Get the Look: Lauren Conrad’s Chic Home Office

03/12/2014 at 12:35 PM ET

Lauren Conrad Home Office
Courtesy Lauren Conrad; Inset: John Lamparski/Wireimage

Cubicle life getting you down? Find inspiration in Lauren Conrad‘s photo of her glam new desk.

“Finally finished my home office… because somedays I just want to work in my PJs,” she wrote on Instagram.

So do we! And we’re sure this swank gilded setup would keep our creativity going throughout the day, even in a robe and slippers (the pretty antique phone would take calls from a host of Very Important People, and that calendar would be filled with fab events).

Best of all, Conrad nails (so to speak) the artistic gallery-style wall concept, with just the right balance of layout, frame sizes, spacing and mix of subjects. And the understated gold and ivory palette with soft pops of red adds just enough interest without looking overly busy. After all, the eye has to travel.

It may appear complicated, but the themes are simple to replicate: a still life here, a charcoal nude there, gilded mirrors, a happy little bird, and for good measure, some words of love.

Ready to get down to work? Check out our Etsy picks to borrow Conrad’s chic style.

Lauren Conrad Home Office
Courtesy Andrea Realpe

Peacock Watercolor
Proud peacocks are a symbol of integrity and immortality; plus, they’re pretty to look at. Conrad went for a vintage drawing, but a bright watercolor, like this one by artist Andrea Realpe, really brings the bird to life.

Lauren Conrad Home Office
Courtesy Irina Sztukowski

Apple Still Life
What could be more simple and pure? An apple is a symbol of life (and it also might encourage healthy snacks during the work day!). Conrad went for a trio of fruit, but this solo image makes a statement.

Lauren Conrad Home Office
Courtesy Holly Ng/Birchwood Road

Flowers Still Life
A vintage-looking still life — how very Van Gogh. Just like Conrad’s blooms, this rendering feels like you’ve got an old master painting on the wall.

Lauren Conrad Home Office
Courtesy Susie Yang/2 Forks Design

Charcoal Nude
Black and white pencil drawings can be elegant, as Conrad displays in these images of the lovely female form. This woman in repose is an instant chill pill.

Lauren Conrad Home Office
Courtesy Toca NYC Store

Antique Mirrors
Mirrors help bring light and depth into a room, and Conrad’s gold versions add a layer of richness to the workspace. Try mixing and matching different sizes and finishes, whether it’s antique ornate or cute and heart-shaped.

Lauren Conrad Home Office
Courtesy PaperFinch

“Love” Print
All you need is love. Conrad’s affirmation (a nod to her engagement to William Tell) surely keeps a smile on her face, but we adore any spin on amour — like these happy hearts.

—Brooke Showell

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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