Wednesday, October 15, 2008
My Inspired Home Office
I have to admit, I had no idea where to begin when I started making over my home office. First of all, it wasn't even a room. It was my 6 ft x 7 ft storage closet. Filled to the brim with boxes, and decorations from my wedding, it was hard to imagine that an office could even be possible in this space.
It was a friend who had suggested it. After an evening of listening to me go on about how I wished I had two-bedroom apartment so that I could have some space to work in, her advice, get a storage unit, and stop wasting prime space. She was right. Right away I got started on turning my huge storage closet into a quaint office space.
Now, five months later, I am excited to share with you the results of the most special space in my home. The place where I come every evening to write to all of you.
I wanted the space to feel warm, inviting, and to have a sense of culture to it. I took inspiration from Katya de Grunwald's "African Chic" photos. Touches of Africa made their way into the space with the Moroccan wedding blanket, and African textiles and seating.
My sister was the one who came up with the orange and blue color palette. I never would have picked these colors on my own, but together the combination is rich, warm and inviting. There are touches of orange and blue throughout the space - the chairs, storage, ikat bowls, even my orange stapler adds warmth to the space. My plumage lampshade brings the color palette together.
This space needed to stand out, and it does with a lot of unique elements. A bust that makes the perfect bookend. A cream and sugar set that's now repurposed for pushpins and paperclips. And my handpainted giraffe adds a special pop of color.
The sparkle in this room makes it enchanting, and you truly forget it was ever a closet. The sparkle of my Moroccan rug, the beautiful glow that reflects off the photo frames, and the final touch, my capiz shell chandelier.
This space is beautiful, enchanting, and I absolutely love it. I hope you enjoyed a peak into my home office. Now I can't wait to see yours!