I've been pretty lucky - I've been in an office the entire time at my company. We don't really have cubes and most assistants sit in hallway desks. No walls, no door, no privacy. I've been in the same office for my 10 years here, through several promotions and several different officemates. It's a good-sized office, but not huge and for the first 7 or 8 years (they run together), I shared it with someone else. Then my last officemate moved to her own office, but left her desk behind. There was always the promise (threat?) of someone else moving in and I did have an intern in with me during the last political season, but for the past 2 or 3 years, I've been by myself. But with two desks. My good-sized office was still cramped.
The other day, though, the second desk was finally taken out! I had a dream of a couch, but there wasn't one available that would fit. The office manager did give me an unused arm chair - it's a nice dark charcoal and very comfortable.
There are some things that need to stay. The olive green carpet, the cream walls with a goldenrod accent wall, my orange-y wood desk, large black file cabinet and the charcoal armchair. So I came up with a gray, pink and yellow color scheme.
First, I'll bring in the 75" Hutton sofa from Room & Board in Blossom and toss a couple of throw pillows from Etsy on it in a black and gold ginko leaf pattern. Then on the charcoal chair (very similar to this one from Room & Board), I'll add another Etsy pillow in a goldenrod chevron.
I already have a nice and simple desk lamp, but I need more light in here to avoid using the overhead fluorescents. So I'll add two of the Kenrick floor lamps from Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams. One up near the door and then one behind my desk.
Now on to the other wall. I want something to ground the space, both in size and in color, so I selected this blueprint of the Eiffel Tower from Ballard Designs. Though I've never been to Paris, I still love all things French. It's a dark gray-blue so it goes with my color scheme without being too matchy-matchy. And I just think it's freaking cool.