As some of you will know from our posts, last month we moved out of the family home that I’d renovated (you can see more of that here) and that we’d lived in for seven years. Now we’ve moved temporarily into a property that I’d taken on as a project with the intention of selling it, but the time felt right for a change so here I am!
Once I was in this house, I was better able to understand how I wanted to use the space and what I’d need to adjust slightly to fit my way of living. The home office was one of these mini-projects. As Layer continues to grow and I spend more and more of my time working on it, I knew that this area would be important for me. I wanted it to be a light, inviting space that drew me in and reflected the personality of the Layer brand – of course this meant filling it with vintage and antique decorative objects and curiosities!
So, to kick off my mood-board, I started first with the medium that everybody loves – interiors magazines. I found some great inspirations, particularly a feature on figurative animal vases in Living Etc. – I knew that I wanted to dress my shelves with some quirky pieces with personality. I moved onto Pinterest, and before I knew it – I had a board full of white, light spaces with shelves, lots of shelves! You can see the Pinterest page here for some more ideas about the sort of look I’m going for.
As it was, there wasn’t a great deal of storage or display space in the small room that was designated as the office. The floor was originally a dark, almost black, wood and whilst I love the gravitas that this brings to a room – I wanted something lighter and brighter. So the first thing that we did was paint the floor white!
Then the amazing carpenter and craftsman Richard Evans got to work adapting an existing table into a full-length custom made desk and two full-length shelves to display all of my decorative pieces. I also love to hold onto as many interiors magazines as possible, you never know when you might need the inspiration! So I needed to come up with an attractive way to store and display them that was still easily accessible – I had a brainwave as we were clearing out some old antique pieces from the garage – and I can’t wait to reveal what we’ve done with it!
We’ve got the full transformation coming soon so keep your eyes peeled!
For now, here’s some shots of the transformation in progress and a sneaky shot of what’s to come in the full reveal:
Here’s a little sneak peek at what’s coming up very soon on the big reveal of the home office before and after!
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