Someone recently told me that she couldn’t believe I had only been in this house seven months because it looked like we had lived here for years (which I think was a compliment 😉 )… But I had to confess that the downstairs is much more put together than the upstairs.
When we moved into this house, everything was cream. Everything. I’ve been slowly working my way through the upstairs (which basically consists of 5 bedrooms plus a laundry room) painting ceilings white. I then painted the master. And more recently my daughter’s nursery. The next room on the list was the small spare bedroom that we are using as my husband’s office.
It is far from finished, but I wanted to share its progress with you all. I’ve painted the ceilings white and the walls Secret Society by Behr. Mr. Pax requested a dark, cozy, moody room (think 22 Baker St from the modern BBC Sherlock for inspiration). I knew my red velvet chair would be perfect. Maybe he needs a smoking jacket for his next birthday? 😉
We were originally planning to do built-in bookcases (like we did in his office at our last house), but we decided to go another direction and are slowly piecing together an eclectic collection of old bookcases instead (some we had, some we purchased, and some we are still planning to make from reclaimed wood). The room is small enough that major built ins might preclude its being used as a bedroom someday… And the old bookcases are a fun touch. The collection of old wood hanging out in our garage (waiting to be stripped of paint and built into another bookcase) is growing…
It’s a little more dramatic and busier than much of my decorating style, but I think it’s fun to have variety in a home. We have a warmer rug coming (more on that soon – I love the cowhide, but we need something to dampen the sound that travels up the stairs and down the hallway) and some fun accents. Diplomas and personal art are going on the walls eventually, and the room will (hopefully!) take on a fun, collected feel.
In the meantime, forgive my messy pictures (seriously, I did not clean up or stage a single thing for you today! sorry!) and take a look at these lovely spaces that are currently driving my inspiration.
And, just for fun, I pulled together some accessories (other than hundreds of books… which we have waiting in boxes in the closet) that I think would help bring the collected, vintage feel to the space.
What do you think? Can I get there? I, for one, love the challenge of combining seemingly diverse styles together and trying to make it feel like it fits loosely with the rest of our home. Who else loves a good challenge?
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