Tuesday, March 8, 2022

An Elegant Home Office — The Reveal

The past two years have seen a lot of changes in our lives. One of them was a dual event — in January 2020, Greg retired from his position and set up his consultant business. For that he needed an office. Coincidentally, our daughter had just moved to another city to accept a paid internship and begin studying for a Master's degree. Thus a room that had been hers was available!

  
The next six months involved choosing a design theme, selecting paint colors and drapery fabric, and ordering furniture that was both business functional and appropriate for the style of the rest of our home. We were lucky that supply chain issues hadn't yet hit the furniture and decor markets.


We already owned the chandelier and desk chair. The plantation shutters had been installed the year before. The hide rug was found at the Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, which is held monthly. 
 
After searching tons of photos of offices online, Greg chose Benjamin Moore's Gentleman's Gray for the wall paint. Although called gray, it's actually more of a dark blue, especially when sunlight strikes it.

  
Besides a desk, a credenza for office files, and a storage cabinet for supplies and other office paraphernalia, he decided on a freestanding bookcase to display a few of his collections, such as these cameras.


He reupholstered these chairs he had found in the attic of his mother's house, which we believe date from the 1940's. They still had their original turquoise damask, that had worn through along the seat edge. We both loved the lines of the chairs and the channel tufting that we kept when they were reupholstered in the green velvet. I love the way they pop against the blue walls! The pillows were fashioned from old mink coats by an artisan on Etsy.


We both loved the antique game table found in a local consignment shop. When the four triangles are unfolded and rotated a quarter turn, they create a square game surface partially covered in green baize, with shallow cups in the wood to hold dice, chips, or other playing pieces.
 
  
Against the wall on the credenza leans one of two recently acquired paintings. Because of their scale, I like the way both pieces look positioned this way, rather than hanging on the wall. Somehow they seem to have more movement. After this photo was taken, the Ming-style lamp migrated to the cabinet between the windows.


One of my favorite design choices is the pair of drapes we had fabricated. I love the vining pattern!

  
On the desk sits one set of his antique ink wells. And yes he does use them for his fountain pens!


A closeup of the drapery fabric. One of the shades of blue in the flowers is a good match for the wall paint, and one of the hues used for the leaves is a perfect twin of the velvet chairs.

  
I'm so glad that we were able to complete this transformation for his office fairly quickly, never dreaming that he would be spending as much time in it as he has!

  
  
  
  
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20 comments:

  1. Sandra, your styling for this space is so handsome and functional. I love the choices in colors, textures and patterns. The chairs are treasures, and the added game table enhance Greg's collections being displayed. Lucky man to have this in place just at the start of the pandemic!

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    1. Thank you, Rita! We spent a lot of time poring over photos to find the moody colors he would enjoy for hours and the furniture that could handle all the office and electronic gear needed. We're both excited how it turned out!

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  2. Sandra - what a beautiful room the two of you have put together! Love the drapes with the recovered chairs and the paint color on the wall - its perfect. There are so many other lovely details too, the antique game table, the ink wells, and the hide rug to name a few. Greg must be very happy the way every thing turned out - just lovely!

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    1. Thank you, Kim! I loved the texture and movement of the drapery and chair fabrics. They're unexpected touches in a man's office. He loves he can display the things he loves to collect! The hide rug is totally him -- something I wouldn't have thought of.

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  3. What a pretty space, Sandra! I am smitten with your camera collection--pinned!

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    1. Thanks, Cecilia, I'm so pleased with how it turned out. My favorite of the cameras is definitely the Brownie! And thanks for pinning!

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  4. This is such a fabulous make-over! I adore that painting and those wonderful chairs, which I'm so glad you salvaged. And I'm more than a tad envious of that fabulous camera collection. It's lovely to see such a wonderful array. The game table, too, was a terrific find.

    Thank you so much for stopping by Marmelade Gypsy this afternoon. It's lovely to "meet" you. ~ jeanie

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    1. Jeanie, I'm glad you enjoyed the re-done office! It came together just as we pictured it in our minds. It's wonderful to be able to display and enjoy his collections. Reupholstering the chairs was a great choice! Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment.

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  5. What a beautiful space you created! It's beautiful! I love your camera collection ❤

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    1. Thanks, Tina! My husband is thrilled you like his cameras!

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  6. What a fabulous make-over for the home office. Love the wall color and so many added layers of texture. The artwork is beautiful, and I like the way you have displayed it.

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    1. Thanks so much, Judy! We really enjoyed transforming it and trying new ideas! I'm glad you stopped by

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  7. This is amazing! I would love it if you would share it on the Fabulous Friday Link Party this Friday, and every Friday after that. You can find the link on my website. Hugs and blessings to you.

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  8. Sandra, such a beautiful room, Love the rich wall color. it looks so elegant. I am happy to feature your elegant office reveal at Love Your Creativity. happy weekend.

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda! From both me and my husband! He was excited that you're featuring his office this week!

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  9. Sandra, the new office is stunning, and I love your styling. The wall color is perfect and the pop of color on the chairs is lovely. The game table, your husband’s collection, and the art work are all fabulous! Great job!

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    1. Thank you, Pam! We had a great time searching for the right colors, fabrics and things to put both the "home" and "office" in home office. I am beyond pleased with the result!

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  10. Wow, wow, wow. This is one of the loveliest home offices I've seen. Nice and masculine without being over-the-top; well-decorated without being distracting. Well done!!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I'm featuring you this week!

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    1. Thanks so much, Richella! I think when you spend so much time working from home, the space you work in should reflect you (or in this case, my husband).
      And thank you for the feature!!

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