We moved in to our home four years ago now, and have been putting off addressing the front room ever since. It previously stored all the boxes that we hadn’t got around to unpacking, as well as surplus furniture, artwork, rubbish, a buggy… (the list goes on, Generation Game style! 😉 )
After my mad clearing out session the other week, we finally made the move to sell off some pieces of furniture that we just weren’t using, and in-roads in to beginning work on an office/ studio space for our whole family to use. As you know, my job involves a lot of styling and photography for interiors clients, as well as working from home the majority of the week. I currently work in the kitchen but really wanted somewhere with more of a ‘going to work’ feel. (Also, it’s so bad for the waistline being within arm’s reach of the fridge all day!) Anyhow, with a spare room up for grabs, and no need for another sitting room, we thought we’d convert this room into a big, airy study type space. I’m so excited to get started on it!
It will be a project over a few months I think, as I’m keen to choose everything really carefully, and also to save for the pieces that I have my heart set on (*hello pink sofa!) but I thought I’d share some ‘before’ pictures with you and also my little mood board of inspiration too. I think all of these components would be equally as amazing in a sitting room! Here we go!
This is the room as it is now. It’s difficult to pick up the scale on camera, but it’s really quite a sizeable space with four windows – two looking towards our little wood, and two at the front of the house.
Our first job is going to be the fireplace. Originally I had thought of a traditional fire surround for here, and we had planned for a gas fire, but the more I think about it, I don’t think I would use it in here all that often. I also came across this image on Pinterest, and really fell for the simplicity of the look.
The plan is to widen the opening that we have currently, plasterboard and skim the chimney breast and then line the insert with the reclaimed Belfast brick that we have used elsewhere in our home. I’ll then fill it with plants and lanterns. We’re hoping to go for a blond coloured parquet flooring in here, so will just run it right into the chimney opening. I think with this kind of a feature you don’t really require a hearth as such (as there will be no real heat on the floor boards) and so that saves a few extra pennies for elsewhere!
Flooring inspo! We have dark, reclaimed parquet in our hallway and I still love it so much to this day. The only disclaimer I would make with it is that it shows up marks, particularly rubber sole marks, so easily. I figure choosing a lighter wood will be kinder in terms of wear and tear, especially in an area where I’m potentially moving furniture and studio lights around.
In terms of furniture, I have my heart set on a big, dining style table in the centre of the room. I think Andrew is going to make this for me, similar to the pallet one he made me for our dressing area. I wanted it to be somewhere that we could both work, as well as a few kids too, if they wanted to do their homework in here! And then the sofa of dreams! I have my heart set on a pink velvet one and figure, if I can’t have it in here, where can I? 🙂 I’m imagining it along the back wall with a little gold coffee table beside. We’re also planning on changing the radiator for a cast iron one, to match the others we have downstairs.
In terms of overall décor and feel, I always enjoy a slightly quirkier, eclectic type of interior. Something classic but with a twist. I think this is a bit California meets Art Deco, but that’s the great thing about 21st century design – we can mix and match and make it our own! I love the pop of navy in the soft furnishings here, teamed with gold and bleached out wood. I plan to paint the room an off white colour, add a huge floor-standing mirror and lots of green plants, as well as some of my favourite prints (I adore this Sonni and Blush one. I’m obsessed with La La Land!) and a really pretty, textured rug. In the long term we’ll hopefully add shutters to the windows too for a clean, contemporary feel.
And that’s the plan so far! Just to get going now! The impatient part of me wants to squeeze part of the work in over the Summer so we’ll see how we get on with that. I’ll keep you posted!