Friday, November 29, 2013

We have walls!

Despite a few days of -30 frostiness last week our house is coming together quite quickly now. It's actually starting to look like a house now that most of the walls are up. I can envision the space a lot better than I could with just the blueprints.

Here's a photo I took on Monday...

 And one I took this afternoon...

The front room on the right will be my office. I can't wait to have a home office on the main floor with a big ol' window letting the sunshine flood in. We'll have electrical outlets in the middle of the floor so that my desk can go in the centre. We'll also create some built-in bookshelves on one wall, and a fabulous wallpaper is in order. I'm convinced that a great wallpaper will help get the creative juices practically qualifies as a business expense.
Here are a few office inspiration photos I've stumbled upon recently...
I love the unconventional butterfly wallpaper in this NYC loft. Although I don't think it would "fly" with Josh...pardon the pun. I'm crazy about the turquoise desk area too - although I don't need to maximize space quite like they do in New York.
Via Living Etc. magazine
I love the bold black paint in this office. It really makes the gallery wall and the white lamp pop.

Bravo TV's Million Dollar Decorators is my guilty pleasure, and Mary McDonald is probably my favourite designer on the show - up there with Jeffrey Alan Marks. I'm hoping they'll create a third series ASAP as I'm experiencing withdrawal.
Mary designed this office on one of the very first episodes and I love its classic sophistication. Although I skew towards modern, Mary's designs make me question just what my style really is. I love the placement of the desk, the gallery wall and the black and white theme. I can't quite remember from the episode but I'm assuming there's storage to be found somewhere in this office.
In addition to our built-in bookshelves, we'll have some cabinets to keep files and office detritus out of sight.

Another nod to elegant design over uber modernism is the office of Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen in their home near Copenhagen. Like the NYC office at the top, I stumbled across this one in Living Etc - a fabulous British design magazine. Below is the photo that convinced me to put the desk in the middle of the room.
I'm clearly drawn to black and white offices, but I still love bright colours. I'm thinking a black and white base with turquoise accents might just be the ticket. 


Kate said...

i love the black gallery wall and white parsons desk. there was also a jcrew advert on your blog which i just had to click!! x

Cathy said...

Love your inspiration photos for a sophisticated home office!

Jules said...

Thanks Kate! Not surprised you'd get a J.Crew ad! Thanks Mom!Saskatoon now has a Farrow and Ball distributor so I'm excited to have a look for an office paint colour.