticed there's no lamp above my desk, which meant daily afternoon headaches while trying to work in the dark! Queue my new addition! This gorgeous lamp from Versanora! I love how the arm hangs right about my desk (without me having to install some crazy light fixture)! It’s literally the renter’s dream solution for overhead lighting!  

Hanging Arm Lamp from Versanora

 

That's it! I still have dreams of more greens and earthier tones, but I think it's come together well in such a short time! It's on the first floor of our three story town home, so it's really nice to have a space that functions as my office, and a hangout spot for guests that can't get up all the stairs to our living room. Super comfy and chill with the couch and love the colors to keep the productive juices flowing!

Had you heard of Jungalow before? What do you think?

Check out other rooms in our home tour:

Mid-Century Modern Meets Boho Living Room

Minimalism Meets Industrial Decor In Our Master Bedroom

Upcycled Guest Room

207 thoughts on “Jungalow Inspired Home Office”

  1. I don’t have my own home office just yet but I’m always excited to spruce up the ‘office’ section of my room. Can never decide on one themed look cause everyone’s shared looks are so cute!! This jungalow look is so chic yet clean at the same time. Gives me great ideas! x

  2. Sarah Kuziomko

    I love how your jungalow turned out! And I love your dog too. I love when I see that cute little face on instagram 🙂

  3. Shannon @ Lady's Little Loves

    Okay i LOVE how you covered your chair with a blanket like that!

  4. Alissa Carpenter

    I LOVE your office.. it’s amazing! I can’t decide what I love the most but that couch is seriously gorgeous and that good vibes pillow.. i need that asap!

  5. I want to go to there! Seriously such a great blend of the clean/modern look, but still with a lot of jungle flair (without getting to heavy/bogged down). I wish I had an office space (and am experiencing a lot of envy from my dining room table). Someday… *sigh*

  6. Jennifer Seislove

    I love the clean lines of this office! I’m especially loving the tapestry! What a clever way to add color and texture to a wall!

  7. Girl, I’m loving all this green you have going on! Your office is so neutral, natural, and cozy! Also, I need those palm prints in my life. They look great grouped together on the wall like that!

    1. Ahh so sweet!! thank you! I snagged those on super sale, if you check out society6 and subscribe to their list you can get them for a decent price!

  8. Love your office! I have never heard of the term Jungalow, but it sounds pretty cool. i love how you took the inspiration and made it your own. The pops of color with the greenery is so cute.

    1. Thank you! Yeah the true jungalow styles feel wayyy more jungle-y – and i may built up to that over time, but for now i love how clean this is!

  9. I’ve never heard of the term jungalow! I love all the textures and colors and patterns in your office!

  10. Aw, your office turned out super cute! I love the prints on the wall. I appreciate that you can switch up the couch, I hate committing to a specific layout, especially in a small space. I’ll definitely be checking them out next time I need to pick up furniture!

  11. Ok your office looks AMAZING! It looks like a space that I’d be seriously inspired in. The theme you chose is so cute — I hadn’t heard of this mix of jungle and bungalow before but I love it!

  12. This is super cute!! Unfortunately my home office is currently doubling as a nursery until we move back to our home state next year. But I’m already dreaming of the day I get to decorate it and put it all together 🙂

  13. I LOVE this office space! It’s so bright and pretty and full of images of plants! I think if I could describe my dream office, it would have a lot of elements of yours! I also love the couch you have!

  14. Your office came together SO well, I love the jungalow theme (when I first saw the post I read it as jiggalow, definitely reread the title and realized my reading error haha). I like that your office feels bright and upbeat but still has a calming aura that works well for productivity. The wall tapestry and macrame are beautiful decorations.

  15. April Kitchens

    I LOVE the way your office turned out! So bright with a hint of calm. I can’t wait to move so I can have a space as beautiful as this.

  16. Stephanie Smith

    This looks so good!! One cool trick for desk chairs is to throw a shag rug over the back. It’s super cozy and stylish, but your throw looks good too!

