Home office design plan

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

I feel like the luckiest girl ever. You want to know why ? Because I am writing this from my very own home office ! And let me tell you, I have been looking forward to that for the past 4 years. Actually since we gave Arthur our guest room / office in our previous apartment. And now that I am about to work a little harder from home (exciting news to come soon !), I am so thankful for this "boudoir" of mine !

Here's what we started with (from the previous tenants):
Yep. fuchsia wall, Ladies and Gentlemen ! And there's another one on the other side of the room. So I immediately painted them in a light blue when we moved in. It was a temporary fix while I was working on the overall design of the room. The room has good bones. It is pretty big and cosy, and is located on the top floor of the house so it's quiet ! 

Let's go through the "client's" basic requirements. 

First we had to bring in a sofa bed as it is also a guest room. Then we had to find a way to use a modern sideboard that was in our previous living-room and for which we don't have any other use in our current home. I needed enough working surface to work and sew. And I also needed to find a way to hide these two eyesores in the middle of one of the walls. Mostly I wanted it to be comfy, elegant, functional and feminine at the same time. 

So, for the walls,  I decided to make a dramatic statement with a darker colour. I am not a big fan of accent walls, but I figured that a bold yet neutral colour would create the cosiness I was looking for. It would also add a masculine feel that would balance the feminine look of the room.
For the working surface, I had a very simple idea in mind. Basic. White. Ikea. Desks. They're inexpensive, simple and the contrast would be interesting against the dark walls.
Then, as this is a creative space, I had to have a big inspiration board. It would make a great statement above my computer and would double as a working tool. And I already had almost everything I needed to make one.
The two "eyesores" on the wall are actually air vents, so I can't cover them completely. But I certainly can lay books or pictures or art against them, using shelves for instance. And I already had two picture shelves on my hands from the kids' previous bedroom. Yay !
Also I had this idea of adding an accent table in the middle of the working area, to display either books or flowers. And I would make another table skirt for it: 1/ it's a good opportunity to bring some fabric even some pattern to the room, and 2/ too many furniture legs would look busy in that space.
For the sofa bed, we turned to Ikea as well. We already have another sofa bed in our TV room, plus a standard sofa in the main living-room. So we went for a cheaper but comfy enough one for this room, as it won't be used very often.
For the table skirt, I was looking for a feminine/coral/peach fabric, and I had a crush on this recent "Apricot" range from Lacefield, and especially on the large medallion (on the bottom):
So here's what I came up with:
Most of the room is done by now, I'll show you the progress pictures in a few days. I hope you'll like it as much as I do ... until then, have a great day!

Note: all the pictures I have used in this post can be found on my Pinterest board.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, what a great an unique space with such lovely lighting! I actually liked the fuchsia walls, haha. They'd need to be tempered with some chic decor to keep it from getting too girly and fussy but based on your inspiration items grey looks like the ticket. Looking forward to seeing how this space evolves.