Of the utmost importance to anyone working from home, I feel, is the existence of a welcoming and inspiring home office. This has suddenly become top of my agenda while we renovate our house. In two months, I will become a full time blogger. I can hardly believe I’m typing those words! It feels incredible to have a dream realised, and it’s one I didn’t think would happen for many more years. I suddenly found myself able to commit to blogging much sooner than I ever thought possible. I suddenly decided it was now or never, so am taking the plunge with a little trepidation but a lot of hope.
My office had been mainly untouched since we moved in. I’d never had a proper office at home before, just a cubbyhole where I would occasionally work. This is my previous workspace, when I lived in my old flat. I was mostly blogging from the sofa with my laptop, however. When we moved in to the new house, I quickly set up a new desk space in our second bedroom. I put in the Linnmon/Alex desk from Ikea and my acrylic ghost chair from Amazon. I had a few accessories, but the area felt stale and uninviting. The walls were magnolia and the carpet was a deep red one we inherited when we moved in.
You can see that my office was pretty soulless. It was so univiting and inspiring for me to sit there, and I knew it had to change before I started blogging full time. I couldn’t see myself producing great content in a space that felt so empty and bare.
I decided to go with a combination of my favourite design colours: gold, grey and white. I picked this beautiful Crown Nimbus wallpaper in Pewter from Inspired Wallpaper*. It’s a gorgeous textured vinyl wallpaper with a subtle spray of silver glitter throughout. It looks so stunning in real life. It has a cloud-like pattern to it. I paired it with Farrow & Ball’s Lamp Room Grey on the neighbouring wall, which goes really well with the range of grey shades in the wallpaper. For the carpet, I chose the Antique Leather shade from Tigris (available at SCS stores). It’s so soft and plush, and feels lovely underfoot. I love wandering in to the office barefoot in the mornings, it just feels so nice.
White and gold desk lamp – Homesense
All the artwork has been drawn and painted by none other than my fiance Sean. We live in the Forest of Dean and the wildlife is amazing. He’s been busy setting up one of our spare rooms as his studio and it looks great. I’ll be posting photos as soon as it’s finished.
Gold leaf plate and Reed diffuser – Primark / Metal wire basket – H&M Home (similar here) / Notebook – Oliver Bonas
White floating shelves from The Range and some gold accessories finished off the walls.
Clear acrylic candlestick holders – Asda Home / Blue pillar candles – eBay / Clear glass perfume bottles – Homesense
I still want to add some final finishing touches (I have a wall planner to go up, for example, but I want to paint the frame first). I’m so pleased with how it looks so far though. The wallpaper adds a luxe feel to the walls as it has the sheen of the tiny glitter particles, and it’s a really thick and good quality paper. I aim to be so much more productive from now on, having an office I feel happy to spend the day in.
Backwards Clock – Tiger
Gold wire shelves and Gold necklace holder – Tiger
Gold flower pot – from a charity shop / String of Pearls plant – Perfect Plants
Agate bookend – Homesense
Marble filing box – Homesense / Bell jar – Homesense / Candle – Espa
Gold clipboard – Amazon / Gold paperclips and Gold pen and pencil – Tiger
I just love working in here now, and have really fallen back in love with my office. I can’t wait to spend more time here in the coming months.
We also used the same Crown Nimbus wallpaper to paper the opposite wall. My office is also the guest bedroom in our house, which is not used very often but which has enough room to double up as both. I’m in the process of completely redesigning the bedroom side of the room, and this will be a future post coming very soon to show how I kept the decor in line with the rest of my office.
What do you think? Do you like grey and gold as a combination?
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