    1. Yes! I saw that and considered it but decided not too for a couple of reasons: 1) i was going to have to get it for both sides since I wanted the entire back and front covered and 2) I live in humid south florida and the last thing I wanted was shag sticking to me when I come in from walking the pup!

  17. Elizabeth Johnson

    This is awesome!! I love all the decorating choices you made. Simply, cozy and functional! That couch is awesome! When we finally upgrade to non hand-me-downs I will definitely look into Apt2B. And I am so glad you kept that rug! It’s the one I liked 🙂

  18. I love your office! I love the wall hanging and the couch area with the tapesty! I definitely get the jungalow vibe!

  19. Girllll, I LOVE this! One of my favorite posts of yours so far!!
    And, that couch is incredible. I’ve never heard of a sectional where you can change the side the lounger is on. I will definitely keep it in mind when I move into my first apartment post-graduation!

  20. i am OBSESSED! Everything from the prints to the couch to the wall paper! I love it so much! when are you gonna come help me decorate!

    1. Nope I graduated with my MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2014 and I am a fully Licensed Professional Counselor 🙂 I have specialized training in DBT and trauma therapy so my favorite areas of focus are personality disorders (particularly borderline) and trauma. But I work with all sorts of stuff. Adolescent girls and young adults are my favorite to work with.

  21. Okay, so as per usual, I’m uber jealous of you! I want a home office! I have a desk but I hardly ever use it because when I come home from my full-time job, the last thing I want to do is sit at a desk more. 😛 I adore your jungalow design! One day, when I have an at-home office, I might be hitting you up for advice!
    xoxo Lauren | Glitter & Grandeur

  22. Your office is so pretty! I love all the palm print stuff. My home office is super small so I’m super jelly haha.

  23. I love how open and spacious your office layout is! That sofa is perfect for cell phone and laptop time. I’ve been wanting to incorporate some palm print elements into our decor for summer and the office is definitely a great place to try out that trend!

  24. Oh my gosh I thought this room couldn’t get any cuter and then I saw the banana leaf tapestry on the wall! That’s one of my favorite prints this season. You killed the “Jungalow” theme – I didn’t even know this was a style but I love it! Congrats on the big move, I can’t wait to see the rest of your decorations!

    Hannah | the swirl

  25. thesophiadiaries

    oh, millenials in NY look like such a cool book!! and I loooove your office! so open and such great lighting <3

  26. Jessica Battiato

    Rachel I love this!! I think i have been sub-consciencely decorating my house “jungalo” style!! Haha I just got a salt lamp, and have been picking up big green leafy plants left and right! It just feels so fresh and relaxed!! That wall hanging is on point! Love it! Enjoy! XO

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  27. I love your bookshelves, and the books on them. Also the teal accents and the Good Vibes pillow. Pinning this to my Dream House board. We moved last Feb, but I want to do so much with our spaces, and this is great inspiration. Honestly. Thank you!

    Lorna x

  28. Jennifer Schmidt

    This looks like an amazing place to work!! I have been contemplating turning my guest bedroom into a office and need to take the plunge.

  29. I would have never come up with this idea but I love it!! It’s got a very cool look to it!

  30. I love it. We moved into our home a year ago and our office is still part storage room. Who knew how easier it is to fill up more space when you suddenly have more rooms?

  31. Ashley Stephenson

    YES! We have a storage room in our house! I am like “WTH is all this?” haha

  32. I have office envy! Your space is so large you could hold a square dance in there! I have a closet in comparison. ☹️ Aaaand, I have to share it with my husband. The walls are “Opera House Peach” (basically, pink) and Gary recently hung his prized Cubs World Series Champions commemorative bat on one of them. I live with it because at least he didn’t hang it in the living room like he wanted! ?

  33. Okema Clare-Reed

    Nice space. Lots of light in this room. I am inspired to freshen up my workspace.

  34. LOVE the new office design – so clean and inspiring! The print on the wall and the orange bench are my faves!

  35. Oh my goodness it looks so good! I love the couch! I really wish I had a designated office space – really excited to in a future house!

    1. Ugh, I wish! We were trying to move out my the end of the year, but I’m not sure if we’ll end up doing that for financial reasons. If we find a great house to flip soon, we might just live in that for a year before we sell it, so fingers crossed!

