Jun 20

My favourite office inspiration

 

katie ridder

I love love love this blue velvet wing chair as an office chair!

 

 

 

alessandra branca in traditional home

 

elle decor

 

emily a clark

 

office via the decorista

via the decorista

 

I did some serious work re-arranging and organising my mini office yesterday. It’s still a work in progress, and I still have a fabric scrap as a temporary window cover until my new pink blind with grey trim is finished, but let’s just say progress has been made! In the meantime, I’m noticing stylish offices everywhere I look. Now, I’m on a serious hunt for a Kelly Green campaign dresser or chest! x

Mar 11

Elegant neutral office

Could this be the world’s most beautiful work space? It belongs to architect D. Standley Dixon in Atlanta. Neutral, serene, elegant and gorgeous! I like the Belgian-style bare floorboards and linen-draped desk topped with glass. The artwork that looks like a chalkboard is a beautiful, contemporary focal point, flanked by the tall glass lamps.

I suppose it’s not surprising that an architect would have such beautiful windows (above). It’s all about simplicity here: plain iron curtain rod and no pattern, just texture.

Is that an antique stone fire surround used as a console table? I love it! Combined with the rustic cane basket, linen-covered antique chair, gilt mirror, branches and delicate lamps, it’s the perfect neutral display.

Does this color do it for you (above)? It does for me! Years ago I saw a room by Nina Campbell and the paint colour she had used was called ‘drab’. I can’t remember what the colour looked like but that name comes to mind when I look at this room with painted bookshelves. So in my mind drab is beautiful! I also love the framed architectural drawings and the natural elements in the room: steel and timber table, iron railing, wood frame pieces and stone.

images via greige

Love this simple and lovely unadorned window (above). The white saarinen-style tulip table lends a modern edge to the rustic decoration.

Have a great weekend! x

Feb 18

Update on my home office project

 After writing my post last night on feeling inspired by colour and wanting to get cracking on my little home office project, I decided I couldn’t wait any longer! I spent the next few hours clearing out the teeny-tiny room that was housing our linen and all my husband’s clothes (now I have to find a new place for them in our storage-starved house- but that’s a topic for another post!), and by night’s end I had set up a temporary office arrangement using an old pine bookshelf and our little antique silky-oak desk that I was storing in the shed for when the kids are older.

 

Not exactly an inspiring work space is it? Especially when your work is colour and fabric and beautiful rooms! Something must be done here. And yes, that’s a fabric sample hanging on the little window as my temporary curtain – so sad, I know. So here’s my plan: first, new paint. The wall colour (Dulux Stowe White) is way too creamy and warm in here, and makes the room feel smaller and boring. Plus, I am going for bright punchy colour and this wall colour isn’t the right backdrop. At first I thought I’d paint it black, but I think now I’ll go with my favourite of all favourites, grey. This room gets full western sun in the afternoon so I want a cool grey.

The next thing will be new furniture. Because this room was at some stage in our house’s history a little tack-on (that one day we will rebuild), the walls are not sturdy enough to mount any shelving on them. So I plan to hit Ikea with the Lack bookcase in mind, which I will use both next to the desk and behind the chair.

timothy whalen

bryn alexandra

 I’d also like to pick up a very simple and fairly small plain white desk at Ikea. So, next thing is my chair. I have a pair of these that I have been meaning to recover ever since I bought them a few years ago.

In the past I have really enjoyed their wood finish but it’s time for a change. I’m going to paint one of them white to match all the white furniture and then recover it in something bright and fun. I hit the nearest fabric shop this afternoon and came across this:

It’s colourful but still incorporates grey to tie in with the walls, has a bit of a sheen to it and, best of all, has a great geometric pattern. Love it!

As a sidenote, while I was there I also picked up some brown and white greek key fabric. I used to have some of this exact fabric but I gave it away and always thought of it afterwards a little wistfully. And here it was, end of line and reduced to $6 a metre! Not sure yet where or when I’ll use it, but it was meant to be.

But back to my office, I picked up this hot pink fabric to make a blind for the little window. It has a backing which will keep that sun out in summer.

Next was trim: I got this grey grosgrain for a detail on the pink blind.

After the fabric store I went to Freedom on an unrelated mission and found these on their sale table: two large perspex storage canisters, and a bulk lot of 12 silver picture frames. These will look great on my office wall and will tie in nicely with the grey/silver in the chair fabric. I love a bargain!

Last stop today was the $2 shop, where I found a whole bunch of white cardboard storage boxes in different sizes (to put on my white Lack bookshelves when I have them!). I love these places that import cheap stuff from China – granted a lot of it is junk, but you really never know when you will find something that you can use and that will look great. 

Soo, next up is a lamp that will fit on my teeny desk!

Jan 25

Thinking of a Home Office

Today I have been thinking about what to do about improving my work area at home and creating a proper little office space. Oh to have a room of my own! I so get where Virginia Woolf was coming from.

But in the meantime I am fantasising about having the space to create my very own beautiful office like these ones by Ashley Goforth.

I love the dark walls and neutrals. The trellis-print curtains against the dark grey in the first study is gorgeous, and the rustic desk, antler light, pale cowskin rug, it’s all fabulous. And I love the upholstered desk in the second office with the nailhead trim!

I am contemplating claiming as my own a teeny room that was optimistically described by the agents when we bought our house as a 4th bedroom (haha!). I would have to seriously think about vertical storage, but I’m thinking it could look a little something like this:

skona hem

Anyway I’ll keep you posted!

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