Wednesday, 9 April 2014

It is All In The Detail - Adding the final touches to my home office


I am moving forward with my office, its still not complete, however I wanted to share a couple of images as I try to pull it together. I am trying to create a little French corner in my home and I think I am succeeding but it does come down to the final touches, an important part of any room design. These finishing touches should inject a little of your personality and style, and bring your room to life. 


I am using cherished items I have inherited, as well as some new pieces. Let's face it, shopping for new things, is the fun part. When I go shopping I usually buy what catches my eye and I think about how it might work and where I might place it. Yesterday I purchased a reproduction antique wooden horse, most definitely an impulse buy. I love horses as I used to do a lot of dressage and he caught my eye, although the rider would definitely be loosing points for his posture as far as his riding position. Regardless, I like him, so I am trying to find that perfect spot in my office.


Above: My table is a rustic, tilt top wine table. I have whitewashed the top and scrubbed it back so the white pigment is only in the wood grain. I have left the remainder of the table in its natural state. The horseman and the old French book I really love, the white jug however, is not right. I am looking for a large earthenware and glazed olive jug but so far not found the right one, meanwhile this jug is filling the gap.

I would love an old olive jar like these below, possibly with a grey/blue or brown glaze around the top. If anyone knows where I can get one, please leave a comment...

Image via - Unfortunately these are in the USA. The mustard glazed one on the second shelf is the exact shape I am looking for.

Above: I also want something unique to put my paint brushes in, I am thinking possibly a small iron bucket but meanwhile this French look tin will have to suffice.



Above: I often rush into things and my office theme changed from coastal to French and I had already purchased a coastal style bookshelf. For now I am making the best of it until I can buy something to re-finish in a French style.

I moved the horseman over to the bookshelf to see what he would look like, I actually like him in both places, however until I find my olive jug I won't make the final decision. It is all about trying things out, moving them around, layering, adding differing heights and seeing how they all work together. Lots of trial and error and a lot of fun.

Above: On the top shelf is an old barometer of my dads, my grandfathers old writing box and some antique books. On top of the books, sits an old address embosser. This piece has been in our family for many years and still has our old UK address from when I was a child. The idea is that you place your piece of paper or envelope flap into the press and then push down the handle and voila! your address is embossed onto the paper. (I will show you in my next office update).

 Above:  On my desk is an old photo album that dates back to 1863, the Parker fountain pen is about 60 years old and belonged to my godfather.



I hope you enjoyed a few snapshots of my room, rather than have to wait until it is complete, I feel its nice to share the progress meanwhile. I still have two chairs to purchase and art to put on the wall. A friend and I won some lovely hand written 19th century French documents on Trademe and waiting for them to arrive, I am hoping they will look great framed and hanging behind my desk. I am also looking for the perfect piece to go on the wall above my wine table but not sure yet what that might be.

If you are looking for some styling tips and images, you may be interested in a previous post 'Creating The Perfect Console/Sideboard Vignette' or Coffee Table Styling. I will be sharing more updates soon.




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11 comments:

  1. Oh my word, I love how things are coming together. Love, love, that horse statue and the old books, flowers and the jars. Wow they are all fabulous. Can't wait to see more. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Thank you Marty, yes slowly but surely, I still have two chairs to buy and need to put some art on my walls. Hopefully it should be complete by the end of the month.

      Lee :)

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  2. You office looks lovely so far. I'm working on mine and am now looking for chairs,can't wait to see yours

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    1. Thank you Sandy, I am looking for chairs too, I did buy a 1950's repro French Louis style chair but when I got it home it clearly was more for the bedroom than behind my desk, so that has moved over. to my bedroom which is the next makeover. I am now looking for something comfortable to sit behind my desk, most likely I will use a French style dining chair. I also want something for clients to sit in. Have you looked at Chair Obsessions chairs, this is a new company on line, based in Auckland. if you look on my side bar you will see they are under my sponsors. They have some stunning chairs. I am looking for something neutral in my room but I do love their Bordeau (spelt like that on their site) chair, its gorgeous but a little out of my office budget but I can't stop thinking about how beautiful it would look somewhere in my house :)

      Lee

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  3. I love how things are coming along. Great images.

    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

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    1. Thanks Mary, I hope to have some more images up next week.

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  4. Love, love, love! And I love that little horse, darling! Can't wait to see the final results. I do like that pretty blue behind the bookcase, so very nice. My daughter, Morgan, rides western, I think dressage is amazing. How fun! Do you still have your riding boots and such? Are they out somewhere in the house?

    xokelly

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    1. Thank you Kelly, the horse is sweet but would you believe it, I have since seen a pair of horse head book ends I am thinking might have been nice as decorative pieces. I think I am rushing into getting the room done to publish on my blog and not thinking everything through or sticking to my initial mood board.

      Lee :)

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    2. Oh, I forgot to add, yes I do still have my boots and a bridle, I only got rid of my saddle last year. My boots are the long ones but rubber, they are out in the shed. This reminds me to probably sell my bridle as I doubt I will ride again. Western is a similar style seat to dressage, longer leg line and deeper saddle. I have never ridden western, I like to have contact with the horses mouth but would love to try as I know they are trained for a loose rein.

      Lee

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  5. So glad you said hello today on my blog so that I could find you in return and add you to my blog roll. I wish my home office looked as pretty as your's. Somehow it's always way down the list on rooms to fix up.

    Nita@ModVintageLife

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    1. One year late and I just spot your comment Nita, sorry. I will head over and take a look at your blog. My office has actually changed a little and heading towards a Hamptons look now, the trouble with a design blogger, always seeing new ideas :)

      Lee

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