  36. Jordyn Upchurch

    Love, love, love this office! It’s the perfect balance between comfy cozy and polished. I love how for the most part you took what you had and made it work, while adding in some new elements to elevate the look 🙂

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  37. Samantha Carter

    Ohmigosh! This is just gorgeous! Definite Office Goals! I’ve never heard of Jungalow before, but now I’m pretty sure I need it in my life.

  38. Brittany McGee

    This is seriously the cutest space ever! I wish my kids wouldn’t destroy a spot like this haha!!

  39. Amanda | Maple Alps

    UMMM how cool is THIS?! I totally want to redecorate my whole house now! Love all of the little details!

  40. Madison - mrsmadisonweaver.com

    This is a beautiful makeover! Simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  41. Oh my gosh, your new office is incredible! Congratulations on owning your own home; such an exciting time in your life 🙂

  42. Oh my gosh, this is the most gorgeous office. I don’t have an office per se, but I do have a little space that is all my own and I have been trying to figure out how to decorate it.

    1. I saw a fun reveal recently whrere someone got wall paper, similar to my tapestry, and put their desk in front of it! It was a cute way to brighten up their corner. I think it was on Money Can Buy Lipstick!

  43. Kristen Rodriguez

    Your office looks AMAZING! I love all of the little decor elements that make up the perfect jungalow style. Also, that couch is gorgeous!

  44. I love everything about this! I’m itching to create my own jungalow inspired space soon! Everything about this “theme/style” is gorgeous! And I love those pillows.

  45. Anesu E. Mutsaka

    Love the office so neat and has charaacter as well. Can’t wait till I also get to work from home

  46. This office is goals! I have an office but I need to start planning it and decorating it and buying stuff for it. My husband and I just bought a new house 2 months ago! I can’t wait to finally have mine finished!

  47. I had not heard of jungalow until you started mentioning it, but it’s very cute. I LOVE your desk and I ask really like your section with the pillow combo you chose! Looks good, ma’ dear!

  48. This room is incredible! Seriously, is there anything you aren’t good at?! I absolutely love how everything pulls together from the couch to the rug to that tapestry… I just love it all!!

    1. Haha stoppp you’re took kind <3 I'm definitely super excited about the other rooms!! I think you are going to loveee them and hopefully get some inspo for your new space!!

  49. Bella Bucchiotti

    Your sectional is a great size for the space. I am having the hardest time finding a smaller one that isn’t ugly lol! Love the tapestry, too!

    1. Awe thank you!!! I had no idea how much went into choosing a couch! We have another one coming for our living room! They are SO different but each perfect for their respective space!

  50. Lauren Falardeau Pariseau

    That looks fantastic! I love the leaf tapestry and the couch. Perfect and sunny!

  51. I love this! I love the idea of “jungalow” and haven’t heard of a name for that aesthetic before. So glad you captured this and shared! I love affordable home decor. I’m moving apartments soon and LIVE in my “home office” so I definitely will be doing some redecorating 🙂

  52. I LOVE this home office! I’m especially obsessed with those prints and that desk! Definitely giving me some good inspo for when I do my own office! 🙂

  53. Rachel! This space is amazing; what a great place to get work done!

    I was so so so curious about what “Jungalow” was so I’m happy to know now. It’s actually my DREAM to stay in a jungle tree house, so you know how I feel about your room.

    Now just try to not spend too much time on that couch 😛

    xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

  54. Ashley Vickney

    OMG Rachel I’m obsesses with your office! My fiance and I share an offie and I love having a place to “focus” when I work from home or want to really bang out blogger tasks! This looks like such a professional office, I would have never guessed it would be in your home!!

  55. Kristine Circenis

    I’m OBSESSED with the palm print. It’s so freaking cute and playful enough where it’s not distracting.

  56. Kelsey Caroline Nagel

    The Jungalow home office is absolutely gorgeous! I especially love the Harry Potter collection.
    I’d love to have the space to do something like this. But knowing myself, I’d destroy it within a week anyway. It would never stay that clean. Best of luck to you if you’re the same!

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